In our opening D&D news segment, Greg and Shelly talk Candlekeep Mysteries! Afterwards we are joined by Senior Content Strategist for Wizards of the Coast, Trick Jarrett for another edition of How To DM, this week focusing on worldbuilding! For our special interview this week, we are joined by the entire cast of Transplanar RPG, which streams weekly on Twitch!

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: Intro and News with Greg Tito and Shelly Mazzanoble

07:41: How to DM

35:33: Interview

1:37:00: Outro

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Transplanar RPG is an all-transgender, POC-led, 100% homebrew livestreamed game set in a noncolonial, antiorientalist world. Their setting is based on various Asian and Pacific Islander mythologies. The story begins when the world ends... The stars wink out, the gods vanish, and strange monsters descend. Amidst the chaos, four strangers must overcome their differences and their own traumas in order to restore balance to the realm. Overall, this is a classic save-the-world campaign with LGBTQ+ leads and leads of color, as well as a heavy emphasis on roleplay, narrative tension, and flashy homebrew mechanics. Their main campaign and GM advice series plus player roundtable streams on alternating Saturdays at 3pm CDT on Twitch!


Trick Jarrett is the Sr. Content Strategist at Wizards of the Coast, working on project for all of their brands. He is a lifelong Magic player and D&D DM and sometimes a player. Trick is being told he needs to write more... He has two dogs, Elwood and Ozzie. He is a big soccer fan, and he can recite the alphabet backwards faster than you.


    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.