Episode 83 – Neinball, Corner Pocket

Show notes originally posted by Nevik

In our 83rd episode, we brought on Neinball from the Westmarch Workshop as we were once again down a Jen. After a rocky pre-show due to some technical difficulties we get down to business and talk about what we’ve been up to: Neinball has been Demon Huntering, Nevik has been IRL’ng, Breja has been RIP’ng, and Lanntonio has been GR’ng.

On April 25th at 11:56 NST a 7.8 magnitude earthquake occurred 34 km (21 mi) east-southeast of Lamjung, Nepal. The devastation has been widespread and the death toll keeps climbing. Our thoughts are with the people of Nepal affected by the initial quake and continuing subsequent after-shocks. Numerous non-profit organizations have mobilized and arrived in Nepal, but they need your help. If you can help go to bit.ly/paypalnepalrelief which links directly to Paypal’s Nepal Earthquake Relief and Recovery Donation site. 100% of all donations will be directly sent to each respective organization with Paypal waiving all corresponding fees so that every cent donated is delivered to each non-profit organizations helping in the relief effort. Again, if you can, please help.

In this episode:

* We finally caught up with our backlog of emails in episode 82 and received a solitary voice-mail from our frequent EU contributer, Kherova. Listener participation has been absolutely amazing and is primarily why we do this show, so keep them coming! We WILL get to all the emails we receive, even if occasionally we have to push a few to the next episode. Send in your stories of RNGesus triumph to Show@ShatteredSoulstone.com!

* We received a bunch of tweets (as you might) from @sastewart111, @scanline75, @Kherova, @TheMerlen, @GrandNagus1, @PaidtoKill5440, @Cybrwolf0, @HomeTownHero008, @Squirrelfreak83, @Kagerai_Leblue, and our own @QueenofHaiku. 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.

* Due to our lack of timeliness we carried over the question on Twitter from episode 82 asking what your gaming guilty pleasures are. Be sure to follow the show on Twitter to participate in future Questions of the Show.

* Last episode we mentioned Nobbie’s series of Diablo III Expansion #2 speculation blog posts (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3) but shelved the discussion until this episode. This may, or may not, have been also partially related to having fellow Diablo lore-nut Neinball on the show to join us for the discussion. What could a second expansion hold? Only time will tell.

* Increased stash space is a common request from the community at large, and it’s here … sort of. Appears that recently the ability to buy more stash tabs with premium in-game currency has gone live on the Chinese F2P Diablo III servers. We share our thoughts on this development and whether or not we would support such a feature in our region.

* What are you doing May 26th, 2015? Diablo II: Lord of Destruction will be having yet another ladder reset and most of the hosts are planning on participating; will you?

* For Diablo III’s 3rd Anniversary there’s a Cowspiracy going around. Reports of angry bipedal bovine are coming in. Have you HERD any of these rumors? Surely there must be some MOOSTEAK. WE NEED YOUR HELP! 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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* Blizzard in conjunction with Thinkgeek are holding a BREAK THE BANK giveaway where you can win one of ten Treasure Goblin money banks. They look amazing and you still have some time to enter before the May 25th deadline.

* Play Your Way Thursday is back with Sir Boneselot’s “You Can’t Run” puke doctor build. We can only imagine the level of giggling that must have come out Nevalistis’ general vicinity while putting this together.

* Friend of the show, Jaetch, recorded his wizard’s POV when him and 3 others successfully cleared a Greater Rift 70 to obtain the #1 spot on the Era 3 4 Player Leaderboards. Well done sir, well done.

* If you’re wondering how far a wizard can push things in greater rifts solo, Reiko Zockt answers your question with his GR59 clear. He’s also successfully cleared a GR60, but that video has not yet been made available.

Other Entertainment/Games:

* Heroes of the Storm is now in OPEN BETA meaning YOU, yes YOU, can finally play if you never stumbled into a beta key. If you’re jonesing for some PVP action that slightly resembles the long lost Diablo III arena PVP demoed at past Blizzcons, then Heroes might be right up your alley. While downloading the client, why not check out and listen to a few Heroes-focused podcasts out there: Into the Nexus, Stormcast, Heart of the Storm ‘Cast, Heroes PowerHour, and if those aren’t enough to satiate your Heroes podcast appetite, Realm Maintenance has a directory where you can find even more.

Song of the Show:

For the first time ever we are featuring our first foreign language song of the show. Diablo 1, 2, et 3 French Rap by Hightouch has a catchy beat and lyrics to match … though we’re not quite sure what exactly those lyrics are saying, well maybe Breja knows ^^;; You can find more from Hightouch over at Soundcloud.

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Episode 79 – It’s About Damn Tim

Show notes originally posted by Nevik

In our 79th episode, we are unfortunately, once again, down a Jen. THANKS ALLERGENS. Yet we are 4 strong after wrangling in Tim, from the Kulle Story Bro podcast, to guest host. After some discussion about what we beverages we were enjoying we get down to business and talk about what we’ve been up to: Tim delves into the world of magic and wizardry, Breja is not a fan of the hardcore Demon Hunter, Nevik has been dashing through the paragon levels, and Lanntonio is once again a holy Crusader.

In this episode:

* We received a BUNCH of emails but due to time constraints we had to push these emails off until episode 80. 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 (as you might) from @eG_acefisher1, @Kagerai_Leblue, @shawno, @scanline75, @Sic_4_Life, @Kherova, @sastewart111, @HomeTownHero008, @Shepherd_Sieja, @ScottyGBear, @Squirrelfreak83, @Walkman8, @NeinballGamer, @josukeshair, @EYedgar0111, @Daddy_Puffin, @Yugis_Pokemon4u, @GrandNagus1, @CruentusRelic, @Torrack1714, and our very own @QueenofHaiku. 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 over a month ago and then went on an impromptu hiatus (scheduling issues) so while not as timely as we anticipated, we still wanted to know what your plans for season 3 were. Be sure to follow the show on Twitter to participate in future Questions of the Show.

* Patch 2.2 and Season 3 has come! We discuss our progress, triumphs, and loot luck from the almighty RNGesus. We also briefly discuss the most recent controversy with the blood shard exploit and the following repercussions.

* REJOICE! It’s back! YES, Official Forum Thread Masterpiece theater makes its triumphant return to the show, finally. 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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* We brought in Tim, host of the Kulle Story Bro podcast, to keep Jen’s spot in the proverbial pouch warm. It’s a fantastic podcast so be sure to check out their latest episode.

* YouTuber ZiggyD was able to sit down and interview Wyatt Cheng. As with all interactions with Wyatt, insight on the iterative design process was shared. Be sure to check out the full interview.

* If you can’t get enough of Story Time with Wyatt he joined the fine folks at The Westmarch Workshop for the entire show and dropped such bombs as trials being removed. For the entire conversation, be sure to listen to episode 46 of The Westmarch Workshop.

* If you’re recently returning to the game and haven’t kept up-to-date on all of the changes you may want to check out this YouTube video, Patch 2.2 In Under 1 Minute, as well as N3rdward’s write-up on all of the 2.2 Wizard changes and Debo’s thoughts on the Puke Doctor 2.2 meta.

* We bring a trio of monk builds for you to peruse and experiment with. Be sure to check out Twitch streamer DatModz’s Cold Blender Monk and Flash Fire Monk builds as well as Twitch streamer Quin C’s GR55+ Dashing Strike Monk build.

https://youtu.be/uV9yLY9kZMI

* If punching things isn’t your thing BUT SMASHING THINGS to support your team mates is, be sure to check out TacoTrap’s Double Scorpion Support Barbarian build recently featured on Blizzard’s Play Your Way Thursday feature.

* Finally we leave you with a relaxing YouTube video of the #1 Season 2 Hardcore Wizard, DarenNiiSama, successfully clearing a GR50 AND a GR51. No big deal, right?

Other Entertainment/Games:

* Never knew that an old Sega Saturn strategy game could get anyone pumped up for some demon slaying, but evidently it works for @Torrack1714 ^^;

* When not slaying demons in Diablo and spending time with his family, guest-host Tim has been playing Final Fantasy Type-0 HD.

https://youtu.be/_AsEwhHaMu8

* Fan of Anime? Fan of Mecha? Fan of Mecha Anime? Be sure to check out Aldnoah.Zero which recently concluded its second (and final?) season over at Cruchyroll.

* One of the best things about Final Fantasy X is the voice acting. Top notch, never any forced moments, especially forced laughter. NOPE.

Song of the Show:

While technically not the official Song of the Show – this beloved segment will be making a triumphant return Soon™ – we didn’t want to leave you without something musical to enjoy. So we bring to you the song/trailer of the Hearthstone: Blackrock Mountain expansion. It’s quite catchy, despite what some of the hosts may think of the actual game 🙂

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Episode 75 – Rest in Pepperonis Season One

Show notes originally posted by Nevik

In our 75th episode, our intrepid host finally returns from his podcasting hiatus! After much rejoicing we get down to business by discussing what we’ve been up to in-game: Breja met his season 1 goal, Jen had an absolute blast smashing things in Torment 3, and Nevik climbed the dizzying heights of the seasonal hardcore monk leaderboards!

In this episode:

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

* We received a metric ton of tweets from @pergosmaster, @Kherova, @Kagerai_Leblue, @JCMonkeyD3, @jay_likes_bacon, @sastewart111, @Jaetch, @grindexp, @Daddy_Puffin, @Medros, @scanline75, @Cybrwolf0, @Torrack1714, @peterkicinski, and @Makoez. 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 have planed for season 2.  Be sure to follow our show account, @ShatteredStone, on Twitter for future Questions of the Show.

* Season One is now officially in our rear-view mirrors and with season two right around the corner we wrap up our experiences in the very first season for Diablo III. Did you accomplish everything you had set out to do? We also share our plans, once again, for season two.

* As a preclude of what to expect in season two when it starts community manager Nevalistis will be wrangling together Wyatt Cheng, Travis Day, and Don Vu for another Tavern Talk on Tuesday, February 10th at 11:00am PST. They are likely to do a quick post-mortem on the first season and give insight on what they hope to accomplish with seasons going forward.

* Rumors spreading like wildfire is nothing new for the Diablo franchise and Blizzard Entertainment in general, but this most recent rumor gained a lot of traction and momentum on the Internets. Fact? Fiction? We give our opinions on the matter as well as our frustrations with reporting without credible sources. Blizzpro also posted an article where they debunked much of what spread from the blog post claiming to have insider information.

* 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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* Want to know more about our very own Breja? Recently Dred and JCMonkey sat down and interviewed Breja on Scythe and Shield #17. That makes 3 of our 4 hosts that have been interviewed, we anticipate that Jen will make an appearance on their show in the near future ^^.

* Listener Daddy Puffin sought a link to the One Life to Live articles/guides written by Xanth over at Diablo.IncGamers. While there was a teeeny tiny bit of confusion as to what exactly Daddy Puffin was looking for, we did provide a starting point for him to dig into the entirety of the One Life to Live series of articles.

* Are you going to be rolling a wizard in season two? Our beloved host and #Wizard4Life Nevik is despite some anxiety over high level play demonstrated in a pair of videos created by wizard extraordinaire Jaetch. Be sure to check out how his Dual Hydras and Firebird Wizard videos fair in Greater Rift 45.

* Looking for a new build to try out in season two? Be sure to check out community manager Nevalisitis’ on-going series Play Your Way for ideas. We mentioned Prflys’ Pyrolysis wizard build and Alexuss’ Rocket Druid demon hunter build in this episode.

* Speaking of community manager activity, Grimiku recently interviewed multi-song-of-the-show contributor Melkorious for the on-going Fresh Meat N’ Greet series on the forums.

* In case you just recently came back to the game at the end of season one, community manager Nevalistis provided a quick and handy guide of what to expect when season one concluded.

Song of the Show:

Ready for another Out of Left Field song of the show? Good! This time we bring you the opening theme song for the anime Rage of Bahamut: Genesis preformed by Japanese ska/metal band SiM (Silence iz Mine). Finding more music from them is a little tricky but here is a link to a playlist on the YouTubes where you can hear more by SiM as well as some other Japanese ska bands. Be sure to check out the show itself over at Funimation.com.

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Episode 69 – Terrible Threes

Show notes originally posted by Nevik

In this episode, we catch up with the going-ons from the past month. We then get down to business by discussing what we’ve been up to in-game: Jen Gurr’d their way up to 70, Nevik had a severe case of Destinitis, Breja is climbing the paragons with his seasonal puke doctor, and LANNTONIO HAS INTERNET ONCE AGAIN!

In this episode:

* We read, and respond to, a solitary email we received from our wonderful EU ambassador, Master Do! We love to hear stories of triumph or tragedy from our listeners, so keep them coming, really!

* We received a mountain of tweets from @xBrokenxFirex, @JCMonkeyD3, @Kagerai_Leblue, @evilgaze, @Paidtokill5440, @grindexp, @Hawgeye_CTR, @sastewart111, @Rilandune, @GENERAL00, @celtherapy, @Kherova, @JeremyTStevens, @scanline75, @HomeTownHero008, @TheWMWorkshop, @astrovert, @Torrack1714, @natekenyon, and our editing master @shawno. 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.

* Has it really been over a month since our last show? Really? Did we, the show, turn three years old on October 12th? Really? Well despite our inconsistent regularity we are back to celebrate our 3rd anniversary and discuss what we’ve been up to since our last show.

* With Blizzcon 2014 just around the corner, we discuss the recent releases of the show schedule as well as the floor map inside the Anaheim Convention Center. There are some notable omissions in the schedule and a mysterious empty spot in Hall C where the Heroes of the Storm demo area was last year. What could this mean? We share our speculations but we would love to hear your thoughts! Shoot us an email or hit us up on Twitter.

* Thanks to our EU community ambassador, Master Do, we now have a new challenge for our listeners to participate in … if they dare! It personifies hardcore to the … well, uhm … core. Look for an official post detailing the rules and guidelines for this hardest of hardcore challenges.

* 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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* Have you immersed yourself in the seasonal play? Wondering what your combined paragon level might look like at the conclusion of season one? Check out this combined paragon level calculator from D3BG.org.

* Diablo.IncGamers has put together a handy difficulty comparison chart of Greater Rifts in relation to the existing selectable difficulty levels in Reaper of Souls.

* Do you like Diablo-themed parody songs? Firebird featuring vocals by Scooper and lyrics by Jaetch might ignite your desire to seek out a full Firebird set for the wizard.

* In case you’re not satisfied with only one Diablo-themed parody song, Dreamreaver23 has a pair of parodies, Hey There Kadala and Diablo Holy Grail, to sate your ravenous parody appetite.

* Are you heading to Anaheim for Blizzcon 2014 and spending a few extra days? Blizzard in conjunction with the Anaheim Convention Center has put together a site with deals to help save you some money should you seek out something to do outside of the Blizzcon festivities.

* In case the improbable happens and Josh steps up on the main stage during the opening ceremonies to announce the next Diablo III expansion, Eristhe has put together an amazing piece of concept art for a Shadowthief class. Maybe another class for Nevik to devote his life to?

* XIII Leathercraft put together an amazing Diablo III themed leather pouch. What would you put in it?

* With Blizzcon just around the corner you can expect a bunch of Diablo-themed cosplay to pop up. Emmabellish and husband shared their Auriel and Imperius cosplay that you will see at Blizzcon 2014. Emmabellish also published a video tutorial on the fabric-covered foam armor created for the cosplay.

* Finally, did you know that our EU Community Ambassador, Master Do, is a co-host on a long-running French Diablo podcast? We didn’t either! If you’re fluent in French be sure to check out Diablo Zaures!

Song of the Show:

We’re back on the fan-made cover track with Rayden’s rendition of I am Justice from the Diablo III (chocolate) soundtrack. Starting off almost ethereal Rayden injects some luscious beats as the song matures. You can find more of Rayden’s work on YouTube and Soundcloud.

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