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Aug. 25, 2016
    Gaming / LotRO:

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


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

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


Aug. 21, 2016
    Gaming / LotRO: with Alliance

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

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


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

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


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

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


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


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


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


Aug. 4, 2016
    Gaming / LotRO:

       Hobnangians monthly weekend is going.


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


Aug. 1, 2016
    Games Site news:

       Eonwe: "The WoW Basics page is now sectioned into pages for the old information, and new information updated for the Legion expansion."


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


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

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


July 20, 2016
    Gaming / LotRO:

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


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


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


July 15, 2016
    Gaming / LotRO:

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


July 13, 2016
    Gaming / LotRO:

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


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


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


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


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


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


July 1, 2016
    Gaming / LotRO:
       July 5, servers will go down from around 8 a.m. through noon for Update 18.2. Patch notes should be available during the down time.


June 26, 2016
Sunday Meeting: 5pm EST (GMT-5) (UTC-5)
    The meeting is in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace. Come on in or ask VardaValar1 or ArPharazon for an invitation. We take suggestions, talk about gaming, and end with a Tolkien chat. Afterwards some stay for general chat.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending:
    Arien, Ar-Pharazon, Elladan, Lenwe, Varda (presiding)
Membership:
    Arien
Web
Games
Tolkien:
    Lenwe's topic: Harry Potter and the Lord of the Rings
After-meeting:
    Ar-Pharazon's flashgaming reviews and personal gaming.


June 19, 2016
Happy Father's Day!

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


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


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


June 10, 2016
    Gaming / LotRO:
       Spring Fesival



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


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