My name is Fox I am the GM of the Dragons of Cthulhu podcast, we are a 5e/Call of Cthulhu Realplay podcast set is a "real world" alternate reality influenced by Lovecraftian lore.
I also host a Tabletop RPG show on the same feed called Fox's TTRPG Squaretable, that involves creating a more welcoming community & trys to help new DMs & players get started in our wonderful hobby. Our listeners range from D&D & CoC fans to tabletop enthusiasts.
I got into podcasting after listening to a DM roundtable that had several amazing people on it. They inspired me to do more with my roll20 game than I had ever imagined doing. I also listen to a great deal of real-play podcasts myself. My initial goal with the podcast was to create a truly dark themed game that horror and D&D fans alike could enjoy and that is still my motivation to this day.
I started my podcast back in December of 2017, episode Zero went up on the 7th of January 2018. The first episode took me about 2 weeks to edit due to a few editing mistakes.
We release episodes weekly alternating between DoC and the talk show. I usually get an episode edited in about two days.
I work nights and raise my son during the day, so we usually record right before I go to work and I edit on the weekends.
So far I've spent about $500 between art, hosting, equipment & website hosting. I have a few patrons who have been helping out with contributions every month, but most of the cost is coming directly out of my pocket at the moment.
Podcasting has brought me deeper and deeper into the TTRPG community I've made many new friends who I've grown to care about a great deal as well as helped me to find the love of my life. Like most things, it is a constant learning experience and always keeps me on my toes.
I'd gladly take a sponsorship if one came my way, but we don't currently have any outside of Patreon. I haven't been actively contacting people about sponsorship as I'm unsure of how to go about doing so. We currently average about 200 downloads a month & in the past 3 months, we've had 919 total.
We use roll20 to play the game, Discord for audio & video communication, Xsplit for streaming & Audacity for editing. We use Yeti microphones & various kinds of webcams. I use Discord to Interview my guests.
I find most of my guests through twitter & friends within the community. I never prep anymore, makes the podcast more fun and interesting I think.
Most of my listeners have come from word of mouth via Twitter with a few finding us on Podbean & iTunes. Our breakdown list is way too long to put here, we get downloads from many sources, some of them I had never heard of until recently.
Twitter has been my main marketing tool and seems to be working the best for me.
It's insanely hard work for something that I love to do, challenges are waiting around every corner. But if a thing is worth doing, then it's worth doing right and giving it everything you've got.
The best advice I can give to anyone starting up a new podcast is, keep at it, never give up even when things look bleak. Not everyone comes out of the gate an instant success, sometimes you have to trudge through the muck in order to come out shiny on the other end.
Best resources I've found are reading fantasy novels, All of H.P. Lovecraft & Poe's Collected works as well as having some insanely creative friends who have given me some interesting ideas based on casual conversations we've had.