Episode 61 – 100 Word Shenanigans

Show notes originally posted by Nevik

In our first post-launch episode, we are all excited about having our souls reaped. After much celebration and frivolity we get down to business by discussing what we’ve been up to in-game: Lanntonio is holy hammering all the things, Jen is shooting all the things, Nevik is freezing and zapping all the things, and Breja is … well … Breja is puking on all the things.

In this episode:

* We read, and respond to, a pair of emails we received from our wonderful listeners. This batch came to us from Rilandune and Frying Tuck. Thank you for the emails and voice mail! Keep them coming, really!

* We received another mountain of tweets from @Foqbupog, @scanline75, @Torrack1714, @grindexp, @JCMonkeyD3, @sadromeo, @Manlow, @FreeFallWoW, @GrandNagus1, @C4ntbestoped, @Rob_pawlak, @shawno, @Kherova, @Cybrwolf0, @KaltonEly, @JustinKHixson, @Hawgeye_CTR, @apsana, @xSyneKx, @HomeTownHero008, @BrewmasterWansu, @Medros, @RoberBobroff, @sastewart111, @Kagerai_Leblue, and @GENERAAL00. 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 if your post-RoS gaming had deviated from your pre-launch plans. We got quite a few responses. Be sure to follow our show account, @ShatteredStone, on Twitter for future Questions of the Show.

* We announced the winners for our 100 Word Story Contest this episode! Our grand-prize winner was @CkRtech for his amazing story; so much said with so little! Runner-ups for our contest included @Rilandune and @JCMonkeyD3 who will both be receiving a copy of Nate Kenyon’s Storm of Light. We decided to put the t-shirt winner in the hands of the community, so be on the look-out for a collection of all of the entries in the very near future!

* With Reaper of Souls officially being in everyone’s hands we discussed our own experiences with the expansion including the number of hotfixes that have come down the pipeline since launch.

* Just before Reaper of Souls launched, Carbot Animations released their parody/tribute of the expansion’s opening cinematic. We LOVED it! And we know you will too! (Wait, you haven’t seen it yet? Rectify that NAO! … with this handy embedded video!)

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If you were not already aware our editor, Shawn, is in-between jobs and could really use some help. If you can spare anything there is a Crowdtilt fund to help make ends meet. We are massively grateful for any help you can send his way. Thank you!

* Friend of the show, Dredscythe from GrindEXP.com sat down with Sibcoe from Red Team Gaming prior to the launch of Reaper of Souls to discuss where the game has been and their impressions on where it is going in the future.

* Reaper of Souls added a lot of new legendary crafting materials scattered all over the game for crafting a bunch of new legendary items. If you’re wondering if someone has compiled a list of all the materials and where to find them, the answer is yes! Check out DiabloFans Legendary Crafting Guide so that you don’t hunt aimlessly.

* Archon the Wizard and Neinball from BlizzPro kicked off a new Diablo III: Reaper of Souls pod/vidcast titled Westmarch Workshop. The pair aim to highlight varying builds for everyone to potentially try out on a weekly basis. They are looking for feedback on their inaugural episode, so let them know what you think! You can catch Westmarch Workshop Wednesday nights at 6pm PDT over on Archon’s Twitch channel.

* If you love running bounties in Adventure Mode and did not realize it, there are specific legendary items that you can only get from the Horadric Caches after completing all of an act’s bounties. Here’s a handy link to DiabloHub that lists all of the cache-specific legendary items you can hope to find.

* Reddit user D3agl3uk put together and posted a chart on the /r/Diablo sub-reddit detailing the nuances of each of the new difficulty settings added in the 2.0 patch.

* Blizzard traditionally puts together some pretty amusing April Fool’s Day jokes and this year kept that tradition alive. Be sure to check out Blizzard’s Happy Reaper, a Diablo-themed homage to Flappy Bird. Nevik managed to get a high score of TWO … BEAT THAT … if you dare.

Song of the Show:

Melkor is back at it with another Diablo/Wizard themed rap/love-story. Forum Warriors pays tribute to many of the amazing folks contributing in the official Diablo III Wizard forums. Check out more from Melkor over on his YouTube channel.

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Episode 60 – Reaping a Full House

In this momentous episode, not only are we whole once more, but we are joined by Medros and Rho for the eve of the reaping. After much celebration and frivolity we get down to business by discussing what we’ve been up to in-game: Breja is shaking things up in Torment, Lanntonio cleaned the slate, Nevik decided to invest into hardcore, and Jen dinged 60 on her Demon Hunter, Thirtyseven!!!

In this episode:

* We read, and respond to, a mountain of emails we received from our wonderful listeners. This batch came to us from Master Do, Sean, and Mangall. Thank you for the emails and voice mail! Keep them coming, really!

* We received a mountain of tweets from @Torrack1714, @shawno, @Hawgeye_ctr, @scanline75, @CkRtech, @BurghCrow78, @obelu5, @Rilandune, @HomeTownHero008, @Foqbupog, @pergosmaster, @gs01r, @Smokimus, @Cybrwolf0, @AllThingsAZ, @JCMonkeyD3, @Grindexp, @Outerlaw, @Cweirick, @GENERAL00, and @Hasteur. 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 class would you be playing first in Reaper of Souls. We got quite a few responses. Be sure to follow our show account, @ShatteredStone, on Twitter for future Questions of the Show.

* The deadline for our 100 Word Story Contest has come and gone. Hope you submitted your story. We will be announcing the winners on episode 61!

* With the launch of Reaper of Souls being imminent we thought it would be a good idea to go through what will be coming in the expansion that did not come with Patch 2.0.1. If you have been holding off on picking Diablo III back up until the expansion is here you may want to check out WoWhead’s Welcome Back to Diablo guide detailing all of the changes made in Patch 2.0.1 and Reaper of Souls.

* Blizzard has taken cross-promotion of their products to a new level with multiple tie-ins with the purchase of Reaper of Souls. By activating a Reaper of Souls key by 11:59pm PDT March 31st, 2014 you will gain the in-game cosmetic item Wings of Valor as well as unlock the Demon Hunter in Blizzard’s forth-coming Heroes of the Storm. As if that wasn’t enough, all purchases of the expansion will include some Hearthstone card packs!

* Our favorite hand-talker is up to his devious tricks again with some small and not so small allusions to the possibility of ladders coming. Do you like climbing ladders? Well Josh Mosqueira and the Diablo III development team sure think so.

D3devteam-LadderResearch

* Nate Kenyon, author of Diablo III: The Order and Diablo III: Storm of Light, recently paid a visit to Breja’s son’s school to talk about what it takes to be an author and possibly inspire the next generation of Diablo novelists! Breja managed to record the presentation and you will find it near the end of this episode.

Nate Kenyon with Breja and P-Dog

* If you were wondering if anyone could possibly be angry about the pre-order and Digital Deluxe/Collector’s Edition bonuses then this is an Official Forum Thread Masterpiece Theater for you. While we can’t always promise that this segment will always make an appearance, we do love a good OFTMPT.  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 IMARMX by Zoe Leela.

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If you were not already aware our editor, Shawn, is in-between jobs and could really use some help. If you can spare anything there is a Crowdtilt fund to help make ends meet. We are massively grateful for any help you can send his way. Thank you!

* As mentioned during the show, Rho from All Things Azeroth and the Realm Maintenance podcast has graciously provided listeners of our show the ability to listen to the March 25th Diablo-sized Realm Maintenance podcast early! This episode of Realm Maintenance includes interviews with Archon the Wizard and all four of us Shattered Soulstone hosts!

* Remember how we mentioned that GrindEXP.com was going to be doing a Diablo podcast? Well Dred recently sat down and interviewed wizard extraordinaire Jaetch for the very first episode of Scythe and Shield!

* JCMonkey, friend of the show, has dove into the world of web-comics with his Diablo-themed comic series, The Subsequent Heroes. He already has the prologue and the first episode out. Be sure to send him feedback!

* We don’t envy the judges of the Blizzard/Deviant Art Reaper of Souls Fan Art contest. They have narrowed the entries down to the semi-finalists and every single piece is incredible. Don’t believe us? Head on over to see for yourself!

* In case you missed the live show on BiteSizeTV, Chaotic Awesome sat down with Josh Mosquiera to talk about Reaper of Souls.

http://youtu.be/6Gb_k77KmaY

* To say the Crusader is a major component of the Reaper of Souls would be a massive understatement. Over the past two weeks Blizzard has been drip-feeding us tasty tidbits of Crusader information with a look at the History of the Crusade, a look at the design process of building the Crusader, and “End of Her Journey” a short story by Robert Brooks.

* If that still wasn’t enough to satiate your need for Crusader infos, BlizzPro recently had a chance to sit down and interview Brian Kindregan (Lead Writer: Diablo III: Reaper of Souls), Andrea Toyias (Casting and Voice Over Director), Gideon Emery (Voice Actor: Male Crusader), and Mary Elizabeth McGlynn (Voice Actor: Female Crusader).

* Kierpanda of EatGameLive.com is back with another Diablo-themed culinary masterpiece: Parsnips of Reflection.

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

Song of the Show:

Rho from All Things Azeroth and the Realm Maintenance podcast has dipped his toes into the world of song parodies with Hell Frozen Overa song that reflects the re-ignition of his love affair with Diablo III. We hope to hear more Diablo parodies from Rho in the future! *hint*hint*

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Episode 56 – Frozen Crickets

Show notes originally posted by Nevik

In this episode, we are sadly once again without our 4th Musketeer, Lanntonio, but we persevere and get down to business by discussing what we’ve been up to in-game: Breja is nearing the end with his barbarian, Jen has spent some time on a crusade, and Nevik lost his hardcore, self-found, solo, no-stash wizard.

In this episode:

* We read, and respond to, a solitary email we received from one of our wonderful listeners. Thank you for the email Smokimus! Keep them coming, really!

* We received tweets from @pergosmaster, @Rilandune, @Hawgeye_CTR, @VictorCaslstedt, @HomeTownHero008, and @eG_acefisher1. 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.

* Have you looked at a calendar recently? February 4th is quickly approaching which means Nate Kenyon‘s newest novel, Diablo III: Storm of Light, will soon be available for us to consume. If you can’t wait that long Blizzard recently posted an excerpt from the novel.

“Then tell us what insights you have gained from Chalad’ar, Wisdom,” Imperius said, his voice mocking once again. “Tell us what to do with the stone. The Council has been divided on this for too long. Or are the rumors among the angels correct, and you have yet to consult the chalice?”

* We discuss, at length, the merits of allowing the unpopular closed beta (and 2.0.1 PTR) builds to linger over the holidays. Should a new build have been ready to go prior to Christmas or shortly after New Years? Has letting it linger damaged the public perception of Reaper of Souls? We discuss both sides of the argument and are looking for your input as well, send your thoughts to show@shatteredsoulstone.com.

* Speaking of beta builds for Reaper of Souls, Blizzard recently announced that the pre-download for Diablo III: Reaper of Souls is being targeted for the end of January now live.

“No One Can Stop Death” by wacalac

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* During Nevik’s “rant” on the current state of the Reaper of Souls beta he failed to mention that our good friend Sibcoe over at Red Team Gaming put together his thoughts and opinions — which mirrored Nevik’s own — in a more eloquent manner. Below you will find links to what Sibcoe published:

Monster density has been a very polarizing topic on the Diablo III forums and Sibcoe from Red Team Gaming had something to add to the discussion.

http://youtu.be/QUsCj9REvaA

Blizzard is big on “super-balancing” almost to a fault and Sibcoe from Red Team Gaming discusses the merits of needing over-powered builds in an ARPG.

http://youtu.be/3R3RY005I3c

* We missed it last episode and failed to mention it, but Sibcoe from Red Team Gaming reignited his State of Diablo III series with the twentieth installment featuring guests Jaetch and Dred from GrindEXP.com.

http://youtu.be/6aa207TPjrY

* Ever wondered what a Diablo-themed Hearthstone would look like? DeviantArt user Dexistor371 has you covered with his mock-up concept Soulstone: Heroes of Pandemonium.

* Were you fortunate enough to attend Blizzcon? Did you run into Maghda? If you answered no to either of these questions we have you covered. DeviantArt user FirstKeeper published a professionally taken photograph. It should certainly make you wish Maghda had a larger role in Diablo III; we know Rho certainly wishes she did.

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

Song of the Show:

Melkor is back with another Diablo inspired rap, this time expanding the focus beyond Critical Mass, the passive of the soon to be past. His latest musical creation, titled Diablo: A Love Story, features guest vocals by FloMaxx. Our good friend Jaetch lended a hand and put together the music video to pull everything together. We hope you enjoy it!

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Episode 36 – Good Morning Nevik

Show notes originally posted by Nevik

In this episode, our dear family is whole once again as the Breja returns to regale us with his exquisite knowledge of auction systems. Yet before this riveting Auction House 101 the crew sits down and gets down to business by discussing what we’ve been up to in-game: Jen is in Hell (in more than one way), Breja snuck in some time on his wizard (and barbarian), Nevik is sleepy and dreaming of Super Hexagons, and Lanntonio cleared Inferno with his hardcore barbarian!

In this episode:

* We read, and respond to, an email we received from our wonderful listener, Rev. Thank you for the email! Keep them coming, really!

* We received tweets from @CkRtech, @Shawno, @Tatasinke, @Medros, @theRealJFrench, @eG_acefisher1, @zesty1986, and @marineblace! 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 finally got around to briefly discussing the exceptionally long forum post, The Salvation of Diablo 3: A Guide by Gosu, but we’re still looking to hear what you think! So give the thread a gander, take some notes, collect your thoughts and then send us an email, or participate on our forums to discuss some or all of the points Gosu brought up.

* We tangent into yet another discussion on itemization as prompted by Gosu’s (follow-up) thread and the first part of the second Developer Q&A which focused on itemization itself. What do you think about the potential changes? Is it enough? Send us an email and tell us what you think!

* We discuss the sizzle reel of the Playstation 3 version of Diablo 3 that was released at PAX East 2013. It is definitely a little different looking. Let us know what your opinions are by sending us an email or participating in a thread on our community forums.

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* Our listener, Rev, provided us a link to a YouTube video by Moldran that better explains the exploit that some unscrupulous Diablo 3 players were using that prompted the change to how bids are handled in the auction house.

* Be sure to check out Dred’s site Diablo Expressions and Sibcoe’s official Red Team Gaming site. There you will find links to consume everything Dred and Sibcoe are producing.

* Our dear Papa Kangaroo, Medros, shared with us a link to an amazing replica of Tyrael’s sword, the Sword of Justice, by DeviantArt user and cosplayer Chiaku.

* Tatasinke is back with another edition of his New Tristram News paper.li site. Head on over and check it out!

* DeviantArt user Tamplier Painter is back at it with another piece of amazing artwork. Check out this amazing piece of fan art of Lyndon, the scroundel, as well as the rest of their work!

* Nevik mentioned that he’s been mesmerized by an addicting little game by the name of Super Hexagon. What is Super Hexagon? Check out the following video and prepare to pick your jaw up off the ground. (It really is possible to do what you see, we think ^^). Why not pick it up while it’s still on sale?

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