The podcast is coming from inside the house! Once more, our hosts are buried under Seattle snow and recording this episode from their homes. Kelli Butler, aka The Opera Geek, joins them to talk about how to be a real-life bard as well as infusing bardic inspiration into all classes. In Lore You Should Know, Chris Perkins discusses history “across the pond” at TSR’s UK offices.


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00:00: Intro with Greg Tito & Shelly Mazzanoble

05:44: Lore You Should Know with Chris Perkins

23:56: Interview with Kelli Butler

1:25:01: Outro with Greg Tito & Shelly Mazzanoble

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Kelli Butler

Kelli Butler is a professional opera singer, aria slinging mercenary, & geek extraordinaire. She has performed across the US singing a variety of roles including the Queen of the Night (The Magic Flute - which graces the cover of the College of the Opera bard subclass), Musetta (La Boheme), Adele (Die Fledermaus), & Anna (The Merry Widow), among others. In addition to her stage & concert work, she is also a freelance voiceover artist for anime dubs, and streams D&D/TTRPG/videogames on Twitch. She is based in NY, where she lives with her husband Justin and their highly illogical cat, Bones.

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.