Flux, Neinball, and Xanth live stream a podcast from the Reaper of Souls beta test, with chat and plenty of Hardcore level 70 gameplay action. Topics include the Crusader, Paragon Points, new Legendary items, Act Five virtual tour, and much more.
The entire game session/podcast ran about 3 hours, so we split the video in half. There is also an edited audio-only mp3 version with just the highlights of the conversation. It runs 60 minutes can be listened to downloaded below.
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Click through for part two of the video, plus segment starting times and more show details for the audio version.
Approximate topic starting times:
0:20 — Intro and avoiding the “streamer of consciousness” trap. (Unsuccessfully, as it turned out during later play time edited out of this mp3 version.)
4:30 — Crusader first impressions. Primary Wrath-generators are weak, all others are way OP. No Goldilocks?
13:20 — Adventure Mode and super fast to 70 under an hour. Fixes to cheesy power leveling needed?
20:10 — Crafting material issues; not enough white items for the mats? Rebalancing required for the system, especially for lower level recipes.
21:30 — Item binding and trading options. Will self finding be enough to round up all the really choice set items you need for a given class/build? Missing the Auction House for item liquidity?
24:00 — Gems in Reaper of Souls. Will Marquise and Imperial continue dropping so freely, or is this just a huge buff for Beta testing?
25:50 — Enchanting. Using it pre-70? Too expensive? Buggy on carried over D3V legendaries. Crushing Blow OP?
29:00 — Paragon Points. (Tutorial on the video.)
40:30 — Legendaries. Enchanting makes Primary Stats all that matters.
47:00 — Nephalem Rifts. Less random in the beta than at Blizzcon demo. Color schemes really do make a difference in how the levels feel. Act Two desert at night looks amazing.
49:00 — Will gold retain value in the Expansion? Flux has been fire selling everything since gold will be more valuable than any equipment or gems. (Flux finds a big legendary sword and Xanth and Neinball squabble for the hand-me-down.)
51:30 — Materials from D3V are worthless in RoS, just to screw people who have been saving up Demonic Essences.
54:15 — Crusader passive Gem of Every Color. Worth doing? Better to just use a Diamond?
56:00 — Final scattered thoughts.
The Diablo 3 Podcast Episode Guide in DiabloWiki.net provides links to every show, plus quick summaries.