Episode 34 – The 1.0.7th Rule of Brawling Is …

Show notes originally posted by Nevik

In this episode, the full crew reunites after a week delay to sort out scheduling difficulties and to give us some time to enjoy something called Patch 1.0.7. After much rejoicing the crew gets down to business by discussing what we’ve been up to in-game: Lanntonio continued to puke all over the place, Breja was conflicted with his love of Blizzard, Jen brawled her way into the foul lair and Nevik dusted off his hardcore wizard!

In this episode:

* We read, and respond to, another mountain of email we received from our wonderful listeners. This batch comes to us from BayouMojo, Chpoit and Saintly Demon! Thank you for the many emails! Keep them coming!

* We received tweets from @nevikjames, @shawno, @Rilandune, @SLekva and @Medros! 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.

* Patch 1.0.7 was deployed to the live servers last week heralding in new crafting materials and plans, buffs to a few of the wizard and monk skills, and improvements the experience bonus granted by monster power in Inferno. For full details of everything that was changed, check out the patch notes for 1.0.7.

* If you’ve been holding out hope that we would be able to add sockets in the near future community manager Grimiku shared with us in a forum post that while it hasn’t been ruled out, it will not be coming anytime soon.

* With the new patch came a new way that rubies affected weapon damage. Originally this new calculation would apply to perfect square rubies and above, but in a forum post by community manager Vaeflare we learned that this change would apply to all levels of rubies.

* Have you been wondering what Project Blackstone is? Well wonder no longer! Turns out that Project Blackstone is a promotional website for Starcraft II: Heart of the Swarm which releases on March 12th, 2013.

* Blizzard put out a poll for us to nominate our favorite villian in Diablo 3. Un-surprisingly Zoltun Kulle took the top slot and thankfully Rho’s favorite butterfly witch Maghda did not come in last. To see where everyone else slotted in at, check out the final results of Who’s Your Favorite Villain?

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* Sibcoe is back along with another episode which you can now find on iTunes! Check out Red Team Gaming‘s on-going youtube series: State of the Game: Diablo 3 — Part 14.

* Inigo Montoya proposed a self-imposed rule set to make brawling a tad more interesting … and fair. Check out the thread on reddit for the rules.

* TryHardEnimity put together a great video guide for the new crafting plans introduced in patch 1.0.7 where he weighs the overall value and risks of the new bind on account craftables.

* If you’re looking to farm the new crafting material, demonic essence, check out Archon the Wizard’s guide for the best place to farm for them.

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Round Table – Patch 1.0.7

Show notes originally posted by Nevik

Sometimes it is amazingly funny how Murphy’s law works. You’ll be recording a show and mention numerous times how you’re waiting on a certain piece of information only to have said information dropped on your lap after wrapping. Yes folks, we are of course referring to the deluge of Patch 1.0.7 information that emerged minutes after concluding our recording session of episode 32.

Not wanting to wait until our next episode to discuss all the gooey nuggets of patch 1.0.7 we decided that the best course of action would be to invite you, our dear listeners, to join us for our very first community round table … and it was a fantastic success!

Joining us for this round table was Chris (@CkRTech) from Armchair Arcade, Jesse (@theRealJFrench) aka Saintly Demon, Rho (@RhoWoW) from All Things Azeroth and Realm Maintenance, and fellow altoholic Smokimus (@Smokimus).

Listen on as we discuss the larger nuances of Patch 1.0.7, Jay Wilson’s departure from the Diablo 3 development team, what we feel is missing from the patch, and how always amazing Maghda was as a butterfly witch.

If you couldn’t make it to our first community round table fret not, there will be more round tables in the future. In fact we’d wager a bet that you can expect a round table for each substantial patch going forward. So go download Mumble to join in on the fun with us. Uber runs are soo much more fun when Death Watch Mantles inexplicably drop throughout the night.


Upcoming Community Round Table

Show notes originally posted by Nevik

Almost immediately following us wrapping up episode 32 we were treated with the fabled preview blog of patch 1.0.7. Unfortunately for us that meant a HUGE nugget of really important information would have to wait until our next recording session in late January. Given the depth and importance of the changes being previewed, letting this information languish until then sure didn’t feel like a good idea.

So then it dawned on us, why not utilize our Mumble server and open up a round table discussion about patch 1.0.7 with you, the listener?

Good idea, right? We sure think so. By holding a community round table we can get more opinions and impressions of the changes coming in 1.0.7 from a wider variety of perspectives. This also allows us to be more timely with discussing this information while not bogging down our next episode with lots of 1.0.7 talk.

Oh sure, we’re certain the discussion will continue well in to the next couple of episodes, but we can all agree that a 2+ hour MEGA show would be unwieldy for everyone. So instead we’re going to try out a separate round table format and see how it is received.

Okay, so with all that being said, how do you, the listener, participate?

As previously stated, we’re going to be holding this patch 1.0.7 round table on Mumble, so make sure you have Mumble installed on your computer and go through the audio setup wizard if you haven’t already done so. (The wizard is pretty easy to follow and shouldn’t take more than a couple of minutes to complete).

Next step is to check out the Patch 1.0.7 Preview Blog by Mr. Wizard-Hater errr I mean Wyatt Cheng OR the Patch 1.0.7 patch notes (which may or may not be updated and changed as the week progresses).

You needn’t download the Diablo 3 Patch 1.0.7 PTR client, but by all means do so if you want to check out the changes for yourself. Hopefully the PTR will be stable enough for some of us to have some first-hand experience with the changes, but we also want to have an “outside-looking-in” perspective on the round table as well.

So when will we be holding this Patch 1.0.7 Round Table?

Friday, January 18th at 6 PM Pacific / 9 PM Eastern

Make sure you clear your calendars on Friday, January 18th at 6pm Pacific / 9pm Eastern. More than likely we won’t start EXACTLY at this time as some “pre-show” will definitely occur to loosen everyone up.

If this round table format works out well we’ll be sure to revisit it with substantial patches in the future.

Hope to “see” you there!


Episode 32 – Look Who’s Shakin’ Now

Show notes originally posted by Nevik

In this episode, our beloved 4th Musketeer triumphantly returns to rejoin the crew. After much rejoicing the crew gets down to business by discussing what we’ve been up to in-game: Lanntonio has been busily shaking, Breja battled his altoholicism, Jen SMASHED Belial in the face (with the help of some friends 😉 ) and Nevik puked all over the place!

In this episode:

* We read, and respond to, another mountain of email we received from our wonderful listeners. This batch comes to us from Commander Bird, Chad and Naer! Thank you for the many emails! Keep them coming!

* We received tweets from @TheRealJFrench@ElSalvajeFalkas, and @Rilandune! 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 recorded episode 32 prior to the release of the Patch 1.0.7 preview blog which went live minutes after we wrapped. Yes, those Blizzard folk are tricksies! We’ll be sure to cover the details that caught our eye on our next episode.

* Nevik and Lanntonio set a friendly wager over the Niners vs. Packers NFC Divisional game. Listen to see who put their bet on which team and what was at stake!

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* Sibcoe is back along with several guest hosts to continue their discussion about where Diablo 3 is today and where they would like to see it head. Check out Red Team Gaming‘s on-going youtube series: State of the Game: Diablo 3 — Part 9Part 10Part 11, and Part 12.

* If you’re a fan of the monk, you may be interested in a technique known as Sweeping Wind Snapshot. What is it? And how to do you use it? Check out this Monk Snapshot guide found on Reddit (/r/Diablo) to get all the little details. Be forewarned though, this is most likely a bug that will be fixed in the future.

* Our good friend Commander Bird included a link to Ten Ton Hammer’s article in response to the infamous PVP Update Blog. Go check it out!

* Breja mentioned the BFF Report ep128 in which Mike B. (aka Fony) covered his Top 5 Most Controversial Games of 2012. Diablo 3 made his list, check out to see where our beloved game ended up.

* During our NFL Football tangent, Nevik mentioned our good friend SYLbarefoot’s podcast, Step Your Geek Up. If you’re a fan of just about everything geeky head on over and give a listen.

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Episode 29 – Mythical Black Snow

Show notes originally posted by Nevik

In this episode, we’re down our 4th Musketeer due to illness (no, really … he wasn’t kicked off the show for becoming a traitor … REALLY) and the remainder of the crew is recovering from the zombie turkocalypse. In game, Breja spent some time smashing all the things, Jen played around with monster power, and Nevik is ONE KEY away from having 3 Infernal Machines.

In this episode:

* We read, and respond to, another mountain of email we received from our wonderful listeners. This batch comes to us from Smokimus, Commander Bird, Chad and LunarFisher. Thank you for the many emails! Keep them coming!

* We received tweets from @tigjamie, @Rilandune, @wayngotango and @zesty1986! 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 finally got down and dirty with Monster Power. What is monster power? How do you enable it? How does it affects your gameplay? Is it required or is it truly optional? Are there instances where it is “required”? Are there any improvements that can be made? All these questions are discussed and answered to the best of our abilities. For more detailed information (namely all the specific numbers) visit Blizzard’s Monster Power blog.

* Our next Diablo 3 gaming night is coming up (spurred on by @Wayngotango) and will either be held on December 7th or 14th. Stay tuned to our @ShatteredStone twitter feed to get the final details.

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* Our in-depth discussion of Monster Power was inspired by a debate brewing on the DiabloFans forums about whether or not the XP bonus for monster power was adequate in Inferno or not. There were some fantastic points made in the thread: “MP xp scaling broken” so check it out.

* Patch 1.0.6 dropped on November 27th. Check out the patch notes (or lack thereof) to see what changed!

* A few episodes back we mentioned that the short story collection — Heroes Rise, Darkness Falls –would be receiving the digital eBook treatment. Well, now it’s available! Check out the blog post announcing the release of the collection and where to find it! Included are excerpts from two previously unpublished short stories.

* Nevik mentioned the Alkaizer XP Grind Route. For a detailed list of what route Alkaizer took on his gloried path to world-first Paragon Level 100, visit this post on the Diablo III (Unofficial Fan) Blog.

* Blizzard recently registered the domain ProjectBlackstone.com (there’s nothing there yet), could it be related to the forth-coming expansion that we have no details about? Only time will tell, but for now you can head on over to Diablo IncGamers and partake in the speculation for yourself.

* Nevik recently got around to updating his oft-neglected blog with a post about “Where’s the PVP?” In said post Nevik thought that we would see PVP specific gear introduced only to be debunked hours later by Jay Wilson on twitter.

* Finally if you have a fellow loot-deviant that you need to shop for during the holidays Jen compiled a few links of places to look for Diablo-sch’wag. Check out: Blizzard’s Store, Jinx’s Diablo Collection, or Amazon!

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