Greg & Shelly open the show reflecting on our 300th episode! Be sure to listen to the Dragon Talk live celebration either here in podcast form or watch over on our YouTube page. We also discuss the latest announcements including The Wild Beyond The Witchlight, Strixhaven: A Curriculum of Chaos, D&D Celebration and more! Afterwards, we welcome D&D graphic designer Trish Yochum. Our special interview this week is #1 NYT bestselling author of many books, Aaron Reynolds!

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

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

16:27: Insight Check

36:31: Interview

1:35:01: Outro


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Podcast Guests

AARON REYNOLDS

Aaron Reynolds is a #1 New York Times Bestselling Author of many highly acclaimed books for kids including CREEPY CARRTOS, CREEPY PAIR OF UNDERWEAR, DUDE!, THE INCREDIBLY DEAD PETS OF REX DEXTER and the fantasy comedy series FART QUEST He has a passion for kids’ books and seeing kids reading them. He regularly makes time to visit elementary schools, where his hilarious and hands-on presentations keep kids spellbound. Aaron has been a Dungeon Master and D&D fanatic since 1981 and still proudly owns his original Monster Manual. His favorite monster is the Umber Hulk. His favorite spell is Feather Fall.

TRISH YOCHUM

Trish Yochum is a graphic designer with a love of color and texture. She truly believes that there is no such thing as too many layers in a Photoshop file. She has always loved to create in one form or another. At times as a kid, she didn’t always find the best outlet for said creativity, things like her bed's headboard didn’t have an inch left without graffiti. Growing up, her family loved to play games, so ending up at a game company was perfection. Trish has worked at/with Wizards in some capacity for 21 years, with the last 3 years being spent on the D&D team and she loves her job! Outside of work Trish is an avid camper, loves to cook, and spend time playing games with friends and family.

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.