Greg and Shelly open up the show with D&D news, talking about Candlekeep Mysteries, Virtual Play Weekends, the D&D official Discord channel and more! Afterwards, Greg is once again joined by D&D community manager Brandy Camel for another edition of Random Character Generator! This week we randomly roll Grerel Ariessus, an Eladrin Barbarian. Be sure to check out the stat sheet to use Grerel in your own games at home! Our special interview this week is published writer and disability advocate, Sara Thompson.

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.

Podcast/Notes

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

00:00: Intro and News with Greg Tito and Shelly Mazzanoble

13:30: Random Character Generator

36:01: Interview

1:39:44: Outro


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Podcast Guests

SARA THOMPSON

Sara Thompson is a disabled published writer for TTRPGs (The Witcher, Cyberpunk RED, Hellboy, Bardsung, etc.) and disability advocate, working for better disability representation in tabletop. She recently made the Combat Wheelchair homebrew for 5e D&D, which made its' appearance on Critical Role. She believes that the D&D community has issues with ableism, as does the TTRPG sphere at large. 

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.