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.

 

100 Word Story Contest
Whose story did you like the most?

 

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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* 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.

Nate Kenyon with Breja and P-Dog

* 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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* 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.

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

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 with Breja and P-Dog

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!

Nate Kenyon signing

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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Round Table – Patch 2.0.1

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Patch 2.0.1 dropped sooner than many of us expected and with it came a lot of changes to the game. Has it changed the game for the better? And how does it feel without the final pieces of the puzzle coming in Reaper of Souls? We gathered a group of voices from the Shattered Soulstone community to find out their impressions of the patch so far.

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Joining us for this round table was 9pad (@9PadGaming), Cyberwolf (@Cybrwolf0), Dr. J Dredscythe (@grindexp), Jaime (@JCMonkeyD3), Jesse (@HomeTownHero008), Scanline (@scanline75), and our very own Breja (@The_Breja).

If you couldn’t make it to our Patch 2.0.1 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

Time is counting down to the deadline of our 100 Word Story contest but there is still time to submit your Diablo-themed story! There are three requirements for this contest:

  1. Must be exactly 100 words. No more, no less.
  2. Must be Diablo-themed in some fashion.
  3. Must be emailed with the subject line “100 Word Story Contest” no later than 11:59pm PDT on March 21st, 2014.

We will be honest, it ain’t easy putting together a complete story in 100 words, but fret not. Nevik has penned an example for you …

Lightning crackled through the air and the stench of singed demon filled her nostrils. They would pay – every last one of them – for the distress they caused her perfectly arranged hair.

Her peers considered Nancy extremely vain, but what did they know? Looking your best while slaying demons was all that mattered.

Perfection was ideal; perfection was required.

“This will not do. Not do at all”, thought Nancy. “How will I ever have the time to preen with all these demons remaining to be slain?”

With renewed vigor Nancy’s hatred coursed through the air, bathing all in beautiful blue electricity.

So what could you possibly win for your efforts? How about a Shattered Soulstone t-shirt? Maybe a copy of Nate Kenyon’s novel, Diablo: Storm of Light? Or how about a set of Blizzard’s Cute But Deadly figures given out at Blizzcon 2013, autographed by all four hosts?

Note: Unfortunately this contest is only available to our North American listeners. International shipping costs are cost-prohibitive. Apologies to our world-wide fans.

This is a judged contest, so make sure you put forth your best effort! Now get writing and send your 100 word story to show@shatteredsoulstone.com!

Upcoming Patch 2.0.1 Round Table

Huzzah! After months and months of patiently waiting the much anticipated Diablo III Patch 2.0.1 is here! As a precursor to the Reaper of Souls expansion patch 2.0.1 has brought a tremendous amount of change to the game. Has it lived up to the hype? We’re inviting you to come join us and talk all things patch 2.0.1 with us!

So, how do you, the listener, participate?

As with our previous round tables we will be holding our upcoming round table on Mumble, so make sure you have Mumble installed on your computer and go through the audio setup wizard if you haven’t already done so. (The wizard is pretty easy to follow and shouldn’t take more than a couple of minutes to complete). You can find the details of our dedicated Mumble server over in the side bar.

If you would prefer to just listen in, we will – for the first time ever – be streaming the round table on Nevik’s Twitch channel. Even then, you’re still able to participate by helping steer the conversation with your impressions and questions of the patch.

So when will we be holding this Diablo III Patch 2.0.1  Round Table?

Saturday, March 1st at 2 PM Pacific / 5 PM Eastern

Make sure you clear your calendars on Saturday, March 1st at 2pm Pacific / 5pm Eastern. More than likely we won’t start EXACTLY at this time as some “pre-show” will definitely occur to loosen everyone up.

Hope to “see” you there!

 

Episode 58 – Better Late Than Never

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In this long awaited episode, we are again without our sexy-voiced Breja on account of fun-family-hijinks. After dusting off the mics we get down to business by discussing what we’ve been up to in-game: Lanntonio is still without great ‘net access and has stuck to Hearthstone, Jen nibbled on some chocolate, and Nevik finally got his barbarian up to 70 on the beta.

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In this episode:

* We read, and respond to, a mountain of emails we received from our wonderful listeners. This batch included a double-dose from our French Ambassador Master Do, wizard extraordinaire Jaetch, a voice mail from the oft-zombified Rilandune . Thank you for the emails and voice mail! Keep them coming, really!

* We received tweets from @scanline75, @Torrack1714, @JCMonkeyD3, @Cybrwolf0, @razzlebe, @GENERAL00, and @Kagerai_Leblue. 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.

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Reenactment of Diablo gaming nights in the @HomeTownHero008 household. (Not actually HomeTownHero and Razzlebe)

* Due to our unplanned brief hiatus from recording we have decided to push out the deadline for the 100 Word Story Contest! Submit your Diablo-themed 100 word stories for a chance to win prizes including Nate Kenyon’s book, Diablo III: Storm of Light, a Shattered Soulstone t-shirt, and a Cute But Deadly figure set autographed by all four hosts of the show! Send your 100 word story to Show@ShatteredSoulstone.com with “100 Word Story Contest” in the subject line by 11:59pm PST 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?

* After not having recorded an episode for nearly a month you can rest assured that there was a lot of discussion on the recent changes made on the Beta/PTR servers. From legacy enchanting to bounty rewards Nevik shared his opinions on how Reaper of Souls is shaping up.

* Earlier this month we saw the release of Nate Kenyon’s second foray into the Diablo universe with Diablo III: Storm of Light setting up the events leading into the Reaper of Souls expansion. Be sure to check out /r/Diablo’s Thunderclaww’s review of Storm of Light and interview with author Nate Kenyon and Blizzard Publishing Lead Mickey Neilson.

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* Blizzard in conjunction with Deviant Art are holding a Diablo III fan art contest with some pretty sweet prizes. Be sure to check out the rules, requirements and prizes announced on the official Diablo III website.

* In case you needed more convincing of picking up Diablo III: Storm of Light Youtube sensation Jesse Cox sat down with Nate Kenyon and Mickey Neilson to talk about Nate’s latest novel.

* Archon (the wizard) and Neinball from the BlizzPro network also had an opportunity to interview Nate Kenyon and Mickey Neilson about Nate Kenyon’s Storm of Light.

* Our good friend and wizard extraordinaire Jaetch shared some hilarity that recently happened in the official wizard forums. It all starts off with a post titled: “[Guide] Wizard AH3 for Better or Worse” which was trolled by Wired. Somehow the fun didn’t end there and ended up spilling into an entirely different and unrelated thread. Jaetch also highly recommends checking out Changbooster’s first and second post in the thread.

* If you’re looking for a Monk build to try out once Reaper of Souls goes live in late March check out LastSoul’s Lightning Monk.

* With patch 2.0.1 on the horizon you might be interested in a Barbarian build that will work at the new highest difficulty setting, Torment VI. Providing that you hit a massive lucky streak you might be able to take KAuss Storm’s Whirlwind barb out for a SPIN.

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

Song of the Show:

Everyone loves to remix the Tristram theme and I don’t think we could ever possibly get sick of hearing them. This time we bring you Pascal Michael Stiefel’s (otherwise known as Plasma 3 Music) Tristram theme remixed and retooled to fit within the Diablo III cinematic trailer. To hear more from Plasma 3 Music be sure to check out his Soundcloud page and YouTube channel.

Have a Diablo III related comment, question, story, or rant that you’d like to share with all of us? Send your email, or short audio comment, to Show@ShatteredSoulstone.com.

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Episode 57 – Don’t Forget to Wipe Your Stash

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

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In this episode:

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

* We received tweets from @Foqbupog, @VictorCarlstedt, @Hawgeye_CTR, @JCMonkeyD3, @Rilandune, and @IAmCaptainSocks. Thank you for your tweets. Don’t forget that you, too, can send in your thoughts via social media outlets such as FacebookGoogle+, and Twitter.

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

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

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

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

* If you missed your episodical dose of OFTMPT last episode we come to you with an exceptionally long segment that strays from our tongue-in-cheek norm. Prepare yourselves for a long haul, this episode’s OFTMPT weighs in over thirty-five minutes long. Might we suggest a glass of red, red wine? As always we are looking for your participation with this fun segment, send your Official Forum Thread Masterpiece Theater audio segments (or humorous forum threads) to Show@ShatteredSoulstone.com.

This episode’s Official Forum Thread Masterpiece Theater segment bed music included Rondeau from Sinfonie de Fanfares by Jean-Joseph Mouret and assorted tracks from the Diablo III soundtrack.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Song of the Show:

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

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