The Diablo Podcast: 2011 Episodes

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The Diablo Podcast is a weekly podcast produced by The Unofficial Diablo Site, Hosted by long-time Diablo community member Flux, TDP covers recent news and controversial issues in the Diablo community, features in-depth discussion and debate about game issues, and hosts regular interviews with game developers and members of the Diablo Community.

Full show archives are listed below, sorted by year.

2011 Episodes[edit | edit source]

Episode One[edit | edit source]

The first episode features Flux and Elly discussing the early days of, their visit to Blizzard North in 1999, the Diablo II beta, and the news that Diablo III was originally developed as an MMORPG, back at Blizzard North in 2001. That conversation is followed by part one of Flux's interview with Diablo creator Max Schaefer, in which Max answers questions about the early design goals of Diablo I-III, and discusses the new version of Diablo III. The show wraps up with a bit more from Flux and Elly, as they digest Max's revelations and talk about security issues in MMORPGs

  • Original air date: April 11, 2011.
  • Length: 58:52
  • View it here.

Episode Two[edit | edit source]

This episode features Flux and Elly discussing the surprisingly-positive fan reaction to episode one, as well as fake D3 play-tester news, Blizzard's relentless (and annoying) social media marketing, and the sticker shock inflicted by BlizzCon 2011's just-announced ticket price. Following that discussion is part two of Flux's interview with Diablo-creator Max Schaefer. In this half hour Max answers questions about Torchlight and Torchlight II, along with Runic Games' design philosophy and shares his thoughts on current trends in the RPG community.

  • Original air date: April 18, 2011.
  • Length: 1:03:19
  • View it here.

Episode Three[edit | edit source]

This episode is a listener's guide to Blizzcon, with Flux interviewing Rush, Neinball, Exile, and Dana about their experiences attending past Blizzcons. What's the show like, is it really that big, how bad are the lines and the food, how do they compare to Blizzard's international WWI events, what's it like to be there cheering with everyone else when new games are announced, and more. All covered in great detail in this episode.

  • Original air date: April 25, 2011.
  • Length: 1:01:46
  • View it here.

Episode Four[edit | edit source]

This episode opens with half an hour of Flux discussing Blizzard's social media marketing with Wolfpaq777 and DiablosMinion. Neither of the guests are very enthusiastic about the ongoing Facebook and Twitter approach Blizzard is taking. The second half of the show is all about the BlizzCon 2010 PvP Arena demo. Flux speaks with three fans, Exile, Dana, and Neinball, about what it was like to play the demo, which class they chose, if they played on a team, how successful they were, and much more.

  • Original air date: April 28, 2011.
  • Length: 1:17:20
  • View it here.

Episode Five[edit | edit source]

Flux talks with Ilyak and Neinball about the new item news: no-binding items in Diablo III and the first details about how Item Sets will be crafted and scale up over time. Plus bonus Mad Cow sound effects!

  • Original air date: May 2, 2011.
  • Length: 49:37
  • View it here.

Episode Six[edit | edit source]

Flux interviews Ryithos about his adventures in Cosplay. Crafting foam swords, getting onstage at Blizzcon, meeting his future wife, and going eight hours without peeing; it’s all in a day’s work!

  • Original air date: May 5, 2011.
  • Length: 48:46
  • View it here.

Episode Seven[edit | edit source]

Flux interviews New York Times reporter Seth Schiesel about his recent article on Diablo III, his visit to Blizzard Irvine and play time on Diablo III, his thoughts on Diablo III’s economy and Auction House, and Blizzard’s PR initiatives and fansite disapproval. Plus bio info about how Seth came to write about video games for the NYT.

  • Original air date: May 9, 2011.
  • Length: 1:25:10
  • View it here.

Episode Eight[edit | edit source]

In this episode Flux speaks with Neinball and Wolfpaq about yesterday’s Diablo 3 beta time-frame announcement. Hear conversation about the likely duration of the beta, the content of the beta test, and much more, including superhero movie digressions and Conan quotes.

  • Original air date: May 10, 2011.
  • Length: 50:04
  • View it here.

Episode Nine[edit | edit source]

In this episode Flux speaks with Wolfpaq, DiablosMinion, and The Eliminator about the the newly-revealed Followers system. The majority of the guests, and the host, are fairly displeased with the Normal-only/single player-only implementation of D3′s potentially awesome Mercenary system.

  • Original air date: May 16, 2011.
  • Length: 1:06:31
  • View it here.

Episode Ten[edit | edit source]

In this episode Flux interviews KuangTu of about his recent visit to Blizzard Irvine, his interview with Jay Wilson, and what it’s like running a Chinese language Diablo III website.

  • Original air date: May 19, 2011.
  • Length: 46:54
  • View it here.

Episode Eleven[edit | edit source]

How will guilds be supported in Diablo III? How could they have been served in Diablo II? What lessons will Blizzard learn from guilds in WoW? All issues tackled on this episode. Guests include Exile, Neinball, and Wolfpaq.

  • Original air date: June 3, 2011.
  • Length: 50:22
  • View it here.

Episode Twelve[edit | edit source]

In this episode Flux and Wolfpaq talk about skillrunes, with in depth analysis of the recent skill runes videos and plenty of first hand play anecdotes about using skill runes in the game.

  • Original air date: June 6, 2011.
  • Length: 1:22:51
  • View it here.

Episode Thirteen[edit | edit source]

In this episode Flux interviews three fans who got hours of play time on the Diablo 3 demos at Blizzcon the past few years. The guests talk about their play experience, their favorite classes, what they liked best and worst, and much more.

  • Original air date: June 10, 2011.
  • Length: 54:03
  • View it here.

Episode Fourteen[edit | edit source]

Flux goes in-depth into Diablo III’s items with Wolfpaq, DiablosMinion, and Neinball. Item modifiers get the most attention, with discussion of intriguing new mods like Ornate and Peerless. Other item issues covered include item colors, armor dyes, end game gear selection, gem stats, twinking, self-rushing, and much more.

  • Original air date: June 17, 2011.
  • Length: 1:05:39
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Episode Fifteen[edit | edit source]

Flux, Neinball, and The Eliminator debate the function and method of trading in Diablo III. What lessons can be imported from WoW’s Auction House? What are the major differences in Diablo III that will force alterations to the WoW style of AH? Why was trading such an ordeal in D2?

  • Original air date: June 20, 2011.
  • Length: 34:10
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Episode Sixteen[edit | edit source]

In this episode Flux, Wolfpaq, and The Eliminator discuss other ARPGs. Though some of them have been fun, why have none of the “Diablo Clones” been anywhere near as satisfying as the original games? What’s special recipe did Blizzard North unlock that no one has (yet) replicated?

  • Original air date: June 22, 2011.
  • Length: 33;56
  • View it here.

Episode Seventeen[edit | edit source]

In this episode, Flux, The Eliminator, and DiablosMinion discuss Diablo III on What features will be included? What will the financial model be? What forms of “added value” could Blizzard graft on to pinch a few more pennies for Bobby?

  • Original air date: June 24, 2011.
  • Length: 31:56
  • View it here.

Episode Eighteen[edit | edit source]

Flux and The Eliminator discuss the Monk’s skills and the recently-revealed changes to his combos. Have they been dumbed down? Do Runestones modify all levels of combos, or only the final big level? Also, the “Spirit” vs “Monk spunk” debate rages.

  • Original air date: June 29, 2011.
  • Length: 38:54
  • View it here.

Episode Nineteen[edit | edit source]

Flux and Elly talk about the recent news items and answer fan questions from YouTube and Facebook. Runestone skill changes, fake D3 Q&A tester reports, Demon Hunter artwork ennui, and more.

  • Original air date: July 1, 2011.
  • Length: 36:23
  • View it here.

Episode Twenty[edit | edit source]

Elly again joins Flux as they run down the week’s news, plus mailbag questions. Topics covered include the vanishing Book of Cain, D3 at the Gamescom expo, skill caps in Diablo III, and more.

  • Original air date: June 8, 2011.
  • Length: 27:19
  • View it here.

Episode Twenty-One[edit | edit source]

Flux, The Eliminator, and Neinball discuss the big news that some high level Diablo III skills will have very lengthy two-minute cooldowns. Also, why neither of them bought the D3Here guy’s story.

  • Original air date: June 24, 2011.
  • Length: 41:24
  • View it here.

Episode Twenty-Two[edit | edit source]

Flux, The Eliminator, and Neinball discuss World of Warcraft’s newly-enabled Dungeon Journal. This in-game tool provides stats for monsters, loot drops, boss attacks, maps, and much more. What would a feature like this mean for Diablo III?

  • Original air date: July 14, 2011.
  • Length: 31:23
  • View it here.

Episode Twenty-Three[edit | edit source]

Flux and Elly recap the past week’s Diablo III news, including the surprising two-minute skill cooldowns and their PvP implications, a pending respecs system reveal, and yet more waiting for the Diablo 3 beta to begin.

  • Original air date: July 16, 2011.
  • Length: 30:48
  • View it here.

Episode Twenty-Four[edit | edit source]

Flux and Elly recap the busy week in Diablo 3 news, including new Followers information, new details on item drops in large parties, and a set date for the ATVI conference call. Beta start date announcement coming soon?

  • Original air date: July 22, 2011.
  • Length: 28:42
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Episode Twenty-Five[edit | edit source]

Flux is joined by Neinball and Exile as they answer listener questions about the Diablo 3 Beta. When will it start (soon!), how long will it last (less time than you expect), how do you get into it, and much more.

  • Original air date: July 27, 2011.
  • Length: 46:06
  • View it here.

Episode Twenty-Six[edit | edit source]

Flux and Elly tackle the week’s news with much EXCITE as the beta draws near and info leaks from Blizzard’s pre-beta media event. Can the hosts wait until Monday to start spilling the secret info?

  • Original air date: July 30, 2011.
  • Length: 27:36
  • View it here.

Episode Twenty-Seven[edit | edit source]

Discussion of the smashing new Diablo 3 news on the imminent D3 beta, Auction House and RMT, Banners, the Intro Cinematic, and more.

  • Original air date: August 1, 2011.
  • Length: 51:46
  • View it here.

Episode Twenty-Eight[edit | edit source]

More discussion of the smashing new Diablo 3 news on the imminent D3 beta, big changes to skills, traits, runestones, retcon twists, and more.

  • Original air date: August 2, 2011.
  • Length: 28:12
  • View it here.

Episode Twenty-Nine[edit | edit source]

Flux and Elly tackle a very busy week’s news, touching on the Auction House, big changes to skill runes, and disappointment at the lack of a Diablo 3 Beta test start date.

  • Original air date: August 5, 2011.
  • Length: 26:45
  • View it here.

Episode Thirty[edit | edit source]

Flux interviews Chris Wilson, lead designer of Path of Exile, on that upcoming F2P action RPG’s innovative features and the start of its beta test.

  • Original air date: August 12, 2011.
  • Length: 45:54
  • View it here.

Episode Thirty-One[edit | edit source]

Weekly News Attack, August 12, 2011

Flux and Elly tackle the news rush, with commentary on D3′s cinematics, item and experience sharing in parties, Max Schaefer’s comments on D3, the upcoming Gamescom expo, and more.

  • Original air date: August 15, 2011.
  • Length: 29:50
  • View it here.

Episode Thirty-Two[edit | edit source]

Real Money Auction House Debate

Flux, Wolfpaq, and Nico debate the ethical, financial, and gameplay issues of the Diablo 3 Real Money Auction House. One guest is for it and the other is against it, so all PoVs are covered.

  • Original air date: August 16, 2011.
  • Length: 56:59
  • View it here.

Episode Thirty-Three[edit | edit source]

Weekly News Attack, August 18, 2011

Elly and Flux tackle the weeks Diablo 3 news, with commentary on beta delays, the Inferno difficulty level, Gamescom pictures and info, fan reactions to the Real Money Trading Auction House, and more.

  • Original air date: August 20, 2011.
  • Length: 24:14
  • View it here.

Episode Thirty-Four[edit | edit source]

Quests, Story, and Skills

Diablo 3′s early gameplay is very structured and linear, with few player options early. Too cattle chute-y without enough exploration? Also, the guys debate the new and major changes to the skill system.

  • Original air date: August 20, 2011.
  • Length: 50:27
  • View it here.

Episode Thirty-Five[edit | edit source]


The recently-revealed Inferno serves as Diablo 3′s highest difficulty level. Flux, Neinball, and The Eliminator jump into the fire and fan the flames of this burning issue.

Episode Thirty-Six[edit | edit source]

Weekly News Attack

Elly and Flux tackle the weeks Diablo 3 news, with commentary on the awesome leaked skill and runestone videos, Jay Wilson deja vu interviews from Gamescom, Max Schaefer trolling D3, fan love for Inferno, and more.

  • Original air date: August 27, 2011.
  • Length: 41:18
  • View it here.

Episode Thirty-Seven[edit | edit source]

Tinfoil Hats, Ten Character Limits, and Legendary Items

Multiple topics on this week’s show, as Flux, Neinball, and DiablosMinion object to Diablo III’s ten character limit, debate legendary item graphics, debunk RMAH conspiracy theories, and wonder why the Monk looked so weak in the recent skill videos.

  • Original air date: September 1, 2011.
  • Length: 37:18
  • View it here.

Episode Thirty-Eight[edit | edit source]

Weekly News Attack

Elly and Flux tackle the weeks Diablo 3 news with discussion of the resource bulb animations, first play through plans, Diablo 3 DLC, unique character names, and Blizzard North memories.

  • Original air date: September 3, 2011.
  • Length: 31:51
  • View it here.

Episode Thirty-Nine[edit | edit source]

Hardcore! (Part One)

Flux is joined by Wolfpaq and new columnist Xanth for a mega-discussion about all things Hardcore. On this first part the guys cover the differences between SC and HC players, new character goals, the shared stash, in-game HC graveyard, Inferno difficulty, and more.

  • Original air date: September 6, 2011.
  • Length: 49:33
  • View it here.

Episode Forty[edit | edit source]

Hardcore! (Part Two)

Flux is joined by Wolfpaq and new columnist Xanth for a mega-discussion about all things Hardcore. In part two the topics include the Hardcore community and eliltism, the lack of Real Money Trading in HC, the Hardcore Arena, and more.

  • Original air date: September 7, 2011.
  • Length: 46:07
  • View it here.

Episode Forty-One[edit | edit source]

Weekly News Attack

Flux and Elly delve into some of the interesting news items of the past seven days including the new skill interface, the skill switch, graphic setting comparisons, music and always a crowd-pleaser, death.

  • Original air date: September 12, 2011.
  • Length: 33:27
  • View it here.

Episode Forty-Two[edit | edit source]

Economy and Trading

Flux and Neinball speak with Azzure, the head economist of a new Diablo III site dedicated to studying the trends and tactics of the Diablo III economy and trading system. Gold sinks, inflation, deflation, the Auction House, real money exchange rates, and much more.

  • Original air date: September 17, 2011.
  • Length: 53:50
  • View it here.

Episode Forty-Three[edit | edit source]

Weekly News Attack

Flux and Elly recap a very busy week of news, with discussion of Diablo 3′s leaked item graphics, PayPal coming to, D2 players eligible for the D3 beta, big changes for the Demon Hunter, new skills for all other classes, our new Diablo 3 economy site, and more.

  • Original air date: September 19, 2011.
  • Length: 39:05
  • View it here.

Episode Forty-Four[edit | edit source]

Beta Tester Interview: Thomus

Flux interviews Thomus about his 40+ hours of play in the Diablo 3 Friends & Family beta test. Everything is covered; difficulty, magic find, quests, the economy, the problems with the Auction House, crafting, all five character classes, and much more.

  • Original air date: September 20 2011.
  • Length: 1:02:00
  • View it here.

Episode Forty-Five[edit | edit source]

Skills and Skill Runes

Discussion of the skills and skill runes, now that all has been revealed. Flux, Wolfpaq, and Eliminator debate and describe the most interesting skills and rune effects for all five classes.

  • Original air date: September 26, 2011.
  • Length: 55:49
  • View it here.

Episode Forty-Six[edit | edit source]

Beta Tester Interview: FludDaStud

Flux interviews FluddaStud about the 80+ hours of time he’s played in the Diablo 3 Friends & Family beta test. Everything is covered; difficulty, magic find, quests, the economy, the problems with the Auction House, crafting, all five character classes, and much more.

  • Original air date: Septemnber 29, 2011.
  • Length: 47:57
  • View it here.

Episode Forty-Seven[edit | edit source]

News Attack

After a brief break due to Blizzard distracting us with the beta we are back for another News Attack Vidcast. In this week’s episode we share our beta gameplay experiences, which classes we’ve been playing, also recent news such as the new information and images on all the DiabloWikiArmor Dyes, dubious item naming, game pausing and Diablo 3 at DiabloWikiBlizzCon 2011. Mixed in with our usual chit chat and even some impressions (bad).

Episode Forty-Eight[edit | edit source]

Blizzcon 2011 Arena PvP

Blizzcon 2011 offered a brand new PvP Arena demo, with never-before-played level 60 characters. Wolfpaq and The Eliminator speak to Flux about how much they enjoyed their their dozens of Arena games at the show.

  • Original air date: October 26, 2011.
  • Length: 59:11
  • View it here.

Episode Forty-Nine[edit | edit source]

David Craddock’s Blizzard North Book

Flux interviews David Craddock, author of a new book about Blizzard North. The book contains new info from dozens of ex-Blizzard employees about their years of work on Diablo 1, 2, and 3, up until the studio was shut down in 2005.

  • Original air date: October 31, 2011.
  • Length: 51:14
  • View it here.

Episode Fifty[edit | edit source]

Blizzcon 2011 Overview

BlizzCon 2011 had new info about all three of Blizzard’s titles, and on this show Flux speaks with Neinball and Grug about their experiences at the show. They liked it all, but the Diablo 3 Arena demo was the best, naturally. Even better than the WoW Panda xpack, which both guests insist is not an elaborate practical joke.

  • Original air date: November 6, 2011.
  • Length: 49:45
  • View it here.

Episode Fifty-One[edit | edit source]

TL2′s Travis Baldree Interview + Commentary

Flux interviews Runic Games’ president and lead developer Travis Baldree about all things Torchlight 2. What makes the sequel so much bigger and better than TL1? Plus added commentary on the inevitable Diablo III comparisons, and even a bonus TL2 track from Matt Uelmen.

  • Original air date: November 20, 2011.
  • Length: 1:23:50
  • View it here.

Episode Fifty-Two[edit | edit source]

Max Schaefer Interviewed

Flux interviews Runic Games’ CEO Max Schaefer about Torchlight 2, plus memories of the creation of Diablo II, Blizzard North’s other projects, more tidbits on the earliest version of Diablo III, and more.

  • Original air date: November 24, 2011.
  • Length: 44:54
  • View it here.

Episode Fifty-Three[edit | edit source]

D3 Beta Issues and RMAH Beta Testing

Flux and D3 economy expert Azzure talk about current Diablo 3 beta issues, compare D3 to D2 (which both guys are playing due to D3 beta boredom), and discuss the newly-enabled Real Money Auction House.

  • Original air date: December 15, 2011.
  • Length: 1:02:41
  • View it here.

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