Welcome to the first of many design blogs, direct from your friends at the Dungeons & Dragons Studio!
Bart Carroll (@bart_carroll) and Trevor Kidd (@the_trevor_kidd) take over hosting duties as John Darnielle, leader of the folk-rock group The Mountain Goats (@mountain_goats), dropped by the office to chat about his new novel Universal Harvester, his music and how D&D is a throughline. Lore You Should Know – Matt Sernett (@Sernett) speaks with missing host Greg Tito on the Hidden Shrine of Tamoachan.
Here’s a guide to when each segment on the podcast begins:
00:00 – Quick intro with Bart Carroll and Trevor Kidd (and John Darnielle!)
01:14 – Lore You Should Know – Today’s Topic: Hidden Shrine of Tamoachan
17:21 – Interview with John Darnielle from the Mountain Goats
53:17 – Outro with Bart and Trevor
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About the Hosts
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.
Bart Carroll has been a part of Wizards of the Coast since 2004, having worked with the Star Wars, G.I. Joe, Magic: the Gathering and Dungeons & Dragons brands through the years. He’s also been a D&D player since 1980 (with fond memories of coloring the illustrations in his 1st Edition Monster Manual), and is thrilled that his current role includes the D&D website and Dragon+. His favorite monster is the brain in a jar. You can find Bart on Twitter.