Greg and Shelly get things going in D&D news with the exciting new announcement of Critical Role: Call of the Neverdeep! Pre order your copy now! Is there anything you wish you could hear on Dragon Talk that you’re missing? Any guests you’d love to hear from? Now’s the time to make your voice heard! We’ve got a Dragon Talk survey that will be running for four weeks and we’d love for you to tell us what you think! In How to DM, Shelly is joined by educator and life long fan of RPG’s, Timm Woods to discuss D&D in the classroom. Our special interview this week is with one of the masterminds behind Fizban’s Treasury of Dragons, D&D Senior Game Designer James Wyatt!

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.


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

00:00: D&D news with Greg Tito and Shelly Mazzanoble

07:55: How to DM

39:23: Interview

1:32:52: Outro

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James Wyatt is a Senior Game Designer on the creative team for Magic: The Gathering. His work at Wizards of the Coast since 2000 includes five novels, more than 20 short stories, one poem, dozens of Dungeons & Dragons game sourcebooks, and nine Magic art books. He was a lead writer for the 5th edition Player’s Handbook and a lead designer of the Dungeon Master’s Guide, Guildmaster’s Guide to Ravnica, Eberron: Rising from the Last War, and Mythic Odysseys of Theros.


Timm Woods has been teaching and running tabletop RPGs professionally for over 12 years. He runs game events for students in afterschool programs, families, companies, and groups of friends. Timm received his PhD at St. John’s University on game-based education and the use of RPGs in the classroom. He partnered with A24 to design the Green Knight RPG in coordination with the film’s release, and has a published volume of Random Tables for Game Masters available for sale wherever books are sold.

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.