Senior Graphic Designer Emi Tanji and Art Director Kate Irwin come to the studio to talk about putting together Tales from the Yawning Portal, a much different book than the D&D team has made in the past. Hosts Shelly Mazzanoble (@shellymoo) and Greg Tito (@gregtito) talk briefly about headphones, which are called “cans” in the audio business, I swear. Lore You Should Know – Matt Sernett (@Sernett) and Chris Perkins (@ChrisPerkinsDND) talk about the funny, wondrous creatures called Flumphs.

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

00:00 – Intro with Greg Tito and Shelly Mazzanoble (And Kate Irwin & Emi Tanji!)

03:24 – Lore You Should Know – Flumphs (See bibliography below)

16:51 – Interview with Emi Tanji and Kate Irwin

01:01:46 – Outro with Greg and Shelly

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Emi Tanji
Sr. Graphic Designer at D&D

Emi Tanji stands at 5’1” and is apparently getting shorter every year. The one thing NOT getting shorter is her love for all things fiction and fantasy! She grew up in Hawaii, glued to RPGs on the SNES and in the last ten years has made her way through Wizards working on Magic the Gathering, Maple Story, Duel Masters, Avalon Hill and Dungeons & Dragons. One day she hopes to learn how to become an excellent DM - but for now, will get by as a Sr. Graphic Designer for the best brand in the world (Dungeons & Dragons).

Kate Irwin
Art Director at D&D

Kate Irwin is the Senior Art Director for the D&D studio. She has her fingers in all the brand’s pies, overseeing the TRPG, licensed products, and video games. True to her profession, she has an opinion about most things except where to go for lunch. She is a nearly-native Seattleite and lives there with her husband, 2 dogs, and 2 cats.

Bibliography for Flumphs:

Fiend Folio
Castle Greyhawk
Dragon #246 - “Ecology of the Flumph”
Monster Manual – fifth edition – Flumph p. 135
Greg Tito’s Silly Flumph Adventure in the Underdark – Extra Life 2015

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