It’s a bonus, early release of Dragon Talk this week as we prepare you for D&D Live 2021 is THIS WEEK (July 16 and 17 beginning at 12pm PST)! In opening D&D News, Greg & Shelly get you properly hyped up for everything that is happening THIS WEEKEND. Afterwards, we are joined by D&D graphic designer Trystan Falcone for another edition of Insight Check! Our special interview this week is with WWE superstar Xavier Woods who tells us all about his special game at D&D Live 2021!

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

11:42: Insight Check

29:50: Interview

1:21:05: Outro


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Podcast Guests

XAVIER WOODS

A Georgia native with a true love for sports entertainment, Xavier Woods followed his heart to WWE Superstardom. The purveyor of positivity may have won multiple WWE Tag Team Championships as one-third of The New Day, but he also welcomes all challengers in the gaming arena as the host of his own YouTube gaming show, UpUpDownDown. Having earned both a master’s degree and a PhD, Xavier Woods combines brain power with star power to be one of WWE’s most versatile Superstars.

TRYSTAN FALCONE

Trystan Falcone never got to play D&D as a youth and is making up for lost time! They are a full time Graphic Designer with the D&D TTRPG Team, a some time player with Acquisitions Inc, and an occasional illustrator of prismatic elves. They have a soft spot for spells with no obvious combat value and messy Druids (Circle of the Moon, of course).

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.