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Dec. 29, 2016

    Gaming / LotRO:
       Buried Treasure festival of the Dwarves is underway. Frostbluff is still up too, for the Yule Festival.


Dec. 27, 2016 Tuesday

    Tolkien Site / Stories:
       "Learning to Smile" chapter 7 by Little Jewel-(T).


Dec. 25, 2016 Sunday

Merry Christmas!
Forochel, by Lenwe-(V)
"Forochel"
painting by Lenwe-(V)

Sunday Meeting: 5pm EST (GMT-5) (UTC-5) (LotRO /servertime 5:00pm)
    The meeting is in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace. Come on in or ask VardaValar 1 or ArPharazonV for an invitation.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon the Golden and Varda
Attending: (5)
    Arien V/AriehnV, Ar-Pharazon-V/ArPharazonV, Elladan-V/Scott92027 (After-meeting), Eonwe Valar, VardaValar1 (presiding)
Web
Gaming
    Eonwe's report on general gaming news.
Tolkien:
    Topic: How did people show good cheer, or even celebrate?
After-meeting:
    More fun linking related to the Tolkien topic.
    Members gaming together in LotRO while some are still in AIM.
    Flashgaming Reviews by Ar-Pharazon
    Personal gaming Ar-Pharazon


Dec. 21, 2016 Wednesday
    Gaming / LotRO:
       Servers will be down Dec 22nd (tomorrow) from about 7:00 to 11:00 a.m. Eastern for a hotfix.
       Standing Stone's Facebook page and website.
       LotRO website, Twitter.


Dec. 19, 2016 Monday

    Gaming / LotRO:
      
Servers down 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Eastern (now up) for Update 19.2 and Yule Festival. New quests and essences.
      
    Changes in studios: LotRO and DDO have been moved from Turbine to newly formed indie Standing Stone Games, using many of the same people previously handling the games. Daybreak Games, an experienced company, will be handling global publishing.
    Here's the FAQ, showing that mostly how it affects us visibly is in logos and some upcoming maintenance downtimes. We'll be on the same servers with no change to such things as VIP or Lifetime. Permissions are all good and the games will continue going at full speed ahead..



Dec. 18, 2016

Sunday Meeting: 5pm EST (GMT-5) (UTC-5) (LotRO /servertime 5:00pm)
    The meeting is in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace. Come on in or ask VardaValar 1 or ArPharazonV for an invitation.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (4)
    Arien V/AriehnV, Ar-Pharazon-V/ArPharazonV, Lenwe-V/perseid28 (After-meeting), VardaValar1 (presiding)
Membership:
    Christmas next Sunday, so we're having a very short meeting.
Web:
    Art
    Link for Middle-earth style cookery
Gaming
Tolkien:
    Topic: unsung heroes (more in After-meeting)
After-meeting:
    Personal gaming Arien
    Flashgaming Reviews by Ar-Pharazon
    Personal gaming Ar-Pharazon
    More on the Tolkien subject of unsung heroes


Dec. 15, 2016
    Tolkien Site / Art:
       New cave for Lenwe-(V)
with a new painting: "Forochel".

    Gaming / LotRO:
       Monday is the new date for the next update 19.2 and Yule Festival. Servers are expected to be down from 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Eastern.


Dec. 12, 2016
    Recipes
for a Middle-earth celebration; Yule-fest anyone?


Dec. 11, 2016

Sunday Meeting: 5pm EST (GMT-5) (UTC-5) (LotRO /servertime 5:00pm)
    The meeting is in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace. Come on in or ask VardaValar 1 or ArPharazonV for an invitation.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon the Golden and Varda to be posted.
Attending:
    Arien, Ar-Pharazon, Eonwe (presiding first hour and a half), Varda (presiding the last half)
Web:
    Stories:
       "Learning to Smile" chapter 6 by Little Jewel-(T) posted today during the After-meeting.
Gaming
Tolkien:
    Feanor's oath and what it caused. [Thanks to Arien for the topic, grats to Pharazon on this one, and grats to the group for all pulling their books out..]
After-meeting:
    Flashgaming Reviews by Ar-Pharazon
    Personal gaming


Dec. 8, 2016

    Rest in peace. John Glenn
, astronaut, senator, aviator, fighter pilot, and engineer, died today at the age of 95.
       A Twitter-style comment from John Glenn: "As I hurtled through space, one thought kept crossing my mind - every part of rocket was supplied by lowest bidder."

    Tolkien class in LotRO: 
       Link from Lenwe, thanks! The Tolkien Professor, Corey Olsen, of kin Mythgard on the Landroval server is running his latest class, inviting kins to participate.
            From his LotRO post:
"I plan to conduct a chapter-by-chapter detailed discussion of the Lord of the Rings. The discussions will take place on Tuesday evenings, 9:30 PM server time [EST], starting on Tolkien's 125th birthday: January 3, 2017. In each session, I will spend an hour or so (okay, probably 90 minutes) discussing the book chapter and its themes, reading passages and doing some close reading so that we can really get into the story as it unfolds."

    Anyone in the Valar Guild is encouraged to enjoy this when possible. Don't forget that LotRO has free to play so you can make a character even if you don't normally play. For those who can't come, session recordings will be posted at this YouTube site.
    Other links related to The Tolkien Professor: Tolkien Studies website at Signum U., Twitch account. Previous Mythgard classes. YouTube of Gryfflet in Lothlorien (includes lots of links) and on other alts such as Wigend.
    LotROmail Fainan or email Varda if you would like to join up with the Valar Guild's LotRO kin branch.


Dec. 4, 2016

Sunday Meeting: 5pm EST (GMT-5) (UTC-5) (LotRO /servertime 5:00pm)
    The meeting is in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace. Come on in or ask VardaValar 1 or ArPharazonV for an invitation.
    We take suggestions, talk about gaming, and end with a Tolkien chat. You can reach an officer at this time.
    Pidgin and Trillian can be used to enter an AIM chat. We use the legacy chat, not the browser chat, found at http://www.aim.com/legacydownloads. and choose AIM for Windows (7.5.14.8) Released: May 31, 2012.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (5)
    Arien, Ar-Pharazon, Elladan, Eonwe, Varda (presiding)
Membership
Web:
    Stories:
           "Learning to Smile" chapter 5 by Little Jewel-(T) posted after the meeting, story no longer being edited by Varda who continues to do the webwork.
Gaming
Tolkien:
    Dwarves.
    Size in Valinor, dimensions.
After-meeting:
    More on dimensions.
    Flashgaming Reviews by Ar-Pharazon
    Personal gaming


Dec. 1, 2016

    Gaming / LotRO:
      
Update 19.1.1 Release notes for today's completed morning maintenance includes such things as housing; corrected imbuement on the Burglar legacy Critical Chain Skills Critical Chance to again transform into Critical Chain Skills Critical Rating, speeding up action in groups by an improved system for particle effect information caching; featured instance rotation replaces Helegrod drake wing with Ost Dunhoth Disease and Poison wing.
    Hobnangians is going.

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Nov. 30, 2016 Wednesday

    Gaming / LotRO:
       Maintenance downtime tomorrow, planned from 8a.m. to noon.


Nov. 29, 2016 Tuesday

    Condolences to Gimli-(V), whose father died.

    Congratulations to Nob-(V)!
He is getting married, the date set for July 16, 2017. May you two be very happy!
       Here's his letter:
On October 20th, I was discussing household finances with my girlfriend of 3 years, considering merging our finances. I was at work at the time, so we were discussing this over Google Hangouts.
I realized what we were talking about, and asked her “…do you just want to make it official?” followed up with “I’m not sure if I’m joking.”
Yes, I proposed over Google Hangouts.
We’re getting married on July 16th, and I couldn’t be happier!

    Congratulations to Marigold-(V)! She's expecting a baby this coming spring!


Nov. 27, 2016 Sunday

Sunday Meeting: 5pm EST (GMT-5) (UTC-5) (LotRO /servertime 5:00pm)
    The meeting is in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace. Come on in or ask VardaValar 1 or ArPharazonV for an invitation.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (5)
    Arien V (AriehnV), Ar-Pharazon-V (ArPharazonV), ElladanV/Scott92027, Eonwe Valar, VardaValar1 (presiding)
Web:
    Folders moved: News Archives, Humor, Links (problems with Links to be repaired)
    Timeline, as one of the ways of tying the Tolkien Site together and for its own sake.
Gaming:
    Eonwe's report on general gaming news.
Tolkien:
    Topic: Demarcation of the Ages.
    Tangent topics: What would have happened if an Orc had gotten the One Ring? Also, Orc afterlife. (mixes in a bit with the main topic)
After-meeting:
    More on orc afterlife.
    Flashgaming Reviews by Ar-Pharazon
    Personal gaming Ar-Pharazon and Arien.


Nov. 24, 2016 Thursday

Happy Thanksgiving!


Nov. 20, 2016 Sunday

Sunday Meeting: 5pm EST (GMT-5) (UTC-5) (LotRO /servertime 5:00pm)
    The meeting is in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace. Come on in or ask VardaValar 1 or ArPharazonV for an invitation.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending (7):
    Arien, Ar-Pharazon, Elladan, Eonwe, Lenwe, Marigold, Varda
Membership:
    Marigold's "few words"
    More membership news at the end of Gaming (sightings, Thanksgiving) and After-meeting (Elladan moving).
Web:
    New story chapter.
Gaming
Tolkien:
    Topic: Marigold the Hobbit
After-meeting:
    Flashgaming Reviews by Ar-Pharazon
    Personal gaming


Nov. 16, 2016 Wednesday

    Gaming / LotRO:
       Down for maintenance this morning.

    Links pages moved.


Nov. 14, 2016 Monday

    Tolkien Site/ Stories:
       "Learning to Smile" chapter 4, by Little Jewel-(T) now online.
       Future chapters are on hold until after other real life deadlines are taken care of before Christmas, but more are coming, already in first draft.


Nov. 13, 2016 Sunday

Sunday Meeting: 5pm EST (GMT-5) (UTC-5) (LotRO /servertime 5:00pm)
    The meeting is in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace. Come on in or ask VardaValar 1 or ArPharazonV for an invitation.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon the Golden and Varda
Attending: (3)
    Arien V (AriehnV) (presiding), Ar-Pharazon-V (ArPharazonV), Varda Valar (VardaValar1)
Membership
Web
Gaming
Tolkien:
    Topic: Tolkien Moment: the light that started Theoden moving again. Question: What was that flash?
After-meeting:
    Flashgaming Reviews by Ar-Pharazon
    Personal gaming


Nov. 11, 2016 Friday


Nov. 9, 2016 Wednesday

    Gaming / LotRO:
       Launcher news: 
The LOTRO Game Servers will be brought down on Wednesday, November 9th from 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM Eastern (-5 GMT) for an update to the game.
       Release notes.


Nov. 7, 2016 Monday

    Gaming / LotRO:
       Game and account pages down for morning maintenance
, 4am to 2pm Eastern.

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Nov. 6, 2016 Sunday

    Time change
, now earlier for Eastern time (Valar Standard time) by one hour. Ex: What was 5 is now 4.

Sunday Meeting: 5pm EST (GMT-5) (UTC-5) (LotRO /servertime 5:00pm)
    The meeting is in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace. Come on in or ask VardaValar 1 or ArPharazonV for an invitation.
    We take suggestions, talk about gaming, and end with a Tolkien chat. You can reach an officer at this time.
    Pidgin and Trillian can be used to enter an AIM chat. We use the legacy chat, not the browser chat, found
        at http://www.aim.com/legacydownloads. and choose AIM for Windows (7.5.14.8) Released: May 31, 2012.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (3)
    Arien V (AriehnV) (presiding), Ar-Pharazon-V (ArPharazonV), Varda Valar (VardaValar1)
Membership:
    Silmarillion spin-off books
Web:
    Nothing new put online this week.
Gaming
Tolkien:
    Book: Beren and Luthien mentioned under Membership, for 2017
    Topic: Dior's twin sons: Elured and Elurin
After-meeting:
    More on the Ulysses poem mentioned during Tolkien.
    Flashgaming Reviews by Ar-Pharazon
    Personal gaming

Oct. 31, 2016
Happy Halloween!


Oct. 30, 2016

    Community news:
        For Europe, it's one hour earlier than in Valar Standard time (Eastern), so the meeting will seem to be one hour earlier.

Sunday Meeting: 5pm EST (GMT-5) (UTC-5) (LotRO /servertime 5:00pm)
    The meeting is in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace. Come on in or ask VardaValar 1 or ArPharazonV for an invitation. We take suggestions, talk about gaming, and end with a Tolkien chat.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon the Golden and Varda
Attending: (5)
    ArPharazonV, EonweValar, ElladanV/Scott92027, Lenwe, Varda Valar (presiding)
Web:
    Story by Little Jewel-(T) (chapter from Oct. 26)
Gaming
Tolkien:
    Topic 1: What are a few of the kinds of places that various beings lived in? And would we enjoy living there?
    Topic 2: Morgul-knife: But why, if the Nazgul have such technology, do we not hear of many other junior wraiths wandering Middle-earth?
    Topic 3 (tangent from Morgul-knife): Rune-magic and other types of magic.
After-meeting:
    Google game
    Flashgaming Reviews by Ar-Pharazon
    Personal gaming


Oct. 26, 2016 Wednesday

    Gaming / LotRO:
       Patch, info from the Launcher:
            The LOTRO Game Servers were brought down on Wednesday, October 26th from 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM Eastern (-4 GMT) for an update to the game.
             Patch notes.

    Tolkien Site / Stories:
       "Learning to Smile" chapter 3 by Little Jewel-(T) is now online. Chapter 4 in progress.



Oct. 23,2016

Sunday Meeting: 5pm EST (GMT-5) (UTC-5) (LotRO /servertime 5:00pm)
    The meeting is in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace. Come on in or ask VardaValar 1 or ArPharazonV for an invitation. We take suggestions, talk about gaming, and end with a Tolkien chat.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (4)
    AriehnV, ArPharazonV, Varda Valar (presiding)
    ElladanV/Scott92027 (side window)
Web:
    Stories by Little Jewel-(T)
Gaming
Tolkien:
    Topic: New Tolkien book out
    Topic: romance in Tolkien's world
After-meeting:
    Flashgaming Reviews by Ar-Pharazon
    Personal gaming


Oct. 20, 2016 Thursday

    Short story by Little Jewel-(T):
"Waybread"


Oct. 19, 2016 Wednesday

    Tolkien Site / Stories:
       Short stories by Little Jewel-(T):
"Gems and Jewels"
"Stealing"
"New Race"
"Run and Run and Run"
"Filling in the Gaps"
"Documentation"
"Metal"
"Connecting the Dots"
"Wayward"

    Gaming / LotRO:
       Known issues (from Launcher):
            "Only Kin leaders should purchase storage upgrades for either their Classic or Premium Kin Housing while we investigate an issue with upgrade delivery for non-leaders."


Oct. 18, 2016 Tuesday

    Gaming / LotRO:
        The kin now has a new kin house on the island of Tol Lochul in Belfalas. Members can reach it with the same Travel to Kin House button as always. Others can reach it through the housing people such as those by the Bree fountain near Lalia's market, Dol Amroth, Minas Tirith, or the Belfalas lighthouse.
        The address
is Tol Lochul, in the Gaerwing neighborhood of the Belfalas homesteads.
        The door ward is still Ursula, the brown bear brought in as our first decoration by Ancalagon, from the Thorin's area kin house. Our old house was quite possibly the first or very close to the first house bought by any kin on Landroval and was a wrench to part with, but times change.
        Dis, Lenwe, and Varda have named our warg "Huan", guardian of trophy room number one.
        All kin members are welcome to party with us in decorating the giant new island. Don't be surprised if stuff is moved around! More goodies are being brought in all the time and we all shuffle, but I trust our collective good taste. Send your favorite screenies to Varda for the anniversary page!
       Happy 19th Anniversary, Valar Guild.   :)

    Tolkien Site / Stories:
        Short stories by Little Jewel-(T):
"Count Up"
"The Lion and the Mouse"


Oct. 17, 2016 Monday

    Gaming / LotRO:

       Fall Festival Oct. 18 Tuesday.
       Update 19 going live Oct. 18 Tuesday. Release notes.
       Belfalas housing and kin houses: Developer Diary. Question for the kin: Do we want to drop our Thorin's kin house to pick up perhaps an island kin house in Belfalas, as if it were Aman?
LotRO Launcher news:
Downtime Notice: Tuesday, October 18th 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM Eastern (-4 GMT)
Mon, 17 Oct 2016 21:46:28 +0000
The LOTRO game worlds will be unavailable on Tuesday, October 18th from 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM Eastern (-4 GMT) to release Update 19: March of the King. Thank you for your patience, and we'll see you in the game soon!


Oct. 16, 2016 Sunday

    Gaming / LotRO:
 
      Update 19, not just a patch.
       Alliance:
             Sundays 1pm ET (1pm /servertime): at Alliance kinhouse (8 Long Street, Haynwater, Bree-land). Come roleplay a bit, share a story, or a song! Analuki is the Alliance officer in charge.

Sunday Meeting: 5pm EST (GMT-5) (UTC-5) (LotRO /servertime 5:00pm)
    The meeting is in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace. Come on in or ask VardaValar 1 or ArPharazonV for an invitation. We take suggestions, talk about gaming, and end with a Tolkien chat. Afterwards some stay for general chat.
    Extra info on room joining:
        Pidgin and Trillian work to enter AIM.
        The general AIM browser chat on AOL does not work with this as we use a private room in a separate Messenger, the legacy version below:
        For the same AIM version that we use:  http://www.aim.com/legacydownloads. and choose AIM for Windows (7.5.14.8) Released: May 31, 2012.
        If possible, please use your name in-guild as the display name. The name will probably be taken, so feel free to add to it such as a V or a number or an odd spelling.
        One way to invite yourself into the room is to put your name on your buddy list, click it to bring up Group Chat, and replace the invite to chat room number with Valar Guild Meetingplace, and send.

Sunday Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (6)
    AriehnV, ArPharazonV, ElladanV/Scott92027, Eonwe Valar. Lenwe-(V)/perseid28, Varda Valar (presiding)
Web:
    Stories by Little Jewel-(T)
    Humor page open for business again.
    Be sure to have your forum presence figured out or be ready to use AIM in case things go wonky with our website coding update!
    Tolkien Site / Stories:
      Short stories by Little Jewel-(T) posted today:
Breaking the Habit
Betrayal
Rebellion
What Happens Now?
Retaliation
Count Down
Celebrations
Gaming
Tolkien:
    Topic: the war in the North during the Lord of the Rings
After-meeting:
    We played with fancy smiley emoticons that don't show on the transcript.
    Flashgaming Reviews by Ar-Pharazon
    Personal gaming


Oct. 15, 2016 Saturday

    Gaming / LotRO:
       Alliance:
           Roving Threats raid 3:30 p.m. Eastern aka /servertime. Contact Maranwethiel, as Glewyn is no longer the raid leader and started a new kin.


    Tolkien Site / Stories:
      
"Learning to Smile": Chapter 2 by Little Jewel-(T) is now up.
       Short stories by Little Jewel-(T) posted today are:
           "Threats"
           "Water"
           "Wind"
           "Hobby"
           "Tradition"
           "Earth"

    Tolkien Site / Humor:
       All links should be operating correctly, including frames. If you find an error, please refresh the page and see if it's still there and inform Varda of problems. The Humor site is now taking new material, email yours to Varda.


Oct. 12, 2016

    Gaming / LotRO:

       Monday is Update 19. Notes for it are on this link.

    Tolkien Site / Humor:
        Humor page files moved from Menelvagor to Varda for handling and in the urls. Original jokes are again being taken, as well as suggestions for the links; please email yours to Varda for posting.


Oct. 9, 2016 Sunday

    Chat Marathon folk spotted today (last official day *whew*):
       Arien, Ar-Pharazon, Eonwe, Lenwe, and Varda

    Gaming / LotRO:
       Alliance:
             Sundays 1pm ET (1pm /servertime): at Alliance kinhouse (8 Long Street, Haynwater, Bree-land). Come roleplay a bit, share a story, or a song! Analuki is the Alliance officer in charge.

    Gaming / LotRO:
       Spreadsheet for figuring stats and upgrades by Giseldah. Thanks to Lenwe for locating and sharing this during the chat marathon!

Sunday Meeting: 5pm EST (GMT-5) (UTC-5)
    The meeting is in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace. Come on in or ask VardaValar 1 or ArPharazonV for an invitation. We take suggestions, talk about gaming, and end with a Tolkien chat. Afterwards some stay for general chat. Pidgin and Trillian work to enter AIM.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (5)
    AriehnV, ArPharazonV, Eonwe Valar. Lenwe-(V)/perseid28, Varda Valar (presiding)
    The traditional AIM marathon of keeping the chat room ends tonight. The Anniversary was Oct 4 between those two meetings.
Before-meeting
    A taste of the chat marathon.
    New link for LotRO players on figuring how to maximize stats.
Membership:
    Anniversary talk and looking forward.
Web:
    Forum
    Anniversary page
Gaming
Tolkien:
    Topic: What gave contentment or happiness in Tolkien's works to animal-types and the Valar?
       Bill the Pony
       Shadowfax
       Huan
       Yavanna
       Orome
       Tulkas
       Manwe
       Ulmo
       Aule
       Varda
       Eru
       Morgoth (After-meeting)
       Nienna (After-meeting)
After-meeting:
    Continued discussing the Valar.
    Flashgaming Reviews by Ar-Pharazon
    Personal gaming
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Oct. 8, 2016 Saturday

    Chat marathon folk noticed today:
       Arien, Ar-Pharazon, Eonwe, Gilraen, Lenwe, and Varda

    Tolkien Site / Articles:
       "Farmer Maggot" by Lenwe-(V).

    Tolkien Site / Stories:
       "Fire from the Ashes" by Arien-(Valar). Elrond at the fall of Edhellion. (LotRO folks may recognize this city.)
       "Learning of Life Chronicles" is a novel series starting up, written by Little Jewel-(T). Novel "Learning to Smile": Chapter one is now up.

    Gaming / LotRO:
       Alliance:
           RT raid 3:30 p.m. Eastern aka /servertime. Meeing at West Bree gate. Glewyn is the raid leader.



Oct. 7, 2016 Friday
   
    Chat marathon folk spotted today:
       Arien, Ar-Pharazon, Elladan, Eonwe, Gilraen, Lenwe, and Varda.

    Thank you to Arien for additional screenies and a story for the anniversary, to be put online tomorrow.


Oct. 6, 2016 Thursday
   
    Chat marathon folk caught today:
       Arien, Ar-Pharazon, Elladan, Eonwe, Gilraen, Lenwe, and Varda.

    Gaming / LotRO:
       This time we got a shot of the Halls of Night during our various box runs there. This one also shows Lenwe (Doctior rune keeper) and Varda (Fainan hunter).


Oct. 5, 2016 Wednesday

    Chat marathon folk spotted today, thank you!
       Arien, Ar-Pharazon, Elladan, Eonwe, Lenwe, and Varda

    Gaming / LotRO:
       After a couple of box runs in the Hall of Night,
       Varda (Fainan), Marigold (Merrygolde) , and Lenwe (Doctior) went to Iorbar's Peak, saved the egg and got to meet Gwaihir. He was happy to have the egg back.


Oct. 4, 2016 Tuesday
Happy 19th Anniversary, Valar Guild!
Thank you for making this possible. :)
Lenwe-(V) and Erkenbrand-(V) in Forochel
Lord of the Rings theme shot of Erkenbrand-(V) (left) and Lenwe-(V) (right)
taken by Lenwe-(V) in Forochel, LotRO.

Click the above image for the full shot.
Anniversary Page

    Gamers:
    LotRO Anniversary:
       Grabbed fireworks from and met 8pm /servertime (Eastern) at the West Bree Gate for practice riding horses in a line at a walk (use the Insert button and /follow the one ahead).
       We started at Bree, then went to Michel Delving, Thorin's Gate, Celondim, and Rivendell. For fun afterwards, we cleared the Grand Stair. Screenies will go on the Anniversary page.
       Erkenbrand, Fangorn, Lenwe, Marigold, and Varda made the parade and runs. Nar and Nerdanel showed up after work; thanks for coming!

    WoW Anniversary:
       Work it out together or enjoy a solo firing off, as Eonwe can't show up until 1 a.m., pretty inconvenient for most folks.. Fireworks usually start at Stormwind's Cathedral steps. Have fun!

    Theme shots:
       Take these screenies in any game, showing some creature or being related to Tolkien's world contented or happy. A contented orc might not be doing the same thing as a contented hobbit. Send your best by email to Varda to go on the Anniversary page.

    AIMers:
       We're still running from Sunday to Sunday!
       Thank you to those helping hold open the chat room today. Spotted were:
Arien, Ar-Pharazon, Elladan, Eonwe, Lenwe, and Varda.

    Tolkien Site:
       Accepting contributions all through October - please mark that they are for the Anniversary.
#
    Tolkien Site / Art:
       "Annatar and the Craft of Ring-making", Thumbnail made for "Annatar and Celebrimbor" from the Bohemian Weasel-(T). Be careful of who is giving those gifts on Hobbit birthdays; is it really a hobbit or Annatar, Giver of Gifts?


Oct. 3, 2016 Monday

    The chat marathon for the anniversary continues!
       Thank you to those spotted so far: Arien, Ar-Pharazon, Eonwe, Lenwe, and Varda.

    Tolkien Site / Stories:
       "Me First" by Varda-(Valar). Orcs. Written for the anniversary.


Oct. 2, 2016 Sunday

    Gaming / LotRO:
       Alliance:
             Sundays 1pm ET: at Alliance kinhouse (8 Long Street, Haynwater, Bree-land). Come roleplay a bit, share a story, or a song! Analuki is the Alliance officer in charge.

Sunday Meeting: 5pm EST (GMT-5) (UTC-5)
    The meeting is in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace. Come on in or ask ArPharazonV for an invitation. We take suggestions, talk about gaming, and end with a Tolkien chat. Afterwards some stay for general chat. Pidgin and Trillian work to enter AIM.
    Today is the first day of the traditional Anniversary Valar Guild chat marathon, keeping the AIM chat room open as much as possible from this Sunday meeting to the next. For today's marathon folk spotted: ArPharazonV and Varda Valar.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda in progress
Attending: ( 3):
    Arien-(Valar)/Arien V, Ar-Pharazon-(V)/arpharazonv, Eonwe Valar (presiding)
Membership:
    Varda is back two days early, joining into the annual anniversary chat room marathon about three and a half hours after meeting time.
Web:
    Tolkien Site / Stories:
       "Pet" by Little Jewel-(T) (also on Sept. 28 News)
    Games Site:
       Mass update completed. Previous info wiped and the info you just sent is now online. Please check to make sure it's correct.
Gaming
Tolkien:
    Topic: In a few sentences, why did you choose your guild name?
After-meeting:
    Flashgaming Reviews by Ar-Pharazon
    Personal gaming


Oct. 1, 2016 Saturday

    Gaming / LotRO:
       with the Alliance:
           RT raid 3:30 p.m. Eastern aka /servertime. Meeing at West Bree gate. Glewyn is the raid leader.
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Sept. 28, 2016
Wednesday

    Tolkien Site / Stories:
       "Pet". Little Legolas brings home a pet. Why? New story by Little Jewel-(T).

    October 4 will be the 19th Anniversary of the Valar Guild.
Congratulations to you all for making this possible!
    The theme for this year ("more actual guidelines, really"), is what brings contentment or even joy to a particular character (or race as shown by a character), which can use original characters as well as Tolkien's. These can be solo, contrasting, or parallel. An example might be a comparison of Eomer and Ugluk that ends with their fight, or Smaug contentedly snuggling down in his bed of stolen gold.
    For the Tolkien Site, these can be articles, stories, art, poetry, or even language illustrations. The theme is not required, just something to help give ideas in front of a blank screen staring back at you. Please email contributions to Varda and mark that they are intended for the Anniversary. Please have them in before the end of October for this event, although being later will not prevent acceptance.
    For gaming, we intend to have solo and group fireworks in towns or randomly in groups, with a cheer for the 19th Anniversay of the Valar Guild. Lines of mounts coming into towns or planets are fun, such as a line of flying mounts in WoW or horses in LotRO. Coordinated feather hats or gold and white coloring or all green for a group could be a bit of added fun. In LotRO, fireworks have been provided in the kin chest for any kinmate's use on the Anniversary. Screenies of these events are welcome, as are screenies from your game that work with the anniversary's theme above in any creative way you may come up with.
    For the AIM group, please feel free to indulge in the tradition of keeping the chat room open from the Sunday meeting before the Anniversary to the meeting after.
    Feel free to email a report of what you or you and your buddies did for the Anniversary in your game(s) of choice to be added to the Anniversary page, with your gaming name for credit. (I don't always recognize folks just from the email, sorry.) Show off your game! If it shows happiness or contentment of a Tolkien-style character, kudos! *troll snores happily under the bridge*.
    Varda should be back in town, possibly late in the day, on Oct 4, possibly shoving other spaceships out of the way to make it. Please jump in anyway and email your report (maybe even screenies) for the Anniversary page. [Update: returned two days early, late Sunday.]


Sept. 25, 2016 Sunday

    Gaming / LotRO:
       Alliance:
             Sundays 1pm ET: at Alliance kinhouse (8 Long Street, Haynwater, Bree-land). Come roleplay a bit, share a story, or a song!

Sunday Meeting: 5pm EST (GMT-5) (UTC-5)
    The meeting is in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace. Come on in or ask VardaValar1 or ArPharazon for an invitation. We take suggestions, talk about gaming, and end with a Tolkien chat. Afterwards some stay for general chat. Pidgin and Trillian work to enter AIM.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon the King Under the Ground, and Varda
Attending: (6)
    Arien-(Valar)/Arien V, Ar-Pharazon-(V)/arpharazonv, Eonwe Valar, GilraenV/Iryenth, LenweV/perseid28, VardaValar1 (presiding)
    The traditional AIM marathon of keeping the chat room begins next meeting, ending Oct 9. The guild's 19th Anniversary is Oct 4 between those two meetings.
Membership:
    GSMU. Please update your gaming info, emailing Eonwe (or Varda if the email is confidential) before Sept 30 to be included in the State of Valar Gaming report given for the Anniversary.
    Anniversary Oct 4. Please email Varda with articles, art, stories, poetry, etc for the Anniversary.
Web:
    Art:
       From the Bohemian Weasel-(T):
          "Crown of Sauron". Sketching, figuring out how to make a golden crown of fire show up on golden hair with a hint of an Eye forming.
          She is sharing a YouTube video of artists, including herself , from Illuminating Tolkien, which is an art exhibition of 12 international artists. She's representing Portugal and is the first one in the video (Soni).
       From Deep Groover-(T):
          He put up some of the awards for his model painting and modifying on his family's living room wall on either side of their picture window; the ones on the right include the latest from the National modeling contests (USA). Left and right side.
    Stories:
       From Little Jewel-(T) this last week. See the News for September 20.
    Site coding:
       We plan on changing the site coding for the Anniversary or just after it in case of confusion to bring it into a more modern and slightly more secure system.
Gaming
Tolkien:
    Topic: Bilbo and Frodo's birthday.
    Forum rp story planning.
After-meeting:
    A bit more Tolkien.
    Flashgaming Reviews by Ar-Pharazon
    Personal gaming


Sept. 24, 2016 Saturday

    Gaming / LotRO:

       Letter from Severlin, Executive Producer, taking over for Vyvyanne who is now on another project. Upcoming plans for LotRO, including Update 19 as we move into North Ithilien. Also new things happening for housing, landscape questing, lag in groups, and changes coming for burglars and hunters.

    Gaming / LotRO continued:
       with the Alliance:
           RT raid 3:30 p.m. Eastern aka /servertime. Meeing at West Bree gate. Glewyn is the raid leader.



Sept. 22, 2016
Happy Birthday to Bilbo and Frodo!

Bag End
"Bag End" by the Bohemian Weasel-(T)

Link to some good cheer in LotRO for the birthday. Party put on by Benjimir and the Sons of Numenor. The band was Disenchanted.


Sept. 20, 2016

Tolkien Site / Stories:

    Stories by Little Jewel-(T) has moved, links related should now be corrected. Let Varda know if problems are found.
       New stories by Little Jewel are up today:
          Transportation
          Plants



Sept. 18 , 2016 Sunday

    Gaming / LotRO:
       Alliance:
             Sundays 1pm ET: at Alliance kinhouse (8 Long Street, Haynwater, Bree-land). Come roleplay a bit, share a story, or a song!

Sunday Meeting: 5pm EST (GMT-5) (UTC-5)
    The meeting is in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace. Come on in or ask VardaValar1 or ArPharazon for an invitation. We take suggestions, talk about gaming, and end with a Tolkien chat. Afterwards some stay for general chat. Pidgin and Trillian work to enter AIM.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon-(V) and Varda-(Valar)
Attending: (4)
    Arien-(Valar)/Arien V, Ar-Pharazon-(V)/arpharazonv, GwaihirValar, VardaValar1 (presiding)
Membership:
   New Tolkien member: Little Jewel-(T)
Web:
    Art: from the Bohemian Weasel-(T) (see Sept. 17)
    Story: from Little Jewel-(T) (See Sept. 17)
Gaming
Tolkien:
    Topic: Forum rp. New post.
    Link for Tolkien books and art, other fantasy stuff. Recommended by Arien-(Valar).
After-meeting:
    Flashgaming Reviews by Ar-Pharazon-(V)
    Personal gaming



Sept. 17, 2016 Saturday
    Gaming / LotRO:
       with the Alliance:
           RT raid 3:30 p.m. Eastern aka /servertime. Meeing at West Bree gate. Glewyn is the raid leader.


Sept. 17, 2016

    Tolkien Site / Art:
 
       Cave of the Bohemian Weasel-(T):
          "Bag-end". Art for the September 22nd double birthday of Bilbo and Frodo!

    Tolkien Site / Stories:
       "Fire" by Little Jewel-(T). Thranduil at Esgaroth muses on fire. This is our first story from Little Jewel, and we hope for more.


Sept. 15, 2016

    Gaming / LotRO:
       From the Alliance ambassador, Rhanti Heftymouse:

-RT raid on every saturday (17th, 24th), west bree gate at 3:30pm servertime. Glewyn is our officer in charge of it, send her a mail or a tell if you want to know the regions beforehand :)

-Story Tell Cafe on sunday september 18th, 1pm servertime, at our kinhouse (8 long street, haynwater, bree land homestead). Aneluki is in charge of it. It's a RP event where people sing, tell stories, meet friends and have a good time! :D Everyone is invited, listeners, tellers, singers! :D


September 11, 2016 Sunday
    We remember...

    Gaming / LotRO:
       Alliance:
             Sundays 1pm ET: at Alliance kinhouse (8 Long Street, Haynwater, Bree-land). Come roleplay a bit, share a story, or a song!

Sunday Meeting: 5pm EST (GMT-5) (UTC-5)
    The meeting is in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace. Come on in or ask VardaValar1 or ArPharazon for an invitation. We take suggestions, talk about gaming, and end with a Tolkien chat. Afterwards some stay for general chat. Pidgin and Trillian work to enter AIM.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (5)
    Arien-(Valar)/Arien V, Ar-Pharazon-(V)/arpharazonv, ElladanV, EonweValar, VardaValar1 (presiding)
Membership News
Web:
  Tolkien Site / Art: (put up today)
    Cave of the Bohemian Weasel-(T):
        "Curufin" framed version of the painting for Curufin.
        "Fëanor" framed version of the painting for Fëanor.
Gaming
Tolkien:
    Forum rp story
    Discussion: Silmarils, why were they important enough for a book to be named after them?
After-meeting:
    Personal gaming
    Flashgaming Reviews by Ar-Pharazon


Sept. 10, 2016 Saturday
    Gaming / LotRO:
       With Alliance:  (Rhanti is the liason for events with Alliance)
            RT (Roving Threat) raids, on Saturdays at 3:30 pm


Sept. 6, 2016 Tuesday

    Membership and Gaming:
       The Games Site Mass Update is now underway. 
Here's a copy if you didn't receive one. Please reply to Eonwe's GSMU email (erase NOSPAM if using this link).
         For confidential emailers, feel free to email Varda instead and only the info will be sent. The forum is another way to make contact.
        We have at least 17 undeliverable emails already even though some are quite active members. 
        Why we do this: The Games Site lets you know who else in the guild is playing your games and their in-game servers and names. If you don't want to tell the gaming info or no longer game, a reply still helps to say that and to let us know you would still like to be associated with the Valar Guild. You already earned that spot and that name sweating through the entry!

    Gaming / LotRO:
       The LOTRO Game Servers will be brought down on Wednesday, September 7th from 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM Eastern (-4 GMT) for an update to the game.
        This update will bring world character transfers to the LOTRO launcher. Click here for more information about the process.


Sept. 4, 2016
    Gaming / LotRO:
       Alliance:
             Sundays 1pm ET: at Alliance kinhouse (8 Long Street, Haynwater, Bree-land). Come roleplay a bit, share a story, or a song!

Sunday Meeting: 5pm EST (GMT-5) (UTC-5)
    The meeting is in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace. Come on in or ask VardaValar1 or ArPharazon for an invitation. We take suggestions, talk about gaming, and end with a Tolkien chat. Afterwards some stay for general chat. Pidgin and Trillian work to enter AIM.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (4)
    Arien-(Valar)/Arien V (presiding), Ar-Pharazon-(V)/arpharazonv, LenweV/perseid28, VardaValar1
Membership
Web:
    Art:  from the Bohemian Weasel-(T) (See Sept. 2: Thingol)
Gaming
Tolkien:
    Topic: named weapons in the H & LotR
After-meeting:
    Personal gaming
    Flashgaming Reviews by Ar-Pharazon


Sept. 3, 2016 Saturday
    Gaming / LotRO:
       With Alliance:  (Rhanti is the liason for events with Alliance)
            RT (Roving Threat) raids, on Saturdays at 3:30 pm


Sept. 2, 2016 Friday
    Tolkien Site / Art:
        Cave of the Bohemian Weasel-(T):
            "Thingol": new page.  The completed painting, overall start and a later face detail.


Sept. 1, 2016 Thursday
    Gaming / LotRO:
       Farmer's Faire Sept 1 - Sept 15
       Hobnangian's Sept. 1 - Sept. 5
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Aug. 31, 2016
    Gaming / LotRO:
    The tentative September LotRO events schedule from Cordovan, Community Manager:

Farmer's Faire 1-Sep 15-Sep
25% Crafting XP 9-Sep 11-Sep
Bilbo's Birthday 16-Sep 22-Sep
Tale of the Shipwrecked Mariner 17-Sep 19-Sep
Lootbox Drop rate increase 23-Sep 25-Sep
VIP Events boosts 23-Sep 25-Sep


Aug. 28, 2016
    Gaming / LotRO:
       Alliance event today:
          Story Tell cafe 1pm /servertime at the Alliance kinhouse (8 Long Street, Haynwater, Bree-land). Come roleplay a bit, share a story, or a song!

Sunday Meeting: 5pm EST (GMT-5) (UTC-5)
    The meeting is in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace. Come on in or ask VardaValar1 or ArPharazon for an invitation. We take suggestions, talk about gaming, and end with a Tolkien chat. Afterwards some stay for general chat. Pidgin and Trillian work to enter AIM.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda in progress.
Attending: (5)
    Arien-(Valar)/Arien V, Ar-Pharazon-(V)/arpharazonv, EonweValar, LenweV/perseid28, VardaValar1 (presiding)
Web:
    Tolken Site / Art:
       Cave of the Bohemian Weasel-(T):
          "Eöl, the Dark Elf" completed, on Eöl's page. (Sales available.)
          "Radagast" what she calls a "sketch", plus an animated work-in-progress for him on YouTube, all on a new page.
Gaming:
   
Watch your inbox for an upcoming Games Site Mass Update email from Eonwe-(Valar). The mail will also be posted to the News for those that can't receive the mail.
Tolkien:
    Radagast the Brown.
After-meeting:
    Flashgaming Reviews by Ar-Pharazon



Aug. 27, 2016
    Gaming / LotRO:

       The Alliance asks us to join a Roving Threat raid at 3:30pm servertime, meeting at the West Bree gate, for the Angmar region. Get your First Age!


Aug. 26, 2016
    Gaming / LotRO:

       Alliance events for us to join, info from the Illustrious Rhanti:
RT raids, on saturdays (august 27th and september 3rd) at 3:30 pm, west-bree gate. This weekend should be Angmar region. Come get your First Age there! :D
Story Tell cafe, on sundays (august 28th and september 4th), at Alliance kinhouse (8 long street, Haynwater, Bree-land). Come roleplay a bit, share a story, or a song!


Aug. 25, 2016
    Gaming / LotRO:

       LotRO Bonus days: Buried Treasure Event now through Aug. 28.


Aug. 23, 2016 Tuesday
    Gaming / LotRO: servers down

       8 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. the servers were down for an update to the game.
          Release notes for Update 18.2.4, by Cordovan, Community Manager.


Aug. 21, 2016
    Gaming / LotRO: with Alliance

       Story-tell Cafe, sunday 1pm servertime at our kinhouse (8 long street, Haynwater, Bree-land), lead by Aneluki. If you like Ales and Tales, that's pretty much the same thing: a small RP event where people can play music, tell stories, interact with others. A nice occasion to meet some new friends and strengthen the free people!

Sunday Meeting: 5pm EST (GMT-5) (UTC-5)
    The meeting is in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace. Come on in or ask VardaValar1 or ArPharazon for an invitation. We take suggestions, talk about gaming, and end with a Tolkien chat. Afterwards some stay for general chat. Pidgin and Trillian work to enter AIM.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda (in progress)
Attending:
Membership
Web:
    Tolkien Site / Art:
       Elwing-(V):
           New photos by DeepGroover-(T) of Elwing-(V)'s "Wizard" Saruman.  Photo 1, Photo 2.
            "Gnome Family"
       Bohemian Weasel-(T):
             Painting of "Curufin the Crafty", with a new page.
             Painting of "Eöl the Dark Elf": cropped detail, work still in progress, on the Eöl page.
Gaming
Tolkien:
    Topic: Was Smaug the last of the dragons?
    Forum rp story: potential storyline for a third installment.
After-meeting:
    Personal gaming
    Flashgaming Reviews by Ar-Pharazon
    Pictures added to the Tolkien Site


Aug. 20, 2016 Saturday:
    Gaming / LotRO: with Alliance

       RT raid, saturday 3:30pm servertime, lead by Glewyn. Starts at west-bree gate, regions done depend of the classes present;


Aug 14, 2016 Sunday
    Gaming / LotRO: with Alliance
       Freeze-tag event, 14:00 servertime (2 p.m.), north of Bree.  Aneluki is the Alliance officer in charge.

Sunday Meeting: 5pm EST (GMT-5) (UTC-5)
    The meeting is in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace. Come on in or ask VardaValar1 or ArPharazon for an invitation. We take suggestions, talk about gaming, and end with a Tolkien chat. Afterwards some stay for general chat. Pidgin and Trillian work to enter AIM.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (4)
    Arien-(Valar)/Arien V, Ar-Pharazon-(V)/arpharazonv, Elladan V/scott92027, VardaValar1 (presiding)
Membership
Web:
    See Tolkien for Links
Gaming
Tolkien:
    Link: Tolkien: The Official Online Book Shop
    Link: The Terence Tiller Tolkien Trivia Quiz.
       Hard Tolkien questions from Michael Martinez of the Tolkien Society. A few of these would not be ones we'd include, as we prefer to do our questions on the stories, but still interesting. Be ready to grab your books if you want to answer these!
       Some discussion of the quiz questions.
After-meeting:
    WoW Demon Hunter
    Ar-Pharazon: more gaming news including flashgaming reviews.
    WoW books.
    Kenny Baker


Aug. 13, 2016
    Gaming / LotRO: with Alliance
       RT raid, Saturday, 15:30 servertime (3:30 p.m.), West Bree gate. Glewyn is the Alliance officer in charge. 


Aug. 8,  2016
    Gaming / LotRO:
       Rhanti of the Alliance sent this LotROmail: (Feel free to join in the fun!)
Subject: Alliance inter-kin events
    Good day master! My name is Rhanti Heftymouse, I was recently appointed as Ambassador of the Alliance kinship. My work is to find other kin leaders and offer them to join our events considered inter-kin's, while I might ask them about some of their events that Alliance could take part of.
    If you agree, please respond as to how I should notify you of our events (monthly mail, bi-monthly mail, or mail a few days prior to our events).
    As for now, our inter-kin events include a RT raid going on every saturday at 15:30 servertime, west bree gate. Glewyn is our officer in charge of it, and the run starts usually around 15:45 (regions depend of people joining).
    On every osunday (except august 14th), we have a story-tell Cafe at our kinhouse at 13h servertime (8 Long street, Haynwater, Bree-land), a kind of small ales and tales where people talk, sing, tell stories. Can be a great way to introduce yourselves!
    Hope to keep in touch!
    -Rhanti


Aug. 7, 2016 
Sunday Meeting: 5pm EST (GMT-5) (UTC-5)
    The meeting is in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace. Come on in or ask VardaValar1 or ArPharazon for an invitation. We take suggestions, talk about gaming, and end with a Tolkien chat. Afterwards some stay for general chat. Pidgin and Trillian work to enter AIM.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (3)
    Arien-(Valar)/Arien V, Ar-Pharazon-(V)/arpharazonv, VardaValar1 (presiding)
Membership:
    Welcome to Ancalime-(T), our new Tolkien-only member. See "Web" below for her contribution to the Tolkien Site's Languages.
Web:
    Tolkien Site / Languages:
        Ancalime-(T) joined us today with her Common Speech Wordlist. You thought you knew Common Speech? Maybe not as much as you thought. Enjoy!
    Tolkien Site / Art:
        Congratulations again to the Bohemian Weasel-(T) for her art's being on the cover of the Bulletin of the Tolkien Society.
        Congratulations to DeepGroover-(T) for his modeling wins at the Nationals yesterday, and for having one photographed for Fine Scale Modeler Magazine.
Gaming
Tolkien chat:
    Topic 1: Languages of Tolkien
    Topic 2: Why did Sam's wife (Rosie Cotton Gamgee) not marry someone else while he was off battling and adventuring as no respectable Hobbit should?
After-meeting:
    National modeling art contest results for DeepGroover-(T), additional news.
    Ar-Pharazon: more gaming news including flashgaming reviews.


Aug. 4, 2016
    Gaming / LotRO:

       Hobnangians monthly weekend is going.


Aug. 3, 2016
    Tolkien Site / Art news:
       Congratulations to the Bohemian Weasel-(T), for her Melian artwork being on the cover of the latest Bulletin of the Tolkien Society.
       This is also shown under "Melian" in the Weasel's personal section (cave) of our Tolkien art site, The Glittering Caves of Aglarond.


Aug. 1, 2016
    Games Site news:

       Eonwe: "The WoW Basics page is now sectioned into pages for the old information, and new information updated for the Legion expansion."
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July 31, 2016
Sunday Meeting: 5pm EST (GMT-5) (UTC-5)
    The meeting is in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace. Come on in or ask VardaValar1 or ArPharazon for an invitation. We take suggestions, talk about gaming, and end with a Tolkien chat. Afterwards some stay for general chat. Pidgin and Trillian work to enter AIM.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (5)
    Arien-(Valar)/Arien V, Ar-Pharazon-(V)/arpharazonv, Elladan-V/scott92027, fladrifv , VardaValar1 (presiding)
Membership
Web
Gaming
Tolkien:
   
Forum story rp: post made by Arien this week, another by Ar-Pharazon during After-meeting. Link to forum page.
    Tolkien Moment: Sam carries Frodo
After-meeting:
    Ar-Pharazon: more gaming news including flashgaming reviews.


July 26, 2016 Tuesday
    Gaming / LotRO:
       Tomorrow from 8 a.m. - noonish, game servers will be down for an update. Release notes for Update 18.2.3.
      

July 24, 2016
Sunday Meeting: 5pm EST (GMT-5) (UTC-5)
    The meeting is in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace. Come on in or ask VardaValar1 or ArPharazon for an invitation. We take suggestions, talk about gaming, and end with a Tolkien chat. Afterwards some stay for general chat. Pidgin and Trillian work to enter AIM.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (4)
    Arien-(Valar)/Arien V, Ar-Pharazon-(V)/arpharazonv, fladrifv , VardaValar1 (presiding)
Before-meeting:
    Hearthstone
Membership news:
    Fladrif
    Ar-Pharazon - Grats on his volunteer job (internship).
Web:
    Tolkien Site:
       New art:
          Cave of Elwing-(V):
             "Wizard". Painted model of Saruman with a craban spy and palantir.
Gaming:
    Reports from Eonwe, Ar-Pharazon, Arien, Fladrif, and Varda
    Chess: Fladrif won the chess championship. Cheer him on as he goes for Grand Master!
Tolkien:
    Forum rp story
    Comment: The temptation of Frodo
    Discussion: Why Sam could hand over the One Ring to Frodo even after using it for a while.
After-meeting:
    Ar-Pharazon: more gaming news including personal flashgaming reviews.


July 20, 2016
    Gaming / LotRO:

       The Summer Festival is on! It's going until August 4.
       The new Stable Collection Dev Diary article.


July 18, 2016
    Gaming / LotRO:
       Patch notes from Cordovan


July 17, 2016
Sunday Meeting: 5pm EST (GMT-5) (UTC-5)
    The meeting is in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace. Come on in or ask VardaValar1 or ArPharazon for an invitation. We take suggestions, talk about gaming, and end with a Tolkien chat. Afterwards some stay for general chat. Pidgin and Trillian work to enter AIM.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (4)
    Arien-(Valar)/Arien V, Ar-Pharazon-(V)/arpharazonv,  ElladanV, VardaValar1 (presiding)
Membership
Web:
    Tolkien Site / Art:
       New today:
          DeepGroover-(T):
              "La Hire" - model put together and painted by DeepGroover-(T): two views One, Two
          Elatan-(T):
        New section: Woodcutting - woodcut work in progress: "Yavanna, the Giver of Fruits". Also, navigation work done for his sections.
    Tolkien Site / Languages:
                   New today:
                        Khuzdul: Dwarvish to English wordlist started by Varda-(Valar)
Gaming
Tolkien:
    Dwarves page
    Forum rp story (new post made)
    Discussion: In Middle-earth, do they have a moment or two where they have to stop and think about mortality?
After-meeting:
    Ar-Pharazon: more gaming news including flashgaming reviews.


July 15, 2016
    Gaming / LotRO:

       Hotfix taking the game servers down on July 18 Monday from about 8 a.m. to noon.


July 13, 2016
    Gaming / LotRO:

       LotRO game servers were down for an update from about 8a.m. to noon. Release notes from +Cordovan.
            Stable-master's collection, new quests. New content coming available every two weeks.


July 10, 2016
Sunday Meeting: 5pm EST (GMT-5) (UTC-5)
    The meeting is in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace. Come on in or ask VardaValar1 or ArPharazon for an invitation. We take suggestions, talk about gaming, and end with a Tolkien chat. Afterwards some stay for general chat.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda


July 8, 2016
    Tolkien Site:
       Thranduil artwork by the Bohemian Weasel-(T) is now linked in:
            "Thranduil Enthroned" on Thrandiuil's page. Also colour sketch for the work in progress.


July 7, 2016
    Rumor: Warner Brothers issued this statement to Massively OP:
“Turbine is transitioning into a free-to-play, mobile development studio, and as a result we are eliminating some positions. The Lord of the Rings Online and Dungeons and Dragons online games will continue to operate as they do now. Re-focusing and reducing the studio size was a difficult decision for the company, and we are grateful to all of the Turbine staff for their considerable contributions.”
    As usual after a large project is completed, Turbine has lay-offs, not a rumor.


July 5, 2016
    Gaming / LotRO:
       Update 18.2 release notes. (A few listed below, much longer list on the link.)
          New 12-man raid: Throne of the Dread Terror (includes list of known isssues to work around)
          LI imbued legacy tiers extended 15 levels higher.
          Featured instance armour and jewelry are now barter instead of in the challenge chests.
          Class and Instance fixes.
          Additions to landscape, including new frills in Eriador that can be turned on or off,  and new relic and forge master in the hobbit housing area.
          More housing hooks for interiors of every type of house.
          Cosmetic pets no longer tolerate the stresses of Player vs Monster Player areas.


July 3, 2016
Sunday Meeting: 5pm EST (GMT-5) (UTC-5)
    The meeting is in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace. Come on in or ask VardaValar1 or ArPharazon for an invitation. We take suggestions, talk about gaming, and end with a Tolkien chat. Afterwards some stay for general chat.
Meeting Transcript planned to put up by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (5)
    Arien-(Valar)/Arien V, Ar-Pharazon-(V)/arpharazonv,  Eonwe Valar, Lenwe-(V)/perseid28, VardaValar1 (presiding)
Membership:
    Eonwe may be able to show up now and then for Sunday chats again, made it today!
Web:
    Art by the Bohemian Weasel-(T):
       "Thranduil Enthroned" preview, about to go up on her Thranduil cavern.
Gaming
Tolkien:
    Question from Before-meeting: How can we say "rune-keeper" in Quenya elvish? Segued into languages of orcs (Black Speech) and dwarves (Khuzdul), and on to which elves knew dwarvish and then to Thranduil.
    Topic: Thranduil
After-meeting:
    Tolkien chat continues, warning of spoilers here for movie_Thranduil. To enter the After after spoilers, start with Arien's news below.
    Arien has more EVE news
    Eonwe has more WoW news
    Ar-Pharazon: more gaming news including flashgaming reviews.


July 1, 2016
    Gaming / LotRO:
       July 5, servers will go down from around 8 a.m. through noon for Update 18.2. Patch notes should be available during the down time.
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June 26, 2016
Sunday Meeting: 5pm EST (GMT-5) (UTC-5)
    The meeting is in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace. Come on in or ask VardaValar1 or ArPharazon for an invitation. We take suggestions, talk about gaming, and end with a Tolkien chat. Afterwards some stay for general chat.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending:
    Arien, Ar-Pharazon, Elladan, Lenwe, Varda (presiding)
Membership:
    Arien
Web
Games
Tolkien:
    Lenwe's topic: Harry Potter and the Lord of the Rings
After-meeting:
    Ar-Pharazon's flashgaming reviews and personal gaming.


June 19, 2016
Happy Father's Day!

Sunday Meeting: 5pm EST (GMT-5) (UTC-5)
    The meeting is in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace. Come on in or ask VardaValar1 or ArPharazon for an invitation. We take suggestions, talk about gaming, and end with a Tolkien chat. Afterwards some stay for general chat.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (4)
    Arien-(Valar)/Arien V, Ar-Pharazon-(V)/arpharazonv,  ElladanV, VardaValar1 (presiding)
Web:
    Interesting link: "The Silmarillion Series", a suggested adaptation for how to put the Silmarillion, Hobbit, and Lord of the Rings on television, by episode with credited images from around the web as illustrations. Added to our Links page.
    New art by the Bohemian Weasel-(T): an exercise of 25 expressions for a character, in which she used Sauron. Legolas art animated, on the table.
Gaming
Tolkien:
    Topic: Tolkien moment and discussion: Treebeard's farewell to Galadriel and Celeborn.
After-meeting:
    Ar-Pharazon: more gaming news including flashgaming reviews.


June 16, 2016
    Gaming / LotRO / music lovers:
[World] Nelariel: 'Shirefest starts at 2pm EDT on Friday, June 24th at the iconic pillars that rise to the south of Scary in the Shire. The 3rd annual Shirefest features over two dozen of the best bands in the game over a three day weekend.'


June 12, 2016
Sunday Meeting: 5pm EST (GMT-5) (UTC-5)
    The meeting is in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace. Come on in or ask VardaValar1 or ArPharazon for an invitation. We take suggestions, talk about gaming, and end with a Tolkien chat. Afterwards some stay for general chat.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (3)
    Arien-(Valar), Ar-Pharazon-(V), Varda-(Valar) (presiding)
Web:
    Art:
       New by the Bohemian Weasel-(T):
            "Fëanor in the firelight" animated portrait of Fëanor, new folder. Large file. Includes the rough sketch.
            "The Dark Elf, Eol". New folder.
            "Battle Under the Trees". Elves and orcs battle in the forest. A battling archer elf and a fallen swordself. New folder including progress and details. To be used as a trading card for Perna Studios' Spellcasters II: Enchanted Realms.
            "Eowyn and Eomer at Meduseld" - saying goodbye to their Uncle Théoden. A happy picture, in the Eowyn folder. Includes progress, details in the folder.
Gaming
    WoW movie review, relatively spoiler-free.
Tolkien:
    Topic: That feeling of being uplifted, of joy in heroism. Do we feel that reading Tolkien?
After-meeting:
    Ar-Pharazon: more gaming news including flashgaming reviews


June 10, 2016
    Gaming / LotRO:
       Spring Fesival



June 5, 2016
Sunday Meeting: 5pm EST (GMT-5) (UTC-5)
    The meeting is in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace. Come on in or ask VardaValar1 or ArPharazon for an invitation. We take suggestions, talk about gaming, and end with a Tolkien chat. Afterwards some stay for general chat.
    For the same AIM version that we use: we went to http://www.aim.com/legacydownloads. and chose AIM for Windows (7.5.14.8) Released: May 31, 2012.
    The web browser version version of AIM can't enter our chat room.
    Trillian and Pidgin also work.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (4)
    Arien-(Valar)/Arien V, Ar-Pharazon-(V)/arpharazonv,  Elladan-(V), VardaValar1 (presiding)
Web:
    News before June has been moved to the News Archives. Enjoy the increased speed for the News page!
Gaming
Tolkien:
    Topic: Since we're a fan club that likes to put up lore info and make creative efforts from those, it might be fun to comment on how that can be done.
After-meeting:
    Arien with gaming news.
    More on Tolkien and archaeology.
    Ar-Pharazon: more gaming news including flashgaming reviews.

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May 29, 2016
Sunday Meeting: 5pm EST (GMT-5) (UTC-5)
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (5)
    Arien-(Valar)/Arien V, Ar-Pharazon-(V)/arpharazonv, Eonwe Valar,  Elladan-(V), VardaValar1 (presiding)
Membership
Web
Gaming
Tolkien:
    Topic 1:  JRRT's own time in the service for his own country means for us readers that he really understood what he was talking about when writing of war.
After-meeting:
    Tolkien continued: Topic 2: The Arkenstone and the Silmarils.
    Ar-Pharazon: more gaming news including flashgaming reviews.
    Arien with more gaming news.


May 22, 2016
Sunday Meeting: 5pm EST (GMT-5) (UTC-5)
    The meeting is in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace. Come on in or ask VardaValar1 or ArPharazon for an invitation. We take suggestions, talk about gaming, and end with a Tolkien chat. Afterwards some stay for general chat.
    For the same AIM version that we use: we went to http://www.aim.com/legacydownloads. and chose AIM for Windows (7.5.14.8) Released: May 31, 2012.
    The web browser version version of AIM can't enter our chat room.
    Trillian and Pidgin also work.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (4)
    Arien-(Valar)/Arien V (presiding), Ar-Pharazon-(V)/arpharazonv, Eonwe Valar,  Lenwe-(V)/perseid28
Membership:
    Varda
    Arien
    Helm
    Fladrif
Web
Gaming
Tolkien:
    Topic: "Animals in Tolkien , especially the Hobbit and the Lord of the Ring"
After-meeting:
    Ar-Pharazon: more gaming news including flashgaming reviews.


May 16, 2016
    Gaming / LotRO:
       Update 18.1 today. Release notes.


May 15, 2016

Sunday Meeting: 5pm EST (GMT-5) (UTC-5)
    The meeting is in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace. Come on in or ask VardaValar1 or ArPharazon for an invitation. We take suggestions, talk about gaming, and end with a Tolkien chat. Afterwards some stay for general chat.
    For the same AIM version that we use: we went to http://www.aim.com/legacydownloads. and chose AIM for Windows (7.5.14.8) Released: May 31, 2012.
    The web browser version version of AIM can't enter our chat room.
    Trillian and Pidgin also work.
Meeting Transcipt by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (4)
    Ar-Pharazon-(V) (presiding), Elladan-(V), Eonwe-(Valar),  Fladrif-(V)
Web
Gaming
Tolkien:
    Tolkien Moment: two quotes from "The Houses of Healing", about Eowyn's arm. Covering diagnosis and treatment.
After-meeting:
    Ar-Pharazon: more gaming news including flashgaming reviews.


May 10, 2016
    Dis-(V) reported that there's a new LotR fan movie: "Rise of the Fellowship" and gave us the Facebook page. Most of the Facebook is about various fan movies, can be fun. Rise is for sale on Amazon.
    These reviews on Rotten Tomatoes tell us that it's about a group of nerd friends, who play LotRO together, trying to make it to a LOTR Online convention to compete. Their adventures parallel the story events.
    Amazon with reviews.
    Here's a trailer and movie info, made for viewers who felt as if they had been left out of the "in" crowd. Googling brings up more.


May 8, 2016
Happy Mother's Day!
Sunday Meeting: 5pm EST (GMT-5) (UTC-5)
    The meeting is in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace. Come on in or ask VardaValar1 or ArPharazon for an invitation. We take suggestions, talk about gaming, and end with a Tolkien chat. Afterwards some stay for general chat.
    For the same AIM version that we use: we went to http://www.aim.com/legacydownloads. and chose AIM for Windows (7.5.14.8) Released: May 31, 2012.
    The web browser version version of AIM can't enter our chat room.
    Trillian and Pidgin also work.
Meeting Transcipt by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (5)
   
Arien-(Valar), Ar-Pharazon-(V), Gilraen-(V), Lenwe-(V), Varda-(Valar) (presiding)
Web:
    Tolkien Site / Art:
       Cave of the Bohemian Weasel-(T):
          "Between the Midgewater Marshes and the Weather Hills" Four Hobbits, Strider, and Bill the Pony crossing a stream, with a little mishap.
Gaming
Tolkien:
  topics from Gorlim-(V):
    Topic 1 :  Does Aragorn remake Gondor in the elven image or is there a revived culture that doesnt partake of elven lore?
    Topic 2:   Is there a world exploration effort on the seas in the new age?
    Topic 3:   If Arwen and Aragon marry and have kids, and one of those marries a Beorning (I assume there is more than one) what would the effect be?
    Topic 4:   Do the elves from The Hobbit leave with the high elves (Elrond etc) at the end of the Age?
After-meeting:
    Ar-Pharazon: more gaming news including flashgaming reviews.


May 7, 2016
    Gaming / LotRO:
       Hobnangians weekend


May 2, 2016
    Gaming / LotRO:
       The LotRO Ninth Anniversary event continues to May 8. Come get your scary goat! It takes 40 Anniversary Tokens, but those tokens carry over between years so you may already have a few in your premium barter wallet.


May 1, 2016
Sunday Meeting: 5pm EST (GMT-5) (UTC-5)
    The meeting is in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace. Come on in or ask VardaValar1 or ArPharazon for an invitation. We take suggestions, talk about gaming, and end with a Tolkien chat. Afterwards some stay for general chat.
    For the same AIM version that we use: we went to http://www.aim.com/legacydownloads. and chose AIM for Windows (7.5.14.8) Released: May 31, 2012.
    The web browser version version of AIM can't enter our chat room.
    Trillian and Pidgin also work.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon, Eonwe, and Varda
Attending: (7)
    Arien-(Valar), Ar-pharazon-(V), Eonwe-(Valar), Fladrif-(V), Lenwe-(V), Elladan-(V), Varda-(Valar) (presiding)
Membership:
    Fladrif
    New member: Erkenbrand-(V)
    Eonwe (tangent about the Lost Valar of Tolkien)
Web:
    Elf cooking (tangent Tolkien chat)
    Games Site
Gaming
Tolkien:
    Topic : Erkenbrand
After-meeting:
    Arien and Ar-Pharazon: more gaming news including flashgaming reviews.

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April 29, 2016
    Welcome to the Valar Guild, Erkenbrand-(V)!
   
Erkenbrand-(V) was scouted by his brother, Lenwe-(V). Erkenbrand plays LotRO and may return sometimes to SWTOR because he likes Star Wars.  He's read the H, LotR, and the Sil.
    "I liked Beregond. I watched the movies first, so an entirely new character was rather refreshing. I liked his courage and willingness to go against the will of Denethor in order to save Faramir, even if it meant spilling blood in the forbidden area."


April 24, 2016
Sunday Meeting: 5pm EST (GMT-5) (UTC-5)
    The meeting is in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace. Come on in or ask VardaValar1 or ArPharazon for an invitation. We take suggestions, talk about gaming, and end with a Tolkien chat. Afterwards some stay for general chat.
    For the same AIM version that we use: we went to http://www.aim.com/legacydownloads. and chose AIM for Windows (7.5.14.8) Released: May 31, 2012.
    The web browser version version of AIM can't enter our chat room.
    Trillian and Pidgin also work.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (4)
   
Arien-(Valar)/AriehnV, Ar-Pharazon-(V)/arpharazonv, Lenwe-(V)/perseid28, Varda-(Valar)/VardaValar1 (presiding)
Web:
    Tolkien Site / Art:
       New today:
         Cave of DeepGroover-(T):
          "Conan": painted model; page for Conan including detail and work in progress.
Tolkien:
    Topic: Weather
After-meeting:
    Ar-Pharazon: more gaming news including flashgaming reviews.


April 23, 2016
    Happy Anniversary, LotRO!
  The festival runs from April 22 - May 8. Also, receive special anniversary gifts according to how long ago your account signed up.



April 17, 2016
Sunday Meeting: 5pm EST (GMT-5) (UTC-5)
    The meeting is in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace. Come on in or ask VardaValar1 or ArPharazon for an invitation. We take suggestions, talk about gaming, and end with a Tolkien chat. Afterwards some stay for general chat.
    For the same AIM version that we use, go to http://www.aim.com/legacydownloads. Don't choose the current version loudly shown there but the actual legacy version.
    The web browser version version of AIM can't enter our chat room.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (4)
   
Arien-(Valar)/AriehnV, Ar-Pharazon-(V)/arpharazonv, ElladanV/scott92027 (real life name removed), Varda Valar/VardaValar1 (presiding)
Web:
    Slight problem with the latest image for the site, being fixed.
Gaming
Tolkien:
    Topic: Did Woses have contact with Ents at some time?
After-meeting:
    Ar-Pharazon: more gaming news including flashgaming reviews.


April 11, 2016
    Gaming / LotRO:
       Update 18 patch - downtime is expected between 7a.m.  - 11a.m. Eastern (-4 GMT).
           Release Notes from Frelorn.
           The Making of a Battle - Dev Diary by Dr. Octothorpe, the Design Lead, aka Ben Schneider. How they did it.
           Featured Instances - Dev Diary by Frelorn aka Kevin "EdgeCase" Nolan. New.
           Combat Changes - Dev Diary by Frelorn aka Kevin "EdgeCase" Nolan.


April 10, 2016
Sunday Meeting: 5pm EST (GMT-5) (UTC-5)
    The meeting is in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace. Come on in or ask VardaValar1 or ArPharazon for an invitation. We take suggestions, talk about gaming, and end with a Tolkien chat. Afterwards some stay for general chat.
    For the same AIM version that we use, go to http://www.aim.com/legacydownloads. Don't choose the current version loudly shown there but the actual legacy version.
    The web browser version version of AIM can't enter our chat room.
    AOL is not needed.
Meeting Transcript by Varda (not yet completed on formatting)
Attending: (4)
    Arien-(Valar)/AriehnV, arpharazonv, ElladanV/scott92027, Varda Valar/VardaValar1 (presiding)
Web:
    Nifty links.
Gaming
Tolkien:
    Topic : Ringwraiths/Nazgul are a real oddity as far as what they must do to interact with the material world. How do they do it?
After-meeting:
    Ar-Pharazon: more gaming news including flashgaming reviews.


April 4, 2016

    Nifty link:
Food in the Hobbit, from the Oakden site for UK and Irish recipes.



April 3, 2016

Sunday Meeting: 5pm EST (GMT-5) (UTC-5)
    The meeting is in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace. Come on in or ask VardaValar1 or ArPharazon for an invitation. We take suggestions, talk about gaming, and end with a Tolkien chat. Afterwards some stay for general chat.
    For the same AIM version that we use, go to http://www.aim.com/legacydownloads. Don't choose the current version loudly shown there but the actual legacy version.
    The web browser version version of AIM can't enter our chat room.
    AOL is not needed.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (5)
   
Arien-(Valar)/AriehnV, arpharazonv, ElladanV, Lenwe-(V)/perseid28, Varda Valar/VardaValar1 (presiding)
Web:
    Tolkien / Art:
       Sneak peek at a work in progress by the Bohemian Weasel-(T): Eowyn and Eomer
Gaming:
   
Lots of April Fool's jokes going on in the Blizzard games especially. Thanks to Eonwe for collecting them along with his regular gaming news.
Tolkien:
"Death and afterlife - Return from the dead". How is it handled in Tolkien's work in Middle-earth from the Silmarillion, over the Hobbit up to Lord of the Rings?
After-meeting:
    Ar-Pharazon: more gaming news including flashgaming reviews.


April 2, 2016
    Gaming / LotRO:
       Hobnangians is going.

April 1, 2016
    You wouldn't believe anything today anyway. :)

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March 30, 2016
    Gaming / LotRO:
       Maintenance restart of the servers between 7a.m. and 10a.m. Eastern time.


March 29, 2016
    Varda's back from helping build a log cabin. The Sunday meeting minutes are now up.


March 27, 2016

Sunday Meeting: 5pm EST (GMT-5) (UTC-5)
    The meeting is in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace. Come on in or ask VardaValar1 or ArPharazon for an invitation. We take suggestions, talk about gaming, and end with a Tolkien chat. Afterwards some stay for general chat.
    For the same AIM version that we use, go to http://www.aim.com/legacydownloads. Don't choose the current version loudly shown there but the actual legacy version.
    The web browser version version of AIM can't enter our chat room.
    AOL is not needed.

    Blessings on Arien for doing this meeting solo. Folks, please come in and join the meetings even if you can only lurk in the background to aid morale, even better if you can say hi or comment.
Meeting Transcript by Arien and Varda
Attending: (2)
    Arien-(Valar)/AriehnV (presiding)
    Ar-Pharazon (side window)
Membership
Web
Gaming
Tolkien:
    Topic: Planned for next time: "Death and afterlife - Return from the dead". How is it handled in Tolkien's work in Middle-earth from the Silmarillion, over the Hobbit up to Lord of the Rings?
After-meeting:
    Ar-Pharazon: more gaming news including flashgaming reviews.


March 26, 2016
    AIM:
Ar-Pharazon's clean copying AIM version is not only no longer supported but unreachable. His new AIM didn't work.

March 20, 2016
    It's Spring in the Northern Hemisphere and Autumn in the Southern Hemisphere. Since Valar time is Eastern, Happy First Day of Spring!

Sunday Meeting: 5pm EST (GMT-5) (UTC-5)
    The meeting is in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace. Come on in or ask VardaValar1 or ArPharazon for an invitation. We take suggestions, talk about gaming, and end with a Tolkien chat. Afterwards some stay for general chat.
    For the same AIM version that we use, go to http://www.aim.com/legacydownloads. Don't choose the current version loudly shown there but the actual legacy version. The web browser version can't enter our chat room. AOL is not needed.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (4)
    Arien-(Valar)/AriehnV, ArPharazonV, VardaValar1 (presiding)
Membership
Web
Gaming
Tolkien:
    Topic : Unusual jobs in Middle-earth.
After-meeting:
    Ar-Pharazon: more gaming news including flashgaming reviews.


March 17, 2016

Happy St. Patrick's Day!
    St. Patrick's Day according to wiki.

    Feel free to wear green cosmetics in-games today, and hoist a drink, maybe play music. Fun times.

    Varda's back with a repaired computer (we hope). The Sunday meeting transcript is now up.

    Gaming / LotRO:
        An all server maintenance restart done 8-10a.m. Eastern Time today
        Testing on the Bullroarer server is coming soon, getting ready for the next update. Coming up: level 105.     


March 13, 2016

Daylight Savings Time hit the Americans.
What was 5 is now 6, so the meeting seems earlier. This is called a "leap forward".

Tolkien Site / Art:
    From the Bohemian Weasel-(T), from her exhibit:
       Art: Sauron advising Ar-Pharazon
       Art: Sauron triptych (including above) of the Dark Lord's Progress, with Melkor, Celebrimbor, and Ar-Pharazon.
       Replaced corrupted file image of Melkor and Sauron facing the viewer with a new one. Too much corruption for one file to take?

Sunday Meeting: 5pm ET (GMT-5) (UTC-5)
    The meeting is in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace. Come on in or ask VardaValar1 or ArPharazon for an invitation. We take suggestions, talk about gaming, and end with a Tolkien chat. Afterwards some stay for general chat.
    For the same AIM version that we use, go to http://www.aim.com/legacydownloads. Don't choose the current version loudly shown there but the actual legacy version. The web browser version can't enter our chat room. AOL is not needed.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (4)
    Arien-(Valar)/AriehnV, ArPharazonV, Elladan-(V)/scott92027, VardaValar1 (presiding)
Web:
    Art from the Bohemian Weasel-(T)
Gaming
Tolkien:
    Topic : Riding animals
After-meeting:
    Ar-Pharazon: more gaming news including flashgaming reviews.


March 10, 2016
    Gaming / LotRO:
       Maintenance restart this morning - servers down 8-11 am ET.


March 6, 2016
Sunday Meeting: 5pm EST (GMT-5) (UTC-5)
    The meeting is in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace. Come on in or ask VardaValar1 or ArPharazon for an invitation. We take suggestions, talk about gaming, and end with a Tolkien chat. Afterwards some stay for general chat.
    For the same AIM version that we use, go to http://www.aim.com/legacydownloads. Don't choose the current version loudly shown there but the actual legacy version. The web browser version can't enter our chat room. AOL is not needed.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon the Golden and Varda
Attending: (4)
    Arien-(Valar)/AriehnV, ArPharazonV, Elladan-(V)/scott92027, VardaValar1 (presiding)
Before-meeting:
    Still in AIM
    Fixing link problems
Membership:
Web:
    A Tolkien movie quiz link (in After-meeting)
    Games Site news (in Gaming)
Gaming
Tolkien:
    Topic : Without Shelob, how would the passage have been guarded?
    Topic 2: What were the Vanyar doing?
    Topic 3: Use of the illusion ability in Lord of the Rings.
    Topic 4: see After-meeting
After-meeting:
    Hobbit movie: Fangorn-(Valar) pointed out an interesting oddity in the Hobbit movie of the concept with the starlit jewels, Thranduil, and the dwarves that kept those jewels from him.
    Ar-Pharazon: more gaming news including flashgaming reviews.

March 1, 2016
    Gaming /LotRO:
launcher message
       The LotRO Game Server will be brought down on Thursday, March 3rd from 8:00 am - 10:00 am Eastern (-5 GMT) for a maintenance restart.

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Feb. 29, 2016
    Happy Leap Year :)


Feb. 28, 2016

Sunday Meeting: 5pm EST (GMT-5) (UTC-5)
    The meeting is in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace. Come on in or ask VardaValar1 or ArPharazon for an invitation. We take suggestions, talk about gaming, and end with a Tolkien chat. Afterwards some stay for free chat.
    For the same AIM version that we use, go to http://www.aim.com/legacydownloads. Don't choose the current version loudly shown there but the actual legacy version. The web browser version can't enter our chat room. AOL is not needed.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda.
Attending: (4)
    Arien-(Valar)/AriehnV, ArPharazonV, Lenwe-(V)/perseid28, VardaValar1 (presiding)
Before-meeting
    Pidgin and Skype suggested as more for consideration for meetings.
Membership
Web:
    Shoutbox up for those logged into our Forum.
Gaming
Tolkien:
    Topic: Fall of Numenor
After-meeting:
    Ar-Pharazon: more gaming news including flashgaming reviews.


Feb. 24, 2016
   
    Forum:
       Our Valar Guild forum now has a Shoutbox enabled. It won't be able to take the place of the AIM meeting as it scrolls into nothingness too quickly, but it's still a fun feature. The Shoutbox only shows to those logged in, and is at the bottom of the forum.


Feb. 23, 2016

    Varda is back.

    The previous two Sunday meetings are now up for viewing, sent in by Arien-(Valar) who also handled chairing duties.

    A recommendation has been made by Pallando-(Valar) that we change our meetings from AIM to another program, as AIM has been unreliable recently and some versions will no longer be supported. Please sent email comments, suggestions to Varda.  Pallando's suggestions for new meeting platforms are below:
"Discord is missing a few features that I'd like to see, but is more than complete enough for what we need.
"Slack isn't meant for us, really, but will work just fine. I think either of these options (or our own hosted HipChat or similar) would make it far easier for folks to join and participate in the meetings.

    Gaming / LotRO:
       Letter from Exec Producer Vyvyanne, Data Center Update:
Dear Players,
Now that we have been in the new datacenter in New Jersey on the new hardware for several weeks now, we have learned a lot about how our service works with domestic and international ISPs. Early efforts at tuning have been showing progress, leading to measurable improvement in latency for both US and EU players. Based on this early information we believe that players will be best served by us focusing on improvements to the new datacenter, rather than moving the EU servers to Amsterdam.

Going forward we’ll continue to work on with the technology team at our datacenter as well as key regional ISPs to improve the performance of LOTRO for all players worldwide. The next step of this process will have us on a new routing system in the next few weeks. This is expected to improve performance for players in much of the EU, and certain parts of North America as well.

For those players experiencing issues in PvMP we are adding in client side optimizations with Update 18 that we hope will lessen the strain on client and server alike when in battles with large groups. We are also looking into the cause of client crashes when traveling and changing instances. We will continue to optimize the configurations of our servers to improve service stability. These efforts will not be over night, but should improve the situation over time so that your play experience will be even better than it was prior to the move.

Once again we thank you for your patience and understanding while we work through this construction.
Thank you,
Athena “Vyvyanne” Peters”


Feb. 21, 2016
Sunday Meeting: 5pm EST (GMT-5) (UTC-5)
    The meeting is in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace. Come on in or ask VardaValar1 or ArPharazon for an invitation. We take suggestions, talk about gaming, and end with a Tolkien chat. Afterwards some stay for free chat.
    For the same AIM version that we use, go to http://www.aim.com/legacydownloads. Don't choose the current version loudly shown there but the actual legacy version. The web browser version can't enter our chat room. AOL is not needed.
Meeting Transcript by Arien and Varda
Attending: (5)
    Arien-(Valar)/AriehnV (presiding), ArPharazonV, Elladan-(V)/scott92027, Gilraen-(V)/(Iryenth), PallandoValar
Membership:
    New member: Goldilocks-(V) (see Feb. 11 news)
    Elladan-(V) is very ill.
Web
Gaming
Tolkien:
    Topic: Tolkien Moment
After-meeting:
    Ar-Pharazon: more gaming news including flashgaming reviews.


Feb. 14, 2016
Sunday Meeting: 5pm EST (GMT-5) (UTC-5)
    The meeting is in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace. Come on in or ask VardaValar1 or ArPharazon for an invitation. We take suggestions, talk about gaming, and end with a Tolkien chat. Afterwards some stay for free chat.
    For the same AIM version that we use, go to http://www.aim.com/legacydownloads. Don't choose the current version loudly shown there but the actual legacy version. The web browser version can't enter our chat room. AOL is not needed.
Meeting Transcript by Arien and Varda
Attending: (2)
    Arien-(Valar)/AriehnV (presiding), ArPharazonV
Membership:
    Varda is traveling.
Web
Gaming
Tolkien:
    Topic: We need an article on Festivals in Middle-earth.
After-meeting:
    Ar-Pharazon: more gaming news including flashgaming reviews.


Feb. 11, 2016
    Membership:
       Welcome to the Valar Guild, Goldilocks Gardner-(V)!
Goldilocks was introduced to Varda by a mutual friend, Lerillos. Goldilocks is 44, time zone EST, country USA. She's online most nights and weekends. She came from another server that was closed, is the founder and leader of Thorin's Vanguard, and brought those she could of her kin to Landroval. She's in the process of making a character to join our Landroval kin, as she's especially interesed in our lore aspect.  LotRO is her only game.
       She's read the H and LotR.  A favorite character for her is Samwise Gamgee. "Samwise embodied everything thats best in a hoobit, or anyone for that matter." That's why she chose one of Sam's daughters.



Feb. 7, 2016

Sunday Meeting: 5pm EST (GMT-5) (UTC-5)
    The meeting is in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace. Come on in or ask VardaValar1 or ArPharazon for an invitation. We take suggestions, talk about gaming, and end with a Tolkien chat. Afterwards some stay for free chat.
    For the same AIM version that we use, go to http://www.aim.com/legacydownloads. Don't choose the current version loudly shown there but the actual legacy version. The web browser version can't enter our chat room. AOL is not needed.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (6)
    Arien-(Valar)/AriehnV, ArPharazonV, Elladan-(V)/scott92027, GwaihirValar, PallandoValar, VardaValar1 (presiding)
Membership:
    Many are watching the Super Bowl game.
Web:
    Art with comments on the Tolkien aspect
Gaming
    Digression into sports in Middle-earth
Tolkien:
    Topic 1: Gaming in Middle-earth continued
    Topic 2: Gandalf says he's a Servant of the Secret Fire and Wielder of the Flame of Anor. He calls the Balrog "Flame of Udûn". What are the various fires he's referring to?
After-meeting:
    Ar-Pharazon: more gaming news including flashgaming reviews.


Feb. 6, 2016
    Tolkien Site / Art:

       Cave of Deepgroover-(T):
          "Viking Fury" showing in progress and completion. These may also be used as Rohirrim in our Tolkien Encyclopedia, or illustrations of where some of the ideas for the Rohirrim came from.

Feb. 3, 2016
    Steam:
       Here's our group on Steam, the Valar Guild. Scatha-(V) started this up quite a few years back and is still on top of it. Thanks, Dragon! Did I say that? Grats to Arien and Lenwe for joining up this week!

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Jan. 31, 2016

Sunday Meeting: 5pm EST (GMT-5) (UTC-5)
    The meeting is in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace. Come on in or ask VardaValar1 or ArPharazon for an invitation. We take suggestions, talk about gaming, and end with a Tolkien chat. Afterwards some stay for free chat.
    For the same AIM version that we use, go to http://www.aim.com/legacydownloads. Don't choose the current version loudly shown there but the actual legacy version. The web browser version can't enter our chat room. AOL is not needed.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (6)
   
Arien-(Valar)/AriehnV, ArPharazonV, Elladan-(V)/scott92027, Gilraen-(V)/Iryenth, Lenwe-(V)/perseid28, VardaValar1 (presiding)
Web:
    Goodies incoming later.
Gaming:
    During Tolkien, request for an XBox 1 community of Valarites from Elladan. Great for Shadows of Mordor and other.
    Request for entry into the "Valar Guild" community on Steam, from Arien and Lenwe. Scatha invited them the same night. Steam names now on the Membership page.
Tolkien:
    Topic: Humor in Tolkien's work.
After-meeting:
   
More chat.
    Ar-Pharazon: more gaming news including flashgaming reviews.

Jan. 28, 2016
    Gaming / LotRO:

       Hotfix went up today. The game is again available. Notes.


Jan. 26, 2016
    Your reporter, Varda, is back. Other reporters welcome to join in on our Tolkien and Gaming news.
       Last Sunday's transcript is now online.


Jan. 24, 2016

Sunday Meeting: 5pm EST (GMT-5) (UTC-5)
    The meeting is in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace. Come on in or ask VardaValar1 or ArPharazon for an invitation.
    For the same AIM version that we use, go to http://www.aim.com/legacydownloads. Don't choose the current version loudly shown there but the actual legacy version. The web browser version can't enter our chat room. AOL is not needed.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (5)
    Arien-(Valar)/AriehnV (presiding), ArPharazonV, Elladan-(V), Gilraen-(V)/Iryenth, Lenwe-(V)/perseid28
Membership:
    Varda and Fangorn are out of town, back Tuesday.
Web
Gaming
Tolkien:
    Topic: Foods in Middle-earth.
After-meeting:
    Ar-Pharazon: gaming news including flashgaming reviews.


Jan. 20, 2016
    Gaming / LotRO:

       Server down from 6am-1pm. Patching afterward is a bit long; feel free to make a sandwich.
       17.2 release notes for what's new from Frelorn. Game's back online.


Jan. 19, 2016
    Gaming / LotRO:
       Port info from the Launcher notes
           "If you were using 9000-9010 for your port range for port forwarding on your router and/or modem, updating that range to 9000-9100 is recommended."


Jan. 17, 2016

Sunday Meeting: 5pm EST (GMT-5) (UTC-5)
    The meeting is in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace. Come on in or ask VardaValar1 or ArPharazon for an invitation.
    For the same AIM version that we use, go to http://www.aim.com/legacydownloads. Don't choose the current version loudly shown there but the actual legacy version. The web browser version can't enter our chat room. AOL is not needed.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (4)
    Arien-(Valar)/AriehnV, ArPharazonV, Lenwe-(V)/perseid28, VardaValar1 (presiding)
Web:
    Article work
Gaming
Tolkien:
    Topic: Medicine
After-meeting:
    Art by the Bohemian Weasel-(T) of David Bowie as Jareth the Goblin King. Proceeds to to cancer research.
    Ar-Pharazon: gaming news including flashgaming reviews.


Jan. 11, 2016
    Gaming / LotRO:
       Data for all Worlds is migrating from 32 to 64-bit servers, scheduled between 5am and 3pm. Expect fallout from such a massive change, help the Devs correct problems, and be patient as always.


Jan. 10, 2016

Sunday Meeting: 5pm EST (GMT-5) (UTC-5)
    The meeting is in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace. Come on in or ask VardaValar1 or ArPharazon for an invitation.
    For the same AIM version that we use, go to http://www.aim.com/legacydownloads. Don't choose the current version loudly shown there but the actual legacy version. The web browser version can't enter our chat room.
    The meeting chair was the illustrious Arien-(Valar) while Varda was out of town.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (4)
    Arien-(Valar)/AriehnV (presiding), ArPharazonV, Elladan-(V)/scott92027, PallandoValar
Membership:
    Varda, Fangorn, Elwing
    Fladrif
Web:
    Art
    Link
Gaming
Tolkien:
    Topic: Battles in The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings
After-meeting:
    Ar-Pharazon: gaming news including flashgaming reviews.


Jan. 9, 2016
    Tolkien Site / Art:
       Cave of the Bohemian Weasel-(T):
          "Farewell to Lórien". The Fellowship leaves Lóthlorien.

    Gaming / LotRO:
       Data center launch Monday January 11 between 5am and 3pm Eastern, servers are scheduled to be down for data center maintenance, the long-awaited migration from our current 32-bit servers to 64-bit. .
       Schedule for free transfer between servers.


Jan. 5, 2016
    Tolkien Site / Art:
       Cave of the Bohemian Weasel-(T):
       The kindly Bohemian Weasel-(T) is letting us use this image, not yet on her site, of the full picture of Thranduil for the art challenge mentioned Jan. 3. Enjoy!
          For those interested, the original is for sale for $120 from her Etsy store.


Jan. 4, 2016
    For your enjoyment, an article on the Tolkien Society page dealing with discussions of elves (especially Noldor) in MMO's and movies in comparison to the books: "The Myth of the Tolkien Elf" by Michael Martinez.


Jan. 3, 2016

Happy Birthday to J.R.R. Tolkien, wherever he may be!
Jan. 3, 1892 - Sept. 2, 1973

    Tolkien Site / Art (Glittering Caves of Aglarond):
        Cave of the Bohemian Weasel-(T):
           "ArwenArwen riding
           "Gandalf" Gandalf smoking
           "Thranduil" Art challenge to draw in a cartoon fashion, more comments by the artist on the page for Thranduil.

    Tolkien Site / Tolkien

    In his honor, the Tolkien Society started "The Toast". At 9pm your local time, the Tolkien fan stands, says "The Professor", and takes a drink (does not need to be alcohol).

    Gaming / LotRO:
       The kin house now has new crafting facilities added to our workbench - study (Gorlim-V), forge, oven (Dis-V), and supplier. We considered adding farmland (offered by Dis-V) but found no more major instance trophies of the right size that we were willing to sacrifice to add it. We're hoping for more hooks after the new server is installed for Landroval, but if this doesn't happen, something is going to be removed with unfortunate permanence, as the items will revert to members who no longer play. Or we could run the instances again...  :)

Sunday Meeting: 5pm EST (GMT-5) (UTC-5)
    The meeting is in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace. Come on in or ask VardaValar1 or ArPharazon for an invitation.
    For the same AIM version that we use, go to http://www.aim.com/legacydownloads. Don't choose the current version loudly shown there but the actual legacy version. The web browser version can't enter our chat room.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (6)
    Arien-(Valar)/AriehnV, ArPharazonV, Elladan-(V)/scott92027, Lenwe-(V)/perseid28, PallandoValar, and VardaValar1 (presiding)
Web:
    Art
    YouTubes
    Not mentioned, but the 2015 posts for the News have been moved to the Archives.
Gaming
Tolkien:
    Topic: JRRT's birthday today, and the effect he's had.
After-meeting:
    Ar-Pharazon: gaming news including flashgaming reviews.
    LotRO kin members toasted JRRT in-game and in real life together. Then we attended a play in-game called "The Council of Elrond" put on by the PLOI kin. Oh, and we did much gaming.

Jan. 1, 2016

Happy New Year!

Fun You Tube links emailed in from Meriadoc-(V) in this letter:

Rummaging around on one of my favorite channels, here’s a discussion of the practicality of the swords in Lord of the  Rings…
 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=we5yu1KKCuU
Rather short and to the point (ouch!).

A little longer – here’s Boromir’s sword put to the test…
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZGRpq0kxrCM<>
Don’t stand in front of Boromir  .. .you will be sliced & diced….  No wonder Uruk-Hai fell over ….
Fun, games and slicery….
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