Episode 68 – Fresh Seasons and Qiz

Show notes originally posted by Nevik

In this episode, we are again FOUR STRONG! After sipping on some of the rainbow-colored friendship brew we get down to business by discussing what we’ve been up to in-game: Jen is Gurr’ng all over the place, Nevik is monkeying around on the seasonal hardcore solo monk leaderboards (phew, that was a mouthful), and Lanntonio couldn’t take it anymore and hopped in to hardcore seasons with spotty internet!

In this episode:

* We read, and respond to, a mountain of emails we received from our wonderful listeners. This batch came to us from Rebur, Kageri Leblue, Simon, and an EXTRA SPECIAL one from Amy! We love to hear stories of triumph or tragedy from our listeners, so keep them coming, really!

* We received a mountain of tweets from @pergosmaster, @sadromeo, @Torrack1714, @Cybrwolf0, @arkbites1, @Hawgeye_CTR, @evilgaze, @EYedgar0111, @Torhammer6, @xBrokenxFirex, @Kherova, @ig_nateward, @Chaos5061, @JasonRMitchell, and @JeremyTStevens. 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 votes on the next class Jen should level to 70. Unfortunately we did not receive too many responses, but the victor was clear: puke doctor MONK**! Be sure to follow our show account, @ShatteredStone, on Twitter for future Questions of the Show.

** Okay, okay. It was actually the puke doctor ;_; but @JeremyTStevens did have an amazing vote.

* Patch 2.1 dropped in our laps immediately after episode 67 and we’ve already seen quite a few hotfixes that have changed the landscape of the game dramatically. Have you benefited from the drastically increased drop rates on horadic cache specific legendary items?

* Season 1 opened up a few days after the patch went live and we discuss our experiences and thoughts on the rampant exploitation of a few bounties skewing the competition for the Race to the Top conquest. Blizzard responded by disabling the problematic bounties, but the damage has already been done. Has the integrity of season 1 been forever tainted/compromised? Send your thoughts to Show@ShatteredSoulstone.com.

* It is with heavy hearts that we regret to inform you that we did not produce an Official Forum Thread Masterpiece theater 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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* Taken a break from Diablo III? Not sure of exactly what was added in Patch 2.1? DiabloFans has a wonderful Patch 2.1 Information Round-Up laying out all of the changes for you.

* Any time there’s a new patch it’s always a good idea to have a refresher on How +Elemental% damage works. Youtuber Such Stronk has you covered!

* Legendary gems might be the biggest addition to increasing player power and upgrading them might seems a bit arbitrary. Thankfully redditor Khaozxd but together a handy Legendary Gem Visual Upgrade Chart to help make the process a little easier to understand.

* If the visual chart to leveling up your legendary gems wasn’t enough YouTuber Meathead Mikhail posted a legendary gem guide to give you the low down on them.

http://youtu.be/L_5s5IG9pQM

* Play Your Way is back and this time community manager Nevalistis is joined by Systems Designer John Yang and YouTubers Qelric and Deadset to discuss his leap quake barbarian.

* Speaking of Deadset, we have a batch of his videos to share with you. Check out his thoughts and experiences leveling as a Crusader in the first season as well as the continuation of his Sanctuary Sunday Talk with his videos on The Creation of the Diablo Universe and The Eternal Conflict.

* With Nevik fully embracing the way of the Sahptev faith it is only fitting that we bring to you an effective monk build, even in the higher torments. If you’re looking for a COOL monk build to play, check out FriendandMachine’s T5+ Cold Monk guide.

http://youtu.be/bxI3-wjriO8

* Last, but not least, we mentioned that friend of the show Rebur (@Chaos5061) had a YouTube channel. Check out his let’s play’sh gameplay videos for Diablo III and Minecraft!

http://youtu.be/51ZevQv-lXE

Song of the Show:

For this episode’s Song of the Show we bring to you another prose set to a musical beat. Diablo 3 Rap by Dan Bull is quite simply a lyrical masterpiece and hopefully we will see a Reaper of Souls themed piece from Dan Bull in the future. You can find more of Dan Bull’s work on his YouTube channel and follow him on Twitter and Facebook.

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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 66 – All By Myself

Show notes originally posted by Nevik

In this episode, Nevik is all by his lonesome to fill in the listeners about the impromptu hiatus and state of the podcast. After reassuring that the show is far from dead and some catching up, Nevik gets down to business by discussing what he’s been up to in-game: spreading the virtues of Clementine, his level 70 HC monk!

In this episode:

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

* We received a mountain of tweets from @sadromeo, @BlizzconCD, @shawno, @Rilandune, @JCMonkeyD3, @scanline75, @Torrack1714, @dwegan, @Chaos5061, @wowjason62606, @grindexp, @JeremyTStevens, @Paidtokill5440, and @HomeTownHero008.

* The show isn’t dead. Far from it. This show is still very much a passion for all of the hosts, but as Nevik explains, sometimes real life just gets in the way. Things should be getting “back on track” as we approach the launch of 2.1!

* The Diablo III: Reaper of Souls – Ultimate Evil Edition is upon us! Are you planning the console version while waiting for Patch 2.1? If you made the jump from PS3/Xbox 360 to a PS4 or XBOne, you’re in luck as Blizzard detailed how to transfer your old Diablo III save to the shiny new UEE.

* How close is the patch anyways? In an interview with Arreat.de Production Director John Hight hints that there’s still a chance that we might see patch 2.1 later this month!

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* There are two new Diablo podcasts out in the wild for you to consume and enjoy! Check out D3 Addicted and Kulle Story Bro which both have a trio of episodes for you to enjoy! Support them and spread the love!

* Cuckoo Gaming has put together a series of Fully Crafted Torment Viable guides on YouTube for four out of the five six classes: Wizard, Crusader, Barbarian, Puke Doctor. Hopefully these videos sate your appetite for knowledge until we finally discuss how to be torment viable on our show.

* In Dred’s email to the show he mentioned a “funny Hitler video“, though much of the content is now moot and the wizard hasn’t been nerfed to the ground, it is still amusing. Yet … not sure how we should feel about “Hitler loving the wizard.”

Song of the Show:

Friend of the show and Forum Warrior Melkor is back with another freestyle rap, Forum Warriors – Invasion. With a catchy beat and some timely advice Melkor is back in form with this masterpiece. Be sure to support and check out more of Melkor’s work on YouTube.

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Episode 65 – Torrack and *ahem* Whatnot

Show notes originally posted by Nevik

In this episode, we celebrate getting back into the “recording studio” and ‘Murica’s burfday! After some cleaning up some podcasting cobwebs we get down to business by discussing what we’ve been up to in-game: Breja is DETERMINED to get a hardcore level 70, Lanntonio is still without good internet, Nevik is still fruitlessly grinding for a Ring of Royal Grandeur, and Jen got her barbarian to 70!

In this episode:

* We read, and respond to, a mountain of emails we received from our wonderful listeners. This batch came to us from Torrack, Rockdale, Hawgeye, and Graciel! Thank you for the amazing amount of emails! Keep them coming, really!

* We received a mountain of tweets from @Torrack1714 *cough*, @Foqbupog, @Paidtokill5440, @diabloplayer68, @HomeTownHero008, @Rilandune, @Hawgeye_CTR, @ig_nateward, @Kagerai_Leblue, @scanline75, @Cybrwolf0, @JCMonkeyD3, @JeremyTStevens, @grindexp, @Chaos5061, and @wowjason62606. 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.

* OOPS! A certain somebody forgot to post a Question of the Show on twitter. Complete #NevikFail. Fret not! Question of the Show will be back next episode! Be sure to follow our show account, @ShatteredStone, on Twitter for future Questions of the Show.

* We finally have the Patch 2.1 PTR up and running! Have you checked it out? We didn’t end up talking too much about the changes coming in 2.1, but if your ears are itching for some in-depth 2.1 discussion rumor has it that a community round table will be coming up Soon™.

* During our month hiatus E3 (Electronic Entertainment Expo) happened and Blizzard announced some exclusive content coming in the Playstion (3/4) versions of the Reaper of Souls Ultimate Evil Edition. Time to pick up a PS4! (*cough*Destiny*cough*)

* Prior to recording the show some huge news was dropped on us, Rob Pardo is leaving Blizzard. Where is he going? What affect will it have on the future development of Diablo III? We don’t have the answers, but we give our opinions on the matter and wish Rob Pardo all the best!

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* It’s happened folks. Well … not just yet on the live servers, but /dance is coming in Patch 2.1! #GetHype

* Xanth published an article, Greater Rifts = Greater Deaths, over at Diablo.IncGamers examining how death is coming back to the hardcore scene thanks to the inclusion of greater rifts coming in 2.1.

* It was only a matter of time before cosplaying as community managers was a thing. Errr, well Nevalistis is a death maiden IRL, so it counts right? Anyhoo check out Ibelinn’s amazing death maiden cosplay!

* Over the period of 30 days, 150 players accumulated over 10k legendaries and the results were tracked and shared with a video infographic. Some interesting details came out of this large sampling of RNG.

* Diablo plushies anyone? WE WANT SO BAD!!! Alix, if there’s any chance of these becoming mass produced … PLEASE!

* As if there weren’t already a ton of AMAZEBALLS creative works coming out of the Diablo community Samo Kramberger shared his stunning Skeleton King statue. The amount of detail is sick!

* We teased that in this episode we would be sharing tips and tricks on getting in to Torment, unfortunately we had to push that off until next show. Sorry folks. There was just a lot to talk about with a month’s worth of tweets and emails. Next show, we promise*!  * not actually a binding contract ^^;

Song of the Show:

Sadly no Song of the Show for this episode. I know, I know. It’s been a month. You would think we would have had plenty of time to locate a suitable specimen to share with you. WELP. It didn’t happen folks. This segment will be back next episode with another lyrical masterpiece from a certain forum warrior.

Buuuut we don’t want to leave you completely empty-handed, so here you go. You can thank Jaetch for this.

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