Episode 77 – Full Party

Show notes originally posted by Nevik

In our 77th episode, we are back up to full strength … in numbers. After discussing all of the pharmaceuticals we all are on we get down to business by discussing what we’ve been up to: Breja has been here, there, and everywhere, Jen has been slowly leveling their seasonal hardcore Demon Hunter, Lanntonio managed to slip some puking in, in between games of Hearthstone, and Nevik continues to pursue the perfect greater rift to climb the leaderboards.

In this episode:

* We received a pair of emails from listener Adam! We love to hear stories of triumph or tragedy from our listeners, so send in yours to Show@ShatteredSoulstone.com!

* We received a metric ton of tweets from @Kagerai_Leblue, @TheMarkShelton, @Kherova, @EvilPlanetCrew, @sastewart0111, @HomeTownHero008, @GrandNagus1, @LeniSirz, @CruentusRelic, @Daddy_Puffin, and @Shephard_Sieja. 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 what you are most excited for coming in Patch 2.2.  Be sure to follow our show account, @ShatteredStone, on Twitter for future Questions of the Show.

* With Patch 2.2 hitting the PTR we naturally talked about a few of the new features that has us excited. For the juicy details on what Patch 2.2 contains be sure to check out the patch notes.

* Hot on the heels of Patch 2.2 PTR, game designer John Yang informed us on Twitter that the old Chocolate class sets would be receiving a 7th item to help add some flexibility in gearing for their set bonuses.

* Microtransactions are coming, but not for the NA/EU regions. We share our thoughts and opinions on this development and they may or may not surprise you! What are your thoughts and opinions on microtransactions in Diablo III? Send an email to Show@ShatteredSoulstone.com and let us know!

* It is with heavy hearts that we regret to inform you that we did not produce an Official Forum Thread Masterpiece theater (again) 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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* Holy Hermit is back with of YouTube videos. Be sure to check out his Top 10 Things to do in Season 2 and episode 6 of his Diablo podcast!

* Have an ancient weapon drop? Not sure what to reroll on it? Twitch streamer Quin C has you covered with a handy spreadsheet and corresponding video explaining how to use the spreadsheet.

* If you’re looking for even more impressions from the Patch 2.2 PTR be sure to check out Rhykker’s video highlighting his initial impressions.

* Jen had a lot of fun with her pet barbarian during season 1 and with the changes coming to the Immortal Kings set in patch 2.2 it will be viable for high level greater rifts. Check out Meathead Mikhail’s video showing just how viable it will be at GR40+.

http://youtu.be/hWaIyX3dFDo

* Finally we leave you with some Vizjerei Clan shenanigans from the Patch 2.2 PTR. (Note: the frame rate performance issues highlighted in this video were addressed in a small patch deployed to the PTR late last week)

Song of the Show:

Unfortunately Nevik has been devoting almost every waking moment to grinding away in Season Two and forgot to find something to treat your ears to. Fret not! Our next episode will almost assuredly (for really reals this time!) have a musical selection at the end of the show. Until then, enjoy some sweet chords by guitarist Jonas Lefvert.

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Episode 76 – Gibbering Our Way to the Gemstone

Show notes originally posted by Nevik

In our 76th episode, we may be down two hosts but Nevik and Lanntonio hold the fort down. The pair then get down to business by discussing what they’ve been up to since the beginning of Season 2: Lanntonio has been spreading his special kind of plague with a Wormwood, and Nevik has been warming up to the wizard’s Firebird set playstyle!

In this episode:

* We received a single, solitary email from listener Adam! We love to hear stories of triumph or tragedy from our listeners, so send in yours to Show@ShatteredSoulstone.com!

* We received a metric ton of tweets from @jay_likes_bacon, @eG_acefisher1, @NeinballGamer, @JCMonkeyD3, @shawno, @Medros, @Kagerai_Leblue, @scytheandshield, @josukeshair, @sastewart111, @Kherova, @EvilPlanetCrew, @_AussieGamer, @Rilandune, @scanline75, @Daddy_Puffin, and @celtherapy. 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 what you listen to while playing Diablo III.  Be sure to follow our show account, @ShatteredStone, on Twitter for future Questions of the Show.

* Season Two has begun! Were you there waiting for the season to open up? That Friday night our in-game clan had an impressive turn-out and our 4th Musketeer, Lanntonio, even held an impromptu and unofficial Dead and Waiting. We would love to hear all about what you’ve been up to since season two started. So send us an email and tell us what amazing loot you’ve had drop!

* Hot on the heels of season two starting up Blizzard decided to tease us with a First Look of Patch 2.2, coming Soon™ to the PTR. Could this mean that season two will definitely be shorter than season one? Only time will tell, but let us know what has you most excited about the next content patch.

* We have long wondered how the Diablo team would monetize the game to supplement development and have theorized that we might see microtransactions come to the game. They are, but not for the EU/NA regions. We share our opinions on these developments and they might surprise you a bit!

* Our amazing audio editor Shawno found himself in the mood to create a saccharin-sweet Valentine dedicated to his wife and our very own Queen of Haiku Jen.

* DiabloFans.com has been highlighting numerous fan-art renditions of our beloved Diablo villians that were submitted for a Brainstorm (Facebook group) challenge. Be sure to check out Tommy Scott’s Mecha-Diablo 2.0, Mark Cheng’s Mecha Diablo, Eddie Mendoza’s Steam-punk Mecha Azmodan, Adam Ryoma Tazi’s Brute-Diablo.

* It is with heavy hearts that we regret to inform you that we did not produce an Official Forum Thread Masterpiece theater (again) 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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* Our good friends Dred and JCMonkey decided to hold a Season One Round Table. Our very own Nevik was invited to participate along side other community notables. Be sure to check out Scythe and Shield ep18 – Tastes Like Chicken (Season One Round Table).

* In case you were stuck at work and were unable to watch the Season Two Tavern Talk live you can now watch the video on demand. If you’re wondering if there was any ground-shattering news, there wasn’t but that does not mean that interesting insights were not shared.

* Popular Diablo Twitch broadcaster DatModz has a handful of useful guides for season two. Be sure to check out his guides for 40 Billion XP/Hour Farming, Fastest Arcane Dust Farming, Fatest Reusable Parts Farming guides.

http://youtu.be/QkVa_0l9LhQ

* From the ashes of Wow Insider the Blizzard Watch has been born, complete with an expanded scope covering all of the Blizzard titles, including our beloved Diablo III. Matthew Rossi (you may remember that we’ve linked to some of his Diablo lore blog posts in the past) recently wrote a Know Your Lore article covering the Creation of the Diablo universe.

* Play Your Way Thursday added another fun variant for the Witch Doctor lovingly nicknamed Crafty Spirits as submitted by Dardor.

* If you’re more into wearing heavy armor and wield a huge shield, Leviathan’s Holy Hoover may be a fun Crusader build to try out in season two.

* With the last Fresh Meat N’ Greet, community manager Grimiku included an archive of all previous installments of the on-going forum series.

* Kripparian is back with another State of Diablo III covering his thoughts and insights on season two, monks, and the Hardcore playstyle.

* Kotaku recently reported on the first Hardcore player to ding Paragon 1000, an impressive feat! Ukranian player Nokieka eclipsed the 1000 mark shortly after the conclusion of season one.

Song of the Show:

Unfortunately Nevik has been devoting almost every waking moment to grinding away in Season Two and forgot to find something to treat your ears to. Fret not! Our next episode will almost assuredly have a musical selection at the end of the show. Until then, enjoy some Red, Red Wine.

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Question: What are Your Season 2 Plans?

 Originally posted by Nevik

Usually we toss out a question to be answered on Twitter and include the responses on the next show. That’s all well and good, but not everyone tweets and occasionally a tweet may get left out. With as grandiose of an occasion as the beginning of Season 2 is, we figured we offer another way for our listeners to participate and have their voices heard.

Are you excited for February 13th? Will you be taking the plunge and diving head-first with seasonal play? Will you be trying a new class? Or will you dip your toe in to playing Hardcore mode for the very first time? Or will you stick with your existing characters and continue to fine-tune them and push higher in to the Greater Rift levels?

What are you plans, if any, for Season Two? Let us know by commenting below!

[Official Announcement of the start date for Season 2]