There are tons of fans of D&D who approach the game in different ways. Two of them are doing something cool in the Chicago area by bringing the love of well-roasted coffee beans and gaming together with the Initiative Coffee Company. Brian Thomas and LaTia talk with Shelly Mazzanoble and Greg Tito about their love of D&D, running events at public spaces, and their experience working with Holly Conrad to release Strix’s Snickety Snooks coffee beans to raise support for Anxiety Gaming. And on Lore You Should Know, Mr. Chris Perkins explains what’s going on with Halaster’s apprentices in Undermountain in Waterdeep: Dungeon of the Mad Mage.

 

Podcast/Notes

Here’s a guide to when each segment on the podcast begins:

00:00: Intro with Greg Tito & Shelly Mazzanoble

19:35: Lore You Should Know with Chris Perkins

42:10: Interview with Brian Thomas & LaTia

1:28:00: Outro with Greg Tito & Shelly Mazzanoble


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Your Podcast Hosts

Greg Tito

Greg Tito has had weird and long career as an Off Broadway stage manager, a playwright, a theater carpenter, a secretary, an RPG designer, a games journalist, and now a PR/Marketing person. He has loved Dungeons & Dragons ever since 1985 when he found an old copy of the AD&D Dungeon Master’s Guide on his brother’s bookshelf and he honed that love of fantasy storytelling in the dark streets of Sasserine by way of the Upper West Side gaming group he joined in 2004. He moved his family (wife + two young kids) to Seattle in 2015 to work on D&D and he’s never looked back.

Shelly Mazzanoble

Shelly Mazzanoble will always play a magic-user. There. She said it. Enough pretending to want to break out of her comfort zone. She’s a magic-user. She’s also the brand lead for Avalon Hill and loves talking about that one time she played Diplomacy and SOMEONE (okay, it was Ben Petrisor) stabbed her in the back and took over her beloved Russia. If you enjoy tales of sorcery, board game upheavals, and reasons her 3 year-old is crying (HINT: She tried to make him eat a Nutella crepe), find Shelly on Twitter and Facebook.