Shelly Mazzanoble (@shellymoo) and Greg Tito (@gregtito) sit down with Kate Irwin and Jeremy Crawford (@JeremyECrawford) to talk all about the upcoming Mordenkainen’s Tome of Foes. After discussing the pros and cons of having more Kates in the office, Jeremy and Kate discuss updating the art design for the Tome’s creatures, cosmic conflicts, monsters making their fifth edition debut, new player options and more! Lore You Should Know – Chris Perkins (@ChrisPerkinsDnD) gives us all the details on Mordenkainen, from his first days as Gary Gygax’s character, to the formation of the Circle of Eight, to his most recent appearances in current D&D products and portrayal by Sam Witwer.
Here’s a guide to when each segment on the podcast begins:
13:10 – Lore You Should Know with Chris Perkins (@ChrisPerkinsDnD) – Mordenkainen
32:13 – Interview with Jeremy Crawford and Kate Irwin
1:21:45 – Outro with Shelly Mazzanoble and Greg Tito
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Here’s video of the interview segment from today’s podcast:
Kate Irwin and Jeremy Crawford on Mordenkainen’s Tome of Foes
Lore You Should Know: Mordenkainen
Jeremy Crawford is the co-lead designer of fifth edition Dungeons & Dragons. He led the design of the Player’s Handbook and now oversees the creation of rules and books for the D&D tabletop roleplaying game. Over the years, he has worked on many books for D&D and other games, including Blue Rose, Mutants & Masterminds, and Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay. He lives in Seattle.
Kate Irwin is the Senior Art Director for the D&D studio. She has her fingers in all the brand’s pies, overseeing the TRPG, licensed products, and video games. True to her profession, she has an opinion about most things except where to go for lunch. She is a nearly-native Seattleite and lives there with her husband, two incredibly cute dogs, and a cat.
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.