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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!

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Episode 208: Happy New Year

DarkbrewDeliriumBendak and Alisaunder ring in 2015 with episode 208. This week we discuss Survival’s continued rise in popularity. We tell you whether or not it’s advantageous to use Explosive Trap in single target situations. We also give you some tips on how ensure success on those lucrative Highmaul follower missions.

Artemishowl and Solarflair were out this week, but we’ll try and get the entire gang back for Episode 209 on January 18th.
Happy New Year!

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

Episode 207: Spec Parity

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Happy New Year!

I feel like I say this at the end of every year, but it’s hard to believe that another one has come to a close. I’d like to thank you for your continued support of this blog and the Hunting Party Podcast.

Overall 2014 was a good year. January began with the end of the Hunting Party Podcast. It was a bittersweet moment to be sure. I really didn’t want to give it up, but the timing was right. There was a big void in the Hunter community that needed to be filled, and until that happened I didn’t think the show could continue on and be successful.

As the year progressed that void started to fill. In February, Bendak launched Eyes of the Beast and immediately started producing some of the highest quality content I’ve read in some time. His Warlords alpha/beta coverage was incredible, and his guide on how to tame Gara does everything but tame the damn thing for you.

In March Solarflair started a new Hunter podcast called Cloak and Quiver. It was a one-man show and a worthy successor to the Hunting Party Podcast. I was considering doing something similar, but the quality of Cloak and Quiver was so good it made more sense to sit back and let it take off.

In April another new Hunter blog exploded onto the scene when Delirium started Thrill of the Wild. Focused on theorycrafting and spreadsheets, Delirium offered a unique perspective of the Hunter class that wasn’t found elsewhere. New pets are great, but what is the best pet for the DPS in Warlords? Delirium was the man with answers.

The Summer months were all focused on the Warlords of Draenor alpha/beta, and as we headed into Fall there was a seasonal shift in the Hunter community. Zeherah bid farewell and the Warcraft Hunter’s Union made a triumphant return with Artemishowl taking the helm.

The Hunter community was back and better than ever, so it only made sense that the Hunting Party Podcast return to its former glory as well. On September 28th, myself, Bendak, Artemishowl, Solarflair and Delirium banded together to bring you the return of the Hunting Party Podcast.

I predict 2015 will be a great year for the show. Now that things have settled with the expansion, we should have more time to focus on the show. I’ve been very pleased with how it’s gone thus far, and it should only get better in the coming months.

We will have a podcast this Sunday at the usual 10:00 AM Eastern time, and we should have a full house of hosts. I still don’t know what we’ll be discussing this week, but I’m hoping Artemishowl will talk about what it was like to be part of the race for world first in Highmaul. She’s left Blood Legion and is now raiding for an Alliance guild. I’m trying not to hold it against her for going Worgen instead of Dwarf, but it’s not easy.

Again, thank you for your support and I wish you happy and healthy 2015.

Good Hunting!

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Episode 207: Spec Parity

This week Darkbrew, Solarflair and Delirium discuss the latest round of Marksmanship, Beast Mastery, and Survival changes. We’ll tell you how the specs stack up against one another, as well as cover their strengths and weakness. We also talk talents and secondary stats.

Also this week, Solarfliar soloed both Galleon and Oondasta. We talk about that, and for those interested in hunting the Mists of Pandari mount bosses, you can check out Solar’s Hunter Handbook to Mists of Pandaria: Solo Guide for Mounts at the Warcraft Hunters Union.

Our next show is schedule for January 4th, 2015. See you next year, and thanks for listening!

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

Episode 207: Spec Parity

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Episode 206: Hunting Highmaul

The Highmaul raid opened this week, and Darkbrew, Solarflair, Bendak and Delirium have you covered with Hunter tips for each encounter in Normal and Heroic.

We also look at how the different specs are faring, and discuss the plight of Hunters who don’t wish to play the Marksmanship spec.

Our next show is scheduled for Sunday, December 21st. If you’re good, Greatfather Winter might just let Artemishowl come out and play.

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

Thanks for listening!

Episode 206: Hunting Highmaul

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Episode 205: WoW Turns Ten with BRK

This week we celebrate World of Warcraft’s tenth anniversary with everyone’s favorite Hunter BigRedKitty. We talk to BRK about how he got his start with WoW and his blog. We reminisce about the original Molten Core and Southshore v. Tarren Mill.

We also discuss Warlords of Draenor and give you tips on what you can do gear up and prepare for the Highmaul raid which opens it’s doors on December 2nd.

BigRedKitty recently published his Airman Howell stories from BigRedKitty.net. They’re very entertaining, and you can find them here.

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

Thanks for listening!

Episode 205: WoW Turns Ten with BRK

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BRK on the HPP, Baby Steps

BigRedKitty on the Podcast

Set the alarms early and get your coffee ready, because BigRedKitty will be our guest this Sunday on the Hunting Party Podcast. This Sunday marks the official ten year anniversary of World of Warcraft and who better to spend the hour with. We’ll ask BRK about his favorite WoW memories, and we’ll look ahead to the upcoming 10th anniversary events, and get his thoughts on Hunters and the Warlords of Draenor expansion.

We should have a full house this Sunday, so we’ll circle back with Artemishowl and Solarflair and get a report on their Blizzcon experiences, and if they managed to talk the devs into any Hunter changes.

Episode 205 will air Sunday, November 23rd at 10am Eastern on Twitch.tv. To see what time that is in your area check out this handy Time Zone Converter.

Leveling Progress

I’m inching my way to level 100. I dinged 97 last night. I reckon I’ve logged about 15 hours so far with the expansion. I know this isn’t a race, but losing Friday, Saturday and most of Sunday has put behind a lot of my guildmates. I’ll catch up, but I’d rather be running heroics and gearing up with them. The good news is, when I’m ready to join them, they’ll still be running them, have better gear, and know all the fights. It should be a good experience for me.

I’m loving the Garrison a lot more than I thought. My initial plan was to focus on building up followers and getting them leveled. So I kept the Barracks, but then decided to ditch that in favor of the Dwarven Bunker. I think that is the right choice especially as I head into Spires and Nagrand. I’m hoping the increased chance for gear to proc an upgrade will get me into heroics a little faster. At any rate, it’s a lot of fun having an item get upgraded. I’ll most definitely take this building when I get to my alts. as they are very under geared compared to Darkbrew.

The Bunker is now level two, and my Inn is also level two, which means I can recruit a new follower each week. I should get the Salvage Yard questing in Spires. I haven’t focused at all on my Engineering and Tannery buildings. I’ll deal with those when I hit 100. I have been farming the ore and herbs and selling those. It’s not much gold, but it’s not zero. It’s time like these where I wish was leveling a double-gatherer. Oh well.

Other than feeling a little behind, I’m having an incredible time with this expansion. I saw a lot of it in the beta, but there’s something about it being real now that makes it more special.

I’m trying to go fast, but I’m also taking my time in the sense that I’m completing the quests in each zone before moving on. After all, what’s the point of playing if you’re not going to have fun and enjoy things. So I’m taking in the sights, killing “rares”, taming pets and otherwise working towards level 100.

I should get there tonight or tomorrow, and then real expansion begins.

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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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Who’s Your Data?

Score one for the new gang at the Hunting Party Podcast. In our first two episodes back, we’ve sounded like a broken record complaining about Hunter DPS at both level 90 and 100.

Well, guess what? We were right, and Hunters should expect to see some improvement by the time we get to 100 and are ready to start raiding.

We weren’t the only ones raising the red the flag, but until now there was no sign that the devs believed what we were saying, and we felt destined to ride the bottom of the meters. I get that Sims don’t tell the full story, but folks like ArtemishowlSolarflairDeleriumBendak do more than just sim. They test the game. They participate in the raid boss testing, gather logs, confer with other players in the game (even some non Hunters), and they assess things based on that. Oh, and they’re not afraid to give feedback and challenge the developers’ assertions.

I’m not saying Artemishowl or any of us should take credit for incoming buffs, but you should feel good that despite the unhappy tenor regarding Hunters, we were justified in being a little whiny.

See you on October 26th for our next show!