Welcome 2022 with Greg and Shelly as they ring in the new year! Later, we welcome back freelance author and developer Teos Abadia for another edition of How To DM. This week, Teos chats with Shelly about magic items. Our special interview this week is with actress and writer Aliza Pearl!

For general inquiries or show messages, please email dragontalk@sirensound.coDragon Talk is executively produced by Greg Tito, Shelly Mazzanoble & Wizards of The Coast. Show production by Lisa Carr & Ryan Marth of Siren Sound. Podcast recording, editing, mixing and mastering by Ryan Marth & Siren Sound.


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00:00: D&D news with Greg Tito and Shelly Mazzanoble

05:30: How To DM

37:19: Interview

1:29:12: Outro

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Aliza Pearl is an actress, writer, improviser, Trekkie, RPG host, and content creator originally from Newark, NJ. Of African-American, Puerto Rican, and Afro-Caribbean heritage, Aliza explores identity and split cultural ties through scifi, comedy and genre storytelling. Aliza is the dungeon master of the weekly Dungeons & Dragons liveplay campaign, "Lords of Faerun" on twitch.tv/kira858. Aliza also developed and is the current gamemaster of the live tabletop RPG show “Blood of the Void” on QueueTimes (an all-Klingon, all BIPOC, Star Trek Adventures campaign on Twitch). Previous RPG shows include “Callisto 6” “Shield of Tomorrow” and “Overlight” (as Gamemaster) on Geek & Sundry, and “Rat Queens” on Hyper RPG. She's appeared on panels at Star Trek Las Vegas (STLV), San Diego Comic Con, Los Angeles Comic Con, Long Beach Comic Con, and Geek Girl Con in Seattle. Find Aliza on:

Twitter: @alizapearl | Website: https://www.alizapearl.com/ | Instagram: @alizapearl

Streampunks twitter: @streampunksrpg | The Cookout TTRPG twitter: @thecookoutTTRPG

Lords of Faerun D&D Campaign: https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLbsdU7EB6dTcHDPb39sEAONI_f3mjjezD



Teos Abadía is a Colombian-American freelance author and developer working with Wizards of the Coast, Penny Arcade, MCDM, Hasbro, and several organized play programs. Teos was a primary author on the Acquisitions Incorporated D&D book and on the vast Dungeon of Doom and Caverns Deep adventures for Dwarven Forge. Board game work includes the recent HeroQuest game relaunch. Teos shares knowledge and advocates for a healthier RPG industry as cohost of the Mastering Dungeons podcast and on his blog at Alphastream.org. Reports that he was created by tinker gnomes in a device powered by space hamsters are incorrect… it leaves out the important role played by flumphs.

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.