Animator, director and D&D player Kyle Balda calls in to Shelly Mazzanoble (@shellymoo) and Greg Tito (@gregtito) to talk about going from his humble D&D beginnings Dungeon Mastering his friend’s paladin Scorch, all the way to his work animating and directing animated films like The Lorax and Minions! Greg and Shelly also let us in on how the word “fool” is being used by kids today. Lore You Should Know - Matt Sernett (@Sernett) discloses all Mystra’s secrets as we dive into the history and mysteries of The Weave!

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

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

15:17 – Lore You Should Know - Matt Sernett (@Sernett) – Mystra and The Weave

34:56 – Interview with Kyle Balda

01:23:31 – Outro with Greg & Shelly

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

Lore You Should Know – Mystra and The Weave

Interview with Kyle Balda

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.