In D&D news, Greg & Shelly discuss all the special treats in store for D&D Live 2021, D&D Celebration details, Adventures in the Forgotten Realms and so much more! Afterwards, Transplanar RPG DM Connie Chang returns for another edition of How to DM. This week Shelly and Connie discuss character backstories. Our special interview this week is with the amazing game designer as well as DM of our special celebrity table at D&D Live 2021, Kate Welch!

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

10:39: How To DM

53:57: Interview

1:46:23: Outro

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Kate Welch is generally a game designer and sometimes a dungeon master. She's worked on games at ArenaNet, Amazon Games, Wizards of the Coast, and now Dreamhaven. Kate also plays D&D as a member of the cast of Acquisitions Incorporated: The "C" Team.


Connie Chang (they/he/she) is a queer and trans, 1.5-generation Chinese-American professional GM, TTRPG culture writer, and game designer. They're passionate about running games that tell dark, gripping stories about flawed people, broken worlds, and finding hope at the bottom of a well. Follow them on Twitter for cat pics, check out their all-transgender D&D stream Transplanar RPG, and support them on Patreon for GM tips, tools, and services!

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.