Greg and Shelly welcome you to the show. Afterwards, Shelly asks our very own Greg Tito to sit in for a brand new edition of How To DM. This week, the pair discuss the rule of cool. Our special interview this week is with voice actor and DM for Critical Role, Matthew Mercer!

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.


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

00:00: Show open with Greg Tito and Shelly Mazzanoble

04:39: How To DM

25:59: Interview

1:27:33: Outro

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Matthew Mercer is an American voice actor, and the Dungeon Master for Critical Role, a weekly twitch stream where he runs his other voice actor friends through adventurous journeys and perilous dangers of his own devising. Their adventures have since expanded into graphic novels with Dark Horse, live shows, and an animated series with Amazon that airs in early 2022! Matthew has also written and published aspects of his original world of Exandria in epic source books and adventures, such as the Explorer’s Guide to Wildemount and the upcoming Call of the Netherdeep with Wizards of the Coast, and the soon-to-release Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting Reborn through Darrington Press.

Find Matthew on:

twitter @matthewmercer |


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.