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Episode 76 – Gibbering Our Way to the Gemstone

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In our 76th episode, we may be down two hosts but Nevik and Lanntonio hold the fort down. The pair then get down to business by discussing what they’ve been up to since the beginning of Season 2: Lanntonio has been spreading his special kind of plague with a Wormwood, and Nevik has been warming up to the wizard’s Firebird set playstyle!

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In this episode:

* We received a single, solitary email from listener Adam! 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 from @jay_likes_bacon, @eG_acefisher1, @NeinballGamer, @JCMonkeyD3, @shawno, @Medros, @Kagerai_Leblue, @scytheandshield, @josukeshair, @sastewart111, @Kherova, @EvilPlanetCrew, @_AussieGamer, @Rilandune, @scanline75, @Daddy_Puffin, and @celtherapy. 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 listen to while playing Diablo III.  Be sure to follow our show account, @ShatteredStone, on Twitter for future Questions of the Show.

* Season Two has begun! Were you there waiting for the season to open up? That Friday night our in-game clan had an impressive turn-out and our 4th Musketeer, Lanntonio, even held an impromptu and unofficial Dead and Waiting. We would love to hear all about what you’ve been up to since season two started. So send us an email and tell us what amazing loot you’ve had drop!

* Hot on the heels of season two starting up Blizzard decided to tease us with a First Look of Patch 2.2, coming Soon™ to the PTR. Could this mean that season two will definitely be shorter than season one? Only time will tell, but let us know what has you most excited about the next content patch.

* We have long wondered how the Diablo team would monetize the game to supplement development and have theorized that we might see microtransactions come to the game. They are, but not for the EU/NA regions. We share our opinions on these developments and they might surprise you a bit!

* Our amazing audio editor Shawno found himself in the mood to create a saccharin-sweet Valentine dedicated to his wife and our very own Queen of Haiku Jen.

* DiabloFans.com has been highlighting numerous fan-art renditions of our beloved Diablo villians that were submitted for a Brainstorm (Facebook group) challenge. Be sure to check out Tommy Scott’s Mecha-Diablo 2.0, Mark Cheng’s Mecha Diablo, Eddie Mendoza’s Steam-punk Mecha Azmodan, Adam Ryoma Tazi’s Brute-Diablo.

* 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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* Our good friends Dred and JCMonkey decided to hold a Season One Round Table. Our very own Nevik was invited to participate along side other community notables. Be sure to check out Scythe and Shield ep18 – Tastes Like Chicken (Season One Round Table).

* In case you were stuck at work and were unable to watch the Season Two Tavern Talk live you can now watch the video on demand. If you’re wondering if there was any ground-shattering news, there wasn’t but that does not mean that interesting insights were not shared.

* Popular Diablo Twitch broadcaster DatModz has a handful of useful guides for season two. Be sure to check out his guides for 40 Billion XP/Hour Farming, Fastest Arcane Dust Farming, Fatest Reusable Parts Farming guides.

* From the ashes of Wow Insider the Blizzard Watch has been born, complete with an expanded scope covering all of the Blizzard titles, including our beloved Diablo III. Matthew Rossi (you may remember that we’ve linked to some of his Diablo lore blog posts in the past) recently wrote a Know Your Lore article covering the Creation of the Diablo universe.

* Play Your Way Thursday added another fun variant for the Witch Doctor lovingly nicknamed Crafty Spirits as submitted by Dardor.

* If you’re more into wearing heavy armor and wield a huge shield, Leviathan’s Holy Hoover may be a fun Crusader build to try out in season two.

* With the last Fresh Meat N’ Greet, community manager Grimiku included an archive of all previous installments of the on-going forum series.

* Kripparian is back with another State of Diablo III covering his thoughts and insights on season two, monks, and the Hardcore playstyle.

* Kotaku recently reported on the first Hardcore player to ding Paragon 1000, an impressive feat! Ukranian player Nokieka eclipsed the 1000 mark shortly after the conclusion of season one.

Song of the Show:

Unfortunately Nevik has been devoting almost every waking moment to grinding away in Season Two and forgot to find something to treat your ears to. Fret not! Our next episode will almost assuredly have a musical selection at the end of the show. Until then, enjoy some Red, Red Wine.

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Episode 75 – Rest in Pepperonis Season One

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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!

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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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Question: What are Your Season 2 Plans?

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Usually we toss out a question to be answered on Twitter and include the responses on the next show. That’s all well and good, but not everyone tweets and occasionally a tweet may get left out. With as grandiose of an occasion as the beginning of Season 2 is, we figured we offer another way for our listeners to participate and have their voices heard.

Are you excited for February 13th? Will you be taking the plunge and diving head-first with seasonal play? Will you be trying a new class? Or will you dip your toe in to playing Hardcore mode for the very first time? Or will you stick with your existing characters and continue to fine-tune them and push higher in to the Greater Rift levels?

What are you plans, if any, for Season Two? Let us know by commenting below!

[Official Announcement of the start date for Season 2]

Episode 74 – Double Goblins

In this episode, Breja and Jen are back after chasing the double Treasure Goblins all around Sanctuary. Those little guys are fast!

Breja has hit Paragon 90 with his Seasonal character and found his first Ancient Item. Jen hit Paragon 100 (for the very first time ever) with her Seasonal character. Each talks about the awesome loot they are currently using.

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In this episode:

* We received one email with an entry to our “Diablo-ed up Christmas Carol” contest. There is still time for you to send in your own entry. Do it before the end of January 31, 2015. You can find the parody lyrics and more details about the contest in the show notes for Episode 72 of Shattered Soulstone. Send your email to Show@ShatteredSoulstone.com.

* We got so many wonderful Tweets from our fantastic community! Thank you! This time, the Tweets came from: @nevikjames, @Kagerai_Leblue, @The_Breja, @Torrack1714, EYedgar0111, @TheWMWorkshop, @CM_Nevalistis, @damangood, @josukeshair, @Scanline75, @NeinballGamer, @Tigjamie, @TataSinke, @Rilandune, @Kherova, @grindexp, @Jaetch, @JCMonkeyD3, and @C4ntbestoped. Thanks again, everyone! We love hearing from you.

How goblin farming makes @josukeshair feel:

This probably had something to do with it:

@scanline75 found an awesome crossbow:

@Tigjamie shows off the loot from his bets solo T6 rift:

Our new Twitter question for the next show is:
“What is your primary goal for Season 2?” Let us know by tweeting your answer to @ShatteredStone.

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* Tavern Talk will be live on Twitch on February 10. Wyatt Cheng, Travis Day, Don Vu, and Brandy “Nevalistis” Camel will take a retrospective look at Season 1 and then open up the floor to player questions.

* Patch Notes for 2.1.2 were released on January 13, 2015.

* We hope you enjoyed the Double Treasure Goblins buff while it lasted.

* The Play Your Way Thursday was Silveracc99’s “Return Fire” Crusader. It looks like a fun build!

* DiabloFans has details about “Quality of Life” changes in Diablo III. They also point out that Reaper of Souls will have two interesting panels at GDC.

* Did you know that we are at the End of the first Era of Diablo III? Well… we are.

* Diablo Inc Gamers has put together a helpful “Diablo 3 Patch 2.1.2 Survival Guide”.

* The @AspectOfWisdom Twitter account is going on hiatus. Tyrael’s busy.

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Episode 73 – Tyvalir Finds Season 2

In this episode, you will hear from both Breja and Jen. The goal of all the hosts is to start putting shows out on a more regular basis. Sometimes it will be all of us doing a show, and other times it will be one or two people.

In-game, Breja got his Hardcore Seasonal character up to Paragon 75 (despite being really busy with work). Jen got her Softcore Seasonal character, who is using a shield that looks like an octopus, up to Paragon 91. She also killed a great big Treasure Goblin named Snitchley.
Snitchley

Vo'Toyias Spiker Shield

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In this episode:

We didn’t get any emails this time, but we did get plenty of Tweeters! This time the tweets came from @pfunk128, @Torrack1714, @Queenofhaiku, @Shawno, @Scanline75, EYedgar0111, @Kherova, @josukeshair, @ShatteredStone, @Diablo, @Paidtokill5440, @Kagerai_Leblue, and Trottney. Thanks, everyone!

Here’s the screenshot @josukeshair sent in about the room full of Treasure Goblins:

@josukeshair at least 7 gobins in this one room

@Shawno sent in a photo of the “helpers” he had while editing Shattered Soulstone:

Shawno had helpers while editing Shattered Soulstone

Question for Show #74:

Now that you know more about the patch and Season 2, what will you be doing for the next few weeks? Tweet your response to us @ShatteredStone.

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* Season 1 will be ending soon! – It might end as soon as February 3, 2015.

* Diablo Fans reminds us that Diablo 1 is now old enough to vote!

* Rhykker put together a video with some tips on how to prepare for Patch 2.1.2, whether you are a seasonal or non-seasonal player.

* DannyRay at BlizzPro wrote Randomness is a Cruel King, Diablo Vs Pokemon Part 2. He makes an interesting point: “If everything is random, random is no longer special“.

* Tyvalir posted information about Patch 2.1.2 & Season Rollover. He also clarifies a few things in the comment section of that post.

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Episode 72 – Season 2 Where Are You?

Hey, look! It’s another episode of Shattered Soulstone! Several attempts were made to record the show during the week of Christmas, but that just didn’t end up working out. The Skype gods smited us, over and over again. We didn’t give up, but we did learn why so many other podcasts chose not to try and record a show during that very busy week.

As usual, we started off by talking about what each of us had been up to in-game. Lantonnio has been playing D3 on console and also working on the ladder in D2. Breja has been “dabbling” in D3 Season 1. Jen has been running more bounties in D3 and working on a few last achievements in Season 1.

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In this episode:

* We got a lovely email from Rob, who started his email with “Greetings from the Netherlands!”

* Scanline sent us an awesome little “audio email”.

* You can share your Diablo related thoughts, comments, and questions with us by sending an email to Show@ShatteredSoulstone.com

* We read, and respond to, dozens of tweets send in by listeners of the show.  Tweets this time came from: @Paidtokill5440, @Sscytheandshield, @xbrokenxfirex, @Jaetch, @Kagerai_Leblue, @Moogyver, @sadromeo, @Rilandune, @grindexp, @JCMonkeyD3, @HomeTownHero008, @Cybrwolf0, @sastewart111, @scanline75, and a couple of tweets from @ShatteredStone. 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.

CONTEST!!!

Originally, we planned to sing you all a little “Diablo-ed up” Christmas Carol (as our “Song of the Show”). But, then the recording of the show got delayed and it felt kind of late to be singing Christmassy songs after the holiday had ended. The good news is that we have turned the creative lyrics that Lantonnio wrote into contest that all of you can participate in!

Step one: Record yourself singing this “Diablo-ed” up parody of “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”:

You know Magda, and butcher, and
Mephisto, and baal,
andariel, and Duriel, and
belial and Azmodan
But do you recall
The most infamous demon of all

Diablo, the blood Horned Demon
had a very blody huge Horn
and if you ever saw it
you would even say it Rors.

All of the other Demons
used to laugh and call him names
They never let poor Diablo
play in any of the demonic games.

Then one Evil Christmas eve
Bielsabob came to say:
“Diablo with your Bloody Horn SO BIG,
won’t you Terrorize the world tonight!?”

Then all the Demons Hated him
as they shouted out with Fear,
Diablo the Bloody Horned Demon,
you’ll go down in Misery!

Step Two: Send that recording to the show Show@ShatteredSoulstone.com. Let us know if you want us to play it in an upcoming episode, or if you would prefer to keep that “off the air”. Keep in mind that we want you to record it “acapella”, (which means you don’t need to put any music in the background – just sing!)

Step Three: All of us at Shattered Soulstone will listen to, and evaluate, the entries. Somebody will win the prize of $20.00 in Battle.net. You must send in your entry before the end of January of 2015.

Links for you to Visit:

* Nevalistis notes that patch 2.1.2 PTR will be available through the holidays.

* Tyvalir popped into the Legendary Workshop 2.0 forum thread on Battle.net to say he’s been reading and following it. There’s some really cool ideas in there to check out. Got a good idea of your own? You might want to take a minute to add your thoughts to that forum thread.

* Nevalistis popped into the Trials – Why the GR System is Failing forum thread on Battle.net to say she is “taking notes”. If you have thoughts about the GR System, it may be worth it for you to go over and post those thoughts over there.

* If you missed it over the holidays, take a few seconds to watch Jaetch’s D3 Christmas Video:

* While you are at it, don’t miss Archon’s video funny Diablo parody video “Leave the Group”:

* The Story of Diablo was updated in December. Flip through this storybook, check out the awesome artwork, and get a “crash course” in Diablo lore.

* Patch 2.1.2 PTR Patch Notes got updated on December 8, 2014.

* Associate Game Designer John Yang, Lead Technical Artist Julian Love, and Community Manager Brandy Camel did a Legendary Workshop Lifestream early in December. If you missed it, you can watch the recorded version now.

A New Segment Appears!

In previous episodes, all of us at Shattered Soulstone have gotten a little “off the rails” while we were discussing what we did in game.  Of course, we want to share with our listeners what each of us has been doing while playing Diablo, Diablo 2 or Diablo 3.

However, all of us also play games outside of Diablo (Shocking, I know!) and also sometimes watch movies and read books.  We figured our listeners do that too, and so, a new segment appears!  Towards the end of this episode, and upcoming ones, each of us will take a moment to share what we have been up to in other Blizzard games, and non-Blizzard games, and also briefly talking about what we have been watching or reading.

…Unless, of course, y’all really don’t want to hear that kind of stuff.  Let us know if you like it or if we should get rid of this new segment.  Your opinions are important to us!

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Episode 71 – Hardcure Peppered Bacon

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In this episode, our intrepid host returns! After much rejoicing we get down to business by discussing what we’ve been up to in-game: Nevik rebuilt his lost monk stronger than ever, Breja has been slaying the work guardian, Lanntonio jumped back into Diablo II with the new ladder, and Jen ventures further and deeper in to seasonal play.

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In this episode:

* We unfortunately did not receive a single email! We love to hear stories of triumph or tragedy from our listeners, so keep them coming, really!

* We received a handful of tweets from @Kherova, @grindexp, @Makoez, 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.

We posed the question on Twitter asking for your predictions on when Season 1 will end and when the PTR for Patch 2.1.2 would go live.  Be sure to follow our show account, @ShatteredStone, on Twitter for future Questions of the Show.

* With the PTR for Patch 2.1.2 in full swing you would think that there wouldn’t be a lull in the Diablos for the hosts, but between the Garrisons of Draenor and the obscene community buff we found ourselves biding our time. That isn’t to say that we have not partaken in the PTR and did not have plenty of Diablo to discuss; with Season 2 Soon™ you could say that we are saving ourselves to go full bore when season 2 starts.

* 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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* As mentioned, GrindEXP has closed their proverbial doors. Fret not! Dr. J Dredscythe hasn’t abandoned all of us and has decided to take his Diablo podcast, Scythe and Shield, independent and given the show a new shiny site. Dred has also picked up a familiar voice as a co-host and recruited JCMonkey to discuss all things Diablo.

* If you’re curious about some of the finer details of Season 2 Meathead Mikhail has a pair of YouTube videos detailing the ins and outs of the new legendary Gem of Ease as well as how the transition of seasonal to non-season characters happens.

* If you’re a min-maxer Jaetch, friend of the show, has put together a video guide on how to maximize your weapon DPS. If you’re trying to chase the leaderboards you might find his insight useful.

* Diablo.IncGamers has put together a fantastic compilation of the best of Diablo cosplay at Blizzcon 2014. While some of the pictures are “on location” shots that happened far from the convention, all cosplayers were in attendance of the con.

* As mentioned in the show, greater rifts are receiving some significant tuning on how bonus damage scales above greater rift level 25. Just how significant? Check out this news post on Diablofans for a chart detailing the changes.

* Winter is actually happening in Northern California and for some reason Nevik was reminded of this video of someone attempting to jump into a pool. Spoiler: It’s not a good idea.

Song of the Show:

We might have gotten carried away just a little with all of the Garrisons of Draenor discussion, so much so that we actually featured the WoW parody song, All About My Base by Sharm.

OKAY, we didn’t completely dive off the deep end and properly pulled in a Diablo-themed parody for the TRUE Song of the Show. As a former Belieber, Nevik felt it only appropriate to feature Boyfriend (feat: Danna Richards) by Terence Jay for this episode. You can find more Diablo parodies from Terence Jay at his YouTube channel and more from Danna Richards on her YouTube channel.

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Episode 70 – Shattered SoulCon

OMG! We haz a show! In this episode, Lanntonio hosts the show for the first time, Breja and Jen share stories from Blizzcon, and Nevik was absent for the first time ever. (Don’t panic! He will be back!) This episode also includes the “Post Blizzcon Round Up” hosted by Nevik and including several awesome members of the Shattered Soulstone community.

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In this episode:

* We read and respond to tweets from our listeners: @Daddy_Puffin, @Paidtokill5440, @sadromeo, @Kherova, @Hawgeye_CTR, @pergosmaster, @Torrack1714, @scanline75, @shawno, @Medros, @QueenofHaiku, @nevikjames, @NineballGamer, @The_Breja, @EYedgar0111, @WrimRimbaug, @Shenanigans930, @Kagerai_Leblue, @, @Joe_Maiz, @Walkman8, and @DravenDredsen 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.

You can also send us an email if you would like to communicate in more than 140 characters. Shoot us an email. Or, if you prefer to be brief, hit us up on Twitter.

Photos, Screenshots, and More:

Breja and Jen at World of Podcasts.
Breja and Jen at World of Podcasts 2014

@Pergosmaster made it to Level 25 in Hard Core in the challenge he created.
@Pergosmaster Vous Etes Mort

Breja with @CM_Nevalistis at BlizzCon.
Breja and Nevalistis

Story time with Wyatt Cheng! (@candlesan)
Story time with Wyatt Chang

Nevik got killed by the “Latency Boss”.
Latency got Nevik

Jen found Covetous Shen at BlizzCon! Photo by Robert T. (Check out his Flickr account for more awesome cosplay photos from Blizzcon).
Covetous Shen and Jen

Here’s Jen onstage at the “Tristram’s Got Talent” panel at Blizzcon – reading Covetous Shen’s lines.

* Links for you to Visit:

* Want a quick review of all the upcoming Diablo III stuff that was announced at BlizzCon? Check out the BlizzCon 2014 Round Up at Battle.net.

* Ready for Season 2? First Look: Season 2 has details about all the upcoming goodies.

* “Gather, Refine, Reflect”. Learn more about the making of a Legendary item in the BlizzCon Legendary Workshop Power Revealed blog post at Battle.net.

* Polygon shares the words of wisdom that Blizzard’s president and co-founder, Mike Morhaime, started off Blizzcon 2014 with.

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Episode 69 – Terrible Threes

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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 her 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!

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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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Episode 68 – Fresh Seasons and Qiz

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In this episode, we are again FOUR STRONG! After sipping on some of the rainbow-colored friendship brew we get down to business by discussing what we’ve been up to in-game: Jen is Gurr’ng all over the place, Nevik is monkeying around on the seasonal hardcore solo monk leaderboards (phew, that was a mouthful), and Lanntonio couldn’t take it anymore and hopped in to hardcore seasons with spotty internet!

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In this episode:

* We read, and respond to, a mountain of emails we received from our wonderful listeners. This batch came to us from Rebur, Kageri Leblue, Simon, and an EXTRA SPECIAL one from Amy! We love to hear stories of triumph or tragedy from our listeners, so keep them coming, really!

* We received a mountain of tweets from @pergosmaster, @sadromeo, @Torrack1714, @Cybrwolf0, @arkbites1, @Hawgeye_CTR, @evilgaze, @EYedgar0111, @Torhammer6, @xBrokenxFirex, @Kherova, @ig_nateward, @Chaos5061, @JasonRMitchell, and @JeremyTStevens. 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 for your votes on the next class Jen should level to 70. Unfortunately we did not receive too many responses, but the victor was clear: puke doctor MONK**! Be sure to follow our show account, @ShatteredStone, on Twitter for future Questions of the Show.

** Okay, okay. It was actually the puke doctor ;_; but @JeremyTStevens did have an amazing vote.

* Patch 2.1 dropped in our laps immediately after episode 67 and we’ve already seen quite a few hotfixes that have changed the landscape of the game dramatically. Have you benefited from the drastically increased drop rates on horadic cache specific legendary items?

* Season 1 opened up a few days after the patch went live and we discuss our experiences and thoughts on the rampant exploitation of a few bounties skewing the competition for the Race to the Top conquest. Blizzard responded by disabling the problematic bounties, but the damage has already been done. Has the integrity of season 1 been forever tainted/compromised? Send your thoughts to Show@ShatteredSoulstone.com.

* It is with heavy hearts that we regret to inform you that we did not produce an Official Forum Thread Masterpiece theater 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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* Taken a break from Diablo III? Not sure of exactly what was added in Patch 2.1? DiabloFans has a wonderful Patch 2.1 Information Round-Up laying out all of the changes for you.

* Any time there’s a new patch it’s always a good idea to have a refresher on How +Elemental% damage works. Youtuber Such Stronk has you covered!

* Legendary gems might be the biggest addition to increasing player power and upgrading them might seems a bit arbitrary. Thankfully redditor Khaozxd but together a handy Legendary Gem Visual Upgrade Chart to help make the process a little easier to understand.

* If the visual chart to leveling up your legendary gems wasn’t enough YouTuber Meathead Mikhail posted a legendary gem guide to give you the low down on them.

* Play Your Way is back and this time community manager Nevalistis is joined by Systems Designer John Yang and YouTubers Qelric and Deadset to discuss his leap quake barbarian.

* Speaking of Deadset, we have a batch of his videos to share with you. Check out his thoughts and experiences leveling as a Crusader in the first season as well as the continuation of his Sanctuary Sunday Talk with his videos on The Creation of the Diablo Universe and The Eternal Conflict.

* With Nevik fully embracing the way of the Sahptev faith it is only fitting that we bring to you an effective monk build, even in the higher torments. If you’re looking for a COOL monk build to play, check out FriendandMachine’s T5+ Cold Monk guide.

* Last, but not least, we mentioned that friend of the show Rebur (@Chaos5061) had a YouTube channel. Check out his let’s play’sh gameplay videos for Diablo III and Minecraft!

Song of the Show:

For this episode’s Song of the Show we bring to you another prose set to a musical beat. Diablo 3 Rap by Dan Bull is quite simply a lyrical masterpiece and hopefully we will see a Reaper of Souls themed piece from Dan Bull in the future. You can find more of Dan Bull’s work on his YouTube channel and follow him on Twitter and Facebook.

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