Episode 50 – Rusty Rails

Show notes originally posted by Nevik

In this LONG OVERDUE episode, we work out our scheduling difficulties and get together to record once again. After dusting off a month’s worth of podcasting rust we attempt to keep the show on the rails and get down to business by discussing what we’ve been up to in-game: Lanntonio cleared Inferno on the PS3, Nevik has ANOTHER level 60 wizard, Breja squeezed in a tiny bit of time on the Demon Hunter, and Jen has completed the game has cleared Inferno!

In this episode:

* We read, and respond to, a mountain of emails we received from our wonderful listeners. This batch comes to us from Tensor, Master Do, Rathmaker, and Torrack. Thank you for the emails! Keep them coming, really!

* We received tweets from @scanline75, @Torrack1714, @Cybrwolf0, @JCMonkeyD3, and @grindexp. Thank you for your tweets. Don’t forget that you, too, can send in your thoughts via social media outlets such as FacebookGoogle+, and Twitter.

* In case you didn’t notice the special intro, the Shattered Soulstone has hit the 50th episode milestone and turned 2 years old! Thank you for being apart of our dear community and coming along with us on the wild ride the show has proven to be.

* Once again we talk about ladders and how dangerous they can be. Oh wait, wrong kind of ladder. Oops! In all seriousness the subject of ladders fosters an interesting debate. Are you planning on starting all over for a new ladder season? Let us know by sending us a tweet or email!

* Following the announcement of auction house removal we discuss the potential for monetization going forward after the announcement of new virtual items to accessorize your Playstation Home and Xbox 360 Avatars with.

* Unfortunately we did not get around to recording our newest segment, Official Forum Thread Masterpiece Theater, but fear not as it will be making a return for our next episode. To ensure adequate OFTMT represenetation why not head on over to the Official Diablo III forums and record your own reenactment, or hip us to a hilarious thread. Send your Official Forum Thread Masterpiece Theater audio segments to Show@ShatteredSoulstone.com.

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* If you are unable to attend Blizzcon 2013 and are picking up the Virtual Ticket our parent network, The Dawnforge, is looking for guest-hosts to represent and report on the Diablo-related news at the event. If you would like to guest-host during Dawnforge’s Blizzcon coverage shoot an email to the Papa Kangaroo himself: Dwight@TheDawnforge.com.

* Friend of the show, Jaetch, is back with another wizard build video featuring his Ninja wizard Linessa. While it takes amazing gear to pull the build off in MP10, you can have success even with lesser gear in lower MPs. Give it a shot!

* Our minds have been blown by TaeHyeon Hong’s papercraft artistry of Diablo and Tyrael. Absolutely stunning work, and with paper no less! Head on over his blog for a ton of impressive detail shots of his work.

* There’s still time left to submit your amazing Diablo (or Blizzard) themed pumpkin carving for Blizzard’s Pumpkin Carving Contest 2013. You have until October 29th!

* Nevik failed to mention it during our discussion on ladders in the show, but we suggest you check out Xanth‘s Post Paragon 100 article over at Diablo.IncGamers.

* Listener and friend of the show, Cybrwolf, wrote up a review on the Book of Tyrael on Amazon’s listing for the book. You might just be a tad surprised with the content of his review.

* Brace yourselves folks (and you can blame Master Do for this)! It is time to chill out with some Ice, Ice Baby.

* Remember when Nevik told you all to go out and buy the Castlevania: Lords of Shadow soundtrack? Well, he was a tad off on its availability but come October 29th you will finally be able to pick up this amazing piece of work by composer Oscar Araujo.

Tatasinke is back with another edition of his Paper.li newspaper, the New Tristram News. Check it out and subscribe!

Song of the Show:

After not having a song to share last episode, we come back strong with a song whose subject matter is near and dear to Nevik’s heart. Check out part 4 of Melkor’s Critical Mass: A Love Story! Be sure to check out more from Melkor on his YouTube channel.

Have a Diablo III related comment, question, story, or rant that you’d like to share with all of us? Send your email, or short audio comment, to Show@ShatteredSoulstone.com.

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Episode 47 – Reaper of Soulstoners

Show notes originally posted by Nevik

In this episode, we have found our souls reaped following the announcement of the first expansion, Diablo III: Reaper of Souls. After geeking out we get down to business by discussing what we’ve been up to in-game: Breja worked on his tan in Potterville, real life continues to get in the way for Lanntonio, Nevik played with some Hearthstones, and Jen wrecked face with the improved monster density in Inferno (MP1)!

In this episode:

* We read, and respond to, a trio of emails we received from our wonderful listeners. This batch comes to us from Commander Bird, Torrack and Smokimus. Thank you for the emails! Keep them coming, really!

* We received tweets from @Jaetch, @NoGumeBearSteve (formerly @ecwctechguy), @Torrack1714, @GrandNagus1, @KilroyKT, @JCMonkeyD3, and @Cybrwolf0. Thank you for your tweets. Don’t forget that you, too, can send in your thoughts via social media outlets such as FacebookGoogle+, and Twitter.

* We posed a question on Twitter seeking your thoughts on the recently announced expansion Diablo III: Reaper of Souls. We received many responses from our listeners and shared our own thoughts on the first expansion. Be sure to follow our show account, @ShatteredStone, on Twitter for future Questions of the Show.

* With the announcement of the Reaper of Souls we discussed, at length, some of the lore revolving around the first expansion and how the Book of Tyrael will serve as a “bridge” between the close of Diablo III and the beginning of the Reaper of Souls. We’re really looking forward to digging into the juicy lore tidbits contained within and fortunately the Book of Tyrael is now available for pre-order!

* While we didn’t cover absolutely every shred of news that came out of Cologne, Germany this past week, we did discuss some of the major points of the Reaper of Souls. If you’re looking to dig into absolutely everything known at the moment, head on over to DiabloFans for their massive expansion recap.

* We introduced a new segment to the show featuring the reenactment of a humorous forum post on the Official Diablo III forums. We are hoping that this new segment inspires some of our listeners to record themselves reenacting some gems from the forums that they find. If this strikes your fancy, send your Official Forum Thread Masterpiece Theatre audio segments to Show@ShatteredSoulstone.com.

This episode’s Official Forum Thread Masterpiece Theatre segment bed music included Rondeau from Sinfonie de Fanfares by Jean-Joseph Mouret and Pannonia Boundless by Alexandra Vrebalov.

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* If you missed out on being present for the unveiling of the Reaper of Souls and the subsequent presentation, fret not! PlayersCutTV has you covered with this remarkably high quality recording of the presentation.

* PlayersCutTV also sat down with Josh Mosquiera at Gamescom 2013 and sine interesting lore tidbits were to be had during the interview as well as a hint that we might see a beta for Reaper of Souls this year!

* Athene, the self-accredited world’s best gamer, also had an opportunity to interview Josh Mosquiera and Christian Lichtner which posed some interesting answers in relation to the state of PVP, Nephalem Trials, the length of Act V, the Crusader and potential for more classes, and more.

http://youtu.be/iUSp_gR7VaI

* PCGames.de had an opportunity to interview Brian Kindregan and Kevin Martens about the lore, setting, improved itemization, new game systems and mechanics of the expansion.

* Gamestar.de also had an opportunity to pull aside Game Director Josh Mosquiera and ask a wide-array of questions about the expansion ranging from new game mechanics to the potential release date. (Any guesses on how Josh fielded that question? *smirk*)

* In case all of the previous interviews didn’t satisfy all of your burning questions about the Reaper of Souls, German site Gamona.de were also able to interview Josh Mosquiera and Christian Lichtner. (Note: unfortunately Gamona.de uses their own media player so we’re unable to embed the video interview here)

* Finally, as a palate cleanser, Blizzard revealed the TV commercial for the console version of Diablo III launching September 3rd on Playstation 3 and Xbox 360.

Tatasinke is back with another edition of his Paper.li newspaper, the New Tristram News. Check it out and subscribe!

Song of the Show:

This episode’s song of the show features the amazing work of composer Oscar Araujo on the soundtrack to Konami’s fantastic Castlevania: Lords of Shadow which launches for PC computers on August 27th, 2013. If you haven’t played this game, we highly suggest that you do as the soundtrack for it is absolutely breath-takingly stunning.

Originally the soundtrack was only available with the collector’s edition of the console versions of the game but is now, fortunately, available for purchase on iTunes. You can find more amazing work by Oscar Araujo on his official website or on his profile page over at SoundCloud.

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