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.


Episode 52 – Live From Anaheim

Show notes originally posted by Nevik

BLIZZCON IS HERE! Errr, well it was, IT CAME! And WE WERE THERE! And we got together with a bunch of friends from the community to discuss everything that we learned while down in Anaheim. Listen on as we discuss our experiences with playing Reaper of Souls and meeting the vastly approachable development and community teams.

In this episode:

* We were joined by a number of special guests for our special LIVE FROM ANAHEIM POST-BLIZZCON ROUND-UP including Breja’s son PDawg, Jesse aka @HomeTownHero008, Beta and Dr J Dredscythe from GrindEXP.com, everybody’s favorite ninja wizard Jaetch, Critical Mass rapper Melkor, and the Magic Man himself, Shawno!

* We discuss our hands-on experiences with both the Act V campaign and Adventure Mode demos on both PC and Playstation 4. You may be a little surprised to hear what everyone decided to give a spin on the demos.

* While it wasn’t outrightly stated, we did discuss the ramifications of the change in the difficulty system and the removal of the four difficulty modes: Normal, Nightmare, Hell and Inferno.

* We share our thoughts on other various details that we learned during the panels and/or slightly more private interviews with the developers including some details about some systems coming to the Playstation 4 version that wasn’t mentioned on stage!

Links for you to Visit:

* Beta and Dr J Dredscythe will be publishing numerous articles containing a wide-range of information on everything announced and shared at Blizzcon over at GrindEXP.com, we suggest you visit their site to get their juicy details.

* Everyone loves ninjas and wizards right? Well make sure to check out Jaetch’s YouTube channel for all of his wizard hijinks!

* In case you didn’t already know, Nevik loves wizards, so it would only make sense that with Melkor in the house that we would promote Melkor’s series proclaiming his love for Critical Mass.

* With Shawno finally stepping from behind the editor’s desk, it’s about time we promoted NoMarket.org, a site where you can find everything that Shawn and Jen publish on the net.

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.

Links for you to Visit:

* 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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Round Table – Diablo III: Reaper of Souls

Show notes originally posted by Nevik

Did you hear? There’s a new expansion coming for Diablo III! Let us all rejoice! … and assemble for another one of our fun-filled round tables to talk about the reaping of our souls. Listen on as we discuss many of the announced features for Diablo III: Reaper of Souls with our listeners.

Joining us for this round table was 9pad (@9PadGaming), Chris (@CkRtech), Cyberwolf (@Cybrwolf0), Dr. J Dredscythe (@grindexp), Forte, Jaime (@JCMonkeyD3), Jesse (@HomeTownHero008), Scanline (@scanline75), and Smitty.

If you couldn’t make it to our Diablo III: Reaper of Souls community round table fret not, there will be more round tables in the future. There is a high likelihood of us hosting another round table after Blizzcon, and possibly another focused on the console versions of the game. So go download Mumble to join in on the fun with us.


Episode 47 – Reaper of Soulstoners

Show notes originally posted by Nevik

In this episode, we have found our souls reaped following the announcement of the first expansion, Diablo III: Reaper of Souls. After geeking out we get down to business by discussing what we’ve been up to in-game: Breja worked on his tan in Potterville, real life continues to get in the way for Lanntonio, Nevik played with some Hearthstones, and Jen wrecked face with the improved monster density in Inferno (MP1)!

In this episode:

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

* We received tweets from @Jaetch, @NoGumeBearSteve (formerly @ecwctechguy), @Torrack1714, @GrandNagus1, @KilroyKT, @JCMonkeyD3, and @Cybrwolf0. 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 seeking your thoughts on the recently announced expansion Diablo III: Reaper of Souls. We received many responses from our listeners and shared our own thoughts on the first expansion. Be sure to follow our show account, @ShatteredStone, on Twitter for future Questions of the Show.

* With the announcement of the Reaper of Souls we discussed, at length, some of the lore revolving around the first expansion and how the Book of Tyrael will serve as a “bridge” between the close of Diablo III and the beginning of the Reaper of Souls. We’re really looking forward to digging into the juicy lore tidbits contained within and fortunately the Book of Tyrael is now available for pre-order!

* While we didn’t cover absolutely every shred of news that came out of Cologne, Germany this past week, we did discuss some of the major points of the Reaper of Souls. If you’re looking to dig into absolutely everything known at the moment, head on over to DiabloFans for their massive expansion recap.

* We introduced a new segment to the show 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 Theatre audio segments to Show@ShatteredSoulstone.com.

This episode’s Official Forum Thread Masterpiece Theatre segment bed music included Rondeau from Sinfonie de Fanfares by Jean-Joseph Mouret and Pannonia Boundless by Alexandra Vrebalov.

Links for you to Visit:

* If you missed out on being present for the unveiling of the Reaper of Souls and the subsequent presentation, fret not! PlayersCutTV has you covered with this remarkably high quality recording of the presentation.

* PlayersCutTV also sat down with Josh Mosquiera at Gamescom 2013 and sine interesting lore tidbits were to be had during the interview as well as a hint that we might see a beta for Reaper of Souls this year!

* Athene, the self-accredited world’s best gamer, also had an opportunity to interview Josh Mosquiera and Christian Lichtner which posed some interesting answers in relation to the state of PVP, Nephalem Trials, the length of Act V, the Crusader and potential for more classes, and more.

http://youtu.be/iUSp_gR7VaI

* PCGames.de had an opportunity to interview Brian Kindregan and Kevin Martens about the lore, setting, improved itemization, new game systems and mechanics of the expansion.

* Gamestar.de also had an opportunity to pull aside Game Director Josh Mosquiera and ask a wide-array of questions about the expansion ranging from new game mechanics to the potential release date. (Any guesses on how Josh fielded that question? *smirk*)

* In case all of the previous interviews didn’t satisfy all of your burning questions about the Reaper of Souls, German site Gamona.de were also able to interview Josh Mosquiera and Christian Lichtner. (Note: unfortunately Gamona.de uses their own media player so we’re unable to embed the video interview here)

* Finally, as a palate cleanser, Blizzard revealed the TV commercial for the console version of Diablo III launching September 3rd on Playstation 3 and Xbox 360.

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

Song of the Show:

This episode’s song of the show features the amazing work of composer Oscar Araujo on the soundtrack to Konami’s fantastic Castlevania: Lords of Shadow which launches for PC computers on August 27th, 2013. If you haven’t played this game, we highly suggest that you do as the soundtrack for it is absolutely breath-takingly stunning.

Originally the soundtrack was only available with the collector’s edition of the console versions of the game but is now, fortunately, available for purchase on iTunes. You can find more amazing work by Oscar Araujo on his official website or on his profile page over at SoundCloud.

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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