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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!


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


Episode 201: Loaded For Bear

We did it! On September 28, 2014 the Hunting Party Podcast was successfully relaunched with a whole new cast can crew. Despite the new personalities some things remained faithful to first run of the show.

Botched intro/outro? Check!
Technical difficulties? Check!
Same great content? Check!

The show ran a bit longer than we had planned, but that’s because there was a lot of information to cover, and we wanted to do more than just read through a list of patch notes and then move on.

Even at two hours I still fee like we left a lot of content on the table. We’ll see if we can roll that into the next show. The goal is to keep the show length around an hour. We’ll get there, but with so much new stuff, the first few shows will likely run over.

I thought everybody meshed well together, and shows will only get better from here on out.

I was extremely happy that we were able to get the show released within a couple of hours of recording it. A huge shout out to Synthparadox for handling all the technical aspects of show.

I hope you enjoy the show and we’ll see you for Episode 202 on October 12th at 10am Eastern on Twitch TV.

In you weren’t able to listen the live show, you can find the recorded version at the following places.

Episode 201: Loaded For Bear


WHU Tonight, HPP Tomorrow

It’s the eve of the return of the Hunting Party Podcast. Yes, folks it really is happening. At the risk of Jinxing us all to Hell, everything looks to be in place.

The show notes are ready, the hosts are ready, are you ready?

Before we relaunch the podcast, the WHU is organizing an all Hunter event. It’s the level one dwarf Hunter raid of Hogger. It’s happening 9/27 at 9:30pm Central on Icecrown. I’ll be there as will many of the WHU staff and HPP cast.

Now in case you’re wondering, Hogger is still a level 11 elite, which means he should still pose a threat to a level one toon. Maybe not twenty or 200, but we’ll see.

So there you have it two exciting events. Hogger raid tonight, and the Hunting Party Podcast tomorrow at 10am Eastern, at Twitch.tv.

Stay thirsty and remember to drink your Darkbrew Lager!

The Hunting Party Podcast Returns


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.


  • 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


  • …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.”)


  • 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)!


  • 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!




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

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!