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D&D Podcast: Essentials, Ravenloft, Dark Sun
(September 2010)
Mike Mearls & Jeremy Crawford

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Don't just read about D&D's latest news and announcements -- listen to them as well! And where better to find inside information than from the very halls of Wizards of the Coast.

In this episode, hosts Mike Mearls and Jeremy Crawford continue their discussion about D&D Essentials, as well as the design of the Castle Ravenloft board game. Player-in-chief Shelly Mazzanoble speaks with Rodney Thompson about his days as a game designer and developer for Dark Sun. And finally, we reach once more into the mailbag for a couple of questions troubling your games. So sit back, relax, and roll those 20’s!

This Podcast: Essentials, Ravenloft, Dark Sun Notes

00:43—The D&D Starter Set (the “red box”): what’s in it, and who’s it for?

13:20—A D&D nostalgia question, for Mr. Mearls.

15:45—A cold, misty path that just might lead to haunted Ravenloft.

23:40—Interview with Rodney Thompson, from the Star Wars RPG to Dark Sun (and a debate on the merits of Chicago pizza).

42:10—We open the mailbag!

42:35—James: Can Ragnar Thunderwhacker climb as part of a charge?

44:50—Anonymous: How to fight good monsters in an evil campaign?

Thanks for listening! If you have any question for the mailbag (including about snacks), comments on the podcast, or feedback in general—as always, drop us a line at dndinsider@wizards.com.

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About the Hosts

Mike Mearls started at Wizards in 2005 after working as a freelance writer and game designer since 1999. He’s been a developer, a designer, a lead developer, and now a lead designer. He started playing D&D back in 1981 and has managed to sit down and play every version of the game. His favorite games aside from D&D include Arkham Horror, Call of Cthulhu, Small World, and Left 4 Dead.

Jeremy Crawford has been editing and developing D&D products at Wizards of the Coast since 2007. His work currently focuses on the Player's Handbook series for 4th Edition, and he is closely involved in the continued development of the edition's rules. He also cohosts the official D&D podcast. Before joining Wizards, Jeremy worked as an editor and web developer by day and as an RPG editor and designer by night, contributing to books for the games Blue Rose, Mutants & Masterminds, and Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay.