Episode 67 – Hardly Touching Fruit

Show notes originally posted by Nevik

In this episode, we celebrate getting almost everyone back into the “recording studio”! After catching up from our unplanned hiatus we get down to business by discussing what we’ve been up to in-game: Breja got cocky and lost his Plum, Nevik has yet another level 70 wizard, and Jen is wondering what class to get to 70 next!

In this episode:

* We received a solitary email from Rebur (@Chaos5061) but decided to hold onto it for our next show at his behest since its content is aimed for our “Getting Torment Viable show“! Thank you Rebur for the email, we will hold on to it for when that show happens! We love to hear stories of triumph or tragedy from our listeners, so keep them coming, really!

* For a short turnaround between shows we received a decent amount of tweets from @grindexp, @Foqbupog, @Jaetch, @Kherova, and @Hawgeye_CTR. 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 for your predictions on the release dates for patch 2.1 as well as the opening of the first season. We got quite a few responses despite the short notice on the question going live. Be sure to follow our show account, @ShatteredStone, on Twitter for future Questions of the Show.

* Could Patch 2.1 be right around the corner? Blizzard has been on a Patch 2.1 media blitz with a hosted Q&A Tavern Talk, forum post highlighting the design philosophies behind the patch, and previews for Seasons, Greater Rifts, and The Vault. We can’t be far off, right?

* Meanwhile, as announced by community manager Nevalistis at the end of the developer Tavern Talk, Blizzard decided everyone could use some more gold and gave us a +50% Gold Find buff for the duration of the weekend (until server maintenance early Tuesday morning). Another sign that 2.1 is Soon™?

* We are back at it with another Official Forum Thread Masterpiece Theater and this time we bring you not just one, but TWO angst-ridden threads that cropped up on the official forums. Did you lose a hardcore character during the weekend DDoS attacks? Or do you feel that Blizzard is ignoring you? These folks sure did and took to the forums to let everyone know.

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 Pannonia Boundless by Alexandra Vrebalov.

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* Have you given a listen to new Diablo podcasts Kulle Story Bro and D3Addicted yet? If you haven’t, WHY NOT? Episode 4 of Kulle Story Bro is now available and their show joined the Tweeters so go follow @KSBpodcast!

* Diablo III is finally coming to China, but not without some … alterations. Check out some of the graphical alterations for the Chinese Diablo III client.PoorGrotesque

* During our hiatus some amazing Diablo cosplay popped up at Japan Expo. Check our Sylvain Martinez’s Flickr photo album highlighting the cosplay found at Japan Expo.

* Even wizard extraordinaire’s learn something new every once in awhile and friend of the show, Jaetch, has been sharing those “AH HA!” moments with his Today I Learned Youtube series.

* If you haven’t dug in to the lore surrounding the Diablo universe and are wanting an easy way to get in to it, DeadSet gaming has an ongoing series, Sanctuary Sunday Talk focusing on varying elements of the Diablo lore. Check out his Lords of the Burning Hells and Set Item Origins videos on Youtube. More are coming so subscribe to his Youtube channel to not miss any of his content.

Song of the Show:

Guess what folks! FOOTBALL SEASON IS UPON US and that means Madden season (if you’re a fan of Madden football). EA Sports put together something really special for Madden 15’s commercial; something that they may never be able to top. Enjoy! And no we’re not sorry.

http://youtu.be/-DL0W9AUCuY

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Episode 59 – Storm of Visual Noises

Show notes originally posted by Nevik

In this episode, we are still not at full strength as our 4th Musketeer could not be in attendance on account of work. Nevertheless we press on and get down to business by discussing what we’ve been up to in-game: Jen raining down vengeance on all the demons, Nevik is spinning to win, and Breja had a close encounter of the Nate Kenyon-kind.

In this episode:

* We read, and respond to, a mountain of emails we received from our wonderful listeners. This batch came to us from Commander Bird, Foqbupog, and Torrack. Thank you for the emails and voice mail! Keep them coming, really!

* We received a mountain of tweets from @pergosmaster, @scanline75, @grindexp, @Torrack1714, @HomeTownHero008, @Iruga, @JCMonkeyD3, @Rilandune, @Medros, @wombat1974, @obelu5, @Jaetch, @CkRtech, @Cybrwolf0, @shawno, @Foqbupog, and our very own @nevikjames and @The_Breja. 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 your favorite part of Patch 2.0.1 has been so far. We got quite a few responses and at least one laundry list (reading comprehension FTW!). Be sure to follow our show account, @ShatteredStone, on Twitter for future Questions of the Show.

* Have you submitted your story for our 100 Word Story Contest yet? Time is running out! 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?

* In case you’ve been living under a rock Patch 2.0.1 was dropped into our laps a month ahead of the expansion. We even held a round table to find out how some folks from the community are enjoying the patch one week in. Now that we’ve had two weeks with the patch, listen to see how the hosts are getting on with it.

* Nate Kenyon recently paid a visit to Breja’s son’s school to talk about being an author and possibly inspire/conscript the next generation of Diablo novelists. As if that wasn’t enough Breja had a chance to sit down privately and chat with him about all sorts of things and even provided us with some signed copies of Diablo III: Storm of Light. Stay tuned to for details on how to obtain one!

* You may have noticed that last episode we did not have an Official Forum Thread Masterpiece Theater for you. While we can’t always promise that this segment will always make an appearance, we do love a good OFTMPT.  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 Pannonia Boundless by Alexandra Vrebalov.

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If you were not already aware our editor, Shawn, is in-between jobs and could really use some help. If you can spare anything there is a Crowdtilt fund to help make ends meet. We are massively grateful for any help you can send his way. Thank you!

* March 25th is rapidly approaching and the reaping is almost here. Best to be ready by equipping yourself with some amazing IRL Diablo gear.

* Friend of the show and wizard extraordinaire Jaetch put together a video showcasing the amulet Halycon’s Ascent (tribute item to Deadmau5) in the final moments of the RoS closed beta.

* Talented comic artist and podcaster Scott Johnson was inspired to pen a comic in tribute to the vitriolic community comments surrounding Diablo III and patch 2.0.1. You can’t just please everyone eh?

* If you love games and food, then you’ll love Kierpanda’s Eat. Game. Live. blog where she puts together game-inspired culinary masterpieces. Be sure to check out her Reaper of Soles (recently featured as an Artisan Showcase on the official Diablo III site) and Parsnips of Reflection dishes!

* We are over a month late in sharing Part 6 of Design a Legendary but better late than never right? This final piece of the Design a Legendary series ties everything up and focuses on the creation of the Shard of Hate and features a Q&A with Aaron Gaines, the artist responsible for the visual creation and representation of the item in-game.

* Who doesn’t love a catchy tune? How about some hip-swaying action? Jaetch decided to lighten the mood with this little Diablo-themed music video. Those hips just don’t lie folks.

* Patch 2.0.1 has also inspired comic artist Josue Pereira of NerfNow! to put together two Diablo-related strips. Be sure to check out his strips Old Flame and Loot Themed Amusement Park!

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

Song of the Show:

The Barsternian by Irish geek-metal band Mölten Cöre is a love song to the barbarian. And let’s face it, the barbarian is amazing, really. NO, REALLY. While I haven’t found too much more by this group you can check out their YouTube channel and band member Slainester’s Soundcloud page.

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