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Episode 203: Meet DillyPoo

This week we discuss PvP with arena tournament Hunter DillyPoo. We discuss what it’s like to play arena as a Hunter, what Hunter PvP will look like in Warlords of Draenor, how you can get started in PvP.

We also discuss the latest round of Hunter buffs, and answer some listener questions.

If you want more from DillyPoo, you can follow him on Twitter and Twitch.tv.

The show is broadcast live on Twitch TV. In addition to the live show you can find it at,

Thanks for listening!

Episode 203: Meet DillyPoo

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Episode 202: Sim City

Patch 6.0 is here and Darkbrew, Solarflair, Artemishowl, Delirium and Bendak have you covered with everything you need to know.

This week we discuss which specs, talents and glyphs you’ll want if you plan to raid Seige of Orgrimmar in 6.0. We also talk about which specs and talents are coming out on top at level 100.

We answer lots of listener questions covering a variety of topics including trinkets, pets and buffs, glyphs, and professions.

The show is broadcast live on Twitch TV. In addition to the live show you can find it at,

Special thanks to Slugslinger for creating the podcast image used in this post.

Episode 202: Sim City

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The Hunting Party Podcast is Back!

That’s right folks, the Hunting Party Podcast is coming back, and with a vengeance.

Frostheim, Euripides, and Arth remain happily retired, so we’ve assembled a whole new crew to bring you the latest Hunter news, theorycrafting, raiding tips and more.

This next generation of hosts is nothing short of amazing, I have no doubt that the second iteration of the podcast will be every bit as good as the first.

Hosting the show will be myself, Artemishowl, Solar, and Delirium. We are also in negotiations with Bendak as a possible fifth host. At the very least he’ll be active in the chatroom along with everyone’s favorite moderator – Alisaunder!

Synthparadox will also return to handle all of the technical aspects of the show including broadcasting and editing.

There are a few other changes to the show. First we will not be broadcasting every week. It will be every other week.

Also, the day, time and location have all changed. The show will be broadcast on Sundays at 10:00 am Eastern on Twitch TV.

And with that, Hunting Party Podcast, Episode 201 airs on Sunday, September 28, 2014, 10:00 am Eastern at http://twitch.tv/huntingpartypodcast.

See you there!

Episode 200: The End

This is it, the final episode of the Hunting Party Podcast. The show was four hours long, so I decided to break it up into four one-hour segments.

The final episode is everything you’ve come to expect from the Hunting Party. Amazing guests, strong and varying opinions about Hunters, jokes, and of course the drinking game.

Appearing on this final episode are,

  • Frostheim – formerly of the WHU and Scattered Shots.
  • Euripides – fomerly of OutDPS, Call to Auction and Gold Capped.
  • Darkbrew – from the Brew Hall.
  • Alisaunder – from the Hunting Party Podcast.
  • Synthparadox – from the Hunting Part Podcast and Call to Auction.
  • BigRedKitty – The Godfather of Wow/Hunter blogging.
  • Zeherah – Creator of Female Dwarf.
  • Michele Morrow – Actress, gamer extraordinaire.
  • RogerBrown – Hunter from Method.
  • Banya – Real-life zookeeper and creator of Wow Biology 101.
  • Matt Mercer – Voice over actor. Credits include Rexxar in Hearthstone, Norushen, General Vezax and more.
  • Critho – from the World of Warcraft Community Team.

Part One

Part Two

Part Three

Part Four

Direct Downloads

Podcast Wrap-Up

What a great sendoff! The guests, the listeners, it was all amazing. In all we recorded 5 and a 1/2 hours of show and postshow, and I will push all of it to iTunes. What I’m going to do is break the main show into four one hour parts, and then I’ll keep the post show in it’s entirety. My hope is to start working on this today.

While I wait for the files to download, I wanted to express my thanks to Michele Morrow, RogerBrown, Crithto, Matt Mercer, Banya, Zeherah, BigRedKitty, and of course to Frostheim, Euripides, Arth, Alisaunder, and Synthparadox. Episode 200 was by far the biggest and best show we’ve ever done. We went out on top.

Okay, that’s enough gushing. It’s backing to playing to WoW. A lot has been happening. You know that guild that Euripides and I started? Well, I’ve pulled Darkbrew from it. I’ve moved him into a guild where I can raid. We just cleared SoO normal and have started heroics. I’ve also leveled a couple of new Hunters. I’ll write about all of this in the coming days and weeks.

Well, the files are downloaded, and I’ve got some editing to do.

Stay thirsty my friends, and remember to drink your Darkbrew Lager.

Podcast Week: The Drinking Game

We’ve always been a Dwarf friendly podcast, and if there’s one thing Dwarfs are good at it’s drinking. It’s only fitting that the podcast have a drinking game. Now the game wasn’t conceived by us. Long-time listener Bozanimal came up with the rules. Bozanimal no longer plays WoW, but as the years have gone by we’ve attempted to the keep the rules up to date. This latest incarnation has some nice additions from Arth.

My pints are cooling in the fridge are yours? See you all tomorrow!

The Hunting Party Podcast Drinking Game!
Note that “If” is a one-time only drink. “Whenever” is a drink for EACH occurrence.

DRINK

  • Whenever a host screws up/ misses their line(s) and/or is reminded by a co-host
  • Whenever a host complains about Hunter PvP
  • Whenever a host says, “Darkbrew Lager” (Darkbrew alone doesn’t count)
  • Whenever technical issues of any type occur
  • Whenever a show host is interrupted by real-life for any reason (e.g. kids, internet connection, girlfriend, fire)
  • Whenever a listener uses the word, “viable” or “optimal” in their question
  • Whenever a listener username is read that pokes fun at a show host
  • Whenever a question or reader email is answered by the chatroom rather than a host

ONCE

  • …for each HPP running gag: Frostheim’s hairy wrists, Canadian jokes, Euripides’ hot sister, Feral Druids, Darkbrew’s Amazing Rare Spawn Tames, How OP Warlocks are, and Sporebats
  • If the show ends on time (impossible for this episode).
  • If the Auction House is referred to as the meta-game.
  • If you clear the mailbox of reader questions within the regular show time
  • If all the show hosts remain connected until the break
  • If all the show hosts remain connected from intro to outtro
  • If all five show hosts are in attendance (Darkbrew, Frost, Euripides, Arth, Alisaunder)
  • If Frostheim makes someone notably uncomfortable (e.g. “I’d totally tame you, Dawn!”)
  • If Euripides is accused of having certain inappropriate feelings towards Feral Druids
  • If anyone refers to the show notes during the show (e.g. “I’m just reading what’s in the show notes.”)

DOWN A GLASS

  • If a news announcement includes a new in-game item, NPC, or achievement named after a hunter community member
  • If a real-life injury is sustained by a show host during the show, including the break
  • If you realize that the show is not being recorded
  • If your question or email are read-aloud on the show (listeners only)
  • If Darkbrew is given half the crap Frostheim and Euripides give one another

The Hunting Party Podcast Drinking Game (Ep. 200 Addendum)!

DRINK

  • Whenever Michele talks about out-drinking Frost (limit 3)
  • Whenever BRK talks about how it was “in his day” (limit 3)
  • Whenever Arth mentions Pet Tanking (limit 3)
  • Whenever Frostheim says “Semi-colon however comma” or enunciates punctuation in a similar manner (limit 3)
  • Whenever Euri talks about being a train conductor (limit 3). Add a second swig if moose are mentioned in the anecdote by any host.
  • Whenever Alisaunder shoehorns lore into a topic having nothing to do with lore (limit 3)
  • Whenever Zeherah corrects us with actual math (limit 3)

HPP 200 Details (Courtesy of the WHU)

I didn’t have time to prepare anything for today, so I’m totally stealing THIS post from the WHU. Wouldn’t be the first time, but sadly, it’s probably the last. Thanks Arth!

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Where?

www.huntingpartypodcast.com

When?
This Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014, 2PM EST.

Who?
In alphabetical order…

Alisaunder: Long-time moderator of the Hunting Party Podcast (HPP), Ali’s technical expertise along with her knowledge of hunters and WoW lore has made her an excellent co-host who helps ensure that each show flows smoothly.

Arth: A frequent guest blogger on the Warcraft Hunter’s Union until Frostheim’s retirement, at which point Arth took over as lead blogger. He is also currently a host of the HPP. He originally made a name for himself in the hunter world with a series of pet tanking accomplishments, where he tanked several heroic dungeons and raid bosses throughout Wrath and Cata, including the world first pet tanking of Sindragosa. Arth also led the WHU all-hunter raids in Cataclysm.

BigRedKitty: Often referred to as the father (or grandfather!) of hunter bloggers, BRK was perhaps the biggest name in hunter and WoW blogging for much of vanilla, BC, and into Wrath. He is also credited with starting one of the first successful WoW podcasts, which he hosted himself.

Darkbrew: One of the original hosts of the HPP, and the only to be a host for its full tenure. He runs The Brewhall website, and has an in-game drink named after him – Darkbrew Lager – that has been incorporated into his website since its inception.

Euripides: One of the original hosts of the HPP, Euripides used to run the website OutDPS. He was also a blogger for WoW Insider, primarily on the WoW economy and auction house, and briefly hosted the Call to Auction podcast that focused on the auction house in WoW.

Frostheim: Creator of the Warcraft Hunters Union, Frostheim also wrote the Scattered Shots hunter column on WoW Insider for many years, and was a frequent guest and eventual host on the HPP. Frostheim is also the creator of the WHU all-dwarven-hunter guild, whose events and achievements are the stuff of legend.

Michele Morrow: Actress and gamer, Michele has her hand in numerous creative projects in movies, TV, online blogging and gaming. She is a frequent guest of the podcast.

Zeherah: A staple of the theorycrafting community, Zeherah is the creator of femaledwarf.com, a website that acts as a comprehensive tool for calculating dps based off of different gear, spec, rotations, and character settings. Her work has helped legions of hunters maximize their dps. She was also the guest on the very first Hunting Party Podcast, and at 9 appearances is the podcast’s most frequent guest.

Others?: As many as four other guests may make cameo appearances, including a mix of past podcast guests and a couple who have worked directly with WoW for Blizzard. Though at present I can’t confirm any of them, it’s likely we’ll see at least a couple surprises.

In-Game Event
Icecrown Server. We’ll begin gathering at 1PM EST, an hour before the show starts (11am Icecrown server time). Meetup place is at Kharanos, which is close enough to the dwarven starting zone that if you don’t have a toon in the WHU Guild, you can make one and run there.

For the most part, we’ll just be having fun…BSing and partying and chatting. Bring your fireworks, your brew kegs, your toys, etc.

HOWEVER. If we get enough people with max-level, geared toons, including cross-server hunters, we may organize a group to go kill something later during the podcast. No promises here; we’re playing it by ear. But be ready.

Podcast Week: HPP Trivia

Podcast week continues here at the Brew Hall. Today I wanted to share some small factoids and anecdotes from the show’s history. Enjoy, and feel free to share your favorite memories by leaving a comment.

  • The podcast began in August 2009, during the Wrath of the Lich King expansion.
  • Zeherah was the first guest on the podcast. She also made more appearances on the show than any other guest.
  • Euripides, Darkbrew and BigRedKitty all played on Drenden.
  • Euripides and BigRedKitty were briefly guildmates in Aetherial Circle.
  • Darkbrew later joined Aetherial Circle. This was after BRK quit the game.
  • Euripides and Darkbrew later formed a guild called Bucket List. The guild still exists today. We hoped our “fame” would help us recruit and turn it into a hard core raiding guild. All we got were Hunters.
  • We Gem for Strength was a cheesy comedic bit that Euripides and Darkbrew did for Episode 7. We had no idea that it would catch on like it did.
  • Frostheim got Ghostcrawler to record a bumper for show where he said – “This is Ghostcrawler, and you’re listening to the Hunting Party Podcast, and I gem for strength”.
  • Faeghleis became the producer after sending Euripides an e-mail saying he liked the content of the show, but that it sounded like crap.
  • Faeghleis lives in Australia. We used to do our live shows at 5:00 pm Eastern on Saturdays. That was around 7:00 am Sunday for him.
  • In addition to our podcast, Faeghleis did some sound work for the television show Terra Nova.
  • When the podcast first started, we each recorded only our audio tracks. We’d send them to our producer who would synch them all together.
  • Episode 21 was the beginning of the live episodes. It was also the start of the show’s legendary technical difficulties.
  • Episode 23 is a partial episode, because much of it got lost.
  • Episodes 25, 28 and 29 are lost episodes. We have show notes and partial recordings, but the final versions of those episodes are gone.
  • We were often late getting our episodes edited and out on iTunes. Case in point, Episode 26 was released after episode 31.
  • In our Outro we encouraged listeners to leave reviews on iTunes. The majority were positive, and all the negative ones were about how slow we were to upload episodes.
  • Episode 27 was not a live show due to technical difficulties with UStream.
  • Frost’s hairy wrists was started by Euripides after Frost posted a close-up of his arm wearing the friendship bracelet he won from Euripides.
  • In our final season Euripides won a friendship bracelet of his own. He too posted a picture, and we believe that Euripides has hairier wrists than Frost.
  • Darkbrew has never posted a picture of his hairy wrists. This is for the best.
  • Episode 34 was the first appearance of BRK on the show. On this episode he pissed off the Mage community. All three of them.
  • Episode 34 was the first episode where we had a sponsor – Audible.com. We never made a single cent from them or any sponsor.
  • Before Darkbrew Lager was added to the game, Darkbrew used to sign-off using the phrase Happy Hunting.
  •  For episode 38, Frostheim did his broadcast live from the WHU BBQ.
  • Episode 40 was Faeghleis’ last show, and Alisaunder’s first show.
  • Episode 45 marked the one year anniversary of the podcast.
  • After Episode 20, we recorded another episode that we titled the Lich King Special. It was dedicated to Paragon getting the world first Heroic Lich King kill. The next episode we recorded after that we called Episode 21. You do the math on episodes (see the numbers section below).
  • We first started reading chat room names in episode 47. It was Frost’s idea and he didn’t tell Euripides about it beforehand. Episode 47 was also when Darkbrew Lager was discovered.
  • Show notes became formalized with episode 23. We still have copies of the show notes for almost every episode.
  • For episode 100, Euripides and Darkbrew flew to Minnesota to record the show from Frost’s place. It was the first and only time the hosts met face-to-face.
  • Episode 18 was the first episode “I’m a Hunter” was used for the intro. song.
  • Frostheim once injured himself trying a Ninja move during a show break. He also fell out of his chair during episode 100.
  • Episodes 193 and 194 were the only episodes to not feature Darkbrew, Euripides or Frostheim.
  • Episode 93 was a lost episode because Euripides forgot to press record. That episode featured AskMrRobot and Zeherah.
  • Michele Morrow’s first appearance on the show was episode 57.
  • During one of Kripparian’s appearances, you could hear is bird chirping on the background. Very distracting.
  • The Hunting Party Drinking game was created by listener Bozanimal.
  • Michele and Frostheim played the drinking game in episode 100. Frost won.
  • Darkbrew’s Lament was a poem written in honor of Darkbrew accidentally vendoring his Deathbringer’s Will trinket. He eventually got it restored by a GM.
  • Darkbrew wrote a book of Haikus for a contest to get into the Cataclysm beta. He even had listeners submit some for him to enter.

Since we know you like numbers

  • 200 – The final episode of the podcast.
  • 201 – The actual number of recorded episodes we will have done.
  • 230 – The episode number we would be on if we had recorded an episode every week since starting.
  • 87 – The number of episodes that Euripides, Frostheim and Darkbrew recorded together.
  • 19 – The number of episodes Darkbrew missed.
  • 49 – The number of episodes Euripides missed (does not include episodes after he left).
  • 34 – The number of episoded Frostheim missed (does not include episodes before he became a host, and after he left).
  • 181 – The number of episodes Darkbrew recorded.
  • 139 – The number of episodes Euripides recorded.
  • 138 – The number of episodes Frostheim recorded.
  • 27 – The number of episodes Arth recorded.
  • 64 – The number episodes that featured guests.
  • 9 – The number of times Zeherah appeared on the podcast. Also the number of times where Darkbew was the only host.
  • 8 – The number of times Michele Morrow appeared on the podcast.
  • 7 – The number of times BRK appeared on the podcast.
  • 25 – The most consecutive episodes a single host made without missing one. Grats Darkbrew!
  • 6 – The most consecutive episodes missed by a host. Boo Frostheim!
  • 293 – The number of reviews left on iTunes.
  • 1 – The number of Hunter Podcasts to rule them all!

Podcast Week: Our Wonderful Guests

Once of the great joys of doing this podcast was getting the opportunity to speak with some of the great minds, talents and personalities in the Hunter community. If I have one regret, it’s that we didn’t have more guests on the show.

We had 64 shows with guest appearances, and 34 distinct guests. Zeherah was our first guest, and she was also our most frequent guest, making nine appearances. Michele Morrow was right behind her with eight appearances, and BigRedKitty was right up there with seven.

There isn’t enough time to write about all of our guests, but I did want to share a few of my favorite memories and moments.

Theorycrafters

We loved theorycrafting. Not only did we have a great theorycrafter on board in Frost, but the Hunter community was filled some great ones. These number crunching shows were some of my favorites.

Zeherah – If you’re a Hunter and you don’t use female dwarf, it may be time to abandon your pets and turn in your license. Zeherah was a great guest and she always brought a lot to the table. In Cataclysm Blizzard acknowledged her work with Zeherah’s Dragonskull Crown. While she was honored, she was quick to point out it was loaded with Hit and Mastery, hardly the ideal stats.

AskMrRobot – These guys made three appearances on our show. Their first appearance was on episode 93, which also included Zeherah. In those days, we had to actually press a record button to capture the audio. Poor Euripides forgot to do this and didn’t realize it until the show was over. This episode was broadcast live only. Thankfully they were gracious enough to return to the show two more times.

World Class Raiders

Munken – Back in the early days of Wrath, Ensidia was the top guild garnering many world firsts. Munken was one of their Hunters and the first top-flight raider we interviewed.

Kripparian – Kripp hit our radar after an article mentioning that he had the highest DPS parses in the game, and that he had completed every achievement in WoW. We brought him on to discuss that and other Hunter stuff. The big takeaway from this appearance was the notion of Cooldown stacking. High-end raiders knew to do this, but it was not quite mainstream. We hoped to change that.

Kruf – As Wrath of the Lich King progressed, Dream Paragon moved into the top spot for world firsts. We interviewed Kruf after they defeated the Lich King on heroic. He was a great guest, and made five appearances before leaving the game.

RogerBrown – Roger made three appearances on the show, starting late in Cataclysm as Method came to prominence in acquiring world first kills. Early in Mists we had a great discussion on BM’s opening rotation which was convoluted at best, and critical that you get right. The loss of readiness has made much of that discussion null and void, but it was fun at the time.

World Class PvPers

If it weren’t for Euripides the only PvP happening on the show would’ve been the quips between the hosts. We didn’t spend a lot of time on Hunter PvP, but when we did, we lined up some good ones for you.

Jurgwena – For a brief period of time he was the PvP writer on OutDPS. Our hope was to have him on every month or so to talk about PvP, but he only ever came on once. His articles can still be found on OutDPS, but they’re mostly outdated.

Loincloth – He was a highly ranked PvPer and contributor over at Skill Capped. He graciously spent an hour of his time answering basic PvP questions from PvE noobs like us.

Zumio – Zumio was the last PvP interview that we did. It was early in the Mists of Pandaria expansion, and a few things have changed, but if you’re into PvP this interview is still somewhat relevant. He appeared on epsiode 141.

Personalities

If there’s one thing the Hunter community is loaded with it’s personalities. These guys were some of my favorites to interview because they accomplished such amazing things both in and out of the World of Wacraft.

BigRedKitty – BRK first appeared on episode 34. Over 200 listeners tuned into this episode. Other than episode 100, this was the largest live audience we’d ever had. I had never spoken to BRK prior to this episode. We chatted before the show and I was surprised to see his real-life personality was very much like the persona he created. In this episode he managed to piss off the entire Mage community. I remember thinking, wow, we’re so good, that even the support classes listen to us. BRK went on to make six appearances on the show.

Michele Morrow – One of our specialties was reading Wow Insider’s 15-minutes of fame and then inviting the Hunters to appear on the show. Michele Morrow was one of them. Her first appearance was on episode 57, and she instantly became a show favorite. She came back seven more times, filling in as a co-host on a couple of episodes. Her most famous appearance was on episode 100, where she and Frost squared off in a drinking dual. Frost won that by the way, but episode 200 is right around the corner.

Quadilious – On Frost’s first show as an official host we interviewed Quadillious (another 15-minute person). Quadillious was a quadriplegic who was doing high-end raiding. We talked about his setup and how he managed to not stand in the stupid and do great DPS. It was truly humbling to speak to him.

Scott Johnson – That’s right, that Scott Johnson from the Instance. This happened very early on in the life of the podcast. It wasn’t our best interview. No fault of Scott’s, we were just a little new at all this. The Hunter quick-fire segment was awkward at best. The thing about this one was, that Scott was already a big deal and well known personality in WoW. The fact that he was willing to come on our show, gave me the confidence that we could really make the show work. I was also a big fan of the Instance, so getting to talk to Scott was a lot of fun. He was big reason why I wanted to get into podcasting.

Non-Hunters

We even managed to squeeze in some non Hunter guests, including a rogue and a priest.

Dawn Moore – Dawn was the Priest writer at Wow Insider. We had her on three times to talk about healing our pets, which I don’t think she did.

Hrist – This was Frost’s tank, and he loved to tell stories about their raiding exploits. The best part of having Hrist on was we could finally get the truth about Frostheim.

Final Thoughts

I loved the guest shows. They were informative and fun to do. I met some great folks and learned quite a bit from them. Here are the rest of the guests we interviewed on the podcast.

  • Arth – Graciously filled-in for Frost, and then did a hell of a job as a host.
  • Banya – Our favorite real-life zoo keeper who catalogued all of Azeroth’s pets and compared them to their counterparts here on Earth.
  • Brigwyn – Retired blogger from the Hunting Lodge. He and Frost got into it over the state of the Hunter Community.
  • Pikestaff – A very popular blogger at Aspect of the Hare. She was as big as BRK.
  • Morynne – A blogger from Marks-365. She raided with Matticus and filled the chair a couple of times for our missing hosts.
  • Mania – Creator of Petopia, everyone’s favorite resource for Hunter pets.
  • Garwulf – Blogger over at the Huntsman’s Lodge. Not as active as he once was, but there is still a ton of great information to be found there.
  • AFKRogue – A rogue and Frost’s former raid leader. He co-hosted an episode with me.
  • Bella – Another of Frost’s guildies who helped organize several WHU events, and made awesome sporebat cupcakes.
  • Kinaesthesia – Member of the guild Vodka and founder of the Learn2Raid site which produced awesome raid guides during Cataclysm.
  • Matt McCurley – A columnist at WoW Insider.
  • Serallios – Founder of Raidbots.
  • Onymas – A world first raider, whose guild achieved the world first Glory of the Cataclysm raider.