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Dec. 30, 2012
    Happy birthday, Pippin!
Sunday Meeting: 5pm EST (GMT-5)
    The meeting is held in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace. It may also be entered using Trillian or Pidgin. If uncertain how to enter, message Eonwe Valar, VardaValar1, or ArPharazonV for an invitation.
Meeting Transcript by Varda
Attending: (7)
    Ariehn V, EonweValar, Gilraen-(V)/Iryenth, Glorfindel VG, Gwaihir-Valar, Indis-(V)/karakedi25, VardaValar1 (presiding)
Tolkien:
    What hooked you on the Lord of the Rings so that you finished this long trilogy?
After-meeting WoW folks: Bofur, Elwing, Eonwe, Eowyn, Glorfindel, Nob, and Varda.

Lord of the Rings - The Hobbit music with piano and cello on YouTube, by The Piano Guys

Dec. 29, 2012
    Happy birthday, Brand!
    Happy birthday, Luthien!

Dec. 26, 2012
    Happy birthday, Nar!

Dec. 25, 2012
Merry Christmas to all!

Dec. 24, 2012
    Happy birthday, Mim!

Dec. 23, 2012
    Happy birthday, Annael!
Sunday Meeting: 5pm EST (GMT-5)
    The meeting is held in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace. It may also be entered using Trillian or Pidgin. If uncertain how to enter, message Eonwe Valar, VardaValar1, or ArPharazonV for an invitation.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (6)
    Ariehn V, ArPharazonV, Gilraen-(V)/Iryenth, Glorfindel VG, Indis-(V)/karakedi25, VardaValar1 (presiding)
Gaming:
    misc.
    WoW
    LotRO
Tolkien:
    The Hobbit movie: some comments.
    What would you put in the Hobbit movie trilogy if you were making it?

Dec. 22, 2012 (or was it 21?)
    Gaming / LotRO:
       Barad Guldur level 85 with a combined group of Valar, Palantiri, and guild-friends. This was supposed to be a standard (standard? in one day?) 12-man farming run on the first boss for fast, fat loot, but we continued past the first boss a bit, quite a few people taking the chance to pick up the objects in a room normally bypassed. We ran out of time to quite reach the next boss. Also, we had a lot more than 12 people because of the holidays and time zones, with folks having to leave and more friends subbing in. I probably didn't catch all the names, but thanks to all of you, sung or unsung, for coming during such a lively time in the "real" world.
       Heroes:
         Valar Guild: Eomer (captain Erkendan), Pippin (champion Avengelina), Tulkas (hunter Astald), Varda (hunter Fainan).
         The Palantiri: guardian Cirfo, champion Errinas, captain Galaharan, minstrel Jadeana, burglar Mosby.
         The Dark Blade: hunter Galadh, lore-master Xanro.
          Kindred of the Blade: hunter Lycius.
          Knights of the White Lady: minstrel Ashgaru, guardian Leofward.

Dec. 21, 2012
    Gaming / LotRO:
        Update 9 changes are now summarized on Dec. 10's entry. Or go to the Patch Notes at the LotRO site. The upshot is we now need to run the new epic (from Gimli), three-mans (from Elrond), and Dol Guldur instance cluster. Yay for group content!
    I'm back from the gathering for my sister-in-law's death; she gave her body to science so it was not a funeral in the usual sense. I'll be gone again on Saturday for a much happier reason: celebrating our 39th wedding anniversary (Varda and Fangorn, how strange does that sound?), but should be back Sunday.

    Happy birthday, Elatan!

    Letter from Eonwe:
My computer is having some serious problems right now, and until I can get them resolved one way or the other, my appearances in any and all capacities will be brief if not sporadic. I'm not sure if I'll be making it to the meeting this week or the next at this point, and that probably doesn't bode well for doing anything besides gardening on WoW either. If I can make it to the meeting I will, but I can't promise it at this point. My e-mail will be checked regularly enough to respond to anything in there, but that's about it for certainties.

Dec. 17, 2012
    Happy birthday, Miriel!

Dec. 16, 2012
Sunday Meeting: 5pm EST (GMT-5)
    The meeting is held in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace. It may also be entered using Trillian or Pidgin. If uncertain how to enter, message Eonwe Valar, VardaValar1, or ArPharazonV for an invitation.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (5)
    Ariehn V, ArPharazonV, Eonwe Valar (presiding), Gilraen-(V)/Iryenth, GwaihirValar
Membership:
    The Hobbit movie: comments by Gilraen-(V)
Web:
    Games Site section
    Quiz section
Gaming:
    WoW: Feast of Winterveil
    LotRO update 9
    flashgames with links and reviews: CP6, My Little Investigations: MLP fangame
    D3 patch
Tolkien:
    Rohirric burial mounds.
    Cuivienen.
    Awakening of Men.
    Hobbit movie: major review by Gwaihir-(Valar)
After-meeting:
    Continued talking about Gwaihir's review(s) while members were going through the one for the Hobbit.
    New production video by PJ link.
    More on gaming.

Dec. 12, 2012
    Today is the one day that we can write 12/12/12.

Dec. 11, 2012
    Happy birthday, Thorin!

Dec. 10, 2012
    Gaming / LotRO:
       Update 9: "Against the Shadow" is up!:
            Bree-town and Archet underwent graphical renovations. Also, check out the Bree crafting hall for new functionality.
            The Yule Festival is now underway and may grab you abruptly as the quest ring pops up on entering the game. Festival currencies from different festivals will be combining, so your new Yule tokens just say "Festival Tokens". Tiers for the Yule Festival quests allow more rewards going up the tiers, including new barding for the war-horse at the top tier. Also available are two new horses and other goodies including clothes and housing items.
            The chicken session play has been repaired, so we can once again go after the Cloak of the Cluck.
            Moria revamp part 2.
             Open tapping and remote looting is now available across all of Middle-earth.
            Epic part 3 starts with Gimli.
            Three new three-man instances start with Elrond as quest-giver (and will be in the instance finder): Iorbar's Peak, Seat of the Great Goblin, Webs of the Scuttledells. They scale all the way from 20 to 85.
            Scaling for the entire Dol Guldur instance cluster runs from 65 to 85.
            See the Dev Diary for details on the new instances and looting and legendaries. Each player sees a different set of items aimed for his class, and a good number are Bind on Equip instead of Bind on Acquire; remote looting allows all players to see their personal loot list if any player opens the chest so master looting is no longer needed. One legendary item type for your class drops in the 3-mans and the other one in the Dol Guldur instance cluster, with a better drop chance in a larger group. See also Patch notes for even more changes including combat revisions.

Dec. 9, 2012
Sunday Meeting: 5pm EST (GMT-5)
    The meeting is held in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace. It may also be entered using Trillian or Pidgin. If uncertain how to enter, message Eonwe Valar, VardaValar1, or ArPharazonV for an invitation.
Meeting Transcript by Eonwe (transcript) and Varda (coder). Ar-Pharazon crashed while saving the transcript, so thank you to Eonwe for the copy.
Web:
    Games Site
            is totally revamped! Check it out! Way to go, Eonwe! Ever wonder which game character types and professions we're lowest on for your next character? Only characters active in the last three months are included. in the listings, keeping results relevant.
    Tolkien Site
            Quizzes for Fun now have their own frames for easier navigation. Want to make your own?
Gaming:
    WoW
    LotRO
    MLPO
Tolkien:
    Trivia question: What are the names of Frodo's parents and where are they when we first meet Frodo?
After-meeting:
    More Tolkien chat, new subjects starting from an explanation of where the gavel material comes from and then zipping into east and west.
    Much code-work
    Games Site re-built. Launched during the After-meeting!

Dec. 7, 2012
    Happy birthday, Gelmir!

Dec. 5, 2012
    Happy birthday, Ugluk!

Dec. 4, 2012
    Happy birthday, Finrod!

Dec. 2, 2012
Sunday Meeting: 5pm EST (GMT-5)
    The meeting is held in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace. It may also be entered using Trillian or Pidgin. If uncertain how to enter, message Eonwe Valar, VardaValar1, or ArPharazonV for an invitation.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (6)
    AriehnV, ArPharazonV, Eonwe Valar, fladrifv, Ioreth-(V)/LizMarr, VardaValar1 (presiding)
Before-meeting:
    Chat: WoW; rp in the room
Gaming:
    Star Trek Online (STO)
    Chess
    WoW
    LotRO
Tolkien:
    Topic 1: How do Ents handle the shepherding of trees during extreme weather and other problems such as axes?
    Topic 2: Hobbit movie 1. Premiere is out. Links.
After-meeting:
    More movie chat and links.

    Gaming / WoW:
       Darkmoon Faire begins.

Dec. 1, 2012
    Gaming / LotRO:
       Impromptu 12-man skraid in Dannenglor, level 85 with Valar, Palantiri, and some others.
Nov. 29, 2012
    Happy birthday, Tuor!

Nov. 25, 2012
Sunday Meeting: 5pm EST (GMT-5)
    The meeting is held in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace. It may also be entered using Trillian or Pidgin. If uncertain how to enter, message Eonwe Valar, VardaValar1, or ArPharazonV for an invitation.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (7)
    AriehnV, ArPharazonV, Eonwe Valar (presiding), fladrifv, Gilraen-(V)/Iryenth, Glorfindel VG, VardaValar1
Gaming:
    WoW
    LotRO
    SC2
    other
Tolkien:
    Topic: What did Manwe do?
    New post-production Hobbit movie video link

Nov. 22, 2012
Happy Thanksgiving!

Nov. 18, 2012
Sunday Meeting: 5pm EST (GMT-5)
    The meeting is held in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace. It may also be entered using Trillian or Pidgin. If uncertain how to enter, message Eonwe Valar, VardaValar1, or ArPharazonV for an invitation.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon, Eonwe, and Varda
Attending: (5)
    ArPharazonV, Eonwe Valar, fladrifv, Glorfindel VG, VardaValar1 (presiding)
Web:
    Forum changes:
        There'll be new global accounts, and you'll be using your e-mail to log in. Current accounts should still exist at the forum level. You'll just end up linking it to a "gobal" account. This is not our choice but what forum services including ours are doing.
Tolkien:
    Link to video of MLP's doing LotR scenes
    Link 1 and Link 2 to new Hobbit movie character posters
    Tolkien question: Which Vala or Valie was the lead in the Second Theme that arose against Melkor's after the First was drowned out?

Nov. 14, 2012
    Gaming / LotRO:
       Update in the morning. Official patch notes.

Nov. 13, 2012
    Gaming / LotRO:
       Ford of Bruinen
12 man skirmish raid completed with a team of mixed Palantiri and Valar members about half and half. Gildor's Livinola walked away with a pocket item that mightily increased his Morale.

Nov. 11, 2012
Sunday Meeting: 5pm EST (GMT-5)
    The meeting is held in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace. It may also be entered using Trillian or Pidgin. If uncertain how to enter, message Eonwe Valar, VardaValar1, or ArPharazonV for an invitation.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon, Eonwe, and Varda
Attending: (5)
    ArPharazonV, Eonwe Valar (presiding), Glorfindel VG, Menelvagor Valar, turinofVG
Web:
    Art
    Links
Tolkien:
    "An Unexpected Briefing" Air New Zealand partnered with WETA workshop for an air safety video, with help from...others.
    Link to "Behind the Scenes of an Unexpected Briefing" found by Ar-Pharazon-(V), including a few words from JRRT's great-grandsons: Royd Tolkien and Mike Baker.
    Tolkien trivia question from the Silmarillion that spun into a discussion: Who did Tuor and Voronwë see at the Pools of Ivrin?

Nov. 10, 2012
    Happy birthday Varda

Nov. 6, 2012
    Voting day in the USA.

    Tolkien Site / Art:
       "Higher Intelligence" model by DeepGroover-(T) of a Nameless Evil.

    YouTube links:
       The entire movie of the animated Hobbit. [Note: movie has been removed from YouTube.] Thank you to that hobbit, Meriadoc-(V) for the link!
       He also sent a link to the Lord of the Rings soundtrack.
       Both links have been added to our site's Link page.

Nov. 4, 2012
Sunday Meeting: 5pm EST (GMT-5)
    The meeting is held in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace. It may also be entered using Trillian or Pidgin. If uncertain how to enter, message Eonwe Valar, VardaValar1, or ArPharazonV for an invitation.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (7)
    AriehnV, ArPharazonV, Eonwe Valar, Giraen-(V)/Iryenth, Glorfindel VG, Gwaihir Valar, VardaValar1 (presiding)
Web:
    Art: "Brute" by DeepGroover-(T)
Gaming:
    WoW
    LotRO
    D3 patch short review by Gwaihir
    X-Com
    My Little Pony Online (MLPO, MLP): now out; review by Ar-Pharazon
Tolkien:
    Movies
    Numenor
After-meeting:
    Mithril
    WoW group met and slaughtered things together. (Bilbo, Eomer, Eowyn, Glorfindel, Sauron, and Varda).

Nov. 1, 2012
    Happy birthday to Alatar and Elros!

Oct. 31, 2012
Happy Halloween!
    Tolkien / Art:
       "Brute" by DeepGroover-(T), looks line one of the Nameless Evils. On that same page, feel free to hit "previous" to links for more fun monsters!

Oct. 30, 2012
    May all of our folk be safe from Hurricane Sandy and its effects.

    Happy Second Wedding Anniversary to Eowyn-(V)!

Oct. 28, 2012
    Happy birthday, Glorfindel!
    Happy birthday, Fangluin!
Sunday Meeting: 5pm EDT (GMT-5)
    The meeting is held in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace. It may also be entered using Trillian or Pidgin. If uncertain how to enter, message Eonwe Valar, VardaValar1, or ArPharazonV for an invitation.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (9)
    AriehnV, ArPharazonV, Dagnir-(V)/ThiefGalear, Eonwe Valar (presiding), fladrifv, Gilraen-(V)/Iryenth, Glorfindel VG, Indis-(V)/karakedi25, VardaValar1
Varda crashed when the water company dug through the broadband lines that go to that general area. Temporary line went up Monday afternoon and permanent should be up that evening after another outage of an hour or two.

Oct. 26, 2012
    Happy birthday, Arwen-(V)!

    Denny's Hobbit menu. Thanks Mosby for the link!

Oct. 25, 2012
    Happy birthday, Haldir-(V)!

Oct. 23, 2012
    Varda asks pardon for the abrupt exit yesterday from LotRO. The phone repairman had come and one of the first things to happen was the gateway's going offline abruptly. After we finish working on the roof, hopefully my office will be moving back to its old spot sometime tonight.

Oct. 22, 2012
    Gaming / WoW:
       Report from Eonwe-(Valar):
By the guild records on Blizzard's Community Site, at approximately 2pm Eastern, 1pm Central, the Lothar Branch of the Valar Guild reached level 25.
Huzzah and good work to the members of our Lothar branch who've been questing and dungeoning, getting us ever closer while remembering to have fun at the same time :}

Oct. 21, 2012
    Tolkien news
from Nar-(V), posted on the forum:

This week I attended a Medievalism conference. One of the papers was Tolkien and the 20th Century. It was so laudatory, I would have thought it was it was one of the amateur/fan efforts which show up sometimes at these conferences. Instead, this was from the editor of one of the sponsoring journals. It was wonderful to hear the respect accorded JRRT.

Sunday Meeting: 5pm EDT (GMT-5)
    The meeting is held in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace. It may also be entered using Trillian or Pidgin. If uncertain how to enter, message Eonwe Valar, VardaValar1, or ArPharazonV for an invitation.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (7)
    AriehnV, ArPharazonV, Eonwe Valar (presiding), Gilraen-(V)/Iryenth, Glorfindel VG), GwaihirValar, and VardaValar1
Gaming:
    WoW (several times)
    LotRO
    flashgames: Cloud Wars
Tolkien Site / new Art:
    "Werewolf" by Deepgroover-(T)
    "Bust of the Living Dead" by DeepGroover-(T)
Tolkien discussion:
    Eowyn: heroine or villainess?
    Pics from the upcoming Hobbit movie, then back to the Eowyn discussion.
After-meeting:
    Eowyn discussion continues.
    More talk about the Hobbit movie.

    Gaming / WoW:
       
Sunday's WoW run: level 90 group of Bofur, Eonwe, and Glorfindel did new 3-man scenarios earning gold and rank for the guild, with cheering from the peanut gallery.

Oct. 19, 2012
    Happy birthday, Mirabella-(V)!

Oct. 17, 2012
    Tolkien:
       Entulesse
is a Tolkien convention being held in Sandusky, Ohio in the USA on July 28, 2013.

Oct. 15, 2012
    Gaming / LotRO:
       Riders of Rohan expansion goes live!
All servers are now up. Here are links to patch notes and known issues.
       Warning: a known issue is that persons who complete the Langhold quest line trying to go straight for the warhorse cannot now complete the epic book quest of  "Rohan Awaits", so you might want to start with the epic first by speaking with Galadriel in Caras Galadhon.
       While in Caras Galadhon, hunters and wardens might want to pick up the new Guide to Caras Galadhon from the class trainer's barter. A new guide is also available at Hrimbarg in the Misty Mountains.
       (No longer stuck at the "Examine Programs" part of the launcher. First tried updating video drivers, never hurts, but didn't fix it. What did fix it was opening the game with it elevated to administrator by right-clicking the program icon for the menu and clicking "Run as administrator". )

Oct. 14, 2012
Sunday Meeting: 5pm EDT (GMT-5)
    The meeting is held in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace. It may also be entered using Trillian or Pidgin. If uncertain how to enter, message Eonwe Valar, VardaValar1, or ArPharazonV for an invitation.
    Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon, Eonwe, and Varda
    Attending:  (6)
        Arien, Ar-Pharazon, Eonwë (presiding), Gilraen, Glorfindel, and Indis.
    Membership:
       Arien before-meeting
       Varda moved her office and had to buy new internet connections during thunderstorms, but is back online as of 10:45pm Eastern.
       Eonwe after-meeting
    Gaming:
       WoW patch, guild levels going up
       LotRO expansion goes live tomorrow.
    Tolkien:
       Topic: after a quote of who Gandalf considers dangerous, Eonwe-(Valar) asked: Barring the dangerous typose, what other "dangers" have we in Middle-Earth, and what makes them dangerous?

Oct. 13, 2012
    Happy birthday, Maedhros-(V)!

Oct. 12, 2012
    Happy birthday, Beleg-(V)!

Oct. 10, 2012
    LotRO / Gaming:
       End of Beta event
: 4-7pm Eastern. Craziness everywhere!

Oct. 7, 2012
Sunday Meeting: 5pm EDT (GMT-5)
    The meeting is held in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace. It may also be entered using Trillian or Pidgin. If uncertain how to enter, message Eonwe Valar, VardaValar1, or ArPharazonV for an invitation.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (6)
    AriehnV, ArPharazonV, Eonwe Valar (presiding Tolkien), fladrifv, Glorfindel VG), VardaValar1 (presiding business).
Before-meeting:
    Week of chat marathon for the 15th anniversary
Membership:
    New member: Ioreth-(V)
    Fladrif
    Arien
Web:
    Anniversary page:
        New dragon screenshots from WoW and Dungeon Siege taken by Ar-Pharazon-(V).
    Tolkien Site: anniversary collection, Nursery Crimes
    GSMU
    State of Valar Gaming
Gaming:
    WoW
    LotRO
    STO
    Mass Effect 3
    Guild Wars 2
Tolkien:
    Trivia game (with mini-discussions, because it's us)
After-meeting:
    A bit more chat, linking, and on to WoW!

Oct. 6, 2012
    Happy birthday, Tulkas-(Valar)!

    Tolkien Site / Articles:
       "Ioreth" by Ioreth-(V)

    Tolkien Site / Stories:
         "Nursery Crimes: Chapter Two 'One and One Make Three'". "Even in his absence, Glorfindel manages to derail a simple math lesson for the twins."

    Gaming / LotRO:
        Saturday gaming: Foundry run including Gildor, Lothiriel, Nimrodel, Pippin, and Varda.

    Gaming / WoW:
          Congratulations for hitting guild level 22! And congrats for already having three members at the new level 90 cap.

Oct. 5, 2012
    Happy birthday, Aldarion-(V)!

    Gaming / LotRO Beta:
       Round 6 began at 11am Eastern. There has not been a character wipe.
       Check the beta forum for the list of things to watch for, some specific to class, and for special testing events. We're getting close to release time and need to help make sure it's polished for our friends and for us.

Oct. 4, 2012

Happy 15th Anniversary to the Valar Guild!


Events:
    Chat marathon
continues in AIM until next Sunday's meeting; feel free to help hold the room open and even talk!
   
    Gaming:
       WoW:
7pm Eastern (6pm Central) fireworks were shot at the major cities, including the newest one in Pandaria. Congratulations for gaining the guild credit for the Ashen Verdict rep from Ice Crown Citadel. Also congratulations on hitting guild level 21.
       LotRO:
8pm Eastern horse ride and fireworks at the major cities starting in Bree.

    Thank you to Arien-(Valar)
for the dragon pictures and poem "The Fall of Smaug". Tolkien Site
    Thank you to Tulkas-(Valar) for the drake pictures.
    Thank you to Ioreth-(V) for the short story "Athelas".
    Thank you to Eonwe-(Valar)
for leading the WoW Anniversary run and doing the Games Site Mass Update and the State of Valar Gaming.
    Varda wrote the article "Smaug", put up dragon pictures, and did the anniversary page.
    See the Anniversary page for more and be sure to reload if you've seen it before.

    Congratulations to Arien-(Valar)! Her LARP'ing armor and sword arrived today (perfect timing) and she's been wearing it. See it on her author's page for the poem above.

Oct. 3, 2012
    Happy birthday, Thror-(V)!

    Thank you
to all members who responded to Eonwe's Games Site Mass Update. You are all now listed as Full Members for 2013.

    The State of Valar Gaming 2012 has now been compiled from the GSMU and from those game membership lists that Eonwe can reach. From those lists, Eonwe only counts as active those members who have played within 90 days.

    Tomorrow is the 15th anniversary of the Valar Guild. Congratulations to all of you for keeping Eru's Vision of a pleasant place to game, full of the literate and courteous who actually like to play a game, with at least one common enjoyment of JRRT's "Lord of the Rings". May you keep going another 15 years +.
    For those in WoW, the fireworks capitol run begins at 7pm Eastern (6pm Central for most of the gang).
    For those in LotRO, we can have two potential runs. The evening ride and fireworks run is at 8pm visiting the main capitols. An earlier run at 1pm Eastern can be held for those who can't come to the later event. Varda plans to be there for both times and has spare fireworks. : )
    Any gaming member with a good screenshot you made of a dragon in one of your games, please email it to Varda for the Anniversary page. (Check out ones already there for fun!) We have a dragon theme going this year.
    Anyone who would like to contribute to the anniversary by adding to the Tolkien Site is welcome to do so. We'd appreciate your sending it in by tomorrow, but will happily take it for the anniversary any time in October. Poetry, Stories, Articles, Art, Music, or whatever your originality has to add would be welcome.
    Varda is looking for quotes from the H, LotR, or Sil emailed from members to add to the News quote rotator.

Oct. 2, 2012
    Welcome to the Valar Guild, Ioreth-(V)!
From Oregon, Ioreth has been gaming with us in the LotRO beta for quite some time and yet was still willing to join us. She has some small characters on our Landroval server, but is waiting for transfers to become available again to bring her main, hunter Aleyne, to our server. Her favorite character is Faramir: steady, honest, had to be nice to win the lady, and patient. She writes fantasy that she self-publishes. and made websites using WordPress. She was trained as a sniper many years ago but fortunately never had to go into actual battle. She writes fantasy and her website is Ethaia.

Oct. 1, 2012
    Happy birthday, Glaurung-(V)!

    LotRO / Gaming:
       Beta round 5.3 ends at noon EDT. Next round begins later this week. As always, the kin will retun; be sure to enter the friend channel.
    Anniversary page link to the forum thread for the 15th now repaired. *cough*
Sept. 30, 2012
    Anniversary week chat marathon
begins at today's meeting. Anyone who can, help keep the chat room open from this meeting until next week's Sunday meeting. Huzzah!
Sunday Meeting: 5pm EDT (GMT-5)
    The meeting is held in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace. It may also be entered using Trillian or Pidgin. If uncertain how to enter, message Eonwe Valar, VardaValar1, or ArPharazonV for an invitation. To enter on your own: Put your name in your buddy list, select your name, and invite yourself to Group Chat, picking ours by changing the room name from a string of numbers to Valar Guild Meetingplace. Spaces and case don't matter when writing the room name.
    Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
    Attending: (6)
        Members: AriehnV, ArPharazonV, Eonwe Valar (presiding), Glorfindel VG, VardaValar1
        Visitor: Aleyne/LizMarr
    Web:
       Games Site Mass Update
       Tolkien Site: please email Varda your pieces for the Tolkien Site for the 15th Anniversary of the Valar Guild.
    Gaming:
       WoW:
            Mists of Pandaria expansion live and going strong.
             Brewfest
             Anniversary fireworks in the capitols run planned for Thursday 7pm Eastern. Bring fireworks!
       LotRO:
             Patch coming Monday morning.
             Beta players in the kin are still at it.
             Harvestmath Festival
             Anniversary fireworks in the capitols run planned for Thursday 8pm Eastern. Bring fireworks, and more are in the kin house.
    Tolkien:
        Topic: Elvish food
    Chat room marathon began and will continue until next Sunday's meeting. Come park in the chat room and help hold the room open!

Gaming / LotRO:
    Link to a stat comparison of your character versus others on the same server, found by Tulkas.
    Beta interim round 5.3 continues until Oct 1.

Sept. 27, 2012
    Happy birthday, Sauron-(Valar)!

Sept. 25, 2012
    Gaming / WoW:
       Mists of Pandaria expansion released!
Go crazy, gang. :)

Sept. 24, 2012
    Happy birthday, Bilbo-(V)!
    Happy birthday, Hurin-(V)!

    LotRO / Gaming:
       Harvestmath festival begins! It runs from Sept. 24 through Oct. 14.
       Beta is down until Wednesday and then will  be open through Friday, after which it goes down again until Oct. 1.

Sept. 23, 2012
Sunday Meeting: 5pm EDT (GMT-5)
    The meeting is held in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace. It may also be entered using Trillian or Pidgin. If uncertain how to enter, message Eonwe Valar, VardaValar1, or ArPharazonV for an invitation.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon, Eonwe, and Varda
Attending: (8)
    Members: AriehnV, ArPharazonV, Eonwe Valar, Gilraen-(V)/Iryenth, Glorfindel VG, Indis-(V)/karakedi25, Menelvagor Valar, VardaValar1 (presiding)
Membership:
    GSMU
Gaming:
     flashgame: Decision
    WoW
    LotRO
    XCOM: Enemy Unknown 
Tolkien:
    Topic: Frodo and Bilbo's birthday party looked like just a very large party given by an eccentric, rich hobbit. But what was going on under the surface, in which the Valar were involved?
    Hobbit movie: New trailer

Sept. 22, 2012
    Hobbit Day! Bilbo and Frodo's birthday.
       We visited the kin-house and then the houses of members present.
          Participants: Elwing, Nimrodel, Pippin, and Varda.
          Visits: Avengelina's house in Bree.  Nimrodel's house in Falathlorn (we didn't quite burn it down, really! Not much, anyway.).  Tulkas' house in Falathrlorn: main room, smoking and drinking. At Varda's house in Falathlorn, folks were given Hope tokens and fireworks if they wanted them, maps to use for the map deed, and got to toss paint of many colors on the wall and floor (picture is after a blue splatting, as it's normally far lighter). Many fireworks were shot as we went along.  Paint left went to Elwing, since Tulkas gave her money for a house, and she picked a place in the dwarf area.
          Hamson (Hamson on the chimney of his house in Bree, Varda admiring the view) and Tulkas also showed previews of their houses the day before.

Sept. 19, 2012
    Talk Like a Pirate Day!
Yargh! Official site.
    LotRO folks get to go try the Treasure Hunt, with a few new prizes for this year.

    Quote from "A Long-Expected Party", Fellowship of the Ring. Gandalf and Bilbo conversing:

    "You mean to go on with your plan then?"
    "I do.  I made up my mind months ago, and I haven't changed it."
    "Very well.  It is no good saying any more. Stick to your plan - your whole plan, mind - and I hope it will turn out for the best, for you, and for all of us."
    "I hope so. Anyway, I mean to enjoy myself on Thursday, and have my little joke."
    "Who will laugh, I wonder?" said Gandalf, shaking his head.
    "We shall see," said Bilbo.

Sept. 18, 2012

    Quote from "A Long-Expected Party", Fellowship of the Ring:

    ...and the old man was Gandalf the Wizard, whose fame in the Shire was due mainly to his skill with fires, smokes, and lights. His real business was far more difficult and dangerous, but the Shire-folk knew nothing about it. To them he was just one of the 'attractions' at the party. Hence the excitement of the hobbit-children. 'G for Grand!' they shouted, and the old man smiled. They knew him by sight, though he only appeared in Hobbiton occasionally and never stopped long; but neither they nor any but the oldest of their elders had seen one of his fireworks displays - they now belonged to the legendary past.

Sept. 17, 2012
    Happy Tolkien Week!
What is Tolkien Week? It's the week that contains Hobbit Day, also known as September 22, the day on which both Bilbo and Frodo were born.
    For the Birthday Party on Saturday, let's try getting together at the standard time of 1pm Eastern at the Kin House. Then we go visit member's houses, whichever ones have a member present to guide and host visitors. We can also pass around mathoms, food, pipeweed, and drinks. We can dress up in party outfits. As extras, we could try out silly silly hats and even silly outfits. We can also try dressing up as Fellowship members.
    Nifty trivia item for the day: Bilbo, born in 2890, is older than Aragorn's father, Arathorn, born in 2873, and is older than Aragorn's mother, Gilraen, born in 2907.
    Gaming / LotRO:
       Monday's official patch notes.

Sept. 16, 2012
Tolkien Week begins!
Sunday Meeting: 5pm EDT (GMT-5)
    The meeting is held in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace. It may also be entered using Trillian or Pidgin. If uncertain how to enter, message Eonwe Valar, VardaValar1, or ArPharazonV for an invitation.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon the Golden and Varda
Attending: (9)
    Members: AriehnV, ArPharazonV, Eonwe Valar, fladrifv, Gilraen-(V)/Iryenth, Glorfindel VG, Indis-(V)/karakedi25, VardaValar1 (presiding)
    Guest: LizMarr
Gaming:
    Guild Wars 2
    flashgame: Decision 2 (a zombie game) with review
    WoW
       WoW: Mists of Pandaria (during After-meeting)
    Anniversary dragon-runs in WoW and LotRO will be unofficial due to lack of forum sign-ups, but feel free to email the report to Varda or put it on the forum.
    LotRO
Tolkien:
    Topic from LizMarr: How is Sam Gamgee first introduced?
    Topic from Ar-Pharazon: new pictures from the Hobbit movie.
    Topic from Varda: Sept 22; Tolkien Week (during After-meeting)

Sept. 15, 2012
    Happy birthday, Nellas-(V)!

Sept. 14, 2012
    Happy birthday, Thranduil-(V)!
    Varda is back from a funeral and looking forward to catching up with everyone here.

Sept. 13, 2012
    Happy birthday to Indis-(V) and Irmo-(Valar)!

Sept. 10, 2012
    Games Site Mass Update!
       The mails have gone out. If you didn't receive one, Eonwe does not have the right email for you and you need to email him with your new gaming info using deneltir (AT) hotmail.com. All previous gaming info has been wiped to add in current info in its place, so do not assume he still has it. Here's a link to a copy of the email.
       126 mails were sent. Mails returned undeliverable so far were for:
Aerandir
Barahir
Beren
Feanor
Galadriel
Gorlim
Lothiriel
Mablung
Maglor
Malbeth
Pengolodh
Tilion
Thingol
Tuor
Valandil

Sept. 9, 2012
Sunday Meeting: 5pm EDT (GMT-5)
    The meeting is held in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace. It may also be entered using Trillian or Pidgin. If uncertain how to enter, message Eonwe Valar, VardaValar1, or ArPharazonV for an invitation.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (8)
    AriehnV (presiding), ArPharazonV, Eonwe Valar, fladrifv, Gilraen-(V)/Iryenth, Glorfindel VG, Indis-(V)/karakedi25, turinofVG
    VardaValar1 showed up after the meeting, right after the save of the transcript.
Membership:
    Ar-Pharazon's computer
    Games Site Mass Update mails have gone out.
    Anniversary upcoming
Gaming:
    flashgames
    STO
    GW2
    WoW
    LotRO
Tolkien:
    Tolkien moment from Arien-(Valar): Bilbo riddling with Smaug.
    YouTube version of the scene above.
    More sharing of nifty Tolkienesque YouTubes mixed with chat about the movie versions of the books from Rankin-Bass, Ralph Bakshi, and Peter Jackson.
    "Art Tolkien" coming up Sept. 20-22

Sept. 7, 2012
    Happy birthday, Nerdanel-(V)!

Sept. 6, 2012
    Happy birthday, Lothiriel-(V)!

    Gaming / LotRO:
       The LotRO gamers won Most Passionate Fan Base at the inaugural Dragon Slayer awards, hosted by Guild Launch at Dragon*Con.. Check out the award.

Sept. 5, 2012
    Happy birthday, Melkor-(Valar)!

Sept. 2, 2012
Sunday Meeting: 5pm EDT (GMT-5)
    The meeting is held in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace. It may also be entered using Trillian or Pidgin. If uncertain how to enter, message Eonwe Valar or VardaValar1 for an invitation.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon the Golden One and Varda
Attending: (6)
    AriehnV, ArPharazonV, Eonwe Valar, fladrifv, Indis-(V)/karakedi25, VardaValar1 (presiding)
Membership:
    Games Site Mass Update emails will be going out.
Gaming:
    Angry Birds
    STO
    BroodWar
    Guild Wars II
    WoW: major changes to the game this patch, many mentioned here, some temporary until the Mists expansion.
    LotRO: beta going strong, live activity also going.
Tolkien:
    Forum RP discussion and round robin posting. Straightened out chronology, got the party back together. Discussion of the villains led to researching the Houseless in the books, most found in Morgoth's Ring.
    We researched Houseless (disembodied) elves in the books during the meeting and gave quotes and references for what we found. We also had a side discussion about human ghost (fea) Oath-breakers, and about barrow-wights.
After-meeting:
    A little more on the Houseless.
    More on the WoW patch and Darkmoon Faire.

Sept. 1, 2012 Saturday
    Gaming / LotRO
       1pm Eastern...ok we started later. Forges T2 6-man with Pippin as champion Avengelina leading, Hama as warden Glorietta tanking, and Varda as hunter Fainan.
Aug. 31, 2012
    Gaming / LotRO:
       Coupon number for free, one-use, account-bound Simple Rallying Horn (summon a buddy to you from anywhere even if you're not a captain), offer good through September 6:  SRH645  Type it into the slot for the item in the LotRO store.
       LotRO store storage sale: Aug 31-Sept 6 20% off on these:
             Vault upgrades go up to 180 slots using the store to pass the in-game limit, 15 slots per upgrade, good for one character.
             Shared storage goes up to 100 slots, account-wide.
             For Free to Play gamers (VIP already have these included), remove the currency cap and also be allowed to buy a deluxe house account-wide.
             For Free to Play gamers (VIP has this already), add a 4th or 5th inventory bag of 15 slots, account-wide.
             Skill deed boost: lesser for 30 minutes, greater for 60 minutes. (Ok, so this wasn't storage.)
             Sales start on Thursdays, but this one is worth mentioning for storage and it answers some folks' problems, especially free to play gamers'.

Aug. 29, 2012
    Gaming / LotRO:
      
Beta server is up! :)
       Find out if you're in the beta by checking your email or, since not everyone's been receiving the email that should have, check the LotRO forums while logged in.  If you can see the beta forums, you're part of the beta. (It appears that the mailing bug may have been repaired, so do check your email.) Come on in!
        Remember to use our friend channel.
        Fainan always restarts the Valar Guild for the betas, so feel free to put the name on your friend list. Landroval server folk will have to make level 1 characters this go-around, unless they made a character last time as no characters were wiped from the last build.

Aug. 28, 2012 Tues
    Gaming / Guild Wars2:
       The game launches today midnight of this morning. Good fortune to those of you now playing this game! Don't forget the friend channel. :)

Aug. 26, 2012
    Happy birthday, Turin-(V)!
Sunday Meeting: 5pm EDT (GMT-5)
    The meeting is held in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace. It may also be entered using Trillian or Pidgin. If uncertain how to enter, message Eonwe Valar or VardaValar1 for an invitation.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Before-meeting
    Started talking about the LARP Arien was part of. 
Membership:
    Arien: tells more about what a LARP is and what this particular group did.
    Anniversary event planning
Web:
    Stories
    GSMU upcoming
Gaming:
    Kingdom Rush - review
    Exploding Snake
    WoW: patch changes
    WoW continued after a break
    LotRO:
       Summerfest
        Riders of Rohan expansion's NDA lifted, some comments and suggestions for getting ready.
Tolkien:
    Topic: In the books, some readers have considered Merry and Pippin almost interchangeable. Same comment for the movie. JRRT had reason for bringing in these two hobbits, and they had different roles. What did you notice on this score?

Aug. 22, 2012
    Tolkien Site / Stories:
       The Mellon Chronicles series of novels by Cassia-(T) and Siobhan-(T) should now be complete in text and formatting, with illustrations at the start of most stories. Let Varda know if any difficulties are found.

    Gaming / LotRO:
       The expansion date for Riders of Rohan has been moved back to October so they can repair problems found in beta. NDA is lifted, so feel free to ask questions. :)
       Forum link.

Aug. 19, 2012
    Happy birthday, Elwing!
Sunday Meeting: 5pm EDT (GMT-5)
    The meeting is held in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace. It may also be entered using Trillian or Pidgin. If uncertain how to enter, message Eonwe Valar or VardaValar1 for an invitation.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (5)
    ArPharazonV, Eonwe Valar, Glorfindel VG, Turin-V/turinofVG, VardaValar1 (presiding)
Web:
    Stories
    Coding
    GSMU upcoming
Gaming:
    League of Legends review
    Anniversary event planning, as a Dragonversary. Dragon-theme.
    WoW
    LotRO
Tolkien:
    Topic 1: Some books have worlds no one would want to live in; not so for Middle-earth.
    Topic 2: Describe the LotR books to someone who knows nothing about them but likes fantasy.
    Tangent topic 1: Why can't the eagles carry the One Ring to Mt. Doom? (Discussion mixes in with the topic below.)
    Tangent topic 2: How badly did Frodo actually succumb to the temptation of the One Ring in Mt. Doom?
    Tangent topic 3: Sauron was also setting up a lot more gambits and forces than just fighting Gondor and Erebor, that everyone was active all around the Fellowship.
    Tangent topic 4: Huorns, Ents, Entwives

Aug. 18, 2012
    Gaming / LotRO:
      
This is Welcome Back weekend, greater experience to be had for leveling.
        Saturday 1pm:
           Fangorn's Edge
instance completed twice for sigils level 75's:
              Hama (warden Glorietta),  Hurin (rune-keeper Hurie), and Varda (hunter Fainan)
           Storm on Methedras
skirmish for medallions:
              same group
           Battle of the Tower
skirmish 3-man:
              Hurin (rune-keeper Hiurie) and Varda (minstrel Tinwetari)

Aug. 12, 2012
Sunday Meeting: 5pm EDT (GMT-5)
    The meeting is held in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace. It may also be entered using Trillian or Pidgin. If uncertain how to enter, message Eonwe Valar or VardaValar1 for an invitation.
    Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon the Golden and Varda
    Attending: (7)
        AriehnV, ArPharazonV, Eonwe Valar (presiding for the second section), Gilraen-(V)/Iryenth, Indis-(V)/karakedi25, Turin-(V)/Turin-V/turinofVG, VardaValar1 (presiding for the first section)
    Membership:
        The return of Turin-(V)
    Gaming:
        Flashgame review and url: Flood Runner 4
        WoW: caution; patch
    Tolkien:
        Started a new Tolkien trivia thread on the forum, locking the old ones.

Aug. 6, 2012
    Gaming / LotRO:
       Roots of Fangorn
completed with a combined Lhee group and Valar Guild run:
          Amroth-(V) (lore-master Lhee), Kymli (minstrel), Lycius (hunter), Nimrodel-(V) (champion Cynthiajane), Smashey (champion) who switched to Philleth (warden),  and Varda-(Valar) (hunter Fainan).

Aug. 5, 2012
    Tolkien Site / Art:
        Cave of Deepgroover-(T):
           "Wolfman" life-sized model head and how-to.
Sunday Meeting: 5pm EDT (GMT-5)
    The meeting is held in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace. It may also be entered using Trillian or Pidgin. If uncertain how to enter, message Eonwe Valar or VardaValar1 for an invitation.
    Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon the Golden and Varda
    Attending: (6)
        AriehnV, ArPharazonV, Eonwe Valar, fladrifv, Glorfindel VG, VardaValar1 (presiding)
    Tolkien:
        Hobbit movies; ideas for Silmarillion movies.
        Topic: What werewolves did we see in Tolkien's work?
        Topic: What vampires did we see in Tolkien's work?      

Aug. 1, 2012
    Happy birthday, Orome!

    Gaming / LotRO:
 
      Indis as burglar Celebrethil and Varda as hunter Fainan teamed up in an Orthanc Shadow group run, which went very smoothly.
       Even better, we had a Saruman team-up including Indis as lore-master Alasse, Pippin as guardian Faerus, and Tulkas as hunter Astald.
       Varda's minstrel was too slow loading in to make it for Saruman but enjoyed a successful Draigoch run instead.
July 30, 2012
    Happy birthday, Arveleg!

    Hobbit movies, now officially a trilogy. Confirmed by Peter Jackson.
       PJ's Facebook
       MTV article for those not using Facebook.

July 29, 2012
Sunday Meeting: 5pm EDT (GMT-5)
    The meeting is held in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace. It may also be entered using Trillian or Pidgin. If uncertain how to enter, message Eonwe Valar or VardaValar1 for an invitation.
    Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon the Golden and Varda
    Attending: (6)
        AriehnV, ArPharazonV, Eonwe Valar (presiding), fladrifv, Glorfindel VG, and VardaValar
    Gaming:
       News from a lot of games, including WoW and LotRO.
    Tolkien:
        Lots of Tolkien topic chatting (tangents stayed more or less attached to the main topic from Eonwe: What two races did Tolkien say spoke "without love of words or things", and what other comments did he make about this language and those who spoke it/like it.

    Gaming / WoW:
      
Sunday regularly scheduled run, after the meeting:
          Completed Trial of the Crusader from start to finish, 10-man, with three people: Eonwe (paladin Auros), guild-friend Kaz (paladin Lumierre), and Varda (pries Varda). This will also be going on the Games Site under Lothar: "Events". Below is a picture from Eonwe at the last boss' body with the three heroes (click to enlarge):

Trial of the Crusader

July 26, 2012
    Gaming / LotRO:
       First Farmer's Faire begins today! It is expected to continue through August 13.

July 25, 2012
    Gaming / WoW:
       Mists of Pandara expansion release September 25th.

    Gaming / LotRO:
       We had a mostly kin run on an actual Wednesday (along with many other runs), so here we go:
          Roots of Fangorn T1:
             Bofur (captain Aristarchus), Nob (champion Belguilos), Pippin (champion Avengelina), and Varda (hunter Fainan), with able assistance from lore-master Daerion and minstrel Ayaella.

July 22, 2012
    Happy birthday, Grimbeorn!
Sunday Meeting: 5pm EDT (GMT-5)
    The meeting is held in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace. It may also be entered using Trillian or Pidgin. If uncertain how to enter, message Eonwe Valar or VardaValar1 for an invitation.
    Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
    Attending: (4)
        AriehnV (presiding), ArPharazonV, fladrifv, Glorfindel VG
    Tolkien:
       Identify who said the quote.

July 16, 2012
    Tolkien Site / Stories:
       "Beyond the Dimrill Gate", by Jay of Lasgalen. 14 chapters and an epilogue. "Elladan, Elrohir and Estel are travelling through the Misty Mountains when they sense a shadow of darkness on Moria. Exploring the dark tunnels, they find orcs and trolls before disaster strikes. Trapped in the mines, and with Elrohir injured, how are they to escape?"
    Author's Note: This story is based on two quotations from Lord Of The Rings, which I decided to combine to form a single event:
    “I too once passed the Dimrill Gate,” said Aragorn quietly; “but though I also came out again, the memory is very evil.  I do not wish to enter Moria a second time.”
(The Fellowship Of The Ring, Book Two, Chapter Four, "A Journey In The Dark".)
    ‘But when Estel was only twenty years of age, it chanced that he returned to Rivendell after great deeds in the company of the sons of Elrond …’
(The Return Of The King, Appendix A, "The Tale Of Aragorn And Arwen")
    Aragorn/Estel, Elladan, Elrohir, Elrond

July 15, 2012
Sunday Meeting: 5pm EDT (GMT-5)
    The meeting is held in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace. It may also be entered using Trillian or Pidgin. If uncertain how to enter, message Eonwe Valar or VardaValar1 for an invitation.
    Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
    Attending: (7)
        AriehnV, ArPharazonV. Eonwe Valar (presiding), fladrifv, Gilraen-(V)/Iryenth, Glorfindel VG, Indis-(V)/karakedi25
    Tolkien Trivia game

July 14, 2012
    Tolkien Site / Art:
       "Maedhroc and the Troll". Artwork by Maedhros-(V) aka The Gneech, showing his LotRO hobbit character versus a troll.

July 12, 2012
    Tolkien Site / Art:
       "Crusader" by DeepGroover-(T)

July 8, 2012
    Happy birthdays to Falathar and Turgon!
Sunday Meeting: 5pm EDT (GMT-5)
    The meeting is held in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace. It may also be entered using Trillian or Pidgin. If uncertain how to enter, message Eonwe Valar or VardaValar1 for an invitation.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (6)
    AriehnV, ArPharazonV. Eonwe Valar (presiding), fladrifv, Indis-(V)/karakedi25, VardaValar1

July 6, 2012
    LotRO:
       Caution: if you meet someone who appears to be Ulmo-ex, it's not him; he sold his LotRO account.

July 4, 2012
Happy July 4th!

Star fireworks - Hubble picture

Fireworks - Valar scale! Herbig-Haro plume. Click here for the article.
    Happy birthday, Indis!

July 1, 2012
Sunday Meeting: 5pm EDT (GMT-5)
    The meeting is held in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace. It may also be entered using Trillian or Pidgin. If uncertain how to enter, message Eonwe Valar or VardaValar1 for an invitation.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (5)
    AriehnV, ArPharazonV, Eonwe Valar (presiding), fladrifv, Indis-(V)karakedi25. Varda showed up after the meeting.
Tolkien:
    RP short discussion.
    Continued last week's topic: What's actually on the way to Angmar?



June 29, 2012
    Happy birthday, Amaranth!

June 27, 2012
    LotRO / Gaming:
       We will not be having formally scheduled kin runs, going informal, and will be pugging as much as running with kin. Most of our runs tend to be at unscheduled times anyway and many are trying out other games (don't forget to make our friend channel!). Reports have been on scheduled runs, so those scheduled run reports will necessarily also stop. Varda intends to continue to show up at the old scheduled times of Mon/Wed 8pm Eastern in case an officer is needed and is still willing to go on runs.
        If anyone would like to send in an article for the News or on the Forum, whether about running together or tips for runs, that would be great. The Tolkien Site is also still open as is the Games Site for those who like to do game reviews.
    Informal run:
       Limlight Gorge pre-requisite questing for Eonwe and Nimrodel, with dailies for the others:
          Eonwe (champion Auros), Nimrodel (lore-master Wildwyn), Pippin (guardian Faerus), and Varda (minstrel Tinwetari).

June 24, 2012
    Happy birthday, Cirdan!

Sunday Meeting: 5pm EDT (GMT-5)
    The meeting is held in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace. It may also be entered using Trillian or Pidgin. If uncertain how to enter, message Eonwe Valar or VardaValar1 for an invitation.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon, Eonwe, and Varda
Attending: (7)
     Arien, Ar-Pharazon, Eonwë (presiding), Fladrif, Glorfindel, Indis, Pallando.
Tolkien:
    Topic from Eonwe-(Valar): What do we know about the lands between Imladris and Angmar: topography, vegetation, population, history, etc.?

June 23, 2012
    Varda will be out of town most of the weekend. If you would like to send a report for the News page, please email it to Varda.

June 20, 2012
    LotRO / Gaming:
        Wednesday 8pm Eastern run.
             Fornost level 75 runs starting  from level 3, answering our friend Mosby's call:
                Valarites: Melkor (champion Melcor), Pippin (champion Avengelina), and Varda (hunter Fainan).
                Palantiri: minstrel Jadeana, burglar Mosby, and lore-master Pinkfae.
      
June 19, 2012
    Happy birthday, Malva!

June 18, 2012
    Gaming / LotRO:
       Monday 8pm Eastern run time:
          Storm on Methedras, completing T1 and T2 for deeds, marks, and medallions:
             Melkor (champion Melcor) and Varda (minstrel Tinwetari)
          Storm on Methedras, completing T1:
             Eonwe (champion Auros), Melkor (champion Melcor) and Varda (minstrel Tinwetari).
          The Battle in the Tower, completing T1:
             Eonwe (champion Auros), Melkor (champion Melcor) and Varda (minstrel Tinwetari).
          Other fun going on:
             Tulkas (hunter Astald) continued the Tower of Orthanc wings as promised to the group he was running with last Saturday.
             Pippin (champion Avengelina) completed Saruman with the group he's been running with every other Monday.
             Indis also ran with a group, possibly in the Foundry.

June 17, 2012
Happy Father's Day!
Sunday Meeting: 5pm EDT (GMT-5)
    The meeting is held in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace. It may also be entered using Trillian or Pidgin. If uncertain how to enter, message Eonwe Valar or VardaValar1 for an invitation.
    Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon the Golden and Varda
    Tolkien:
       What changes might be reasonably expected to transform the book into a couple of movies?

June 16, 2012
    Gaming / LotRO:

        Rohan expansion article, "The Road to Mordor: Fifteen great things about Riders of Rohan", suggested by Indis.
        Saturday gaming. We seem to working together joining into groups to handle the larger runs like Draigoch and Tower of Orthanc, keeping busy with such activities as well as the smaller fun going on most of the day every day.

June 15, 2012
    Tolkien Site / Art:
       Cave of Deepgroover-(T):
          "The Crusader" bust that could be of one of the weary human warriors in Middle-earth.

June 14, 2012
    Happy birthday, Elemmire!

June 13, 2012
Wednesday
    Gaming / LotRO:
       Update 7.1.2: June 13th from 6:00 - 10:00 AM Eastern (-4 GMT) patch to fix a few issues. Official patch notes.

       Wednesday instance run 8pm Eastern. Most of the regulars will be away today, but with even two of us we can do something! (Duo skirms are a fast way to pick up medallions, and/or we can join up with others for something more major.) Varda expects to be present. Group run did not happen as folks wanted to do separate things.

June 11, 2012
    Happy birthday, Pengolodh-(V)!

    LotRO / Gaming:
       Usual Monday morning maintenance.
       Monday runs 8pm EDT:
          Fangorn's Edge Tier 2 completed:
             Melkor (champion Melcor), Pippin (champion Avengelina), and Varda (minstrel Tinwetari).
          Foundry Tier 2 completed:
             Valarites: Melkor (champion Melcor), Pippin (champion Avengelina), and Varda (minstrel Tinwetari)
             Fellow warriors: Gorecthor (lore-master of Crimson Phalanx), Mellod (guardian of Soldiers of Light), Solidmorph (hunter of Randirheim)

June 10, 2012
Sunday Meeting: 5pm EDT (GMT-5)
    The meeting is held in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace. It may also be entered using Trillian or Pidgin. If uncertain how to enter, message Eonwe Valar or VardaValar1 for an invitation.
    Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
    Attending: (7)
       AriehnV, ArPharazonV, EonweValar, galdorandwe, Gilraen-(V)/Iryenth, GwaihirValar, and VardaValar1 (presiding).
    Web:
       Weta: Hobbit movies' latest updates. Facebook link inside the meeting.

June 9, 2012
Saturday
    Happy birthday, Scatha-(V) and Earendil-(Valar)!

    Gaming / Beta Guild Wars 2:
       The beta is going this weekend and a number of our members are over there. Don't forget to use Ventrilo to get together, and our friend channel if possible.

June 8, 2012
    Gaming / LotRO:
       Pre-order now available for the expansion Riders of Rohan! The game is expected out September 5th.

June 6, 2012
    Happy birthday, Ancalagon-(V)!

    Ray Bradbury, science fiction author, (1920-2012). Locus article.

    Gaming / LotRO:
       Wednesday 8pm EDT. Comp problems (including hours of power outage) and rl remodeling kept Varda out of the gaming last night. If anyone gaming that night would like to send a report for the News, please email it to Varda.

June 4, 2012
    Gaming / LotRO:
       Monday 8pm EDT run.
          Orthanc Shadow T1 completed. First try had 2 link deaths near the end; second try completed. Most members showed up late.
             Bofur (Atesia), Galdor (captain Dolenatan), Melkor (rune-keeper Passim), Nimrodel (hunter Ardisian), Pippin (champion Avengelina), Tulkas (hunter Astald), and Varda (minstrel Tinwetari).
             non-guild: Gilmor (hunter, for second run), Motalin (guardian), Nacesa (captain), Perfin (lore-master), Predateur (hunter, only for first run), Ranel (rune-keeper, speaker). The run was set up by Ranel.
             Things to know:
                * Once it starts, there is no time out of combat  Eat as soon as Saruman leaves to maximize food time. Have captains available to do in-combat rez (they have 3 apiece); minstrels have one in-combat rez only.
                * Clouds: Black cloud: don't move. Purple cloud: get out of it unless the black cloud has you at the same time, in which case don't move.
                * Position: ranged get on the dais throne area and stay there. Melee keep off the throne area.
             This is a fairly fast run.
             First time for several of us, yay! Varda's new headset wasn't allowing in-game sound, a setting problem to be figured out later. Two people had link-death near the end of the first run.

June 3, 2012
Sunday Meeting: 5pm EDT (GMT-5)
    The meeting is held in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace. It may also be entered using Trillian or Pidgin. If uncertain how to enter, message Eonwe Valar or VardaValar1 for an invitation.
    Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
    Attending: (5)
        AriehnV, ArPharazonV, Eonwe Valar, fladrifv, VardaValar1 (presiding)
    Tolkien:
       Where would you like to live in Middle-earth during the time of the LotR?

    Gaming / WoW:
       Ice Crown Citadel - from the start through saving the ship, at which time the group needed sleep. Locks requested by Arien for next week's run.
          Arien (druid Annarwen), Eonwe (paladin Auros), Elwing (hunter Elwingv), and Varda (priest Varda).

June 2, 2012
    Gaming / LotRO:
       Miriel and Irmo will probably not be hosting Saturday runs again until September, so we need to start coming together on Saturdays without them.
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May 30, 2012
       Hama's
computer connection is having issues. He hopes that this will be repaired in about a week.

    Gaming / LotRO:
       Update 7.1. Servers are up, but it's a big patch. Official patch notes here.
       Wednesday run 8pm EDT: Inn of the Forsaken tier 2 completed by:
            Nimrodel (hunter Ardisian), Pippin (champion Avengelina), and Varda (minstrel Tinwetari).
          We also jumped into filling partial groups for big runs such as Tower of Orthanc (Pippin) and Draigoch (Varda). Others did tons of stuff but I didn't keep track of all of it. Gorlim's guardian, Sprain, hit 75. Go Valarites!

May 29, 2012
    Tolkien Site / Stories:
        "Nursery Crimes", a short story by Jay of Lasgalen. "While Elrond and Celebrían entertain a visiting delegation of dwarves, Erestor offers to look after Elladan and Elrohir. Surely it can't be that hard? " Elladan, Elrohir, Erestor.

    Gaming / Diablo:
       Diablo 3 patch 1.0.2 is now live. Official patch notes link.

May 28, 2012
    Memorial Day

    Memorial video for pilots, link sent by Meriadoc-(V), pilot. A reminder of all the brances of service with this example from just one.

    Gaming / LotRO:
       Monday 8pm EDT run:
          Library completed:
             Melkor (rune-keeper Passim), Tulkas (hunter Astald) and Varda (guardian Timbridhil).

May 27, 2012
Sunday Meeting: 5pm EDT (GMT-5)
    The meeting is held in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace. It may also be entered using Trillian or Pidgin. If uncertain how to enter, message Eonwe Valar or VardaValar1 for an invitation.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (6)
    AriehnV, ArPharazonV, Eonwe Valar (presiding), GwaihirValar, Indis-(V)/karakedi25, VardaValar1

May 26, 2012
    Have a good Memorial weekend!
    Happy birthday, Boromir!

    Gaming / LotRO:
       Saturday 1pm EDT runs:
          Storm on Methedras 6-man skirmish completed twice with the same group:
             Gorlim (minstrel Aeronwy), Hurin (captain Hiurred), Irmo (guardian Irmogar), Miriel (minstrel Mahariel), Nimrodel (hunter Ardisian), and Varda (hunter Fainan).
          Then we went for random skirmishes with the instance finder:
          The Battle in the Tower completed:
             Same group except Nimrodel had to leave, replaced by Indis's lore-master Mereniel.
          Amon Sul completed. Gorlim and Indis had to leave.
          Then we did Limlight Gorge dailies, something Annael's computer could handle:
             Annael (burglar Annil), Hurin (captain Hiurred), Irmo (guardian Irmogar), Miriel (minstrel Mahariel), and Varda (hunter Fainan)
          After that we broke into duos or solos. There *is* a festival going on.

    Gaming / Diablo:
       Lots of unscheduled gaming is going on. People are coordinating by swapping battle tags in-game. If a person is friended with a battle tag, the two can enter each other's private games so be sure to ask before entering a friend's game. Many solo private games are run with the intent to explore and see the entire storyline, not just blow through, and some are run with friends doing the same thing together. Knowing ahead of time, a new friend entering can be helpful by increasing the  difficulty and therefore the drops.

May 25, 2012
    Happy 59th birthday, Fangorn-(Valar)!

May 24, 2012
    Happy birthday, Haleth-(V)!
    Happy birthday, Forlong-(V)!

    Gaming / LotRO:
Thursday
       Spring Festival is here! There's a new festival horse, plus the Steed of the Jester as a rare drop from the Flower Box table.
       In one of the non-scheduled runs, we completed Foundry T2:
          The starting group was:
             Galdor (captain Dolenatan), Nellas (rune-keeper Fornien), Nimrodel (champion CynthiaJane), Pippin (guardian Faerus), and Tulkas (hunter Astald). Hunter Traz may have been in that run as well. The group reached the final forge, when Galdor and Nellas had to leave. They were replaced by Eomer (captain Erkendan) and Varda (minstrel Tinwetari) and the run was finished.

May 22, 2012
    Hurin says his surgery apparently went well and he's back in-game.

    Gaming / LotRO:
       Wednesday 8pm Eastern.
          Storm on Methedras 6-man skirmish completed:
             Galdor (hunter Andwe), Hurin (rune-keeper Hiuro), Indis (hunter Tinirian), Nimrodel (hunter Ardisian), Tulkas (hunter Astald), and Varda (guardian Timbridhil).
              Tried again with 5 after Astald left (heavy lag with all the soldiers added to the players), and didn't complete.
          Library completed:
             Galdor (captain Dolenatan), Nimrodel (hunter Ardisian), and Varda (guardian Timbridhil.)

May 21, 2012
    Membership:
       Happy birthday, Gilraen!
       Hurin is going into the hospital for surgery. Please think good thoughts for him today!

    Gaming / LotRO:
       Tip from Pippin:
            New moria mirrors; Palace of Nain and Durin's Great Hall (up top)
       Monday 8pm Eastern:
            Ran the new instance "Storm on Methedras". We had difficulty with our 4-man, but 3-man is easier and 2-man we zipped right through. Timbridhil turned 75 a few minutes before the run.
                Gorlim (minstrel Aeronwy), Indis (hunter Tinirian), Melkor (rune-keeper Passim, changed to champion Melcor), and Varda (guardian Timbridhil.)
                Gorlim's Aeronwy, Melkor's Melcor, and Varda's Timbridhil.
                Several successful runs with Melkor's champion Melcor and Varda's guardian Timbridhil.

    Gaming / Diablo 3:
       We don't have a schedule or formal kin, but we have a nifty friend list. Three people made level ones hoping to run with Melkor but it was bedtime, so they collected another and ran first with a Witch-doctor and three wizards, with the Witch-doctor switching to his wizard when the group reached that level. Four wizards was a sight to see! Only four people maximum can run together. (A lot of running goes on, just mentioning this one for the craziness of four wizards owning the game.
       Bilbo, Eowyn, Sauron, and Varda.

May 20, 2012
Sunday Meeting: 5pm EDT (GMT-5)
    The meeting is held in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace. It may also be entered using Trillian or Pidgin. If uncertain how to enter, message Eonwe Valar or VardaValar1 for an invitation.
    Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda.
    Attending: (10)
        AriehnV, ArPharazonV, Eonwe Valar, fladrifv, Gilraen-(V)/Iryenth, Glorfindel VG, GwaihirValar, Indis-(V)/karakedi25, Thingol, VardaValar1 (presiding)
    Membership news:
       Hurin
       Nimrodel
       Fangorn
       Indis
    Tolkien:
       Trivia game
       RP discussion      
   
    Gaming / WoW:
       Sunday 7pm EDT regular run:
           Beat all the T4 content: Megatheron, Gruul, and Karazhan 25-man with 4 players:
              Arien (85 druid Annarwen), Eonwe (85 paladin Auros), Varda (85 shadow priest Varda), and guild-friend Kaz (74 druid healer Duron).

May 19, 2012
    Happy birthday, Eomer!
    Happy birthday, Galdor!

    LotRO/Gaming:
        No twelve-man run because only four people came.

        Report from Miriel:
Started out with a LG dailies run and then ran off the brigands and ruffians in Thievery & Mischief 6-man.
    Attendees were Irmo, Miriel, Annael, Indis and our friends from the Palantiri, Mosby & Veda.

        Letter from Irmo below, please reply on the forum (handy link here) if you have any interest in continuing the Saturday raids.

Yesterday Miriel and I expected to do a Draigoch run again. For sure, since only Nim and Pip had posted they wouldn't likely make it. So we could expect enough Valarguilders to be there, and we expected the possibility of our friends from the Palantiri, specifically Mosby to lead the downstairs part.

Lo and behold, Mosby and Veda from the Palantiri were there indeed. But from our own guild Indis and...nobody else. Annael was there, but he won't participate in raids yet. Morwena checked in later to see if he was needed.

This is not acceptable.

It is quite acceptable that many of us have other obligations. But to me, it is not acceptable expecting somebody to organize an event and to be there on time every week, while not making the tiny effort of taking 3 minutes of your time to post on this forum whether you will likely be able to attend the event or not.

The fact that people do not make that tiny effort is a sign of not wanting responsibility and commitment, and actually of not caring.

Miriel is there every week, on time. She pushes me to make dinner early, so we can be on time. We often break up things we have going on IRL to be on time. She prepares mentally and physically , making sure we have all the raid stuff. She does all this, not even being fond of raids. She does it for the fun of bringing us all together.
The way this is going now, the fun part is becoming tentative. It might even become frustrating. If and when that happens I will strongly dissuade her from continuing the organization of these weekly events.

Please post and choose one of the following alternatives:

1. Yes, I do care about the Saturday events and I will try to post (for some: keep posting) always and in advance whether I will be able to attend or not.

2. I can't be bothered. For all I care you can stop the Saturday events.

3. Since I am even not committed enough to register or ever look on these forums, the absence of my vote is also a clear answer.

Fee free to elaborate on your answer. Feel free to make suggestions and to discuss. Thanks in advance.
And I do hope you all know me well enough to understand that this is neither a rant nor a complaint. I care enough for all of you to hope we can improve on this, for improve we must.

If we are just dealing with a seasonal dip and/or a co-occurance of RL intrusions, we might for instance consider putting our raids on hold until - say for instance - September. But for any decision like that we need your input.

Cheers,
Irmo
   

May 18, 2012
    Friday
    Congratulations to Nimrodel on her daughter's wedding today! Letter below:

It was a beautiful day, in a beautiful spot and a very nice ceremony.  
The bride, and the two kids on the ends belong to us :-)
Nim

    Click the pictures below for the larger versions:

Nimrodel's daughter and son-in-law         Group

May 17, 2012
    Happy birthday, Eonwe!
    Happy birthday, Maglor!

May 16, 2012
    Gaming / LotRO:
        Wednesday 8pm EDT: only two showed up at the same time for the scheduled run time. Grouping happened at other times of the day.
       Ancalagon dropped into LotRO today, is now playing Diablo 3.

May 15, 2012
    Gaming / Diablo 3:
       Tuesday: Diablo 3 is supposed to go live today. Some of us have free Diablo 3 gaming from buying the one year WoW account, and others are also playing. We hope to be on the server for the Americas together. Please let Eonwe know if you're gaming on D3 with a cc to Varda.

May 14, 2012
    Happy birthday, Anarion!

    Gaming / LotRO:
       Monday morning patch for Update 7: link
       Monday 8pm Eastern run: new Fornost instance: completed water, earth, and fire. Ran out of time before starting shadow, which we may be doing Thursday. Pippin had run this instance at level 30 earlier in the day to research it and led ably.
          Bofur (minstrel Dagr), Indis (lore-master Mereniel), Nob (guardian Elenrandir), Melkor (champion Melcor), Pippin (champion Avengelina), and Varda (hunter Fainan).

May 13, 2012
Happy Mother's Day!
Sunday Meeting: 5pm EDT (GMT-5)
    The meeting is held in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace. It may also be entered using Trillian or Pidgin. If uncertain how to enter, message Eonwe Valar or VardaValar1 for an invitation.
    Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon the Golden and Varda
    Attending: (8)
        AriehnV, ArPharazonV, Eonwe Valar (presiding), fladrifv, Gilraen-(V)/Iryenth, Indis-(V)/karakedi25, Menelvagor Valar, VardaValar1
    Tolkien:
       Council of Elrond
       RP
       Elven cosmology

    Gaming / WoW, Lothar server:
       7pm Eastern regular run time.

May 12, 2012
    Gaming / LotRO:
    Saturday 1pm Eastern runs:
       Limlight Gorge dailies completed:
          Hurin (captain Hiurred), Irmo (guardian Irmogar), Melkor (rune-keeper Passim), Miriel (minstrel Mahariel), and Varda (hunter Fainan). We included Taltos of Dragonfly.
       Skirmish completed: Thievery and Mischief:
          Same group except that Taltos had left and we included Mosby of The Palantiri.
       Skirmish completed: Battle of the Deepway:
          Same group.

    Fluff / LotRO:
       4pm Eastern: Galloping Gala Turbine event: "Race in the Fellowship's Footprints".
          The Palantiri, headed by Mosby, set up this event. The Valar Guild (Irmo, Miriel, Hurin, and Varda) aided this effort with station keepers, as did The Knights of the White Lady. The event was a success and pictures should be available. More info on the previous May 4 News post and on the Forum.

May 11, 2012
    Tolkien Site / Stories:
       All of the following are by Jay of Lasgalen:

    Drabbles set in the Prancing Pony:
       "Dwarves and their Ale". new drabble. Strider, Barliman Butterbur.
    Incomplete story:
       "The Cloths of Heaven" Ch. 1 "Dreams Crushed Underfoot". The twins visit Legolas' colony in Ithilien. First chapter.
    "Stopping by Woods" Elladan, Elrohir, Estel/Aragorn, Gildor. Telling ghost stories. Complete story.
    Drabbles of homecoming: (Note to editor: need to be given locations)
       "Homecoming"
       "A Famous Victory"
       "And Then There Were Three"
       "Ambush"
       "Justice and Revenge"
       "Home at Last"

May 10, 2012
    Happy birthday, Barahir!

May 9, 2012
    Forum:
       Proboards, in order to improve service, changed the url of our forum to http://valarguild.proboards.com/

    Gaming / LotRO:
       8pm Eastern guild run: Ran Brown Lands quests together to speed up troll handling, clear some quests, and just get together.
          Indis (hunter Tinirian), Tulkas (hunter Astald), and Varda (minstrel Tinwetari).
       Folks also were finishing up what they could for the last day of the anniversary festival.

May 7, 2012
    Gaming / LotRO:
       Long maintenance.
       8pm Eastern guild run: We helped Gorlim move his guardian across a hump in questing so that he is now 71. We ran quickly through Barnavon, Dunbog, and well into Forthbrond and Grimbold's Camp, so now he's at the solo quests.
          Gorlim (guardian Sprain), Indis (hunter Tinirian), Melkor (champion Melcor), and Varda (minstrel Tinwetari).
         
May 6, 2012
    Happy birthday, Ar-Pharazon!
Sunday Meeting: 5pm EST (GMT-5)
    The meeting is held in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace. It may also be entered using Trillian or Pidgin. If uncertain how to enter, message ArPharazonV for an invitation.
    Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
    Attending: (7)
        AriehnV (presiding), ArPharazonV, Eonwe Valar, fladrifv, Gilraen-(V)/Iryenth, Glorfindel VG, Indis-(V)/karakedi25
    Tolkien:
       Poem
    After-meeting:
       RP: Forum story discussion

May 5, 2012
    Gaming / LotRO:
       Saturday 1pm EDT. Skirmish: Tuckborough 12-man completed:
            Handy reference suggested by Mosby: http://lorebook.lotro.com/wiki/Skirmish_Lieutenants_Quick_Reference
            Gildor (captain Livinola), Gorlim (lore-master Istarond), Indis (hunter Tinirian), Irmo (guardian Irmogar), Melkor (rune-keeper Passim), Miriel (minstrel Mahariel), Nimrodel (champion CynthiaJane), and Varda (minstrel Tinwetari).
             and friends: hunter Garnet and burglar Mosby of The Palantiri; hunter Truwing of Irony and Spite
       For those wanting to join in the dry run for the horse race event that we're helping out with (see May 4 letter below), email Mosby of the Palantiri at jpaulkeller [at] comcast (do t) ne t   and/or show up at 2pm server time. Irmo, Miriel, and Varda plan to be in on it, so come along with us if you like. :)  Dry run made, plans made.
      Then we (Elwing, Hamson, Irmo, Miriel, Pippin, and Varda) attended some of the events going on. Irmohir won third place in the Mounted Fashion Show with his Sauronesque spiky dark outfit and cave-claw style horse.
       We also made a "stable run" for Elwing's Brilanthir traveling from Bree to Rivendell.

May 4, 2012
    Gaming / LotRO: Galloping Gala, set up by Turbine but with challenges and operation manned by players.
    Here's an event that all Valarites are invited to help the Palantiri with, as its best to have at least two people at a station so one can take a bio-break as needed, and because this could be a blast. If you're not manning a station, you still might join in the race! Irmo, Miriel, and Varda have volunteered to help at stations, more needed especially to help at the start and finish. See our forum thread below for the latest info:
    Gala link to the Valar Guild forum thread.
Letter from Miriel:
Wanted to share some information concerning the Galloping Gala, one of the scheduled events is being brought to us by our friends in the Palantiri. I have provided some links and information below as well as copied J/Mosby on this e-mail (just in-case something changes or I made errors).
I volunteered to help them out with their event, so will need to have a shorten our guild run a little bit that Saturday.  ;) winking

Official LotRO information:
http://www.lotro.com/gallopinggala/1935-galloping-gala-2012
Official LotRO schedule of events:
http://www.lotro.com/gallopinggala/1955-galloping-gala-schedule-of-events-2012

The Palantiri's Event Information:
Great Race 2012: Race in the Fellowship's Footsteps May 12th @ 4 PM EST
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There will be 5 check-points (and challenges), one for each member of the Fellowship.  There are 3 types of challenges: playful ones (dealing with emotes, cosmetic gear, and the like), puzzle ones (mostly based on LotR lore), and special ones (like Name That Tune and the Scavenger Hunt).  Each region has at most one of each type.

May 2, 2012
Wednesday
    Membership:
       Pippin's housemate, Sandy, fell, was taken to a hospital, and died shortly thereafter. She was also a friend to Maedhros. /hug to Pippin and Maedhros.
    Gaming / LotRO:
       Great Barrows
completed:
          Eonwe (champion Auros), Hamson (48 hunter Amyni), and Varda (71 guardian Timbridhil).

May 1, 2012
    Happy birthday, Finarfin!
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April 30, 2012
    Welcome to the Valar Guild Elured-(MoH)
, son of Hama-(V), brother of Saeros-(MoH).  He's 15 and has read the Fellowship.
    Gaming / LotRO:
       Last day for the anniversary's extra experience boost.
       Afternoon run:
          Tomb of Elendil completed:
             Hamson (46 hunter Amyni), Irmo, Miriel, Pippin (guardian Faerus), and Varda (71 guardian Timbridhil).
       Monday 8pm EDT run:
          Hall of Mirrors completed:
             Nimrodel (hunter Ardisian), Pippin (champion Avengelina), and Varda (minstrel Tinwetari).

April 29, 2012
Sunday Meeting: 5pm EST (GMT-5)
    The meeting is held in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace. It may also be entered using Trillian or Pidgin. If uncertain how to enter, message Eonwe Valar or VardaValar1 for an invitation.
    Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda upcoming.
    Membership:
       Thingol-(V)
       Saeros-(MoH) and Chinga
       Finwe-(V)
    Games:
       Guild Wars 2 weekend beta ends tonight at midnight Pacific time. Guild Wars link. Some Valarites are there; don't forget to make our usual friend channel! Thanks to Miriel for the report and link.
    Tolkien:
       What did Elu Thingol contribute to the story-line?

    Gaming / WoW:
       Regular WoW run after the meeting, approximately 7pm EDT/6pm CDT on Lothar server in Alliance.
          Folks showing up in the evening were Elwing, Eonwe, Eowyn, Fangorn, and Varda. Also present were guild-relatives Dracxil and Schlep. We had chatting, questing, crafting, and Children's Week festivities.

April 28, 2012
    Welcome!
Chinga, the LotRO character name for Hama's other son, joined as an MoH and is deciding on an overall guild name.
    Gaming / LotRO:
       Saturday Draigoch 1:30 pm EDT.
          First two runs:
             Gildor (captain Livinola), Gorlim (hunter Morwena), Hurin (rune-keeper Hiuro healing upstairs), Irmo (guardian Irmogar upstairs group), Melkor (rune-keeper Passim), Miriel (minstrel Mahariel), Pippin (champion Avengelina leading lower group), Thranduil (burglar Artemas), and Varda (minstrel Tinwetari).
                Friends aiding were: rune-keeper Glorilmia, captain Rondy (aka Mosby, Turel, etc) both of The Palantiri.
          Third run:
             Pippin needed to leave. Filled in with captain Durnhald of The Palantiri.

April 27, 2012
    Welcome to the Valar Guild, Saeros-(MoH), son of Hama-(V)!
We're looking forward to gaming with you in LotRO especially. Saeros is 13 and has played a champion to 65 on another server before, so he's not a newbie to the game. He's now trying out Warden as a solo class type.

April 25, 2012
    Gaming / LotRO:
       Wednesday 8pm EDT
   
    Gaming / LotRO:
    For those unaware, Galdor and Pippin, warlords, have been working hard to learn how to run the next set of raids, the Tower of Orthanc, so that they can help the kin run them. Galdor is doing these research runs to help us out on Saturday, but can often be available on Monday and Wednesday, work permitting. He is still available on some Saturdays. Pippin is usually unavailable Monday (research runs) and Wednesday (work), but available Saturday. This should provide us with some rich new runs and gear, and we thank them for working on that!

April 23, 2012
    Gaming / LotRO:
       Monday 8pm EDT:
       Limlight Gorge pre-req quests
started into before the group had to break up:
          Galdor (captain Dolenatan), Gildor (captain Livinola), Indis (minstrel Isaniel), and Nimrodel (champion Cynthiajane).
       Fangorn's Edge
completed:
          Nimrodel (champion Cynthajane), Pippin (champion Avengelina), and Varda (minstrel Tinwetari). (Varda apologizes for having had to come home late, but was able to help out here at least.)
       Isengard dailies completed:
          Pippin (champion Avengelina) and Varda (minstrel Tinwetari)

April 22, 2012
    Happy birthday, Pallando!

Sunday Meeting: 5pm EDT (GMT-5)
    The meeting is held in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace. It may also be entered using Trillian or Pidgin. If uncertain how to enter, message Eonwe Valar or VardaValar1 for an invitation.
    Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda.
    Attending: (9)
        AriehnV, ArPharazonV, Eonwe Valar, fladrifv, Galdor-(V)/galdorandwe, Glorfindel VG, Indis-(V)/karakedi25, Menelvagor Valar, VardaValar1 (presiding)
    Membership:
        New member Hama-(V) April 17
    Gaming:
        Report from Indis on the Pax East convention.
    Tolkien:
        Return of the Ring convention upcoming in the UK. Luthien-(T) will be a presenter twice.
        Where the wood "lebethron" was used in the LotR.
        RP forum story discussion over the staff and completed main plotting.

April 21, 2012 Saturday
    Gaming / LotRO:
       Saturday 1pm EDT
        Draigoch
raid completed:
          Gildor (captain Livinola), Gorlim (minstrel Aeronwy), Indis (burglar Celebrethil), Irmo (guardian Irmogar), Miriel (minstrel Mahariel), Nimrodel (hunter Ardisian), Pippin (champion Avengelina), and Varda (minstrel Tinwetari). We were aided by hunter Morforys of the Knights of the White Lady, burglar Mosby of the Palantiri, and Toot of the Heirs of the West.
          Scales to Aeronwy. Helm to Avengelina and Morforys. Shoulders to Livinola. Fornost Healer's Shield to Tinwetari. Worn Symbol to Celebrethil, Mosby, and Morforys.
       Roots of Fangorn completed:
          Gorlim (minstrel Aeronwy), Irmo (guardian Irmogar), Indis (lore-master Mereniel), Miriel (hunter Mahairiel), Pippin (champion Avengelina), and Varda (minstrel Tinwetari).

April 20, 2012
Friday
    Gaming / Diablo 3 open beta:
       Diablo 3 has an open beta running from today through Sunday. Link for more info.
    Gaming / WoW:
       Friday 6pm EDT regular run time.
    Gaming / LotRO:
       Taralyn-1 of the Council of the Secret Fire invited the Valarites to join in gaming with them, as they've been gaming with us. Their scheduled night is Friday at 8:30 CST/9:30EST. Their sign-up website is at this link.

April 18, 2012
    Return of the Ring
will be held in the UK on August 16-20, 2012. Some of Luthien-(T)'s paintings will be on exhibit there. :)  She's also giving a Sindarin language workshop, "a beginner's / family level "Hi, my name is Alice; hello, nice to meet you! My name is Bob" sort of thing".

    Gaming / LotRO:
       Wednesday 8pm EDT:
            Roots of Fangorn
completed.
              Galdor (captain Dolenatan), Gildor (guardian Marrella), Indis (lore-master Mereniel), Maedhros (champion Galadhalion), Nimrodel (hunter Ardisian), and Varda (minstrel Tinwetari).
          Limlight Gorge dailies:
             Indis (burglar Celebrethil), Maedhros (champion Galadhalion), Pippin (champion Avengelina), and Varda (minstrel Tinwetari). Trel (burglar) joined us since he was right there lfg when we were about to start.
          Lots of festival gaming. :)
      

April 17, 2012
    Welcome to the Valar Guild, Hama-(V)!
Hama was at the LotRO anniversary festival on his warden, Glorietta, when he met Miriel and liked what he heard about our guild. Irmo tested and he's now with us. He's played Bounty Bay, City of Heroes/Villains, Diablo, WoW on Azjul-Nerub, and LotRO on the Gilraen server, but wanted to leave the high pressure of pure raiding kins and enjoy gaming again. He has studied our website, read the books, and supports our ideals, but does not see himself as a lore-fanatic.  He expects to be on between 3-6 times a week. Hama's 45, from Denmark, and has a son. His favorite character is Faramir but the name is in use, so he took the brave and valiantly dead Hama's name. About Faramir: very loyal, shows the right kind of initiative, not abandoning others to pursue goals of his own.
    Happy birthday, Paladin!

April 16, 2012
    Gaming / LotRO:
       Happy 5th Anniversary to LotRO!
Events and prizes for the festival from today until April 30th! Check your bags for gifts, based on how long you've been in LotRO. Festival news link. Three-year boxes have a glitch and are temporarily disabled; they should be repaired by the end of the week.
    Long patch: here are the Update 6.1 notes while you wait.
    LotRO store April 13-19: 20% off character slots and wardrobe space.
       Monday regularly scheduled run 8pm Eastern:
            Roots of Fangorn
T1 completed.
                Galdor (burglar Andwegar), Indis (lore-master Mereniel), Nimrodel (hunter Ardisian), and Varda (minstrel Tinwetari),
                with the aid of Taralyn-1 (captain) and Alabarrd (guardian).
          Limlight Gorge dailies:
                Galdor (burglar Andwegar), Nimrodel (champion Cynthiajane), and Varda (minstrel Tinwetari).

April 15, 2012
Sunday Meeting: 5pm EST (GMT-5)
    The meeting is held in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace. It may also be entered using Trillian or Pidgin. If uncertain how to enter, message Eonwe Valar or VardaValar1 for an invitation.
    Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
        Attending: (7)
            AriehnV, ArPharazonV, Eonwe Valar, fladrifv, GwaihirValar, Indis-(V)/karakedi25, VardaValar1 (presiding)
        Tolkien:
           Topic: Everyone gets to name one thing they know about their Valar Guild character, major or very trivial. Arien, Ar-Pharazon, Fladrif, Gwaihir, Indis
           Tangent topic: Why didn't the eagles fly the One Ring to Mordor to destroy it?
        After-meeting:
            RP forum story plotting

April 14, 2012
    Gaming / LotRO:
       Saturday 1pm regular time: Limlight Gorge dailies completed:
          Gildor (captain Livinola), Indis (rune-keeper Tengwarien), Nimrodel (champion Cynthiajane),  and Varda (minstrel Tinwetari).
       About 3pm, Irmo and Miriel came in and a new group started.
Miriel's report:
On Saturday April 14th Irmo (Irmogar, guardian), Indis (Merenial, lore-master), Miriel (Mahariel, minstrel), Nimrodel (Cynthiajane, champion) Gildor (Livinola, captain) and Gorlim (Morwena, hunter) completed Roots of Fangorn.
We then went on to the Foundry. Nim and Gildor had to depart for a break
 Later, Irmo (Yrmo, warden), Indis (Celebrethil, burglar) and I (Mahairiel, hunter) joined up with The Council of the Secret Fire to take down Draigoch.

April 13, 2012
    Gaming / WoW:
       Friday 7pm EDT regular run: Dragonsoul completed (yes, again) by Bilbo and Varda with a pug, upgrades picked up.

April 11, 2012
    Gaming / LotRO:
       Wednesday 8pm EDT runs. Maedhros' champion Galadhalion completed the pre-reqs for Limlight Gorges with Varda's minstrel Tinwetari in a pug, then joined in Roots of Fangorn, making it to the last boss.
          Gildor (guardian Marrella), Indis (lore-master Mereniel), Maedhros (champion Galadhalion), Nimrodel (hunter Ardisian), Pippin (champion Avengelina came in after Tulkas' final crash), Tulkas (hunter Astald, kept crashing until he couldn't make it back in), and Varda (minstrel Tinwetari)

April 9, 2012
    Gaming / LotRO:
       Monday 8pm EDT run. Roots of Fangorn completed.
          Galdor (burglar Andwegar), Gildor (captain Livinola), Gorlim (minstrel Aeronwy), Nimrodel (champion CynthiaJane), Pippin (guardian Faerus), and Varda (minstrel Tinwetari).

    Membership:
       Hurin should be back from his business trip in about a week.

April 8, 2012
Happy Easter!
    Letter from Menelvagor:
To Varda and all my dear friends of the Valar Guild,
Aiya!
    It's been a while since I last was visible on the radar, so I figured I'd let you and the others know how I am doing of late. As you might know, I've been fairly busy between school, fraternity and general social life, cramming up my agenda, especially on sunday evenings.
    The past couple months have been especially hectic, as I've switched long-term plans a few hundred degrees due to several unexpected events. The latest one being that after having applied for a board membership (or executive committee, for lack of a better translation) in my fraternity it's pretty much decided that next year I will be spending as part of a team of 8 running the frat. Ever since I got the news it might be so, I've been in a bouncy (read: off the charts good) mood and it's only gotten better since.
    Anyways, I figured I'd owe the people who set me on the right track all those years ago some sort of explanation of what I've been doing lately.
    A star truly shone on the path of our meeting so many years ago. I'll never forget any of you, no matter how far away or how long ago.
Namarie, and hope to see you in the future some time,
Menelvagor-Valar.

    Happy birthday, Malbeth!

Sunday Meeting: 5pm EST (GMT-5)
    The meeting is held in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace. It may also be entered using Trillian or Pidgin. If uncertain how to enter, message Eonwe Valar or ArPharazonV for an invitation.
    Meeting Transcript by the illustrious Ar-Pharazon the Golden and Varda.
    Attending: (4)
        AriehnV, ArPharazonV, Eonwe Valar (presiding), Indis-(V)/karakedi25
    Peter Jackson's videos on Facebook.

April 4, 2012
    Gaming / LotRO:
       Wednesday 8pm EDT scheduled run:
          Limlight Gorge
dailies (we do these a lot, but this is an actual scheduled time):
             Galdor (champion Thongaladh), Gildor (guardian Marrella), Hurin (rune-keeper Hiuro), Indis (lore-master Mereniel), Nimrodel (hunter Ardisian), and Varda (minstrel Tinwetari).
          Roots of Fangorn 6-man instance:
             Galdor (champion Thongaladh), Gildor (guardian Marrella), Hurin (rune-keeper Hiuro), Indis (lore-master Mereniel), Nimrodel (hunter Ardisian), and Varda (minstrel Tinwetari).
             Gildor (guardian Marrella), Indis (captain Mirminuial), Nellas (rune-keeper Fornien), Nimrodel (hunter Ardisian), Pippin (champion Avengelina), and Varda (minstrel Tinwetari).

       Tolkien:
          Neat item of the day from Bilbo-(V):
                The original name for Bilbo was Bilba Labingi. The Peoples of Middle-earth "The Appendix on Languages"

April 2, 2012
    Happy birthday, Valandil!

    Gaming / LotRO:
      
Monday 8pm EDT scheduled run:
           Limlight Gorges
dailies for afternoon and evening groups, quick runs completed. These happen a lot but we did these at our scheduled time so they get a mention.
              Afternoon group 6-manned: Galdor (champion Thongaladh), Gildor (guardian Marrella), Indis (captain Mirminuial), Nimrodel (hunter Ardisian), Tulkas (hunter Astald), and Varda (minstrel Tinwetari).
           Roots of Fangorn 6-man instance:
              Galdor (champion Thongaladh), Gildor (guardian Marrella), Nimrodel (hunter Ardisian), Tulkas (hunter Astald), and Varda (minstrel Tinwetari). We were aided by Tulkas' friend Maedhric of Estel en Are kinship.

April 1, 2012
    What, you expected a joke? =)
Sunday Meeting: 5pm EST (GMT-5)
    The meeting is held in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace. It may also be entered using Trillian or Pidgin. If uncertain how to enter, message Eonwe Valar or ArPharazonV for an invitation.
    Meeting Transcript by the illustrious Ar-Pharazon the Golden and Varda.


    Gaming / WoW:
       7pm EDT/6pm CDT Ice Crown Citadel. We killed off the first 7 of 12 bosses, ending with Festergut before we had to call it a night.
          Bilbo (mage Billboh and then druid Jovius for the double tank on Festergut), Eonwe (paladin Auros), Eowyn (shaman Mairovende), and Varda (priest Varda).
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March 31, 2012
    Gaming / LotRO:
       Saturday 1:30 pm EDT: Draigoch was defeated, second try. (picture on the forum)
          1st try surprised by third phase coming early: Galdor (burglar Andwegar), Gildor (captain Livinola), Gorlim (minstrel Aeronwy), Hurin (rune-keeper Hiuro), Indis (burglar Celebrethil), Irmo (guardian Irmogar), Miriel (minstrel Mahariel), Nimrodel (champion CynthiaJane), Pippin (champion Avengelina), and Varda (minstrel Tinwetari). We were aided by hunter Gloiel of the Palantiri.
          2nd try ready for the third phase: same group except Pippin had to leave and was replaced by captain Taralyn-1 of  The Council of the Secret Fire.
              3 scales went to Gloiel, 1 scale went to Taralyn-1. A Worn Symbol of Celebrimbor went to Galdor and one to Nimrodel.
       Afterwards was a Limlight Gorge dailies run.

March 28, 2012
    Gaming / LotRO:
      
Wednesday 8pm EDT: Limlight Gorge precursors and dailies;
          Galdor (burglar Andwegar), Gildor (guardian Marrella), Gorlim (lore-master Istarond), Indis (rune-keeper Tengwarien), Nimrodel (hunter Ardisian), and Varda (minstrel Tinwetari).

March 26, 2012
    Gaming / LotRO:
       Monday 8pm EDT: Limlight Gorge precursors and dailies:
          Galdor (hunter Andwe), Gildor (guardian Marrella), Gorlim (hunter Morwena), Indis (lore-master Mereniel), Nimrodel (hunter Ardisian), and Varda (minstrel Tinwetari).

March 25, 2012
Sunday Meeting: 5pm EST (GMT-5)
    The meeting is held in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace. It may also be entered using Trillian or Pidgin. If uncertain how to enter, message Eonwe Valar or ArPharazonV for an invitation.
    Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda.
    Attending: (7)
        AriehnV, ArPharazonV, Eonwe Valar (presiding), fladrifv, Glorfindel VG, Indis-(V)/karakedi25, and VardaValar1

    Gaming / WoW:
       Regular Sunday run after the meeting.

March 24, 2012
    Gaming / LotRO:
       Saturday 1pm Eastern regular instance run time. Several of our members will be unable to show up including Galdor, Pippin, and Varda so they would need to be replaced for a Draigoch run. Skirmishes or other fun such as Limlight Gorge runs, maybe even Roots of Fangorn, may be expected.
    Varda will be with Fangorn out of town Saturday and Sunday.
     Report from Miriel:
Ran the Limlight Gorge group pre-quests.
    Gildor (Fairmaiden, minstrel), Indis (Mirminuial, captain), Irmo (Irmogar, guardian), Miriel (Mahamiriel, lore-master), Nimrodel (Cynthiajane, champion), Thranduil (Artemas, burglar)
Later took on Draigoch with the following folks:
    Galdor (Andwegar, burglar), Gildor (Fairmaiden, minstrel), Indis (Mereniel, lore-master), Irmo (Irmogar, guardian), Miriel (Mahairiel, hunter), Nimrodel (Cynthiajane, champion).
    We were aided by captain Anrisa of PLOI, lore-master Finaor of PLOI, captain Taralyn of The Council of the Secret Fire, hunter Ozzmain of The Council of the Secret Fire and warden Celondian.
    It was a smooth battle up until the dragon decided during the final moments of his life to go braindead.

March 23, 2012
    Gaming / WoW:
       Friday 7pm Eastern (6pm Central) regular instance run time.
    Links:
       The interactive "Map of Middle-earth" by Daniel Reeve is now on our Links and on our Maps page.

March 21, 2012
    Gaming / LotRO:
       Wed 8pm Eastern. Roots of Fangorn, completed all but the last boss. Nice guide. We agree with the recommendation of a captain off-healer rather than a second minstrel, but had none available in kin at the time; otherwise the group make-up was good.
          Gildor (guardian Marrella), Gorlim (minstrel Aeronwy), Indis (lore-master Mereniel), Nimrodel (hunter Ardisian), Pippin (champion Avengelina), and Varda (minstrel Tinwetari).

March 19, 2012
    Gaming / LotRO:
       Monday 8pm. Late start because Varda's clock was off. So it was 8:30pm Eastern that we ran Limlight Gorges quests to help Golim's minstrel Aeronwy be able to reach the 6-man quest.
          Heroes: Gildor (captain Livinola), Gorlim (minstrel Aeronwy), Nimrodel (hunter Ardisian), Pippin (champion Avengelina), and Varda (Tinwetari).

March 18, 2012
Sunday Meeting: 5pm EST (GMT-5)
    The meeting is held in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace. It may also be entered using Trillian or Pidgin. If uncertain how to enter, message VardaValar1, Eonwe Valar or ArPharazonV for an invitation.
    Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
    Attending: (9)
        AriehnV, ArPharazon-V, Eonwe Valar (presiding), fladrifv, Galdor-(V)/galdorandwe, Gilraen-(V)/ Iryenth, Glorfindel VG, Indis-(V)/karakedi25, and VardaValar1.
    Tolkien: posting together on the forum story.

    Gaming / WoW:
       7pm Eastern. Glorfindel's hunter Raladek, Eonwe's paladin Auros, and Varda's priest Varda three-manned Ice Crown Citadel through Lord Marrowgar, Lady Deathwhisper, and the gunship. Sauron's warrior Artano then joined us and we four-manned Deathbringer Varok. It was late so we decided to stop after that victory.

March 17, 2012

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

    Gaming / LotRO:
       Wearing green cosmetics today is recommended. /pinch
       Saturday 1pm Eastern:
        We ran the Prancing Pony 12-man skirmish while waiting on the rest of the gang with:
          Gildor (Livinola, captain), Gorlim (Jonh, burglar), Hurin (Hiuro), Irmo (Irmogar, guardian), Miriel (Mahariel, minstrel), Nimrodel (Ardisian, hunter), Pippin (Avengelina, champion), and Varda (Tinwetari, minstrel). Hurin won the Worn Symbol of Celebrimbor, way to go!
        Draigoch was defeated!
          The heroes on the first try were:
             Galdor (Andwegar, burglar), Gildor (Livinola, captain), Gorlim (Aeronwy, minstrel), Hurin (Hiuro), Irmo (Irmogar, guardian), Miriel (Mahariel, minstrel), Nimrodel (Ardisian, hunter), Pippin (Avengelina, champion), and Varda (Tinwetari, minstrel). We were aided by captain Anrisa of PLOI, hunter Lycius of Kindred of the Blade, and Rimblez of PLOI.
          The second try was successful! The dragon-slayers were the same with these changes:
             Galdor had to leave so Indis took his place on lore-master Mereniel. Lycius switched to his burglar, Pius.
          Perks bought with Destiny Points were "Continuing Swiftness", "Sustained Recovery", and "Initiate Strength".
          Lycius/Pius gave us the link to his script, "Raid Rolls" to help with the confusion that can result in a large group rolling for lots of loot.
            
March 16, 2012
    Gaming / WoW:
       Friday 7pm Eastern gaming. Bilbo and Varda leveled up characters to help work on the Classy achievements and for the fun of it.

March 14, 2012
    Gaming / LotRO:
       Limlight Gorge group quests for the pre-req for the instance completed. Miriel and others did that in the afternoon and another group ran in the evening.
          Galdor (Thongaladh, champion but left early), Gildor (Livinola, captain), Indis (Alasse, lore-master), Nimrodel (Ardisian, hunter), and Varda (Tinwetari, minstrel) up to Roots of Fangorn, and Huorn Seeds.
         
March 12, 2012
    Welcome to the Valar Guild, Smaug-(V)!
Smaug heard of us from another WoW gamer named Gulch who told of a LotR-based guild. He searched for the guild and found Varda, who gave the test to him as Olorinn. He also has LotRO downloaded but prefers WoW a little more. His WoW characters have Tolkien names such as Olorinn and Thorinn. He's 21, from Pennsylvania in the USA, Eastern time. He's read the H, LotR, Sil, and some of the Histories, preferring the Sil over the LotR. Some stand-out characters for him were Beorn, Glaurung, Tom Bombadil, Elrond, Gandalf, Bilbo, and Treebeard. He especially enjoyed Tom Bombadil's acting as if the Ring were merely a useless trinket.

    Gaming / LotRO:
       Update 6 patching today! It's a long download, so it's a good idea to start it well before regular instance run time. We'll be looking at the new features. Today we're being paid back for all that extra deeding as both traits 13 and 14 are now live.
    Report from Miriel:
Monday greetings,
The patch notes for Update 6, Shores of the Great River: http://lorebook.lotro.com/wiki/Update_6,_Shores_of_the_Great_River,_Official

March 11, 2012
    Valar time is changing due to Daylight Savings time. 10am EST is now 11am EDT.
    Gaming / LotRO:
       Sunday 2pm EDT Helegrod Drake Wing
        Report from Mirel:
March. 11, 2012 2:00 EDT        
On Sunday 3/11/2012 we completed the Helegrod Drake wing.
Helegrod Drake Wing:
Arien (Arienwyn), Celeborn (Kebb), Gildor (Fairmaiden), Gorlim (Istarond), Hurin (Hiuro), Irmo (Irmogar), Miriel (Mahairiel), Varda (Tinwentari)
Sunday Meeting: 5pm EST (GMT-5)
    The meeting is held in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace. It may also be entered using Trillian or Pidgin. If uncertain how to enter, message VardaValar1, Eonwe Valar or ArPharazonV for an invitation.
        Meeting Transcript by Varda
        Attending: (8)
            AriehnV, ArPharazon-V, Eonwe Valar, fladrifv, Galdor-(V)/galdorandwe, Indis-(V)/karakedi25, and VardaValar1 (presiding).

    Gaming / WoW:
       Sunday 7pm EDT:. Lots of instance running including Hour of Twilight and Death Soul both halves, run twice.

March 10, 2012
    Gaming / LotRO:
       Saturday morning, the group completed all three of the Helegrod wings: Spiders, Drakes, and Giants.
       Saturday afternoon for the 1pm Eastern run (after a one-hour food break), we ran Draigoch with Irmo tanking the head, Hurin healing Irmo, and Galdor leading the dps group below. Heroes involved were:
          Galdor (Andwegar, burglar), Gildor (Livinola, captain), Hurin (Hiuro, rune-keeper), Indis (Mereniel, lore-master), Irmo (Irmogar, guardian), Miriel (Mahariel, minstrel), Nimrodel (Ardisian, hunter), Pippin (Avengelina, champion), and Varda (Tinwetari, minstrel). We were aided by hunter Gloiel of the Palantiri and rune-keeper Raenai of Remnant.
    Report from Miriel:
March. 10, 2012 9:30 EST       
On Saturday 3/10/2012 we completed the Helegrod Drake wing. We just couldn't stop there so continued on to run the Spider and Giant wings as well.
Helegrod Drake Wing:
Celeborn (Kebb), Galdor (Andwe), Gildor (Livinola), Gorlim (Aeronwy), Hurin (Hiurred), Irmo (Irmohir), Miriel (Mahariel), Nimrodel (Ardisian)

Helegrod Spider Wing:
Celeborn (Kebb), Gorlim (Istarond), Hurin (Hiurred), Indis (Mereniel), Irmo (Irmohir), Miriel (Mahariel), Nimrodel (Cynthiajane)

Helegrod Giant Wing:
Celeborn (Kebb), Gorlim (Istarond), Hurin (Hiurred), Indis (Mereniel), Irmo (Irmohir), Miriel (Mahariel), Nimrodel (Cynthiajane), Varda (Tinwentari)

March 9, 2012
    Gaming / WoW:
       Friday 7pm Eastern, Lothar server, regularly scheduled time.
          Bilbo and Varda showed up early and duoed quite a bit. Others who came online were Elwing, Eonwe, Eowyn, Glorfindel, and guild-friend Schlep.

March 7, 2012
    Gaming / LotRO:
       Wednesday 8pm instance runs:
          Prancing Pony 6-man completed:
             Galdor (Dolenatan, captain), Gildor (Livinola, captain), Gorlim (Jonh, 71 burglar), Indis (Mereniel, lore-master), Nimrodel (Cynthiajane, champion), and Varda (Tinwetari, minstrel).
          Moria: Way of the Smiths 6-man completed:
             Same group as above.
          The Battle in the Tower 6-man completed with five:
             Galdor needed to leave, Gildor switched to his guardian Marrella, Gorlim switched to his hunter Morwena, but otherwise it was the same group. 
        The group has been doing a lot of deeding. This coming Monday is supposed to bring Update 6, including a raise in the virtue trait cap from 12 to 14.     

March 5, 2012
    Gaming / LotRO:
       Monday 8pm Eastern instance runs completed, no symbols dropped:
          Breaching the Necromancer's Gate 12-man skirmish with 8:
             Bofur (Dagr, minstrel), Galdor (Thongaladh, champion), Gildor (Marrella, guardian), Gorlim (Aeronwy, minstrel), Indis (Mereniel), Nellas (Nimeithel), Nimrodel (Ardisian, hunter), and Varda (Tinwetari, minstrel).
          Trouble in Tuckborough 6-man skirmish:
             Eonwe (Auros, champion), Galdor (Thongaladh, champion), Gildor (Marrella, guardian), Gorlim (Morwena, hunter), Nimrodel (Cynthiajane, champion), and Varda (Tinwetari, minstrel).

March 4, 2012
    Tolkien Link
found by Galdor and now on our Links page:
       Ambar-Eldaron: Sindarin-English, English-Sindarin dictionary pdf.
Sunday Meeting: 5pm EST (GMT-5)
    The meeting is held in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace. It may also be entered using Trillian or Pidgin. If uncertain how to enter, message Eonwe Valar or ArPharazonV for an invitation.
Meeting Transcript by the illustrious Ar-Pharazon and Varda.
Attending: (8)
    AriehnV, ArPharazonV, Eonwe Valar (presiding), Galdor-(V)/galdorandwe, Gilraen-(V)/Iryenth, Glorfindel VG, Indis-(V)/karakedi25, and VardaValar1.
Gaming:
    Mass Effect 3
    WoW
    LotRO
    SW:TOR
    BroodWar
Tolkien:
    Balrogs and other scary things.

    Gaming / WoW:
       Sunday 7pm Eastern regular run. People showing up during the evening: Bilbo, Elwing, Eonwe, Eowyn, Fangorn, Sauron, and Varda, and guild-friends Schlep and Kaz.

March. 3, 2012
    Gaming / LotRO:
        Saturday:
        9:30 am Eastern Helegrod 12-man. Ran Spider and Giant 12-man wings.
           Report from Miriel:
On Saturday 3/3/2012 we completed the Helegrod Spider and Giant wings. Those in attendance were...
Angrod (Lorelina 60), Arien (Arienwyn 53), Galdor (Andwe 75), Gildor (Marrella 75), Gorlim (Aeronwy 75), Hurin (Hiurred 75), Melkor (Belgg 62), Miriel (Mahariel 75), Nim (Ardisian 75), Orome (Oromm 61), Pippin (Avengelina 75), Rosie (Rosevel 63)
We need to run the Drake wing to unlock the Helegrod Dragon wing (24-man). Will make a post on our forums inquiring when all will be available.
       1:00 pm Eastern (or a little later due to some members' work issues).  Report from Varda:
        Prancing Pony 12-man skirmish completed with 10 of us. Galdor won the Worn Symbol of Celebrimbor! It dropped at last.
             Galdor (Andwegar, burglar), Gildor (Livinola, captain), Gorlim (Aeronwy, minstrel), Hurin (Hiurred), Indis (Mirminuial), Irmo (Irmogar), Melkor (Melcor, champion), Miriel (Mahariel), Nimrodel (Cynthiajane, champion), and Varda (Tinwetari, minstrel).
         Draigoch Tier 2 12-man with 10 and 11 gamers: played into the third phase.
             Galdor (Andwegar, burglar), Gildor (Livinola, captain), Gorlim (Aeronwy, minstrel), Hurin (Hiuro, rune-keeper), Indis (Celebrethil, burglar), Irmo (Irmogar, guardian), Miriel (Mahariel, minstrel), Nimrodel (Ardisian, hunter), Pippin (Avengelina, champion), and Varda (Tinwetari, minstrel). Yerttle (hunter) joined us, a friend of Indis'.
         
March 2, 2012
    Gaming / WoW:
       Friday Zul'Farak (spelling) done.
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Feb. 29, 2012
Happy Leap Year Day!
    Gaming / LotRO:
       Wednesday 8pm Eastern instance runs: We completed three 6-man skirmishes: "Great Barrows: Water-wing (Thadur)", and Prancing Pony twice.
          Heroes: Galdor (Thongaladh, champion for the first run), Gildor (Livinola, captain), Gorlim (Aeronwy, minstrel), Indis (Alasse, lore-master for the last run), Nimrodel (CynthiaJane, champion), Pippin (Avengelina, champion), and Varda (Tinwetari, minstrel).

Feb. 27, 2012
    Gaming / LotRO:
       Monday 8pm Eastern. Foundry:
          Galdor (Thongaladh, champion), Gildor (Fairmaiden, minstrel), Indis (Mirminuial, captain first part), Nellas (Nimeithel, warden), Nimrodel (CynthiaJane, champion), Pippin (Avengelina champion and Faerus guardian, replacement for Galdor), Tulkas (Astald, hunter), and Varda (Tinwetari, minstrel replacement for Indis).

Feb. 26, 2012
Sunday Meeting: 5pm EST (GMT-5)
    The meeting is held in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace. It may also be entered using Trillian or Pidgin. If uncertain how to enter, message Eonwe Valar or ArPharazonV for an invitation.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Membership:
    Fladrif's trip to New Zealand.
Tolkien:
    Each person present got to ask a trivia question to the group.

    Gaming / WoW:
       After the meeting at 7pm Eastern, Bilbo, Glorfindel, and Varda went into random heroics together. Other members were also present questing, including Elwing, Eonwe, and Eowyn.

Feb. 25, 2012
    Gaming / LotRO:
       Saturday 1pm Eastern.
          Three 12-mans completed at tier 2 taking all encounters. No worn symbols dropped, but all else went well.
             Assault on the Ringwraith's Lair, Attack at Dawn, and Breaching the Necromancer's Gate:
               Eomer (Erkendan), Gildor (Livinola, captain), Gorlim (Istarond, lore-master for the first two, hunter Morwena for the last instance), Hurin (Hiurred, captain), Irmo (Irmogar, guardian), Indis (Alasse, lore-master), Melkor (Melcor, champion, present for the first run), Miriel (Mahariel, minstrel), Nimrodel (Ardisian, hunter for the first two, champion CynthiaJane for the last instance), Pippin (Avengelina, champion), Tulkas (Astald, hunter), and Varda (Tinwetari, minstrel).

Feb. 23, 2012
    Gaming / LotRO:
       Treasure Hunt this weekend.

Feb. 22, 2012
    Gaming / LotRO:
       8pm Eastern Foundry run:
          Gildor (Marrella, guardian), Indis (Alasse, lore-master), Nellas (Nimeithel, warden), Nimrodel (Ardisian, hunter), Pippin (Avengelina, champion), and Varda (Tinwetari, minstrel).

Feb. 20, 2012
    Gaming / LotRO:
       1:30 pm Eastern Watcher run
          Belladonna (Banakila, 59 burglar), Eomer (Khori, champion), Gorlim (Morwena, hunter), Hurin (Hiuro, rune-keeper), Irmo (Irmohir, captain), Landroval (Searil, 61 lore-master), Melkor (Passim, rune-keeper), Miriel (Mahariel, minstrel), Nimrodel (Ardisian, hunter), Pippin (Avengelina, champion), and Varda (Tinwetari, minstrel). Aided by friend Truwing, 58 hunter.
        8:00 pm Eastern run. We had problems getting together, however two three-mans were done. Sword Halls finished up the Volume 2 Epilogue for Varda's Tinwetari with the able help of Gildor's guardian, Marrella and Nimrodel's hunter, Ardisian. Afterwards the same group of three did a very smooth run of Fangorn's Edge.

    Gaming / WoW:
       The WoW folk took advantage of the short time Fangorn could be around, running instances with Elwing, Eonwe, Eowyn, Fangorn, and guild-friend Schlep.

    Gaming / SW:TOR:
       Sauron and Arien joined up for questing.
       Sauron recommends the official link to use to Search for where the Datachrons are located.

Feb. 19, 2012
Sunday Meeting: 5pm EST (GMT-5)
    The meeting is held in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace. It may also be entered using Trillian or Pidgin. If uncertain how to enter, message Eonwe Valar or ArPharazonV for an invitation.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (7)
    AriehnV, ArPharazonV, Eonwe Valar (presiding), Galdor-(V)/galdorandwe, Glorfindel VG, Indis-(V)/karakedi25, Thingol/thingol_v@ymail.com
Membership news:
    Thingol-(V)
    Helm-(V)
    Ar-Pharazon-(V)
    Fladrif-(V)
Gaming:
    WoW
    LotRO
    Civ4
    SW:TOR
Tolkien:
    Tolkien "name game" played. Arien changed it to a variation where the names had to be in alphabetical order. Eonwe added in that people called the name according to channel order so all could speak.

Feb. 18, 2012
    Gaming / LotRO:
       Fil Gashan Moria instance steam-rollered for deeds:
          Celeborn (Kebb, champion), Hurin (Hiurred, captain), Irmo (Irmohir, guardian), Miriel (Mahariel, minstrel), Pippin (Faerus, guardian), and Varda (Tinwetari, minstrel).
       Watcher: (next Watcher run is planned for Monday 1:30 pm Eastern, hooray for spring break!)
          Belladonna (Banakila), Celeborn (Kebb), Eomer (Khori - replaced Celeborn when he had to leave), Hurin (Hiurred), Irmo (Irmohir), Landroval (Searil 60 lore-master), Miriel (Mahariel), Nellas (Nimeithel, warden replacement for Tulkas who had to leave), Nimrodel (Ardisian, hunter), Tulkas (Astald, hunter), and Varda (Tinwetari).
       Breaching the Necromancer's Gate 12-man skirmish completed fast. Sorry gang, but I didn't scribble down all the names:
          included Galdor (Dolenatan, captain), Gildor (Fairmaiden, minstrel), Gorlim (Istarond, lore-master), Nimrodel (CynthiaJane, champion), and Varda (Tinwetari),
          aided by Cao (burglar), Halostnor (captain).
       Protector of Thangulhad 12-man completed:
          Cao changed characters for this run, but I'm unsure which of the Z's he was. For this run we added Zedikazule (lore-master) and Zipzap (lore-master).

Feb. 17, 2012
    Gaming / WoW:
       Friday 7pm Eastern instance run.

Feb. 15, 2012
    Gaming / LotRO:
       Wednesday 8pm Eastern instance run. Report info from Galdor:
            Ran a few 6-man skirmishes at lvl 75 t1: Breaching the Necromancer's Gate (won), Thievery and Mischief (lost on final fight).
                Pippin ( Avengaline, Champ); Gildor (Marella  Guardian); Nimrodel ( Ardisian Hunter); Galdor ( Dolenatan Captain). …

Feb. 14, 2012:
Happy Valentine's Day!

Feb. 13, 2012
    Tolkien:
       Link found by Meriadoc-(V). YouTube of the Tolkien Ensemble singing and playing Sam's song of the troll.

    Gaming / LotRO:
       Monday 8pm Eastern instance run.
Report from Galdor:
  We ran Foundry t2 and won. Had 2 pals of mine Pugging since we didn’t have enough to run a full 6.
    Nimrodel (Ardisian, Hunter), Gildor (Marella, Guardian), Inidis (Alasse, Loremaster), Galdor (Thongaladh, Champ)
    Two friends from Council of the Secret Fire: Taralyn-1 (Capt.), and Wilkie (Mini).
    No wipes. We beat the t2 challenge.

Feb. 12, 2012
Sunday Meeting: 5pm EDT (GMT-5)
    The meeting is held in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace. It may also be entered using Trillian or Pidgin. If uncertain how to enter, message Eonwe Valar or ArPharazonV for an invitation.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (5)
    AriehnV, ArPharazonV, Eonwe Valar (presiding), Galdor-(V)/galdorandwe, Glorfindel VG
Membership:
    Varda, Fangorn, Eowyn, and Melkor
    Recruiting
    Maia and Vala Honors in the guild, and what they are in the books.
Gaming:
    WoW
    SW:TOR
    LotRO
Tolkien:
    RP discussion, including how to address Legolas.
    Off-topic: What is "quinoa"?
    The difference between "who" and "whom".

Feb. 11, 2012
    Gaming / LotRO:
       Saturday 12-mans.
Report from Miriel:
We ran through a few 6-man instances this Saturday. Successfully completing The Foundry. Thanks to Indis for guiding us through!
    Foundry 6-man T1:
        Hurin (Hiurred, captain), Indis (Mereniel, lore-master), Irmo (Irmogar, guardian), Miriel (Mahariel, minstrel), Nimrodel (Ardisian, hunter), Pippin (Avengelina, champion).
    Sammath Gul 6-man challenge:
        Gorlim (Aeronwy, guardian) Hurin (Hiurin, champion), Indis (Mereniel, lore-master), Irmo (Irmohir, captain), Miriel (Mahairiel, hunter), Nimrodel (Ardisian, hunter).
    Sammath Gul 6-man challenge:
        Gorlim (Sprain, minstrel) Hurin (Hiuro, runekeeper), Indis (Isaniel, minstrel), Irmo (Irmbrand, minstrel), Miriel (Mahamiriel, lore-master), Nimrodel (Cynthiajane, champion).

Feb. 10, 2012
    Gaming / WoW:
       Scheduled Friday WoW run, see your WoW calendar.

Feb. 9, 2012
    Varda and Fangorn will be gone a week to visit Eowyn, leaving Bilbo and Sauron to take care of the house. Sounds like a recipe for disaster. Pre-writing the schedule, please email reports to Varda for the News.

Feb. 8, 2012
    Gaming / LotRO:
       Wednesday instance run: We had the people, but they scattered over various pugs or were unable to come in until late.

Feb. 6, 2012
    Gaming / LotRO:
       Protectors of Thangulhad 6-man skirmish with 5 people:
          Galdor (Dolenatan, 72 captain), Gildor (Livinola, captain), Nimrodel (Cynthiajane, champion), Tulkas (Astald, hunter), and Varda (Tinwetari, minstrel).
       Breaching the Necromancer's Lair:
           same group
       Battle in the Tower:
          Galdor (Dolenatan), Nimrodel (Cynthiajane), Pippin (Avengelina, champion), and Varda (Tinwetari).

Feb. 5, 2012
Sunday Meeting: 5pm EDT (GMT-5)
    The meeting is held in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace. It may also be entered using Trillian or Pidgin. If uncertain how to enter, message VardaValar1 or Eonwe Valar or ArPharazonV for an invitation.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (7)
    AriehnV, ArPharazonV, Eonwe Valar, Glorfindel VG, Indis-(V)/karakedi25, Menelvagor Valar, VardaValar1 (presiding)
Membership:
    Lothiriel-(V)
Gaming:
    SW:TOR (Star Wars: The Old Republic)
    SCBW (StarCraft/BroodWar)
    WoW (World of WarCraft)
    LotRO (Lord of the Rings Online)
Tolkien:
    RP posts for our story sequel have begun, more planned for during the week.
    Topic 1 from Varda: What kind of magic users were around at the time of LotR?
    Topic 2 from Eonwe: Who wasn't at the Council of Elrond that could/should've been there, and why?
After-meeting:
    Power - when the word means good or bad in Middle-earth.

    Gaming / WoW:
         Bilbo, Eonwe, Eowyn, Glorfindel, and Varda ran dungeons together along with Guild-friend Kaz and Guild-friend Schlep.

Feb. 4, 2012
    Gaming / LotRO:
       Saturday run: Draigoch 12-man challenge training:
          We showed up at 8 am Eastern in order to take training from Xax on the Dragon raid (Draigoch). Xax was unable to come for a few hours since he had family obligations pop up. Undeterred, we went in anyway and tried learning it on our own. We figured out quite a bit but weren't making good progress due to problems in the top section, but figured out what went wrong. Then Xax dropped by briefly (as Xaxen) and gave us a quick instruction using himself as the dragon in a demo before having to leave again. This time we were able to run the top with Irmo's guardian and Melkor's rune-keeper doing heals over time. Galdor ably handled the crazy back and forth runs in the lower group through Phase 1, with Galdor and Thranduil's burglars handling the fm's. We didn't miss a single fm.  Then we all had to break for supper/ lunch, and general collapse.
             Some tips that may or may not help in future runs, a mix of info from both Xax and our tries:
    Coming in, light is a warning of the dragon looking through a hole and that one-shot fire is about to come through; don't run into it, pillars to hide behind show as holes on the map. Gold with fire on it becomes lethally hot. The path in is a zig-zag leading to a place to jump down on a pile of safe gold.
    Destiny points/Perks that are useful:
        Morale: veteran's resolve. Run speed: continued swiftness. Recovery: sustained recovery. Damage bonus: accomplished strength.
    Classes good to include are burglars for fm's (burgs will want Reveal Weakness, Improve Counter-offensive) , a hidden rune-keeper to put Prelude and HoT's on the guardian on top (who starts at the 9 o' clock position on the upper rim and mostly needs to just stand there "looking pretty" rather than taunting, et cetera), and two captains (one gives Telling Mark, the other Reveal).
    The top group should not use fm's, just ignore them as those are the bottom group's problem. The guardian calls out left or right to the bottom group from seeing where the dragon's going. When the dragon goes green, it's time to run to a new platform. In Phase 1, the dragon's head will go right or left. Always go and call the opposite direction of his head. For directions Phase 2, one claw grabs a rock and one goes flat; if the flat one is the left claw then the guardian runs right and calls right - opposite direction
    Clockwise is "left", counter-clockwise is "right".
    The bottom group needs to bunch up tightly; we bunched up on Galdor's burglar and put a raid mark on him. Don't walk through or stand in fire patches, obviously. Hunters need to either be in both groups or turn off the fast run. DPS classes need to wait until all of the group are bunched up because of the dragon's distributed damage. Lore-masters de-buff. Captains heal minstrels, minstrels heal the group. Captains need to save in-combat rezzes for Phase 3. Usually the bottom group starts on the right at the left back claw. Feel free to let a cycle pass to heal up if needed, rather than getting in a hurry and dying.
    Phase 1 and 2 use up to 8 fm's and not more to avoid a bug. Phase 3 use the last 4 fm's. After those 12, it's safe to use Twisting the Dagger.
    Phase 1 is when the dragon's morale is between 100 and 75%.
    Phase 2 goes to 50%.
    Phase 3 is below 50%.
   
             Heroes present for the run were: Galdor (Andwegar, burglar), Gildor (Marrella, guardian then on the good run as Livinola, captain), Gorlim (Morwena, hunter), Hurin (Hiurred, captain), Indis (Mereniel, lore-master), Irmo (Irmogar, guardian), Melkor (Passim, rune-keeper), Miriel (Mahamiriel, minstrel), Nimrodel (Ardisian, hunter), Thranduil (Artemas, burglar), and Varda (Tinwetari, minstrel).
       Other runs later in the day without the pressure included a 6-man Grand Stairs and several runs of Fangorn's Edge before "prime time".

Feb. 3, 2012
    Gaming / WoW:
       Friday run, report from Eonwe. Three dungeons completed:

Attending: Eonwe, Varda, Bilbo, Eowyn, Elwing
The goal tonight was to finish the Guild Cataclysm heroic dungeon achievements for the guild.
 
First, Varda, Bilbo, and Eonwe went into Halls of Origination. We tried for "Straw That Broke the Camel's Back" but not all of us got it. We did pick up "Faster Than the Speed of Light" though. In the process, Eonwe ended up getting "It's Over Nine Thousand!".
 
Next, Eowyn and Elwing joined us for Grim Batol. We tried for "Umbrage for Umbriss" and "Don't Need to Break Eggs to Make an Omelet" but came up just short on both.
 
Finally we went into Zul'Gurub. Realizing this might be tough and since some of us hadn't been to Zul'Gurub since it became a 5-man heroic, we decided to focus on winning rather than getting boss achievements. We got through the dungeon with difficulty on only a couple of bosses. Along the way, we killed the minibosses, and Elwing, Bilbo, and Varda were able to pick up "Gurubashi Headhunter."
 
So, now we have all the Guild Cataclysm Heroic Dungeon Achievements.
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Feb. 1, 2012
    Gaming / WoW:
       The patch has been re-patched. Happy gaming to all!

    Gaming / LotRO:
       Wednesday 8pm EST:
          12-man Protector of Thongulhad completed: with 10
             Celeborn (Kebb), Eomer (Erkendan), Galdor (Andwe), Gildor (Livinola), Gorlim (Aeronwy), Indis (Mereniel), Nimrodel (Ardisian), Pippin (Faerus), Tulkas (Astald), and Varda (Tinwetari).
          12-man Way of Smiths try (npc died) with 9:
             Same group except without Eomer, and with Gildor switching to his guardian Marrella.

Jan. 31, 2012
    Gaming / WoW:
      
The latest patch is messing up the game for some folks; it's not your computer.

Jan. 30, 2012
    Gaming / LotRO:
       Monday 8pm EST:
          Culling Pit:
Completed for several needing it.
             Galdor (Dolenatan 72 captain), Gildor (Lirafalla 74 rk, Fairmaiden 75 minstrel),  Gorlim (Istarond 73 lore-master), Indis (Mereniel 75 lore-master), Nellas (Nimeithel 75 warden), and Nimrodel (Wildwyn 71 lore-master).
          Sammath Gul: killed Gorothul for Vol. 2 Epilogue
             Celeborn (Kebb 75 champ), Galdor (Thongaladh 75 champion), Gildor (Fairmaiden 75 minstrel), Indis (Mereniel 75 lore-master), Nimrodel (Ardisian 75 hunter), and Varda (Tinwetari 75 minstrel)

Jan. 29, 2012
Sunday Meeting: 5pm EDT (GMT-5)
    The meeting is held in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace. It may also be entered using Trillian or Pidgin. If uncertain how to enter, message VardaValar1 or Eonwe Valar or ArPharazonV for an invitation.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (8)
       AriehnV, ArPharazonV, Eonwe Valar (presiding), fladrifv, Glorfindel VG, GwaihirValar, Indis-(V)/karakedi25, and Menelvagor Valar
Tolkien:
    RP
    Topic by Eonwe: First, name all the attendees possible of the Council of Elrond. Once that is done, why each was so special as to have a seat in that discussion.
    Topic for next week by Eonwe: Who Could (or Should) have been at the Council of Elrond, and why they weren't there.

    Gaming / WoW:
       Report from Eonwe:
Attending:
Members: Glorfindel, Eowyn, Bilbo, Eonwe, Elwing
Guild Friends: Kaz

We cleared out Serpentshrine Cavern, getting another of us (Elwing) "The Lurker Above" achievement. Then we fought Kael'Thas in Tempest Keep and came out victorious. Finally, we went into Obsidian Sanctum, and Glorfindel won the Black Drake.

Jan. 28, 2012
    Gaming / LotRO:
       Saturday runs, report from Miriel:
            Assault on the Ringwraith's Lair T2
                Galdor (Andwe), Gorlim (Aeronwy), Hurin (Hiurred), Indis (Alasse), Irmo (Irmogar), Melkor (Melcor), Miriel (Mahariel), Nerdanel (Lothelena), Nimrodel (Ardisian), Pippin (Avengelina)
            Attack at Dawn T1
                Gorlim (Aeronwy), Hurin (Hiurred), Indis (Alasse), Irmo (Irmogar), Melkor (Melcor), Miriel (Mahariel), Nimrodel (Ardisian), Pippin (Avengelina)
            Breaching the Necromancer's Gate T2
                Galdor (Andwe), Gorlim (Aeronwy), Hurin (Hiurred), Indis (Alasse), Irmo (Irmogar), Melkor (Melcor), Miriel (Mahariel), Nerdanel (Lothelena), Nimrodel (Cynthiajane), Pippin (Avengelina)

Jan. 27, 2012
    Article link located by Finarfin-(V) and shared by email: "Explaining Imaginary Worlds: Why 'Lord of the Rings' is so Addictive".

    Gaming / WoW:
       Report from Eonwe:
Attending: Eonwë, Eowyn, Fangorn, Elwing, Glorfindel

Eowyn and Fangorn ran some heroics before I got there. Unfortunately I don't know which ones. When all five of us had come in, we ran a random heroic and ended up in Vortex Pinnacle.

Jan. 26, 2012
    Elwing is having connection problems for internet and phone line, as in no connection. Fixed!

Jan. 25, 2012
    Gaming / LotRO:
       Riders of Rohan expansion announced as upcoming, including mounted combat. Official link here.
       Wednesday 8pm EST instance. Requests have been made for 6-man Culling Pit [requester dropped the request], Sammath Gul, and Tomb of Elendil [requester did not show].  We did not manage to get over four together at one time. We did, however, have three run together clearing Isengard dailies and two working on quests together in Dunland.

Jan. 23, 2012
    Gaming / LotRO:
       Monday 8pm EST run. Several guild members need help vs bottlenecks and these two 6-man instances are possibilties if those needing them show up: Tomb of Elendil and Sammath Gul.

Jan. 22, 2012
Sunday Meeting: 5pm EDT (GMT-5)
    The meeting is held in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace. It may also be entered using Trillian or Pidgin. If uncertain how to enter, message VardaValar1 or Eonwe Valar or ArPharazonV for an invitation.
    Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
    Attending (8):
       AriehnV, ArPharazonV, Eonwe Valar (presiding), fladrifv, Glorfindel VG, Indis-(V)/karakedi25, Menelvagor Valar, and VardaValar1
    Tolkien:
       Topic: In LotRO, most of us high level are running around Isengard dealing with Saruman. What abilities did this old villain show in the books?

    Gaming / WoW:
       Report from Eonwe:
Attending:
Members: Eonwe, Varda, Fangorn, Glorfindel, Elwing, Bilbo
Guild Friends: Kaz

We finished off Black Temple, then cleared Sunwell Plateau.

Varda, Fangorn, and Bilbo called it a night there. The other four of us went to Serpentshrine Cavern real quick to get one of us the Achievement "The Lurker Below."

Jan. 21, 2012
    Gaming / SW:TOR:
       We now have an official guild on Rubat Crystal on both Republic and Empire.
          Republic's guild name is Valar, Empire's name is Valar Guild.
          Members starting the guild today are: Sauron, Orome, Fundin, and Thranduil.
          We use the usual friend channel same name for both sides.
          The group has a section on our Ventrilo.

    Gaming / LotRO:
          Saturday 1pm Eastern 12-man skirmishes completed:
             Assault on the Ringwraith's Lair:
                Hurin (Hiurred), Indis (Alasse), Irmo (Irmogar), Melkor (Melcor), Miriel (Mahariel), Nimrodel (Ardisian), Pippin (Avengelina), Thranduil (Artemas), and Varda (Tinwetari).
                Helpers were Druiel (hunter), Eladda (champion), and Roundbelly (minstrel).
             Attack at Dawn:
                Same group except that Indis switched from Alasse to Mereniel, and Eomer (Erkenda) replaced Roundbelly.
                 Druiel won the Worn Symbol of Celebrimbor. (Druiel is in our friend channel and has read LotR.)
             Breaching the Necromancer's Gate:
                 Indis switched from Mereniel to Alasse, Melkor switched to his champion, Druiel had to leave and was replaced by Yvain, Celeborn joined as Kebb.
                 Eomer (Erkendan) won the Worn Symbol of Celebrimbor.

Jan. 19, 2012
    No news was given on Jan 18, 2012 in honor of the internet blackout over SOPA and PIPA that would remove many sites from the internet. Here's a link to Dreamland Chronicles that on purpose used a good explanation and cartoon from another site on Gizmodo.

Jan. 18, 2012


Jan. 17, 2012
    Gaming / LotRO:
       Update 5.1 patch notes.

Jan. 16, 2012
    Gaming / LotRO:
       Monday 8pm Eastern regular run time: two 6-mans completed:
          Battle of the Tower (also completed a Vol. 2 Epilogue quest):
             Galdor (Thongaladh, champion), Gildor (Marrella, guardian), Indis (Alasse, lore-master), Melkor (Melcor, champion), Nimrodel (Ardisian, hunter), and Varda (Tinwetari, minstrel).
          Sammath Gul:
             same group.
       Tomb of Elendil quest post-poned to another time, as Nerdanel will not be able to make the Wednesday run.
Jan. 15, 2012
Sunday Meeting: 5pm EDT (GMT-5)
    The meeting is held in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace. It may also be entered using Trillian or Pidgin. If uncertain how to enter, message VardaValar1 or Eonwe Valar or ArPharazonV for an invitation.
    Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda.
    Attending: (7)
       AriehnV, ArPharazonV, Eonwe Valar (presiding), fladrifv, Galdor-(V)/galdorandwe, Gwaihir Valar, and VardaValar1.
    Gaming:
       Miriel's forum post: Fellowship Maneuvers: What to do when your cursor lags out but you still have a keyboard.
    Tolkien:
       Arien-(Valar)'s topic: In what ways did the Valar assist the Free Peoples during the War of the Ring?

    Gaming / WoW:
       Scheduled Sunday run time running, report from Eonwe:
   
    Gaming / SW:TOR:
       Channel commands, letter from Menelvagor:
            Me and Sauron were testing channel commands, but half of them seemed not to work, so I checked the web for the commands, and here they are:
 
CHANNELS
/create [channelname] [password]- Create an Channel and an optional password
/cjoin [channelname] [password] - Join an already made channel also including a password if needed
/cleave [channelname] [password] - Leave a custom channel also including a password if needed
/lock [channelname] - Allow only invited players to join the channel
/unlock [channelname] - Allow all players to join the custom channel
/cinvite [channelname] [player] - Invite someone to the custom channel
/password [channelname] [password] - Set a password for the channel
/password [channelname] - Clear a password from a channel
/ckick [channelname] [player] - Kick a player from the channel
/ban [channelname] [player] - Ban a player from the channel
/unban [channelname] [player] - Unban a player from a channel
/mod [channelname] [player] - Give a player the moderator status in the channel
/unmod [channelname] [player] - Remove mod status from a player
/mute [channelname] [player] - Remove the ability to send messages on the channel
/unmute [channelname] [player] - Grant the ability to send messages on the channel
/moderate [channelname] - Set the custom channel to only let moderators speak
/unmoderate [channelname]- Set the custom channel to let anyone speak
/channellist - List all custom channels you are on
/list [channelname] - List the players on the custom channel

Jan. 14, 2012
    Gaming / LotRO:
       Saturday 1pm Eastern 12-mans:
          Battle in the Tower T2 completed.
             Galdor (Andwe, hunter), Hurin (Hiurred, captain), Irmo (Irmogar, guardian), Melkor (Melko, minstrel), Miriel (Mahariel),  Nimrodel (Ardisian, hunter), Orome (Oromdur, burglar), Pippin (Avengelina, champion), Thranduil (Artemas, burglar), Tulkas (Astald, hunter), and Varda (Fainan, hunter).
             Guild-friend Anrisa (captain).
          Breaching the Necromancer's Gate completed.
             Anrisa had to leave, so we 11-manned.
          Attack at Dawn completed.
             We brought in other folks to help fill in the group as more people needed to leave: Anodred (hunter), Tinalyth (Hunter), Vayguin (hunter), . Since we had an oversupply of hunters, Nimrodel switched to her champion, Cynthiajane, while Galdor switched to his champion, Thongaladh. Those remaining from the other runs were Hurin, Irmo, Melkor, Miriel, Pippin, Thranduil, and Varda
            

Jan. 13, 2012
    Letter from Pallando-(Valar):
Aiya!
I am working my way back to the US where I will have Feburary off for
leave.. after that I should be reentereing the world of the Valar
guild and Eve! :)

    Gaming / SW:TOR
          More members are showing up on our Rubat Crystal server: Orome-(Valar) and Menelvagor-(Valar) are the latest I know of. Orome will continue to be in LotRO for those Sunday morning runs as always, and is a lifer in LotRO.
          Irmo has kindly added another channel on the Valar Guild Ventrilo server  for the use of our SW:TOR members. Enjoy! Please use your guild name as your visual name in Ventrilo to help others know who you are.

    Gaming / LotRO:
       Message from LotRO:
The LOTRO Game Servers will be brought down on Tuesday, January 17th from 6:00 - 10:00 AM Eastern (-5 GMT) for an update to the game. Patch notes will be available during the downtime.

    Gaming / WoW:
       Random heroics:
          Lost City of the Tolvir, then Vortex Pinnacle with:
              Bilbo (Jovius, druid), Eonwe (Auros, paladin), Sauron (Tevildo, mage), Varda (Varda, priest) and a nice pugged guy Jynx from another server.
          End Time:
              Bilbo (Jovius, druid), Eonwe (Auros, paladin), Eowyn (Mairovende, shaman), Sauron (Tevildo, mage), and Varda (Varda, priest).
          Tried again switching out two people, and completed End Time:
             Bilbo (Billboh, mage), Sauron (Artano, warrior).
          Well of Eternity completed::
             same group

Jan. 11, 2012
    Gaming / SW:ToR (Star Wars: The Old Republic)
       Our server is Rubat Crystal, an rp server allowing us the freedom to do nearly anything.
       We have both Alliance and Empire, although we are not an official guild branch there at this time.
       Contact Sauron-(Valar). His character for Alliance is Annatar, and for Empire is Sauronv.
          The "Sauron" on the Alliance side is not our Valarite.
       Thranduil-(V) made a character there tonight.
       Lhee group is on Ebon Hawk rp server, we learned tonight.

    Gaming / LotRO:
       Wednesday 8pm Eastern scheduled run night.
       We joined up with Lhee group and ran 12-man skirmishes including Prancing Pony, Ford of the Bruinen, and Thongaladh.
          I didn't keep notes, sorry, but among those who were in and out for the runs were Eomer (Erkendan, captain), Galdor (Andwegar, burglar), Gildor (Marrella, guardian), Nimrodel (Ardisian, hunter), and Varda (Tinwetari, minstrel; Fainan, hunter).
       Eomer and Varda also did a string of 3-man Fangorn's Edge using the new instance finder, with new guild-friend Haldern whom you may be seeing in the friend channel. His kin mostly disappears into SW:ToR except raid nights. Yes, he has read LotR a long time ago.

Jan. 10, 2012
    Nerdanel has a computer again and is back with us in LotRO. :)

Jan. 9, 2012
    Happy birthday, Meriadoc-(V)!

    Gaming / LotRO:
       Monday, we did not group.

Jan. 8, 2012
Sunday Meeting: 5pm EDT (GMT-5)
    The meeting is held in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace. It may also be entered using Trillian or Pidgin. If uncertain how to enter, message VardaValar1 or Eonwe Valar or ArPharazonV for an invitation.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (8)
    AriehnV, ArPharazonV, Eonwe Valar, fladrifv, Galdor-(V)/galdorandwe, Glorfindel VG, Indis-(V)/karakedi25, VardaValar1

    Gaming / WoW:
       Wyrmrest Temple's Obsidian Sanctum.
        Naxxramus complete clear by the same group:
          Bilbo (Billboh, mage), Eonwe (Auros, paladin), Fangorn (Treebeerd, mage), Glorfindel (Raladek, hunter), and Varda (Varda, holy priest), along with guild-friend Kaz (Millenear, shadow priest).

Jan. 7, 2012
    Gaming / LotRO:
       Saturday 12-man runs are back after the holiday break!
See you at 1pm Eastern.
        Practicing FM's by the number instead of the color proved good and we will probably continue with that method as the regular system.
          Breaching the Necromancer's Gate T2: completed
             Celeborn (Kebb, had to leave from lag),  Eomer (Erkendan), Gorlim (Aeronwy), Hurin (Hiured), Indis (Alasse), Irmo (Irmogar), Melkor (Passim), Miriel (Mahariel), Nimrodel (Cynthiajane), Pippin (Avengelina), Tulkas (Astald, replaced Celeborn), and Varda (Fainan).
             Anrisa (captain) aided us.
             Worn Symbol of Celebrimbor won by Gorlim!
        Attack at Dawn T2: completed
            Eomer (Erkendan), Gorlim (Aeronwy), Hurin (Hiured), Indis (Alasse), Irmo (Irmogar), Melkor (Passim), Miriel (Mahariel), Nimrodel (Cynthiajane), Pippin (Avengelina), Tulkas (Astald) and Varda (Fainan). Anrisa (captain) aided us. (Screenie from Miriel on the forum.)
          Battle of the Tower T2:
             Gorlim (Aeronwy), Hurin (Hiured), Indis (Alasse), Irmo (Irmogar), Melkor (Passim), Miriel (Mahariel), Nimrodel (Cynthiajane), Pippin (Avengelina), and Varda (Fainan).
             Anrisa, Kendrek (minstrel), and Snib (minstrel) aided us. Tulkas had to leave. Eomer had to leave after staying up since 8am the previous day.
           Battle of the Tower T2
              NPC Broin died so we reformed. Pippin, Gorlim, and Kendrek had to leave.
              Hurin (Hiured), Indis (Alasse), Irmo (Irmogar), Melkor (Passim), Miriel (Mahariel), Nimrodel (Cynthiajane), and Varda (Fainan).
              We were aided by Aephron, Anrisa, Eladda, and Minibou

       Unscheduled Saturday morning run, report from Miriel:
            Sammath Gul completed with:
                Irmo (Imogar, guardian), Thranduil (Artemis, burglar), Celeborn (Kebb, champion), Nimrodel (Ardisian, hunter) and Miriel (Mahariel, minstrel). Hurin joined us for the final boss on his champion.

Jan. 6, 2012
    Gaming / WoW:
       Friday scheduled 7pm Eastern: Dire Maul completed.
          Eowyn (Mairemage, 46 mage), Fangorn (Oltreetender, 51 warrior), Glorfindel (Raladek, 84 warrior), Sauron (Artano, 85 warrior)), and Varda (Draugelena, 45 resto druid)

    Gaming / LotRO:
       Unscheduled. Report from Miriel-(V):
          Fangorn's Edge completed, The Pits (Ironarm Wing), and Dargnakh Unleashed:
            Irmo (Imogar, guardian), Thranduil (Artemis, burglar) and Miriel (Mahariel, minstrel)

Jan. 4, 2012
    Gaming / LotRO:
       Wednesday 8pm Eastern.
            Fangorn's Edge 3-man:
              Eomer (Erkendan, captain), Indis (Alasse, lore-master), and Nimrodel (Cynthiajane, champion).
             School and Library 3-mans:
                Galdor (Thongaladh, champion), Nimrodel (Cynthiajane, champion), Tulkas (Astald, hunter)
             Foundry 6-man:
                Eomer (Erkendan, captain), Galdor (Andwegar, burglar), Nimrodel (Cynthiajane, champion), Tulkas, and Varda. Mernele (minstrel)

Jan. 2, 2012
    Membership:
       
Gorlim-(V), we hope you feel better soon! He's still headachy along with bronchitis.
        Pippin-(V) is working during the regular time for Monday and Wednesday runs for now, but is available for the Saturday runs.
    Gaming / LotRO:
       Monday 8pm Eastern: Sammath Gul completed, finishing up the Epilogue for two kinfolk. It's still a level 65 dungeon tried for the first time with mostly level 75's, but we were still amazed at how fast we blew through it.
          Galdor (Thongaladh, champion), Gildor (Marrella, guardian), Hurin (Hiurred, captain), Nimrodel (Ardisian, hunter), Tulkas (Astald, hunter), and Varda (Tinwetari, 72 minstrel)

Jan. 1, 2012
Sunday Meeting: 5pm EDT (GMT-5)
    The meeting is held in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace. It may also be entered using Trillian or Pidgin. If uncertain how to enter, message VardaValar1 or Eonwe Valar or ArPharazonV for an invitation.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon-(V) and Varda-(Valar)
Attending: (7)
    AriehnV, ArPharazonV, arwenv1, Eonwe Valar, fladrifv, Indis-(V)/karakedi25, VardaValar1
Membership:
    Time to make the 2012 Membership page. Full Members have only to contact Varda by email (varda.elentari (AT) g mail (dot) com) and let her know they want to be included. Active members are usually put on the page without need of contact but mistakes can be made, so be sure to give a holler if you're not included when the 2012 page comes out.
    Tolkien-only members have been almost completely inactive, so all of them are now only being shown on the Credits page and their parts of the Tolkien Site rather than the Membership page. This change also gives an advantage in programming a new version of the page, so I've been told, if we decide to use the new coding.


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