Feature Interview: Professional psychologist and gamer Dr. Megan Connell (@MeganPsyD) spoke to Shelly and Greg back in April about what it's like to run D&D for young people and the benefits of roleplaying games...
After educating us on Hollywood Squares, Shelly Mazzanoble (@shellymoo) and Greg Tito (@gregtito) talk with Graeme Barber (@POCGamer) of POCGamer. Graeme recounts how his first D&D character was promptly thrown in jail after failing a pickpocket roll, suggested a few ways the Forgotten Realms could be changed to support more characters of color, advised us all go to Bali for D&D research and more. Lore You Should Know – Matt Sernett (@Sernett) and Chris Perkins (@ChrisPerkinsDnD) detail some of the most notorious wyrms (aka chromatic dragons) of the Forgotten Realms, including a dragon with a dead wizard strapped to its back, crafty black dragon twins, and a dragon that raises his own cattle. Watch Dragon Talk recordings live on twitch.tv/dnd Mondays at 2pm PT!
Here’s a guide to when each segment on the podcast begins:
38:50 – Interview with Graeme Barber (@POCGamer) from POCGamer.
01:21:20 – Outro with Greg & Shelly
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Here’s video of the interview segment from today’s podcast:
Lore You Should Know – Wyrms of the Forgotten Realms –
Interview with Graeme Barber from POCGamer
Graeme is a long-time gamer who has been writing critically about gaming since 2013 on his blog, POCGamer. His life to date reads like a bad made for tv movie character's, he's a veteran of overseas deployments with the Canadian Army Reserve, has been a scientific and commercial diver, worked in field archaeology, and is currently a GIS technician. Graeme has been soldiering through editions of D&D since the early nineties, and is embracing the capabilities offered by this wonderful modern age we live in for gaming. He can be found in the North Okanagan, British Columbia; or more easily on Twitter.
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. You can find Greg on Twitter.
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.