Episode 97 – Rest In Pancakes

Show notes originally posted by Nevik

In our 97th episode, we are back down to our odd-couple of Nevik and Breja. We waste very little time and dive straight to business and talk about what we’ve been up to: Breja’s pancakes were flattened and then replaced by an omelette, and Nevik experienced his first DC death, ever.

In this episode:

  • We received a pair of emails from Professor Funktropus and Kagerai Leblue. 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 4 maturing we inquired on Twitter as to whether or not you’ve created a seasonal alt. Be sure to follow the show account, @ShatteredStone, on Twitter for future Questions of the Show.
  • Have you been experiencing weird occurrences of lag, especially with lag doctors? Or sporadic Battle.net disconnections? We share our experiences and thoughts on what could potentially be causing the issues and hope that eventually they will be resolved.

  • Are we in the Golden Age of Diablo III? We discuss our thoughts and opinions on where the game is and how we may reflect back on the game a decade from now. What are your thoughts? Send them to Show@ShatteredSoulstone.com.
  • Sadly no Official Forum Thread Masterpiece Theater this week, but it WILL be back. Next week? Maybe? 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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Other Entertainment/Games:

https://youtu.be/3eVF9uBbuqc

  • Phantogram and Big Boi are collaborating to create Big Grams and while we wait for the official release of the EP a single – Fell in the Sun – has been shared to give us a taste. YUM!

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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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Episode 38 – Too Legit to Fit

Show notes originally posted by Nevik

In this episode, our beloved little family is whole once more with our fourth musketeer rejoining the crew. After rejoicing we get down to business by discussing what we’ve been up to in-game: Breja continues his torrid affair with the wizard, Lanntonio proclaims his undying hatred of The Keep Depths Level 2, Nevik hit 60 with his hardcore wizard, and Jen plays with Smashez Stanzenfyr.

In this episode:

* We read, and respond to, another mountain of emails we received from our wonderful listeners. This batch comes to us from Torrack, Master Do, and Doug. Thank you for the email! Keep them coming, really!

* We received tweets from @Daladria, @JCMonkeyD3, @theRealJFrench, @shawno, @tigjamie, @Rilandune, @the_ilude, @Bidkar42, @Lylirra and three-fourths of our show (@nevikjames, @The_Breja, and @Lanntonio)! 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.

* Diablo 3 Patch 1.0.8 is on the Public Test Realms! For more information on the changes coming soon™ check out the PTR Patch 1.0.8 Patch Notes.

* We briefly talk about our experiences on the PTR with the changes coming in Patch 1.0.8. If you’re wondering why we didn’t go more in-depth with the discussion that is simply because once again we will be holding a community round table to discuss what we as a collective think about it.

* Prompted by an email from Doug, one of our wonderful listeners, we discuss his thoughts and ideas on addressing the issue known as the auction house. During his email he provided a link to an IGN forum thread where an amazing Echoing Fury sold for over $16,000 outside of the RMAH.

We’re still looking for intro submissions for our Intro Contest. Prizes haven’t been nailed down, but at the very least you could win a $20 (US) Battle.net Balance Card! Send your intros to Show@ShatteredSoulstone.com. Keep them shorter than 45 seconds (30 preferably) and make sure to utilize royalty-free music or music from Diablo 3. Deadline for this contest has also not been nailed down, but we’re hoping to have a new intro in time for the anniversary of Diablo 3 going live.

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* U can’t touch this … 

* Our amazing editor, Shawno, shared with us a television promo for the show Hannibal (on NBC) because the narrator sounds very similar to the voice actor that voiced the male barbarian. What do you think?

http://youtu.be/PCt4yoqwrqk

* Tatasinke has published another edition of the New Tristram News. Check it out and subscribe to get updates on the latest!

* Our good friends Sibcoe and Dred are back with the 17th installment of Red Team Gaming’s series: State of Diablo 3. As always it’s well worth your time to give a listen and it wouldn’t hurt to prod Sibcoe into getting back into the groove on making his stuff available via iTunes ^^.

http://youtu.be/cFLtc4S6brY

* Speaking of the fine folks at Red Team Gaming, don’t forget to check out Dred’s site DiabloExpressions.com.

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Dead and Waiting #2

Show notes originally posted by Nevik

Guess what folks, our recent ventures into the hardcore realm of play have not been in vain. Lanntonio has brought the crew – which isn’t a set crew, anyone and everyone is invited to join in on these hardcore gaming nights – together to share their experiences in progressing through hardcore.

This second episode of Dead and Waiting is more of a (hardcore) community round table and was rather light on the in-game banter as previously since many folks couldn’t resist the urge to keep playing, and play they did. How far did everyone get? And did anyone die? (Spoiler: someone did!)

You’ll just have to listen to find out!

If you would like to join in on the fun – and we hope you do! – Lanntonio is running these hardcore gaming nights generally every Tuesday night around 6pm Pacific / 8pm Central / 9pm Eastern. All you need to do to join in is have Mumble installed and setup and hop on our mumble server (details can be found in the sidebar).