We are less than one week away from the official release of Van Richten’s Guide to Ravenloft! Your fearless hosts Greg Tito and Shelly Mazzanoble cover this and more in D&D news. Afterwards, we are thrilled to begin a new show series called Insight Check! In this new segment we will interview many of the different brilliant minds within Wizards of the Coast. We kick things off with associate game designer, Makenzie De Armas! Our special interview this week is with two esteemed contributing writers to Van Richten’s Guide to Ravenloft, Molly Ostertag and Cassandra Khaw!

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

06:57: Insight Check

26:44: Interview

1:14:47: Outro

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Podcast Guests


Molly Knox Ostertag is a writer and cartoonist from upstate NY, currently living in Los Angeles with her wife and pets. She's known for the middle-grade graphic novel trilogy The Witch Boy, as well as her work writing on animated cartoons like the Owl House. Interests include cooking, camping, and gay hobbits!


Cassandra Khaw is an award-winning game writer, and former scriptwriter at Ubisoft Montreal. Khaw's work can be found in places like Fantasy & Science Fiction, Lightspeed, and Tor.com. Khaw's first original novella, Hammers on Bone, was a British Fantasy award and Locus award finalist, and their forthcoming novella, Nothing But Blackened Teeth, will be published by Nightfire in October 2021.


Makenzie De Armas is an Associate Game Designer for D&D at Wizards of the Coast. Her previous credits include lead writer for The Islands of Sina Una, co-designer for MCDM’s Kingdoms & Warfare, and lead designer for the ENnie Award–winning Knarl’s Candy Compendium.

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.