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Sept. 2, 2014
    Games Site Mass Update!
       All gaming information has been removed for the yearly clean-up.
Please email Eonwe using <deneltir@hotmail.com> with a list of the games you are actively playing this year.
        Here's Eonwe's letter for those who were unable to receive it, with a correction on the SWTOR server:

Hail to all members of the Valar Guild!
 
It is I, Eonwë, and it is that time once again! The Games Site Mass-Update is here! All gaming info will be stripped from the Games Site and you are requested to fill it in by sending in your most recent gaming info by September 30th. Why? So that members can find eachother in the games they play, of course! You do want to find other polite, courteous people to game with in the games you play, don't you? :}

Gaming is one of our common interests, and there's plenty going on in the major games we play.
 
Lord of the Rings Online had an update not long ago that brought its current maximum level to 100 and added Dol Amroth as a new zone. A future update will be bringing a new class: the Beorning. See www.lotro.com for more information on the game.
 
Interested in joining us there? We play on Landroval server. Contact Varda about joining our guild branch there. LotRO is free-to-play if you're looking into just giving it a try.
 
World of Warcraft is heading towards its tenth anniversary and its fifth expansion, Warlords of Draenor, both coming in November. Blizzard has announced that for the tenth anniversary, there's going to be a max-level (that will be level 100 since it comes after the expansion launches) 40-player Looking for Raid version of Molten Core coming, that will reward a mount for those able to defeat Ragnaros. There will also be a battleground of Tarren Mill vs Southshore to relive the nostalgia of the PvP battle that went on there back in the early days of WoW. Those logging in during the anniversary will get a Molten Corgi pet. These are limited time events, so if you want to be in on them, you'll not want to wait too long after Warlords of Draenor launches to get started. Speaking of which, changes are coming to stats, including a stat squish, so get ready to see numbers with reasonable* values. This will come with the 6.0 pre-patch, which will also include the pre-expansion event. See http://us.battle.net/wow/en/ for more info on WoW.
*Your mileage may vary for what is a "reasonable" number :}
 
Interested in joining us in WoW? We play primarily on US Lothar server, Alliance. We also have a Horde branch on US Uldaman. You can contact me about joining us either place.
 
For those who play StarCraft 2 and would like to be able to find other Valar Guild members, we have a presence on battle.net in the form of both a Clan and a Group.
 
We also have guild branches in Star Wars: The Old Republic on The Ebon Hawk server, both Republic and Empire.
 
As you already know, gaming isn't all we do :}
 
We continue to hold our weekly Sunday meetings at 5pm US East Coast time on AIM. To join us at the meeting, you can download AOL Instant Messenger at http://www.aim.com/legacydownloads.
 
We also have a forum where you can chat about Tolkien, gaming, try to set up gaming times with other members, or just say hi :} You'll find it at http://valarguild.proboards.com/.
 
Legends speak of a place on the internet where one can see what the Valar Guild is doing, and even contribute with Tolkien-inspired art, stories, poetry, research articles and papers on Tolkien subjects, as well as Game Reviews, game tips, and more! ....
OK, not so much "legends" as me telling you right now :} Go to our home on the web at www.valarguild.org and you'll be able to find a lot of information and a multitude of ways to contribute to the Valar Guild :} You can also catch the meeting minutes on the News page if you're not able to make it to the weekly meeting.
 
Lastly, don't forget that the Valar Guild's 17th Anniversary is October 4th! That's right, 17! Got ideas for how to celebrate? Want to contribute a story, poem, piece of art or something else in celebration of the Anniversary? Contact Varda, our general Guild contact and Tolkien Site/Community Site webmaster (I'm sure you've all met her :}), for more information. Email Varda at <varda.elentari@gmail.com>
 
Thus concludes this year's GSMU letter. Remember:
 
1.) Send in your gaming info by September 30th!
2.) Get together with each other in the games you play and have fun!
3.) Read more Tolkien :} or at least read :}
4.) Happy early anniversary!
 
Take care and may the stars shine upon your faces!
Eonwë


Aug. 31, 2014
Sunday Meeting: 5 pm EDT (UTC-5) (GMT-5)
    The meeting is held in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace. Come on in, or ask VardaValar1 or ArPharazonV for an invitation.
    To pick up the same version of AIM that we use, go to http://www.aim.com/legacydownloads.  The web browser chat version cannot enter our chat room.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (4)
    AriehnV, ArPharazonV, Indis-(V)/karakedi25, VardaValar1 (presiding)
Web:
   New art by The Bohemian Weasel-(T) this week:
    Tolkien Site / Art:
    Cave of the Bohemian Weasel-(T):
       "Fangorn": New art section with new art, including both the character aka "Treebeard" and the forest named after Fangorn.
          "Safe"  "I told Gandalf I would keep you safe, and safe is where I’ll keep you.". Treebeard, Merry, and Pippin
          "Friends"  "Many of these trees were my friends, gentle creatures that I knew from nut and acorn…’ Treebeard, Merry, and Pippin.
          "Merry, lost in Fangorn Forest". Also previously under "Merry", so it's not new to the site.
          "HoomHoom"  Pippin and Treebeard.
          "Ent waters"  Pippin in Fangorn forest by the water with an ent-draught.
       Merry:
          "Saruman's Storeroom" with Pippin.
       Hobbits:
          "Weep" I will not say 'do not weep'.
       Pippin: (section not yet made)
          "Fool of a Took!" with Gandalf in Moria
          "Looking Towards Mordor"
Gaming:
    Heroes of the Storm (WoW)
    Diablo 3
    StarCraft 2
    Hearthstone
    flashgaming
    World of Warcraft
    Lord of the Rings Online
Tolkien:
    Discussion: From the Silmarillion, what would be some books we'd like to see come from it, maybe to be turned into movies? Could be short mentions as well as long.
After-meeting:
    http://www.thehobbitfancontest.com/ is now open



Aug. 29, 2014
    Gaming / LotRO:
       Extra experience for the three-day weekend.


Aug. 24, 2014
Sunday Meeting: 5 pm EDT (UTC-5) (GMT-5)
    The meeting is held in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace. Come on in, or ask VardaValar1 or ArPharazonV for an invitation.
    To pick up the same version of AIM that we use, go to http://www.aim.com/legacydownloads.  The web browser chat version cannot enter our chat room.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon the Golden and Varda
Attending: (4)
    AriehnV, ArPharazonV, Indis-(V)/karakedi25, VardaValar1 (presiding)
Web:
    New art by The Bohemian Weasel-(T) on the Tolkien Site
    New gaming news on the Games Site
    New "WoW Publication Timeline" by Ar-Pharazon on the Forum: link
Gaming:
    Diablo 3
    Hearthstone
    flashgames
    WoW
       Ar-Phrazon's WoW Timeline went up on the Forum during the meeting
    LotRO
Tolkien:
    Discussion: In the LotR, what problem question is set up in the beginning and answered in the ending? What complicated doing this during the middle?


Aug. 22, 2014
    Tolkien Site / Art:
     Cave of the Bohemian Weasel-(T):
      New art added:
       Boromir:
          "Hobbit Attack"  also for Merry and Pippin.
          "Hold on, Hobbits!"  also for Merry and Pippin.
          "Wandering"
          "Bravery"
          "Boromir in Gondor"
          "Horn of Gondor"
        Elrond:
          "Elrond, Last Alliance of Men and Elves"
          "Council of Elrond"
       Éowyn:
          "Éowyn in Simbelmynë" 2014
       Fellowship:
          Image of the blessing is now here as well as in the Frodo section.
          "EnteringCarasGaladhon"
       Thranduil:
          "Thranduil the Elvenking"
       Galadriel:
          "Galadriel in Rivendell" The vision of Galdriel in Rivendell, during the Hobbit. (Movie).
       Gandalf:
          "Dawn leave-taking" Dawn ends the White Council, Galadriel takes leave of Gandalf. Also in the Galadriel section.
          "Gandalf the wanderer"
          "Farewell, Dear Bilbo"
          "Which way?"  Mordor, is it right or left? Added here, already in the Frodo section.
          "A light in the dark"
          "SpeaksInRiddles" Gandalf the White listens to Aragorn's comment.
       Gimli:
          "DrinkingGame" in Rohan
          "Oops".  Gimli "accidentally" kills a Corsair.
       Grima Wormtongue:
          "Troubled mind"
          "LateIsTheHour"
          "NoDawn"
       Haldir:
          "Debt"
          "Fire"
       Frodo and Sam:
          "Frodo and Sam leaving the Shire"
          "Into Mordor"  Sam and Frodo looking out over the Emyn Muil.
       Merry and Pippin:
          "Get the big one!"
          "I don't think he knows about second breakfast"



Aug. 21, 2014
    Tolkien Site / Art:
       Good luck to the Bohemian Weasel-(T)!
She's exhibiting her artwork at the Tolkien Society exhibition this year with Ted Nasmith among others.
        At the request of the Bohemian Weasel-(T), a large number of art pieces are being removed from our site and replaced with newer pieces. If you're seeing weirdness in the links in her cave, that's what's happening.
      Cave of the Bohemian Weasel-(T) new paintings:  Some of these are so new that they haven't even gone up on her own page yet.
       "The wanderer in the wilderness" Gandalf in the LotR.
       "At the end of all things" Frodo and Sam
       "Gil-galad"
       "Haldir"
       "Sam" after the fall of Gandalf
       "Arwen"
       "Bilbo" bewildered and bewuthered
       "Bilbo" going on an adventure. New.
       "Bilbo" arrives in Rivendell. New.
       "Bibo" What has it got in its pocketses?"
       "Bilbo" LotR: pocketed Ring.



Aug. 17, 2014
    Tolkien Site / Art:
        Cave of the Bohemian Weasel-(T): paintings
            "Dawn take you all!". Gandalf.
       Cave of DeepGroover-(T): models
             "Wild Man".

Sunday Meeting: 5 pm EDT (UTC-5) (GMT-5)
    The meeting is held in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace. Come on in, or ask VardaValar1 or ArPharazonV for an invitation.
    To pick up the same version of AIM that we use, go to http://www.aim.com/legacydownloads.  The web browser chat version cannot enter our chat room.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (6)
    AriehnV (presiding WoW, LotRO, Tolkien), ArPharazonV, Gelmir-(V)/Shaggyjoe, GwaihirValar, Indis-(V)/karakedi25, VardaValar1 (presiding Business)
Membership:
    Indis (during Web)
Web:
    New art by The Bohemian Weasel-(T) and DeepGroover-(T).
Gaming:
    various
    WoW
    LotRO
Tolkien:
    Discussion: The differences in the way that good and evil fight in Tolkien's works.


Aug. 10, 2014
Sunday Meeting: 5 pm EDT (UTC-5) (GMT-5)
    The meeting is held in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace. Come on in, or ask VardaValar1 or ArPharazonV for an invitation.
    To pick up the same version of AIM that we use, go to http://www.aim.com/legacydownloads.  The web browser chat version cannot enter our chat room.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (3)
    AriehnV (presiding), ArPharazonV, Indis-(V)/karakedi25
Web:
    Newthis week: chapter 50 by Nightwing
Gaming:
    Hearthstone
    Diablo 3
    Legends of Equestria
    flashgaming:
       Tyrant
       Duck: Think Outside the Flock
    WoW
    LotRO
Tolkien:
    Trivia game:
        1. Frodo's and Sam encounter with human battle was enhanced by something momentous.. something that make Sam wonder and gape at in the midst of onslaught .. when and where and what?
        2. In Mordor, losing hope, Frodo and Sam saw something that was a sign, getting their hopes up. What was it?
        3. Somebody else had that with something battle related signifying hope .. what was that who?


Aug. 5, 2014
    Tolkien Site / Stories:
       "To See A World" by Nightwing: chapter 50 is now online for this novel in progress.


Aug. 4, 2014
    Gaming / LotRO:
       Servers down for maintenance around 6-10am Eastern.


Aug. 3, 2014
Sunday Meeting: 5 pm EDT (UTC-5) (GMT-5)
    The meeting is held in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace. Come on in, or ask VardaValar1 or ArPharazonV for an invitation.
    To pick up the same version of AIM that we use, go to http://www.aim.com/legacydownloads.  The web browser chat version cannot enter our chat room.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (4)
    AriehnV, ArPharazonV, Indis-(V)/karakedi25, VardaValar1 (presiding)
Web:
    New art this week by The Bohemian Weasel-(T)
Gaming:
    various:
       StarCraft 2
       SCBW
       Hearthstone
        flashgaming:
            Decision: Medieval
            Legend of Kalevala
    WoW
    LotRO
Tolkien:
    Discussion: We find a person who does one role, called a "type", like a ruler, then see which character does a similar role for the opposite side, called an "anti-type". Then see how they do their differenct approaches making them them the good or bad guys.



Aug. 2, 2014
    Tolkien Site / Art:
      Cave of the Bohemian Weasel-(T):  paintings
       "The pity of Bilbo may rule the fate of many." Gandalf.
       "Boromir's last standBoromir, Merry, Pippin
       "Boromir's fallBoromir, Merry, Pippin.



Aug. 1, 2014
    Gaming / LotRO:
       Monday servers will be down from about 6-10am Eastern for maintenance.



July 28, 2014
    Gaming / LotRO:
      
Servers down from around 7 to 11 am Eastern for Patch 14.1 . Since it's kind of a long download, you  have time to make a sandwich and enjoy the picture below from PJ"s Facebook. Click for a larger version.

Smaug


July 27, 2014
    Tolkien Site / Art:
       New art from the Bohemian Weasel-(T):
          "Sam, Wood Elves!" showing Sam and Frodo.

Sunday Meeting: 5 pm EDT (UTC-5) (GMT-5)
    The meeting is held in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace. Come on in, or ask VardaValar1 or ArPharazonV for an invitation.
    To pick up the same version of AIM that we use, go to http://www.aim.com/legacydownloads.  The web browser chat version cannot enter our chat room.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon the Golden and Varda
Attending: (4)
    AriehnV, ArPharazonV, Indis-(V)/karakedi25, VardaValar1 (presiding)
Membership:
    Tolkien course being taken by some members.
Web:
    New art by The Bohemian Weasel-(T)
Gaming:
    various
    WoW
    LotRO
Tolkien:
    PJ's Facebook - win a trip to Wellington
    LARP report by Arien
    Discussion: Why elves went to Valinor.
After-meeting:
    Lego Smaug and other fun shared surfing, some of which was unavailable the next day, so enjoy this copy saved on our site.



July 25, 2014
    Gaming / LotRO:
       Monday morning the servers will be down from approximately 7 to 11 am Eastern  for patch Update 14.1. Check out Sapience's note on "Soon" under General.


July 20, 2014
    Gaming / LotRO:
       For those wondering, the trait cap is at 19, level cap is 100.
 
Sunday Meeting: 5 pm EDT (UTC-5) (GMT-5)
    The meeting is held in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace. Come on in, or ask VardaValar1 or ArPharazonV for an invitation.
    To pick up the same version of AIM that we use, go to http://www.aim.com/legacydownloads.  The web browser chat version cannot enter our chat room.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (3)
    ArPharazonV, Indis-(V)/karakedi25, VardaValar1 (presiding)
Gaming
Tolkien:
    RP forum story postings
    Discussion: How were language and future events affected by the Kinslaying at Alqualonde?


July 17, 2014
    Gaming / LotRO:
       The new quests "First of the Heirs" and "Search for Abedic" cannot be completed, so both have been locked. The fixes should come out with Update 14.1 later this month.


July 16, 2014
    Gaming / LotRO:
       Tentative schedule of Dev-planned summer events, by Sapience.


July 14, 2014
    Gaming / LotRO:
       Update 14: "Paths of the Dead" is live. Release notes and known issues. Special note is made of suggestions taken from the Player Council, all looking good.
    An online course begins today for studies on Tolkien (mainly) and how his works have been shifted in content to be usable in different media, including some time spent in LotRO. It's by Coursera and is called "Online Games: Literature, New Media, and Narrative". Thanks to Indis-(V) for letting us know about this. There is a free version with no credit but nifty anyway, and the work can be turned in during the week.


July 13, 2014
Sunday Meeting: 5 pm EDT (UTC-5) (GMT-5)
    The meeting is held in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace. Come on in, or ask VardaValar1 or ArPharazonV for an invitation.
    To pick up the same version of AIM that we use, go to http://www.aim.com/legacydownloads.  The web browser chat version cannot enter our chat room.
Meeting Transcript: sent by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (4)
    AriehnV, ArPharazonV, Ioreth-(V)/LizMarr, VardaValar1 (presiding)
Membership:
    Ioreth-(V): doing a lot of original writing
    Arien-(Valar): missing next meeting for a road trip and LARP
Web:
    Forum subtly prettied, thanks to Eonwe.
    Art added
    Games Site updates every weekend
Gaming:
    various
    WoW
    LotRO
Tolkien:
    LoTR puzzle picture, found by Ar-Pharazon-(V)
    Trivia game - LotR:
       How many days were spent in Moria?
       What was the name of the son of King Brego that Aragorn and friends found in the Paths of the Dead? And what was his condition?
       The turning tide of the Battle on the fields of Pelennor were two events .. both contained good and evil .. can you rememer what both good and evil of each respective event was?



July 10, 2014
    Tolkien / Art:
       Cave of DeepGroover-(T):
          "Dwarf" model.  Final name and name plate not yet revealed.



July 7, 2014
    June 2014 news has been moved to the News Archives for faster loading of the current News.


July 6, 2014
Sunday Meeting: 5 pm EDT (UTC-5) (GMT-5)
    The meeting is held in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace. Come on in, or ask VardaValar1 or ArPharazonV for an invitation.
    To pick up the same version of AIM that we use, go to http://www.aim.com/legacydownloads.  The web browser chat version cannot enter our chat room.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (4)
    AriehnV, ArPharazonV, Indis-(V)/karakedi25, Ioreth-(V)/LizMarr (briefly in After-meeting), VardaValar1 (presiding)
Web:
    Paintings.
Gaming:
    Ventrilo has been reactivated, usable for any Valar chat or gaming branch. It is currently 25-man but can be upgraded if we see the need. Downloadable at the Ventrilo website. If you need the Ventrilo info, contact Varda or Miriel by email, in-game, or in AIM.
Tolkien:
    Chat: How Beornings can be included in a game and keep inside lore.



July 5, 2014 Saturday
    Gaming / LotRO:
       9pm EDT (/servertime): planned BG run with Remnant, level 95.

    Tolkien Site / Art:
           Cave of the Bohemian Weasel-(T):
             "Frodo" section:  new art:
               "Blessings" from Elrond as they set out on their journey. (also to go on Aragorn, Pippin)
               "Which way?" Frodo asking Gandalf which way to go outside of Rivendell. (Also to go on Gandalf)
               "Mithril shirt" Frodo reveals the mithril shirt that saved him in Moria.
               "Decision" Frodo decides to leave the Fellowship. Topps sketch card.


July 4, 2014
Happy July 4th!

Merry and Pippin fireworks


July 1, 2014
    Gaming:
       Ventrilo server:
for those who would like to help defray costs for the Ventrilo server, a PayPal account under Irmo-(Valar)'s care is available at his site at this link. This is usable across all our games or to just chat.


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