Episode 90 – Rifts Gone Pear-Shaped

Show notes originally posted by Nevik

In our 90th episode, we keep to the dynamic duo formula although this time around we substitute in our dear allergy-sufferer Jen! After catching up with Jen we get down to business and talk about what we’ve been up to: Jen has been keeping her crusade rolling, and Nevik kept getting terminated (his games on the PTR at least).

In this episode:

* For the first time in a long time we did not receive a single email! Might have been related to the delayed release of ep89 and recording ep90 only a day later. Nevertheless, 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 more moderate amount of tweets from @CruentusRelic, @Diablo, @josukeshair, @shawno, @Kherova, @RealTimeFM, @Loremaster_Omki, @NeinballGamer, and @guerilla_law. 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.

* With Patch 2.3 bringing in Torment 7-10 we posed the question on Twitter asking how you felt about their addition. Be sure to follow the show account, @ShatteredStone, on Twitter for future Questions of the Show.

* We take a trip down memory lane thanks to a tweet (seemingly out of time) from @RealTimeFM (aka Rioriel) asking where he could find those pesky Pages of Jewelcrafting (!!).

* We lost a legendary icon of the gaming industry this past weekened. Satoru Iwata, President and CEO of Nintendo, passed on Saturday, July 11th. He will be missed, but never forgotten.

Image courtesy of Kotaku & Gawker Media.

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* Come Patch 2.3 Slow-rolling” Greater Rifts will be a thing of the past. Flux, from Diabloii.net, shares his experiences and thoughts from the PTR with this change.

* Fresh from the PTR we bring a pair of Hammerdin videos for you to enjoy: TryHardGaming’s Hammerdin and Leviathan’s Hammer Spammer Crusader.

Other Entertainment/Games:

* #GETHYPE! The world’s largest fighting game tournament, Evo’15, is happening THIS WEEKEND! You can watch all of the action over at the Twitch Evo event page.

* Looking for a nice night of binge Nextflix’ng? Nevik recently watched SyFy’s mini-series, Ascension, and gave it two big thumbs up.

* Never forgotten.

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Episode 86 – Stone Cold Shawno Austin

Show notes originally posted by Nevik

In our 86th episode, we welcome back Jen and Lanntonio and even bring on the man who makes us all sound good, Shawno. After sounding like a bunch of old people we get down to business and talk about what we’ve been up to: Lanntonio had a blast leveling up a Demon Hunter, Jen continued to chase the seasonal rewards, and Nevik leveled a ton of gems.

In this episode:

* We have launched a Patreon campaign to make it easy for our listeners to keep this show running at the quality level and frequency that you, our beloved listeners, have come to expect. Help support the show!

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* We read and respond to a solitary email from frequent contributor Funktropus. 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 more moderate amount of tweets from @CkRtech, @scanline75, @Cybrwolf0, @JeremyTStevens, @Kherova, @BryzeeD3, and @josukeshair. 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.

* With the recent release of Heroes of the Storm we posed the question on Twitter to find out what character(s) from the Diablo universe our listeners are hoping to see in Heroes. Be sure to follow the show account, @ShatteredStone, on Twitter for future Questions of the Show.

* Is Season 3 overstaying its welcome? Sentiment is growing that maybe 4 months is too long. What say you? Share your thoughts on your ideal length for a season.

* 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.

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* Our very own Nevik was a guest host over episode 53 of the Westmarch Workshop. Amazingly enough Nevik and Neinball were able to fill out two hours (and then some including pre/post) with barely a shred of Diablo news. This episode also marked the last time Leviathan’s Twitch and YouTube channels were used for the live show. Going forward you can catch the latest on Blizzpro’s Twitch channel for the live shows and their YouTube channel for the VODs.

* If you’re wondering what happened to Diablo.IncGamers they have (again) ventured out in to the independent fan-site landscape with their former parent site being absorbed into another. You can find all of your Flux-e-goodness at Diabloii.net once more.

* Normally we would share Heroes news/links in our Other Entertainment/Games section, but with the announcement of Heroes of the Storm: Eternal Conflict and the focus on the Diablo universe it’s only fitting to treat it as “almost Diablo news”. Right?

Other Entertainment/Games:

* Samuel L Jackson. Anything else need be said? ^^;;; Okay, okay. Kingsman got the thumbs up from Lanntonio and Nevik is eagerly waiting for it to be digitally rentable (note: it is now!).

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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.

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* 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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Episode 77 – Full Party

Show notes originally posted by Nevik

In our 77th episode, we are back up to full strength … in numbers. After discussing all of the pharmaceuticals we all are on we get down to business by discussing what we’ve been up to: Breja has been here, there, and everywhere, Jen has been slowly leveling their seasonal hardcore Demon Hunter, Lanntonio managed to slip some puking in, in between games of Hearthstone, and Nevik continues to pursue the perfect greater rift to climb the leaderboards.

In this episode:

* We received a pair of emails from listener Adam! We love to hear stories of triumph or tragedy from our listeners, so send in yours to Show@ShatteredSoulstone.com!

* We received a metric ton of tweets from @Kagerai_Leblue, @TheMarkShelton, @Kherova, @EvilPlanetCrew, @sastewart0111, @HomeTownHero008, @GrandNagus1, @LeniSirz, @CruentusRelic, @Daddy_Puffin, and @Shephard_Sieja. 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 the question on Twitter asking what you are most excited for coming in Patch 2.2.  Be sure to follow our show account, @ShatteredStone, on Twitter for future Questions of the Show.

* With Patch 2.2 hitting the PTR we naturally talked about a few of the new features that has us excited. For the juicy details on what Patch 2.2 contains be sure to check out the patch notes.

* Hot on the heels of Patch 2.2 PTR, game designer John Yang informed us on Twitter that the old Chocolate class sets would be receiving a 7th item to help add some flexibility in gearing for their set bonuses.

* Microtransactions are coming, but not for the NA/EU regions. We share our thoughts and opinions on this development and they may or may not surprise you! What are your thoughts and opinions on microtransactions in Diablo III? Send an email to Show@ShatteredSoulstone.com and let us know!

* It is with heavy hearts that we regret to inform you that we did not produce an Official Forum Thread Masterpiece theater (again) for this episode. Not to pull a guilt trip, but YOU have the power to not let this happen again! 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.

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* Holy Hermit is back with of YouTube videos. Be sure to check out his Top 10 Things to do in Season 2 and episode 6 of his Diablo podcast!

* Have an ancient weapon drop? Not sure what to reroll on it? Twitch streamer Quin C has you covered with a handy spreadsheet and corresponding video explaining how to use the spreadsheet.

* If you’re looking for even more impressions from the Patch 2.2 PTR be sure to check out Rhykker’s video highlighting his initial impressions.

* Jen had a lot of fun with her pet barbarian during season 1 and with the changes coming to the Immortal Kings set in patch 2.2 it will be viable for high level greater rifts. Check out Meathead Mikhail’s video showing just how viable it will be at GR40+.

http://youtu.be/hWaIyX3dFDo

* Finally we leave you with some Vizjerei Clan shenanigans from the Patch 2.2 PTR. (Note: the frame rate performance issues highlighted in this video were addressed in a small patch deployed to the PTR late last week)

Song of the Show:

Unfortunately Nevik has been devoting almost every waking moment to grinding away in Season Two and forgot to find something to treat your ears to. Fret not! Our next episode will almost assuredly (for really reals this time!) have a musical selection at the end of the show. Until then, enjoy some sweet chords by guitarist Jonas Lefvert.

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Episode 75 – Rest in Pepperonis Season One

Show notes originally posted by Nevik

In our 75th episode, our intrepid host finally returns from his podcasting hiatus! After much rejoicing we get down to business by discussing what we’ve been up to in-game: Breja met his season 1 goal, Jen had an absolute blast smashing things in Torment 3, and Nevik climbed the dizzying heights of the seasonal hardcore monk leaderboards!

In this episode:

* We received a single, solitary email from listener Aldirik! We love to hear stories of triumph or tragedy from our listeners, so send yours to Show@ShatteredSoulstone.com!

* We received a metric ton of tweets from @pergosmaster, @Kherova, @Kagerai_Leblue, @JCMonkeyD3, @jay_likes_bacon, @sastewart111, @Jaetch, @grindexp, @Daddy_Puffin, @Medros, @scanline75, @Cybrwolf0, @Torrack1714, @peterkicinski, and @Makoez. 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 the question on Twitter asking what you have planed for season 2.  Be sure to follow our show account, @ShatteredStone, on Twitter for future Questions of the Show.

* Season One is now officially in our rear-view mirrors and with season two right around the corner we wrap up our experiences in the very first season for Diablo III. Did you accomplish everything you had set out to do? We also share our plans, once again, for season two.

* As a preclude of what to expect in season two when it starts community manager Nevalistis will be wrangling together Wyatt Cheng, Travis Day, and Don Vu for another Tavern Talk on Tuesday, February 10th at 11:00am PST. They are likely to do a quick post-mortem on the first season and give insight on what they hope to accomplish with seasons going forward.

* Rumors spreading like wildfire is nothing new for the Diablo franchise and Blizzard Entertainment in general, but this most recent rumor gained a lot of traction and momentum on the Internets. Fact? Fiction? We give our opinions on the matter as well as our frustrations with reporting without credible sources. Blizzpro also posted an article where they debunked much of what spread from the blog post claiming to have insider information.

* It is with heavy hearts that we regret to inform you that we did not produce an Official Forum Thread Masterpiece theater (again) for this episode. Not to pull a guilt trip, but YOU have the power to not let this happen again! 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.

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* Want to know more about our very own Breja? Recently Dred and JCMonkey sat down and interviewed Breja on Scythe and Shield #17. That makes 3 of our 4 hosts that have been interviewed, we anticipate that Jen will make an appearance on their show in the near future ^^.

* Listener Daddy Puffin sought a link to the One Life to Live articles/guides written by Xanth over at Diablo.IncGamers. While there was a teeeny tiny bit of confusion as to what exactly Daddy Puffin was looking for, we did provide a starting point for him to dig into the entirety of the One Life to Live series of articles.

* Are you going to be rolling a wizard in season two? Our beloved host and #Wizard4Life Nevik is despite some anxiety over high level play demonstrated in a pair of videos created by wizard extraordinaire Jaetch. Be sure to check out how his Dual Hydras and Firebird Wizard videos fair in Greater Rift 45.

* Looking for a new build to try out in season two? Be sure to check out community manager Nevalisitis’ on-going series Play Your Way for ideas. We mentioned Prflys’ Pyrolysis wizard build and Alexuss’ Rocket Druid demon hunter build in this episode.

* Speaking of community manager activity, Grimiku recently interviewed multi-song-of-the-show contributor Melkorious for the on-going Fresh Meat N’ Greet series on the forums.

* In case you just recently came back to the game at the end of season one, community manager Nevalistis provided a quick and handy guide of what to expect when season one concluded.

Song of the Show:

Ready for another Out of Left Field song of the show? Good! This time we bring you the opening theme song for the anime Rage of Bahamut: Genesis preformed by Japanese ska/metal band SiM (Silence iz Mine). Finding more music from them is a little tricky but here is a link to a playlist on the YouTubes where you can hear more by SiM as well as some other Japanese ska bands. Be sure to check out the show itself over at Funimation.com.

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