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Episode 68 – Fresh Seasons and Qiz

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

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In this episode:

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

* We received a mountain of tweets from @pergosmaster, @sadromeo, @Torrack1714, @Cybrwolf0, @arkbites1, @Hawgeye_CTR, @evilgaze, @EYedgar0111, @Torhammer6, @xBrokenxFirex, @Kherova, @ig_nateward, @Chaos5061, @JasonRMitchell, and @JeremyTStevens. Thank you for your tweets. Don’t forget that you, too, can send in your thoughts via social media outlets such as FacebookGoogle+, and Twitter.

* We posed the question on Twitter asking for your votes on the next class Jen should level to 70. Unfortunately we did not receive too many responses, but the victor was clear: puke doctor MONK**! Be sure to follow our show account, @ShatteredStone, on Twitter for future Questions of the Show.

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

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

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

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

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* Taken a break from Diablo III? Not sure of exactly what was added in Patch 2.1? DiabloFans has a wonderful Patch 2.1 Information Round-Up laying out all of the changes for you.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Song of the Show:

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

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Book Review – Diablo III: Storm of Light

This book review was originally posted at No Market Collective. I wanted to post it over here, too, so that the fans of Shattered Soulstone could find it. I highly recommend this book to Diablo players and also to those who have never played Diablo.Diablo-III-Storm-of-Light-Book-Cover

Diablo III: Storm of Light is Nate Kenyon’s second book that was written in the Diablo “universe”. Like his first one, Diablo III: The Order, this book is about situations and adventures that take place just outside of the story you learn as you play through the Diablo III game.  If you ever wondered what happened in between Act IV and Act V in Diablo III, this is the book that has the answers you are seeking.

This book review will not include any “spoilers” from the book.  However, I am going to reference parts of the Diablo III video game.  If you are someone who has not yet completed the game through the end of Act IV, you may want to bookmark this review and return to it after you have seen the cinematic for Act V.

If you are someone who has no intention of playing Diablo III, but who reads books that are filled with the dramatic adventures of a group of heroes, you will like this book.  The book stands alone, while masterfully weaving in lore from other parts of the Diablo III “universe”.  Anyone can pick up Diablo III: Storm of Light even if they know absolutely nothing about the game or the lore that connects with it, and enjoy the adventure and characters in the story.  Those who are knowledgeable about the previous books in the Diablo “universe” are in for some special treats!
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Episode 67 – Hardly Touching Fruit

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In this episode, we celebrate getting almost everyone back into the “recording studio”! After catching up from our unplanned hiatus we get down to business by discussing what we’ve been up to in-game: Breja got cocky and lost his Plum, Nevik has yet another level 70 wizard, and Jen is wondering what class to get to 70 next!

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In this episode:

* We received a solitary email from Rebur (@Chaos5061) but decided to hold onto it for our next show at his behest since its content is aimed for our “Getting Torment Viable show“! Thank you Rebur for the email, we will hold on to it for when that show happens! We love to hear stories of triumph or tragedy from our listeners, so keep them coming, really!

* For a short turnaround between shows we received a decent amount of tweets from @grindexp, @Foqbupog, @Jaetch, @Kherova, and @Hawgeye_CTR. Thank you for your tweets. Don’t forget that you, too, can send in your thoughts via social media outlets such as FacebookGoogle+, and Twitter.

* We posed the question on Twitter asking for your predictions on the release dates for patch 2.1 as well as the opening of the first season. We got quite a few responses despite the short notice on the question going live. Be sure to follow our show account, @ShatteredStone, on Twitter for future Questions of the Show.

* Could Patch 2.1 be right around the corner? Blizzard has been on a Patch 2.1 media blitz with a hosted Q&A Tavern Talk, forum post highlighting the design philosophies behind the patch, and previews for Seasons, Greater Rifts, and The Vault. We can’t be far off, right?

* Meanwhile, as announced by community manager Nevalistis at the end of the developer Tavern Talk, Blizzard decided everyone could use some more gold and gave us a +50% Gold Find buff for the duration of the weekend (until server maintenance early Tuesday morning). Another sign that 2.1 is Soon™?

* We are back at it with another Official Forum Thread Masterpiece Theater and this time we bring you not just one, but TWO angst-ridden threads that cropped up on the official forums. Did you lose a hardcore character during the weekend DDoS attacks? Or do you feel that Blizzard is ignoring you? These folks sure did and took to the forums to let everyone know.

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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* Have you given a listen to new Diablo podcasts Kulle Story Bro and D3Addicted yet? If you haven’t, WHY NOT? Episode 4 of Kulle Story Bro is now available and their show joined the Tweeters so go follow @KSBpodcast!

* Diablo III is finally coming to China, but not without some … alterations. Check out some of the graphical alterations for the Chinese Diablo III client.PoorGrotesque

* During our hiatus some amazing Diablo cosplay popped up at Japan Expo. Check our Sylvain Martinez’s Flickr photo album highlighting the cosplay found at Japan Expo.

* Even wizard extraordinaire’s learn something new every once in awhile and friend of the show, Jaetch, has been sharing those “AH HA!” moments with his Today I Learned Youtube series.

* If you haven’t dug in to the lore surrounding the Diablo universe and are wanting an easy way to get in to it, DeadSet gaming has an ongoing series, Sanctuary Sunday Talk focusing on varying elements of the Diablo lore. Check out his Lords of the Burning Hells and Set Item Origins videos on Youtube. More are coming so subscribe to his Youtube channel to not miss any of his content.

Song of the Show:

Guess what folks! FOOTBALL SEASON IS UPON US and that means Madden season (if you’re a fan of Madden football). EA Sports put together something really special for Madden 15’s commercial; something that they may never be able to top. Enjoy! And no we’re not sorry.

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Episode 66 – All By Myself

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In this episode, Nevik is all by his lonesome to fill in the listeners about the impromptu hiatus and state of the podcast. After reassuring that the show is far from dead and some catching up, Nevik gets down to business by discussing what he’s been up to in-game: spreading the virtues of Clementine, his level 70 HC monk!

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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 Dred, Scanline, and Commander Bird! Thank you for the amazing amount of emails! Keep them coming, really!

* We received a mountain of tweets from @sadromeo, @BlizzconCD, @shawno, @Rilandune, @JCMonkeyD3, @scanline75, @Torrack1714, @dwegan, @Chaos5061, @wowjason62606, @grindexp, @JeremyTStevens, @Paidtokill5440, and @HomeTownHero008.

* The show isn’t dead. Far from it. This show is still very much a passion for all of the hosts, but as Nevik explains, sometimes real life just gets in the way. Things should be getting “back on track” as we approach the launch of 2.1!

* The Diablo III: Reaper of Souls – Ultimate Evil Edition is upon us! Are you planning the console version while waiting for Patch 2.1? If you made the jump from PS3/Xbox 360 to a PS4 or XBOne, you’re in luck as Blizzard detailed how to transfer your old Diablo III save to the shiny new UEE.

* How close is the patch anyways? In an interview with Arreat.de Production Director John Hight hints that there’s still a chance that we might see patch 2.1 later this month!

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* There are two new Diablo podcasts out in the wild for you to consume and enjoy! Check out D3 Addicted and Kulle Story Bro which both have a trio of episodes for you to enjoy! Support them and spread the love!

* Cuckoo Gaming has put together a series of Fully Crafted Torment Viable guides on YouTube for four out of the five six classes: Wizard, Crusader, Barbarian, Puke Doctor. Hopefully these videos sate your appetite for knowledge until we finally discuss how to be torment viable on our show.

* In Dred’s email to the show he mentioned a “funny Hitler video“, though much of the content is now moot and the wizard hasn’t been nerfed to the ground, it is still amusing. Yet … not sure how we should feel about “Hitler loving the wizard.”

Song of the Show:

Friend of the show and Forum Warrior Melkor is back with another freestyle rap, Forum Warriors – Invasion. With a catchy beat and some timely advice Melkor is back in form with this masterpiece. Be sure to support and check out more of Melkor’s work on YouTube.

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Episode 65 – Torrack and *ahem* Whatnot

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In this episode, we celebrate getting back into the “recording studio” and ‘Murica’s burfday! After some cleaning up some podcasting cobwebs we get down to business by discussing what we’ve been up to in-game: Breja is DETERMINED to get a hardcore level 70, Lanntonio is still without good internet, Nevik is still fruitlessly grinding for a Ring of Royal Grandeur, and Jen got her barbarian to 70!

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In this episode:

* We read, and respond to, a mountain of emails we received from our wonderful listeners. This batch came to us from Torrack, Rockdale, Hawgeye, and Graciel! Thank you for the amazing amount of emails! Keep them coming, really!

* We received a mountain of tweets from @Torrack1714 *cough*, @Foqbupog, @Paidtokill5440, @diabloplayer68, @HomeTownHero008, @Rilandune, @Hawgeye_CTR, @ig_nateward, @Kagerai_Leblue, @scanline75, @Cybrwolf0, @JCMonkeyD3, @JeremyTStevens, @grindexp, @Chaos5061, and @wowjason62606. Thank you for your tweets. Don’t forget that you, too, can send in your thoughts via social media outlets such as FacebookGoogle+, and Twitter.

* OOPS! A certain somebody forgot to post a Question of the Show on twitter. Complete #NevikFail. Fret not! Question of the Show will be back next episode! Be sure to follow our show account, @ShatteredStone, on Twitter for future Questions of the Show.

* We finally have the Patch 2.1 PTR up and running! Have you checked it out? We didn’t end up talking too much about the changes coming in 2.1, but if your ears are itching for some in-depth 2.1 discussion rumor has it that a community round table will be coming up Soon™.

* During our month hiatus E3 (Electronic Entertainment Expo) happened and Blizzard announced some exclusive content coming in the Playstion (3/4) versions of the Reaper of Souls Ultimate Evil Edition. Time to pick up a PS4! (*cough*Destiny*cough*)

* Prior to recording the show some huge news was dropped on us, Rob Pardo is leaving Blizzard. Where is he going? What affect will it have on the future development of Diablo III? We don’t have the answers, but we give our opinions on the matter and wish Rob Pardo all the best!

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* It’s happened folks. Well … not just yet on the live servers, but /dance is coming in Patch 2.1! #GetHype

* Xanth published an article, Greater Rifts = Greater Deaths, over at Diablo.IncGamers examining how death is coming back to the hardcore scene thanks to the inclusion of greater rifts coming in 2.1.

* It was only a matter of time before cosplaying as community managers was a thing. Errr, well Nevalistis is a death maiden IRL, so it counts right? Anyhoo check out Ibelinn’s amazing death maiden cosplay!

* Over the period of 30 days, 150 players accumulated over 10k legendaries and the results were tracked and shared with a video infographic. Some interesting details came out of this large sampling of RNG.

* Diablo plushies anyone? WE WANT SO BAD!!! Alix, if there’s any chance of these becoming mass produced … PLEASE!

* As if there weren’t already a ton of AMAZEBALLS creative works coming out of the Diablo community Samo Kramberger shared his stunning Skeleton King statue. The amount of detail is sick!

* We teased that in this episode we would be sharing tips and tricks on getting in to Torment, unfortunately we had to push that off until next show. Sorry folks. There was just a lot to talk about with a month’s worth of tweets and emails. Next show, we promise*!  * not actually a binding contract ^^;

Song of the Show:

Sadly no Song of the Show for this episode. I know, I know. It’s been a month. You would think we would have had plenty of time to locate a suitable specimen to share with you. WELP. It didn’t happen folks. This segment will be back next episode with another lyrical masterpiece from a certain forum warrior.

Buuuut we don’t want to leave you completely empty-handed, so here you go. You can thank Jaetch for this.

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

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

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In this episode:

* We read, and respond to, a mountain of emails we received from our wonderful listeners. This batch came to us from Foqbupog, Simon, Livintrust, Sad Romeo and our European community ambassador, Master Do! Thank you for the amazing amount of emails! Keep them coming, really!

* We received a mountain of tweets from @Torrack1714, @Torhammer6, @HomeTownHero008, @BurghCrow78, @shawno, @Medros, @Joshcbc, @Kherova, @Moogyver, @Paidtokill5440, @wowjason62606, @Cybrwolf0, @Justin__HB, @Kagerai_Leblue, and @diabloplayer68. Thank you for your tweets. Don’t forget that you, too, can send in your thoughts via social media outlets such as FacebookGoogle+, and Twitter.

* We posed the question on Twitter asking who or what you thought the final encounter would be of a potential second expansion. We got quite a few responses despite the short notice on the question going live. Be sure to follow our show account, @ShatteredStone, on Twitter for future Questions of the Show.

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

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

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

As always we are looking for your participation with this fun segment, send your Official Forum Thread Masterpiece Theater audio segments (or humorous forum threads) to Show@ShatteredSoulstone.com.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Song of the Show:

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

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Episode 63 – Open Monk Season

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

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In this episode:

* We read, and respond to, a mountain of emails we received from our wonderful listeners. This batch came to us from Simon, Foqbupog, Tinook, Chad S, and our European community coordinator, Master Do! Thank you for the amazing amount of emails! Keep them coming, really!

* We received a mountain of tweets from @Paidtokill5440, @ig_nateward, @9PadGaming, @Rilandune, @wowjason62606, @RocksmithCody, @pergosmaster, @Kagerai_Leblue, @HomeTownHero008, @Torrack1714, and @sadromeo. Thank you for your tweets. Don’t forget that you, too, can send in your thoughts via social media outlets such as FacebookGoogle+, and Twitter.

* We posed the question on Twitter asking what your least played class is and why. We got quite a few responses despite the short notice on the question going live. Be sure to follow our show account, @ShatteredStone, on Twitter for future Questions of the Show.

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

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

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

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

As always we are looking for your participation with this fun segment, send your Official Forum Thread Masterpiece Theater audio segments (or humorous forum threads) to Show@ShatteredSoulstone.com.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Song of the Show:

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

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

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Episode 62 – Hot Boggits

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

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In this episode:

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

* We received a mountain of tweets from @Bloodfalcon, @Paidtokill5440, @Torrack1714, @Jaetch, @candlesan, @ig_nateward, @JCMonkeyD3, @Rilandune, @sadromeo, @Kagerai_Leblue, @shawno, @scanline75, @Goatking_1216, @VictorCarlstedt, @grindexp, @HomeTownHero008, @Melkorious, @astrovert, @CkRtech, @Hawgeye_CTR. Thank you for your tweets. Don’t forget that you, too, can send in your thoughts via social media outlets such as FacebookGoogle+, and Twitter.

* We posed the question on Twitter asking how your progression is going in Reaper of Souls now that we’re a month in. We got quite a few responses despite the short notice on the question going live. Be sure to follow our show account, @ShatteredStone, on Twitter for future Questions of the Show.

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

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

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

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

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

As always we are looking for your participation with this fun segment, send your Official Forum Thread Masterpiece Theater audio segments (or humorous forum threads) to Show@ShatteredSoulstone.com.

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

Links for you to Visit:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Song of the Show:

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

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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Round Table – Reaper of Souls Patch 2.0.4

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

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

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

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100 Word Story Contest Submissions

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

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

Winner of our hearts, @CkRtech

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

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

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

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

Runner-Up: “Negative Nancy” by @Rilandune

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

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

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

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

“Nancy. Why do you ask?”

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

Runner-Up: @JCMonkeyD3

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

Entry from Wulfman

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

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

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

“Thoughts on Diablo 3″ by @Foqbupog

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

“Witch Doctor’s Journey” by @BurghCrow78

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

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

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

Entry from @Manlow

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

“Hatred’s Fire” by Dragon User 5

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

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

Entry from Brent

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

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