Episode 128 – Diablo is Love, Diablo is Life

Show notes originally posted by Nevik

Blizzcon is rapidly approaching with a surprise or two awaiting Diablo fans. There’s also a surprise awaiting our listeners, but you’ll have to listen to discover what that surprise is.

In this episode:

  • Our guest host discusses what (s)he has been up to in Diablo 3 with the end of season 7 and the beginning of season 8.
  • Blizzcon is almost here and (some) Diablo fans are in a fervor expecting the moon with Diablo-related announcements at the convention. Will there be another expansion? Will Diablo IV be announced? Will we be let down again? A healthy discussion of keeping our expectations measured ensues as well as what could possibly be announced at Blizzcon.
  • Our Question of the Show for upcoming episode 129 is: Did Blizzcon 2016 satisfy your expectations? Send your answer via twitter (@ShatteredStone) or in an email to show@shatteredsoulstone.com.
  • We read and responded to tweets from: @Rilandune and @nevikjames. Thanks, guys!
  • We received an email from Age sharing a few answers for Jen, their sentiments on set dungeons, and that they have been going back through our back catalog of shows! Thank you for dedication!

Got something to say? Send a tweet to @ShatteredStone and we will read it off on the next episode.

Links for you to Visit:

  • Blizzcon 2016! It’s Happening! Be sure to check out the official Blizzcon site for the show schedule and floor map.
  • Regardless if you have a Blizzcon ticket or not and happen to be relatively local to Anaheim, California you CAN attend the Blizzard 25th Anniversary and Diablo 20th Anniversary party happening Friday November 4th from 8pm PDT – 10pm PDT in the Grand Plaza directly outside of the Anaheim Convention Center!
  • Another Developer Chronicles was published on the official Diablo site this time focusing on the design thoughts regarding Greater Rifts.

Episode 101 – I’ve Got a Big … Bragomancer

Show notes originally posted by Nevik

In our 101th episode we are back for another grand ol’ time with lots of frivolity and cheer. We then get down to business and discuss what we’ve been up to: Nevik cleared a GR60 solo, Lanntonio has been reacquainting himself with Diablo I, and Breja is Mr. Gloomy Psychopants.

In this episode:

  • We read, and respond to an email from Guerilla Law. Listener participation has been absolutely amazing and is primarily why we do this show, so keep them coming! We WILL get to all the emails we receive, even if occasionally we have to push a few to the next episode. Send in your stories of RNGesus triumph to Show@ShatteredSoulstone.com!
  • What under-used class skill would you build a set around? We carried over our Question of the Show from last week and asked for more of your ideas on Twitter on what sets you would create. Be sure to follow the show account, @ShatteredStone, on Twitter for future Questions of the Show.
  • Jen is back with her 5th installment of Jen’s Lore Corner. For this episode she covers the lesser evil Duriel and discusses some of the potential discrepancies in regards to whether he is the “twin” of the lesser evil Andariel.
  • Blizzard finalized the panel schedule for Blizzcon 2015 and officially released it for us to peruse. There is still only one panel on one of the main stages and we discuss what this, the small presence on the show floor, and the four Fireside gatherings being held on the smaller (non-televised) stages means for the future of Diablo III.

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Other Entertainment/Games:

  • THE WALKING DEAD IS BACK! I repeat, the Walking Dead is BACK! Season 6 kicks off with a bang and a parade!

  • Nevik and Breja finally get the chance to discuss episode 6 of Fear the Walking Dead without interruption. Both feel the last episode redeemed the show and are looking forward to sophomore season of the show.

  • Lanntonio caught up on watching a ton of different shows; too many to list individually.

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Episode 93 – Monkin’ the Squiggles, Who’s Drek?

In our 93rd episode, we are back in stride and at full strength with Nevik returning to the show! After patching ourselves together we get down to business and talk about what we’ve been up to: Nevik might reach paragon 500 before season 3 ends, Jen continues their quest for 400 seasonal points, Breja’s BonusDuck has gone fowl, and Lanntonio loves his Spider Queen.

In this episode:

  • We read and respond to a bunch of emails from Alisaunder, Hawgeye, Guerilla Law, Funktropus, and Khendrin. As if that wasn’t enough Hawgeye’s email contained an extra special treat with an audio from him and . Listener participation has been absolutely amazing and is primarily why we do this show, so keep them coming! We WILL get to all the emails we receive, even if occasionally we have to push a few to the next episode. Send in your stories of RNGesus triumph to Show@ShatteredSoulstone.com!
  • With season 3 coming to a close, we inquired, on Twitter, about your accomplishments during the season. Be sure to follow the show account, @ShatteredStone, on Twitter for future Questions of the Show.
  • Patch 2.3 and Season 4 is just around the corner and we discuss what our plans are during the in-between times.
  • Blizzard cross-game promotions are in full swing right now with Diablo III and Heroes of the Storm players being able to obtain cosmetic rewards for playing each game. Are you a fan of cross-game promotions, or are you solely a Diablo player?
  • WE NEED YOUR HELP! Your participation can ensure that this fun segment makes an appearance every show. Send your Official Forum Thread Masterpiece Theater audio segments (or humorous forum threads) to Show@ShatteredSoulstone.com.

Links for you to Visit:

  • Love him or hate him, Manner Cookie has pulled some of the top theory-crafters and Diablo streamers to discuss high-level issues surrounding Diablo III for the 2nd State of Sanctuary Youtube-cast.

Other Entertainment/Games:

  • Do you love Sid Meier’s Civilization game series? Do you love Civ V? Do you love others playing Civ V? Then maybe you should check out BAStart Gaming on YouTube.

https://youtu.be/rrkWA3KX7Zg?list=PLhJDYadvu5ROFa4uaGxN1CKDiQZmpOJxS

  • Fear the Walking Dead!

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Episode 83 – Neinball, Corner Pocket

Show notes originally posted by Nevik

In our 83rd episode, we brought on Neinball from the Westmarch Workshop as we were once again down a Jen. After a rocky pre-show due to some technical difficulties we get down to business and talk about what we’ve been up to: Neinball has been Demon Huntering, Nevik has been IRL’ng, Breja has been RIP’ng, and Lanntonio has been GR’ng.

On April 25th at 11:56 NST a 7.8 magnitude earthquake occurred 34 km (21 mi) east-southeast of Lamjung, Nepal. The devastation has been widespread and the death toll keeps climbing. Our thoughts are with the people of Nepal affected by the initial quake and continuing subsequent after-shocks. Numerous non-profit organizations have mobilized and arrived in Nepal, but they need your help. If you can help go to bit.ly/paypalnepalrelief which links directly to Paypal’s Nepal Earthquake Relief and Recovery Donation site. 100% of all donations will be directly sent to each respective organization with Paypal waiving all corresponding fees so that every cent donated is delivered to each non-profit organizations helping in the relief effort. Again, if you can, please help.

In this episode:

* We finally caught up with our backlog of emails in episode 82 and received a solitary voice-mail from our frequent EU contributer, Kherova. Listener participation has been absolutely amazing and is primarily why we do this show, so keep them coming! We WILL get to all the emails we receive, even if occasionally we have to push a few to the next episode. Send in your stories of RNGesus triumph to Show@ShatteredSoulstone.com!

* We received a bunch of tweets (as you might) from @sastewart111, @scanline75, @Kherova, @TheMerlen, @GrandNagus1, @PaidtoKill5440, @Cybrwolf0, @HomeTownHero008, @Squirrelfreak83, @Kagerai_Leblue, and our 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.

* Due to our lack of timeliness we carried over the question on Twitter from episode 82 asking what your gaming guilty pleasures are. Be sure to follow the show on Twitter to participate in future Questions of the Show.

* Last episode we mentioned Nobbie’s series of Diablo III Expansion #2 speculation blog posts (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3) but shelved the discussion until this episode. This may, or may not, have been also partially related to having fellow Diablo lore-nut Neinball on the show to join us for the discussion. What could a second expansion hold? Only time will tell.

* Increased stash space is a common request from the community at large, and it’s here … sort of. Appears that recently the ability to buy more stash tabs with premium in-game currency has gone live on the Chinese F2P Diablo III servers. We share our thoughts on this development and whether or not we would support such a feature in our region.

* What are you doing May 26th, 2015? Diablo II: Lord of Destruction will be having yet another ladder reset and most of the hosts are planning on participating; will you?

* For Diablo III’s 3rd Anniversary there’s a Cowspiracy going around. Reports of angry bipedal bovine are coming in. Have you HERD any of these rumors? Surely there must be some MOOSTEAK. WE NEED YOUR HELP! Your participation can ensure that this fun segment makes an appearance every show. Send your Official Forum Thread Masterpiece Theater audio segments (or humorous forum threads) to Show@ShatteredSoulstone.com.

Links for you to Visit:

* Blizzard in conjunction with Thinkgeek are holding a BREAK THE BANK giveaway where you can win one of ten Treasure Goblin money banks. They look amazing and you still have some time to enter before the May 25th deadline.

* Play Your Way Thursday is back with Sir Boneselot’s “You Can’t Run” puke doctor build. We can only imagine the level of giggling that must have come out Nevalistis’ general vicinity while putting this together.

* Friend of the show, Jaetch, recorded his wizard’s POV when him and 3 others successfully cleared a Greater Rift 70 to obtain the #1 spot on the Era 3 4 Player Leaderboards. Well done sir, well done.

* If you’re wondering how far a wizard can push things in greater rifts solo, Reiko Zockt answers your question with his GR59 clear. He’s also successfully cleared a GR60, but that video has not yet been made available.

Other Entertainment/Games:

* Heroes of the Storm is now in OPEN BETA meaning YOU, yes YOU, can finally play if you never stumbled into a beta key. If you’re jonesing for some PVP action that slightly resembles the long lost Diablo III arena PVP demoed at past Blizzcons, then Heroes might be right up your alley. While downloading the client, why not check out and listen to a few Heroes-focused podcasts out there: Into the Nexus, Stormcast, Heart of the Storm ‘Cast, Heroes PowerHour, and if those aren’t enough to satiate your Heroes podcast appetite, Realm Maintenance has a directory where you can find even more.

Song of the Show:

For the first time ever we are featuring our first foreign language song of the show. Diablo 1, 2, et 3 French Rap by Hightouch has a catchy beat and lyrics to match … though we’re not quite sure what exactly those lyrics are saying, well maybe Breja knows ^^;; You can find more from Hightouch over at Soundcloud.

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