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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.
Web:
    Tolkien Site:
       New art:
          Cave of Elwing-(V):
             "Wizard". Painted model of Saruman with a craban spy and palantir.


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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