Greg and Shelly recap D&D Celebration and the Wild Beyond the Witchlight release in opening D&D News. The two also talk about the Domains of Delight PDF available on the DM’s guild which benefits DnD Extra Life. Afterwards, we are joined by D&D Play Manager, Chris Tulach, for another edition of Insight Check! Our special interview this week is with actor, writer and director Erik Jensen!

For general inquiries or show messages, please email dragontalk@sirensound.coDragon 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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00:00: D&D news with Greg Tito and Shelly Mazzanoble

07:54: Insight Check

28:49: Interview

1:23:02: Outro


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Podcast Guests

ERIK JENSEN

Erik Jensen (he/him) is an actor, writer, director who has appeared on tv shows including “The Walking Dead”, “Mindhunter”, “Mr. Robot” and most recently “For Life” on ABC. Along with his wife, Jessica Blank, he is author of the award-winning plays “The Exonerated”, “Aftermath”, “How to Be A Rock Critic”, “The Line,” "Coal Country" (with original music by three-time Grammy winner Steve Earle) and the film “Almost Home” which he and Jessica co-directed. He is also author of the sci-fi Graphic Novel “The Reconcilers” which got raves from aintitcoolnews. Erik has been playing Dungeons and Dragons since the original “Red Box” of Keep on the Borderlands showed up on his doorstep in 1980. He remembers the “Satanic Panic” but kept his D and D stuff anyway. He has DM’d a private game for the last 3 years for a bunch of self-professed “theater nerds” and plays regularly with the Severed Sons crew online. Dungeons and Dragons (and other TTRPG’s) were crucial to his becoming a theater and film creator and went hand in hand with the improv training he received at Carnegie Mellon University. Erik’s whole philosophy of the game is about “leaning into the yes” which he believes is the key to every successful creative endeavor. He has only recently come out as a D and D guy online and, as player and DM, has some innovative insights into building community with your players and world building with the best parts of your imagination. He is the only actor to have portrayed NY Yankee Captain Thurman Munson and Lester Bangs, both of whom share a mustache.

You can follow Erik on:

twitter @erikjensen123 | instagram @ejensen123 | bardquest empire instagram | bardquest empire twitter | bardquest empire spotify

CHRIS TULACH

Chris Tulach works at Wizards of the Coast as the D&D Play Manager. He's been there since 2006, and has worked on Dungeons & Dragons organized play, Magic organized play, brand management, and event management in his time at Wizards. Chris has a deep affinity with D&D and has been involved in the play community since the late '80s. He is also an adventure and game designer, having designed over 50 adventures for official play programs and Wizards products. Chris lives just outside of Seattle with his partner Kat Kruger, young son Grayson, and dachshund Tofu.

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.