The AIE Podcast #408 – Don’t podcast and play HC at the same time

On this episode of The AIE Podcast…

  • Seasons are a changing in Diablo(s)
  • Fridays are now a mixed bag!
  • It’s still hot out- is anyone else craving Ice Cream Citadel?
  • You are invited to a Baginses birthday bash!
  • And, we have Lars here to talk to us about AIE in WoW Classic Hardcore

All that and more coming up right now…

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Welcome to episode #408 of the podcast celebrating you, the Alea Iacta Est gaming community, the die has been podcast. This is Mkallah: To my left is Tetsemi: – (catch phrase here). And to my right is Mewkow: (catch phrase here). This week we are joined by special guests Lars who is here to talk to us about AIE in WoW Classic Hardcore Welcome!

Ok, we’ll be digging into WoW Classic Hardcore shortly, but first, let’s cover this week’s news…

AIE News

Mandatory Fun Nights

Where the fun is mandatory but the attendance is not.

Sunday – You all get a day off!
Monday – GW2 9:30 pm Eastern
Monday – STO 10:00 pm Eastern
Tuesday – SWTOR 9:00 pm Eastern
Wednesday – HFO Mythic+ Mayhem (WoW) 8:00 pm Eastern
Thursday- Board Game Night (1st and 3rd Thursdays) 7:00 pm Eastern/6:00 pm Central
Friday – ESO 9:00 pm Eastern
Friday – FFXIV(Magical Misc Tour) 9:00 pm Eastern
Saturday – LotRO 8:30 pm Eastern
Saturday – FFXIV (Maps) 9:30 pm Eastern
Saturday – WoW Classic Hardcore 9:30 pm Eastern
Saturday – Noob Raid (WoW) 11:00 pm Eastern

Streaming and Guild Podcast News
We have a ton of AIE member podcasts! Want to know where to find them? Look no further than here-

SWTOR Escape Podcast (Max and Sema)

Behind the Games Podcast (Jeff aka Max and Sema)

Working Class Nerds (Marcus and Nick) – NSFL

Boards and Swords (Chris and Philip)

Dr. Gameology ( Dr. Daniel Kaufmann )

STO – Fleet Action Report (Grebog and Nikodas)

A Podcast Reborn: A FFXIV Community Podcast (Brandon aka Old Man Franks, Meagan, and Rho) – NSFL

Diablo 4
AIE activity in the game has greatly decreased as seasonal play has been concluded by many and they await the next one “The Season of Blood” which begins on 17 October 2023:

Current patch notes are available at

Apps are still being accepted for the clan; however, will only be approved if the requestor posts their Battlenet ID to the AIE public discord channel #diablo. If you have friends or family wishing to join, make sure they make a post to the channel before or soon after submitting the in-game app.

Diablo 3
The next season of D3 begins this coming Friday, 15 Sep 2023. This will not be the last
season for the game. More info about this upcoming seasonal release and future plans at:

AIE has both a community and a clan for D3. If you would like an invite to one or both, please ask in the public AIE discord #diablo channel.

Noob Raid did Timewalking in Ulduar on Saturday and had two rare mount drops in the quest reward bags. Mimiron’s Head for Gusty and Invincible for Esmey!

Also patch 10.1.7 Fury Incarnate dropped this week with Emerald Dream themed events!

And patch 10.2 is on the PTR, with previews of the next raid and M+ rotation.

WoW Classic
We are still active in Classic Wotlk but awaiting our return to raiding. Ice Cream Citadel is on the test servers, RDF is coming as is account wide mounts, pets, toys and such.

AIE is active on the Horde side of Defias Pillager, currently with 38 guild members (many alts), usually about 5 people online, a few deaths to report (send them to Mankrik), and working towards running our first dungeon soon (RFC). There is now a separate #wow-classic-hardcore chat channel and a voice channel appropriately named “Hardcore Last Words”.

This week was the inaugural week of mixed bag Fridays. We had a good turnout for Master Mode Flashpoints. Next week we’ll be back to Git Some Fun (Galactic Star Fighter).

This week’s MFN was a celebration of yet another planet won in Total Galactic War. Winning comes from guildies working together to earn points and it all adds up, no matter how small the number. Special mention goes to Strykezone for turning out a really glorious total of points.

The Wednesday night ops team has an open dps spot if anyone is interested. We run story mode operations and are very new to operations friendly.

We’ve been venturing into trials again and taking advantage of the Undaunted Event rewards by running dungeons as a group.Also doing Zone clears, trials if possible, helping people farm gear, complete dungeons, and having fun.

Ladies and Gentlemen children of all ages starting on Monday October 2, 2023 we will be having Tales of Tribute Tournament 4. The Tournament will run for 4 weeks and games per week will be determined on the amount of enterents we get. To sign up for the TOTT 4 all you need to do is respond to this post in the tales channel or dm me at @Kraemer29 on discord. I am still working on the prize list that shall follow in a few days. Sign ups are now open.

1st – 1,500,000
2nd – 1,250,000
3rd – 1,000,000
4th – 950,000
5th – 875,000
6th – 800,000
7th – 750,000
8th – 700,000
9th – 600,000
10th – 500,000

*prize will be adjusted based on entries if we get more then 10 additional places will be paid out

Fed fleet is working on the major upgrade for the Morale branch of the colony. This will be its final upgrade and allow us to unlock the Kentari Engineer Bridge officers. We have a bit more work to go on the Infrastructure branch, but it too is nearing its final project.

KDF Fleet is closing in on Tier III of the starbase, Tier 2 of the Spire and Tier I of the Research Lab. The plan is to focus more on the Starbase and Spire, while getting the other holdings to Tier I so we can stack some provisions. This way if you have a friend in another fleet that has unlocked goods you wish to purchase, we have the provisions for you to use.

Patch 6.5 should be launching in Early October

Main Scenario Quests – Growing Light
New Alliance Raid Dungeon – Myths of the Realm, Part 3: Thaleia
New Dungeon – The Lunar Subterrane
New Trial – The Abyssal Fracture

Dungeons and More night we brought some toons into Heart of Thorns area to get some xp towards some of our mastery points to try to upgrade our gliding. At the same time grabbed some hero points for our alts. Also had an expansion drop since last podcast that has what we hear is a great story to it.

There are some great stuff going on in lotro. If you are VIP now through October 10th daily gold hobbit presents. Lotro is also celebrating the Bagins’ birthday starting on September 20th in Rivendell. There is some fun going on during Saturday Night Lotro so come join in on the fun. (To wrap up with a shameless plug, stop by to say hi to Maellung Tuesday nights at 8 Max time aka central on LOTROstream.)

And with that, let’s get back to Lars and find out what’s going on in WoW Classic

The Hardcore realms for Classic Era dropped the other week (August 24) and it has been hopping. There are two realms for NA (Defias Pillager and Skull Rock) and two for EU (Nek’Rosh and Stitches). 90 thousand character lives were lost on the first day. On Sept 1, Blizzard sent some statistics: average level at death is 10, top three races are Human, Night Elf, Undead, top five classes are Warrior (19%), Hunter (16%), Mage (14%), Rogue (13%), Priest (10%). Top five causes of death: Kobold Miner, Falling, PvP, Voidwalker Minion, Wendigo.

And that’s our show for tonight. While the chatroom begins suggesting show titles, we want to thank Lars for joining us.

If you have a question or comment about our show, you can email us at You can find us on the AIE Discord and other non-Twitter social media.. We record live with video every other Sunday at 8pm Eastern/5pm Pacific. You can join the chatroom and play along with us on our website at and look for the link to our discord server at And for past episodes, you can see them on our Youtube channel, ! Our theme was composed by the amazing Andrew Allen, follow him at @keyswithsoul! or visit his website

And now it’s time to play all of the great AIE member segment we received this week, including…

Next time, we’ll be talking to Guest in Game. So until then, AIE…

– This is Lars
– This is Mkallah
– This is Tetsemi
– This is Mewkow

And this has been… The AIE Podcast.