Greg and Shelly announce Dark Alliance and cover all the amazing new releases and more in D&D news. Afterwards, we are joined by Lauren Urban for another edition of How To DM, this week focusing on game preparation! Our interview this week is with actor, director, musician Jimmy Wong

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: D&D news with Greg Tito and Shelly Mazzanoble

13:50: How to DM

1:02:57: Interview

1:51:40: Outro

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Jimmy Wong is an actor, director, and musician who has been creating digital content for over a decade. He's starred in hit shows online (Video Game High School, Game Knights, Feast of Fiction) and has acted in major motion pictures (Mulan, Wish Dragon, John Dies at the End). Alongside his brother, Freddie, their work has helped bridge the gap between digital and Hollywood.

Lauren Urban

Lauren “Oboe” Urban is the Community Manager for Idle Champions of the Forgotten Realms by Codename Entertainment, as well as a professional classical oboist. When she's not playing a Bard in real life she's a prolific DM and player on a variety of livestreams and podcasts

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    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.