Greg and Shelly welcome you to the show, then discuss the brand new Dragon Talk book, Welcome To DragonTalk! Our special interview this week is with the Executive Producer for Cryptic Studios Neverwinter MMORPG, Brett Norton!

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Show open with Greg Tito and Shelly Mazzanoble - 0:00

How To DM - 5:06

Interview - 41:46

Outro - 1:41:33


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Brett Norton (he/him) is the Executive Producer for Neverwinter, Cryptic Studios’ critically acclaimed free-to-play action MMORPG based on the beloved tabletop adventure, Dungeons & Dragons. Brett has worked in the video games industry for over 20 years. He got his first job in the industry at Stratos Group and worked on several published books, including the Age of Wonders game manual and official strategy guide. He began working on games at Cryptic Studios in 2019 as Director of Design Development, and began his role as a Neverwinter’s Executive Producer in February 2022. Before Cryptic, he was a part of the design team for Wargaming Seattle, Trendy Entertainment and TimeGate Studios and worked on games like F.E.A.R., Aliens: Colonial Marines, Dungeon Defenders II, among others.

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.