Following another singing intro (don’t worry folks, it doesn’t last long), Greg and Shelly chat with an actual musician, Chris Funk of The Decemberists! Chris calls in to discuss Portland vs. Saltmarsh, upcoming musical recordings, and of course his appearance at D&D Live: The Descent. But first, Chris Perkins talks through the contentious Blood War in this episode’s Lore You Should Know.


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

00:00: Intro with Greg Tito and Shelly Mazzanoble

14:51: Lore You Should Know with Chris Perkins

36:18: Interview with Chris Funk

1:28:04: Outro with Greg Tito and Shelly Mazzanoble

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About the Guests:

Chris Funk

Best known as the multi-instrumentalist and founding member of indie rock band The Decemberists, Chris Funk is a three time nominated Grammy artist who has also found much success as a music producer, composer, and studio musician. The artist has lent his musical acumen to such bands as The Shins, Laura Veirs, and more. He has produced records for Stephen Malkmus, Red Fang, Bee Miller, Langhorne Slim, Sallie Ford, Rhett Miller, Kyle Craft, The Builders and The Butchers, and Y La Bamba The Decemberists’ album, The King Is Dead, was released January 18th 2011 and was #1 on the Billboard “Top 200” for it’s first week. The album was nominated for two Grammys. The Decemberists were honored to have their likeness in an episode of The Simpsons, also having created music for the episode as well as appearing in an episode of Parks and Recreation. Funk is also a reoccurring character on the IFC TV show Portlandia. He is proud 6 year member a board serving The Children’s Cancer Association and active fundraiser for their music program, MyMusicRx. He lives in Portland, Oregon and is an avid pinball and board game enthusiast.

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.