Shelly Mazzanoble (@shellymoo) and Greg Tito (@gregtito) start off harmonizing a new frog and toad duet intro song before welcoming this week’s guests – Alan Patrick (@warfteiner) and Lysa Chen (@mercyfuldm), community managers for the Dungeons & Dragons Adventurers League.  After establishing that Lysa is gunning for Wolfgang Bauer’s Dragon Talk record, we learn a bit more about Lysa and Alan’s introduction to D&D, their work in the AL community, the community driven event “The Red War” and more! Lore You Should Know – Matt Sernett (@Sernett) talks all about the ins and outs of D&D canon including keeping and ditching canon when designing and developing, using and ignoring canon in your games, the secrets of White Paper Meetings and more!

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

00:00 – Intro with Shelly Mazzanoble (@shellymoo) and Greg Tito (@gregtito)

9:36– Lore You Should Know with Matt Sernett (@Sernett) – Lore Canon

32:28 – Alan Patrick (@warfteiner) and Lysa Chen (@mercyfuldm)

1:15:45 – Outro with Shelly Mazzanoble and Greg Tito

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Here’s video of the interview segment from today’s podcast:

Alan Patrick and Lysa Chen

Lore You Should Know: Lore Canon

Guest Bios

Alan Patrick

Hailing from the wilds of central Michigan, Alan has provided a warm home to a wife, two cats, and a very smelly dog over the years. Of course, they all have to fight with the ever-expanding collection of beholder-related paraphernalia - and the recent arrival of his son.

Lysa Chen

Lysa is a former journalist turned youngest executive (head of marketing) at a national restaurant company. After five years climbing the corporate ladder, she left her cushy but unsatisfying job for the next big adventure, which turned out to be adventuring. During her year off, she discovered Dungeons & Dragons and enjoyed the luxury of being, essentially, a full-time adventurer, which is how she discovered Adventurers League. Wanting to share what D&D had given her—the sense of community, lasting friendships, and more confidence than she’d ever had before—Lysa turned her energies to growing her state's AL community. She now works as a floral designer by day and shapeshifts into a freelance writer, Dungeon Masters Guild Adept, and Adventurers League Associate Community Administrator by the light of the moon. Her creative pursuits can be found on www.lysachen.com.

Host Bios

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. You can find Greg on Twitter.

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.