Greg congratulates Shelly on her twenty (!!!) years at D&D and discuss why that's a better career choice than selling hand soap or manufacturing salt. In our latest installment of How To DM, we welcome in D&D editor Wes Schneider for a breakdown of running a session zero and how that can help your game. Our special guest this week is the creator of Syrinscape, Benjamin Loomes.

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: Intro with Greg Tito and Shelly Mazzanoble

07:02: How to DM with Wes Schneider

45:26: Interview with Benjamin Loomes

1:43:28: Outro with Greg Tito and Shelly Mazzanoble


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About the Guest:

 

Benjamin Loomes

Benjamin Loomes is the CEO/Creative Director of Syrinscape. As an accomplished pianist, singer and composer, he has created a large number of instrumental and vocal works, including two operas which premiered in Sydney, Australia.

His passion for tabletop games began decades ago when, as a 10 year old, he was given the 1st Edition Dungeons and Dragons Redbox. Benjamin’s creative talent, combined with his lifelong love of social gaming has driven him to build something which is changing people's gaming experience. The evocative moods of Syrinscape, from friendly taverns to dungeon depths, help to immerse players in the moment. As Benjamin always says, "Epic games need epic sounds!"

Find him on:

Facebook, Twitter, YouTube

Website: https://www.syrinscape.com/


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.