Hello, and welcome to the Warcraft Hunter’s Union (WHU)! The WHU is no longer being updated — you can read Frostheim retirement post and Arth’s retirement post. You can still join the WHU Facebook Group, or follow Frostheim on Twitter or on Google+, and the WHU Guild is still active and kicking.

If you’re a long-time reader of the WHU, this is the final article that will appear on the site. The website will continue to exist indefinitely, though, and I’d encourage you to explore the History of the WHU, and to use the resources below to continue to be an excellent, dues-paying hunter.

What follows is a list of alternate hunter resources where you can get current hunter info.

Great Hunter Blogs

  • The Brewhall – Darkbrew is a longtime blogger and podcaster whose site is both informative and entertaining. You can also follow him on Twitter.
  • Hunter DPS – Kheldul is a knowledgeable and intelligent raiding hunter whose opinions and advice are sure to improve your game.
  • Eyes of the Beast – A new hunter blog by Bendak, the most recent Scattered Shots columnist. He has a slick site look and informative writing style.
  • Hunters Rhok – A solid, long-running blog (it began in 2008) by hunter Phyllixia.
  • Thrill of the Wild - A new, frequently-updated blog by hunter Delirium.
  • The Grumpy Elf – I haven’t followed this blog personally, but it comes recommended by BigRedKitty, the “Godfather” of hunter bloggers.
  • Scattered Shots – This is the Hunter column over on WoW Insider. Currently it is vacant due to some cutbacks at WoW Insider. But this blog has had a long line of accomplished hunters write under the “Scattered Shots” banner, including the creator of the WHU, Frostheim.

Other Hunter Resources

  • Female Dwarf – Zeherah is a staple of the hunter community and an amazing theorycrafter. Her online spreadsheet for maximizing your character’s dps is an incredible tool.
  • Ask Mr. Robot – Similar to Female Dwarf, but slightly larger in scope to include other classes, Ask Mr. Robot helps you maximize your character’s dps by managing spec, gear, gems, and other minutia that goes into your character.
  • Petopia – THE place to go for all things pet-related, Petopia will help to track down rare tames, view animal skins, and generally anything you’d ever want to know about pets in WoW.
  • WoW Biology 101 – A decidedly different and cool approach to pets in WoW, in-game hunter Banya is a real-life zoologist, and uses her knowledge to provide an unparalleled glimpse into WoW through the eyes of a pet-lover. Here you can learn about WoW animals, their real-life counterparts, enriching both your understanding and appreciation of the game and the world around you. It should also be noted that Banya runs a site called Art and Rhinos that has all sorts of fun stuff on it!
  • Elitist Jerks Forums – A small but dedicated community of hunter trying to get the most out of their class. I often visit this site to check in on the latest achievements in hunter soloing and tanking, or to dig into the details of our dps and PvP viability.
  • Warcraft Hunter’s Union Facebook Group – With about 700 members, this remains a great hunter-specific place to chat and ask questions. It’s a closed group, so you’ll have to request admittance (this is to deter advertisement spammers)
  • WHU Guild – An all-dwarven-hunter guild on the Icecrown server, though the website that spawned it is no longer being updated, the guild remains open and active.

Podcasts

Since the Hunting Party Podcast has ended, there’s a new hunter podcast on the block called Cloak & Quiver. Run by hunter @SolarFlair, it has had a promising start. You can download it on iTunes, add it to your RSS Feed, or follow his Youtube channel for weekly installments.

Outside of that, I don’t have a particular favorite podcast, but below is a small list of several prominent WoW podcasts. If you’d like to expand your search, WoW Wiki has a massive list of every WoW podcast under the sun to choose from.

Individual Hunters

  • RogerBrown – A hunter in the guild Method, a guild that boasts several world-first PvE kills. Roger is an excellent source of information about the highest levels of raiding. You can follow him via his live raiding video feed, or through Method’s website.
  • Durendil – A soloing hunter with a TON of world-first kills under his belt, Durendil is a great place to start when researching the world of hunter soloing challenges. He also seems to post regularly on Elitist Jerks, chronicling his endeavors, and has a blog that compiles his kills.
  • Michele Morrow – Michele is a longtime friend of the WHU, and a raid leader and hunter. But she’s also an accomplished actress, blogger, podcaster, and gamer. There are several ways to follow her. The easiest is probably her Twitter account and Facebook page. She is also currently the host for BiteSize TV’s new nerd variety show on Hollywood Blvd called “Chaotic Awesome,” writer for Hello Giggles and the newest addition to SyFy’s hit series “Heroes of Cosplay”. She’s also currently producing a wonderful WoW documentary with Nerdist Industries and Legendary Pictures.

 

General WoW Information

  • MMO Champion – A frequently-updated news site, this is probably one of the most frequented WoW websites on the internet.
  • Wowhead – The most comprehensive catalog of in-game items, quests, NPCs, maps, and other information.
  • Icy Veins – Also a general news site with a lot of other resources, but Icy Veins is also known for its excellent boss guides for PvE hunters.
  • World of Wargraphs – This site collects meta-data on player trends in both PvE and PvP, as well as other aspects of the game like professions, races, and levels. An excellent source of information to gauge general trends in the player base.
  • Warcraft Logs – This is one of the most popular log sites on the web currently. Using this tool, you can analyze your own dps, the dps of others, or track large amounts of data to see which classes are performing well on specific encounters.
  • WoW Insider – Also useful for news and views, WoW Insider boasts an excellent collection of ongoing blogs for each class.
  • FatbossTV – In Mists of Pandaria, this became my go-to place for video strategies on bosses (along with Icy Veins for written strats). In the past I’ve used Tankspot, but their updates were much less timely. That may have changed since I last checked.

Comprehensive as this is in its coverage, I’m sure there’s some great stuff that I missed. Feel free to recommend blogs, sites, or individuals that I should add. Otherwise, best of luck to you in WoW!

 

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History of the WHU

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If this is your first time visiting this page, welcome! This post chronicles the history of the WHU, the famous and infamous posts, and all the major achievements that happened as a result of the Warcraft Hunter’s Union, its in-game Guild, and the hunter community in general.

Warcraft Hunters Union was regularly updated from October 2008 through January 2014 (over 1,600 posts). There’s a lot of fun, amazing, epic times captured here over the years, and I hope you enjoy browsing through it.

You can still join the WHU Facebook Group, or follow Frostheim on Twitter or on Google+.

WHU Stats

  • 1,625 Posts
    • Frostheim: 1,374 posts (plus another 239 at WoW Insider)
    • Arth: 198 posts
    • Arust: 28 posts (Frost originally started the WHU with Arust, who was supposed to provide the dwarf-hating elven view)
    • Tapington: 21 posts (Tap had a short run as the WHU PvP columnist)
    • Others: 4 posts (guest posts from other hunters)
  • 41,456 comments
  • 12,510 subscribers
  • 58,972,637 pageviews
  • Peak traffic: Oct 13, 2010: 167,428 pageviews & 72,952 visits (when the pre-Cataclysm patch launched)

WHU Guild Events

The WHU Guild still exists and can be joined (dwarven hunters only!). For more on the guild, click here.

WHU All-Hunter Raiding Achievements

When the WHU all-hunter guild hit the level cap in Cataclysm, we embarked on many all-hunter raid challenges, both 25-man and 10-man. Bosses Killed (all during Cataclysm, when Dragon Soul was considered endgame):

In-Game Items & Tributes for Hunters

Hunter Songs & Videos

Hunting Party Podcast

Rather than reprint the information, I’ll just link you to a series of excellent articles by Darkbrew over at The Brewhall that chronicles the history of the podcast

I actually had myself at 30 episodes, not 27, but I’m not one to split hairs. ;-)  …in all, the podcast was an amazing experience for all involved, and many past episodes (especially landmark ones like 100 and 200) are worth re-listening to, even years later.

WHU BBQ Events

These were real-life parties that attracted numerous WHU readers to them. There was food, drinks, stories, and fun. Below are the recaps of each.

Hunter Poetry

These were submitted by members of the community over a period of a few years. Some contain in-jokes from the website and podcast, but many are universal to anyone who has played WoW.

Part 1; Part 2; Part 3; Part 4; Part 5; Part 6; Part 7; Part 8

Grandpappy Frostheim

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Frostheim’s ornery, elderly alter-ego, the Grandpappy Frostheim series of articles received adulation from the entire community. Some of the information is dated, but many of the rants hold true even today. The Grandpappy Frostheim posts started on the WHU and later moved over to WoW Insider when Frostheim started as the hunter columnist there.

Notable Posts & Exploits

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General Video Links

  • Hunting Party Podcast – This isn’t the link for the live show, but to the Hunting Party Podcast Youtube channel. All HPP episodes will eventually be uploaded to this channel (currently it’s only the most recent 50 or so). Alternatively, the podcast’s main website also has recordings of the shows, as does OutDPS.com. They links to either site are HERE and HERE.
  • Frostheim’s WHU Channel – Includes several hunter achievements and events.
  • Arth’s WHU Channel – Includes several hunter achievements and events.

Miscellany

  • Frostheim Goggles – this was a short-lived but funny web comic that Frostheim wrote, centering around his dwarven hunter in WoW. Rather than link each individual comic, I’ve linked to the search query that will retrieve them. Alternative link here.
  • Hunter Posters – These were a series of hilarious “motivational” posters created by members of the community. Frostheim received so many of them that he made it a regular habit of posting them on the site. You can find all the posts of hunter posters here.
  • Blizzcon Gathering – This article shares stories and pictures from one of Frostheim’s trips to Blizzcon. A WHU hunter gathering highlighted the event, and this was also when Frostheim got a real-life version of his in-game item.
  • This Post started the theme of friendship bracelets, and Frostheim’s hairy wrists that continued throughout the Hunting Party Podcast.
  • Posts about Hrist, the hate tank, were always popular and entertaining. Alas these pretty much went away when Frost’s raid team started using voice during raids. You can find Hrist posts here.

 

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The 200th and final episode of the Hunting Party Podcast has happened. It was awesome, funny, epic, and LONG. Seriously, the “official” show went just over four hours, and the postshow was another hour and a half.

We had somewhere around 13 guests, all said and done, including everyone listed in my last article, plus:

  • Synthparadox, longtime listener who also acted as video and audio editor and tech support for the podcast for years.
  • Matt Mercer, a voice actor who has voiced numerous characters both in WoW and other franchises. You can read about him here or here.
  • Crithto, whose real name I did not catch. He’s a member of Blizzard’s community team who helped promote the final podcast.
  • Banya, the owner of WoW Biology 101 and a former podcast guest, who is a real-life zoologist that works primarily with rhinos.
  • RogerBrown, the hunter from the multiple-world-first guild Method, who has appeared on the show several times.

…and I think that’s it. Apologies if I forgot anyone. There was a lot of beer involved.

Before I post the videos, these are NOT edited yet. So there’s no intro music, no bleeping out of swearing (in case there are children present), and it catches the podcast in all its imperfect glory.

 

Post Show:

 

Two more posts coming later this week to close out the WHU. Until then, enjoy the podcasts above!

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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.

Notes

  • Next week, we’re looking at 2-3 final articles. I’ll post the completed podcast, I may be doing a history of the WHU and HPP that includes all kinds of events, stats, and information, and the final post will be a hunter resource list. If you have suggestions for inclusion in the resource list (websites, blogs, tools, mods, etc.), be sure to send them to me over the weekend, at ArthWHU@yahoo.com.
  • We may also have some giveaways at the podcast. Hearthstone, game passes, etc. Again, no promises yet, but you won’t have the opportunity to win unless you listen live. Don’t miss it!
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All Good Things…Part 2

Posted: by Arth


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With the 200th and final episode of the Hunting Party Podcast, which will be this Saturday (Jan. 18), we’re closing shop on the podcast and the WHU. That leaves only a few more articles as we kick off the end of an era. But since I want the last WHU post to be a list of resources for hunters, I want to jump the gun a little bit to offer my goodbye to the many friends I’ve made through this website and its adventures.

Frostheim wrote a long post chronicling his days in WoW when he decided to retire. It was epic, nostalgic, and heartfelt. And while I told myself at that time that I wouldn’t do the same, I think this will also be a nice opportunity for many WHU stalwarts to reminisce once again. I never had my name in the hunter pantheon in quite the same sense that Frostheim did, but I’ve been grateful for a chance to interact with the community through the WHU and podcast. So please bear with me, and enjoy.

Discovering the WHU

When I found the WHU I knew nothing – NOTHING – about being a good hunter. Frostheim whipped me into shape, like many others, by constantly stressing that we could get more out of our class by doing the big AND little things well. And I took to min/maxing like a champ. It’s a mentality that has since crept into so many other facets of my life that I couldn’t begin to count them. Wanting to be your best – to pay your dues – and working at the tools to get there…that’s a philosophy, not a video game class. Obviously, Frostheim isn’t solely responsible for this, because many of the core tenets were already in place, but in the WHU and in Frostheim I found someone with whom I identified, whose approach and mentality mirrored my own, and found an approach to the game that would take my enjoyment and fulfillment in WoW to new heights.

And at the time, Frost was soloing the then-difficult Molten Core bosses. And I wanted a piece of that action! So I stepped into MC…and promptly got my ass handed to me. It was brutal. But it made me want to work and succeed. But it wasn’t for several months that I found my niche.

Pet Tanking

True story: when I first went to Frostheim and offered to write a pet tanking article about tanking heroic dungeons in Wrath of the Lich King, I hadn’t yet successfully tanked a heroic dungeon. I never told him this (sorry Frost! I’m sure I meant to ;-)  ).

But I was close to doing it – damn close – and I knew from watching Frost that I could improve immeasurably. I knew it was possible. But even I didn’t realize how far it would go.

I tanked some regular dungeons. Then stumbled through a couple heroics. Dps pulled aggro off of me, my pet died constantly, I forgot the basics of my rotation as I tried to adjust to a new play style, etc. etc. It was something that almost no one else was doing, so I didn’t have anyone to model off of. It was just me. But I kept getting better.

The light switch moment came on a random raid night. “Arth,” I saw in G-chat, “we need an off tank for Naxx. Get your pet ready.” Well, holy ****, I thought. The raid leader wanted to give me my shot…I had mentioned it once or twice. But nobody actually thought it was possible (this was pre-Ulduar, but only just, and we had long since cleared Naxx and had most fights on farm). On the few fights where I was needed as an off-tank – the main tank could solo-tank most of the raid – I performed respectably. And then we came to Patchwerk.

Raid Leader: “Alright, make sure Arth’s pet has 2nd aggro.”
Me: “That won’t work. My pet attacks from behind unless he has top aggro, so you’ll eat the full damage. I’m going to need to main tank this one.”

RL: “Healers, can I one-tank this?”
Heals: “I doubt it.”

RL: “Damn. Well, ok then. Arth, pull when you’re ready.”

That was the moment. I knew that if I did this, I was onto something. And if I didn’t, with the boss on farm, I was probably relegated to dungeon tanking forever.

I’ll spare you the video. My skills still weren’t nearly what they’d become. I clicked instead of key-binding and let Serpent Sting drop and forgot to heal my pet on occasion and generally was just thankful that we had some awesome healers in the group. But I did it.

Then it was on. This was in the pre-LFG days where you had to cobble together dungeon groups every day with guildies and PUGs. Tanks were always, ALWAYS, in demand. Guildies started asking if I’d tank their runs. I would happily do so. And once raid bosses were on farm, I barely had to suggest tanking it…my friends wanted to see if I could continue to do it.

Then Sindragosa happened. To put this in perspective, my first kill of Sindy was as tank. My guild couldn’t clear it beforehand, despite at least a couple weeks of bashing our head on the fight. When it happened, many semi-hardcore progression guilds still didn’t have it on farm. Most casual guilds weren’t even close. And here was a hunter pet solo-tanking it.

It was a bit of cheating. To be clear, I wouldn’t have been able to tank Sindy without everything that came before it. But Sindy was also the perfect storm of pet tanking. It’s not a risk to say we’ll never see a fight catered to pet tanks so well ever again. But that didn’t mean it was easy, and I wouldn’t have pulled it off had I not been working on my tanking for months beforehand. But it was perhaps the only time when A. hunter tanking was preferable, and B. we could tank it as a progression fight, not once we outgeared the boss considerably.

When Frostheim featured the video on WoW Insider, there were multiple cries of cheating. It was a private server, they said. Doctored video. The incredulity was enlightening, because even other dedicated hunters had no idea what we were capable of. To this day, it has about 10x more views than any other video I’ve made, and it was the feather in my cap that I doubt I’ve come close to equaling before or since.

Others have gone on to bigger and better challenges. Several hunters are every bit the pet tank I ever was, and more so. I always knew that while what I was doing was awesome, I was doing it with very little competition. So it’s been nice to see others take over and accomplish things that I never could. But I’d like to think that video put pet tanking on the map in a way that nothing else to that point had. And it’s nice to be able to legitimately say you have a world first kill, even if it’s only a world first in a relatively barren niche of the hunter class.

It should be noted that the other “Hunters do it best” pet tanking feat of ICC – and really the only other “hunters do it best” tanking feat EVER as far as I know – was accomplished by Frostheim, but I actually gave him the idea for it. I had stopped raiding at the end of Wrath, but had the idea and wanted to see it accomplished before Cataclysm hit. The ever-resourceful Frostheim was a great stand-in. It was on Rotface, with the hunter pet main tanking it, and the hunter kiting the slimes around the edge. It was a job that normally took two tanks, or at least one tank and a kiter. But only a hunter could do both jobs alone:

There were numerous other achievements. Once I even tanked a fight, was top dps, AND top heals (Deathbringer Saurfang in ICC; pic below). Of course, the fight had been on farm for so long, and the stacking ICC buff was so high, that I don’t count it among my finer moments. But there was all sorts of fun to be had in the world of pet tanking.

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All-Hunter Raiding

“What’s next?”

Our all-hunter raid team downs Valiona & Theralion

Our all-hunter raid team downs Valiona & Theralion.

That was the question entering Cataclysm. We knew hunters could tank raid bosses on occasion. And hunters were slowly getting more and more tools to do things like self-heal and solo. So that opened up new possibilities that we never would have dreamed of even just a few months prior.

The idea of doing an all-hunter raid was an old one. Frostheim and I had talked about it from the early days of my involvement in the WHU. But it always seemed like an abstraction, not a real possibility. But once we entered Cataclysm with more soloing tools than ever (arguably) and some top-notch soloing and tanking feats under our collective belts, we knew it could be a reality.

I should note that my interest in pet tanking spawned from trying something new…from looking at our toolbox and finding new and exciting ways to use it. And all-hunter raiding was that on a massive scale! And with other hunters who knew as much as I did about the class. It was an alchemy lab of strategies and ideas, and it was a blast.

The first boss(es) we downed, the Omnotron Defense Council, exemplified this mad scientist approach. There were abilities we could negate with Feign Death, others with Deterrance, abilities to interrupt, attacks that our pets could eat, and ways that we could maneuver the fight so that we fought only the 2-3 members of the council that we were best suited for. Frostheim wasn’t able to lead the raids, so I took charge of them (though Frost was present as a co-conspirator on many occasions). And the scheming paid off:

We killed seven bosses in Cataclysm. SEVEN! And one of them was in Dragon Soul, the final raid encounter of the expansion. And we did it all before Mist of Pandaria dropped. Morchok was the last of them. And it could have been eight bosses. A 10M group of us got Hagara under 1%, and never fully downed her. She would have easily been the crowning achievement of our escapades. It was perhaps the most heartbreaking near miss of my raiding life. But we know it was possible. And even without her, what we did was unprecedented! Occasionally you hear about an all-one-class raid…usually druids. But a “pure dps” class doing it? And killing seven current expansion bosses?! I don’t think it’s ever been matched, and likely never will be either. Leading those raids was occasionally stressful, but it’s the most proud I’ve ever been of an accomplishment in WoW. There are too many names to mention who were part of it. But if you were there for any of those kills, thank you! It was epic.

 WHU Events

WHU Guild vs. a world dragon.

WHU Guild vs. a world dragon.

That was my personal journey through the expansions (MoP has been relatively quiet by comparison). But the WHU has had an amazing life outside of my tanking and all-hunter niches.

Frostheim and I put together the first event thinking we’d get a dozen or so people. We got 90-100. It was a startling realization that we were onto something. From Hogger to Garrosh, I was at nearly every event, and each one was spectacular. I don’t have a favorite event, so the video below (Pirates v. Ninjas) is just one of many that I or Frostheim made. But it’s indicative of the fun we had at each one.

The all-dwarven-hunter guild itself became more than we ever could have imagined. Officers stepped up to manage weekly runs and bank tabs. Sister guilds spawned to support and coexist with the WHU. I can’t begin to name everyone who made the continuing hunter presence that we had a success. But a special shoutout to Bella – many will know her name as the “mother” of the guild – for always being optimistic, helpful, and determined.

Deeds Undone

I want to do more pet tanking. I want to do more all-hunter raiding. I want to record myself playing WoW music (I’m a violinist) to provide my own backing tracks for my videos. I regret not giving us one last event to close out the WHU (although we may attempt something this Saturday during the podcast). I want to organize “nostalgia” raids where we get together and kill old content. I want to reinvigorate the WHU Guild and go on to more and greater glories. I want to complete my IRL hunter costume and make hilarious videos at medieval festivals and other venues to share with you. I want to…

But it’s time. I’ve had to slowly reduce my involvement for nearly a year now. I’m in a great place in my life, and don’t want to change it. But it leaves very little room for WoW. And I don’t enjoy WoW nearly as much as a casual experience. If I play it, I want to PLAY. I want to min/max and raid endgame and tank bosses and go the whole nine yards. So while I’ll miss being as involved as I was, it was ultimately an easy decision.

There’s always the promise of glory over the next hill, or next expansion as the case may be. It’s one of the coolest aspects of this game. But I’m content having done what we did, and going out “on top” as a website, community, and partners in adventure. Others will pick up the mantle, though, just as people like Frostheim did after BRK gave up his tenure as the premiere hunter blogger. And it will be fun to see what comes next.

Hunting Party Podcast

The podcast was always something I enjoyed listening to, but never something I did. It was Frost’s thing. It was only as he faded from podcasting and blogging that I jumped in. So in terms of its overall life cycle, I came on rather late. I think Ep. 154 was my first, so I’ve been around for roughly the last 1/4 of its existence. It seems like less than that – the time went so quickly – but it was one of the biggest surprises of my involvement here.

Darkbrew, Alisaunder, and earlier Euripides and Frostheim, are amazing, fun, opinionated and knowledgeable people. It was a pleasure being introduced to the world of podcasting and working with them. I’m also thrilled that I get to be around to see it off. It’s really taken on a life of its own with guests who have become friends, in-jokes that have carried through multiple expansions, and a mutual bond that has broken down the barriers of distance between us and our audience.

We have one more show left; it will be an awesome, if slightly inebriated, time. It’s this Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 2pm EST. Come join us!

A libation to the hunting gods...

A libation to the hunting gods…

WHUBBQs

13-hour drives (apparently I had a lot more free time back then). Food, drinks, alcohol. Stories and strategies. Pictures, videos, smiles, laughter. Thongs. I count many of you as my friends from these gatherings, and will treasure the memories.

Hunter Poetry

In its entirety: Part 1; Part 2; Part 3; Part 4; Part 5; Part 6; Part 7; Part 8

This was an idea Frostheim let me run with for the first BBQ. We read poetry at the BBQ event, later on various podcasts, and they’re all collected here on the site as well.

Y’all wrote some awesome – and occasionally hilarious – poetry. This was a minor project that I led here, but is perhaps the best example I can give that the WHU truly tried to cover ALL aspects of the hunter world in our thorough, and often eclectic, coverage of hunters and WoW. We were always about more than just news and announcements (though we never ignored those). It was about hunters, the people who played them in WoW, and the epic, funny, touching, and unique ways we experienced the game.

The Hunter Project and Leaving the WHU

When Frostheim left, I knew I was leaving too. I just didn’t know when. I’ve enjoyed my time as curator of the WHU, but this was never something I wanted to do full-time. But rather than just give up the site right away, I realized we had a still-large community that could make a real impact on the game. Thus The Hunter Project was born. Click here for the link to the master list.

This was a concerted effort to pool the collective klout of the WHU community together to make lasting changes to the game. Now, I kept expectations realistic…the Blizzard devs have 100 things on their mind that we don’t when it comes to class development. But that said, I know for a fact it was read by Ghostcrawler (who was at that time still with Blizzard) and shared amongst the devs. And we’ve seen some signs that many of the issues raised by The Project have indeed been considered by Blizzard.

Unfortunately, I don’t think I’ll get to write the “How did we do?” post on it…we won’t know the lasting impact of it until we’re much, much closer to WoD. But it was a noble effort, one that I’m proud of. I fielded literally dozens of emails, hundreds of comments, and had lots of lively discussions with hunters about various aspects of our class. And most of the ideas in the Project were not my own, making it truly a group effort. And even if we only get a couple ideas to sneak into the WoD class changes, I’d say we did something positive for the hunter class.

Onward

There are still dozens of great sites, blogs, and resources for hunters out there. I’m currently putting together a giant list so that anyone who stumbles across the WHU after this week can be directed to up-to-date sites and interesting bloggers. Glories await, and the next generation of great hunter bloggers is already in our midst.

Otherwise, this has carried on long enough and has gotten a bit too melodramatic for my taste at times. Apologies. Anyway, it’s been fun. Keep being awesome, and if I ever meet any of you IRL and we get to hang out or chat for a while, drinks are on me. Cheers!

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