Episode 131 – I’m Late?!

In this episode, Vesper is all by himself – doing his first solo Shattered Soulstone episode. He mentions what he’s been up to outside of Sanctuary, including both real life stuff and the other video games he’s been playing.

* Vesper reviews how the end of Season 8 went for him. Vesper was playing a Monk, so there is a lot of details about Monk builds and skills. Later, Vesper talks about what he decided to do for Season 9 and the reasons for his choices.

* The Question of the Show is: What are some personal big goals that you have for Diablo III?
Let us know by tweeting your answer @ShatteredStone Or, you can send an email to Show@ShatteredSoulstone.com.

* You might be wondering why you haven’t heard Lanntonio on Shattered Soulstone in a while. The reason is a sad one. The apartment that Lanntonio and his family were living in had a fire, and they lost almost everything.

There is a Fire Tragedy Fund GoFundMe set up to help Lanntonio and his family. Please consider donating to it if you can (and/or posting the GoFundMe on social media so others can help, too.)

Not sure what book to get from Audible? Jen recommends The Devouring by Richard Taylor. Jen narrated the book, and Shawn (editor of Shattered Soulstone) edited it.

* We read and responded to tweets from @Mjpenn316, @RhoWoW, and @Dredscythe. Thank you, everyone, for sending us a tweet!

Links for you to Visit:

* In case you missed it, Season 8 has ended, and Season 9 has started.

* Nevalistis responded to a Forum Post titled “The Facebook Q&A Sucked!

* The video of the Facebook Live Q&A is now on YouTube.

* Nevalistis posted a blog with details about Season 9. It includes a list of the sets that each Class will get from Haedrig’s Gift in Season 9.

* Blizzard Celebrates 20 Years of Diablo with a bunch of new, fun, Diablo related stuff that will appear not only in Diablo but also in other Blizzard games.

* Forum Post: “Why we need to stop complaining about D3”

* Matt Rossi at Blizzard Watch posted a lore article titled: Know Your Lore: The loose ends of the Diablo Story


Episode 130 – Taking it to the Max-imus

In this episode, Jen and Vesper share what they’ve been up to in-game. Maximus, everyone’s favorite weapon that spawns a demon on a chain that fights enemies for you, was mentioned.

In this episode:

* You might be wondering why you haven’t heard Lanntonio on Shattered Soulstone in a while. The reason is a sad one. The apartment that Lanntonio and his family were living in had a fire, and they lost almost everything.

There is a Fire Tragedy Fund GoFundMe set up to help Lanntonio and his family. Please consider donating to it if you can (and/or posting the GoFundMe on social media so others can help, too.)

* In addition, there will be a Dawnforge event happening on January 7, 2017, that is designed as a way to raise money for Lanntonio and his family. Jen and Vesper discuss a little bit about this in the show.

Not sure what book to get from Audible? Jen recommends The Devouring by Richard Taylor. Jen narrated the book, and Shawn (editor of Shattered Soulstone) edited it.

* We read and responded to tweets from @Mjpenn316, and @Shawno.

* We read and responded to an email from @Mjpenn316. Thank you for your email!

Got something to say? Send a tweet to @ShatteredStone and we will read it off in the next episode. Or, you can send an email to Show@ShatteredSoulstone.com. We will read it in our next episode.

Links for you to Visit:

* A Diablo Facebook Live Q & A was scheduled shortly before we recorded episode 130. Did you watch it? What did you think about it?

* Nevalistis posted an update on a Forum post called Focused Feedback: New Legendary Items. She gives details about The Barber, Faithful Memory, Hellcat’s Waistguard, and Manald Heal.

* Dredscythe posted a very detailed article on BlizzPro called Developer Hell # 3 – Challenge Rifts “Diablo’s Blood Sport”. Read it to learn about what already has been revealed about Challenge Rifts – and the potential of what they could become!


Episode 129 – Necromanceritis

Jen and Vesper excitedly discuss the Necromancer class that was revealed at BlizzCon 2016. Can’t wait to play one, and check out the new sets, Legendaries, and skills!

In this episode:

* Vesper and Jen share what they’ve been up to in-game – including both successes and disasters.

* You might be wondering why you haven’t heard Lanntonio on Shattered Soulstone in a while. The reason is a sad one. The apartment that Lanntonio and his family were living in had a fire, and they lost almost everything.

There is a Fire Tragedy Fund GoFundMe set up to help Lanntonio and his family. Please consider donating to it if you can (and/or posting the GoFundMe on social media so others can help, too.)

* We read and responded to tweets from @aliennationer, @nevikjames, @Mjpenn316, @Shawno, and @The_Breja.

Got something to say? Send a tweet to @ShatteredStone and we will read it off in the next episode. Or, you can send an email to Show@ShatteredSoulstone.com. We will read it in our next episode.

Links for you to Visit:

* Wyatt Cheng wrote Developer Chronicles: Armor of Akkhan, in which he discusses what the Developers are considering doing to make the Armor of Akkahn’s more special.

* Restoring the Balance – Necromancer Overview has a lot of details about the upcoming Necromancer class.

* Nevalistis posted Patch.2.4.3 PTR Now Available. It has good information for people who have never been on the PTR and want to learn how to do it.

* Tyvalir posted Patch 2.4.3 PTR Patch Notes which has some information about the 20th Anniversary Event (and what might be a pre-event).

* Did you miss out on something that was revealed at BlizzCon 2016? You can catch up by checking out the BlizzCon Recap Day 1 and the BlizzCon Recap Day 2 blogs that Blizzard put together.

* Neinball and Leviathan from Westmarch Workshop did a BlizzCon Wrapup with Westmarch Workshop video at BlizzCon:

* Neinball and Leviathan did a Diablo interview with Matthew Berger and Julia Humphreys

* IGN has a video of the First 16 Minutes of Diablo 1 in Diablo 3 – Anniversary Patch


Episode 128 – Diablo is Love, Diablo is Life

Show notes originally posted by Nevik

Blizzcon is rapidly approaching with a surprise or two awaiting Diablo fans. There’s also a surprise awaiting our listeners, but you’ll have to listen to discover what that surprise is.

In this episode:

  • Our guest host discusses what (s)he has been up to in Diablo 3 with the end of season 7 and the beginning of season 8.
  • Blizzcon is almost here and (some) Diablo fans are in a fervor expecting the moon with Diablo-related announcements at the convention. Will there be another expansion? Will Diablo IV be announced? Will we be let down again? A healthy discussion of keeping our expectations measured ensues as well as what could possibly be announced at Blizzcon.
  • Our Question of the Show for upcoming episode 129 is: Did Blizzcon 2016 satisfy your expectations? Send your answer via twitter (@ShatteredStone) or in an email to show@shatteredsoulstone.com.
  • We read and responded to tweets from: @Rilandune and @nevikjames. Thanks, guys!
  • We received an email from Age sharing a few answers for Jen, their sentiments on set dungeons, and that they have been going back through our back catalog of shows! Thank you for dedication!

Got something to say? Send a tweet to @ShatteredStone and we will read it off on the next episode.

Links for you to Visit:

  • Blizzcon 2016! It’s Happening! Be sure to check out the official Blizzcon site for the show schedule and floor map.
  • Regardless if you have a Blizzcon ticket or not and happen to be relatively local to Anaheim, California you CAN attend the Blizzard 25th Anniversary and Diablo 20th Anniversary party happening Friday November 4th from 8pm PDT – 10pm PDT in the Grand Plaza directly outside of the Anaheim Convention Center!
  • Another Developer Chronicles was published on the official Diablo site this time focusing on the design thoughts regarding Greater Rifts.

Episode 127 – Not Dead Yet

I’m all by myself again for this episode. This time, I do a wrap up of my experiences in Season 7 and share what I will be playing in Season 8. I also touch on the common complaint that “Diablo III is dead”.

In this episode:

* Somewhere in my review of what I was up to at the very end of Season 7, I mention a ring that had wrath. What I meant to say was that it had Haunt.

* There is a small part of this episode where the audio failed. It happened during the news portion, and everything I talked about is linked in these show notes. Hopefully, that will fill in whatever was missed.

* The new question of the show is: How many stash tabs do you have? Send your answer in an email to show@shatteredsoulstone.com.

* I read and responded to tweets from: @LeviathanD3 and @Walkman8. Thanks, guys!

Got something to say? Send a tweet to @ShatteredStone and we will read it off in the next episode.

* RumClub sent another fantastic email with lots of interesting ideas to consider. Those of you who (like me) are loot deviant hoarders will especially love one of the ideas RumClub came up with.

Links for you to Visit:

* Wyatt Cheng talks about changes to Eras in a post aptly named Developer Chronicles Eras.

* Nevalistis posted information about Season 7 Ending Soon. But the time you read these show notes, Season 7 will have already ended. The post Nevalistis wrote answers commonly asked questions for players who have never experienced the end of a Season before.

* Blizzard held an Early Access Sale of loot that you can pick up at BlizzCon this year. Diablo III players might like the Diablo Mounted Bottle Opener.
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* Tyvalir put together a First Look – Season 8 Journey post with details about what’s new for Season 8.

* The @Diablo Twitter posted a fun tweet about a “Bottomless Potion of Pumpkin Spice”

* Tyrael responded to it on his @AspectofWisdom Twitter: