The delightful pair that’s a big part of Encounter Roleplay, Will Jones (@encounterRP) and Sydney Shields (@sydshields), calls in to Shelly Mazzanoble (@shellymoo) and Greg Tito (@gregtito) to talk about their new show on the D&D Twitch channel, Learn to Play, their involvement in Podcasts of Annihilation and how they approach roleplaying. We also find out that Shelly and Greg are old. Lore You Should Know - Matt Sernett (@Sernett) explains the Shadowfell in D&D and how it relates to Netflix’s Stranger Things. 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 Greg Tito (@gregtito) & Shelly Mazzanoble (@shellymoo)

12:30 – Lore You Should Know - Matt Sernett (@Sernett) - Shadowfell

31:19  – Interview with Will Jones (@encounterRP) and Sydney Shields (@sydshields)

01:06:59 – Outro with Greg, Shelly

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Here’s video of the interview segment from today’s podcast:

Lore You Should Know - Shadowfell:

Interview with Will Jones (@encounterRP) and Sydney Shields (@sydshields):


Will Jones: Will is the creator of Encounter Roleplay, and commonly regarded as a D&D Sex Icon. With over twenty 24-hour RPG streams under his belt, Will plays more D&D than is considered healthy. Tune into Encounter Roleplay for daily D&D Livestreams & Podcasts.

Sydney Shields: Sydney has been a cast member on EncounterRoleplay for over 2 years. She is the DM of WanderQuest Podcast and a player on Turncloaks Podcast. She also makes YouTube videos for EncounterRoleplay as well as her own channel, Sydniac.

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.