In D&D news, Greg and Shelly get you all the latest and greatest including our new partnership with NERDS candy! Afterwards, illustrator and writer Laura Gray-Holt joins us for a brand new edition of How To DM. This week, Shelly and Laura discuss player bonding during downtime. Our special interview this week is with best selling freelance game designer, Kat Kruger! For general inquiries or show messages, please email dragontalk@sirensound.co.

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

7:09: How to DM

40:50: Interview

1:33:18: Outro


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Podcast Guests

KAT KRUGER

Kat Kruger is a best-selling freelance game designer at her owner-operated company, Steampunk Unicorn Studio. Her previous work includes game design for Hasbro, Avalon Hill, WotC, Baldman Games, Ghostfire Gaming, and more. She is also the Dungeon Master on the family-friendly, actual-play podcast d20 Dames. When she’s not writing or editing games, she’s raising a geeky toddler with her partner and their dachshund in Seattle.

LAURA GRAY

Laura Gray is a full time illustrator, D&D enthusiast, and games writer for Screen Rant. They are currently on a brand new epic adventure raising their small dragon of a son, and learning the dark arts of professional editing. When not putting pen to paper, they spend their time building elaborate fantasy worlds and drinking far too much coffee.

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.