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Episode 215, The Cantina Cast and More

A quick update post for you today.

HPP Episode 215

Episode 215 will air at it’s usual time this Sunday on our Twitch.tv site. Bendak and I will be out this week, but RogerBrown will joining ArtemisHowl and Delirium on the show. They’ll have an update on the WHU BBQ in SoCal this May. Click here to see when the show will air where you live.

The Cantina Cast

I just signed on to be a blogger with The Cantina Cast. It’s a Star Wars themed site and although it has nothing to with World of Warcraft, I wanted to let you know about it since I can’t imagine you guys don’t like Star Wars.

I’ll let you know whenever I post something there. You can also check out a little more that I had to say about it on my SWTOR blog, The Cantina.

More

I don’t know about you guys, but my game time has been very streamlined the last couple of months. I login to raid Tue., Wed., and Thu. It’s something I enjoy very much. We do two hours a night so progress is slow, but it’s there. We’re 8/10 heroic now, and those eight bosses are nearly on farm status.

Beyond raiding, it has been mostly follower missions, farming music scrolls (I now have Karazhan in my Garrison), and trying to get Harrison Jones. I have one quest left to complete to get him as a follower, and then it’s let the gold farming begin. My Garrison now has the following setup.

  • Salvage Yard
  • Enchanting Shack
  • Storehouse
  • Inn
  • Trading Post
  • Mage Tower
  • Barracks

Everything revolves around convenience and gold making. I recruit a new Treasure Hunter every week, and once I get Harrison Jones leveling them will be easy. The trading post allows me to keep the flow of Garrison resources coming. The Mage Tower allows me to collect Apexis Crystals which I use for Seals, and its work orders sometimes reward an item that allows you to instantly complete a mission. Great for those BRF missions.

So that’s about it. Until we get another raid tier and major questing hub, there isn’t much I feel compelled to do on a daily basis. Truth be told, I’m okay with this.

Oh, and I do have a couple of Hunter posts rattling around in my brain, but I may not get to them until after I get back from Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim next week.

Good Hunting!

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Episode 214: Off to a Great Stop!

Welcome to the first Episode recorded live at our new showtime – 2PM Eastern. ArtemisHowl couldn’t make it, Delirium was late, and technical difficulties cause the episode to end rather abruptly. As you can see the new time has us off to a great stop.

Amidst the chaos, we still managed to deliver another great episode of Hunter content. This week we talk about why Harrison Jones is an awesome follower despite being a Rogue. We cover the both the Tier and LFR 2/4 piece set bonuses and how they affect each spec.
We continue to plunge the depths of Blackrock Foundry and talk about our favorite bosses and which specs and strategies we prefer.
Episode 215 is scheduled for April 12 at 2PM Eastern. Click here to see when the show will air where you live.

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

Episode 214: Off to a Great Stop!

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Episode 213: Farewell Solarflair

In this episode we bid farewell to Solarflair who is leaving the podcast to work for Blizzard Entertainment. We wish him nothing but the best of luck, and look forward to seeing him again at Blizzcon 2015.

That’s right, #TeamHunter will be back at Blizzcon this year and we are in the early stages of planning an awesome event complete with swag and other possible giveaways. Currently DeliriumArtemishowl and Darkbrew are definite, while Bendak is 50/50 right now. Stayed tuned for more information throughout the year.

Of course we talk Hunters. This week we talk about the Tranq. Shot nerf. The upcoming Blackrock Foundry itemization changes. We also touch upon some of the Blackrock Foundry encounters and how Hunters are faring.

Saving the best for last, RogerBrown sneaks in at the end to wish Solar farewell and weigh in on the aforementioned topics. Expect to see him making more guest appearances throughout the year.

Episode 214 is scheduled for March 29th are our new time of 2pm Eastern. Click here to see when the show will air where you live.

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

Episode 213: Farewell Solarflair

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Episode 212: Michele Morrow, Bracklemore and Rhino Gosling

It’s never a dull moment when Michele Morrow makes an appearance on the show, and Episode 212 is no exception. This week we discuss the Raid Against Rare Diseases charity even that took place on February 28th.

If you missed the event, no worries, there is still time to donate as well as participate in the online auction where you can bid on some items donated by Blizzard.

Also in this episode we congratulate Solar on getting a job with Blizzard Entertainment. At the end of March he’ll move to California and join Warcraft’s QA team. Grats Solar!

We also managed to squeeze in couple of Hunter topics including how nice it is to be Beast Mastery and use pets once again.

Important Links

Episode 213 is currently scheduled for March 15th. Thanks for listening.

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

Episode 212: Michele Morrow, Bracklemore and Rhino Gosling

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Episode 211: Play What You Want

This week DarkbrewDelirium and Bendak dive into Blackrock Foundry. We give our impressions on the bosses we’ve seen thus far and how we feel Hunters are faring.

We welcome Blizzard Watch and Bendak‘s new Locked and Loaded Hunter Column.

We take a look at the latest Hunter changes for Patch 6.1 and discuss how all three specs stack up against each other for single target and AoE.
Episode 212 is schedule for March 1st.
The show is broadcast live on Twitch TV. In addition to the live show you can find it at,
Episode 211: Play What You Want

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Episode 210: Preparing for Patch 6.1

This week DarkbrewSolarflairDelirium and Bendak discuss Hunter changes coming in Patch 6.1. We review the talents, discuss the tier set bonuses and give you guidance on what specs and talents you’ll want to pickup when 6.1 goes live.

Blackrock Foundry opens up on Tuesday, ahead of Patch 6.1, so you’ll want to keep doing what you’re doing until 6.1 arrives.

We also give our thanks and bid farewell to WoW Insider. Bendak wrote the site final Scattered Shots column. A must read by all.
The show is broadcast live on Twitch TV. In addition to the live show you can find it at,
Episode 210: Preparing for Patch 6.1

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Episode 209: RogerBrown is in Town

RogerBrown from Method joins us this week on the Hunting Party Podcast. DarkbrewArtemishowlDelirium and Bendak talk to RogerBrown on a variety of topics including the Highmaul race to first, what spec he’s playing, the upcoming Blackrock Foundry raid, and changes coming in patch 6.1.

Episode 210 is currently scheduled for February 1, 2015.
The show is broadcast live on Twitch TV. In addition to the live show you can find it at,
Episode 209: RogerBrown is in Town

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Everything’s New

New Podcast Episode

A reminder to everyone that we have a new podcast episode scheduled for this weekend. Episode 210 won’t have any guests, but Solar should be back, and the rest of the hosts will be there too. Our technical guru, Synthparadox, is out of town, so I’ll be handling all of the pyrotechnics on Sunday. Remember when we used to have all those technical glitches in past years?

There’s plenty to discuss this week. Blackrock Foundry opens on Tuesday, and there are a host of talent changes for Hunters. We’ll fill you in on what all of that means on Sunday.

See you at 10:00 am Eastern on Twitch.tv.

New PC

I’m getting a new PC! It’s expected to ship on February 5th, so hopefully I’ll have it in hand before Tuesday’s raid the the following week. I’m a little less excited about this then I ought to be. I’ll be ecstatic when it arrives and I power it on, but I wasn’t planning on getting a PC this year.

In November my video card died. I had an NVIDIA GTX 570. I replaced it with an NVIDIA 970 GTX. It ran great, and then it too died. Ouch! I did what I could to try and identify a root cause of the problem, but in end I opted to bite the bullet and order a new computer.

Some of the specs on the new machine include,

  • Intel Core i7-4790K 4.0 GHz 8 MB Intel Smart Cache processor.
  • 256 GB SSD + 2TB SATA Hard Drive Combo.
  • 8GB DDR-3/2133MHz memory.
  • 800 Watts Power Supply.
  • NVIDIA GTX 970 4GB video card.

It’s a nice upgrade over what I have now, and in theory it will be working when I get it.

New Guild

I joined a new guild last night. It’s not entirely new, as there are about half a dozen players with whom I’ve known and played with for many years now. Some going as far back as Burning Crusade. I hated leaving, but we just weren’t progressing in Highmaul. My progression looks like this, nine Kargath, four Butcher and two Twins kills. That’s it, and everything else has been a struggle to make any headway. In fact, we spent most of the night wiping on Twins despite having killed them the last two weeks.

The only saving grace from this week was I coined a helmet off of Butcher and I registered my 15th heroic kill. That means my Highmaul missions will now reward Mythic gear. I had to DE a heroic Scales of Doom last week. Sad times indeed.

The new guild has most of heroic on farm and are working on Imperator Mar’gok. They’ll probably start on Blackrock Foundry next week too.

I’m looking forward to the fresh start.

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Podcast, PTR, PC Woes

Episode 209

I realized that I published Episode 209 of the podcast everywhere but here. For consistency’s stake I’ll do a separate post later, but 209 was a great show. A big thanks to special guest RogerBrown, and a warm welcome back to ArtemisHowl. We discussed many things on the show, but nothing was better than listening to those two talk about what it was like to participate in the Highmaul race for World First.

Episode 210 is currently planned for Sunday, February 1st at 10:00 am Eastern.

PTR 6.1 Build 19508

Patch 6.1 is in full swing on the PTR. They released some class tuning changes, but nothing much for Hunters. If you saw the patch notes on MMO-Champion, they were all tooltip changes, except for maybe Barrage, and it’s not clear if it was buffed, nerfed or stayed the same.

We’re still early in the patch cycle so there may yet be some real Hunter changes.

PC Woes

In more personal news, my three year old PC is dying a slow death. Back in November my GPU died and I replaced my dead NVIDIA GTX 570 with a honking GTX 970. Sadly it now appears to be on life support. I suffered a couple of severe BSODs this week. In both cases my PC recovered just fine upon reboot. Last night, however, I was greeted with a single monitor, grainy 800 x 600 resolution after boot up. The system still recognized the graphics card, but disabled it with a code 43.

I figured the problem was either the card, the PCIE slot or the power supply unit (PSU). I tried putting the card in a different slot, but that only made things worse. I tried using different power cables from the PSU, but that didn’t help either. I finally cannibalized an NVIDIA GTX 560 from a much older PC. It is that ancient piece of hardware that is allowing me to write this post.

I’m not sure what my next step will be. What I do know is my system has fried one GPU, and possibly a second in short amount of time, so a dead GPU may be the symptom of a larger problem. I’ll be curious to see how this one holds up, although I hope to have a permanent resolution before I have time to find out.

Happy Friday!