Feature Interview: It’s the triumphant return of Shelly Mazzanoble to Dragon Talk! She returns to help Greg Tito introduce the interview he did with Surena Marie and Brandon Stennis, two of the cast-members from Rivals of Waterdeep. They discuss what it was like at the Stream of Many Eyes, how the group formed, and playing D&D for the first time.

Lore You Should Know: Chris Perkins explains all about the Bregan D’aerthe, a faction of drow led by Jarlaxle Baenre.

Podcast/Notes

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

00:00: Intro with Shelly Mazzanoble and Greg Tito

17:55: Lore You Should Know with Chris Perkins

41:00: Interview with Surena Marie & Brandon Stennis

1:24:35: Outro with Shelly Mazzanoble and Greg Tito


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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.

Your Podcast Guests

Surena Marie

Surena Marie is a writer, comedian, and artist living in Chicago. She has studied and performed with The Annoyance Theater, IO Chicago and the Musical Conservatory at Second City. Currently, she is a player character on several live play podcasts including Godsfall, The Dungeon Rats and Neon Rival Presents. She also performs in Chicago with the all WOC comedy troupe Matt Damon Improv. When she's not gaming, you can find her panicking in the craft aisle of your local craft store, cosplaying or trying not to get lost in the woods with her strong desire to become the "outdoorsy type".

Brandon Stennis

Brandon Stennis is a partnered content creator on Twitch.tv for the last 4 years. He also works as the Influencer Manager of the indie publishing company Versus Evil. Brandon has gathered quite the career in the gaming industry since 2012 and has innovated himself into a self made gaming personality. He continues to try and help other creators find their place within themselves and the gaming/streaming communities.