Greg & Shelly talk about the D&D Sapphire Anniversary Dice Set, Dark Alliance & Monster Madness! In Lore You Should Know, we welcome back Ari Levitch who delves into the denizens of the Dungeons & Dragons vs Rick and Morty campaign. Our special interview guests this week are David and Hope Spears.

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.


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

00:00: Intro with Greg Tito and Shelly Mazzanoble

12:53: Lore you Should Know with Ari Levitch

41:05: Interview with David and Hope Spears

1:38:20: Outro with Greg Tito and Shelly Mazzanoble

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David & Hope Spears

Hope and David Spears do an amazing job of bringing people together and helping them find enjoyment in their free time. Hope and David are huge gamers (mostly board games) and David is a huge RPGer. They have had three successful game stores over the past 17 years. David sold the first two (the second one is the largest WOTC event focused store in Nashville). He recently closed the 3rd location because of a promotion he got at his day job at Vanderbilt. He just could not focus on both.

Hope and David open their home to people every week to game and enjoy each other's company. They started a meet-up group at a brewery/pub for weekly D&D that actively has between 15-30 people playing each week. They host booze and board games every six weeks where friends and their friends come over for gaming. They play in a weekly group and have toyed with the idea of streaming it. They own a small company that they are developing called MarriedWithMeeples. And David has a D&D focused website called TheDiceTellTheStory that he is working on in his spare time. Neither of these two are ready to go yet but they hope to have them up and running in 2020.

You can find them on Twitter

Hope - @hcspears

David -  @davespears

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.