Episode 48 – Without Lanntonio, We’re Lost

Show notes originally posted by Nevik

In this episode, we are once again without our 4th Musketeer, Lanntonio, on account of a terrible work schedule. After some riveting FOOTBALL TALK we get down to business by discussing what we’ve been up to in-game: Jen has been dreaming about Diablo, Breja is running for his life with his demon hunter, and Nevik went on an adventure with Diablo 3 for the Xbox 360.

In this episode:

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

* We received tweets from @CkRtech, @hpbotha, @Jaetch, @9PadGaming, @grindexp (formerly @DrJDredScythe), @HomeTownHero008, and @NeoLee2111. 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 asking what are you doing to prepare for Diablo III: Reaper of Souls. Be sure to follow our show account, @ShatteredStone, on Twitter for future Questions of the Show.

* While Lanntonio wasn’t able to be with us to discuss his own experiences with the PS3 version of Diablo III, Nevik did share his thoughts and experiences with the Xbox 360 version. There are some definite differences between the console and PC versions and here’s a thread that details all of them.

* While discussing the changes to how loot drops and is handled in the console version, Nevik makes mention of Zwuckel’s (a Twitch.tv steamer) gear progression after approximately 70 hours of play. This prompts a discussion where we briefly explore the ramifications of getting the carrot sooner than later. What do you think? Let us know your thoughts on the potential changes in the whole loot chase coming with Loot 2.0 by shooting us an email.

* We put together a second installment of our newest segment to the show, Official Forum Thread Masterpiece Theater, 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 Theater audio segments to Show@ShatteredSoulstone.com.

This episode’s Official Forum Thread Masterpiece Theater segment bed music included Rondeau from Sinfonie de Fanfares by Jean-Joseph Mouret and I’m in Love (with Arthur Dove) by Portastatic.

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* J!nx has some new Diablo schwag for all of us to buy! Head on over and get your IRL-loot-on.

* Designs by Humans Diablo t-shirt contest still has a few days left for you to vote for you favorite designs that you want to see t-shirt-ified (is that even a thing?). There are some absolutely INCREDIBLE designs up there, so be sure to head on over and vote for your favorites!

* Tamplier Painter is back with another breath-taking piece of art with their take on Mephisto, Lord of Hatred.

* Are you excited about Transmogrification? You should be! If you don’t understand what all the fuss about, check out HonkMonk’s transmog contest on /r/Diablo.

* Lord Bacon (@hpbotha) shared with us a blog about what he’s doing to prepare for Reaper of Souls. Be sure to check out what he’s doing as well as his Diablo exploits in general on his blog, Clan Bacon.

* BlizzPlanet was another site that was fortunate enough to sit down with Josh Mosquiera and Kevin Martens at last month’s Gamescom. The audio is a bit rough, but thankfully DiabloFans put together a summation of the points covered in the interview.

* What episode wouldn’t be complete without Nevik sharing SOMETHING wizard-related? Not wanting to sit on his laurels, Nevik mentions a build of Fire and Ice put together by the Holy Hermit. His voice is very soothing. So be soothed by his dulcet peaceful tones.

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

Song of the Show:

We’re back with another Song of the Show of the electronic-variety with Refraktion’s Final Boss. There’s a mild amount of WUBWUBWUB but not enough to put you off if you’re not a fan of dubstep. Be sure to check out more from Refraktion on SoundCloud as well as Facebook.

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Episode 46 – The Dark Behind

Show notes originally posted by Nevik

In this episode, we are back up to full strength with our 4th Musketeer rejoining us after his massive household move. After catching up with Lanntonio we get down to business by discussing what we’ve been up to in-game: Lanntonio managed to squeeze some game-time in at his parents, Nevik is dropping meteors and loving MP7, Breja has been massively busy with work but managed to sneak in a tiny bit of time in with his demon hunter, and Jen triumphantly hit level 60 with their barbarian and is now in Inferno!

In this episode:

* We read, and respond to, an pair of emails we received from our wonderful listeners. This batch comes to us from Torrack and Scanline. Thank you for the email! Keep them coming, really!

* We received tweets from @Torrack1714, @HomeTownHero008, @NerdyDance, and @ecwctechguy. 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 the question as to what you thought (Diablo-wise) Blizzard would be announcing at Gamescom 2013 on twitter. We received many responses from our listeners on twitter and went on record with our own speculative thoughts. Be sure to follow our show account, @ShatteredStone, on Twitter for future Questions of the Show.

* We had some fun with the recent news of Blizzard registering the trademark “The Dark Below” (note: confirmed to be a hoax after we recorded) and discuss the potential of an expansion announcement in the near future.

* We’re still looking for your feedback as to what you would like to see in an expansion and/or your thoughts on Mr. Monstrosity’s ideas presented in his Loot 2.0 thread. Send us your thoughts and ideas to our email: Show@ShatteredSoulstone.com.

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* Our dear friend, Jaetch, finalized his labor of love the Archon Wizard guide. It weighs in at nearly 90 minutes of comprehensive details on how to build, gear, and play the Archon wizard. It is well worth your time to check it out if you’ve been toying with creating one.

* The fine folks over at Penny Arcade and PVP Online recently sat down and played some Diablo III on the Playstation 3 and recorded it for prosperity! The entire thing clocks in over 2 hours, but you can check out the highlights below.

* Flux over at Diablo.IncGamers started up a research project on magic find and legendary item drops. Check out the compilation results of his crowd-sourced research to see if it falls in line with your own experiences.

* If you’re a Pandora member you can now expect to hear music from Blizzard’s stable of games on Pandora’s video game music station.

* Have you acquired enough gear to speed run MP10 Ubers? No? Fret not, neither have we (nor will we likely ever). However, these folks have and managed to defeat all SIX Uber bosses in under 57 seconds. Crazy-sauce.

* In case that previous video soured your mood let this hilarious animation back from the days of Diablo II brighten your day. Make sure to turn on the close captioning for a rough translation of the Korean being spoken in the video.

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 is our first original piece of Diablo-themed music from SoundCloud user CrowdSourceInspiration titled Diablo’s Inferno. The lyrics should put a smile on your face. You can find more from CrowdSourceInspiration on Tumblr, YouTube, Bandcamp as well as on social media sites Facebook and Twitter.

Note: Diablo’s Inferno isn’t available on YouTube but we didn’t want to leave you without an embedded video to enjoy. So check out KC’s song Better Than the Last.

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Episode 43 – Reset This

Show notes originally posted by Nevik

In this episode, Breja rejoins the crew after things finally return to normal in his household. We then get down to business by discussing what we’ve been up to in-game: Jen has been dodging planes falling from the skies, Nevik is returns to the land of the hardcore, Breja is slicing through the levels with his demon hunter, and Lanntonio almost coined a new use for Error 37.

In this episode:

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

* We received tweets from @Rilandune, @HomeTownHero008, @Diablo, @Jaetch, @Medros, @yinxy, and our very own @Lanntonio. 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 we didn’t explain well enough what a ladder reset is and what it could mean for the future of Diablo 3 our good friend Chris (@CkRtech) shared his thoughts and we give our feedback on what he would prefer to see with a couple of potential resets.

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* Our good friend Rilandune was wondering where he could get his hands on some authentic Shattered Soulstone swag, so we finally announced it on the podcast. If you would like to get your hands on some show swag, head on over to our bare bones Shattered Soulstone Cafepress store.

* If you’ve jumped on the hardcore train and pressed into the 50s, you may have noticed that things get a little more dicey. Flux over at Diablo.IncGamers posted an article, Beware the Fearsome 50s, on how easy it is to overlook the inherent danger in Hell while powering through to get back to Inferno.

* Not sure what to do with your followers? Or not sure on how useful they can be? AshTag posted a very informative guide on the official Diablo 3 forums detailing everything you could ever want to know about just how effective and useful the three followers can be.

* Once you start progressing through the monster power levels in Inferno there will come a time where you will wonder if it would be better to socket your weapon with an emerald or a ruby. Well wonder no longer if you can make out the maths of Diablo.IncGamers‘ theory-crafting expose on Emeralds vs Rubies.

* After Patch 1.0.8 there has been a shake-up in the world of most efficient XP farming runs. Official Diablo 3 forum user HuanAK provided an in-depth analysis of what he has found to be the three most efficient and effective farming paths.

* Curious about the MP10 viable Puke Doctor builds? LastZoul has you covered with his YouTube compendium of MAX DPS Witch Doctor builds.

* Despite the namesake, Archon the Wizard isn’t a one-trick pony and has some ideas on how to fix the Demon Hunter in this video.

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

Song of the Show:

Surely everyone knows that we aren’t just fans of all things Blizzard but are true avid gamers, right? This episode’s song – I Victory Crouch You by Synthetic Division – diverges from the Diablo theme and comes to us inspired by the Halo universe. Check out Synethic Division’s full discography over at Bandcamp, Facebook, ReverbNation and Myspace.

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Episode 42 – Back in My Day

Show notes originally posted by Nevik

In this episode, we’re down a Breja after a medical scare over the weekend, but after reassuring everyone that everyone is okay we then get down to business by discussing what we’ve been up to in-game: Nevik is slowly making progress with his special HC wizard, Lanntonio now has a hardcore puke doctor, and Jen fired some bolts into the cold dead (again) corpse of the Skeleton King in Nightmare.

In this episode:

* We read, and respond to, another mountain of emails we received from our wonderful listeners. This batch comes to us from Str8UpJack, Torrack, Daws and Rilandune. Thank you for the email! Keep them coming, really!

* We received tweets from @Rilandune, @9PadGaming, @Torrack1714, @shawno, @scanline75, and our very own @QueenofHaiku. 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.

* With E3 having come and gone we spend some time discussing the console version of Diablo III set to unleash hell on the couch later this year on September 3rd. Check out the Multiplayer trailer as well as an Gametrailers.com All Access interview with Game Director, Josh Mosquiera and Production Director, John Hight

* As prompted by our dear listener, Str8UpJack, we reminisce on features of old that we miss as well as some that we don’t miss from Diablo I and Diablo II. What features do you miss, or not miss?

* “Ladder Resets” is tossed around every now and then as a potential fix to the spiraling economy in Diablo III so we, after a very verbose prompting by our good friend Rilandune, try to explain what a ladder reset is and how it could address some of the issues.

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* If you’re looking forward to the console version of Diablo III and planning on picking it up for the Playstation 3 you might want to consider pre-ordering it to gain access to some bonus items? What bonus items? Check out Blizzard’s blog post to find out what you’ll get for pre-ordering as well as some Playstation exclusive items you can expect to find.

Game Director Josh Mosquiera at E3

* It has been quite some time since we’ve mentioned Matthew Rossi’s supremely impressive dissection of the Diablo III storyline. We highly recommend reading his thoughts presented in his blog post, Diablo 3, gnostic overtones, and the plot threads.

* In our console discussion we digressed just long enough to mention the Xbox One(Eighty) and Nevik mentioned a scathing article posted on a public-facing military news site titled “A Sin Against All Service Members“. The article is now moot, but you can still check out the web-cache of it to see the ramifications of an “always online” device for our military service members stationed abroad.

* “Oh Ffffffuuuuuuuddddgggggeeeee” always a classic quote from the greatest Christmas movie ever made.

* During our discussion of death penalties, Jen mentioned an old MMO she used to play called Meridian 59. If you’re curious, it is free to play, but is extremely dated – check it out if you wish.

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

Song of the Show:

For this episode we go back to Diablo’s roots with a remix of the track you would hear in Tristram from Diablo I. Tristram Village Remix is an amazing piece by Soundcloud user Drugis. Unfortunately his account seems to have been abandoned, but maybe someday we’ll hear something new from him.

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Episode 37 – It’s Not the Size of Your Revelation

Show notes originally posted by Nevik

In this episode, we are without our dear fourth musketeer and missed him dearly. Fortunately the rest of the crew was able to overcome numerous technical difficulties and we get down to business by discussing what we’ve been up to in-game: Jen finally played their male wizard again, Breja may or may not have lost his Apple, and Nevik recorded from inside a bottle of white, white wine!

In this episode:

* We read, and respond to, another mountain of emails we received from our wonderful listeners. This batch comes to us from Chad, Amrik, and Torrack. Thank you for the email! Keep them coming, really!

* We received tweets from @Tigjamie, @theRealJFrench, @CkRtech, @eG_acefisher1, @Daladria, @shawno, @scanline75, @Diablo and our very own @QueenofHaiku! 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 discuss our thoughts and share our favorites from the Reddit /r/Diablo Short Story contest. To check out all of the winners head over to the Blizzard Diablo 3 blog which includes links to the direct /r/Diablo threads. (Note: This contest ran quite awhile ago and have been meaning to discuss the winners for quite some time now and we finally found the time to cover it)

* We finally know when Blizzcon 2013 tickets go on sale! Ready your F5 key on Wednesday, April 24th at 7pm pacific and Saturday, April 27th at 10am pacific.

* We discuss our thoughts on a few of the multiplayer improvements coming in patch 1.0.8 shared in the developer blog written by none other than the wizard-hater himself, Wyatt Cheng.

We’re still looking for intro submissions for our Intro Contest. Prizes haven’t been nailed down, but at the very least you could win a $20 (US) Battle.net Balance Card! Send your intros to Show@ShatteredSoulstone.com. Keep them shorter than 45 seconds (30 preferably) and make sure to utilize royalty-free music or music from Diablo 3. Deadline for this contest has also not been nailed down, but we’re hoping to have a new intro in time for the anniversary of Diablo 3 going live.

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* Eat Game Live was recently highlighted as FAN CREATION OF THE WEEK for their rendition of the Horadric Hamburger. We wish we had that many noms noms per second.

* If you’re not familiar with David Lines’ *ahem* line of cosplay, check out his DeviantArt portfolio. Diablo cosplay is the best cosplay, or at least we think so.

* Our friend, Dred, recently sat down with Julie Humphreys at PAX East to discuss the Playstation 3 version of Diablo 3. You can find a transcript of the video interview at Dred’s site, DiabloExpressions.com.

* Tatasinke has published another edition of the New Tristram News. Check it out and subscribe to get updates on the latest!

* Blizzard recently updated their Rollback Policy after some abuse of their previous policy. We highly suggest you check out the updates and suggest that you pick up an authenticator to protect your account from being hacked if you haven’t already.

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