Greg and Shelly open the show and catch up! Afterwards, Shelly welcomes Karen Twelves, author of Improv for Gamers for another edition of How To DM. As you may have already surmised, the two talk all about improv in your games! Our special interview this week is with blogger and content creator with an emphasis in pop culture related projects, A. Jordan Lambert.

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

03:15: How To DM

30:41: Interview

1:30:30: Outro

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A Jordan Lambert (she/her/hers) is an avid storyteller - a writer, blogger, podcaster, and most recently Dungeon/Game Master. She played privately for years, before combining her love of gaming and content creation into streaming. She currently runs Blackness and Dragons on the QueueTimes channel, as well as playing in Say a Prayer for California, and appearing on various one shots and guest appearances as a DM and a player. When she's not running games - she's attending to her day job in fashion or napping.

Find Jordan on:
twitter @lambertraa_ & @blacknessdnd | | instagram @lambertraa



Recently, Karen Twelves is the author and instructor of Improv for Gamers, a book and workshop series that highlights how to apply improvisational skills like enthusiastic collaboration, dynamic characters, and risk-taking to your tabletop RPG or larp. She has been teaching improv for over a decade in the California Bay Area and at conventions across the country. Karen is also an editor, and has worked on games such as Fiasco, Dialect, Blades in the Dark, and Thirsty Sword Lesbians. She runs a silly daily game on Twitter and TikTok called "Thing & Thing" that you should definitely play.

Find Karen on: | | @ktwelves on Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok

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.