We begin today’s Golden Geek Award nominated podcast with some important public service announcements from our illustrious hosts, Shelly Mazzanoble (@shellymoo) ) and Greg Tito (@gregtito). Don’t stand too close to an open staircase and beware the uncut grapes of wrath! After these and other serious matters, we have a chat with Xalavier Nelson Jr. (@WritNelson). Xalavier is a freelance game developer and columnist for PC Gamer magazine. You can play some of his free online adventures such as Screw You, Bear Dad and All Hail the Spider God by browsing to xalaviermakeswords.com. If you enjoy the experience, you can donate by clicking the Support This Game button on the game page. Lore You Should Know – The Raven Queen, the enigmatic deity who shepherds the souls of mortals to the beyond, is the subject of discussion with Matt Sernett (@sernett) and Chris Perkins (@ChrisPerkinsDnD) today.

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

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

17:30 – Lore You Should Know with Matt Sernett (@Sernett) Chris Perkins (@ChrisPerkinsDnD) – The Raven Queen

38:35 – Xalavier Nelson Jr. (@WritNelson)

1:21:37 – Outro with Shelly Mazzanoble and Greg Tito

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Guest Bio

Xalavier Nelson Jr.

Xalavier Nelson Jr. is a freelance writer, game developer, and PC Gamer columnist making role-playing content and experimental storytelling systems. You can follow his work (and drown in bad puns) on Twitter @WritNelson, and on itch.io!

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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.