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Episode 90 – Rifts Gone Pear-Shaped

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In our 90th episode, we keep to the dynamic duo formula although this time around we substitute in our dear allergy-sufferer herself Jen! After catching up with Jen we get down to business and talk about what we’ve been up to: Jen has been keeping her crusade rolling, and Nevik kept getting terminated (his games on the PTR at least).

In this episode:

* For the first time in a long time we did not receive a single email! Might have been related to the delayed release of ep89 and recording ep90 only a day later. Nevertheless, listener participation has been absolutely amazing and is primarily why we do this show, so keep them coming! We WILL get to all the emails we receive, even if occasionally we have to push a few to the next episode. Send in your stories of RNGesus triumph to Show@ShatteredSoulstone.com!

* We received a more moderate amount of tweets from @CruentusRelic, @Diablo, @josukeshair, @shawno, @Kherova, @RealTimeFM, @Loremaster_Omki, @NeinballGamer, and @guerilla_law. 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.

* With Patch 2.3 bringing in Torment 7-10 we posed the question on Twitter asking how you felt about their addition. Be sure to follow the show account, @ShatteredStone, on Twitter for future Questions of the Show.

* We take a trip down memory lane thanks to a tweet (seemingly out of time) from @RealTimeFM (aka Rioriel) asking where he could find those pesky Pages of Jewelcrafting (!!).

* We lost a legendary icon of the gaming industry this past weekened. Satoru Iwata, President and CEO of Nintendo, passed on Saturday, July 11th. He will be missed, but never forgotten.

Image courtesy of Kotaku & Gawker Media.

 

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* Come Patch 2.3 Slow-rolling” Greater Rifts will be a thing of the past. Flux, from Diabloii.net, shares his experiences and thoughts from the PTR with this change.

* Fresh from the PTR we bring a pair of Hammerdin videos for you to enjoy: TryHardGaming’s Hammerdin and Leviathan’s Hammer Spammer Crusader.

Other Entertainment/Games:

* #GETHYPE! The world’s largest fighting game tournament, Evo’15, is happening THIS WEEKEND! You can watch all of the action over at the Twitch Evo event page.

* Looking for a nice night of binge Nextflix’ng? Nevik recently watched SyFy’s mini-series, Ascension, and gave it two big thumbs up.

* Never forgotten.

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Episode 89 – Up Late with BONUS DUCKS

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In our 89th episode, our odd couple of Nevik and Breja return after a brief week off for the holidays. After some slices of life we get down to business and talk about what we’ve been up to: Nevik managed to briefly hop on the PTR, and Breja nearly had his follower get him killed.

In this episode:

* We read and respond to a bunch of emails from Ruuak, Rilandune, Saldarya, and frequent contributor Funktropus. As if that wasn’t enough we also received another audio from Kagerai Leblue. Listener participation has been absolutely amazing and is primarily why we do this show, so keep them coming! We WILL get to all the emails we receive, even if occasionally we have to push a few to the next episode. Send in your stories of RNGesus triumph to Show@ShatteredSoulstone.com!

* We received a more moderate amount of tweets from @HomeTownHero008, @Rilandune, @EYedgar0111, @Kherova, @josukeshair, @gorgonzer, @shawno, @N3rdwards, and @grindexp. Thank you for your tweets. Don’t forget that you, too, can send in your thoughts via social media outlets such as FacebookGoogle+, and Twitter.

* With the Patch 2.3 PTR in full swing we posed the question on Twitter asking what about the patch has you most excited. Be sure to follow the show account, @ShatteredStone, on Twitter for future Questions of the Show.

* Have you been able to sink any time in to the Patch 2.3 PTR? Breja and Nevik haven’t had much luck, but never fear! We shall persevere and bring our own unique perspectives on everything in Patch 2.3 for the duration of the PTR before it hits the live servers.

* Speaking of perspectives, Nevik has slightly warmed on the addition of Torment VII through Torment X. He isn’t alone as Flux, from Diabloii.net, shared his brief thoughts on the new difficulty levels. What say you? Are you looking forward to being able to run the rough equivalent of Greater Rift 45 while doing bounties? Share your thoughts by emailing the show at Show@ShatteredSoulstone.com.

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* D3Planner.com has been updated with support for the Kanai’s Cube. In case you find yourself in a long queue you can head on over and mess around with the planner to get your fix?

* Another week, another Play Your Way Thursday build; this time Corvid’s Bubble Trouble Wizard build was featured.

* Transmog has been a popular feature and now in addition to Lt. Lunatic’s weekly transmog article on Blizzpro there is a new site dedicated entirely to Diablo transmog, D3Transmog.com.

* As you might expect, the YouTube video coverage of Patch 2.3 has been extremely active. This week we highlight TryHard Gaming’s overview of Kanai’s Cube, Meathead Mikhail’s overview of the changes to Nephalem/Greater Rifts, and finally Quin C’s overview of the new monk set, Uliana’s Stratagem.

* Ever wonder what 10 attacks per second would look like? Well Boka Jipooki achieved such a feat. It’s completely not viable for high-level play, but that doesn’t diminish the accomplishment. Well done sir, well done.

* Blizzard’s Heroes of the Storm DeviantArt contest has been narrowed down to 25 amazing semi-finalists. We don’t envy the judges as every piece is amazing in its own right. (For all 2000+ entries head on over to DeviantArt’s Heroes contest gallery)

 

* You’ve heard us sing the praises of TamplierPainter before, but let’s follow it up with one of his speed paint videos of Imperius. Absolutely amazing work and it’s mind-blowing watching the entire process.

Other Entertainment/Games:

* Knights, Knights, Knights of Sidonia … Ah, Ah, Ah

* Isn’t Clive Own just so dreamy? While not the greatest fantasy movie ever, Last Knights is worth the rental.

* Happy Fourth of July! 1776 is an annual tradition in the Breja household. Looks fun?

* Seems the Terminator franchise keeps re-writing itself with this latest entry: Terminator: Genisys.

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Episode 88 – Can I 2.3?

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In our 88th episode, our odd couple of Nevik and Breja are back following the announcement of the Patch 2.3 being deployed to the PTR Soon™. After containing our excitement we get down to business and talk about what we’ve been up to: Nevik finally ran into the hand-talker in-game, and Breja his poisonous pursuit of puke doctoring.

In this episode:

* We read and respond to a bunch of emails from Sajjad, Saldarya, Master Do, Cybrwolf, and frequent contributor Funktropus. As if that wasn’t enough we also received another audio from Kagerai Leblue. Listener participation has been absolutely amazing and is primarily why we do this show, so keep them coming! We WILL get to all the emails we receive, even if occasionally we have to push a few to the next episode. Send in your stories of RNGesus triumph to Show@ShatteredSoulstone.com!

* We received a more moderate amount of tweets from @CruentusRelic, @Kherova, @TheWMWorkshop, @EYedgar0111, @WrimRimbaug, @PaidtoKill5440, @Walkman8, @HomeTownHero008, @Kagerai_Leblue, @pergosmaster, @guerilla_law, @Rilandune, and @grindexp. Thank you for your tweets. Don’t forget that you, too, can send in your thoughts via social media outlets such as FacebookGoogle+, and Twitter.

* Prior to the Patch 2.3 PTR Preview we posed the question on Twitter asking when you thought the PTR would appear. Be sure to follow the show account, @ShatteredStone, on Twitter for future Questions of the Show.

* Just a week ago the Diablo news was an arid landscape. Then the skies grew dark and a torrential downpour of MEGATON news flooded our hearts and minds. Finally the hype train is back with the preview of what is to come in Patch 2.3. With so many different facets to the long-awaited patch it is going to take some time to digest everything. So much to wrap our heads around. Are YOU excited? We are!

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* Diablo cosplayers continue to impress us with Kyos-girl’s Caldeum Nobility costume. You can find more of her work on her DeviantArt page.

* Arguably overshadowed by the PTR preview there was more news that slipped out from the Diablo team: Grimiku posted a new round of FRESH MEAT n’ GREETS (Barbarian, Crusader, Demon Hunter, Monk, Witch Doctor, Wizard), Drothvader’s “Wrath of the Thundergod” Crusader build was featured for Play Your Way Thursday, and the VOD for the Play Your Way Thursday Round 8 Livestream was made available.

* Ready to pucker your But Whole? If not, maybe you shouldn’t watch this HC 3 player clear of GR65 good enough for world #1.

* Kanai’s Cube promises to shake things up quite a bit and Flux over at Diabloii.net has some thoughts on just a few of the possibilities that this amazing cube (honoring fallen Blizzard artist Kevin K Griffith) has.

* Hell hath frozen over … sorta. Kierpanda is back at it with another Diablo-themed recipe with her Burning Hells Popsicles found at EatGameLive.com.

Other Entertainment/Games:

* In other Blizzard game news, Patch 6.2 Fury of Hellfire launched last week for World of Warcraft. It hits a bunch of nostalgia notes while remaining fresh … and promises the return of flight Soon™.

* Greatest cartoon EVER? HECK YA. Greatest TV show EVER? Maybe. If you have never experienced Avatar: The Last Airbender you owe it to yourself to binge on it.

* While Square managed to blunder their early access to the first Final Fantasy XIV expansion Heavensward, Nevik persevered and sunk more time in to it than anything else since the last episode. If you’re a fan of the Final Fantasy series and don’t mind MMO trappings, XIV might be worth your time investment.

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Episode 87 – The Diablo E3 Show

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In our 87th episode, we are slightly later than usual thanks to E3 (we’re gaming geeks after all) and welcome back Breja for a short respite from his many business trips. After almost going off-the-rails early on we get down to business and talk about what we’ve been up to: Breja is clawing back up the Torment levels with his 3rd hardcore puke doctor, and Nevik continues to be denied by Kadala.

In this episode:

 

* We read and respond to a trio of emails from first time emailer Anthony, friend of the show Fimlys, and frequent contributor Funktropus. Listener participation has been absolutely amazing and is primarily why we do this show, so keep them coming! We WILL get to all the emails we receive, even if occasionally we have to push a few to the next episode. Send in your stories of RNGesus triumph to Show@ShatteredSoulstone.com!

* We received a more moderate amount of tweets from @RaiderGang941, @Kherova, @CHawk015, @Walkman8, @pergosmaster, @Kagerai_Leblue, @BrentDoomfield, @scanline75, @CruentusRelic, @celtherapy and @EYedgar0111. 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.

* Now that we are possibly maybe halfway through season 3 we posed the question on Twitter asking whether or not your original plans for season 3 have changed. Be sure to follow the show account, @ShatteredStone, on Twitter for future Questions of the Show.

* Can you see the tumble weeds rolling by? We are fully fledged in an information drought on the Diablo front. Things are about to change, right? That isn’t to say that there has been nothing coming out of Team 3 with a video of the Diablo III DeviantArt contest winner visiting Blizzard HQ, the 8th Play Your Way Thursday Livestream, and the Battle.net friend list cap has been Jay Wilson’d.

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* We have a pair of record breaking Greater Rift clears for you. First up is Groin83’s #1 HC barbarian GR56 clear. Also Zero Empathy is back at it with a new record 4p GR74 clear.

* If you are looking for a way to play Diablo I there is a Starcraft Arcade mod named the Mortal Shroud developed by Ahli that attempts to recreate the D1 experience.

* Looking for a high GR build for those puke loving doctors KaribVII’s Carnevil build should be viable for you at GR55+ levels. YouTuber Rhykker puts this build to the test and manages to clear a GR59.

* Finally we leave you with some amazing Demon Hunter cosplay by Dario

Other Entertainment/Games:

* IS THIS REAL LIFE? The Last Guardian has not yet died. There’s still hope!

* Once again we find ourselves excited about Heroes of the Storm: Eternal Conflict. Soon after the Butcher is available King Leoric, the Skeleton King, will be joining the Heroes roster. AND OMG THE MONK IS COMING TOO!

* And while we’re on the topic of Heroes, Nevik mentioned an episode of Into the Nexus that had a humorous take on the Angelic Diablo skin.

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Episode 86 – Stone Cold Shawno Austin

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In our 86th episode, we welcome back Jen and Lanntonio and even bring on the man who makes us all sound good, Shawno. After sounding like a bunch of old people we get down to business and talk about what we’ve been up to: Lanntonio had a blast leveling up a Demon Hunter, Jen continued to chase the seasonal rewards, and Nevik leveled a ton of gems.

In this episode:

* We have launched a Patreon campaign to make it easy for our listeners to keep this show running at the quality level and frequency that you, our beloved listeners, have come to expect. Help support the show!

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* We read and respond to a solitary email from frequent contributor Funktropus. Listener participation has been absolutely amazing and is primarily why we do this show, so keep them coming! We WILL get to all the emails we receive, even if occasionally we have to push a few to the next episode. Send in your stories of RNGesus triumph to Show@ShatteredSoulstone.com!

* We received a more moderate amount of tweets from @CkRtech, @scanline75, @Cybrwolf0, @JeremyTStevens, @Kherova, @BryzeeD3, and @josukeshair. 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.

* With the recent release of Heroes of the Storm we posed the question on Twitter to find out what character(s) from the Diablo universe our listeners are hoping to see in Heroes. Be sure to follow the show account, @ShatteredStone, on Twitter for future Questions of the Show.

* Is Season 3 overstaying its welcome? Sentiment is growing that maybe 4 months is too long. What say you? Share your thoughts on your ideal length for a season.

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* Our very own Nevik was a guest host over episode 53 of the Westmarch Workshop. Amazingly enough Nevik and Neinball were able to fill out two hours (and then some including pre/post) with barely a shred of Diablo news. This episode also marked the last time Leviathan’s Twitch and YouTube channels were used for the live show. Going forward you can catch the latest on Blizzpro’s Twitch channel for the live shows and their YouTube channel for the VODs.

* If you’re wondering what happened to Diablo.IncGamers they have (again) ventured out in to the independent fan-site landscape with their former parent site being absorbed into another. You can find all of your Flux-e-goodness at Diabloii.net once more.

* Normally we would share Heroes news/links in our Other Entertainment/Games section, but with the announcement of Heroes of the Storm: Eternal Conflict and the focus on the Diablo universe it’s only fitting to treat it as “almost Diablo news”. Right?

Other Entertainment/Games:

* Samuel L Jackson. Anything else need be said? ^^;;; Okay, okay. Kingsman got the thumbs up from Lanntonio and Nevik is eagerly waiting for it to be digitally rentable (note: it is now!).

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Episode 85 – Sleep-Deprived Nevik Poppins

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In our 85th episode, Nevik holds down the fort with both Jen and Lanntonio out-of-commission and with Breja being in Phoenix, Arizona. Nevik quickly gets down to business and talk about what he’s been up to: lone-wolfing it up as a werewolf in Diablo II and honoring fallen clan-mate’s season 3 HC Demon Hunter by dipping his toes into the world of HC Demon Huntering.

In this episode:

* We read and respond to emails from Ruuak and Rilandune as well as a pair of emails from Funktropus. Listener participation has been absolutely amazing and is primarily why we do this show, so keep them coming! We WILL get to all the emails we receive, even if occasionally we have to push a few to the next episode. Send in your stories of RNGesus triumph to Show@ShatteredSoulstone.com!

* We received a bunch of tweets (as you might) from @Kherova, @scanline75, @Kagerai_Leblue, @EYedgar0111, @HomeTownHero008, @Rilandune, @Walkman8, @LtLunatic22, @BryzeeD3, @Shepherd_Sieja, and Papa Kangaroo himself, @Medros. 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.

* With the recent Diablo II: Lord of Destruction ladder reset we were curious if anyone else was planning on taking a trip down Nostalgia Lane. Being as curious as we always are, we posed the question on Twitter to see if any of our listeners did and what class(es) they went with. Be sure to follow the show account, @ShatteredStone, on Twitter for future Questions of the Show.

* As Diablo III matures and new shinies are added to the game there has been a noticeable amount of power creep allowing many players to attain new heights in demon slaying. Is power creep beneficial? Or is it detrimental? Nevik talks about his thoughts and feelings on the subject, but what say you? Let us know your opinions on power creep.

* In case you haven’t yet made the jump to Reaper of Souls and are still running with Chocolate you may have noticed that as of Patch 2.2.1 Myriam decided to make an appearance in town; giving everyone** access to enchanting and transmog for their gear. ** Nevik inadvertently implied this change came to PS3/360 DIII/ROS owners, this is not the case as neither version has received any post-launch support. 

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* It is with heavy hearts that we found out that our good friend, Leviathan, is stepping down from his duties at Blizzpro and as a co-host of the fantastic Westmarch Workshop podcast. We will miss hearing his voice grace the show, but his decision to step down was for all of the right reasons and wish him all the best with his future endeavors.

* Blizzard’s official Play Your Way Thursday series continues with two new highlighted builds: Happyfeet’s “Stone Age” Barbarian and Demon Coyote’s “Speed-of-Lightning Ninja” Monk.

* Rebjorn79 put together a video demonstrating that there are variations of the Wizard Tal Rasha’s build that are viable at high level Greater Rifts. This variant employs the use of Wave of Force to keep baddies off of his wizard as he teleports around and rains meteors down.

* Looking to hit #1 on the leaderboards? Heisenberg shared the secret to success with his thread How to Get Rank #1 Solo World.

* While Nevik didn’t go deep on the discussion (this week at least) on group play vs solo play, the debate continues to rage on and Flux over at Diablo.IncGamers shared some of his thoughts on it.

* Lt. Lunatic from Blizzpro is back at it again with Transmog Tuesday #11 featuring a Demon Hunter transmog submitted by one of their readers; why not submit yours?

* Finally we leave you with a video of Jastrun’s Shadow of Diablo painting; the final product is really impressive, even if the video is … well … all over the place?

Other Entertainment/Games:

* JOHANNA IS HERE! Well, in Heroes of the Storm, that is. AND SHE IS AMAZING! If you’re looking to share your wrath in the Nexus be sure to check out her spotlight video highlighting her kit and playstyle.

* Speaking of Heroes, Smosh Games recently released their Honest Trailer for Heroes of the Storm. It’s quite humorous!

Song of the Show:

It’s a lovefest for Heroes of the Storm and for this episode what better way to celebrate the launch of Heroes than by featuring another one of Dan Bull’s lyrical masterpieces, Heroes of the Storm Rap. You can find more of Dan Bull’s work on YouTube and follow him on Twitter and Facebook.

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Episode 84 – Cheesesteaks in Paradise

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In our 84th episode, we are back to our more regular routine – unfortunately without Jen – and after an interesting pre-show we get down to business and talk about what we’ve been up to: Nevik is still undecided on what to roll for the D2 ladder reset, Breja is recovering from his triple RIP, and Lanntonio continues to work on his barbarian.

In this episode:

* We read and respond to emails from Funktropus and LotusGH, as well as an audio from Rilandune. Listener participation has been absolutely amazing and is primarily why we do this show, so keep them coming! We WILL get to all the emails we receive, even if occasionally we have to push a few to the next episode. Send in your stories of RNGesus triumph to Show@ShatteredSoulstone.com!

* We received a bunch of tweets (as you might) from @Kherova (19 tweets!), @Tatt00ed76, @celtherapy, @EYedgar0111, @sastewart111, @Rilandune, @Torrack1714, @HomeTownHero008, @scanline75, @shawno, and our own @QueenofHaiku. Thank you for your tweets. Don’t forget that you, too, can send in your thoughts via social media outlets such as FacebookGoogle+, and Twitter.

* With season 3 in full swing we posed a question on Twitter asking what your unicorn is this season. Be sure to follow the show on Twitter to participate in future Questions of the Show.

* We talk a bit more in detail about UI mods (more inline with World of Warcraft’s add-ons) and whether or not the game needs them, or would benefit from them. Obviously there is always room for improvement, but how do you feel? Let us know by sending your thoughts to Show@ShatteredSoulstone.com.

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* For Diablo III’s 3rd anniversary Kierpanda of EatGameLive.com created another Diablo-themed culinary dish, Greater Rift Keys. They look absolutely delicious!

* Another week, another new record 4 player Greater Rift clear. This time ZeroEmpathy managed to clear a GR71. Madness. Absolute madness.

* If you haven’t been fortunate enough to have a well-rolled In-Geom and are looking to Dashing Strike all over the place all the time, be sure to check out Nastuma Z’s video guide of BigFluff’s Fiery Dash Monk.

* If you’re planning on jumping in to the new Diablo II ladder reset and haven’t played in a long time – or at all – there’s a fantastic forum thread highlighting 54 things you might need to know about D2.

Other Entertainment/Games:

* Just remember folks, if you’re using literally in a sentence, it better actually be factually accurate.

* Breja highly recommends the board game, Betrayal at House on the Hill. It sounds like a lot of fun.

* Will Lost Ark Online live up to its debut trailer? It certainly looks gorgeous and fun to play, but only time will tell how it all pans out. Until then, salivate over this …

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Call to Arms: Diablo II Ladder Reset

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You’ve heard us mention that there’s going to be a Diablo II: Lord of Destruction ladder reset on May 26th, 2015. You’ve also heard us mention that many of us in the Shattered Soulstone community are going to be using this opportunity as a diversion from the Season 3 grind and revisit the game that sparked our addiction. You may have even heard us casually mention that we will be rolling hardcore characters for the new ladder. What you haven’t heard are the specific details on how we are going to coordinate our efforts to take a trip down memory lane together.

WONDER NO LONGER!

While there are no clan systems nor communities built in to Diablo II, we do have the modern advances of our Mumble server and this website to at least give folks some idea on how to play together. Obviously the BEST way to play together is to hop on Mumble, especially since we’re playing Hardcore and we highly encourage everyone to hop on…

It’s A LOT MORE FUN to be on Mumble while playing. (Mumble server details can be found in the sidebar)

Beyond that we will be concentrating our efforts on the US East servers and if you’re looking for a Shattered Soulstone game, we encourage everyone to use “SScast Game #” syntax to help identify and coordinate group play. Should we need to employ password protection to keep our games spam-bot free, we also encourage game creators to use “redredwine” as the password.

We’re not quite sure how long our interest with stay with Diablo II, but suffice to say most of us will at least clear Normal, maybe Nightmare. Doubt many of us in the community will have the wherewithal to climb to 99, but who knows!

Now, if you’re not big into reading, let’s give you the TLDR;

  • May 26th, 2015 Diablo II: Lord of Destruction ladder reset
  • Playing on US East servers
  • Ladder Hardcore characters
  • Use Mumble to coordinate
  • Game naming convention: SScast Game #
  • Passwords for games (if needed): redredwine

 

Episode 83 – Neinball, Corner Pocket

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

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

In this episode:

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

* We received a bunch of tweets (as you might) from @sastewart111, @scanline75, @Kherova, @TheMerlen, @GrandNagus1, @PaidtoKill5440, @Cybrwolf0, @HomeTownHero008, @Squirrelfreak83, @Kagerai_Leblue, and our own @QueenofHaiku. Thank you for your tweets. Don’t forget that you, too, can send in your thoughts via social media outlets such as FacebookGoogle+, and Twitter.

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

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

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

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

* For Diablo III’s 3rd Anniversary there’s a Cowspiracy going around. Reports of angry bipedal bovine are coming in. Have you HERD any of these rumors? Surely there must be some MOOSTEAK. WE NEED YOUR HELP! Your participation can ensure that this fun segment makes an appearance every show. Send your Official Forum Thread Masterpiece Theater audio segments (or humorous forum threads) to Show@ShatteredSoulstone.com.

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* Blizzard in conjunction with Thinkgeek are holding a BREAK THE BANK giveaway where you can win one of ten Treasure Goblin money banks. They look amazing and you still have some time to enter before the May 25th deadline.

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

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

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

Other Entertainment/Games:

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

Song of the Show:

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

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Episode 82 – Boob Physics for your Earballs

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In our 82nd episode, we pull a little switch-a-roo with our beloved Jen feeling well enough to return to fill in for our MIA jiggle-master Breja. After catching up with Jen and her on-going struggles with allergens we get down to business and talk about what we’ve been up to: Lanntonio is playing more than ever before, Jen hit 70 with a seasonal character faster than ever before, and Nevik being more Nevik-like than ever before.

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

In this episode:

* As mentioned in episode 81 we had to push a pair of emails we due to time constraints. Listener participation has been absolutely amazing and is primarily why we do this show, so keep them coming! We WILL get to all the emails we receive, even if occasionally we have to push a few to the next episode. Send in your stories of RNGesus triumph to Show@ShatteredSoulstone.com!

* We received a bunch of tweets (as you might) from @BrentDoomfield, @Kagerai_Leblue, @pergosmaster, @BlizzconCD, @scanline75, @Rilandune, @Hawgeye_CTR, @GrandNagus1, @Kherova, @josukeshair, @EYedgar0111, @sastewart111, and @Shepherd_Sieja. 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 gaming guilty pleasures are. We weren’t very timely with throwing the question out there, so we’re carrying it over to our next show. Be sure to follow the show on Twitter to participate in future Questions of the Show.

* Prompted by one of crazy listeners that is going through our archive of shows we discuss at length as to whether we feel that Diablo III has hit that vintage point that DII:LoD achieved long ago. Certainly not an easy question to answer, but we give it our best. What say you? Let us know!

* As you spend more and more time in rifts you may notice that not all monsters are created equal in terms of progression. In fact, some troublesome and/or deadly types of monsters can be worth very little rift progression whereas some slow-moving and easily-dispatched monsters are worth an amazing amount of progression. WHAT. THE. HECK? Right? Well until we see some balance changes made VocaloidNyan put together a list of monsters and their corresponding rift progression values. Let us know your thoughts and opinions on these monster rift progression disparities: Show@ShatteredStoulstone.com.

* HAPPY BIRTHDAY DIABLO III! In honor of this occasion we decided to do something special with this episode’s Official Forum Thread Masterpiece Theater. We decided to take a stroll down memory lane and reminisce about everyone’s favorite error code of the past: Error 37. WE NEED YOUR HELP! Your participation can ensure that this fun segment makes an appearance every show. Send your Official Forum Thread Masterpiece Theater audio segments (or humorous forum threads) to Show@ShatteredSoulstone.com.

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* In case you found VocaloidNyan’s monster rift progression list hard to process/read, Flux, over at Diablo.IncGamers, put together the information in a more easily-digested tabled format.

* If you’re still relatively new to running rifts, and/or haven’t run many of them some of the rift guardians may seem difficult to overcome … or at the very least difficult to read on when certain attacks patterns are coming your way. AOD Gaming is putting together a 3-part Rift Guardian Survival Guide with Part One and Part Two available now.

* Play Your Way Thursday is back with another installment this time featuring Schlagenbob’s Fiery Rain Demon Hunter. THIS BUILD IS HOT! HOT! HOT!

* So maybe Nevik should have hedged his bets a little more with predicting that we might see Patch 2.2.1 (a bug fix patch mostly) this week. Nevertheless you can check the brief PTR Patch 2.2.1 Notes to see what exactly this minor patch includes.

* Blizzard is looking for some focused feedback on the functionality of the Wardrobe (added in Patch 2.2). Could it possibly be expanded to store gear sets and build layouts? Have your own ideas? Chime in on the thread and let the devs know!

* Rejoice! Heroes of the Storm is adding another hero from the Diablo universe. Johanna, the Crusader, looks amazing and we can’t wait to try her out!

Other Entertainment/Games:

* Queue crickets …

Song of the Show:

We continue the birthday celebration and remembrance of Error 37 by bringing you LadyGameLyric’s parody song immortalizing the infamous error code. Featuring a soothing backtrack LadyGameLyric’s luminous vocals contrast against this dark time for the Diablo franchise. Be sure to check out her extensive library of work on YouTube as well as on Soundcloud. You can also follow her on a multitude of social media sites: Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and even Tumblr.

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