Book Review – Diablo III: Storm of Light

This book review was originally posted at No Market Collective. I wanted to post it over here, too, so that the fans of Shattered Soulstone could find it. I highly recommend this book to Diablo players and also to those who have never played Diablo.Diablo-III-Storm-of-Light-Book-Cover

Diablo III: Storm of Light is Nate Kenyon’s second book that was written in the Diablo “universe”. Like his first one, Diablo III: The Order, this book is about situations and adventures that take place just outside of the story you learn as you play through the Diablo III game.  If you ever wondered what happened in between Act IV and Act V in Diablo III, this is the book that has the answers you are seeking.

This book review will not include any “spoilers” from the book.  However, I am going to reference parts of the Diablo III video game.  If you are someone who has not yet completed the game through the end of Act IV, you may want to bookmark this review and return to it after you have seen the cinematic for Act V.

If you are someone who has no intention of playing Diablo III, but who reads books that are filled with the dramatic adventures of a group of heroes, you will like this book.  The book stands alone, while masterfully weaving in lore from other parts of the Diablo III “universe”.  Anyone can pick up Diablo III: Storm of Light even if they know absolutely nothing about the game or the lore that connects with it, and enjoy the adventure and characters in the story.  Those who are knowledgeable about the previous books in the Diablo “universe” are in for some special treats!
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Episode 58 – Better Late Than Never

Show notes originally posted by Nevik

In this long awaited episode, we are again without our sexy-voiced Breja on account of fun-family-hijinks. After dusting off the mics we get down to business by discussing what we’ve been up to in-game: Lanntonio is still without great ‘net access and has stuck to Hearthstone, Jen nibbled on some chocolate, and Nevik finally got his barbarian up to 70 on the beta.

In this episode:

* We read, and respond to, a mountain of emails we received from our wonderful listeners. This batch included a double-dose from our French Ambassador Master Do, wizard extraordinaire Jaetch, a voice mail from the oft-zombified Rilandune . Thank you for the emails and voice mail! Keep them coming, really!

* We received tweets from @scanline75, @Torrack1714, @JCMonkeyD3, @Cybrwolf0, @razzlebe, @GENERAL00, and @Kagerai_Leblue. 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.

GamingNoPower

Reenactment of Diablo gaming nights in the @HomeTownHero008 household. (Not actually HomeTownHero and Razzlebe)

* Due to our unplanned brief hiatus from recording we have decided to push out the deadline for the 100 Word Story Contest! Submit your Diablo-themed 100 word stories for a chance to win prizes including Nate Kenyon’s book, Diablo III: Storm of Light, a Shattered Soulstone t-shirt, and a Cute But Deadly figure set autographed by all four hosts of the show! Send your 100 word story to Show@ShatteredSoulstone.com with “100 Word Story Contest” in the subject line by 11:59pm PST on March 21st to be considered for the 100 Word Story Contest. How many more times can we fit “100 Word Story” in to this paragraph?

* After not having recorded an episode for nearly a month you can rest assured that there was a lot of discussion on the recent changes made on the Beta/PTR servers. From legacy enchanting to bounty rewards Nevik shared his opinions on how Reaper of Souls is shaping up.

* Earlier this month we saw the release of Nate Kenyon’s second foray into the Diablo universe with Diablo III: Storm of Light setting up the events leading into the Reaper of Souls expansion. Be sure to check out /r/Diablo’s Thunderclaww’s review of Storm of Light and interview with author Nate Kenyon and Blizzard Publishing Lead Mickey Neilson.

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* Blizzard in conjunction with Deviant Art are holding a Diablo III fan art contest with some pretty sweet prizes. Be sure to check out the rules, requirements and prizes announced on the official Diablo III website.

* In case you needed more convincing of picking up Diablo III: Storm of Light Youtube sensation Jesse Cox sat down with Nate Kenyon and Mickey Neilson to talk about Nate’s latest novel.

* Archon (the wizard) and Neinball from the BlizzPro network also had an opportunity to interview Nate Kenyon and Mickey Neilson about Nate Kenyon’s Storm of Light.

* Our good friend and wizard extraordinaire Jaetch shared some hilarity that recently happened in the official wizard forums. It all starts off with a post titled: “[Guide] Wizard AH3 for Better or Worse” which was trolled by Wired. Somehow the fun didn’t end there and ended up spilling into an entirely different and unrelated thread. Jaetch also highly recommends checking out Changbooster’s first and second post in the thread.

* If you’re looking for a Monk build to try out once Reaper of Souls goes live in late March check out LastSoul’s Lightning Monk.

* With patch 2.0.1 on the horizon you might be interested in a Barbarian build that will work at the new highest difficulty setting, Torment VI. Providing that you hit a massive lucky streak you might be able to take KAuss Storm’s Whirlwind barb out for a SPIN.

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

Song of the Show:

Everyone loves to remix the Tristram theme and I don’t think we could ever possibly get sick of hearing them. This time we bring you Pascal Michael Stiefel’s (otherwise known as Plasma 3 Music) Tristram theme remixed and retooled to fit within the Diablo III cinematic trailer. To hear more from Plasma 3 Music be sure to check out his Soundcloud page and 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 57 – Don’t Forget to Wipe Your Stash

Show notes originally posted by Nevik

In this episode, we are once again not at full strength as Breja needed to tend to an urgent matter with his mom. Make sure you send your positive energies in the direction of the Boston’sh area. Undeterred we get down to business by discussing what we’ve been up to in-game: Lanntonio has been playing his hand at being a virtual card shark, Jen dealt with some invincible worms, and Nevik decided to see what all the fuss was about with the crusader.

In this episode:

* We read, and respond to, a solitary email we received from one of our wonderful listeners. This email came in from first-time mailer Dan. Thank you for the email! Keep them coming, really!

* We received tweets from @Foqbupog, @VictorCarlstedt, @Hawgeye_CTR, @JCMonkeyD3, @Rilandune, and @IAmCaptainSocks. 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.

* Have you been keeping your finger on the pulse of the Reaper of Souls beta? If not you may have missed all of the drama regarding (legendary) drop rates. Fortunately for us all Blizzard deployed a hotfix last week to Jay Wilson DOUBLE the legendary drop rates! Have an opinion on what has been going on with the beta? Shoot an email off to Show@ShatteredSoulstone.com and share your thoughts!

* It has been quite some time since our last contest and we’re pleased to announce our 100 Word Story Contest! Submit your Diablo-themed 100 word stories for a chance to win prizes including Nate Kenyon’s book, Diablo III: Storm of Light, a Shattered Soulstone t-shirt, and a Cute But Deadly figure set autographed by all four hosts of the show! Send your 100 word story to Show@ShatteredSoulstone.com with “100 Word Story Contest” in the subject line by 11:59pm PST onFebruary 21st to be considered for the 100 Word Story Contest. How many more times can we fit “100 Word Story” in to this paragraph?

* Prompted by listener @Hawgeye_CTR we started thinking about the possibilities of a Blizzcon 2014. We know Mr. Blizzard himself, Mike Morhaime, has stated that we will likely see a Blizzcon this year, but what say you? Do you think Blizzard will have their hands too full to organize a Blizzcon this year? Or if there is a Blizzcon this year, will you be making plans to attend?

* Blizzard’s Design-A-Legendary project is nearing the end with the results of the community chosen power being announced. Now we just need to decide on the name of the thing. What did you vote for? (Or did you even vote?) Are you even happy with what the community has chosen? Let us know!

* If you missed your episodical dose of OFTMPT last episode we come to you with an exceptionally long segment that strays from our tongue-in-cheek norm. Prepare yourselves for a long haul, this episode’s OFTMPT weighs in over thirty-five minutes long. Might we suggest a glass of red, red wine? As always we are looking for your participation with this fun segment, send your Official Forum Thread Masterpiece Theater audio segments (or humorous forum threads) 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 assorted tracks from the Diablo III soundtrack.

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* Throughout the show (and OFTMPT) there were a few references to a forum post made by Blizzard forum MVP Drothvader about his feelings and concerns that ended up sparking up a lot of discussion about the state of the beta; be sure to check out the post that started it all, A Little Heart to Heart About RoS.

* Guess what folks, there’s a new Diablo III podcast for us all to enjoy. Holy Hermit and crew launched their new endeavor with the first episode of D3 Podcast! (Hopefully Holy Hermit will come up with a catchier name ^^;)

* Inspired by the heated discussion on legendary drop rates our good friend Sibcoe over at Red Team Gaming shared his thoughts on the subject with a quick video titled, Finding Loot Should Be Fun. We couldn’t agree more.

http://youtu.be/R7O6bR3KB08

* Getting sick of Spin-to-Win Barbs? Waldemar highlights some of the nuances of a Spear/Boulder barb that you put together in Reaper of Souls.

http://youtu.be/l0USRNLLefM

* If charging through enemies is more your cup of tea, then you may want to check out MannerCookie’s “HeisenBarb” which makes liberal use of the barbarian’s Furious Charge. Note: This build’s effectiveness in higher Torment difficulties hinges on having not only the right gear, but amazing gear to boot. YMMV. Welp. Looks like Mr. MannerCookie decided to set his video about his Heisenbarb to being private. Not sure why … oh well. It was pretty straight-forward, but required 5pc Oxen set to truly work at Torment 6.

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

Song of the Show:

Recently featured as an Artisan Showcase on Blizzard’s official Diablo III site, Savior is the collaboration between musical groups Have No Fear and the Space Bards, both of which performed in Blizzcon 2013’s talent contest. You can hear more from Have No Fear over at Soundcloud and Youtube and find them on Twitter. You can hear more from the Space Bards over at their official website and Youtube as well as find them on Twitter and Facebook.

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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