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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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Episode 81 – Summoning Leviathan

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In our 81st episode, we brought in a Leviathan as a guest host to substitute for our still allergy-suffering co-joey Jen. After a very brief force-filled introduction we get down to business and talk about what we’ve been up to: Leviathan has been doing work with a Demon Hunter, Breja is still chasing his unicorn… a RoRG, and Nevik has been moonlighting as a Crusader.

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 were joined by Leviathan of BlizzPro’s Westmarch Workshop to help with the heavy-lifting of hosting the show. Following our typical catching up at the top of the show, Nevik virtually sits down with Leviathan to get to know more about the robot behind the robot?

* As mentioned in episode 80 we had to push a few of the emails (and an audio) we received from our wonderful listeners due to time constraints (and Nevik technical failings). Then we received even more, and as you might have guessed, we had to push those emails to episode 82. 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 @playrider2, @Kherova, @Skullbash1241, @EYedgar0111, @CruentusRelic, @pergosmaster, @josukeshair, @N3rdwards, @KeeperofAlts, @Kagerai_Leblue, @eG_acefisher1, @CkRtech, @scanline75, and our very own @Lanntonio and @QueenofHaiku. Thank you for your tweets. Don’t forget that you, too, can send in your thoughts via social media outlets such as FacebookGoogle+, and Twitter.

* We posed the question on Twitter asking how your seasonal progression has been going. Achieved a new personal best? We wanted to know. Be sure to follow the show on Twitter to participate in future Questions of the Show.

* One issue that seems to be growing in volume is the disparity of solo play versus playing with a group. We discuss, at length, our own opinions and thoughts on this issue and its affect on season play and the community in general. And then if that wasn’t enough, we received a 10 minute audio from our good friend @Kagerai_Leblue sharing his musings on how the issue affects him.

* Seemingly out-of-the-blue the 7th Play Your Way Thursday happened and a few nuggets of what we can expect coming in the future were dropped in our laps. In case you missed the live broadcast of the stream, the Video On Demand has been made available.

* Are you planning on attending Blizzcon 2015? Even if you aren’t, you can still participate and enter 3 of the 4 contests that we are familiar with. Be sure to read up on all of the details and deadlines should you feel saucy enough to enter.

* After two straight shows our beloved segment, Official Forum Thread Masterpiece Theater, appearing we were not able to record one in time to be included in this episode. 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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* Wesley, what about the ROUSes?

* That’s it. We can all stop playing Diablo III proper and just spend all of our time gambling for virtual ancient weapons with the amazing Kadala Gambling Simulator.

* You may have noticed a fairly large undercurrent of Final Fantasy love in this episode, this is largely thanks to a very special Crusader transmog featured over at BlizzPro. A CRUSADER COSPLAYING AS A DRAGOON? YESSSH.

* Prompted by listener, @josukeshair, we dug up all that we could about the old podcast, the Worldstone Keep. While the show has long gone cold, you can still take a trip down memory-lane and watch/listen to their old shows on YouTube. Mayhaps one day this show will resurface? Keep an eye out on their Facebook group.

Other Entertainment/Games:

* Boom! Dragons! AND DRAGOONS! Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward is right around the corner.

* Avengers: Age of Ultron was absolutely amazing. Go see it. JUST DO IT.

* After a false-start Nevik finally started understanding, and enjoying, Shadow of Mordor. While this game flies in the faces of Tolkien purists, it’s an amazing game and you can probably pick it up on the cheap!

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Episode 80 – Big Spoon

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In our 80th episode, we are still down a Jen – THANKS ALLERGENS – yet we persevere with our promise to switch to a weekly format/schedule. After some soundboard-on-a-mobile-phone shenanigans we get down to business and talk about what we’ve been up to: Lanntonio finally has some rank 25+ gems, Nevik FINALLY slaughtered some cows, and Breja has already surpassed paragon 100 with his hardcore seasonal puke doctor!

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 79 we had to push all the emails we received from our wonderful listeners due to time constraints. Then we received even more, and as you might have guessed, we had to push those emails to episode 81. 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 @Torrack1714, @Nogumebearsteve, @grindexp, @scanline75, @Shepherd_Sieja, @Kagerai_Leblue, @Hawgeye_CTR, @Kherova, and @sastewart111. 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 soliciting your opinions on ancient weapons. Love them? Hate them? We wanted to know. Be sure to follow the show on Twitter to participate in future Questions of the Show.

* Alkaizer put together some ideas and suggestions for the future of Diablo III and we discuss a few of the ideas he shared as well as a few of our own. Do you have something you would love to see in Diablo III? Let us know!

* For two shows in a row our beloved segment, Official Forum Thread Masterpiece Theater, makes another appearance. BUT 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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* If you were lucky enough to score tickets to Blizzcon and have nothing to do the Thursday night before the con, we have an idea for you. Con Before the Storm (formerly known in years past as World of Podcasts) is running a Kickstarter campaign to make this amazing event EVEN BIGGER THAN LAST YEAR … if that’s even possible ^^;

* Blizzard Watch lore master Matthew Rossi is back at again with another Diablo-themed Know Your Lore (Tinfoil Hat Edition) focusing on the potential storyline of what we might see in a second expansion for Diablo III.

* Popular Diablo III Twitch streamer DatModz, for funsies, leveled a fresh monk from 1 to 70 in ~66 seconds. Why? Why not? It was for fun.

* Wizards are in a really good place right now thanks to the changes to the Tal Rasha’s set and our good friend – and wizard extraordinaire – Jaetch put together a video guide of a “Melee” Tal Rasha Wizard build. It looks like a lot of fun!

* Blizzfront is an amazing and useful Blizzard news curator that is extremely mobile friendly. Bookmark it on your smart phones to keep up-to-date on all of the Blizzard goings-ons while on the go!

* T. Mac has another take on the GOD MODE MONK with his GOD MODE wizard video guide. As with other “god mode” builds, this one centers on having an In-Geom. It’s an amazing sword (so as long as it rolls at least 9 seconds).

* Finally, we leave you with this, a HC 4 player Greater Rift 60 clear. YUP. GR60. HARCCORE. Power creep *IS* real ^^;

Other Entertainment/Games:

* While some of the hosts may not be fans of the Halo series, at least Nevik is. Not only does Nevik love the games, but he also enjoys the expanded universe and lore of Microsoft’s Halo series. Unfortunately the movie, Halo: Nightfall, was a big bag of MEH. If you’re a diehard Halo-fan, you may enjoy this … but you can skip it, if you want.

Song of the Show:

Our other beloved segment makes its triumphant return and what better way to celebrate its return than by featuring the latest sick lyrics from our good friend Melkor(ious). Melkor is back with Forum Warriors: State of the Union and as always is an impressive display of lyrical dexterity. Check out more of Melkor’s work over at his YouTube channel.

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Episode 79 – It’s About Damn Tim

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In our 79th episode, we are unfortunately, once again, down a Jen. THANKS ALLERGENS. Yet we are 4 strong after wrangling in Tim, from the Kulle Story Bro podcast, to guest host. After some discussion about what we beverages we were enjoying we get down to business and talk about what we’ve been up to: Tim delves into the world of magic and wizardry, Breja is not a fan of the hardcore Demon Hunter, Nevik has been dashing through the paragon levels, and Lanntonio is once again a holy Crusader.

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In this episode:

* We received a BUNCH of emails but due to time constraints we had to push these emails off until episode 80. We love to hear stories of triumph or tragedy from our listeners, so send in yours to Show@ShatteredSoulstone.com!

* We received a metric ton of tweets (as you might) from @eG_acefisher1, @Kagerai_Leblue, @shawno, @scanline75, @Sic_4_Life, @Kherova, @sastewart111, @HomeTownHero008, @Shepherd_Sieja, @ScottyGBear, @Squirrelfreak83, @Walkman8, @NeinballGamer, @josukeshair, @EYedgar0111, @Daddy_Puffin, @Yugis_Pokemon4u, @GrandNagus1, @CruentusRelic, @Torrack1714, and our very own @QueenofHaiku. Thank you for your tweets. Don’t forget that you, too, can send in your thoughts via social media outlets such as FacebookGoogle+, and Twitter.

* We posed the question on Twitter over a month ago and then went on an impromptu hiatus (scheduling issues) so while not as timely as we anticipated, we still wanted to know what your plans for season 3 were. Be sure to follow the show on Twitter to participate in future Questions of the Show.

* Patch 2.2 and Season 3 has come! We discuss our progress, triumphs, and loot luck from the almighty RNGesus. We also briefly discuss the most recent controversy with the blood shard exploit and the following repercussions.

* REJOICE! It’s back! YES, Official Forum Thread Masterpiece theater makes its triumphant return to the show, finally. Your participation can ensure that this fun segment makes an appearance every show. Send your Official Forum Thread Masterpiece Theater audio segments (or humorous forum threads) to Show@ShatteredSoulstone.com.

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* We brought in Tim, host of the Kulle Story Bro podcast, to keep Jen’s spot in the proverbial pouch warm. It’s a fantastic podcast so be sure to check out their latest episode.

* YouTuber ZiggyD was able to sit down and interview Wyatt Cheng. As with all interactions with Wyatt, insight on the iterative design process was shared. Be sure to check out the full interview.

* If you can’t get enough of Story Time with Wyatt he joined the fine folks at The Westmarch Workshop for the entire show and dropped such bombs as trials being removed. For the entire conversation, be sure to listen to episode 46 of The Westmarch Workshop.

* If you’re recently returning to the game and haven’t kept up-to-date on all of the changes you may want to check out this YouTube video, Patch 2.2 In Under 1 Minute, as well as N3rdward’s write-up on all of the 2.2 Wizard changes and Debo’s thoughts on the Puke Doctor 2.2 meta.

* We bring a trio of monk builds for you to peruse and experiment with. Be sure to check out Twitch streamer DatModz’s Cold Blender Monk and Flash Fire Monk builds as well as Twitch streamer Quin C’s GR55+ Dashing Strike Monk build.

* If punching things isn’t your thing BUT SMASHING THINGS to support your team mates is, be sure to check out TacoTrap’s Double Scorpion Support Barbarian build recently featured on Blizzard’s Play Your Way Thursday feature.

* Finally we leave you with a relaxing YouTube video of the #1 Season 2 Hardcore Wizard, DarenNiiSama, successfully clearing a GR50 AND a GR51. No big deal, right?

Other Entertainment/Games:

* Never knew that an old Sega Saturn strategy game could get anyone pumped up for some demon slaying, but evidently it works for @Torrack1714 ^^;

* When not slaying demons in Diablo and spending time with his family, guest-host Tim has been playing Final Fantasy Type-0 HD.

* Fan of Anime? Fan of Mecha? Fan of Mecha Anime? Be sure to check out Aldnoah.Zero which recently concluded its second (and final?) season over at Cruchyroll.

* One of the best things about Final Fantasy X is the voice acting. Top notch, never any forced moments, especially forced laughter. NOPE.

Song of the Show:

While technically not the official Song of the Show – this beloved segment will be making a triumphant return Soon™ – we didn’t want to leave you without something musical to enjoy. So we bring to you the song/trailer of the Hearthstone: Blackrock Mountain expansion. It’s quite catchy, despite what some of the hosts may think of the actual game :)

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Episode 78 – Mr. Grammar Fuzzly Moneybags

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In our 78th episode, we are unfortunately down a Jen once more. THANKS ALLERGENS. After an extremely brief introduction we get straight down to business by discussing BREAKING Diablo news and what we’ve been up to: Breja is closing in on seasonal paragon 100, Lanntonio got his witch doctor to the T6 promised land, and Nevik lost his wizard.

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In this episode:

* We received a bundle of emails from Shayds and Kherova! We love to hear stories of triumph or tragedy from our listeners, so send in yours to Show@ShatteredSoulstone.com!

* We received a metric ton of tweets from @Kherova, @TheQuadler, @BrentDoomfield, @scanline75, @Shepherd_Sieja, @TheInedibleF, @eG_acefisher1, @grindexp, @TheWMWorkshop, @RhoWoW, @shawno, @Gizmozord, @PansFolley, @Skipfridgy, @CruentusRelic, 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.

* We posed the question on Twitter that was quickly invalidated by some late breaking news from Blizzard. Yet it was interesting to see just how far off all of us were for predicting the end of Season 2, when Patch 2.2 would deploy, and finally when Season 3 would start. Be sure to follow the show on Twitter to participate in future Questions of the Show.

* Hours before recording this show, Blizzard decided to finalize and announce their plans for Patch 2.2 and when Season 2 would end and Season 3 would start. Needless to say we were shocked with how soon everything was going to happen. What are your thoughts? Too soon? Not soon enough? Just right? Let us know by sending an email to Show@ShatteredSoulstone.com.

* BUT WAIT, SOMETHING ELSE AMAZING HAPPENED! Shattered Soulstone clan member Electryon dropped a little suggestion that BLEW Nevik’s mind. We have Thunderfury, Blessed Blade of the Treasure Goblin Spooker and soon to be added is The Corrupted Ashbringer and we can probably safely assume to see Frostmourne in the future, but what about the Warglaives of Azzinoth? Melee Demon Hunter anyone? LET’S MAKE THIS A REAL THING!

* Oh yah, and Blizzcon 2015 was announced. No big deal, right? Okay, we’re just being silly. If you’re looking to attend the convention this year, be sure to check out Blizzard’s official tips for securing tickets. Are you planning on being in Anaheim in early November?

* It is with heavy hearts that we regret to inform you that we did not produce an Official Forum Thread Masterpiece theater (again) for this episode. Not to pull a guilt trip, but YOU have the power to not let this happen again! Your participation can ensure that this fun segment makes an appearance every show. Send your Official Forum Thread Masterpiece Theater audio segments (or humorous forum threads) to Show@ShatteredSoulstone.com.

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* The results are in! Here are your Blizzard Stream Awards 2014 (powered by Twitch.tv). Congratulations to DatModz for winning Best Overall Diablo III streamer, Alkaizerx for winning Most Educational Diablo III streamer, and Quin69 for winning Favorite New Diablo III streamer awards!

* Feeling a bit saucy? Need to spice up your Diablo III gameplay? Davlok has you covered with his Gong Mode: Sriracha Edition Monk featured on the most recent Play Your Way Thursday feature. We’re sure it will heat things up!

* We realize that not every one favors the best class in the game, but fear not – good friend of the show and fellow Diablo podcaster Leviathan of Blizzpro and The Westmarch Workshop fame experimented with the changes to the barbarian on the Patch 2.2 PTR and found an amazing build he has coined as the Rock n’ Roll barbarian. Check out his videos where he goes over the build and then demonstrates how the build works in a GR50 … ROCKIN!

* Patch 2.2 is going to shake up the Legendary Ring meta quite a bit and Diablo.IncGamers recently published a guest article going over in detail how the ring meta is going to change.

* If you have been a long time listener of the show the name Matthew Rossi should be quite familiar. In fact we mentioned him last week, and he’s back again with another Diablo-flavored Know Your Lore article over at Blizzard Watch going over the first part of the History of the Nephalem. If you’re even remotely interested in fleshing out some of the lore bits of the game, be sure to check this article (and all of his future articles) out!

* Up until Nevik realized a distinct lack of monk representation he was all in favor of a cyberpunk Diablo. Check out the Fan Art Collection compiled over at Diablo.IncGamers featuring some of the amazing pieces of mash-up fan art.

* Finally, are you a transmog fanatic? Have you come up with a slick look for your character(s)? Be sure to submit your transmog ideas to Blizzpro’s newest Diablo feature: Transmog Tuesday.

Other Entertainment/Games:

* We are all fans of AMC’s The Walking Dead and if you’re a fan too, you should head on over and give the Dead Fans Talking podcast a listen.

* Disappointed by the latest edition to SimCity? You’re not alone and the folks over at Paradox Interactive put together a fantastic game – Cities: Skylines – that should satisfy event he most discerning SimCity fan.

* Finally we leave you with a game that Nevik has already crowned his Game of the Year for 2015. Ori and the Blind Forest by Moon Studios is simply stunning, from the fluid gameplay, to the gorgeous artistic aesthetic and moving plot line you’re sure to fall in love, especially if you’re a fan of Metroidvania-style games.

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Episode 77 – Full Party

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In our 77th episode, we are back up to full strength … in numbers. After discussing all of the pharmaceuticals we all are on we get down to business by discussing what we’ve been up to: Breja has been here, there, and everywhere, Jen has been slowly leveling her seasonal hardcore Demon Hunter, Lanntonio managed to slip some puking in, in between games of Hearthstone, and Nevik continues to pursue the perfect greater rift to climb the leaderboards.

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In this episode:

* We received a pair of emails from listener Adam! We love to hear stories of triumph or tragedy from our listeners, so send in yours to Show@ShatteredSoulstone.com!

* We received a metric ton of tweets from @Kagerai_Leblue, @TheMarkShelton, @Kherova, @EvilPlanetCrew, @sastewart0111, @HomeTownHero008, @GrandNagus1, @LeniSirz, @CruentusRelic, @Daddy_Puffin, and @Shephard_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 you are most excited for coming in Patch 2.2.  Be sure to follow our show account, @ShatteredStone, on Twitter for future Questions of the Show.

* With Patch 2.2 hitting the PTR we naturally talked about a few of the new features that has us excited. For the juicy details on what Patch 2.2 contains be sure to check out the patch notes.

* Hot on the heels of Patch 2.2 PTR, game designer John Yang informed us on Twitter that the old Chocolate class sets would be receiving a 7th item to help add some flexibility in gearing for their set bonuses.

* Microtransactions are coming, but not for the NA/EU regions. We share our thoughts and opinions on this development and they may or may not surprise you! What are your thoughts and opinions on microtransactions in Diablo III? Send an email to Show@ShatteredSoulstone.com and let us know!

* It is with heavy hearts that we regret to inform you that we did not produce an Official Forum Thread Masterpiece theater (again) for this episode. Not to pull a guilt trip, but YOU have the power to not let this happen again! Your participation can ensure that this fun segment makes an appearance every show. Send your Official Forum Thread Masterpiece Theater audio segments (or humorous forum threads) to Show@ShatteredSoulstone.com.

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* Holy Hermit is back with of YouTube videos. Be sure to check out his Top 10 Things to do in Season 2 and episode 6 of his Diablo podcast!

* Have an ancient weapon drop? Not sure what to reroll on it? Twitch streamer Quin C has you covered with a handy spreadsheet and corresponding video explaining how to use the spreadsheet.

* If you’re looking for even more impressions from the Patch 2.2 PTR be sure to check out Rhykker’s video highlighting his initial impressions.

* Jen had a lot of fun with her pet barbarian during season 1 and with the changes coming to the Immortal Kings set in patch 2.2 it will be viable for high level greater rifts. Check out Meathead Mikhail’s video showing just how viable it will be at GR40+.

* Finally we leave you with some Vizjerei Clan shenanigans from the Patch 2.2 PTR. (Note: the frame rate performance issues highlighted in this video were addressed in a small patch deployed to the PTR late last week)

Song of the Show:

Unfortunately Nevik has been devoting almost every waking moment to grinding away in Season Two and forgot to find something to treat your ears to. Fret not! Our next episode will almost assuredly (for really reals this time!) have a musical selection at the end of the show. Until then, enjoy some sweet chords by guitarist Jonas Lefvert.

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Episode 76 – Gibbering Our Way to the Gemstone

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

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In this episode:

* We received a single, solitary email from listener Adam! We love to hear stories of triumph or tragedy from our listeners, so send in yours to Show@ShatteredSoulstone.com!

* We received a metric ton of tweets from @jay_likes_bacon, @eG_acefisher1, @NeinballGamer, @JCMonkeyD3, @shawno, @Medros, @Kagerai_Leblue, @scytheandshield, @josukeshair, @sastewart111, @Kherova, @EvilPlanetCrew, @_AussieGamer, @Rilandune, @scanline75, @Daddy_Puffin, and @celtherapy. Thank you for your tweets. Don’t forget that you, too, can send in your thoughts via social media outlets such as FacebookGoogle+, and Twitter.

We posed the question on Twitter asking what you listen to while playing Diablo III.  Be sure to follow our show account, @ShatteredStone, on Twitter for future Questions of the Show.

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

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

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

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

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

* It is with heavy hearts that we regret to inform you that we did not produce an Official Forum Thread Masterpiece theater (again) for this episode. Not to pull a guilt trip, but YOU have the power to not let this happen again! Your participation can ensure that this fun segment makes an appearance every show. Send your Official Forum Thread Masterpiece Theater audio segments (or humorous forum threads) to Show@ShatteredSoulstone.com.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Song of the Show:

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

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Episode 75 – Rest in Pepperonis Season One

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In our 75th episode, our intrepid host finally returns from his podcasting hiatus! After much rejoicing we get down to business by discussing what we’ve been up to in-game: Breja met his season 1 goal, Jen had an absolute blast smashing things in Torment 3, and Nevik climbed the dizzying heights of the seasonal hardcore monk leaderboards!

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In this episode:

* We received a single, solitary email from listener Aldirik! We love to hear stories of triumph or tragedy from our listeners, so send yours to Show@ShatteredSoulstone.com!

* We received a metric ton of tweets from @pergosmaster, @Kherova, @Kagerai_Leblue, @JCMonkeyD3, @jay_likes_bacon, @sastewart111, @Jaetch, @grindexp, @Daddy_Puffin, @Medros, @scanline75, @Cybrwolf0, @Torrack1714, @peterkicinski, and @Makoez. Thank you for your tweets. Don’t forget that you, too, can send in your thoughts via social media outlets such as FacebookGoogle+, and Twitter.

We posed the question on Twitter asking what you have planed for season 2.  Be sure to follow our show account, @ShatteredStone, on Twitter for future Questions of the Show.

* Season One is now officially in our rear-view mirrors and with season two right around the corner we wrap up our experiences in the very first season for Diablo III. Did you accomplish everything you had set out to do? We also share our plans, once again, for season two.

* As a preclude of what to expect in season two when it starts community manager Nevalistis will be wrangling together Wyatt Cheng, Travis Day, and Don Vu for another Tavern Talk on Tuesday, February 10th at 11:00am PST. They are likely to do a quick post-mortem on the first season and give insight on what they hope to accomplish with seasons going forward.

* Rumors spreading like wildfire is nothing new for the Diablo franchise and Blizzard Entertainment in general, but this most recent rumor gained a lot of traction and momentum on the Internets. Fact? Fiction? We give our opinions on the matter as well as our frustrations with reporting without credible sources. Blizzpro also posted an article where they debunked much of what spread from the blog post claiming to have insider information.

* It is with heavy hearts that we regret to inform you that we did not produce an Official Forum Thread Masterpiece theater (again) for this episode. Not to pull a guilt trip, but YOU have the power to not let this happen again! Your participation can ensure that this fun segment makes an appearance every show. Send your Official Forum Thread Masterpiece Theater audio segments (or humorous forum threads) to Show@ShatteredSoulstone.com.

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* Want to know more about our very own Breja? Recently Dred and JCMonkey sat down and interviewed Breja on Scythe and Shield #17. That makes 3 of our 4 hosts that have been interviewed, we anticipate that Jen will make an appearance on their show in the near future ^^.

* Listener Daddy Puffin sought a link to the One Life to Live articles/guides written by Xanth over at Diablo.IncGamers. While there was a teeeny tiny bit of confusion as to what exactly Daddy Puffin was looking for, we did provide a starting point for him to dig into the entirety of the One Life to Live series of articles.

* Are you going to be rolling a wizard in season two? Our beloved host and #Wizard4Life Nevik is despite some anxiety over high level play demonstrated in a pair of videos created by wizard extraordinaire Jaetch. Be sure to check out how his Dual Hydras and Firebird Wizard videos fair in Greater Rift 45.

* Looking for a new build to try out in season two? Be sure to check out community manager Nevalisitis’ on-going series Play Your Way for ideas. We mentioned Prflys’ Pyrolysis wizard build and Alexuss’ Rocket Druid demon hunter build in this episode.

* Speaking of community manager activity, Grimiku recently interviewed multi-song-of-the-show contributor Melkorious for the on-going Fresh Meat N’ Greet series on the forums.

* In case you just recently came back to the game at the end of season one, community manager Nevalistis provided a quick and handy guide of what to expect when season one concluded.

Song of the Show:

Ready for another Out of Left Field song of the show? Good! This time we bring you the opening theme song for the anime Rage of Bahamut: Genesis preformed by Japanese ska/metal band SiM (Silence iz Mine). Finding more music from them is a little tricky but here is a link to a playlist on the YouTubes where you can hear more by SiM as well as some other Japanese ska bands. Be sure to check out the show itself over at Funimation.com.

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Question: What are Your Season 2 Plans?

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

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

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

[Official Announcement of the start date for Season 2]