Diablo 3 Podcast #137: RoS Launch Party & First Impressions


The Reaper of Souls launch party was a blast, and the game’s launch went nearly flawlessly. Surprised? Relieved? Excited? All of the above? Flux, Katniss, Wolfpaq, and Neinball discuss their launch party experience and offer first impressions of Reaper of Souls.

Show segment approximate start times.

  • 0:30 — Intro and Reaper of Souls launch party first impressions. Scavenger hunt surprises, attractions inside, amusing gorgeous model interactions, great food and drink, expert cosplayer photos.
  • 15:00 — Launch Party dev interactions. Wyatt Cheng, Josh Mosquera, Community Managers, Jay Wilson sightings, and more.
  • 23:00 — Party attendees received a Reaper of Souls Collector’s Edition. Has everyone opened theirs? Playing with it? Straight to Ebay?
  • 28:00 — Cosplay and other cool outfits at the Launch Party.
  • 31:50 — Reaper of Souls first impressions. Rushing to 70, Adventure Mode, sudden death Evil Wraiths, everyone abandoning the Sacred Groves of Bamboo Forest to play Diablo 3?
  • 40:00 — The shock and horror of reaching level 65ish and realizing that every gem and weapon you saved and scrimped and upgraded to create… is now vendor trash. Or is that not enough of a change, since some armor and legacy legendaries remain best in slot even at level 70.
  • 44:30 — Reaper of Souls’ flawless launch surprises everyone.
  • 48:35 — Paper/Sheet DPS is misleading in Reaper of Souls. Torment is much easier now than it was during the RoS beta? Smarter character window or tooltips to show the actual damage output with all the +skill and +elemental damage bonuses?
  • 54:00 — Sneak preview info about Diablo 3 ladders, deeper more difficult Rifts, Ladders that rank by Achievements instead of just experience? And short term goals for Reaper of Souls.
  • The Diablo 3 Reaper of Souls Podcast Episode Guide in DiabloWiki.net provides links to every show, plus quick summaries.

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    1. I hate this game…

      All I wanted was a small break from my computer, but Nooooo – after listening to the this podcast I feel compelled to KILL again.

      Damn you podcast and D3ROS.

    2. Nice podcast as always… Flux can we please get Behind the scenes DVD video soon on youtube??? noone else have upload it. 🙁

    3. Thanks for another great podcast and making me jealous that I did not go to the launch event.

    4. Last night, after much hemming and hawing, I finally sacked up and vendored all my gems below marquise. It was embarrassing to think about how much gold I blew on those gems. Glad I at least had the sense to AH most of the flawless squares before the end.

      I’ve found rings the hardest items to upgrade so far. My lvl70 barb is still wearing his lvl60 hellfire ring, and after all the work I did for it I’m not complaining. I don’t know if I’ll be ready to revisit the hellfire ring quest for a while. Good amulets seem a little easier to find.

    5. The flawless launch did not surprise me, I predicated it would be a smooth launch on the day of in my comments on another post. I’m awesome!

    6. Great podcast guys. Care to upload some of cosplay pics to the gallery?

      • Only problem is that I’m in most of the cosplay pics (taken by a friend and send to me) and no one wants to see that. Plus they are of dubious image quality via flash in low light party, etc. But I’ll see if any are gallery-worthy.

        I do mean to post a gallery of cosplay this weekend, as Fmulder’s been uploading a lot of good ones lately.

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