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Episode 65 – Torrack and *ahem* Whatnot

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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!

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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 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 64 – Where in the World are Zoltun Kulle’s Body Parts?

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In this episode, we our once again at full strength even if our 4th Musketeer was a bit tardy. Nevertheless we get down to business by discussing what we’ve been up to in-game: Breja is making progress with his stink/puke doctor, Jen managed to fit in a tiny bit of time on her barbarian, Lanntonio was burnt to a crisp, and Nevik has been exclusively monkeying around!

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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 Foqbupog, Simon, Livintrust, Sad Romeo and our European community ambassador, Master Do! Thank you for the amazing amount of emails! Keep them coming, really!

* We received a mountain of tweets from @Torrack1714, @Torhammer6, @HomeTownHero008, @BurghCrow78, @shawno, @Medros, @Joshcbc, @Kherova, @Moogyver, @Paidtokill5440, @wowjason62606, @Cybrwolf0, @Justin__HB, @Kagerai_Leblue, and @diabloplayer68. 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 who or what you thought the final encounter would be of a potential second expansion. We got quite a few responses despite the short notice on the question going live. Be sure to follow our show account, @ShatteredStone, on Twitter for future Questions of the Show.

* As promised in our last episode, we decided to finally talk about the ending of Reaper of Souls. We didn’t get quite as much input from our listeners as we would have liked, but that didn’t stop us from wildly speculating on the expansion.

* Seasons are still a hotly debated topic in the community and we kept the dialogue going with one of our listeners. This time focusing more on our own individual reasons for being interested in participating in a season. What about you? Are you looking forward to seasons? Or are you feeling penalized for wanting to focus on your main character? Let us know in an email!

* We are back at it with another Official Forum Thread Masterpiece Theatre, and this one is quite a doozy. This time we bring you an OFTMPT to end all OFTMPTs. The end all, be all of all forum threads. No, seriously.

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 Lost by Pogo.

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* Hot on the heels of our spoilerific Reaper of Souls ending discussion we have a few more links for you to consume to add a bit more flavor to a somewhat bland and/or lacking ending. Matthew Rossi from Wow Insider posted his thoughts on the Reaper of Souls ending and rather than butcher his words we would rather have you read them yourselves. You can also check out his thoughts on the whole of Diablo 3 chocolate as there are still some insights in there on where the story may go.

* In case those links did not satiate your need for Diablo lore, Blizzard recently updated their game guide with an official Story of Diablo that serves as a great primer in case you’re new to the game and/or history of the universe.

* Another short story, Middlewick by Erik Sabol, has been added to the official game guide. So many words, so little time. We hope to have a fully fledged discussion on this short in the near future.

* One of our dear community members, Cybrwolf, recently lost his hardcore monk and eulogized her on /r/Diablo. May her deeds always be remembered!

* Eat Game Live‘s Reaper of Recipes contest has a winner! If you’re a fan of hake and quinoa you might want to try it out. BUT THOSE TEETH?!? UGH.

* If RNGesus hasn’t been nice to you, you’re not alone but Grimiku chimed in on one of the many, many, MANY conspiracy threads on loot tables and laid the tin foil hat theories to rest, we hope. RNG is RNG and Blizzard has nothing to gain by stealthily adjusting drop rates. Is it enough to sate the crazed forum goers? … well … time will tell?

I know that it can feel like drop rates are being changed when you have experienced a streak of good or bad luck, but it simply isn’t the case. We gain nothing positive by influencing drop rates without communicating it, and would only lose trust as a result. Simply put, it’s not what we do.
Streaks of bad luck are going to happen, and we all go through them. The danger (and why the thread is locked) lies in the spread of misinformation, which in turn can inspire players to alter their in-game habits in ways that actually have no influence over what items they find.

* We teased that next episode we will sharing tips and tricks on getting in to Torment, but if you can’t wait that long – or are looking to dig your teeth into the nitty and gritty, Vaneras on the European forums put together an exhaustive list of guides on the minutiae of the game.

Song of the Show:

This episode’s Song of the Show brings things back into the realm of Diablo-themed music. The Fallen King by Renard Rose is a hauntingly beautiful piano piece in tribute to the Skeleton King himself. He’s popular eh? Anyhoo, you can check out more from Renard Rose over at YouTube as well as on Facebook.

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Episode 63 – Open Monk Season

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In this episode, we are once again without our 4th musketeer, Lanntonio. Nevertheless we get back to it and get down to business by discussing what we’ve been up to in-game: Breja finally has all five six classes at 70, Nevik has been monkeying around with his monk, and Jen defeated Death!

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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 Simon, Foqbupog, Tinook, Chad S, and our European community coordinator, Master Do! Thank you for the amazing amount of emails! Keep them coming, really!

* We received a mountain of tweets from @Paidtokill5440, @ig_nateward, @9PadGaming, @Rilandune, @wowjason62606, @RocksmithCody, @pergosmaster, @Kagerai_Leblue, @HomeTownHero008, @Torrack1714, and @sadromeo. 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 your least played class is and why. We got quite a few responses despite the short notice on the question going live. Be sure to follow our show account, @ShatteredStone, on Twitter for future Questions of the Show.

* Patch 2.0.5 was dropped on us and while we don’t cover the line-by-line details of the patch notes, we do offer our experiences with the patch. How are you enjoying the patch? Let us know!

* Prompted by Simon’s email, we discuss at length our thoughts and opinions of the forth-coming seasons. You probably won’t be surprised that we’re for seasons, but that doesn’t mean that we don’t see why there are folks out there that are against seasons. While we won’t pretend that our thoughts will sway those against to suddenly have a change-of-heart, we do try to offer a few positives even if you don’t dive in to a season.

* We decided to hold off on discussing the ending of Reaper of Souls so that we can include YOU and YOUR THOUGHTS in the discussion. How do you participate? EASY! Shoot us an email with your thoughts on the ending!

* Unfortunately this is one of those shows without an Official Forum Thread Masterpiece Theatre. We can’t always promise that this segment will always make an appearance, we do love a good OFTMPT. This time we bring you a story of RNG woe as forum user Glythe dons his tin-foil hat in regards to “arbitrarily generated loot tables.”

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.

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

* Multiple times throughout the episode we referenced things mentioned during the developer gameplay sessions as apart of Diablo 3′s 2nd anniversary. Weighing in at over 4 hours long, you may opt for the cliff notes on everything was said, fortunately Diablofans.com has you covered with this post and then this follow up.

* Sibcoe from Red Team Gaming is back with episode 23 of his State of Diablo III. Before diving in and listening, you may want to make sure you’re prepared for the opening of the show. It’s quite a doozy … ^^;

* If you’re a lore nut, you probably have already consumed the two new pieces of Diablo fiction. If not we suggest you check out Brother in Arms written by Scott Brick and if you have a Kindle, check out Mickey Neilson’s Morbed.

* If you’re too busy to read all of the patch notes for patch 2.0.5 Awesomeville on YouTube has you covered. Check out their TLDR overview of the patch and all of the changes made.

* Good friend of the show and all-around AMAZING guy Jaetch put together a video guide for running the bounties in Act 1 as efficiently as possible.

* And if you’re looking for more tips on running the bounties in Acts I and II, user Zavihs has you covered with this thread on /r/Diablo.

* Listener and community member Synek (@ig_nateward) has a kickstarter to help get his podcast and site, Inked Geek Studios, off the ground. Check it out and chuck a few bones his way if you can.

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

Song of the Show:

As if last week’s audible wasn’t off the rails enough, this episode’s “song” of the show isn’t even a song! We know, madness, but hey … every now and then you have to turn things on their heads to keep things fresh.

This episode’s “song” hails to us from the fine folks of Unnecessary Censorship Central, a group responsible for taking video game cut-scenes and/or in-game audio and adding unnecessary censorship to alter the context of what is being said to hilarious effect. We bring to you Part 1 (of two currently) of their Diablo series. Enjoy!

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Episode 62 – Hot Boggits

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In this episode, we lament the fact that a month has passed since our last show. Nevertheless we get back to it and get down to business by discussing what we’ve been up to in-game: Lanntonio can’t stay mad at Diablo, Breja has a case of the altisms, Nevik has a new favorite “second child,” and Jen dinged 70 on 37!

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In this episode:

* We unfortunately did not receive a single email from one of our wonderful listeners. We want to hear from you, so send us your stories of triumph or RNG woe! WE REALLY DO! So we won’t be recording episode 63 until we get at least one! … Okay, okay … we’re just joking about the “not recording thing” ^^

* We received a mountain of tweets from @Bloodfalcon, @Paidtokill5440, @Torrack1714, @Jaetch, @candlesan, @ig_nateward, @JCMonkeyD3, @Rilandune, @sadromeo, @Kagerai_Leblue, @shawno, @scanline75, @Goatking_1216, @VictorCarlstedt, @grindexp, @HomeTownHero008, @Melkorious, @astrovert, @CkRtech, @Hawgeye_CTR. 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 how your progression is going in Reaper of Souls now that we’re a month in. We got quite a few responses despite the short notice on the question going live. Be sure to follow our show account, @ShatteredStone, on Twitter for future Questions of the Show.

* Blizzcon 2014 was FINALLY announced! NOVEMBER 7th and 8th! Are you going? Even if you don’t get a ticket? Or maybe participating in one of the many Blizzcon contests? We are not sure how many of us will be making the trip, but Breja has expressed that he’s planning on being there. As for the rest of us … yah, we’ll get back to you on that.

* Jen has been taking part in a “letter of the day” (semi)daily blogging challenge and decided to run with a Diablo theme for the challenge. We approve whole-heartedly! Check out this series of blogs as well as all of her Diablo blogging exploits!

* With Reaper being a month old a number of us have been stricken with the alt-bug and have been playing all the classes! If you’re starting to burn out, it might be a good time to try out a new class, or a new build. Not sure on what to try? DiabloFans class build guide web-hub has you covered with a number of compiled build guides from their community; check it out!

* Awhile back we mentioned the Reaper of Souls Fan Art contest going on over at DeviantArt. Well, that contest concluded (long ago) and the winners were announced! We don’t envy the judges as all of the semi-finalists were amazing (witch doctor’s withstanding ^^). Check out all of the winners and submissions at the official contest page.

* You may have noticed that last episode we did not have an Official Forum Thread Masterpiece Theater for you. While we can’t always promise that this segment will always make an appearance, we do love a good OFTMPT. This time we bring you a story of RNG woe as forum user Glythe dons his tin-foil hat in regards to “arbitrarily generated loot tables.”

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 Pannonia Boundless by Alexandra Vrebalov.

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

* Are you whirling dervish in the kitchen? Kierpanda of Eat Game Live has teamed up with Blizzard to hold a REAPER OF RECIPES culinary contest/challenge. You have until May 11th to submit your own Diablo-themed recipe!

* GameTrailers posted part one of their four part Diablo retrospective series. This 1st installment covers how Diablo came to be after some happenstance encounters between the Schaeffer brothers and David Brevik.

* Scythe and Shield episode three released awhile back where Dred sat down with community members Cybrwolf and 9pad to discuss the state of hardcore in Diablo III Reaper of Souls.

* Speaking of GrindEXP, there’s a new contributing editor over at the site that you may know. Jamie, aka JCMonkey, has become GrindEXP’s hardcore Diablo III columnist; his first column being Monkeying Around in Hardcore.

* Sibcoe of Red Team Gaming is back with episode 22 of his State of Diablo III series. He covers a variety of topics including the future of the series and his aspirations to take the show weekly! Be sure to also check out his short video covering the Rift it Forward community and as well as his editorial, Have You Hit a Progression Wall?

* Prominent podcasting phenom Scott Johnson has recently decided to dip his toes into the Diablo-podcasting pool with The Diablo Show! He plans on doing the show in a season format, so give the show a listen!

* Archon the Wizard and Neinball have Westmarch Workshop in full swing! Be sure to check out two of their most recent episodes: “Perma Archon” and “Community Week” and be sure to tune in live (most) Wednesday nights!

* JCMonkey has published episode 2 of the Subsequent Heroes, his Diablo-themed comic strip. Be sure to check it out and give him some feedback!

* If you’re looking for some IRL Diablo loot, MusterBrand recently announced their new Diablo line of loot! Show your Diablo loot-deviant pride with some sweet gear!

* If you prefer to keep your loot addiction in-game and have been wondering which legendary items can be found only in Torment, community manager Nevalistis chimed in on a thread over on the official forums laying out what only drops in Torment.

* During the show we mentioned a Reaper of Souls machinima titled “Frozen Time” by Malu. It is simply stunning, we’re sure you’ll agree.

* ShackNews recently sat down with Production Director John Hight and Music Director Derek Duke to discuss the future of Reaper of Souls as well as the development involved on producing Diablo III’s first expansion. You can read that article here.

* If you can’t get enough Diablo lore Blizzard recently released a short story, The Orphan and the Jeweler by Gavin Jurgens-Fyhrie, and an eBook, Morbed by Mickey Neilson ($1.99 US on the Amazon Kindle store).

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

Song of the Show:

Calling in an audible this episode’s song of the show hails from a completely different game. Pilgrims on a Long Journey is a hauntingly beautiful piece from Ubisoft’s Child of Light game (available on virtually EVERYTHING). You can pick up the soundtrack here and buy Child of Light for $15 on PC (Steam/uPlay), Playstation 3, Playstation 4, Wii, Wii U, Xbox 360, or Xbox One … phew!

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Round Table – Reaper of Souls Patch 2.0.4

Has your soul been reaped? Are you enjoying the expansion? Well Patch 2.0.4 brought a number of balance changes and we decided to find out how a segment of our audience is enjoying the expansion so far.

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Joining us for this round table was  Cyberwolf (@Cybrwolf0), Jaime (@JCMonkeyD3), Kagerai LeBlue (@Kagerai_LeBlue), Scanline (@scanline75), Zakhad (@voranek), and all so very briefly, our very own Lanntonio (@Lanntonio).

If you couldn’t make it to our RoS/Patch 2.0.4 community round table fret not, there will be more round tables in the future. You can count on another round table happening shortly after Reaper of Soul launches. So go download Mumble to join in on the fun with us.

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100 Word Story Contest Submissions

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As mentioned on episode 61, the winner of the Shattered Soulstone T-Shirt will be in the hands of our beloved community. (Psssst, that means YOU!) Below you will see all of the stories submitted for our 100 Word Story Contest. We hope you enjoy them as much as we did! Don’t forget to vote for your favorite* at the bottom by 11:59pm PDT on May 1st, 2014! The winner of the t-shirt will be announced on episode 63!

* Winners from the contest have been excluded from the community vote.

Winner of our hearts, @CkRtech

Blood. It was all over her. She was drenched from head to toe.

A wizard rarely gets her hands dirty. Spells don’t exactly need close proximity in order to be effective, but this was different. This was personal.

Her two remaining companions were at a loss for words. The barbarian just stood there and looked at what little remained of the deceased. The demon hunter silently adjusted her quiver and kept to herself as usual. The air was tense.

The wizard slowly turned toward the two of them. “I’d had enough of his puking,” she explained. “The doctor is out.”

Runner-Up: “Negative Nancy” by @Rilandune

Though the spawns of Hell beat constantly against the gates of Tristram, The Slaughtered Calf Inn is always a warm hearth to sit before and enjoy a drink.

She walks in and lays down her crossbows. Weary from the days work of demon slaying she puts her coin down upon the bar.

The moaning of a despondent Sorceress rises above the din, ruining the taste of the ale in her cup.

“Lady Wizard, what is your name?” she calls out, not looking at the spell caster.

“Nancy. Why do you ask?”

She snickers at the name. “Why so negative, Nancy?”

Runner-Up: @JCMonkeyD3

The wind was howling, and the air was foul with the stench of the undead. These creatures have been attacking the town more often these days. The last of the farmers and merchants are getting restless. After the death of our good friend captain rumford, the townsfolk started losing faith. I do not believe that I can keep their faith alive when we keep losing men every day. The undead just keep coming, and i’m not sure where they are coming from. Can we really make it out of this alive? Are we destined to all perish? Heavens help us.

Entry from Wulfman

“It is done,” he said as he sheathed his knife. “Diablo is dead.”  His dogs howled victoriously.  They headed back to New Tristram.   “This realm is safe again, after a year of Diablo’s tyranny!  I shall return home.”

A beam of light descended from Heaven, and Tyrael appeared before him. “Your quest resumes. A new threat appears on the banks-” “Thanks?  You’re welcome!” he interrupted.  His most outspoken dog growled, “No, he said, ‘A new-’”  His dogs exploded in a sea of gore.

Tyrael wiped his eyes just in time to see him fade in a flash of blue light.

“Thoughts on Diablo 3″ by @Foqbupog

Like many others, I started out with Diablo II, and even checked out its predecessor. The only times I didn’t enjoy the game were after long periods of game play, or when I focused on what others were saying about it. The storyline isn’t really that amazing, and the sound of Leah’s whining annoyed me at times. Playing on Nightmare and above felt like the Dark Tower storyline, that you’re playing through the same adventure—but differently. Instead of starting out looking like a homeless person; you came off as someone who had been on this journey for several lifetimes.

“Witch Doctor’s Journey” by @BurghCrow78

After dealing with Diablo, I realized the spirits were not done with me. After talking with Tyrael about the soulstone and how to hide it. We parted ways as friends, but my path was unclear.

I communicated with the spirits as they told me she was still among the living. I decided to search every area of Sanctuary for her. As I searched there still seemed to be many minions of hell stronger than before.

As I fought them, I seem to grow in strength and wisdom. The spirits whisper to me, press on, she is still out there, Leah.

Entry from @Manlow

Upon entering the dilapidated temple, I am struck with the overpowering stench of decay. As I approach the dais, I see the remains of what must have once been a demon staked, spread eagle, on top of it.  Between each limb are runes, unknown to me and above the head is written: “A sacrifice to summon one of glorious power”.  I wonder what had been summoned when I hear the deep rumble of what is unmistakably a laugh.  I glance up to see a demon lord who says simply, “We’ve been expecting you” as he drops on top of me.

“Hatred’s Fire” by Dragon User 5

Her eyes aglow with vengeance, she ignored the icy winds of Arreat as she advanced on the demons pouring from the mouth of the cave.  Hatred of the demon spawns burned as she closed, dropping them as the charged.  The earth shook as the demons erupted from the ground around her.  With lethal precision, she removed each threat, then pressed forward. Kylleera was vengeance incarnate tempered only from discipline gained from long years of training.

Every demon slain, stoked the fire of her hatred.  Luckily for her, there was no shortage of demons to fuel the flames of her hatred.

Entry from Brent

The surrounding area of Caldeum was rife with danger, but also rife with low-low realty opportunities. Karim’s head turned as a sharp creaking sound; old wood and rusted metal came from the direction of the shop’s ancient door. A wizard entered the shop, his almond shaped eyes surveyed the stacked pots. “Welcome to Karim’s Kontainers my friend!” the wizard seemed to give no notice of the humble shopkeeper and called forth a swirling aura of frost. The magic tumult shattered every pot he neared. “Please my friend! My pots! My pots!” was all Karim could mutter before the wizard left.

 

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Episode 61 – 100 Word Shenanigans

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

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In this episode:

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

* We received another mountain of tweets from @Foqbupog, @scanline75, @Torrack1714, @grindexp, @JCMonkeyD3, @sadromeo, @Manlow, @FreeFallWoW, @GrandNagus1, @C4ntbestoped, @Rob_pawlak, @shawno, @Kherova, @Cybrwolf0, @KaltonEly, @JustinKHixson, @Hawgeye_CTR, @apsana, @xSyneKx, @HomeTownHero008, @BrewmasterWansu, @Medros, @RoberBobroff, @sastewart111, @Kagerai_Leblue, and @GENERAAL00. Thank you for your tweets. Don’t forget that you, too, can send in your thoughts via social media outlets such as FacebookGoogle+, and Twitter.

* We posed the question on Twitter asking if your post-RoS gaming had deviated from your pre-launch plans. We got quite a few responses. Be sure to follow our show account, @ShatteredStone, on Twitter for future Questions of the Show.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Song of the Show:

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

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Episode 60 – Reaping a Full House

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

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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 Master Do, Sean, and Mangall. Thank you for the emails and voice mail! Keep them coming, really!

* We received a mountain of tweets from @Torrack1714, @shawno, @Hawgeye_ctr, @scanline75, @CkRtech, @BurghCrow78, @obelu5, @Rilandune, @HomeTownHero008, @Foqbupog, @pergosmaster, @gs01r, @Smokimus, @Cybrwolf0, @AllThingsAZ, @JCMonkeyD3, @Grindexp, @Outerlaw, @Cweirick, @GENERAL00, and @Hasteur. Thank you for your tweets. Don’t forget that you, too, can send in your thoughts via social media outlets such as FacebookGoogle+, and Twitter.

* We posed the question on Twitter asking what class would you be playing first in Reaper of Souls. We got quite a few responses. Be sure to follow our show account, @ShatteredStone, on Twitter for future Questions of the Show.

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

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

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

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

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

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* If you were wondering if anyone could possibly be angry about the pre-order and Digital Deluxe/Collector’s Edition bonuses then this is an Official Forum Thread Masterpiece Theater for you. While we can’t always promise that this segment will always make an appearance, we do love a good OFTMPT.  As always we are looking for your participation with this fun segment, send your Official Forum Thread Masterpiece Theater audio segments (or humorous forum threads) to Show@ShatteredSoulstone.com.

This episode’s Official Forum Thread Masterpiece Theater segment bed music included Rondeau from Sinfonie de Fanfares by Jean-Joseph Mouret and IMARMX by Zoe Leela.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Song of the Show:

 

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

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Nate Kenyon in a Can

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Nate Kenyon recently paid a visit to Breja’s son’s school to talk about being an author and possibly inspire/conscript the next generation of Diablo novelists. As if that wasn’t enough Breja had a chance to sit down privately and chat with him about all sorts of things and even provided us with some signed copies of Diablo III: Storm of Light. Stay tuned for details on how to obtain one!

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Timing could not have been better with the recent release of Diablo III: Storm of Light and patch 2.0. Nate Kenyon brought energy and insight in what it takes to follow your dreams and become a writer. We hope that you enjoy this special episode of Shattered Soulstone. If you have not already read Nate Kenyon’s original, we highly suggest that you do so! You can find out more about Nate Kenyon and all of his published work at natekenyon.com.

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You can hear the entirety of Nate Kenyon’s presentation when episode 60, our Reaper of Souls extravaganza, is released! The Reaper is Coming!

Episode 59 – Storm of Visual Noises

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In this episode, we are still not at full strength as our 4th Musketeer could not be in attendance on account of work. Nevertheless we press on and get down to business by discussing what we’ve been up to in-game: Jen raining down vengeance on all the demons, Nevik is spinning to win, and Breja had a close encounter of the Nate Kenyon-kind.

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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 Commander Bird, Foqbupog, and Torrack. Thank you for the emails and voice mail! Keep them coming, really!

* We received a mountain of tweets from @pergosmaster, @scanline75, @grindexp, @Torrack1714, @HomeTownHero008, @Iruga, @JCMonkeyD3, @Rilandune, @Medros, @wombat1974, @obelu5, @Jaetch, @CkRtech, @Cybrwolf0, @shawno, @Foqbupog, and our very own @nevikjames and @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 the question on Twitter asking what your favorite part of Patch 2.0.1 has been so far. We got quite a few responses and at least one laundry list (reading comprehension FTW!). Be sure to follow our show account, @ShatteredStone, on Twitter for future Questions of the Show.

* Have you submitted your story for our 100 Word Story Contest yet? Time is running out! 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 on March 21st to be considered for the 100 Word Story Contest. How many more times can we fit “100 Word Story” in to this paragraph?

* In case you’ve been living under a rock Patch 2.0.1 was dropped into our laps a month ahead of the expansion. We even held a round table to find out how some folks from the community are enjoying the patch one week in. Now that we’ve had two weeks with the patch, listen to see how the hosts are getting on with it.

* Nate Kenyon recently paid a visit to Breja’s son’s school to talk about being an author and possibly inspire/conscript the next generation of Diablo novelists. As if that wasn’t enough Breja had a chance to sit down privately and chat with him about all sorts of things and even provided us with some signed copies of Diablo III: Storm of Light. Stay tuned to for details on how to obtain one!

* You may have noticed that last episode we did not have an Official Forum Thread Masterpiece Theater for you. While we can’t always promise that this segment will always make an appearance, we do love a good OFTMPT.  As always we are looking for your participation with this fun segment, send your Official Forum Thread Masterpiece Theater audio segments (or humorous forum threads) to Show@ShatteredSoulstone.com.

This episode’s Official Forum Thread Masterpiece Theater segment bed music included Rondeau from Sinfonie de Fanfares by Jean-Joseph Mouret and Pannonia Boundless by Alexandra Vrebalov.

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

* March 25th is rapidly approaching and the reaping is almost here. Best to be ready by equipping yourself with some amazing IRL Diablo gear.

* Friend of the show and wizard extraordinaire Jaetch put together a video showcasing the amulet Halycon’s Ascent (tribute item to Deadmau5) in the final moments of the RoS closed beta.

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* Talented comic artist and podcaster Scott Johnson was inspired to pen a comic in tribute to the vitriolic community comments surrounding Diablo III and patch 2.0.1. You can’t just please everyone eh?

* If you love games and food, then you’ll love Kierpanda’s Eat. Game. Live. blog where she puts together game-inspired culinary masterpieces. Be sure to check out her Reaper of Soles (recently featured as an Artisan Showcase on the official Diablo III site) and Parsnips of Reflection dishes!

* We are over a month late in sharing Part 6 of Design a Legendary but better late than never right? This final piece of the Design a Legendary series ties everything up and focuses on the creation of the Shard of Hate and features a Q&A with Aaron Gaines, the artist responsible for the visual creation and representation of the item in-game.

* Who doesn’t love a catchy tune? How about some hip-swaying action? Jaetch decided to lighten the mood with this little Diablo-themed music video. Those hips just don’t lie folks.

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* Patch 2.0.1 has also inspired comic artist Josue Pereira of NerfNow! to put together two Diablo-related strips. Be sure to check out his strips Old Flame and Loot Themed Amusement Park!

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

Song of the Show:

The Barsternian by Irish geek-metal band Mölten Cöre is a love song to the barbarian. And let’s face it, the barbarian is amazing, really. NO, REALLY. While I haven’t found too much more by this group you can check out their YouTube channel and band member Slainester’s Soundcloud page.

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