A major part of the fun of D&D is seeing the miniatures on the table and Justin Ziran, head of WizKids, works with D&D art director Kate Irwin to make them memorable for fans. Hosts Shelly Mazzanoble (@shellymoo) and Greg Tito (@gregtito) try not to talk about The Bachelor. Lore You Should Know – Matt Sernett (@Sernett) explores the area of Chult in the Forgotten Realms. Thanks to @VeritableTwenty for the topic suggestion!
Here’s a guide to when each segment on the podcast begins:
00:00 – Intro with Greg Tito and Shelly Mazzanoble
06:59 – Lore You Should Know – Chult (see bibliography below)
33:50 – Interview with Justin Ziran and Kate Irwin
01:22:06 – Outro with Greg and Shelly (and Kate!)
President of WizKids
Justin Ziran is a veteran game executive with over 15 years of experience spanning leadership positions at National Entertainment Collectibles Association (NECA), Wizards of the Coast, WizKids and The Topps Company, where he has lead business teams for Marvel Comics, DC Comics, Star Wars, Pokemon, Magic the Gathering, Star Trek, Lord of the Rings, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, The Hunger Games and Disney’s Club Penguin.
Art Director at D&D
Kate Irwin is the Senior Art Director for the D&D studio. She has her fingers in all the brand’s pies, overseeing the TRPG, licensed products, and video games. True to her profession, she has an opinion about most things except where to go for lunch. She is a nearly-native Seattleite and lives there with her husband, 2 dogs, and 2 cats.
To learn more about this episode’s segment topic, check out the following sources:
• Chult •
FRM1: The Jungles of Chult - by James Lowder and Jean Rabe
The Ring of Winter - by James Lowder
The Fanged Crown - by Jenna Helland
Vanity’s Brood - by Lisa Smedman
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About the Hosts
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 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.