Feature Interview: Professional psychologist and gamer Dr. Megan Connell (@MeganPsyD) spoke to Shelly and Greg back in April about what it's like to run D&D for young people and the benefits of roleplaying games...
Lysa Chen (@mercyfuldm)is one of the Dungeon Masters Guild Adepts and she calls in to talk about what all that means to her and how she got started playing D&D in sunny New Jersey! Shelly Mazzanoble (@shellymoo) and Greg Tito (@gregtito) survived the solar eclipse to travel to the future and deliver this podcast episode. Find out more about the Guild Adept program here: http://dnd.wizards.com/articles/news/guild-adept-program. Lore You Should Know - Chris Perkins (@ChrisPerkinsDND) and Matt Sernett (@Sernett) discuss the other adventure that inspired Tomb of Annihilation, i1 - Dwellers of the Forbidden City. Watch Dragon Talk recordings live on twitch.tv/dnd Mondays at 2pm PT!
Here’s a guide to when each segment on the podcast begins:
25:44 – Interview with Lysa Chen (@mercyfuldm)
~01:07:31 – Outro with Greg, Shelly
Here’s video of the interview segment from today’s podcast:
Lore You Should Know – Dwellers of the Forbidden City: https://go.twitch.tv/videos/175950689?collection=l6ug0qGAzhRJVg
Interview with Lysa Chen: https://go.twitch.tv/videos/168952992?collection=l6ug0qGAzhRJVg
Watch Dragon Talk recordings live on twitch.tv/dnd Mondays at 2pm PT!
Find out more about the Guild Adept program here: http://dnd.wizards.com/articles/news/guild-adept-program.
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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 found 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.
Lysa Chen is a writer, floral designer and occasional sorceress named Mercy. In addition to designing with fresh-cut flowers in the daylight, this all-around creative and curious soul also paints, knits, sews, silversmiths, soaps, weaves, dyes and gardens... but she is perhaps best known as an organizer for Dungeons & Dragons Adventurers League. Passionate about building tabletop communities and supporting the game shops that host them, Lysa specializes in creating epic experiences for mass raids of up to 100 gamers, which is what caught the attention of Adventurers League administrators who recruited her as a writer. Lysa's adventures for Adventurers League Season 7 and the Role Initiative will be premiering at conventions November and December of 2017. Lysa also is proud to be the first female dungeon mistress at her friendly local game shop, where she is known as "Lysa the Mercyful" and known for rolling terribly on initiative.
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.