Greg and Shelly open with all the latest and greatest D&D news as well as our introductions! Later, Shelly is joined by DM of the DnDeBrief stream Sam Dillon for another installment of How To DM, this week on creating character backstories as well as integrating them into your campaigns.

In this week’s special interview, we welcome game designer, writer, as well as the host and lead content creator for the actual play podcast Taverns & Caverns, Rhyan Cassady! 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.

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

15:01: How to DM

1:02:01: Interview

1:58:33: Outro


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Podcast Guests

Samuel Dillon

Samuel Dillon is a professor of biology and a long-time D&D player. He is a prolific podcaster, hosting a variety of RPG-focused shows. He currently co-hosts the Edition Wars podcast, which explores the rules and quirks of the various editions of D&D (though no actual wars occur on the show) and DMing for D&DeBrief, a livestreamed 5th edition D&D game featuring after-session commentary and analysis. Lastly, Sam is the chief editor and a frequent host on The Tome Show, the longest running independent D&D podcast, featuring news, reviews, and interviews about our favorite game.

 

Rhyan Cassady

Rhyan Cassady is a podcaster, tabletop game designer, writer, and long time D&D Dungeon Master. He began his D&D adventures in 2011 as a DM with the Eberron Campaign Setting. Ever since then he has been an avid TTRPG fan and is passionate about introducing D&D to others. Currently he is the host and lead content creator for the D&D actual play podcast, Taverns & Caverns. Along with the podcast, he has built an engaging, fun, and diverse online community for those seeking to meet others with the same interests. He is also the game designer of his very own tabletop game, Untold Reverie! Rhyan is continuously looking for ways to share his passion for D&D and is always willing to share his experiences!

 

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.