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March 31, 2017 Friday

    AIM:
       The most recent version (used by Eonwe) may be picked up at:
https://en.vessoft.com/software/windows/download/aim
       Others of  us are now picking it up as well, to be on the same type.


March 27, 2017

    Tolkien and Gaming (WoW) / Poetry:
       "Kiera's Desire" by Arien-(Valar). Rogue in World of WarCraft goes Tolkienesque.

    Gaming / LotRO:
       "Seat of the Great Goblin" is the 3-man featured instance (box run) for this week.


March 26, 2017

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.
    This is our last time on the old AIM.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending (3):
    Arien, Ar-Pharazon, and Eonwe (presiding)
Membership:
    Varda's internet was cut. Temporary late night fix allowing News page updates, main repair should be on Monday.
Web
Gaming:
    General report by Eonwe, additions from others.
Tolkien:
    Topic: Discuss whether the Elves who had not been to Valinor but had descended from those who did, would be counted as high elves? This is a question brought up by controversy over an upcoming class in LotRO. Who are some of those elves that we know of?
After-meeting:
    Flashgaming Reviews by Ar-Pharazon
    Personal gaming by Ar-Pharazon and Arien


March 22, 2017

    Gaming / LotRO:
       Spring Festival begins.

March 21, 2017

    Gaming / LotRO:

       Update 20! Servers will be down for the update "Battle of the Black Gate" from around 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Eastern. Here are the release notes from Cordovan. Here's a few of the things he mentions:
          Three new regions, two new dungeons, new flora quests. New quests will start at the Camp of the West. Epic Volume IV, Book 8. 
           Aid three different factions of the Host of the West.
          New crafting recipes. Four new customizable chat tabs. New animations for a batch of emotes.
       Box run: 6-man Wraith of Earth.


March 20, 2017

    Gaming / LotRO:

       Featured instance aka box run this week: 6-man Haudh Valandil.
            Lotro-Wiki guide. Dept of Strategy guide. Light oils (vs all wraiths vs reflected damage), Hope tokens, potions for Disease (kergrim and wights) and Fear (spirits). No AOE on limrafn waves due to reflected damage (reflect 100% of fire damage). Westernesse damage works against Valandil's ghost.


March 19, 2017
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, Ar-Pharazon, Lenwe, Varda (presiding)
Membership:
    New member: Mithrellas-(V) (see March 18, 2017)
Web::
    Updated some community pages.
Gaming:
    General gaming report, including, as usual, kinmates seen this past week.
Tolkien:
    Topic: The name is not used in the LotR (Mithrellas) but the character is mentioned. Any idea who that is and how she figured into the background tales?
    Articles requestd from the membership: Amroth, Mithrellas, Nimrodel
After-meeting:
    Flashgaming Reviews by Ar-Pharazon
    Personal gaming by Ar-Pharazon and Arien


March 18, 2017

       Welcome to the Valar Guild, Mithrellas-(V)! She joined us in LotRO today after picking her name. She's in the Eastern time zone, and is married with children, yet finds time to play LotRO and enjoys writing. She made a perfect 5/5 on her test with Varda yesterday. An interesting LotR character for her is "Eowyn because she was stuck in a woman's role and wanted to do other things.She didn't want to stay and lead the people to safety she wanted to go to war with the men. "

    Gaming / LotRO:
       Bullroarer test server notes on upcoming Update 20 in progress.
       Steed of the Eldar gift to VIP's extended until the 19th. Log in on at least one server to get the account-wide horse. Check your bags for the clickable steed icon.


March 17, 2017
Happy St. Patrick's Day!

    Gaming / LotRO:
        Interview with several of the Devs on MMO-Central.com about upcoming plans. Enjoy!


March 13, 2017

    Gaming / LotRO:
     
  Featured Instance box run this week: 6-man Wraith of Water (Fornost).
         

March 12, 2017

    Time change
for the Americas, what was 4 is now 5. The time monster woke from hibernation and hungrily took a bite out of the day.

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: (6)
    Arien, ArPharazon, Eonwe, Erkenbrand, Lenwe, Varda (presiding)
Before-meeting
    LotRO and WoW gaming talk going on in this between spot
    AIM experiments. Some continue during the meeting.
Membership:
    AIM: Eonwe reported main findings.
    Firefox dropping Java and Unity; workaround for Kongregate gamers.
    Nar-(V) news in After-meeting.
Web:
    Tolkien Site/ Encyclopedia:
        Timeline work continues
Gaming:
    General gaming report by Eonwe
Tolkien:
    Topic: What contributed to the treachery of Saruman, and what treacherous acts can we come up with?
After-meeting:
    Merry Pippins joke turns out to be a thing on the internet.
    Newsweek special edition on Tolkien, brought to our attention by Lenwe. Article links.
    Flashgaming Reviews by Ar-Pharazon
    Personal gaming by Ar-Pharazon


March 9, 2017

    Gaming / LotRO:
       Box run this week: 6-man Sari-surma.
       Buried Treasure Event: March 9 to 13
       Cordovan's events schedule.


March 5, 2017

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, Eonwe, and Varda
Attending: (4)
    Ar-Pharazon-(V)/ArPharazonV, Eonwe Valar (presiding), Eru/eru68, Lenwe-(V)/perseid28
Membership:
    AIM is dropping our version of the chat and requiring an upgrade. We'll use our Forum Shoutbox as a back-up.
Web:
    Tolkien Site / Stories - two during the past week.
Gaming
Tolkien:
    Topic: trivia (Tough. Try, then open books.)
       In HoME we're given the names of the 7 Dwarf houses. Can you name them, and which ones did we get to see in the Silmarillion?
       What were the names of the seven gates of Gondolin, found in Unfinished Tales?
After-meeting:
    Flashgaming Reviews by Ar-Pharazon
    Personal gaming by Ar-Pharazon

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Feb. 28, 2017 Tuesday

    Tolkien Site / Stories:
       "Learning to Smile", chapter 14, by Little Jewel-(T)

    Gaming / LotRO:
       Letter from Rhanti of the Alliance kin:

Story Tell Cafe is finally back! Aneluki is feeling better, so come sing a song, tell a tale, visit our kinhouse and take a break from the good fight! It will take place on sundays March 5th and 19th, 1pm, at our kinhouse (Tol Lochul island, Pel Caun, Belfalas homestead). Contact Aneluki and we'll find a way to summon you! :D

-As usual, we're holding our weekly RT raids on every saturday, 3:30pm servertime. We meet up at west bree gate, regions change from week to week. Come get your FA weapon! Contact Ibelyron/Arvithar.

-If we played our cards right, Alliance should host "Exploring The Lord of the Rings" on tuesday march 28th! Dr. Corey Olsen, known as the Professor, will be giving a book lecture and having a discussion about Fellowship of the Ring. This will be happening at 9pm, at the new Scholar's Hall in Bree! (30.1s 52.1w)

That's all for us this month! :D

Rhanti, Alliance ambassador



Feb. 27, 2017
Monday

    Tolkien Site / Stories:
      
"Bonds of Friendship" short story by Little Jewel-(T)

    Gaming / LotRO:
       This week the box runs are in 12-man Ost Dunhoth: Disease and Poison Wing.
          Pre-req is:
            Ost Dunhoth: Wound and Fear Wing

    Membership page:
        2016 is now archived, 2017 is the current Membership page.


Feb. 26, 2017 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: (6)
    Arien (presiding Tolkien), Ar-Pharazon, Elladan, Eonwe (presiding Business), Lenwe (After-meeting), Varda (After-meeting)
Web:
    Tolkien Site / Stories (see Feb 22)
    Lenwe-(V)'s Lord of the Rings website
Gaming
Tolkien:
    Topic: What are the grievances between Elves and Dwarves, that we are privied to in the history of Arda, such that the level of incivility of Legolas towards Gloin would be warranted in someone's eyes?
After-meeting:
    Personal gaming by Arien.
    LotRO: link aid with "Old Roots" quest.
    Personal gaming by Lenwe.
    Flashgaming Reviews by Ar-Pharazon
    Personal gaming by Ar-Pharazon


Feb. 22, 2017 Wednesday

    Tolkien Site / Stories:
      
"Learning to Smile", Chapter 13 by Little Jewel-(T)


Feb. 20, 2017 Monday

    Gaming / LotRO:

       Box run this week is 3-man Iorbar's Peak.
       Yule Festival Encore continues until the 23rd.
       List of main LotRO events by Cordovan.


Feb. 19, 2017

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:  (8)
    Arien, Ar-Pharazon, Elladan, Eonwe, Erkenbrand, Gilraen, Lenwe, Varda (presiding)
Membership
Web:
    Story
    Tolkien Site / Timeline:
       Slight updates on the Second Age links; more event additions to the Third Age.
Gaming
Tolkien:
    Topic: The barrow-wights were not all that far from Bree. What effect might they have had on the lives around them, if any?
After-meeting:
    Cows. Yep, cows.
    Tolkien chat: weapons of the enemy.
    Keeping the chat room open during the week for chat and gaming contacts. Lenwe offered his lower-powered computer to keep it going.
    Flashgaming Reviews by Ar-Pharazon
    Personal gaming by Ar-Pharazon


Feb. 15, 2017

    Gaming / LotRO:
       Yule Festival encore begins, ending Feb 22.


Feb. 13, 2017 Monday

    Tolkien Site / Stories:
       "Learning to Smile" chapter 12, by Little Jewel-(T). Emailed Feb. 9

    Gaming / LotRO:
       Box run (featured instance) this week: 3-man Northcotton Farm


Feb. 12, 2017 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: (4)
    Arien (presiding), Ar-Pharazon, Elladan, Eru
Membership
    Where Varda disappeared to temporarily.
Web
Gaming
Tolkien:
    Topic: the name game.
After-meeting:
    Flashgaming Reviews by Ar-Pharazon
    Personal gaming by Ar-Pharazon


Feb. 6, 2017 Monday

    Gaming / LotRO:
       Servers down 8 a.m. until noon for Update 19.3. Release Notes by Cordovan..
          This includes changes to player housing hooks, four new chat channels and other chat channel changes, combat fixes and changes, some high-level item changes including that flowers for barter now bind to account instead of character, tradable Worn Armor boxes no longer require Tier 2, and some help for players in a number of cases when their gold exceeds the max of
9999 gold, 999 silver, 99 copper (still lost if it's a mob or quest reward, so don't become too complacent).
          Free Horse of the Eldar account-wide for VIP's (including Lifetimers) for signing into one of your characters between today and March 13th.

       In-game Events schedule by Cordovan.
            For February:
                Hobnangians: Feb 2-6
                Yule Fesitval Encore: Feb 15-23
                Lootbox Drop rate increase: Feb 23-27

       Box run for this week is the 6-man Haudh Valandil.


Feb. 5, 2017 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.
    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: (6)
    Arien, Ar-Pharazon, Eonwe, Eru, Lenwe (After-meeting), Varda (presiding)
Membership:
    Dis and her husband are out of the hospital today.
Web:
    Tolkien Site / Stories
       New story chapter11 this last week by Little Jewel-(T).posted Feb 1
Gaming:
    Games report by Eonwe
Tolkien:
    Topic: Similarities one might find between Willow and LotR, be it books or movies
After-meeting:
    Flashgaming Reviews by Ar-Pharazon
    Personal gaming by Ar-Pharazon


Feb. 3, 2017
    Gaming LotRO:
       Monday update.  Game servers are expected to be down 8 am until noon.


Feb. 2, 2017 Thursday
    Gaming / LotRO:
       Hobnangians Feb 2 - 6.


Feb. 1, 2017 Monday
    Tolkien Site / Stories:
       "Learning to Smile", chapter 11 by Little Jewel-(T)

    Gaming / LotRO:
       Box run is now 6-man Wraith of Water

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Jan. 29, 2017 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, Erkendan, Eru, and Varda (presiding)
[Note: Actual names showing in the original transcript for two members and one that showed the email are edited in the published transcript for their privacy. It's a quick, easy find all and replace. Phar's AIM is an old version that doesn't see names quite like some of the others, but otherwise has a very clean copy that we appreciate, easily fixed.]
Web:
    Tolkien Site / Art::
       New art by the Bohemian Weasel-(T):
          Image link: Words of comfort by Gandalf to Frodo. Extra info on pages for Frodo or for Gandalf. Put online today.
    Tolkien Site / Stories:
       Chapter 10 is now online for "Learning to Smile" by Little Jewel-(T). Put up Jan 23.
Gaming:
    Report by Eonwe. Supplemented by others.
Tolkien:
    Topic: Gandalf and his changing technique in aiding the free people of Middle-earth, as Olorin, the Grey, and the White.
After-meeting:
    Tolkien chat continues.
    Flashgaming Reviews by Ar-Pharazon
    Personal gaming by Ar-Pharazon


Jan. 28, 2017 Saturday
    Gaming / LotRO:
       Dev plans for the coming year, and intentions for years to come. Summary below:
            We'll have the celebration for LotRO's 10th Anniversary including a new event.
            Update 20 introduces  the Wastes moving all the way across three new areas towards the Battle of the Black Gates, helping the Host of the West get there. We'll go through winding tunnels and into the Towers of the Teeth for two new capstone resource dungeons. We also get a new featured instance rotation.
            Update 21 brings us to this summer's planned Mordor expansion, the first expansion in four years.  This has the Battle of the Black Gate and the end of the Ring. Then we do multiple forays inside Mordor's new regions with new epic storylines. Aesthetic improvements for all playable characters are planned, as well as possibly inclusing a new race: the High Elves. The ensuing update is intended to have large group challenges.
             Update 22 ends the year, still under wraps.
             The Devs have new contents that they want to roll out that will keep everyone busy for years to come.


Jan. 27, 2017 Friday
    Gaming / LotRO:
       Servers down from 8 a.m. to noon Eastern for Update 19.2.4 for a minor update and extra info on Standing Stone. It might not take all the way until noon to do.


Jan. 23, 2017
    Tolkien Site / Stories:
       Chapter 10 is now online for "Learning to Smile" by Little Jewel-(T).

    Gaming / LotRO:
       Box run is 6-man Suri-surma.


Jan. 22, 2017

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: (6)
    Arien, Ar-Pharazon, Eonwe, Eru, Gilraen, Varda (presiding)
Web:
    Timeline work ongoing. Request for more articles to link to it relating to places, events, and characters with only stubs for entries.
Gaming:
    Eonwe's general report on Gaming news.
    LotRO events schedule with links to player-run events listed at LotRO Artists and at LotRO Players.
       Tuesday the 24th, the Tolkien Professor, Corey Olsen, of Mythgard Institute, lectures again at 9:30 p.m. in LotRO "Exploring the Lord of the Rings". TwitterYouTube episode 1.
Tolkien:
    Forum rp story
    LotR: guild entry question suggestions
After-meeting:
    More question suggestions
    Flashgaming Reviews by Ar-Pharazon
    Personal gaming by Ar-Pharazon


Jan. 21, 2017
    Gaming / LotRO:
       With the Alliance, join in for the weekly Roving Threats run, starting at West Bree gate at 3:30 p.m. /servertime. Teamspeak is required. Contact person to join the run is Ibelyron


Jan. 17, 2017
    Gaming / LotRO:
       The Tolkien Professor, Corey Olsen, begins his discussion at 9:30 a.m., "Exploring the Lord of the Rings". It should last between 60 and 90 minutes.


Jan. 16, 2017
    Gaming / LotRO:
       Box run this week is 12-man Ost Dunhoth: Disease and Poison Wing.
       Winterstock IV continues. At noon, "Reserved" starts the performances. Over 40 bands played by the time the event ended.


Jan. 15, 2017

    Gaming / LotRO:
       Winterstock IV continues, same place at Thorin's Gate in Ered Luin, at the frozen lake by Silver Deep Mine. At 11:00 am, "Les Chantefables" starts performing.

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: (8)
    Arien-(Valar), Ar-Pharazon-(V), Eonwe-(Valar), Erkenbrand-(V), Eru-(Valar), Gilraen-(V), Lenwe-(V), Varda-(Valar) (presiding)
Web:
    Tolkien Site:
       Stories: Learning to Smile (chapter 9 posted Jan 11)
       Articles: Timeline: Second Age updated, navigation on the Timeline updated, started on Third Age.
    Knitting a Tolkienesque scarf link..
    Beren and Luthien book from Christopher Tolkien coming out in 2017.
    Chit-chat about movies for Middle-earth past and present.
Gaming:
    movie trivia
    Eonwe gives the Games report
Tolkien:
    Topic 1: Tolkien's creation myth for England and John Campbell's 4-question test of a creation myth.
    Topic 2: Who is Eru?
    Topic 3 Hobbits and the strange things passing through. Includes entwife topic..
After-meeting:
    More on Topic 1, with perhaps more clarity.
    Group got together for LotRO gaming here.
    Flashgaming Reviews by Ar-Pharazon
    Personal gaming Ar-Pharazon


Jan. 14, 2017
    Gaming / LotRO:
        Winterstock IV continues, same place. At noon, "Pololunie" starts up the music.


Jan. 13, 2017
    Gaming / LotRO:
       Winterstock IV: annual concert and party. Held at Thorin's Gate of Ered Luin, at the frozen lake near Silver Deep Mine. 1pm "Skarn" starts up the music.


Jan. 11, 2017 Wednesday
    Tolkien Site / Stories:
       "Learning to Smile", chapter 9, by Little Jewel-(T)


Jan. 10, 2017 Tuesday
    Gaming / LotRO:
        Box runs: 3-man Iorbar's Peak


January 8, 2017 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, FladrifV, Lenwe-V/perseid28, VardaValar1 (presiding)
Web:
    Tolkien Site:
       Stories: Learning to Smile ch. 8 (Saturday)
       Articles: Timeline: Second Age (today)
Gaming
Tolkien:
    Topic: What was the importance of the Numenorean lady, Silmarien? (Also, article requested.)
    Topic 2: What plants are mentioned in LotR and the Hobbit? What do we know about them and their usage?
After-meeting:
    Flashgaming Reviews by Ar-Pharazon
    Personal gaming Ar-Pharazon


January 7, 2017 Saturday
    Tolkien Site / Stories:
       "Learning to Smile", chapter 8, by Little Jewel-(T)


January 6, 2017 Friday
    Gaming/ LotRO:
      
Servers down 8 a.m. - 11 p.m. Eastern for patch Update 19.2.2. Release Notes


January 5, 2017 Thursday
    Gaming / LotRO
:
       Hobnangians is going.



January 4, 2017
Wednesday
    Gaming / LotRO:
       This week's box run is three-man: The Northcotton Farm.
       For a kinmate that asked, inside North Ithilien's Henneth Annun are daily herbalist quests. In the Camp of the West, Mithrandir offers repeatables. Also, hit an orc or Easterling in the landscape to start a daily quest.


January 3, 2017 Tuesday

Happy Birthday, J.R.R. Tolkien!

We were honored to have had the chance to enjoy the world of your imagination that lives on after your departure..


January 1, 2017 Sunday
Happy New Year!
Pippin and Merry with fireworks
We will handle fireworks responsibly, as always...

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 the Golden and Varda
Attending: (7)
    Arien V/AriehnV, Ar-Pharazon-V/ArPharazonV, Elladan-V/Scott92027, Eonwe Valar, Gilraen-V/Iryenth, Lenwe-V/perseid28 (After), VardaValar1 (presiding)
Membership
Web
Gaming
Tolkien:
    Topic: Sam: "Where there's life there's hope, and need of vittles." Eucatastrophe, the joyous turn.
After-meeting:
    New Year's at home chat.
    WoW chat.
    Flashgaming Reviews by Ar-Pharazon
    Personal gaming Ar-Pharazon
    Lenwe shares a game
    Heroes of the Storm co-op getting together
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