Before You Write That TTRPG…

Before You Write That TTRPG…

Here’s a short checklist of things to do before you write that TTRPG:

  • Play a lot of different games. Understand different genres and mechanics.
  • Play with a lot of different people. Get to understand styles of play.
  • Know the audience. Understand who you’re writing for.
  • Read a lot of games. Know what already exists in the market.
  • Figure out how your game is different. Make that the focus.
  • Write an elevator pitch first. Use it as an anchor to prevent concept drift.
  • Don’t create a “better” version of an existing game. Create the best version of yours.
  • Consume good fiction. Read a lot. Watch prestige TV and film.
  • Understand how stories are told. Read books on writing. Take classes.
  • Have a reason for characters from diverse backgrounds to work together.

If you’re going to publish for money:

  • Change your mindset. You’re running a business now. Get serious.
  • Throw your ego out the window. This is for your customers, not you.
  • Learn project management. Set deadlines and hold yourself accountable.
  • Understand what things cost: editing, artwork, printing, shipping, etc.
  • Know how much you need to make to break even.
  • Set a budget. Pad it by 20% because shit happens. Stick to that budget.
  • Spend twice as much time editing as you do writing.
  • Spend three times as much time playtesting as you do editing.
  • Find a mentor that’s successfully done this before and pick their brain.
  • Expect to lose money, and don’t quit your day job.

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