Braving the snow and ice from Seattle's strange wintry storms, Greg and Shelly run this podcast remotely! Their guest this week: Michael Mallen, Ph.D. a licensed psychologist who has been writing about Dungeons & Dragons and other gaming topics from a psychological perspective since 2011. In Lore You Should Know: Chris Perkins treks through the snow to Shelly's house to discuss sahuagin, the devils of the deep.


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

00:00: Intro with Greg Tito & Shelly Mazzanoble

09:27: Lore You Should Know with Chris Perkins

24:23: Interview with Michael Mallen

1:20:03: Outro with Greg Tito & Shelly Mazzanoble

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Michael Mallen

Michael Mallen is a licensed psychologist that has been writing about Dungeons & Dragons and other gaming topics from a psychological perspective since 2011 at The Id DM. He also hosts a podcast, Ego Check with The Id DM, which features interviews with an array of writers, designers and members of the gaming community. He is an advocate for reducing the stigma of mental health treatment, and recently raised over $3,000 for American Foundation for Suicide Prevention with his collection of 5th Edition monsters titled, No Assembly Required.

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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.