We open the show with D&D news and Greg and Shelly do a deep dive on Van Richten’s Guide To Ravenloft. Also in news, we talk D&D Mini’s, Dragon + and of course Candlekeep Mysteries. After news, we are thrilled to have writer, producer, game designer, James Introcaso for another edition of How To DM! This week we revisit running a one shot. Our special interview this week is lead singer of the band Against The Current, Chrissy Costanza!

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 and News with Greg Tito and Shelly Mazzanoble

12:44: How to DM

48:36: Interview

1:38:50: Outro


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Podcast Guests

CHRISSY COSTANZA

Chrissy Costanza first rose to fame as the captivating singer of alternative act Against The Current, and has since become one of the most recognizable female voices in gaming. While still in high school, Costanza and her ATC bandmates, Dan Gow and Will Ferri, blew up online and quickly caught the attention of Fueled By Ramen (Warner Music, home of Twenty One Pilots and Panic At The Disco). After a critically acclaimed debut album and a sold-out world tour, Chrissy was approached by Riot Games in 2017 to be the voice of the League of Legends anthem “Legends Never Die.” An avid member of the gaming community, Chrissy jumped at the opportunity. The song was a massive success (over 200 million streams to date) and she ended up performing at the LOL World Championship in 2017.

JAMES INTROCASO

James Introcaso is a tabletop roleplaying game designer who has worked on seven official Dungeons & Dragons hardcover books. He's the co-creator of the Burn Bryte RPG for Roll20, the author of the Emmy-winning World Builder Blog, and credited in more than fifty best-selling DMs Guild and DriveThruRPG products. James currently works full-time as the RPG Line Developer for MCDM, Matt Colville's production company. Today, he's fulfilling a lifelong dream of being a guest on How to be a DM.

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.