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As we begin this week’s Dragon Talk, our hosts Shelly Mazzanoble (@shellymoo) and Greg Tito (@gregtito) seem to be lost in time again! Using a cellphone just to make…phone calls? Myspace? Friendster!? Thankfully we return to the present just in time to have a conversation with Adam Bradford (@BadEyeAdam) and Todd Kenreck (@ToddKenreck) of Curse.com, the web application developers who created D&D Beyond, the amazing digital companion web app for Dungeons and Dragons. The first order of business is to establish what everyone’s cosplay characters should be. Greg Tito in a Viking helm as Balduran from Baldur’s Gate, perhaps? Then Adam Bradford reveals the exciting news that the beta for the D&D Beyond app on Android and iPhone platforms is now available as a free download! Lore You Should Know – Matt Sernett (@sernett) & Chris Perkins (@chrisPerkinsDnD) are on the show today to discuss the villainous Shadar-Kai. These fiendish humanoids were introduced in the 1st Edition of the Fiend Folio in 1981 and have been twisted and changed over the years with each new creature tome issued, but have always held a dark allure, as doomed beings from the Shadowfell.
Here’s a guide to when each segment on the podcast begins:
12:14 – Lore You Should Know with Matt Sernett (@Sernett) – The Shadar-Kai
1:11:03 – Outro with Shelly Mazzanoble and Greg Tito
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Adam Bradford (aka BadEye) is the Product Lead for D&D Beyond at Curse. His passion for gaming started with The Legend of Zelda, but his first love has been Dungeons & Dragons for over two decades. He spent many years working a comfortable-but-boring job in the ordinary world before answering the call to adventure with Curse, promptly planting the seeds that became DDB. Adam lives in Huntsville, Alabama with his wife, two sons, and his husky and bassador animal companions named Samson and Delilah. You can find Adam on Twitter (@BadEyeAdam).
Todd Kenreck is the Content Director at D&D Beyond and occasional games reporter for outlets like NBC, MSNBC, Forbes and Buzzfeed. You can follow him on Twitter, Facebook, Twitch and just about everywhere else (@toddkenreck)
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.