The incredibly talented and ridiculously humble Ivan Van Norman (@Hydra_Lord) calls in to chat it up with Shelly Mazzanoble (@shellymoo) and Greg Tito (@gregtito). Ivan talks about all the cool stuff he’s doing with Geek & Sundry and streaming, how much fun he’s having with his kenku cleric, and what it really means when people say you’re born into radio. Lore You Should Know – Matt Sernett (@Sernett) and Chris Perkins (@ChrisPerkinsDnD) talk about all the proliferation of evil trees in Dungeons & Dragons, such as the stump and bunny growth of the Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing, the odd creatures spawned from the Orcwort tree, the pod-people spawned by the Doppelganger plant and more! Watch Dragon Talk recordings live on Mondays at 2pm PT!

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

00:00 – Intro with Shelly Mazzanoble (@shellymoo) and Greg Tito (@gregtito)

10:26 – Lore You Should Know - Matt Sernett (@Sernett) and Chris Perkins (@ChrisPerkinsDnD) – Evil Trees

28:22 – Interview with Ivan Van Norman (@Hydra_Lord)

01:17:52 – Outro with Greg & Shelly

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Lore You Should Know –

Ivan Van Norman

Guest Bio

Ivan Van Norman

Ivan Van Norman is a Host/Publisher/Executive Producer in the Board Game and New Media World. Appearing on the behalf of Geek & Sundry, Smosh Games, Wizards of the Coast, and other great companies - he has been declared a "Master of Suspense" from his peers and players. He also plays board games like it is his job (because it kinda is).

Host Bios

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. You can find Greg on Twitter.

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.