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


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


Dec. 29, 2016

    Gaming / LotRO:
       Buried Treasure festival of the Dwarves is underway. Frostbluff is still up too, for the Yule Festival.


Dec. 27, 2016 Tuesday

    Tolkien Site / Stories:
       "Learning to Smile" chapter 7 by Little Jewel-(T).


Dec. 25, 2016 Sunday

Merry Christmas!
Forochel, by Lenwe-(V)
"Forochel"
painting by Lenwe-(V)

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 the Golden and Varda
Attending: (5)
    Arien V/AriehnV, Ar-Pharazon-V/ArPharazonV, Elladan-V/Scott92027 (After-meeting), Eonwe Valar, VardaValar1 (presiding)
Web
Gaming
    Eonwe's report on general gaming news.
Tolkien:
    Topic: How did people show good cheer, or even celebrate?
After-meeting:
    More fun linking related to the Tolkien topic.
    Members gaming together in LotRO while some are still in AIM.
    Flashgaming Reviews by Ar-Pharazon
    Personal gaming Ar-Pharazon


Dec. 21, 2016 Wednesday
    Gaming / LotRO:
       Servers will be down Dec 22nd (tomorrow) from about 7:00 to 11:00 a.m. Eastern for a hotfix.
       Standing Stone's Facebook page and website.
       LotRO website, Twitter.


Dec. 19, 2016 Monday

    Gaming / LotRO:
      
Servers down 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Eastern (now up) for Update 19.2 and Yule Festival. New quests and essences.
      
    Changes in studios: LotRO and DDO have been moved from Turbine to newly formed indie Standing Stone Games, using many of the same people previously handling the games. Daybreak Games, an experienced company, will be handling global publishing.
    Here's the FAQ, showing that mostly how it affects us visibly is in logos and some upcoming maintenance downtimes. We'll be on the same servers with no change to such things as VIP or Lifetime. Permissions are all good and the games will continue going at full speed ahead..



Dec. 18, 2016

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 V/AriehnV, Ar-Pharazon-V/ArPharazonV, Lenwe-V/perseid28 (After-meeting), VardaValar1 (presiding)
Membership:
    Christmas next Sunday, so we're having a very short meeting.
Web:
    Art
    Link for Middle-earth style cookery
Gaming
Tolkien:
    Topic: unsung heroes (more in After-meeting)
After-meeting:
    Personal gaming Arien
    Flashgaming Reviews by Ar-Pharazon
    Personal gaming Ar-Pharazon
    More on the Tolkien subject of unsung heroes


Dec. 15, 2016
    Tolkien Site / Art:
       New cave for Lenwe-(V)
with a new painting: "Forochel".

    Gaming / LotRO:
       Monday is the new date for the next update 19.2 and Yule Festival. Servers are expected to be down from 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Eastern.


Dec. 12, 2016
    Recipes
for a Middle-earth celebration; Yule-fest anyone?


Dec. 11, 2016

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 the Golden and Varda to be posted.
Attending:
    Arien, Ar-Pharazon, Eonwe (presiding first hour and a half), Varda (presiding the last half)
Web:
    Stories:
       "Learning to Smile" chapter 6 by Little Jewel-(T) posted today during the After-meeting.
Gaming
Tolkien:
    Feanor's oath and what it caused. [Thanks to Arien for the topic, grats to Pharazon on this one, and grats to the group for all pulling their books out..]
After-meeting:
    Flashgaming Reviews by Ar-Pharazon
    Personal gaming


Dec. 8, 2016

    Rest in peace. John Glenn
, astronaut, senator, aviator, fighter pilot, and engineer, died today at the age of 95.
       A Twitter-style comment from John Glenn: "As I hurtled through space, one thought kept crossing my mind - every part of rocket was supplied by lowest bidder."

    Tolkien class in LotRO: 
       Link from Lenwe, thanks! The Tolkien Professor, Corey Olsen, of kin Mythgard on the Landroval server is running his latest class, inviting kins to participate.
            From his LotRO post:
"I plan to conduct a chapter-by-chapter detailed discussion of the Lord of the Rings. The discussions will take place on Tuesday evenings, 9:30 PM server time [EST], starting on Tolkien's 125th birthday: January 3, 2017. In each session, I will spend an hour or so (okay, probably 90 minutes) discussing the book chapter and its themes, reading passages and doing some close reading so that we can really get into the story as it unfolds."

    Anyone in the Valar Guild is encouraged to enjoy this when possible. Don't forget that LotRO has free to play so you can make a character even if you don't normally play. For those who can't come, session recordings will be posted at this YouTube site.
    Other links related to The Tolkien Professor: Tolkien Studies website at Signum U., Twitch account. Previous Mythgard classes. YouTube of Gryfflet in Lothlorien (includes lots of links) and on other alts such as Wigend.
    LotROmail Fainan or email Varda if you would like to join up with the Valar Guild's LotRO kin branch.


Dec. 4, 2016

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: (5)
    Arien, Ar-Pharazon, Elladan, Eonwe, Varda (presiding)
Membership
Web:
    Stories:
           "Learning to Smile" chapter 5 by Little Jewel-(T) posted after the meeting, story no longer being edited by Varda who continues to do the webwork.
Gaming
Tolkien:
    Dwarves.
    Size in Valinor, dimensions.
After-meeting:
    More on dimensions.
    Flashgaming Reviews by Ar-Pharazon
    Personal gaming


Dec. 1, 2016

    Gaming / LotRO:
      
Update 19.1.1 Release notes for today's completed morning maintenance includes such things as housing; corrected imbuement on the Burglar legacy Critical Chain Skills Critical Chance to again transform into Critical Chain Skills Critical Rating, speeding up action in groups by an improved system for particle effect information caching; featured instance rotation replaces Helegrod drake wing with Ost Dunhoth Disease and Poison wing.
    Hobnangians is going.


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