It’s Thanksgiving here in the states and Greg and Shelly serve up a healthy helping of D&D news for your opening course. For seconds, Shelly is joined by game designer and filmmaker Grant Ellis for a delicious new edition of How To Be a DM, this week focusing on one shots. We’ve got something special for desert as we are joined by a member of the SuperIdols! Podcast, Friends Who Roll Dice, as well as many other TTRPG channels on Twitch, the one and only, Drak!

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

08:38: How to be a DM

36:40: Interview

1:34:32: Outro

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Podcast Guests


Drak is a huge lover of tabletop roleplaying games. He is currently a player on the SuperIdols! RPG actual play podcast, Heroes of Iyastera on Scriv the Bard’s Twitch channel and was recently a player on the Tales from the Loop mini campaign on Rule of Lore. He is also the Events Organizer and one of the co-founders of Friends Who Roll Dice, a TTRPG channel on Twitch, where they’ve raised over $6000 for a variety of charities over the past 6 or so months and plan on raising even more!


Grant Ellis

Grant Ellis is an award winning game designer, film maker, and educator. He is the creator of GrymmWorld, a fairy tale campaign setting for Fifth Edition and the producer of Web DM Plays. He has facilitated over one thousand one-shots at conventions across the country and online.


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.