Episode 25 – Not That Kind of Monk

Show notes originally posted by Nevik

In this episode, we’re down our 4th musketeer due to work obligations that Lanntonio couldn’t get out of. That’s okay, Nevik, Breja and Jen still convened to discuss what we’ve been up to since our last show: Nevik took a vacation in panda-land, Jen’s altoholic nature reared it’s head again, and Breja finally puked his way to 60!

In this episode:

* Well, would you look at that. According to the calendar the show will be a year old come October 12th. Can you believe it? The year has really flown by. We reminisce about how the show came together and celebrate how well the show has done thanks to you, our wonderful listeners.

* We read, and respond to, the emails we’ve received from our wonderful listeners. This batch came from: Chad and Tensor. Thank you for your emails! Keep them coming!

* Nevik discusses the reasons as to why he took a step back from the game, ie. the great wizard nerf(s) and the growing frustration with the lack of communication from the development team as their vision for what direction they’re taking the wizard in.

Links for you to Visit:

* Tensor provided us a link to his wizard’s profile as well as his former ranged nuke wizard build and his tenative critical mass – melee wizard build.

* Blizzard’s Customer Service department is changing their hours of operation. Check out the official blog post detailing the changes.

* A couple of new builds have been deployed to the 1.0.5 PTR. Check out the latest patch notes to see what has changed since the PTR went live.

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Episode 24 – No Shawarma After These Credits

Show notes originally posted by Nevik

In this episode, the full cast is back to mourn the departure of our friends leaving for the mystical lands of anthropomorphic pandas. After a brief moment of silence (we’re kidding, we didn’t really) we get back on topic and discuss what we have been up to in-game: Breja’s new job allowed little time to play, Lanntonio has waffled once more and is back on his wizard, and [Cue triumphant trumpets] Jen downed Diablo with her barbarian and Nevik finally cleared Inferno!

In this episode:

* We slip a little bit of Diablo news in before reading your emails to discuss the new system, Monster Power, and what we might expect from it.

* We read, and respond to, the emails we’ve received from our wonderful listeners. This batch came from: Master Do, Darksoul, Commander Bird and Torhammer. Thank you for your emails! Keep them coming!

* We bare the intimate details of our … *ahem* rigs that we play Diablo 3 on.

* Prompted by your emails, we discuss numerous aspects that has us excited about the upcoming Patch 1.0.5 as well as a few that make us #sadpandas. For more details on Patch 1.0.5 check out the official patch notes.

* Speaking of Patch 1.0.5, the PTR (Public Test Realm) went live on Friday — and then brought back down over the weekend — so we discuss what to expect from the PTR. If you’d like to participate in the PTR, follow these links for instructions on How to Download the PTR Client and How to Copy a Character from the Live Servers.

Links for you to Visit:

* We reference an interview with Jay Wilson and Wyatt Cheng over at PC Gamer. There we a lot of interesting questions answered so we recommend that you check out the interview for further juicy tidbits.

* Darksoul provided us a link to his profile so you can check out his melee wizard build.

* Nevik and Lanntonio talk a little about the data-mined information about the Infernal Machine and it’s reward the legendary Hellfire rings coming in 1.0.5. For more detail, head over to this post at Diablofans.com.

* Nevik mentions that he tried out and subsequently fell in love with the Archon-explosion wizard build. Here’s a link to the skill calculator highlighting the skills for this REDONKULOUS build.

* Nevik also mentions a guide by eLINminatior on the official Diablo 3 forums which details the Sustained Archon wizard build being used by more and more top-end wizards. It has exceptionally high gear requirements, but you too can check it out and dream like Nevik about face-rolling demons with this build.

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Episode 23 – Murky Buckets

Show notes originally posted by Nevik

In this episode, our 4th musketeer, Lanntonio the over-achiever, rejoins the cast while suffering with a terrible “Gets to play D3 all-day guilt-free” illness. In typical fashion we begin the show discussing what we’ve been up in-game: Jen roflstomped Azmodan, Breja is puking all over hell (and receiving STERN looks), Lanntonio has abandoned the wizard but that’s okay since Nevik now has TWO level 60 wizards.

In this episode:

* We read, and respond to, the emails we’ve received from our wonderful listeners. This batch came from: Master Do and Lekks. Thank you for your emails! Keep them coming!

* We share our ideas on potential changes to crafting that could help improve the rampant randomization in itemization. Should Blizzard implement any of these you can all thank Lanntonio and Blizz you can send the check to … errrr ^^;

* We discover through a developer blog that the next patch in the pipeline is NOT 1.1 and will be 1.0.5 and will contain some changes to how crowd control (CC) works. Listen to hear Nevik’s hunch on when we could potentially expect it to drop.

Links for you to Visit:

* Master Do provided screenshots to various aspects of his D3 profile, but here’s a link to his armory profile to get the up-to-date status of our favorite Frenchy.

* Guess what folks, the game is OVER. Alkaizer has already hit paragon level 100. That was quick. Back to the drawing board … errr okay, we’re being silly. Still Alkaizer definitely destroyed all our expectations on when we would see level 100 toppled.

* If you were thinking that Alkaizer used bots and/or exploits this gentleman thinks differently. Check out Moldran’s youtube video where he provides evidence that it was mathematically possible.

* Nevik talked about a wizard with REDONKULOUS gear. Check out Good Idea Gaming on twitch.tv to see this guy in action.

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Episode 22 – Hot as Fresno

Show notes originally posted by Nevik

In this episode, Breja rejoins the cast after surviving a HOT, fun-filled vacation in the magical land of California. As usual we begin the show discussing what we’ve been up in-game: Jen is loving Act III, Breja is loving the Puke Doctor changes in 1.0.4 and Nevik has been playing just a wee-bit … err okay, a metric ton.

Quick note: You will notice that the audio quality is a little … skype’sh every now and then. We had a locally recorded track decide that it didn’t want to cooperate so we had to use the master track as recorded through skype. It’s still listenable, but there will be audio imperfections from time-to-time.

In this episode:

* We read, and respond to, the emails we’ve received resulting in lengthy discussions on a wide variety of topics. This batch came from: Chris, Commander Bird, St. Motorspark and Sangera. Thank you for your emails! Keep them coming!

* We discuss our impressions of patch 1.0.4 touching upon some of the class and system changes. Check out the patch notes as well as Blizzard’s blog post about the Paragon Leveling system!

* On a more sour note, as prompted by an email from Sangera, we discuss the after-math of Jay Wilson saying something on Facebook that he wishes he didn’t. You can read his apology here and watch the interview with David Brevik here which prompted the whole situation to happen.

Links for you to Visit:

* If you’re wondering what the Paragon leveling experience requirements would look like as a pie-chart Diablofans user Vomica (he’s even a puke doctor!) has delivered. You can check it out here.

* Flux over at diablo.incgamers has comprised a historical look at the design philosophies behind the level cap in contrast to the decision to go forward with the Paragon Leveling system.

* SYLbarefoot, a fellow Soulstoner, has started up his own podcast with a friend called Step Your Geek Up! It’s a fun show focusing on comics, video games, movies, and everything else that would interest us geeks. Give it a listen, we’re positive that you’ll enjoy it, but do keep in mind that there is occasionally language.

* Our good friend Rho, devout Maghda-lover, is back in the Diablo fold and he’s done something crazy. What did he do? Well go check out his post on his blog, Realm Maintenance, and find out!

* We somehow let these Diablo 3 class stories slip through our fingers. They’re great reads that will help flesh out the histories and motivations of each character class in the game. Check out the Wizard, Barbarian, Monk, Demon Hunter and Puke Doctor short stories!

* St. Motorspark, a new listener, provided us with a link to his Diablo 3 profile in case we were curious about what a tank doctor would look like.

* Diablo 3 is now FREE to play!! … up to level 13! If you’ve been holding out on picking up the game you can now check it out obligation free. We highly encourage everyone sitting-on-the-fence to take the plunge. Come join us!

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