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The Instance is a weekly World of Warcraft podcast "so that you don't have to", hosted by Scott Johnson of the ExtraLife Comics and ExtraLife Radio and Randy "Randydeluxe" Jordan. The podcast has a large fanbase that actively contributes emails and phone calls that are used during the show.
The Instance first aired on January 7th, 2006 with hosts Scott Johnson and Andrew Konietzky from Cranial Jacks & Converse, and has been running on a regular weekly schedule (personal circumstances of the hosts permitting). Randydeluxe was added as a third host in December 2006. Andrew left the show in May 2007, and Scott and Randy have since hosted every episode together.
In addition to the podcast, The Instance is also broadcast live on The Instance uStream page when it is being recorded.
Show Sections Edit
The Instance is divided into different sections. They are typically in the same order:
Big News of the WeekEdit
This covers breaking news related to WoW, Blizzard or the MMORPG game space.
Rumors and ScuttlebuttEdit
Scott and Randy talk about WoW-related, and sometimes completely unrelated rumors, predictions and analysis.
The hosts refer to their e-mail and answering machine to play phone calls, read e-mails and ask one another series of "Quickfire Questions".
Drop of the WeekEdit
An external site, movie, WoW-related product or addons is highlighted.
The main body of the show is followed by an exit segment comprised of calls, recordings, comedy bits and songs that the hosts receive each week.
Regular Contributors and Topics Edit
The podcast features regular contributors who add information and entertainment to the show.
Curt Schilling (Retired) Edit
Mr. Schilling has made regular appearances on The Instance since his interview in episode #102 - “The Curt Schilling Episode”. As an unofficial "third-chair", Mr. Schilling contributes to the topics of discussion drawing from his personal experience as a WoW and EQ gamer, and a MMO developer.
Patrick from France (Retired) Edit
Patrick Beja's regular segment is called the "Mod Tip of the Week" and usually consists of a description of an AddOn, including who the mod is useful for, why Patrick likes it and where you can find the mod. All of Patrick's mods are listed here (usually updated after the show).
At Blizzcon in 2007, 2008, and 2009, Patrick met up with The Instance listeners. At Blizzcon in 2008, Patrick was joined by Randy in interviewing such Blizzard luminaries as Mike Morhaime, Jeff Kaplan, and Russell Brower. Randy regularly jokes that the show has since had a "special relationship" with Russell Brower, making it difficult for Mr. Brower to appear on the show, unless Scott can come up with something non-WoW-related to talk about.
Patrick has also appeared on several episodes as "third-chair", and done standalone interviews for the show.
Patrick announced on the Instance 160 , that he is leaving due to acquiring a job with Blizzard, and thus didn't want to create a conflict of interest.
Shawn Basic (Retired) Edit
Shawn "Shawn Basic" Coons provided submissions for newbies featured in many episodes during 2006-2007, which captured basic information and tips for lower level and casual players of the game. Shawn left the show after Episode 56, returning to guest host Episodes 70 and 100.
Darrell the Tip Giver Edit
Starting in late 2007, Darrell's submission to The Instance was the Tip Givers' Tip of the Week (TGTOTW), a comedy spot that was the first bit played after the hosts sign-off. Originally a tongue-in-cheek series of suggestions for all those wishing to submit tips to the show, TGTOTW grew to become many listeners' favorite part of the show, with both comedy and advice for anyone aspiring to create tips, or do a podcast of their own.
Darrell the Tip Giver has also done a mash up of clips from the previous episode to form something that often has a completely different meaning than what was said in the episode. This first started in episode 137 and continued through 182 when the birth of his daughter greatly diminished his editing time. All mashups done after 182 were done by other contributors.
Steve Pietrowicz has been contributing as the character "Buxley" in the "Ask Buxley" comedy segment since Episode #116. Buxley explains things that happen in the World of Warcraft universe according to his own view of the world, which has very little to do with what's really going on. It does make sense to him though. Buxley is a level 80 Tauren Shaman and is a proud member of Alea Iacta Est.
Alea Iacta Est (Retired) Edit
A regular returning item that usually appears in Rumors and Scuttlebutt (but not exclusively) is news or updates concerning the Alea Iacta Est (AIE) guild on the US-Earthen Ring server. Alea Iacta Est was formed as a companion guild to The Instance and Extralife Radio and was announced on February 13th, 2007.
The phrase "Alea Iacta Est" means "the die has been cast", and is in reference to what Caesar supposedly said as he crossed the Rubicon in northern Italy in 49 B.C. A more detailed discussion can be found here.
The most prominent mention of AIE on The Instance was on episode 74b: "Rest In Peace, Bruce Galloway" in which AIE members and Instance listeners made a special tribute to AIE member Bruce Galloway (aka Milliway) who passed away on August 2nd, 2007.
Mean Gene (Retired) Edit
Mean Gene was a PvP guru and used to submit weekly segments with PvP oriented tips. This segment was played along side Patrick's Mod of the Week between Rumours and Scuttlebutt and Town Cryer.
Mean Gene retired his segment at the same time Patrick joined Blizzard and stopped submitting mods.
- ^ http://alexa.com/siteinfo/myextralife.com
- ^ http://myextralife.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=15105 Andrew's forum post announcing his leave
- ^ http://www.myextralife.com/wow/?p=492
- ^ http://www.podcastawards.com/
- ^ http://www.myextralife.com/?p=6042 The Blizzcon ELR / Instance meetup!
- ^ http://www.myextralife.com/?p=4504 Our WoW Guild Woes End | AIE Announcement
- ^ http://www.myextralife.com/wow/?p=244 Rest In Peace, Bruce Galloway | Episode 74b shownotes