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Sept. 20, 2017 Wednesday

    Tolkien Site / Art:
    Cave of The Bohemian Weasel-(T):
       "Old Forest". New page.
          "The Old Forest".
          detail from The Old Forest: "Merry laughs at Frodo" (book).

    LotRO gaming:
       Baggins Birthday festival has begun. His and Frodo's birthday is September 22.


Sept. 18, 2017 Monday

    LotRO gaming:
       Box run this week: 3-man Stoneheight.


September 17, 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.
    Discord may be downloaded at https://discordapp.com/; click Download at the top of the page.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (6)
    AIM: Arien, Ar-Pharazon, Elladan, Eonwe (presiding), Varda
    Discord: Arien, Gorlim, Varda.
Membership:
    Thank you to those who replied to the GSMU! These folks are also updated on the Membership page as active for 2018. The Games Site Mass Update is still in progress. If you did not receive an email, which is also a yearly gaming newsletter, please email your info to Eonwe, or Varda if your email is confidential.
Web:
    New art this week: "Gandalf" by DeepGroover-(T)
Gaming:
    General gaming report by Eonwe and others.
Tolkien:
    Topic: New game invented by Eonwe: "Book or Movie?" We took turns to suggest a scene that was only found in the books or movies (included Extended version), and the others said which it was.
After-meeting:
    Continued Tolkien game.
    Flashgaming Reviews by Ar-Pharazon


September 15, 2017 Friday

    LotRO gaming:
       The Tale of the Shipwrecked Mariner has returned.


September 14, 2017 Thursday

    Tolkien Site / Art:
        "Gandalf", from DeepGroover-(T) for the 20th Anniversary of the Valar Guild.

    LotRO:
       LotRO Beacon Issue # 26 is out.


September 11, 2017 Monday
September 11. We remember.
    LotRO gaming:
       Box run is 3-man Halls of Night.


September 10, 2017 Sunday

Tolkien Site / Art:
    "Gandalf", from DeepGroover-(T) for the 20th Anniversary. Thank you! Technical difficulties (the model is fine, no worries!), so this will be online later. (See Sept. 14, 2017)

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.
    Discord may be downloaded at https://discordapp.com/; click Download at the top of the page.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (6)
    AIM: Arien, Ar-Pharazon, Eonwe, Varda (presiding)
    Discord: Arien, Gorlim, Varda.
    LotRO: Maedhros, Varda
Membership:
Sept. 22 is the double birthday of book Bilbo and Frodo.
Games Site Mass Update now underway, to allow the update of the Games Site by anniversary time.
Oct. 4 is the Valar Guild's 20th Anniversary.
Web
Gaming:
    Very special interview link with the astronaut, Daniel Barry, who took a StarCraft game disk with him into space, including his struggle to become an astronaut. You can watch the video and/or read the transcript below.
    General gaming report (including the above link) by Eonwe.
    LotRO has a Community Rules Update especially for Standing Stone.
Tolkien:
    Topic: Morgoth, Sauron, and Saruman could not make new life, but they could change existing life to make types better suited to their purposes. To start, they did great propaganda to bring beings to their side, offering power, abilities, whatever worked, mostly not what we consider appealing to their better side. What were some of these changed beings, and what was the advantage?
After-meeting:
    Flashgaming Reviews by Ar-Pharazon


September 7, 2017 Thursday

    LotRO Beacon issue #25 is out.

Tolkien Site / Stories:
    Letter from Little Jewel-(T) Sept. 6, 2017

I have always enjoyed reading Lord of the Rings fanfiction, especially on Valar Guild and even more so when I began writing it myself. But recently my life has taken a rather unexpected turn down a path I never imagined it would. It is not a bad path, but it will be a hard, difficult and unforgiving road, one that will not wait, but one that I must take the chance on. I feel that this option is the best for me, but it will require all of my time and attention.

It is with regret that I have made the decision to break away from writing for as long as it takes me to reach my goals and chase down my dreams. Please do not think badly of me. This is not a decision I made lightly. I have thought long and hard about it and have decided that this is the best decision for me, as a person to achieve what I want, get to where I want to go and become the person I want to be. 

My stories will be removed from Valar Guild, but do not be alarmed, I am in no way upset with this site. It is by far the best for the wonderful works by authors who are fans of J.R.R Tolkien. 
Perhaps I will return someday to this world of fanfiction, I pray this is the case. But for now, for me, I need to take a complete break away from my writing. 

Thank you to all. 

Little Jewel.

    I have thought it through and I would like all, but the Bonds of Friendship to be taken down if you do not mind. That is the one story that I still love and have not the heart to take it down.

Changes made. -Varda


Sept. 4, 2017 Monday

    LotRO gaming:
       Box run this week: 6-man Dungeons of Dol Guldur


Sept. 3, 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, Elladan, Varda
    Discord: Arien, Varda
Membership:
    Our Texas members are reporting that they are ok.
    The 20th Anniversary of the Valar Guild is next month, Oct 4. Start on your stories, art, and other fun stuff now!
    The Games Site Mass Update will be starting up soon to be ready for the Anniversary.
Web:
    Please email your art and writing to Varda for the 20th Anniversary of the Valar Guild that's on Oct 4, and label that the item is for the Anniversary.
We'll take new goodies through October.
Gaming:
    General gaming report
Tolkien:
    Topic: One of Tolkien's strong abilities was the way he used settings as part of his world-building: (1) themes (2) reversals.
After-meeting:
    Flashgaming Reviews by Ar-Pharazon


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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