It’s the final episode of Dragon Talk for 2020! Greg and Shelly open the show reflecting back on what was a wild year for all of us, as well as get you your final D&D news segment until we return in 2021!

Later, we welcome our very own Chris Lindsay, product manager for D&D, as we jump into a brand new edition of How to DM! This week, we focus on balancing encounters in your games. Our special interview is game and narrative designer, along with brand manager of Warriors of Waterdeep, Stephen David Wark! 

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

10:11: How to DM

37:48: Interview

1:26:56: Outro


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Podcast Guests

STEPHEN WARK

Stephen Wark is a game/narrative designer and Brand Manager for Warriors of Waterdeep, an official D&D tactical team-based dungeon exploration mobile game created by Ludia in Montreal. Warriors of Waterdeep was previewed at D&D Live 2019: The Descent, and launched worldwide on May 30, 2019. After celebrating a great first year, there's a lot of a wonderful new content to release as 2020 winds down: a brand-new adventure (the deadly Forestfall Fen), a new hero (Coriolis, the gnome sorcerer), and a new iconic hero (Vajra Safahr, the Blackstaff of Waterdeep). and maybe a few plans for 2021

CHRIS LINDSAY

Chris Lindsay is a Product Marketing Manager in the Dungeons & Dragons Studio at Wizards of the Coast and the head Dungeon Master for the D&D Adventurers League, where he oversees the largest D&D campaign in the world. Chris is also the business architect and manager for the Dungeon Masters Guild, a community of fan content creators and digital marketplace. Lastly, Chris has been known to hop in front of a camera now and again to show off his Dungeon Mastering skills as well as to talk about all things Dungeons & Dragons.

    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.