Episode 51 – I Hate My Witch Doctor

Show notes originally posted by Nevik

In this episode, we are joined by a very special guest, Archon the Wizard! After catching up with what Archon has been up to we get down to business by discussing what we’ve been up to in-game: Lanntonio cleared Inferno … on the Playstation 3, Nevik inched his wizard closer to paragon 100, Breja came to a realization about his puke doctor, and Jen has been planning and preparing for con-crud.

In this episode:

* We are joined by Archon the Wizard who recently became the 4th chair on Blizzpro’s Twizzcast as their Diablo-guru. Be sure to follow his antics on the Twizzcast as well as his Twitch.TV and YouTube channels.

* We read, and respond to, a solitary email we received from one of our wonderful listeners. This batch comes to us from our good friend Chad. Thank you for the email! Keep them coming, really!

* We received tweets from @Draikking, @HomeTownHero008, @Torrack1714, @Rilandune, and our very own @The_Breja. 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 what news you all are hoping and/or expecting to hear out of Blizzcon. Be sure to follow our show account, @ShatteredStone, on Twitter for future Questions of the Show.

* Blizzcon is JUST AROUND THE CORNER and we geek out about going to the show and give our own predictions and expectations for the show. Do we think we will hear about a release date? Or a date for the beta? Or whether or not PVP will be mentioned? You’ll just have to listen to find out.

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* We love Twitter and we love hashtags, so why not #hashtag your #hashtags while #hashtaggingyourtags? #HashtagYouLoveIt

* Diablo’s newest community manager, Nevalistis, has produced her first two blogs on the official site. Check out the History of Westmarch and the First-Look Level Design of Westmarch to get hyped for Reaper of Souls.

* The results of the voting for part 1 of the Design-a-Legendary project are in and the winner is … well, you’ll have to listen if you don’t already know; and if you do, you’ll have to listen to hear our take on the results.

* Nevik calls shenanigans on the whole thing, but check out the winners of the Design by Humans Diablo T-Shirt contest anyways. There are some amazing pieces of art that you can now wear … even if none of those designs feature a wizard, or monk.

* We neglected to mention it last episode, but there was indeed a patch for the console versions of Diablo 3 that fixed some bugs and improved stability overall. For the full details, check out the PS3/Xbox 360 patch 1.0.2 notes.

* Flux from Diablo.IncGamers recently interviewed author David Craddock about his newly available eBook, Stay Awhile and Listen, on the latest episode of Diablo.IncGamers’ Diablo podcast. If you’re at all interested in the history of Blizzard Entertainment and how Diablo came to be, we highly recommend giving Craddock’s eBook a read.

* Slashdot sat down with Diablo creators David Brevik and Max Schaefer in a two-part interview to discuss breaking into game design, the history of Diablo, and the current trends in the industry. Part 1 is available here and part 2 should be available by the time this podcast is available.

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

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Episode 50 – Rusty Rails

Show notes originally posted by Nevik

In this LONG OVERDUE episode, we work out our scheduling difficulties and get together to record once again. After dusting off a month’s worth of podcasting rust we attempt to keep the show on the rails and get down to business by discussing what we’ve been up to in-game: Lanntonio cleared Inferno on the PS3, Nevik has ANOTHER level 60 wizard, Breja squeezed in a tiny bit of time on the Demon Hunter, and Jen has completed the game has cleared Inferno!

In this episode:

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

* We received tweets from @scanline75, @Torrack1714, @Cybrwolf0, @JCMonkeyD3, and @grindexp. 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.

* In case you didn’t notice the special intro, the Shattered Soulstone has hit the 50th episode milestone and turned 2 years old! Thank you for being apart of our dear community and coming along with us on the wild ride the show has proven to be.

* Once again we talk about ladders and how dangerous they can be. Oh wait, wrong kind of ladder. Oops! In all seriousness the subject of ladders fosters an interesting debate. Are you planning on starting all over for a new ladder season? Let us know by sending us a tweet or email!

* Following the announcement of auction house removal we discuss the potential for monetization going forward after the announcement of new virtual items to accessorize your Playstation Home and Xbox 360 Avatars with.

* Unfortunately we did not get around to recording our newest segment, Official Forum Thread Masterpiece Theater, but fear not as it will be making a return for our next episode. To ensure adequate OFTMT represenetation why not head on over to the Official Diablo III forums and record your own reenactment, or hip us to a hilarious thread. Send your Official Forum Thread Masterpiece Theater audio segments to Show@ShatteredSoulstone.com.

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* If you are unable to attend Blizzcon 2013 and are picking up the Virtual Ticket our parent network, The Dawnforge, is looking for guest-hosts to represent and report on the Diablo-related news at the event. If you would like to guest-host during Dawnforge’s Blizzcon coverage shoot an email to the Papa Kangaroo himself: Dwight@TheDawnforge.com.

* Friend of the show, Jaetch, is back with another wizard build video featuring his Ninja wizard Linessa. While it takes amazing gear to pull the build off in MP10, you can have success even with lesser gear in lower MPs. Give it a shot!

* Our minds have been blown by TaeHyeon Hong’s papercraft artistry of Diablo and Tyrael. Absolutely stunning work, and with paper no less! Head on over his blog for a ton of impressive detail shots of his work.

* There’s still time left to submit your amazing Diablo (or Blizzard) themed pumpkin carving for Blizzard’s Pumpkin Carving Contest 2013. You have until October 29th!

* Nevik failed to mention it during our discussion on ladders in the show, but we suggest you check out Xanth‘s Post Paragon 100 article over at Diablo.IncGamers.

* Listener and friend of the show, Cybrwolf, wrote up a review on the Book of Tyrael on Amazon’s listing for the book. You might just be a tad surprised with the content of his review.

* Brace yourselves folks (and you can blame Master Do for this)! It is time to chill out with some Ice, Ice Baby.

* Remember when Nevik told you all to go out and buy the Castlevania: Lords of Shadow soundtrack? Well, he was a tad off on its availability but come October 29th you will finally be able to pick up this amazing piece of work by composer Oscar Araujo.

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

Song of the Show:

After not having a song to share last episode, we come back strong with a song whose subject matter is near and dear to Nevik’s heart. Check out part 4 of Melkor’s Critical Mass: A Love Story! Be sure to check out more from Melkor on his YouTube channel.

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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!

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Episode 48 – Without Lanntonio, We’re Lost

Show notes originally posted by Nevik

In this episode, we are once again without our 4th Musketeer, Lanntonio, on account of a terrible work schedule. After some riveting FOOTBALL TALK we get down to business by discussing what we’ve been up to in-game: Jen has been dreaming about Diablo, Breja is running for his life with his demon hunter, and Nevik went on an adventure with Diablo 3 for the Xbox 360.

In this episode:

* We read, and respond to, a trio of emails we received from our wonderful listeners. This batch comes to us from Doug, Tensor, and Rilandune. Thank you for the emails! Keep them coming, really!

* We received tweets from @CkRtech, @hpbotha, @Jaetch, @9PadGaming, @grindexp (formerly @DrJDredScythe), @HomeTownHero008, and @NeoLee2111. 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 asking what are you doing to prepare for Diablo III: Reaper of Souls. Be sure to follow our show account, @ShatteredStone, on Twitter for future Questions of the Show.

* While Lanntonio wasn’t able to be with us to discuss his own experiences with the PS3 version of Diablo III, Nevik did share his thoughts and experiences with the Xbox 360 version. There are some definite differences between the console and PC versions and here’s a thread that details all of them.

* While discussing the changes to how loot drops and is handled in the console version, Nevik makes mention of Zwuckel’s (a Twitch.tv steamer) gear progression after approximately 70 hours of play. This prompts a discussion where we briefly explore the ramifications of getting the carrot sooner than later. What do you think? Let us know your thoughts on the potential changes in the whole loot chase coming with Loot 2.0 by shooting us an email.

* We put together a second installment of our newest segment to the show, Official Forum Thread Masterpiece Theater, featuring the reenactment of a humorous forum post on the Official Diablo III forums. 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 I’m in Love (with Arthur Dove) by Portastatic.

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* J!nx has some new Diablo schwag for all of us to buy! Head on over and get your IRL-loot-on.

* Designs by Humans Diablo t-shirt contest still has a few days left for you to vote for you favorite designs that you want to see t-shirt-ified (is that even a thing?). There are some absolutely INCREDIBLE designs up there, so be sure to head on over and vote for your favorites!

* Tamplier Painter is back with another breath-taking piece of art with their take on Mephisto, Lord of Hatred.

* Are you excited about Transmogrification? You should be! If you don’t understand what all the fuss about, check out HonkMonk’s transmog contest on /r/Diablo.

* Lord Bacon (@hpbotha) shared with us a blog about what he’s doing to prepare for Reaper of Souls. Be sure to check out what he’s doing as well as his Diablo exploits in general on his blog, Clan Bacon.

* BlizzPlanet was another site that was fortunate enough to sit down with Josh Mosquiera and Kevin Martens at last month’s Gamescom. The audio is a bit rough, but thankfully DiabloFans put together a summation of the points covered in the interview.

* What episode wouldn’t be complete without Nevik sharing SOMETHING wizard-related? Not wanting to sit on his laurels, Nevik mentions a build of Fire and Ice put together by the Holy Hermit. His voice is very soothing. So be soothed by his dulcet peaceful tones.

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

Song of the Show:

We’re back with another Song of the Show of the electronic-variety with Refraktion’s Final Boss. There’s a mild amount of WUBWUBWUB but not enough to put you off if you’re not a fan of dubstep. Be sure to check out more from Refraktion on SoundCloud as well as Facebook.

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