Episode 64 – Where in the World are Zoltun Kulle’s Body Parts?

Show notes originally posted by Nevik

In this episode, we our once again at full strength even if our 4th Musketeer was a bit tardy. Nevertheless we get down to business by discussing what we’ve been up to in-game: Breja is making progress with his stink/puke doctor, Jen managed to fit in a tiny bit of time on her barbarian, Lanntonio was burnt to a crisp, and Nevik has been exclusively monkeying around!

In this episode:

* We read, and respond to, a mountain of emails we received from our wonderful listeners. This batch came to us from Foqbupog, Simon, Livintrust, Sad Romeo and our European community ambassador, Master Do! Thank you for the amazing amount of emails! Keep them coming, really!

* We received a mountain of tweets from @Torrack1714, @Torhammer6, @HomeTownHero008, @BurghCrow78, @shawno, @Medros, @Joshcbc, @Kherova, @Moogyver, @Paidtokill5440, @wowjason62606, @Cybrwolf0, @Justin__HB, @Kagerai_Leblue, and @diabloplayer68. 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 who or what you thought the final encounter would be of a potential second expansion. 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.

* As promised in our last episode, we decided to finally talk about the ending of Reaper of Souls. We didn’t get quite as much input from our listeners as we would have liked, but that didn’t stop us from wildly speculating on the expansion.

* Seasons are still a hotly debated topic in the community and we kept the dialogue going with one of our listeners. This time focusing more on our own individual reasons for being interested in participating in a season. What about you? Are you looking forward to seasons? Or are you feeling penalized for wanting to focus on your main character? Let us know in an email!

* We are back at it with another Official Forum Thread Masterpiece Theatre, and this one is quite a doozy. This time we bring you an OFTMPT to end all OFTMPTs. The end all, be all of all forum threads. No, seriously.

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 Lost by Pogo.

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* Hot on the heels of our spoilerific Reaper of Souls ending discussion we have a few more links for you to consume to add a bit more flavor to a somewhat bland and/or lacking ending. Matthew Rossi from Wow Insider posted his thoughts on the Reaper of Souls ending and rather than butcher his words we would rather have you read them yourselves. You can also check out his thoughts on the whole of Diablo 3 chocolate as there are still some insights in there on where the story may go.

* In case those links did not satiate your need for Diablo lore, Blizzard recently updated their game guide with an official Story of Diablo that serves as a great primer in case you’re new to the game and/or history of the universe.

* Another short story, Middlewick by Erik Sabol, has been added to the official game guide. So many words, so little time. We hope to have a fully fledged discussion on this short in the near future.

* One of our dear community members, Cybrwolf, recently lost his hardcore monk and eulogized her on /r/Diablo. May her deeds always be remembered!

* Eat Game Live‘s Reaper of Recipes contest has a winner! If you’re a fan of hake and quinoa you might want to try it out. BUT THOSE TEETH?!? UGH.

* If RNGesus hasn’t been nice to you, you’re not alone but Grimiku chimed in on one of the many, many, MANY conspiracy threads on loot tables and laid the tin foil hat theories to rest, we hope. RNG is RNG and Blizzard has nothing to gain by stealthily adjusting drop rates. Is it enough to sate the crazed forum goers? … well … time will tell?

I know that it can feel like drop rates are being changed when you have experienced a streak of good or bad luck, but it simply isn’t the case. We gain nothing positive by influencing drop rates without communicating it, and would only lose trust as a result. Simply put, it’s not what we do.
Streaks of bad luck are going to happen, and we all go through them. The danger (and why the thread is locked) lies in the spread of misinformation, which in turn can inspire players to alter their in-game habits in ways that actually have no influence over what items they find.

* We teased that next episode we will sharing tips and tricks on getting in to Torment, but if you can’t wait that long – or are looking to dig your teeth into the nitty and gritty, Vaneras on the European forums put together an exhaustive list of guides on the minutiae of the game.

Song of the Show:

This episode’s Song of the Show brings things back into the realm of Diablo-themed music. The Fallen King by Renard Rose is a hauntingly beautiful piano piece in tribute to the Skeleton King himself. He’s popular eh? Anyhoo, you can check out more from Renard Rose over at YouTube as well as on 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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Episode 61 – 100 Word Shenanigans

Show notes originally posted by Nevik

In our first post-launch episode, we are all excited about having our souls reaped. After much celebration and frivolity we get down to business by discussing what we’ve been up to in-game: Lanntonio is holy hammering all the things, Jen is shooting all the things, Nevik is freezing and zapping all the things, and Breja is … well … Breja is puking on all the things.

In this episode:

* We read, and respond to, a pair of emails we received from our wonderful listeners. This batch came to us from Rilandune and Frying Tuck. Thank you for the emails and voice mail! Keep them coming, really!

* We received another mountain of tweets from @Foqbupog, @scanline75, @Torrack1714, @grindexp, @JCMonkeyD3, @sadromeo, @Manlow, @FreeFallWoW, @GrandNagus1, @C4ntbestoped, @Rob_pawlak, @shawno, @Kherova, @Cybrwolf0, @KaltonEly, @JustinKHixson, @Hawgeye_CTR, @apsana, @xSyneKx, @HomeTownHero008, @BrewmasterWansu, @Medros, @RoberBobroff, @sastewart111, @Kagerai_Leblue, and @GENERAAL00. 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 if your post-RoS gaming had deviated from your pre-launch plans. We got quite a few responses. Be sure to follow our show account, @ShatteredStone, on Twitter for future Questions of the Show.

* We announced the winners for our 100 Word Story Contest this episode! Our grand-prize winner was @CkRtech for his amazing story; so much said with so little! Runner-ups for our contest included @Rilandune and @JCMonkeyD3 who will both be receiving a copy of Nate Kenyon’s Storm of Light. We decided to put the t-shirt winner in the hands of the community, so be on the look-out for a collection of all of the entries in the very near future!

* With Reaper of Souls officially being in everyone’s hands we discussed our own experiences with the expansion including the number of hotfixes that have come down the pipeline since launch.

* Just before Reaper of Souls launched, Carbot Animations released their parody/tribute of the expansion’s opening cinematic. We LOVED it! And we know you will too! (Wait, you haven’t seen it yet? Rectify that NAO! … with this handy embedded video!)

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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!

* Friend of the show, Dredscythe from GrindEXP.com sat down with Sibcoe from Red Team Gaming prior to the launch of Reaper of Souls to discuss where the game has been and their impressions on where it is going in the future.

* Reaper of Souls added a lot of new legendary crafting materials scattered all over the game for crafting a bunch of new legendary items. If you’re wondering if someone has compiled a list of all the materials and where to find them, the answer is yes! Check out DiabloFans Legendary Crafting Guide so that you don’t hunt aimlessly.

* Archon the Wizard and Neinball from BlizzPro kicked off a new Diablo III: Reaper of Souls pod/vidcast titled Westmarch Workshop. The pair aim to highlight varying builds for everyone to potentially try out on a weekly basis. They are looking for feedback on their inaugural episode, so let them know what you think! You can catch Westmarch Workshop Wednesday nights at 6pm PDT over on Archon’s Twitch channel.

* If you love running bounties in Adventure Mode and did not realize it, there are specific legendary items that you can only get from the Horadric Caches after completing all of an act’s bounties. Here’s a handy link to DiabloHub that lists all of the cache-specific legendary items you can hope to find.

* Reddit user D3agl3uk put together and posted a chart on the /r/Diablo sub-reddit detailing the nuances of each of the new difficulty settings added in the 2.0 patch.

* Blizzard traditionally puts together some pretty amusing April Fool’s Day jokes and this year kept that tradition alive. Be sure to check out Blizzard’s Happy Reaper, a Diablo-themed homage to Flappy Bird. Nevik managed to get a high score of TWO … BEAT THAT … if you dare.

Song of the Show:

Melkor is back at it with another Diablo/Wizard themed rap/love-story. Forum Warriors pays tribute to many of the amazing folks contributing in the official Diablo III Wizard forums. Check out more from Melkor over on his 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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Round Table – Patch 2.0.1

Show notes originally posted by Nevik

Patch 2.0.1 dropped sooner than many of us expected and with it came a lot of changes to the game. Has it changed the game for the better? And how does it feel without the final pieces of the puzzle coming in Reaper of Souls? We gathered a group of voices from the Shattered Soulstone community to find out their impressions of the patch so far.

Joining us for this round table was 9pad (@9PadGaming), Cyberwolf (@Cybrwolf0), Dr. J Dredscythe (@grindexp), Jaime (@JCMonkeyD3), Jesse (@HomeTownHero008), Scanline (@scanline75), and our very own Breja (@The_Breja).

If you couldn’t make it to our Patch 2.0.1 community round table fret not, there will be more round tables in the future. You can count on another round table happening shortly after Reaper of Soul launches. So go download Mumble to join in on the fun with us.