We’re here early this week for a special edition of Dragon Talk leading up to D&D Live 2020! Greg & Shelly get you the latest news and updates heading into this weeks amazing event! Afterwards, Shelly is joined by special guest Mike Shea for another edition of How To DM, this week focusing on game preparation! Our special guest this week is drag performer, contestant on RuPaul’s Drag Race and upcoming performer for D&D Live 2020, Rock M Sakura!

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

13:41: How to DM with Mike Shea

41:30: Interview with Rock M Sakura

1:32:27: Outro

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About the Guests:


Rock M Sakura

Rock M Sakura was a contestant on the popular tv show Rupauls Drag Race season 12. She is one of one of the nerdiest queens to grace to the show, as her style typically embraces elements of anime, manga, cartoons, and video games. Rock has been playing DnD on and off since the summer of 2009, where she became s regular at her local comic book store in Santa Clara. She has been a guest on the DnD live show, Queens of adventure, and is set to appear in Reality RP.

You can find Rock on Twitter, Instagram, or their Website.

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Mike Shea

Mike Shea is the self-published author of Return of the Lazy Dungeon Master, Sly Flourish’s Fantastic Adventures , and Ruins of the Grendleroot.

Mike has been writing weekly DM advice articles on https://slyflourish.com/ and daily DM tips at https://twitter.com/slyflourish for the past ten years. D&D game prep videos on Twitch and Youtube. His past work includes freelancer writer for WOTC, Kobold Press, Pelgrane Press, and others. Mike is currently running a Kickstarter for Fantastic Lairs with James Introcaso and Scott Fitzgerald Gray, both WOTC freelancers.

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.