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Aug. 28, 2017 Monday

    LotRO gaming:
       Box run this week: 6-man Sammath Gul
       Of more interest to high levels might be the "ash farming" runs in Mordor. Watch for PUG call-outs in World and LFF with 12 to 24 people and go in with empty bags.
       Also check out the festival for high level items as well as the new goat and fun stuff.


Aug. 27, 2017 Sunday

Sunday Meeting: 5pm Eastern Time (GMT-5) (UTC-5) (LotRO /servertime 5:00 p.m.)
    The meeting is in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace and the Discord Valar Guild channel under text channels "meeting_place". Come on in or (for AIM) ask VardaValar 1 or ArPharazonV for an invitation. Varda shows up early on in LotRO, able to give Discord server/channel invitations there, and is in Discord as well.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (4)
    AIM: Arien, Ar-Pharazon, Eonwe, Varda (presiding)
    Discord: Arien, Varda. Gil-galad attempted. Lenwe gave an After-meeting howdy.
Membership:
    We have a surprising number of members impacted by Hurricane Harvey in the Texas area. Good luck to all!
Web:
    Tolkien Site / Stories (see Aug 24 below)
Gaming:
    General gaming report
Tolkien:
    Topic:  Odd weather in Middle-earth: Mount Caradhras, Weathertop, Moria, Rivendell and Lothlorien
After-meeting:
    Flashgaming Reviews by Ar-Pharazon


Aug. 24, 2017 Thursday

    Tolkien Site / Stories:
       "Learning to Accept", completed story by Little Jewel-(T).


Aug. 23, 2017 Wednesday

    LotRO gaming:
       Beacon issue #22 is out.


Aug. 21, 2017 Monday

    LotRO gaming:

       Release notes for Update 21.1 that went live today.
       Box run this week: 6-man Lost Temple.


Aug. 20, 2017 Sunday

Sunday Meeting: 5pm Eastern Time (GMT-5) (UTC-5) (LotRO /servertime 5:00 p.m.)
    The meeting is in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace and the Discord Valar Guild channel under text channels "meeting_place". Come on in or (for AIM) ask VardaValar 1 or ArPharazonV for an invitation. Varda shows up early on in LotRO, able to give Discord server/channel invitations there.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (4)
    AIM: Arien, Ar-Pharazon, Eonwe, Varda (presiding)
    Discord: Arien, Varda
Gaming:
    General gaming report by Eonwe
Tolkien:
    Topic:  The Palantiri: what do we know about them, numbers and their fate?
After-meeting:
    Flashgaming Reviews by Ar-Pharazon
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Aug. 18, 2017 Friday

    LotRO gaming:
       Monday the servers will be down from around 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Eastern.


Aug. 14, 2017 Monday

    LotRO gaming:
       News from the Launcher:
          Temporary Quest Closure: Mysteries of the Ghâshghurm
  Mon, 14 Aug 2017 21:28:41 +0000
  This quest has been temporarily closed due to a bug preventing completion. This issue will be fixed in the near future.
       Box quest this week: 12-man Barad Guldur


Aug. 13, 2017 Sunday

Sunday Meeting: 5pm Eastern Time (GMT-5) (UTC-5) (LotRO /servertime 5:00 p.m.)
    The meeting is in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace and the Discord Valar Guild channel under text channels "meeting_place". Come on in or (for AIM) ask VardaValar 1 or ArPharazonV for an invitation. Varda shows up early on in LotRO, able to give Discord server/channel invitations there.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda.
Attending (5)
    AIM: Arien, Ar-Pharazon, Eonwe, Varda
    Discord: Arien, Irmo, Varda
Web:
    Cave of the Bohemian Weasel-(T)
new paintings shared today:
       *Elf of the House of Gil-galad; face detail (under the Gil-galad section)
       *original sepia version of Fëanor; face detail. (under the  Fëanor section)
       *Nienor Níniel; face detail (new section for Nienor Níniel)
    Cave of DeepGroover-(T) new model shared today:
       *Beginning a new model project showing us a sneak preview of what he's about to paint: Baerkrom.
Gaming:
    General gaming news report by Eonwe.
Tolkien:
    Topic: Who were some of the characters who were not all that "good" but were on the good side, at least more or less?
After-meeting:
    Tolkien chat tangent: dragons
    Tolkien chat tangent: entwives
    Flashgaming Reviews by Ar-Pharazon


Aug. 11, 2017 Friday

    LotRO gaming:
       The Summer Festival is going.
       New issue of the Beacon is out, Beacon # 22.
       The box run this week is 3-man Stoneheight.


Aug. 8, 2017 Tuesday

    LotRO gaming:
       News from the Launcher:

             Downtime Wednesday 8 a.m. to noon for a hotfix.
The LOTRO Game Servers will be brought down on Wednesday, August 9th from 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM Eastern (-4 GMT) for an update to the game. Click here to read about changes.

Aug. 6, 2017  Sunday

Sunday Meeting: 5pm Eastern Time (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 Varda
Attending: (8)
    AIM: Arien, Ar-Pharazon, Eonwe, Varda (presiding)
    Discord: Arien, Irm/Irmo, Hurin, Maha/Miriel, Varda. Fangorn (After-meeting).
    LotRO: Hurin, Varda present but didn't need relay.
Membership News:
    We are considering Discord for our across-platform meetings, if we get enough members using it. Where you show up and say hi for the meeting is your vote. Right now we put both up at the same time to see where members appear or prefer to appear.
    Current vote is being done by showing up for at least one meeting (be in the meeting channel and say something, at least hello, to show you are present). Often have some in both places. AIM 7, Discord 7. The old regulars in AIM still show up there regularly. Discord is not yet a habit and is still being discovered. Data below is from May 14 to last week.
    AIM: Arien (11), Ar-Pharazon (12), Elladan (8), Eonwe (9), Falco (1), Lenwe (1), Varda (12). (Used for meetings and general chat between times.)
    Discord: Arien (5), Elladan (1), Falco (1), Gil-galad (3), Lenwe (1), Miriel (1), Varda (11). (Used in gaming, general chat between times, and hopefully meetings.)
    LotRO folk sometimes relay comments to the other meeting groups through Varda.
Gaming Report:
    General news given by Eonwe.
Tolkien:
    Topic 1:  Ways into Mordor.  (From Arien)
    Topic 2:  What were the main jobs of the Aratar Valar? (From Varda)
    Topic 3:  Is there any clue in the books how the famous songs were handed down other than hearing/memory? (From Miriel and Irmo)
After-meeting:
    More Tolkien chat on poetry and music.
    Flashgaming Review by Ar-Pharazon.


Aug. 1, 2017  Tuesday

    LotRO gaming:
       Release notes for Update 21 "Mordor" by Cordovan.


July 31, 2017 Monday

    LotRO gaming:
       Mordor will be open August 2nd. Release notes should be up tomorrow on Tuesday.
       Box run this week: 3-man Seat of the Great Goblin.
       Epic book and beyond, interview with Dev Made of Lions.


July 30, 2017 Sunday

Sunday Meeting: 5pm Eastern Time (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 are considering Discord for our across-platform meetings, if we get enough members using it. Where you show up and say hi for the meeting is your vote. Right now we put both up at the same time to see where members prefer to appear.
Meeting Transcript by Varda
Attending: (4)
    AIM: Arien, Ar-Pharazon, Eonwe, Varda (presiding)
    Discord: Varda
    LotRO: Varda
Gaming:
    General gaming report by Eonwe
    New game coming out: Legends of Equestria. Report by Ar-Pharazon
     LotRO:
          From the forum:
We are as excited as many of you to get into Mordor, but we have some unfortunate news: we have to adjust the release date. While preparing over the weekend to release the expansion on Monday, we discovered an issue in the build that impacted the ability of monsters and NPCs to move around correctly. This problem was specifically identified in older content.

While correcting this issue is not a problem, the process to correct it takes too long to be able to release Mordor on Monday. So, we have to adjust the release date. We will have more info on the release date soon. We will know a lot more in the next 24 hours or so, and will pass along the info as soon as we can.

Sev~
Tolkien:
    Topic: How did the elven Rings affect the elves' development?
After-meeting:
    More Tolkien chat
    Flashgaming Review by Ar-Pharazon


July 28, 2017 Friday

    LotRO gaming:
       From the Launcher:
          The LOTRO Game Servers will be brought down on Monday, July 31st from 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM Eastern (-4 GMT) to launch the Mordor expansion.


July 27, 2017 Thursday

    LotRO Beacon issue #20.


July 26, 2017 Wednesday

    LotRO gaming:
       Mordor Monday! We hope. :)
          Mordor FAQ.
          High Elf concept Dev interview.
          Pre-orders.


July 25, 2017 Tuesday

    Ted Nasmith talks Tolkien art, including some he did for LotRO.


July 24, 2017 Monday

    LotRO gaming:
       Our Landroval server is one of those down Tuesday July 25 for maintenance from 8 to 11 am Eastern. The other two are Belegaer and Evernight. Some physical hardware replacement.
       This week's box run is 6-man Wraith of Earth (Fornost).


July 23, 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 are considering Discord for our across-platform meetings, if we get enough members using it. Where you show up and say hi for the meeting is your vote. Right now we put both up at the same time to see where members prefer to appear.
Meeting Transcript by Arien, Ar-Pharazon, and Varda
Attending: (7)
    AIM: Arien, Ar-Pharazon, Elladan (After-meeting), Varda (presiding)
    Discord: Arien, Miriel, Varda
    LotRO: Hurin, Irmo, Maha/Miriel, Varda
Web:
    Tolkien Site: painting by the Bohemian Weasel-(T) (see July 20)
Gaming:
    General gaming report
Tolkien:
    Topic:  Differences between Elves and Man.
After-meeting:
    Flashgaming Reviews by Ar-Pharazon
    Personal gaming by Ar-Pharazon


July 22, 2017 Saturday

    LotRO:
       Weatherstock concerts begin 10:30 a.m. on at Weathertop.
       Beacon Issue #19.


July 20, 2017 Thursday

    Tolkien Site / Art:
       "
Fëanor, light of creation and fire of destruction" and animated version, by the Bohemian Weasel-(T).


July 19, 2017 Wednesday

    Tolkien Site / Art:
        Thank you to Mriel for the lovely star icon she made for my use on Discord. Click it for a light or dark background and it changes. Wowser. Now in her new section of the Glittering Caves of Aglarond.


July 17, 2017 Monday

    LotRO gaming:
       Box run this week is 6-man Glinghant.


July 16, 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 are considering Discord for our across-platform meetings, if we get enough members using it. Where you show up and say hi for the meeting is your vote. Right now we put both up at the same time to see where members prefer to appear.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (5)
    AIM: Arien, Ar-Pharazon, Elladan, Varda (presiding)
    Discord: Arien, Gil-galad, Varda
Web:
    Tolkien Site:
       New art:
          "Dragon and Hoard" model assembled and painted by Elwing-(V).
Gaming:
    Gaming reports
       A new one mentioned: Ark
Tolkien:
    Game
After-meeting:
    Game continued
    Flashgaming Reviews by Ar-Pharazon
   

July 15, 2017 Saturday

    LotRO
news on the official Beacon issue #18 by Cordovan.


July 12, 2017 Wednesday

    LotRO Gaming:
       News from the Launcher:
          Mordor is now available for pre-purchase. Sauron-(Valar) is amused. Click here to get the Mordor expansion, Ultimate, Collector's, or Standard version. New instance cluster and raid will be added later in a patch. New title is "Walked into Mordor". Release date is intended to be July 30, 2017. If there's a delay, it should be no later than August 31. Minimum system requirements are listed at the bottom of the web page.


July 11, 2017 Tuesday

    LotRO
Gaming:
       News from the Launcher:
           The LOTRO game worlds and forums will be unavailable for maintenance on Wednesday, July 12th from 7:00 AM - 12:00 PM Eastern (-4 GMT).


July 10, 2017 Monday

    LotRO Gaming:
       Box run this week: 6-man Lost Temple
       Summer Festival. Farmers, be sure to drop by the Party Tree farmland if you haven't done it before.
         

July 9, 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 are considering Discord for our across-platform meetings, if we get enough members using it. Where you show up and say hi for the meeting is your vote. Right now we put both up at the same time to see where members prefer to appear.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (5)
    AIM: Arien, Ar-Pharazon, Elladan, Eonwe (Before-meeting), Varda (presiding)
    Discord: Arien, Varda
Web
Gaming Report
Tolkien:
    Nifty urls
    Topic: Surveillance in Middle-earth
After-meeting:
    Flashgaming Reviews by Ar-Pharazon
    Personal gaming by Ar-Pharazon


July 6, 2017 Thursday

    LotRO Gaming:
       Hobnangians is going.


Julyl 4, 2017 Tuesday

Happy Independence Day!


July 3, 2017 Monday

    LotRO Gaming:
       Featured Instance aka Box run this week is 12-man Barad Guldur.


July 2, 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 are considering Discord for our across-platform meetings, if we get enough members using it. Where you show up and say hi for the meeting is your vote. Right now we put both up at the same time to see where members prefer to appear.
    Those in AIM say they will get Discord if they see it being used by others.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (6)
    AIM: Arien, Ar-Pharazon, Elladan, Eonwe, Varda (presiding)
    Discord: Gil-galad, Varda
Web:
    Tolkien Site:
       New article: "Almaren" by Varda-(Valar)
       Updated Timeline tables. All major events now in, more article links. More events to come. Articles requested that relate specifically to the Timeline project mentions.
       Kings project also looking for more articles.
Gaming:
    General gaming report by Eonwe
Tolkien:
    Topic: What was the main trait bringing on evil in Tolkien's world?
After-meeting:
    Personal gaming by Arien
    Flashgaming Reviews by Ar-Pharazon for:
       http://www.freewebarcade.com/game/13-jellyfish/
       http://www.onemorelevel.com/game/pizzarino
       http://www.kongregate.com/games/esthetix/the-gatekeeper
    Personal gaming by Ar-Pharazon


June 30, 2017 Friday

    LotRO gaming:
       New issue of the Beacon #17 with LotRO news by Cordovan and by the community.


June 28, 2017 Wednesday

    LotRO gaming:
       News from the Launcher:
         
"The Summer Festival is back, now through July 16th! Click here for our guide."


June 27, 2017 Tuesday

    LotRO gaming:
       News from the lanucher:
         
The LOTRO Game Servers will be brought down on Wednesday, June 28th from 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM Eastern (-4 GMT) for an update to the game.


June 26, 2017 Monday

    LotRO gaming:
       Box run this week is 3-man Sword-Hall of Dol Guldur.
          Lenwe and Varda together easily ran it at both levels 104 and 105 as these 105 duos: dps Beorning and warspeech Minstrel; fire Rune-keeper and defender Guardian.


June 25, 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 are considering Discord for our across-platform meetings, if we get enough members using it. Where you show up and say hi for the meeting is your vote. Right now we have both up at the same time to see where members prefer to appear.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (5)
    AIM: Arien, Ar-Pharazon, Eonwe, Lenwe, Varda (presiding)
    Discord: Varda
Web:
    Tolkien Site: Timeline updated for navigation links and content for Third Age, Great Years.
    Games Site: tweaks ongoing
Gaming:
    General gaming report
Tolkien:
    Topic: What would have happened in the book world to Mordor after the One Ring was destroyed?
After-meeting:
     Are tentacles cuddly? Continued.
    Flashgaming Reviews by Ar-Pharazon for:
      
http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/692571 Orange Revenge
       http://www.onemorelevel.com/game/tiny_frontier_saga
       http://www.kongregate.com/games/krangGAMES/beloved


June 22, 2017 Thursday

    LotRO gaming:
       You Tube of info on the upcoming Mordor expansion, update 21 pre-Bullroarer. Report by Gil-galad-(V).


June 20, 2017 Tuesday

    LotRO gaming:
       News from the Launcher:
          The LOTRO Game Servers will be brought down on Wednesday, June 21st from 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM Eastern (-4 GMT) for maintenance.


June 19,  2017 Monday

    LotRO gaming:
       The Featured Instance aka FI aka Box Run this week is the 3-man Seat of the Great Goblin.


June 18, 2017 Sunday
Happy Father's 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.
    We are considering Discord for our across-platform meetings, if we get enough members using it. Right now we have both up at the same time to see where members prefer to appear.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (5)
    AIM: Arien, Ar-Pharazon, Elladan, Eonwe, Varda (presiding)
    Discord: Arien, Varda
Membership
    Ar-Pharazon goes on vacation tomorrow. Have fun!
Web:
    Tolkien Site: Work being done on the Great Years for the Timeline.
    Games Site: Now being updated during the week, not just Sunday. Reports and requests welcome, mail to Eonwe.
Gaming:
    General gaming report by Eonwe and others.
Tolkien:
    Topic: Dragons, continued from last week.
After-meeting:
    Tolkien chat continues. Because dragons.
    Flashgaming Reviews by Ar-Pharazon for:
       http://www.freewebarcade.com/game/gelf/
       http://www.kongregate.com/games/turboNuke/formula-racer-2012
       http://www.kongregate.com/games/justwo/home-story-1971


June 15, 2017  Thursday

    LotRO gaming:
       The Year 10 Scavenger hunt is going. Follow in Bilbo's footsteps!
          The Launcher has a workaround for the Year 10 bug:
            
If you are not able to enter the tavern for "Year 10 Travels: Tavern Crawl: Gondor", walk into the tavern to the left of the door.


June 12, 2017 Monday

    LotRO gaming:
       Featured instance: 6-man Wraith of Earth, in Fornost.


June 11, 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 are considering Discord for our across-platform meetings, if we get enough members using it. Right now we have both up at the same time to see where members prefer to appear.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (4)
    AIM: Arien, Ar-Pharazon, Eonwe, Varda (presiding)
    Discord: Varda
Membership:
    Ar-Pharazon will not be able to stay as long as usual next week; transcripting take notice. Enjoy your vacation, Phar!
Web:
    Games Site. Please help locate the elusive bug; find a problem and email Eonwe.
Gaming:
    General gaming report by Eonwe and others.
Tolkien:
    Topic: Dragons, some types, abilities such as flying or non-flying, Voice, relation to industry.
After-meeting:
    Flashgaming Reviews by Ar-Pharazon for:
       http://www.onemorelevel.com/game/particolo
       http://www.kongregate.com/games/Awoke/diepix-arena-2
       http://www.kongregate.com/games/Edmund/aether
    Personal gaming by Ar-Pharazon


June 8, 2017 Thursday

    LotRO gaming:
       Year 9 is going! This one's for Gandalf.


June 5, 2017 Monday

    The Games Site is now live! Enjoy the many cool upgrades. Fine-tuning will continue, as always.
        Old links re-direct to the new url for now. The two correct links for the site are (without www) Games Site and (with www) Games Site.
        This is your site, so if you see information that you can help update (includiing your own or for your favorite games) or if you want to send in your game reviews (LotRO anyone?), please email Eonwe.

    LotRO gaming:
       Featured instance aka Box run this week is:  6-man Glinghant.

       News from the LotRO Launcher:
          The LOTRO Game Servers will be brought down on Tuesday, June 6th from 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM Eastern (-5 GMT) for an update to the game. This patch will correct an issue where some high-level enemies were more difficult than intended.


June 4, 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 are considering Discord for our across-platform meetings, if we get enough members using it. Right now we have both up at the same time to see where members prefer to appear.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (6)
    AIM:
        Arien, Ar-Pharazon, Elladan, Eonwe, Lenwe, Varda (presiding)
    Discord:
        Arien, Lenwe, Varda. (Falco and Gil-galad present but not responding.)
Web:
    Tolkien Site: Timeline work on the Great Years.
    Games Site: update in progress. (Final version went up early the next morning!)
Gaming:
    General gaming reports by Eonwe and others.
    Review of DotA (Defense of the Ancients) by Lenwe.
    LotRO gaming:
        Music:
           Weatherstock is July 22.
        LotRO news on the LotRO Beacon, by Cordovan.
Tolkien:
    Topic: Who were the raft-elves and what did they do?
After-meeting:
    More raft-elf discussion.
    Flashgaming Reviews by Ar-Pharazon for:
      
http://www.kongregate.com/games/chengt4/shadow-swap
       http://www.kongregate.com/games/tsunamithief/the-great-tsunami-thief
       http://www.onemorelevel.com/game/honey_home
    Blizzard gaming by Ar-Pharazon


June 1, 2017 Thursday

    LotRO gaming:
       Helpful workaround from Cordovan for users of Windows XP or Vista having trouble starting the Launcher since the last update..
       Hobnangians is going.
       Year 8 scavenger quests.
       Interview with Chance Thomas, a major musician for LotRO.  Link from Gil-galad-(V)/

    Tolkien link:
       Beren and Luthien book article link, recommended by Gil-galad-(V).


May 30, 2017 Tuesday

    LotRO gaming:
       From the Launcher:
          The LOTRO Game Servers will be brought down on Wednesday, May 31st from 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM Eastern (-5 GMT) for an update to the game. Click here for the Release Notes.
        Box run: Barad Guldur will replace Flight to the Lonely Mountain.


May 29, 2017 Monday

    LotRO gaming:
       New box run today: 6-man Lost Temple.
       Year 7 continues.

    News:
        Link corrections for meeting May 21.


May 28, 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.
    We are considering Discord for our across-platform meetings, if we get enough members using it. Right now we have both up at the same time to see where members prefer to appear.
Today, we actively had three in AIM's new version, one in Discord "Meeting Place", which is one of our worst showings yet. Transitions are a mess. AIM group is willing to move if there is a larger Discord group to move to.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending:
    AIM:
        Ar-Pharazon, Eonwe, Varda
    Discord:
        Varda
Membership:
    Arien is on vacation. Have fun!
Web:
    Games Site: Transition problems being repaired, old version remains up for use.
Gaming:
    General gaming report by Eonwe and others.
Tolkien:
    Topic: Different races in Tolkien: how they were differentiated, what special abilities do they have, and what went into the Fellowship.
After-meeting:
    Flashgaming Reviews by Ar-Pharazon for:
       http://www.kongregate.com/games/bontegames/yellow
       http://www.onemorelevel.com/game/dungeon_in_a_bottle
       http://www.kongregate.com/games/kekgames/iceberg
 

May 25, 2017

    LotRO:
       Year 7 begins.
       Gil-galad-(V) reports:
            Some great news, Chance Thomas is doing the music for the Mordor expansion! He did the music for SoA, Moria and Rohan, for those that don't know.
           It's really interesting, he talks about his creation process.   YouTube link.


May 24, 2017
   
    Nifty JRRT link found by Gil-galad-(V):
      

May 22, 2017

    LotRO:
       Box run: 6, no, 12-man Flight to the Lonely Mountain


May 21, 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 are considering Discord for our across-platform meetings, if we get enough members using it. The plan right now is to have both up at the same time.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending:
    Arien, Ar-Pharazon, Elladan, Eonwe, Falco, Varda (presiding)
Membership
    Arien will be away next meeting to attend a wedding.
Web:
    The Games Site changes! (Under Gaming.)
Gaming:
    General gaming report by Eonwe and others.
       New game Destiny 2.
    Eonwe reprogrammed the Games Site, rolling out soon.
Tolkien:
    Topic: Return of the... lots of things!
    RP plans for the next batch of posts (our forum group story).
After-meeting:
    Flashgaming Reviews by Ar-Pharazon, for:
       http://www.kongregate.com/games/scriptwelder/dont-escape-2
       http://www.onemorelevel.com/game/falling_circles
       http://www.kongregate.com/games/tbiz5270/idle-tower-defense
    Personal gaming by Ar-Pharazon


May 18, 2107 Thursday

    LotRO:
       Year 6 begins. Don't forget to /pat the cat right there at the Party Tree.


May 17, 2017 Tuesday

    LotRO:
       Interesting where the Black Gate art for the LotRO splash screen came from.


May 15, 2017 Monday

    LotRO:
       Box run: 3-man Sword-hall of Dol Guldur.


May 14, 2017 Sunday

Happy Mother's Day!

    LotRO:
       2:30 or 3 p.m. for the actual run of Roving Threats with guild-friend Mosby, the Palantiri kin-leader.  Give him a a tell for an invitation. The run is with Sleepless Knights.

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, Elladan, and Varda (presiding)
    Gil-galad by relay from LotRO concerning Discord program.
Membership
Web:
    Discord program possibly taking the place of both our AIM and Ventrilo in the future. Downloads now being tried.
       If you need to get a new password and use Firefox, you may need to unblock gmail pop-ups to see more than just the picture of a key.
       Varda#7923 and the Valar Guild (aka VG server on the ID on the left side) were created back in 2015 when Discord was in alpha; the room and ID are still there for you.
            Ask Varda for an invite once you have Discord.
Gaming:
    General gaming report
    Who was in-game reports
Tolkien:
    Topic: Tolkien showed a wide variety of relationships between couples. We go over a few of these.
After-meeting:
    Flash-gaming Reviews by Ar-Pharazon for:
       http://www.onemorelevel.com/game/doodle_history
       http://www.onemorelevel.com/game/mathsweeper
       http://www.onemorelevel.com/game/transcube


May 13, 2017 Saturday

    LotRO:
       2:30 or 3 p.m. RT quests with Mosby
. Today start at DA for OA, Linhir, Ethring, and DA.
       Tips on some of the Years / Reflections quests. Some of the areas have been revamped, meaning the whole long line may need re-done for your character as the instance will not show at the Reflecting Pool.
          Year 2: "Beneath the Greenfields": start at Little Delving in the Shire. (Varda)
          Year 5: "A Trap for the Creature" Gollum quest: start in the Trollshaws at the Last Bridge between the Lone-lands and the Trollshaws; Barachen's Camp is nearby. (Gil-galad)
          Year 5: Remembrances at Forochel Ice Bay are all in or around Suri-kyla.


May 11, 2017 Thursday

    LotRO:
       Anniversary Year 5 begins.


May 8, 2017 Monday

    LotRO:
       Box run: 3-man Seat of the Great Goblin


May 7, 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 (and at least said something making them visible): (5)
    Arien, Ar-Pharazon, Elladan, Eonwe, and Varda (presiding)
Membership
Web:
    Timeline: Great Years started.
Gaming:
    General gaming report by Eonwe and others.
Tolkien:
    Topic: Some characters had similar roles, yet they were very different personalities and filled them differently even when doing just as well in their own ways.
After-meeting:
    Flashgaming Reviews by Ar-Pharazon
    Personal gaming by Ar-Pharazon


May 4, 2017

    LotRO gaming:
       Year 4 questing begins!
       Anniversary events end May 8.
       Scavenger events end  July 13.
       Hobnangians runs through May 8.


May 1, 2017

    LotRO gaming:
       Box run this week is 6-man Wraith of Earth, in Fornost.

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April 30, 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 (to be put up)
Attending: (6)
    Arien, Ar-Pharazon, Elladan, Eonwe, Lenwe, and Varda (presiding)
Membership
Web:
    Tolkien Site / Articles: 
        More work done today on the Timeline for the Third Age.
Gaming:
    General gaming report by Eonwe
Tolkien:
    Topic: Strategies and tactics in Gandalf vs Sauron, focusing on the Return of the King.
After-meeting:
    More on the Tolkien topic
    Flashgaming Reviews by Ar-Pharazon for:
        http://www.onemorelevel.com/game/ccatch
        http://www.onemorelevel.com/game/balloon_frvr
        http://www.kongregate.com/games/camaleonyco/moby-dick-2
   

April 25, 2017

    LotRO gaming:

       Update 20.1.1 release notes.  Fixes.


April 24, 2017

    LotRO gaming:
       Box run: 6-man Glinghant


April 23, 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.
    The AIM version we are currently using may be picked up at https://en.vessoft.com/software/windows/download/aim. The old version no longer works.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (6)
    Arien,  Ar-Pharazon, Elladan, Eonwe, Gilraen, Varda (presiding)
Membership
Web:
    Tolkien Site / Timeline: the Fourth Age bare bones table info is now online.
Gaming:
    General gaming report by Eonwe with others adding in.
Tolkien:
    Topic: Main events of the Fellowship of the Ring and of the Two Towers. Started RotK but time ran out, so that's next week's topic.
After-meeting:
    Flash-gaming Reviews by Ar-Pharazon of:
       http://www.kongregate.com/games/targaciej/swipe-stop
       http://www.onemorelevel.com/game/the_raccon_who_lost_their_shape
       http://www.kongregate.com/games/nerdook/monster-legions
    Blizzard gaming by Ar-Pharazon


April 22, 2017 Saturday

    LotRO gaming:
      
      We can do Year 1 and Year 2 quests starting April 20. (Guide links from the Dept of Strategy). Anniversary events start April 20.
       Year 3 April 27
       Year 4 May 4
       Year 5 May 11
       Year 6 May 18
       Year 7 May 25
       Year 8 June 1
       Year 9 June 8
       Year 10 June 15
       End of the Scavenger hunt events will be July 13.
       End of the Anniversary events will be May 8.


April 20, 2017 Thursday

    LotRO gaming:
       Happy 10th Anniversary, Lord of the Rings Online!
 

April 17, 2017 Monday

    LotRO gaming:
       Featured Instance aka Box Run this week: 6-man Lost Temple.
       Downtime tomorrow 8 a.m. to noon, to put up Update 20.1
          Thursday Scavenger Hunt starting with Runble at the Party Tree.


April 16, 2017 Sunday

Happy Easter!

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.
    The AIM version we are currently using may be picked up at https://en.vessoft.com/software/windows/download/aim. The old version no longer works.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda. New, with timestamps by Ar-Pharazon.
Attending (and at least said something making them visible): (5)
    Arien-(Valar), ArPharazon-(V), Elladan-(V), Eonwe-(Valar), Varda-(Valar) (presiding)
Membership
Web
Gaming:
    General gaming report by Ar-Pharazon and others
Tolkien:
    Topic: What brings joy to the various races in Middle-earth? We started with Orcs.
After-meeting:
    Tolkien topic continues
    Flashgaming Reviews by Ar-Pharazon
    Personal gaming report by Ar-Pharazon
    Joining into actual gaming by members in LotRO


April 13, 2017 Thursday

    LotRO:
       Extra experience this weekend starting today, for VIP's.


April 10, 2017 Monday

May your Passover go well.

    LotRO:
       Box run (featured instance) this week: 12-man "Flight to the Lonely Mountain".
       Weekly Coupon: free Universal Ingredient Pack with thecode CRAFTER, through April 13th
       The LotRO store's opening in a browser is a temporary work-around while they work out coding with several companies that are involved in payments.


April 9, 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.
    The AIM version we are currently using may be picked up at https://en.vessoft.com/software/windows/download/aim
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (6):
    Arien, Ar-Pharazon, Elladan, Eonwe, Lenwe, Varda (presiding)
Gaming:
    General gaming report by Eonwe and several members.
Tolkien:
    Topic: Terraforming in Tolkien
    RP forum story discussion
After-meeting:
    Flashgaming Reviews by Ar-Pharazon
    Personal gaming by Ar-Pharazon and Arien


April 6, 2017 Thursday

    LotRO:
       Hobnangians is going from today until the 10th.
       Spring Festival continues through the 9th, extended.
       Events Schedule by Cordovan.
       April 20 - May 9 LotRO Anniversary


April 3, 2017 Monday

    Gaming / LotRO:

       "Sword Halls of Dol Guldur" 3-man is the featured instance box run this week.


April 2, 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.
    The AIM version we are currently using may be picked up at https://en.vessoft.com/software/windows/download/aim
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Membership:
    The 20th Anniversary of the Valar Guild is coming up in October. What would you like to do for it? Feel free to tell us at an AIM meeting, email Varda, or talk in-game.
Web:
    Poetry: "Kiera's Desire" by Arien-(Valar). Rogue in World of WarCraft goes Tolkienesque.
    Previous news for this year is now in the 2017 archives, so the News should load up faster, yay! All previous news archives should now be updated to show the 2017 archives. Lets make some new news!
Gaming:
    LotRO: Spring Festival extended to April 9
    General gaming report by Eonwe and several members.
Additional Stuff:
    Gilraen's suggested link for a crocheted scale-mail hood.
    This October will be the 20th Anniversary of the Valar Guild. Time to think ahead.
Tolkien:
    Topic: Theme: It's not giving in to the belief that there's no way you can win, even giving your life for it, that the attempt to win is still worth it.
After-meeting:
    Link to audio book of "Children of Hurin" read by Christopher Lee.
    Flashgaming Reviews by Ar-Pharazon
    Personal gaming by Ar-Pharazon and Arien
    Tee-shirts
    Headed into games.


April 1, 2017

    I could put something here, but you'd never believe it.
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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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