Episode 34 – The 1.0.7th Rule of Brawling Is …

Show notes originally posted by Nevik

In this episode, the full crew reunites after a week delay to sort out scheduling difficulties and to give us some time to enjoy something called Patch 1.0.7. After much rejoicing the crew gets down to business by discussing what we’ve been up to in-game: Lanntonio continued to puke all over the place, Breja was conflicted with his love of Blizzard, Jen brawled her way into the foul lair and Nevik dusted off his hardcore wizard!

In this episode:

* We read, and respond to, another mountain of email we received from our wonderful listeners. This batch comes to us from BayouMojo, Chpoit and Saintly Demon! Thank you for the many emails! Keep them coming!

* We received tweets from @nevikjames, @shawno, @Rilandune, @SLekva and @Medros! 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.

* Patch 1.0.7 was deployed to the live servers last week heralding in new crafting materials and plans, buffs to a few of the wizard and monk skills, and improvements the experience bonus granted by monster power in Inferno. For full details of everything that was changed, check out the patch notes for 1.0.7.

* If you’ve been holding out hope that we would be able to add sockets in the near future community manager Grimiku shared with us in a forum post that while it hasn’t been ruled out, it will not be coming anytime soon.

* With the new patch came a new way that rubies affected weapon damage. Originally this new calculation would apply to perfect square rubies and above, but in a forum post by community manager Vaeflare we learned that this change would apply to all levels of rubies.

* Have you been wondering what Project Blackstone is? Well wonder no longer! Turns out that Project Blackstone is a promotional website for Starcraft II: Heart of the Swarm which releases on March 12th, 2013.

* Blizzard put out a poll for us to nominate our favorite villian in Diablo 3. Un-surprisingly Zoltun Kulle took the top slot and thankfully Rho’s favorite butterfly witch Maghda did not come in last. To see where everyone else slotted in at, check out the final results of Who’s Your Favorite Villain?

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* Sibcoe is 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 14.

* Inigo Montoya proposed a self-imposed rule set to make brawling a tad more interesting … and fair. Check out the thread on reddit for the rules.

* TryHardEnimity put together a great video guide for the new crafting plans introduced in patch 1.0.7 where he weighs the overall value and risks of the new bind on account craftables.

* If you’re looking to farm the new crafting material, demonic essence, check out Archon the Wizard’s guide for the best place to farm for them.

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Round Table – Patch 1.0.7

Show notes originally posted by Nevik

Sometimes it is amazingly funny how Murphy’s law works. You’ll be recording a show and mention numerous times how you’re waiting on a certain piece of information only to have said information dropped on your lap after wrapping. Yes folks, we are of course referring to the deluge of Patch 1.0.7 information that emerged minutes after concluding our recording session of episode 32.

Not wanting to wait until our next episode to discuss all the gooey nuggets of patch 1.0.7 we decided that the best course of action would be to invite you, our dear listeners, to join us for our very first community round table … and it was a fantastic success!

Joining us for this round table was Chris (@CkRTech) from Armchair Arcade, Jesse (@theRealJFrench) aka Saintly Demon, Rho (@RhoWoW) from All Things Azeroth and Realm Maintenance, and fellow altoholic Smokimus (@Smokimus).

Listen on as we discuss the larger nuances of Patch 1.0.7, Jay Wilson’s departure from the Diablo 3 development team, what we feel is missing from the patch, and how always amazing Maghda was as a butterfly witch.

If you couldn’t make it to our first community round table fret not, there will be more round tables in the future. In fact we’d wager a bet that you can expect a round table for each substantial patch going forward. So go download Mumble to join in on the fun with us. Uber runs are soo much more fun when Death Watch Mantles inexplicably drop throughout the night.


Episode 23 – Murky Buckets

Show notes originally posted by Nevik

In this episode, our 4th musketeer, Lanntonio the over-achiever, rejoins the cast while suffering with a terrible “Gets to play D3 all-day guilt-free” illness. In typical fashion we begin the show discussing what we’ve been up in-game: Jen roflstomped Azmodan, Breja is puking all over hell (and receiving STERN looks), Lanntonio has abandoned the wizard but that’s okay since Nevik now has TWO level 60 wizards.

In this episode:

* We read, and respond to, the emails we’ve received from our wonderful listeners. This batch came from: Master Do and Lekks. Thank you for your emails! Keep them coming!

* We share our ideas on potential changes to crafting that could help improve the rampant randomization in itemization. Should Blizzard implement any of these you can all thank Lanntonio and Blizz you can send the check to … errrr ^^;

* We discover through a developer blog that the next patch in the pipeline is NOT 1.1 and will be 1.0.5 and will contain some changes to how crowd control (CC) works. Listen to hear Nevik’s hunch on when we could potentially expect it to drop.

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* Master Do provided screenshots to various aspects of his D3 profile, but here’s a link to his armory profile to get the up-to-date status of our favorite Frenchy.

* Guess what folks, the game is OVER. Alkaizer has already hit paragon level 100. That was quick. Back to the drawing board … errr okay, we’re being silly. Still Alkaizer definitely destroyed all our expectations on when we would see level 100 toppled.

* If you were thinking that Alkaizer used bots and/or exploits this gentleman thinks differently. Check out Moldran’s youtube video where he provides evidence that it was mathematically possible.

* Nevik talked about a wizard with REDONKULOUS gear. Check out Good Idea Gaming on twitch.tv to see this guy in action.

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