Episode 49 – Breaking Off the Auction House Badly

Show notes originally posted by Nevik

In this episode, we are once again whole and no longer lost with our 4th Musketeer, Lanntonio, returning. After waking him up (football talk seems to put him to sleep, who knew?) we get down to business by discussing what we’ve been up to in-game: Nevik has been Breaking Bad, Breja has been exploring a Timeless Isle, Lanntonio has been pulling a few Brejas, and Jen is nearing the end of Inferno!

In this episode:

* We read, and respond to, a duo of emails we received from our wonderful listeners. This batch comes to us from Commander Bird and Master Do. Thank you for the emails! Keep them coming, really!

* We received tweets from @Hidasan, @Torrack1714, @JCMonkeyD3, @razzlebe, @the_ilude, @Valkomar, and @Unified44. 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 inquiring if you have tried out the console versions of Diablo III and your thoughts if you had. Be sure to follow our show account, @ShatteredStone, on Twitter for future Questions of the Show.

* With the announcement of Blizzard’s intention to shut down both auction houses (gold and real money) we naturally had a lot to say. We discuss both the positive and negative impacts of such an action and what significance the date could hold.

* For our third installment of the newest segment to the show, Official Forum Thread Masterpiece Theater, we mix things up with TWO posts from the Official Diablo III forums deserving a reenactment. 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 Pannonia Boundless by Alexandra Vrebalov.

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* Blizzcon is quickly approaching and the entire crew will be appearing at World of Podcasts as panelists. If you’re unable to make the trip down to Anaheim to be at Blizzcon make sure to pick up the Virtual Ticket so you don’t miss out on the action at the con.

* Author Nate Kenyon has been hard at work on a new novel titled Diablo: Storm of Light that should help bridge Diablo III Chocolate and Reaper of Souls. We can’t wait for February to get here so we can dig in to it.

* Comedian and late night show host Conan O’Brien had a chance to play the conosle version of Diablo III and encountered some very … interesting … voice-overs. Fortunately he was rolling when it happened so we can all experience the odd VOs he encountered.

* Earlier this year Blizzard made a large donation to the Extra Life foundation and the folks over at Extra Life have come up with a clever way to distribute those funds to local hospitals through the Diablo Extra Life Challenge. Get involved and help your local children’s hospital today!

* Penny Arcade is back with another tribute to Diablo III (on PS3 and Xbox 360) with a series of comic strips by guest artist Katie Rice. They’re quite hilarious, check them out!

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

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 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.

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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