Episode 49 – Breaking Off the Auction House Badly

Show notes originally posted by Nevik

In this episode, we are once again whole and no longer lost with our 4th Musketeer, Lanntonio, returning. After waking him up (football talk seems to put him to sleep, who knew?) we get down to business by discussing what we’ve been up to in-game: Nevik has been Breaking Bad, Breja has been exploring a Timeless Isle, Lanntonio has been pulling a few Brejas, and Jen is nearing the end of Inferno!

In this episode:

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

* We received tweets from @Hidasan, @Torrack1714, @JCMonkeyD3, @razzlebe, @the_ilude, @Valkomar, and @Unified44. 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 inquiring if you have tried out the console versions of Diablo III and your thoughts if you had. Be sure to follow our show account, @ShatteredStone, on Twitter for future Questions of the Show.

* With the announcement of Blizzard’s intention to shut down both auction houses (gold and real money) we naturally had a lot to say. We discuss both the positive and negative impacts of such an action and what significance the date could hold.

* For our third installment of the newest segment to the show, Official Forum Thread Masterpiece Theater, we mix things up with TWO posts from the Official Diablo III forums deserving a reenactment. 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 Pannonia Boundless by Alexandra Vrebalov.

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* Blizzcon is quickly approaching and the entire crew will be appearing at World of Podcasts as panelists. If you’re unable to make the trip down to Anaheim to be at Blizzcon make sure to pick up the Virtual Ticket so you don’t miss out on the action at the con.

* Author Nate Kenyon has been hard at work on a new novel titled Diablo: Storm of Light that should help bridge Diablo III Chocolate and Reaper of Souls. We can’t wait for February to get here so we can dig in to it.

* Comedian and late night show host Conan O’Brien had a chance to play the conosle version of Diablo III and encountered some very … interesting … voice-overs. Fortunately he was rolling when it happened so we can all experience the odd VOs he encountered.

* Earlier this year Blizzard made a large donation to the Extra Life foundation and the folks over at Extra Life have come up with a clever way to distribute those funds to local hospitals through the Diablo Extra Life Challenge. Get involved and help your local children’s hospital today!

* Penny Arcade is back with another tribute to Diablo III (on PS3 and Xbox 360) with a series of comic strips by guest artist Katie Rice. They’re quite hilarious, check them out!

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

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 46 – The Dark Behind

Show notes originally posted by Nevik

In this episode, we are back up to full strength with our 4th Musketeer rejoining us after his massive household move. After catching up with Lanntonio we get down to business by discussing what we’ve been up to in-game: Lanntonio managed to squeeze some game-time in at his parents, Nevik is dropping meteors and loving MP7, Breja has been massively busy with work but managed to sneak in a tiny bit of time in with his demon hunter, and Jen triumphantly hit level 60 with their barbarian and is now in Inferno!

In this episode:

* We read, and respond to, an pair of emails we received from our wonderful listeners. This batch comes to us from Torrack and Scanline. Thank you for the email! Keep them coming, really!

* We received tweets from @Torrack1714, @HomeTownHero008, @NerdyDance, and @ecwctechguy. 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 as to what you thought (Diablo-wise) Blizzard would be announcing at Gamescom 2013 on twitter. We received many responses from our listeners on twitter and went on record with our own speculative thoughts. Be sure to follow our show account, @ShatteredStone, on Twitter for future Questions of the Show.

* We had some fun with the recent news of Blizzard registering the trademark “The Dark Below” (note: confirmed to be a hoax after we recorded) and discuss the potential of an expansion announcement in the near future.

* We’re still looking for your feedback as to what you would like to see in an expansion and/or your thoughts on Mr. Monstrosity’s ideas presented in his Loot 2.0 thread. Send us your thoughts and ideas to our email: Show@ShatteredSoulstone.com.

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* Our dear friend, Jaetch, finalized his labor of love the Archon Wizard guide. It weighs in at nearly 90 minutes of comprehensive details on how to build, gear, and play the Archon wizard. It is well worth your time to check it out if you’ve been toying with creating one.

* The fine folks over at Penny Arcade and PVP Online recently sat down and played some Diablo III on the Playstation 3 and recorded it for prosperity! The entire thing clocks in over 2 hours, but you can check out the highlights below.

* Flux over at Diablo.IncGamers started up a research project on magic find and legendary item drops. Check out the compilation results of his crowd-sourced research to see if it falls in line with your own experiences.

* If you’re a Pandora member you can now expect to hear music from Blizzard’s stable of games on Pandora’s video game music station.

* Have you acquired enough gear to speed run MP10 Ubers? No? Fret not, neither have we (nor will we likely ever). However, these folks have and managed to defeat all SIX Uber bosses in under 57 seconds. Crazy-sauce.

* In case that previous video soured your mood let this hilarious animation back from the days of Diablo II brighten your day. Make sure to turn on the close captioning for a rough translation of the Korean being spoken in the video.

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 is our first original piece of Diablo-themed music from SoundCloud user CrowdSourceInspiration titled Diablo’s Inferno. The lyrics should put a smile on your face. You can find more from CrowdSourceInspiration on Tumblr, YouTube, Bandcamp as well as on social media sites Facebook and Twitter.

Note: Diablo’s Inferno isn’t available on YouTube but we didn’t want to leave you without an embedded video to enjoy. So check out KC’s song Better Than the Last.

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