We kick off the show as always with D&D News! Greg and Shelly also discuss their favorite dragons as we gear up for the release of Fizban’s Treasury of Dragons coming your way October 19th! Additionally, make sure you pick up the Domains of Delight PDF available on the DM’s guild; all proceeds raised benefits DnD Extra Life which directly helps sick kids. Later, Greg is joined by D&D Senior Game Designer James Wyatt for another edition of Lore You Should Know. This week, the two discuss everything they know about Dragon Turtles. Our special interview this week is with two of the team members behind the Wild Beyond the Witchlight - Principle Art Director, Kate Irwin and D&D Game Designer, Ari Levitch!

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

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

09:21: Lore You Should Know

25:02: Interview

1:22:48: Outro


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Podcast Guests

KATE IRWIN

Kate Irwin is the Principal Art Director for the D&D studio, working with artists and guiding the visuals for all aspects of the game. True to her profession, she has an opinion about most things except where to go for lunch. She is a nearly-native Seattleite and lives there with her husband and two incredibly cute dogs.

ARI LEVITCH

Ari Levitch is a game designer and storyteller for Dungeons & Dragons and a history nerd on his own time. Most recently, he was a writer on The Wild Beyond the Witchlight and wrote "Shemshime's Bedtime Rhyme" in Candlekeep Mysteries. Also, his partner's nephew James says he's a pretty cool guy.

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.