Episode 66 – All By Myself

Show notes originally posted by Nevik

In this episode, Nevik is all by his lonesome to fill in the listeners about the impromptu hiatus and state of the podcast. After reassuring that the show is far from dead and some catching up, Nevik gets down to business by discussing what he’s been up to in-game: spreading the virtues of Clementine, his level 70 HC monk!

In this episode:

* We read, and respond to, a mountain of emails we received from our wonderful listeners. This batch came to us from Dred, Scanline, and Commander Bird! Thank you for the amazing amount of emails! Keep them coming, really!

* We received a mountain of tweets from @sadromeo, @BlizzconCD, @shawno, @Rilandune, @JCMonkeyD3, @scanline75, @Torrack1714, @dwegan, @Chaos5061, @wowjason62606, @grindexp, @JeremyTStevens, @Paidtokill5440, and @HomeTownHero008.

* The show isn’t dead. Far from it. This show is still very much a passion for all of the hosts, but as Nevik explains, sometimes real life just gets in the way. Things should be getting “back on track” as we approach the launch of 2.1!

* The Diablo III: Reaper of Souls – Ultimate Evil Edition is upon us! Are you planning the console version while waiting for Patch 2.1? If you made the jump from PS3/Xbox 360 to a PS4 or XBOne, you’re in luck as Blizzard detailed how to transfer your old Diablo III save to the shiny new UEE.

* How close is the patch anyways? In an interview with Arreat.de Production Director John Hight hints that there’s still a chance that we might see patch 2.1 later this month!

Links for you to Visit:

* There are two new Diablo podcasts out in the wild for you to consume and enjoy! Check out D3 Addicted and Kulle Story Bro which both have a trio of episodes for you to enjoy! Support them and spread the love!

* Cuckoo Gaming has put together a series of Fully Crafted Torment Viable guides on YouTube for four out of the five six classes: Wizard, Crusader, Barbarian, Puke Doctor. Hopefully these videos sate your appetite for knowledge until we finally discuss how to be torment viable on our show.

* In Dred’s email to the show he mentioned a “funny Hitler video“, though much of the content is now moot and the wizard hasn’t been nerfed to the ground, it is still amusing. Yet … not sure how we should feel about “Hitler loving the wizard.”

Song of the Show:

Friend of the show and Forum Warrior Melkor is back with another freestyle rap, Forum Warriors – Invasion. With a catchy beat and some timely advice Melkor is back in form with this masterpiece. Be sure to support and check out more of Melkor’s work on YouTube.

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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.

Links for you to Visit:

* 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 35 – Illinois, not Illinois

Show notes originally posted by Nevik

In this episode, we are sans the Breja as he was out celebrating a friend’s 40th birthday. Fortunately the stars aligned for the rest of the crew to sit down and get down to business by discussing what we’ve been up to in-game: Jen is within spitting distance of reaching Hell, Lanntonio is Death and Waiting, and Nevik is slowly transitioning to the hardcore mentality!

In this episode:

* We read, and respond to, another pair of emails we received from our wonderful listeners. This batch comes to us from Commander Bird and Lord Bacon! Thank you for the emails! Keep them coming!

* We received tweets from @the_ilude, @CkRtech, @The_Breja, @Lylirra, @nevikjames, @Tatasinke, @Rilandune, @Medros, @theRealJFrench! 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.

* BLIZZCON 2013 was announced (November 8th and 9th in Anaheim, California)! We discuss our excitement about the possibility of going and the loooooooong road trip it will be for Nevik. Are you planning on going? Let us know! We’re hoping to have some healthy community representation.

* We had more to discuss other than the Blizzcon announcement as Blizzard unexpectedly had a presence at the Sony Playstation 4 event by announcing Diablo III for Playstation 3 annnnd 4. We share our thoughts and opinions on Diablo returning to consoles as well as some of the other details that surfaced after the announcement.

* As if we didn’t have enough to discuss, Travis Day published an Itemization blog about changes that he and the rest of the development team are looking to implement in Patch 1.0.8 and beyond.

* We attempt to explain the recent shift of the auction house bidding system to the Vikrey auction system. Sadly we were without our dear Breja to better explain it, so we’ll be sure to address the topic in our next episode.

* We mentioned a thread, The Salvation of Diablo 3: A Guide by Gosu, but did not have time to dig in to it. Instead we decided to give the post a more prominent discussion and allow YOU to contribute your own thoughts. So give the thread a gander, take some notes, collect your thoughts and then send us an email, or participate on our forums to discuss some or all of the points Gosu brought up.

Links for you to Visit:

* Sibcoe and Dred are back along with another episode which you can now find on iTunes! Check out Red Team Gaming‘s on-going youtube series: State of the Game: Diablo 3 — Part 16.

* Speaking of the fine gents of Red Team Gaming, be sure to check out Dred’s site Diablo Expressions and Sibcoe’s official Red Team Gaming site. There you will find links to consume everything Dred and Sibcoe are producing.

* Another fantastic collection of Diablo resources and news is Tatasinke’s New Tristram News paper.li site. Head on over and check it out!

* We seem to be on a hardcore kick and mention an interview over at Diablo IncGamers with Protatoe about reaching Paragon level 100 after losing a Paragon level 98 Barbarian.

* DeviantArt user Tamplier Painter has some amazing artwork. Check out this amazing piece of fan art of the Archangel of Hope, Auriel, as well as the rest of their work!

* Nevik shoe-horned a mention of an AMAZING video he found of Taylor Davis of Apothoeosis performing a fantastic piece of music — in costume no less — from the Playstation 3 game Journey. If you own a PS3 you owe it yourself to experience Journey.

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