It's a special bonus episode of Dragon Talk! Kate Welch handles co-hosting duties for Greg Tito, along with Bart Carroll. The three discuss "meta-gaming" along with all-time favorite sidekicks and dragon tattoos. In Lore You Should Know, Chris Perkins discusses Thay. Our special guest today is 12-year-old Ethan Holt and his dad, Brett. Ethan gave a presentation on "Why You Should Play D&D" for his 6th grade passion project, which you can view here.


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

00:00: Intro with Shelly Mazzanoble, Kate Welch, and Bart Carroll

11:36: Lore You Should Know with Chris Perkins

31:21: Interview with Ethan and Brett Holt

1:35:57: Outro with Shelly Mazzanoble, Kate Welch, and Bart Carroll

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About the Guests:

Ethan Holt

My name is Ethan Holt. I am 12-years-old and I am going into 7th grade. I have one sister named Autumn that is going into 4th grade; she is 9-years-old. I really like visiting new places such as Kenya, Africa. I have been playing bass for 3 years. Right now I am in the jazz and orchestra at Madrona K-8 School in Edmonds. One of the things that I enjoy doing is swinging on the homemade swing in my backyard. I also like playing Minecraft, camping, reading, and collecting Pokemon cards.

I started playing D&D about a year ago. The Starter Set was the first D&D set that I ever had. My school had an amazing D&D enrichment group run by a great DM (Emma). My favorite D&D book is Xanathar's Guide To Everything. I just started DMing my family for Hoard Of The Dragon Queen. I never knew it was so hard! Next school year I am going to try to do my own D&D group (I get points of inspiration). I listen to the Adventure Zone podcast. Finally, I live in Mountlake Terrace, Washington.

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.