Episode 105 – Shattered Hoodstone

Show notes originally posted by Nevik

In our 105th episode the Patch 2.4 PTR is here and the hype train is going at full speed. CHOO CHOO! We then get down to business discussing what we’ve been up to: Breja continues to struggle finding time to play, Nevik is recharged, and Lanntonio is contemplating focusing on a single class next season.

In this episode:

  • We read, and respond to a solitary email from first time contributor, Ryan. 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!
  • The PTR for Patch 2.4 is HERE! We sound like a broken record, but each and every single patch continues to improve upon the game. Do you have any souls left to reap? Needless to say, we are excited and give some impressions from the brief amount of time we’ve had on the PTR.
  • Does all of the free content we have been receiving rule out the possibility of a 2nd expansion? Why is Team 3 giving us so much without asking for anything in return? While the former question is still up for debate, a recent interview from PCgamesN with Josh Mosqueira gives some insight on why so much has been added to the game without being locked behind a pay-wall.
  • Recently there was a job-posting for a position to return Blizzard classics to the glory that they deserve. Does this mean Diablo II is being remade? We discuss what the position could mean for the heralded pinnacle of the series.

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  • Even with everything that Patch 2.4 is bringing, there has been MORE datamined from the client and DiabloFans has been happy to share. Do note that everything datamined might not be intended for 2.4, it does highlight that there is indeed a metric ton of cosmetic options coming in the future.
  • With the dust settling on the info-dump from Blizzcon 2015, community manager Nevalistis put together an official Blizzcon 2015 round-up including links to the extensive coverage from the show.

Other Entertainment/Games:

  • From now on this segment of the show will be exclusively for our Twitch/YouTube viewers in an effort to reduce editing time and show length. If you want to hear us talk about anything and everything outside of Diablo, then check out our Twitch and YouTube channels.

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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 65 – Torrack and *ahem* Whatnot

Show notes originally posted by Nevik

In this episode, we celebrate getting back into the “recording studio” and ‘Murica’s burfday! After some cleaning up some podcasting cobwebs we get down to business by discussing what we’ve been up to in-game: Breja is DETERMINED to get a hardcore level 70, Lanntonio is still without good internet, Nevik is still fruitlessly grinding for a Ring of Royal Grandeur, and Jen got her barbarian to 70!

In this episode:

* We read, and respond to, a mountain of emails we received from our wonderful listeners. This batch came to us from Torrack, Rockdale, Hawgeye, and Graciel! Thank you for the amazing amount of emails! Keep them coming, really!

* We received a mountain of tweets from @Torrack1714 *cough*, @Foqbupog, @Paidtokill5440, @diabloplayer68, @HomeTownHero008, @Rilandune, @Hawgeye_CTR, @ig_nateward, @Kagerai_Leblue, @scanline75, @Cybrwolf0, @JCMonkeyD3, @JeremyTStevens, @grindexp, @Chaos5061, and @wowjason62606. 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.

* OOPS! A certain somebody forgot to post a Question of the Show on twitter. Complete #NevikFail. Fret not! Question of the Show will be back next episode! Be sure to follow our show account, @ShatteredStone, on Twitter for future Questions of the Show.

* We finally have the Patch 2.1 PTR up and running! Have you checked it out? We didn’t end up talking too much about the changes coming in 2.1, but if your ears are itching for some in-depth 2.1 discussion rumor has it that a community round table will be coming up Soon™.

* During our month hiatus E3 (Electronic Entertainment Expo) happened and Blizzard announced some exclusive content coming in the Playstion (3/4) versions of the Reaper of Souls Ultimate Evil Edition. Time to pick up a PS4! (*cough*Destiny*cough*)

* Prior to recording the show some huge news was dropped on us, Rob Pardo is leaving Blizzard. Where is he going? What affect will it have on the future development of Diablo III? We don’t have the answers, but we give our opinions on the matter and wish Rob Pardo all the best!

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* It’s happened folks. Well … not just yet on the live servers, but /dance is coming in Patch 2.1! #GetHype

* Xanth published an article, Greater Rifts = Greater Deaths, over at Diablo.IncGamers examining how death is coming back to the hardcore scene thanks to the inclusion of greater rifts coming in 2.1.

* It was only a matter of time before cosplaying as community managers was a thing. Errr, well Nevalistis is a death maiden IRL, so it counts right? Anyhoo check out Ibelinn’s amazing death maiden cosplay!

* Over the period of 30 days, 150 players accumulated over 10k legendaries and the results were tracked and shared with a video infographic. Some interesting details came out of this large sampling of RNG.

* Diablo plushies anyone? WE WANT SO BAD!!! Alix, if there’s any chance of these becoming mass produced … PLEASE!

* As if there weren’t already a ton of AMAZEBALLS creative works coming out of the Diablo community Samo Kramberger shared his stunning Skeleton King statue. The amount of detail is sick!

* We teased that in this episode we would be sharing tips and tricks on getting in to Torment, unfortunately we had to push that off until next show. Sorry folks. There was just a lot to talk about with a month’s worth of tweets and emails. Next show, we promise*!  * not actually a binding contract ^^;

Song of the Show:

Sadly no Song of the Show for this episode. I know, I know. It’s been a month. You would think we would have had plenty of time to locate a suitable specimen to share with you. WELP. It didn’t happen folks. This segment will be back next episode with another lyrical masterpiece from a certain forum warrior.

Buuuut we don’t want to leave you completely empty-handed, so here you go. You can thank Jaetch for this.

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Episode 57 – Don’t Forget to Wipe Your Stash

Show notes originally posted by Nevik

In this episode, we are once again not at full strength as Breja needed to tend to an urgent matter with his mom. Make sure you send your positive energies in the direction of the Boston’sh area. Undeterred we get down to business by discussing what we’ve been up to in-game: Lanntonio has been playing his hand at being a virtual card shark, Jen dealt with some invincible worms, and Nevik decided to see what all the fuss was about with the crusader.

In this episode:

* We read, and respond to, a solitary email we received from one of our wonderful listeners. This email came in from first-time mailer Dan. Thank you for the email! Keep them coming, really!

* We received tweets from @Foqbupog, @VictorCarlstedt, @Hawgeye_CTR, @JCMonkeyD3, @Rilandune, and @IAmCaptainSocks. 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 been keeping your finger on the pulse of the Reaper of Souls beta? If not you may have missed all of the drama regarding (legendary) drop rates. Fortunately for us all Blizzard deployed a hotfix last week to Jay Wilson DOUBLE the legendary drop rates! Have an opinion on what has been going on with the beta? Shoot an email off to Show@ShatteredSoulstone.com and share your thoughts!

* It has been quite some time since our last contest and we’re pleased to announce our 100 Word Story Contest! Submit your Diablo-themed 100 word stories for a chance to win prizes including Nate Kenyon’s book, Diablo III: Storm of Light, a Shattered Soulstone t-shirt, and a Cute But Deadly figure set autographed by all four hosts of the show! Send your 100 word story to Show@ShatteredSoulstone.com with “100 Word Story Contest” in the subject line by 11:59pm PST onFebruary 21st to be considered for the 100 Word Story Contest. How many more times can we fit “100 Word Story” in to this paragraph?

* Prompted by listener @Hawgeye_CTR we started thinking about the possibilities of a Blizzcon 2014. We know Mr. Blizzard himself, Mike Morhaime, has stated that we will likely see a Blizzcon this year, but what say you? Do you think Blizzard will have their hands too full to organize a Blizzcon this year? Or if there is a Blizzcon this year, will you be making plans to attend?

* Blizzard’s Design-A-Legendary project is nearing the end with the results of the community chosen power being announced. Now we just need to decide on the name of the thing. What did you vote for? (Or did you even vote?) Are you even happy with what the community has chosen? Let us know!

* If you missed your episodical dose of OFTMPT last episode we come to you with an exceptionally long segment that strays from our tongue-in-cheek norm. Prepare yourselves for a long haul, this episode’s OFTMPT weighs in over thirty-five minutes long. Might we suggest a glass of red, red wine? 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 assorted tracks from the Diablo III soundtrack.

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* Throughout the show (and OFTMPT) there were a few references to a forum post made by Blizzard forum MVP Drothvader about his feelings and concerns that ended up sparking up a lot of discussion about the state of the beta; be sure to check out the post that started it all, A Little Heart to Heart About RoS.

* Guess what folks, there’s a new Diablo III podcast for us all to enjoy. Holy Hermit and crew launched their new endeavor with the first episode of D3 Podcast! (Hopefully Holy Hermit will come up with a catchier name ^^;)

* Inspired by the heated discussion on legendary drop rates our good friend Sibcoe over at Red Team Gaming shared his thoughts on the subject with a quick video titled, Finding Loot Should Be Fun. We couldn’t agree more.

http://youtu.be/R7O6bR3KB08

* Getting sick of Spin-to-Win Barbs? Waldemar highlights some of the nuances of a Spear/Boulder barb that you put together in Reaper of Souls.

http://youtu.be/l0USRNLLefM

* If charging through enemies is more your cup of tea, then you may want to check out MannerCookie’s “HeisenBarb” which makes liberal use of the barbarian’s Furious Charge. Note: This build’s effectiveness in higher Torment difficulties hinges on having not only the right gear, but amazing gear to boot. YMMV. Welp. Looks like Mr. MannerCookie decided to set his video about his Heisenbarb to being private. Not sure why … oh well. It was pretty straight-forward, but required 5pc Oxen set to truly work at Torment 6.

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

Song of the Show:

Recently featured as an Artisan Showcase on Blizzard’s official Diablo III site, Savior is the collaboration between musical groups Have No Fear and the Space Bards, both of which performed in Blizzcon 2013’s talent contest. You can hear more from Have No Fear over at Soundcloud and Youtube and find them on Twitter. You can hear more from the Space Bards over at their official website and Youtube as well as find them on Twitter and Facebook.

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Episode 37 – It’s Not the Size of Your Revelation

Show notes originally posted by Nevik

In this episode, we are without our dear fourth musketeer and missed him dearly. Fortunately the rest of the crew was able to overcome numerous technical difficulties and we get down to business by discussing what we’ve been up to in-game: Jen finally played their male wizard again, Breja may or may not have lost his Apple, and Nevik recorded from inside a bottle of white, white wine!

In this episode:

* We read, and respond to, another mountain of emails we received from our wonderful listeners. This batch comes to us from Chad, Amrik, and Torrack. Thank you for the email! Keep them coming, really!

* We received tweets from @Tigjamie, @theRealJFrench, @CkRtech, @eG_acefisher1, @Daladria, @shawno, @scanline75, @Diablo 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 discuss our thoughts and share our favorites from the Reddit /r/Diablo Short Story contest. To check out all of the winners head over to the Blizzard Diablo 3 blog which includes links to the direct /r/Diablo threads. (Note: This contest ran quite awhile ago and have been meaning to discuss the winners for quite some time now and we finally found the time to cover it)

* We finally know when Blizzcon 2013 tickets go on sale! Ready your F5 key on Wednesday, April 24th at 7pm pacific and Saturday, April 27th at 10am pacific.

* We discuss our thoughts on a few of the multiplayer improvements coming in patch 1.0.8 shared in the developer blog written by none other than the wizard-hater himself, Wyatt Cheng.

We’re still looking for intro submissions for our Intro Contest. Prizes haven’t been nailed down, but at the very least you could win a $20 (US) Battle.net Balance Card! Send your intros to Show@ShatteredSoulstone.com. Keep them shorter than 45 seconds (30 preferably) and make sure to utilize royalty-free music or music from Diablo 3. Deadline for this contest has also not been nailed down, but we’re hoping to have a new intro in time for the anniversary of Diablo 3 going live.

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* Eat Game Live was recently highlighted as FAN CREATION OF THE WEEK for their rendition of the Horadric Hamburger. We wish we had that many noms noms per second.

* If you’re not familiar with David Lines’ *ahem* line of cosplay, check out his DeviantArt portfolio. Diablo cosplay is the best cosplay, or at least we think so.

* Our friend, Dred, recently sat down with Julie Humphreys at PAX East to discuss the Playstation 3 version of Diablo 3. You can find a transcript of the video interview at Dred’s site, DiabloExpressions.com.

* Tatasinke has published another edition of the New Tristram News. Check it out and subscribe to get updates on the latest!

* Blizzard recently updated their Rollback Policy after some abuse of their previous policy. We highly suggest you check out the updates and suggest that you pick up an authenticator to protect your account from being hacked if you haven’t already.

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