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April 20, 2014
Happy Easter!
Enjoy a favorite treat!

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.
    The AIM version most of us use may be found at this link under Windows.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (5)
    AriehnV, ArPharazonV, Finrod-(V)/TH0R0NGIL, Indis-(V)/karakedi25, VardaValar1 (presiding)
Membership:
    Fladrif
    Varda, Faramir, Eowyn
Web:
    New art
Gaming:
    Elder Scrolls Online
    flashgaming: Lab of the Dead (zombie game)
    Hearthstone
    Legends of Equestria
    My Little Investigations
    World  of WarCraft
    Lord of the Rings Online
Tolkien:
    RP
    Chat topic: To me, the main difference between the two opposing groups thoughout the books has been freedom of choice. Agree or disagree, and can you show examples?
After-meeting:
    More on the chat topic.
    More on Elder Scrolls.

April 19, 2014
    Tolkien Site / Art:
       From the Cave of DeepGroover-(T): "Dwarf with mohawk, aka Gort the Red". Enjoy!

    Nifty:
       Ioreth-(V) was in the featured band with the Vanimor kinship tonight and lit up the sky.
      

April 15, 2014
    Gaming / Elder Scrolls Online:
       The new mmo, based on the single-players, has launched, for Elder Scrolls Online. Check with Finrod-(V) (joseph.brooks5 AT gmail D O T com) about joining together to play with fellow Valarites in either a shadow guild or a full branch if we have enough people. The group can get together on our forum to work out which server.
       Welcome back to Finrod who, as of three months ago, has returned from military service in real life.:)

    Gaming / LotRO:
       Seventh Year Anniversary Festival


April 14, 2014
    Gaming / LotRO:
       Update 13 "The Breaking of Isengard" is up. Release notes.

April 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.
    The AIM version most of us use may be found at this link under Windows.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharzon and Varda
Attending: (5)
    AriehnV, ArPharazonV, Gilraen-(V)/Iryenth, Indis-(V)/karakedi25, VardaValar1 (presiding)
Gaming:
    Pathfinder
    Hearthstone
    My Little Pony
    World of WarCraft
    Lord of the Rings Online
Tolkien:
    Tolkien game

April 12, 2014
    Gaming / LotRO:

        "The LOTRO Game Servers will be brought down on Monday, April 14 from 7:00AM - 12:00PM Eastern (-4 GMT) to launch Update 13: The Breaking of Isengard.Patch notes will be available during the downtime."

April 10, 2014
    Gaming / LotRO:
       News on Update 13 The Breaking of Isengard

April 6, 2014
Sunday Meeting: 5 pm EDT (UTC-5) (GMT-5) Europe and Eastern time are back in sync.
    The meeting is held in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace. Come on in, or ask VardaValar1 or ArPharazonV for an invitation.
    The AIM version most of us use may be found at this link under Windows.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (4)
    AriehnV, ArPharazonV, Indis-(V)/karakedi25, VardaValar1 (presiding)
Gaming:
    flashgaming:  Cookie Clicker
    Hearthstone
    Star Trek Online
    WoW
    LotRO
Tolkien:
    rp postings
    See also the Games Site for WoW news about the next expansion, Warlords of Draenor, in alpha now.

March 30, 2014
Sunday Meeting: 5 pm EDT (UTC-5) (GMT-5) Europe and Eastern time are back in sync.
    The meeting is held in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace. Come on in, or ask VardaValar1 or ArPharazonV for an invitation.
    The AIM version most of us use may be found at this link under Windows.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (5)
    AriehnV, ArPharazonV, Indis-(V)/karakedi25, Nar-(V)/mcioutpost, VardaValar1 (presiding)
Gaming:
    Hearthstone
    flashgaming: Wooden Path
    Tera Rising
    Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls
    LotRO
    WoW
Tolkien:
    rp postings start the chat and break in here and there during the main chat.
    Tolkien's Beowulf
    Chat topic: Things that happened to JRRT in real life having to do with family sometimes bled over into his writing (and the reverse). Can you think of some of these? (The chat breaks up and starts again.)
After-meeting:
    Tolkien chat continues. RP posting.

March 23,2014
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.
    The AIM version most of us use may be found at this link under Windows.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (4)
    AriehnV, ArPharazonV, Indis-(V)/karakedi25, VardaValar1 (presiding)
Tolkien:
    Chat topic: The first family of sorts would be Eru's. He had four sets of children after a fashion. What four were those and what were their differences?
   

March 21, 2014 Friday

    Gaming / LotRO:
       Announcement:
Apply for the 2014 LOTRO Players Council
Fri, 21 Mar 2014 14:26:54 +0000
Starting Today,  March 21st, 2014, we invite players to apply for the LOTRO Player’s Council. Don’t want to join yourself? Recommend a fellow player you feel will be a positive addition to the council.


March 20, 2014 Thursday

    Gaming / LotRO:
       Lootbox weekend begins today: Increased drop rates through-out Middle-earth! March 20th-23rd
March 17, 2014
Happy St. Patrick's Day!

    Gaming / LotRO:
       Forgotten Treasury 7pm Eastern (Valar time) (UT or GMT-5).
            To translate for some of our other time zones: London, Dublin, Scotland (GMT) midnight, Central (GMT-6) 6pm , Mountain (GMT-7) 5pm, Pacific (GMT-8)  4pm, Norway CET (GMT+1) 1am.
            Pick up quests at the Deep Descent in Moria: Dark Defilers, Depleted Crystals, Skum and Urauth, Relics and Coins.
            Load up with fear and wound potions.
            Never been there before: here's one of the guides, but be sure to read the comments. Another.  More guides are available.
                Ran successfully by Ioreth, Hamson, and Varda, completing the instance, quests, and some deeds. Hamson has a talent for catching the order of the statue turns.
          Wednesday high level run planned, maybe Helm's Deep.
          Spontaneous anytime runs always welcome.


March 16, 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.
    Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
    Attending: (4)
        AriehnV, ArPharazonV, Indis-(V)/karakedi25, VardaValar1 (presiding)
    Tolkien:
       Speculation on what barely mentioned type in the books would be the next LotRO class. Started into topic for next meeting on Tolkien and families in his books.

March 14, 2014
    Gaming / LotRO:
       100% bonus experience this weekend through March 17.

       New class announced by Executive Producer Aaron Campbell. "He did state that he had a conversation with Tolkien Enterprises and it's within the lore of the trilogy He said that it was mentioned in the books several times."
March 13, 2014
    Membership:
Welcome to the Valar Guild,Durin-(V)!
Durin researched kinships and picked ours. We are honored,thank you.
He's 50, from Vancouver, Canada, so he's in PDT for the West Coast.
He games in Puzzle Pirates and LotRO.
He's read the Hobbit, Lord of the Rings,and Silmarillion.
A character interesting to him is Tom Bombadil. "Here was someone whose origins defied Tolkien's mythos ("before the first raindrop fell, Tom was here"). He epitomizes the whole idea of music, which was central to Tolkien's word in how it was used in battles between good and evil. And yet, while Tom B grasps the nature of the incredible conflict going on around him, he still seems aloof from it all. Was Tolkien trying to make him the face of nature perhaps? He wasn't as simple 'here's a guy who can help the quest' like most other characters.'"

March 11, 2014
    Gaming / LotRO:
       Since a number of us were away or unaware, the 2nd weekend kin AH continued into the week. Be sure to check for anything you might like to have! [Clarification: kin Auction House is once a month on the second weekend.]


March 9, 2014

Sunday Meeting: 5 pm EDT (UTC-5)
    The meeting is held in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace. Come on in, or ask VardaValar1 or ArPharazonV for an invitation.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Membership:
    Thank you to Arien-(Valar) for chairing the meeting. Eonwe is workind and Varda returned after meeting time.
    Daylight Savings Time hit Eastern next today, so meetings are an hour earlier.
Tolkien:
    Chat topic: Tolkien loved to be playful .. a lot of his characters were. Do you have examples of playful characters?



March 6, 2014 Thursday

    Membership:
        Elwing-(V)'s and DeepGroover-(T)'s  father passed away last night. He was a good friend to Varda's family. In the guild art section, he took the photos for many of DeepGroover's models, some of which are used in the rotating picture on the Valar Guild's home page.

    Gaming / LotRO:
      
Join Sapience on the Arkenstone server, Friday, March 7, at 6:30PM Eastern (-5GMT) or watch it live on the LotRO Twitch Channel.
Did you miss something? Read the transcripts!


March 4, 2014
    Tolkien Site / Stories:
        "More Things in Heaven and Earth". Prologue and first six chapters by Mirabella-(V). Incomplete but still worth reading.  "In the winter after the Ring War, a hidden threat to the White City draws a wanderer back to his home. Boromir, Faramir"



March 2, 2014
Sunday Meeting: 5 pm EST (UTC-5)
    The meeting is held in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace. Come on in, or ask VardaValar1, Eonwe Valar, or ArPharazonV for an invitation.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Membership:
    Eonwe's work schedule is changing so he won't be able to come to regular meetings for some time.
    Daylight Savings Time hits Eastern next week, so meetings are an hour earlier.
Tolkien:
    Trivia game



Feb.27, 2014
    Gaming / LotRO:
       Kin AH: considering doing a Valar Guild kin auction house every 2nd weekend as a habit. To do this, go to the AH and click the option for kin only, then make it cheap. One character can only put a limited number of items in, but we have lots of alts to help get around that problem.  A regular kin AH may help us clear some space as well as helping the kin. Feel free to put stuff on the regular AH as well to help offset posting prices. Let's get in the habit and check for goodies that your main or alts could use.

       Message from LotRO Executive Producer Aaron Campbell aka Rowan:
Here's the message:
Hello all! I’m Aaron “Rowan” Campbell, Executive Producer of The Lord of the Rings Online.*

Update 13 (and LOTRO’s 7th Anniversary) are coming up soon (He said it! Not me!- Sapience). There is a long list of new features with U13, but I want to highlight some of the key items and the great folks that are working on them.

Epic Book: We’re going to Flooded Isengard! MadeofLions has put together an epic experience, where you finally get to experience life as an Ent.

North Downs: This is a vast and classic region. Budgeford is digging in to modernize and improve the space, much like she’s done in the past with Moria.

Fangorn Forest: Quickbeam needs your help! JWBarry has led the charge to build out new quests in Southern Fangorn, including a special friend you might earn.

In addition, mail will now support multiple attachments. VIPs will be able to open mail in the wilderness through your mail alert. Inventory is getting entirely new management options. And we have a new prototype of Hobnangians that we expect to release later this year.

As Kate mentioned, we’re pressing forward to Gondor! We’re digging in deep (but not too deep) to continue the journey through Middle-earth. I look forward to telling you more about our plans for 2014 and into 2015 in the near future.

Rowan

*For those that remember me, I’ve been with LOTRO since 2006. I stepped away over the last year to run Dungeons and Dragons Online. Now I’m back in Middle-earth and thrilled to be working with the LOTRO team again.

Feb. 26,2014
    Gaming / LotRO:
       Solving some common gaming tech problems by +Tiggs+.


Feb. 25, 2014
    Gaming / LotRO:
       Turbine's Mirthgar of Customer Support requests that we remove  the Pando Media Booster from our computers. Link.
Here's the message:
If you still have Pando Media Booster installed please uninstall it via “Uninstall a Program” in the control panel (Add/Remove Programs on XP)*. If you need to download the game please utilize the Play Instantly downloads on the page here or via Steam.

Alternate download options will be made available in the near future.

* Mac users that may still have it installed can uninstall via its removal in Applications through Finder.

Feb. 24, 2014
    Tolkien Site / Stories:
       
Two new chapters by Jay of Lasgalen for "A Series of Culinary Disasters", previously titled "His Mother's Recipe Book:"
           Ch. 4 Mulled Wine
           Ch. 5 Haggi
    Membership page 2014 - being updated. If your name is in black instead of green, please email or otherwise contact Varda to show that you still want to be associated with the Valar Guild Tolkien Fan Club and Gamers Group.

Feb. 23,  2014
Sunday Meeting: 5 pm EST (UTC-5)
    The meeting is held in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace. Come on in, or ask VardaValar1, Eonwe Valar, or ArPharazonV for an invitation.
    Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
    Attending: (6)
        AriehnV, ArPharazonV, Eonwe Valar, Indis-(V)/karakedi25, VardaValar1 (presiding)
    Web:
       News and transcripts going again, thanks to a lot of program downloading and password changing.
    Tolkien:
       RP discussion


Feb. 21, 2014
    Faramir-(init) took a bad fall from a ladder. He has a compound fracture of the leg and a dislocated shoulder on the same side so that he can't use a crutch. I (Varda) am staying with the family for possibly two extra months from the original going home time.
    Fortunately after some finagling, the website can now be reached and worked with. Please feel free to email information for the News page to Varda; it would be most welcome.  See Contact or the Membership page for email and other contact information.  The backlog of transcripts are now added on their proper days, starting with Jan. 12.


Feb. 16, 2014
Sunday Meeting: 5 pm EST (UTC-5)
    The meeting is held in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace. Come on in, or ask Eonwe Valar or ArPharazonV for an invitation.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon, Eonwe, and Varda
Attending: (6)
    AriehnV, ArPharazonV, Eonwe Valar (presiding), Indis-(V)/karakedi25, Menelvagor Valar, VardaValar1
Web:
    Forum changes. (Sign in as usual, probably only need to confirm email.)
Tolkien:
    RP discussion
    Language discussion: How much would the Silvan tongue differ from the old days before the trek from Cuivienen to Aman?


Feb. 9, 2014
Sunday Meeting: 5 pm EST (UTC-5)
    The meeting is held in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace. Come on in, or ask Eonwe Valar or ArPharazonV for an invitation.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (4)
    AriehnV, ArPharazonV, Eonwe Valar (presiding), VardaValar1 (After-meeting)
Tolkien:
    Chat topic: Tom Bombadil: Why not give him the Ring, put him on the back of an eagle, and fly him to Mount Doom to throw the Ring in?
After-meeting:
    Chat topic: Tom Bombadil: Why a bright blue jacket with yellow boots? Wouldn't orange boots go better with blue?
    Chat topic: What material can be found near Tom Bombadil to construct his rocket boots?


Feb. 2, 2014
Sunday Meeting: 5 pm EST (UTC-5)
    The meeting is held in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace. Come on in, or ask Eonwe Valar or ArPharazonV for an invitation.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (6)
    AriehnV, ArPharazonV, Eonwe Valar (presiding), Gilraen-(V)/Iryenth, GwaihirValar, Indis-(V)/karakedi25
Membership:
    Luthien-(V) - may Valinor treat you well.
Tolkien:
    Chat topic: The Eagles: why not just send a flock of them to pluck Pharazon and his army off their ships and put them back down on Numenor?


Jan. 26, 2014
Sunday Meeting: 5 pm EST (UTC-5)
    The meeting is held in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace. Come on in, or ask Eonwe Valar or ArPharazonV for an invitation.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (4)
    AriehnV, ArPharazonV, Eonwe Valar (presiding), Indis-(V)/karakedi25
Tolkien:
    Name game
   

Jan. 19, 2014
Sunday Meeting: 5 pm EST (UTC-5)
    The meeting is held in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace. Come on in, or ask Eonwe Valar or ArPharazonV for an invitation.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (8)
    AriehnV, ArPharazonV, arwenv1, EonweValar (presiding), Indis-(V)/karakedi25, Ioreth-(V)/LizMarr, Menelvagor Valar (After-meeting), VardaValar1 (After-meeting)
Tolkien:
    Five degrees of separation


Jan. 12, 2014
Sunday Meeting: 5 pm EST (UTC-5)
    The meeting is held in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace. Come on in, or ask Eonwe Valar or ArPharazonV for an invitation.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (5)
    AriehnV (presiding), ArPharazonV, EonweValar (After-meeting), Indis-(V)/karakedi25, Menelvagor Valar (After-meeting)
Tolkien:
    Trivia
    Tolkien Moment


Jan. 7, 2014
    Eowyn-(V) and Faramir-(init) have just brought another potential gamer into the world! He's a boy, 5 pounds and 11 ounces and has lots of brown hair. Fangorn and Varda are very happy grandparents, Sauron and Bilbo are now uncles, and Merry is a great-uncle. Now that's a family tree!


Jan. 5, 2014
Sunday Meeting: 5 pm EST (UTC-5)
    The meeting is held in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace. Come on in, or ask VardaValar1, Eonwe Valar, or ArPharazonV for an invitation.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (7)
    AriehnV, ArPharazonV, EonweValar, Indis-(V)/karakedi25, Menelvagor Valar (After-meeting), Nar-V/mcioutpost, VardaValar1(presiding)
Gaming
Tolkien:
    What kind of survival skills did each member of the Fellowship of the Ring bring to the party?


Jan. 3, 2014
    Today is the 122nd birthday of John Ronald Reul Tolkien!
Who?

Jan. 1, 2014
Happy New Year!


Dec. 29, 2013
Sunday Meeting: 5 pm EST (UTC-5)
    The meeting is held in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace. Come on in, or ask VardaValar1, Eonwe Valar, or ArPharazonV for an invitation.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (5)
    AriehnV, ArPharazonV, EonweValar, Indis-(V)/karakedi25, VardaValar1(presiding)
Web:
The Forum is going to be upgrading to v5 soon. Once this goes live, everyone will need to set up a Proboards Global Account when they go to log in on the Forum.
Gaming:
SCBW
D3
flashgames:
    Cookie Clicker
    My Little Pony
LotRO
WoW
Tolkien:
    A number of critics like to claim JRRT's books were prudish or black and white in morality. Was JRRT unaware of the unpleasant side of life? Is it really that way in his writing?


Dec. 25, 2013
Merry Christmas!
Balin


Dec. 22, 2013
Sunday Meeting: 5 pm EST (UTC-5)
    The meeting is held in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace. Come on in, or ask Eonwe Valar or ArPharazonV for an invitation.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (4)
    ArPharazonV, EonweValar (presided over Tolkien), Indis-(V)/karakedi25, VardaValar1(presided over Business)
Membership:
    Fangorn and Varda's 40th anniversary
Web:
    Link
    Games Site
Gaming:
    Guild Wars 2
    Star Wars: The Old Republic
    flashgaming
    World of WarCraft
    Lord of the Rings Online
    Diablo 3
    StarCraft 2
Tolkien:
    Eonwe Valar: Given the time of year we're at, I thought we'd look at hope, inspiration, and morale. What examples do we have of these things in Lord of the Rings, what brings them about, etc.?


Dec. 20, 2013
    Gaming / LotRO:
      
Sapience tells us the plans for the game for 2014. We are also given a chance to make suggestions in linked threads for Festivals and for Housing.

Dec. 18, 2013
    Links:
      
The Creation of Tolkien by Tomas Kullström of Denmark. Enjoy the family trees, clickable Beleriand map, and stars.

    Gaming / LotRO:
       Yule Festival begins today and runs to January 14. Enjoy!


Dec. 16, 2013
    Gaming / LotRO:
       Update 12.1.
Numerous bug fixes and tweaks to some of the classes.

    Yes, the font on this page is larger; guess I'm getting older. Requests to change it back or to keep it may be addressed to Varda by email or at an AIM meeting.


Dec. 15, 2013
Sunday Meeting: 5 pm EST (UTC-5)
    The meeting is held in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace. Come on in, or ask Eonwe Valar or ArPharazonV for an invitation.
          Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
          Attending: (5)
              AriehnV, ArPharazonV, EonweValar, Indis-(V)/karakedi25, Ioreth-(V)/LizMarr
Gaming:
    WoW
    LotRO
    StarCraft 2
    Diablo 3
Tolkien:
    Silmarillion trivia questions:
    1. (from Ar-Pharazon-V): Who were the seven sons of Feanor and what was each his role/position in the Siege of Angband?
    2. (from Eonwe-Valar): What two characters influential to the history of Arda crossed paths briefly at the Pools of Ivrin?
    3. (from Indis-V): The kinslaying that blighted the history of the Noldor happened more than once. What were the events during the First Age? Who were the best-known victims?
    4. (from Arien-Valar): The five battles, the big ones of Beleriand .. can you name them with either Sindarin names or their translation?

Dec. 9, 2013
    Gaming / WoW:
       Tomorrow, patch 5.4.2 is supposed to go live.

    Durin's Awakening YouTube music with Tolkien's words. Link sent in by Meriadoc-(V).


Dec. 8, 2013
Sunday Meeting: 5 pm EST (UTC-5)
    The meeting is held in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace. Come on in, or ask Eonwe Valar, ArPharazonV, or VardaValar1 for an invitation.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (7)
    AriehnV, ArPharazonV, EonweValar, Gilraen-(V)/Iryenth, Indis-(V)/karakedi25, Ioreth-(V)/LizMarr, VardaValar1 (presiding)


Dec. 7, 2013
   
New Zealand from the air. Link from Meriadoc-(V), and are we really going to try to land through that cloud?


Dec. 1, 2013
Sunday Meeting: 5 pm EST (UTC-5)
    The meeting is held in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace. Come on in, or ask Eonwe Valar, ArPharazonV, or VardaValar1 for an invitation.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon the Golden and Varda
Attending: (9)
    AriehnV, ArPharazonV, EonweValar, Gilraen-(V)/Iryenth, Indis-(V)/karakedi25, Ioreth-(V)/LizMarr, Menelvagor Valar, Nar-(V)/mcioutpost, VardaValar1 (presiding)
Gaming:
    SCBW
    SWTOR
    flashgaming:
       Strand (review)
       Not to Scale (review)
       Shellshock (tank game)
    World of Tanks (discussion) free tank mmo
    SC2
    Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor (review)
    WoW
    LotRO
Tolkien:
    Chat topic: What did Bilbo have that the Dwarves wanted, in The Hobbit?
After-meeting:
    Chat topic continued
    WoW
    RP postings
    WoW


Nov. 28, 2013
Happy Thanksgiving! Eruhantale!

Bag End Thanksgiving

From the Hobbit Movie Facebook


Nov. 26, 2013

    Google now has a map of Middle-earth.

Nov. 24, 2013
Sunday Meeting: 5 pm EST (UTC-5)

    The meeting is held in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace. Come on in, or ask Eonwe Valar, ArPharazonV, or VardaValar1 for an invitation.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (6)
    AriehnV, ArPharazonV, EonweValar, Indis-(V)/karakedi25, Ioreth-(V)/LizMarr, VardaValar1 (presiding)
Gaming:
    D3 expansion: Reaper of Souls
    flash-gaming: Gravitee Wars
    WoW
    LotRO
Tolkien:
    Discussion: In LotR, what does JRRT show as leading to happiness?


Nov. 22. 2013 (Friday)
    Gaming / LotRO:
       Servers were down between 7am and 10am Eastern (-5 GMT) for a hotfix to the game, now up.

    YouTube The Hobbit - Far Over the Misty Mountains Cold (Extended Cover) . Three brothers and their father sang this cover of the song adding in more of Tolkien's verses using 10 voice tracks, with another siblingr handling the recording and mixing of music and movie clips to show the story. The lyrics are included in the description.


Nov. 20, 2013
    Gaming / LotRO:
      
Official Release Notes
Launcher news:
WE RIDE FOR WAR!
Tues, 19 Nov. 2013 18:52:42:00
Helm's Deep has arrived! All LOTRO Game Worlds are now available! Enjoy the game.

        Re-do LI ranks.
        Re-do traits, not at the Bard, but with the up-arrow at the left of the bottom menu; pick two of the trees (specs) free and change between them at will if not in combat.
          A number of old abilities are now traited.
          Warning - Opening a Housing Chest will cause Unique items inside of it to disappear. Players should not open their Housing Chests for now. This is to be fixed on the next update.


Nov. 18, 2013
    Gaming / LotRO:
       Last night, the data centers and backup went down, causing the forums and game to go down. The forums went back online last night, but not the game. The Helm's Deep expansion is being delayed until Nov. 20. The game is back online.

       Meanwhile, we can familiarize ourselves with what we need to be doing, thanks to the Dev's Diaries and collected guides by gamers.
       We'll be seeing more of the actual book characters. Do we hear the snapshotting of many screenies?

       The new region of Western Rohan opens up. Gamers can go up ten levels on the contested journey to Helm's Deep, to the new maximum level of 95. It's a rough trip.

       The Epic Battles (fka Big Battles)
          Intro
          General Guide
          How does the gamer enter and who is allowed?:
          Tutorial at the Boar's Fountain in Bree. Do this first. Then try soloing Helm's Dike, looking around.
          These battle instances may be entered from the Start menu's up arrow, Shift B, or the Instance Finder.
         The Epic Battles can be entered from the time a character reaches level 10. This tenth level character will have his gear pushed up to level 95 for the top items, but there are caveats to starting low.  An item worn by the tenth level character that is three levels lower will continue to be three levels lower. Traits will remain at the same level already earned, rather than being bumped up to the new level 18. Such characters may be best suited to acting as Engineers (stay on the walls to shoot and arm catapults, drop rocks into the culvert, etc).
          Solo instance slots may also be occupied without change by a duo, so finding a partner is a smart idea.
          The gamer may take one of three positions and work up a skill tree for it, or hybridize.  The Engineer mans the walls handling the catapults, rocks, and other item defenses. The Officer puts up flags and directs the battle, changing the course of the Rohirrim and buffing them appropriately. The Vanguard meets the enemy on the field.
          Goals are to take out the incoming siege weapons of the enemy, thin the enemy ranks before they reach the walls, kill the enemy that reach the walls especially protecting the Rohirric weapons, and save as many of the Rohirrim as possible to be alive when Gandalf *finally* brings reinforcements. After all, eventually the Rohirrim will have to go help besieged Gondor in a later expansion.
          Roles and Promotions.
          Merit and Medals.
         

Nov. 17, 2013
Sunday Meeting: 5 pm EST (UTC-5)
    The meeting is held in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace. Come on in, or ask Eonwe Valar, ArPharazonV, or VardaValar1 for an invitation.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (8)
    AriehnV, ArPharazonV, EonweValar (presiding over last section), farmermaggotv, Fladrifv, Gwaihir-Valar, Indis-(V)/karakedi25, VardaValar1 (presiding over first section)
Gaming:
    PS$ is out
    Expansions coming out for LotRO and more for WoW.
Tolkien:
    The Istari and taking care of business.


Nov. 10, 2013
Happy birthday, Varda.
Wait, that's me.
Sunday Meeting: 5 pm EST (UTC-5)
    The meeting is held in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace. Come on in, or ask Eonwe Valar, ArPharazonV, or VardaValar1 for an invitation.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon the Golden and Varda
Attending: (4)
    ArPharazonV, EonweValar (presiding Tolkien), Indis-(V)/karakedi25, VardaValar1 (presiding business)
    Fladrif V side window, unable to join the main chat room. Menelvagor Valar during After-meeting.
Web:
    Games Site updated
Gaming:
    SWTOR
    flashgaming
    Heroes of the Storm
    WoW: upcoming expansion
    LotRO: upcoming expansion (NDA lifted)
Tolkien:
    Calculating Smaug's gold.
After-meeting:
    Hobbit movie
    More gaming talk

Nov. 9, 2013
    Varda's back home.  Aiya ilye Valar!
    Gaming / WoW:
       From Eonwe: The next WoW expansion has been announced today at Blizzcon: Warlords of Draenor.
    Gaming / LotRO:
       Treasure Hunt festival is on!

Nov. 3, 2013
   
Time zone news: EDT is now EST.
Sunday Meeting: 5 pm EST (UTC-5)
    The meeting is held in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace. Come on in, or ask Eonwe Valar, ArPharazonV, or VardaValar1 for an invitation.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (6)
    AriehnV, ArPharazonV, EonweValar, VardaValar1 (presiding)
    Fladrifv, Gimli-(V)/jetwest, Ioreth (LizMarr) (After-meeting)
Membership:
    Daylight Savings Time ended in the Eastern time zone, which is Valar standard time.
    Fladrif-(V)
    Arien-(Valar)
Web:
    Games Site updated
Gaming:
    flashgames
    SWTOR
    Diablo 3
    WoW
    LotRO
Tolkien:
    Hobbit movie: new banner pictures.
    Chat topic: What kind of "tech" do they use in the time of the LotR?

Nov. 1, 2013
    Happy birthday, Alatar!
    Happy birthday, Elros!

Oct. 31, 2013
Happy Halloween!


Oct. 27, 2013
Sunday Meeting: 5 pm EDT (UTC-5)
    The meeting is held in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace. Come on in, or ask Eonwe Valar, ArPharazonV, or VardaValar1 for an invitation.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (6)
    AriehnV, ArPharazonV, EonweValar, Gilraen-(V)/Iryenth, Indis-(V)/karakedi25, VardaValar1 (presiding)
Membership:
    Time zone in Europe changed, but not until next weekend in the US.
    Ar-Pharazon
    Arwen
Gaming:
    D3
    WoW news, planning
    LotRO
Tolkien:
    RP
    Upcoming movies.
    Elves at the time of LotR
After-meeting:
    More on elves, elvish language, book version of Ar-Pharazon

Oct. 26, 2013
    Happy birthday, Arwen!

Oct. 22, 2013
    Gaming / LotRO:
       Fall Fesitval has begun! Spooky time awaits!

Oct. 20, 2013
Sunday Meeting: 5 pm EDT (UTC-5)
    The meeting is held in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace. Come on in, or ask Eonwe Valar, ArPharazonV, or VardaValar1 for an invitation.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (7)
    AriehnV, ArPharazonV, EonweValar, Indis-(V)/karakedi25, Ioreth/LizMarr, Menelvagor Valar, VardaValar1 (presiding)
Membership:
    Eonwe
    Melkor
Gaming:
    various
    LotRO
    WoW
Tolkien:
    Forum RP posting during chat.
    Chat: Why do we call ourselves the Valar Guild? We have more than one reason. Have fun remembering them all!
After-meeting:
    Guild site repairs
    WoW

Oct. 19, 2013
    Happy birthday, Mirabella!

Oct. 14, 2013
    Gaming / LotRO:
       Turbine is requesting our help in telling what sorts of computers we use to game with them. Here's the short Computer Hardware Survey.
       We had a big update today. Might as well grab a soda while waiting.

Oct. 13, 2013
    Happy birthday, Maedhros!
Sunday Meeting: 5 pm EDT (UTC-5)
    The meeting is held in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace. Come on in, or ask ArPharazonV or VardaValar1 for an invitation.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (6)
    AriehnV, ArPharazonV, Indis-(V)/karakedi25, Ioreth/LizMarr, Menelvagor Valar,  VardaValar1 (presiding)
Before-meeting
    Working out AIM naming problems.
Web:
    H and LotR music links here and through the meeting.
Gaming:
    various
    LotRO
    WoW
Tolkien:
    Music: Eru began creation with music, teaching the Valar as soloists, then they learned duets and groups.: After Arda was created, music still had exceptional effects in Middle-earth. Can you think of a few of these? Any book (Tolkien) is fine.

Oct. 12, 2013
    Happy birthday, Beleg!

Oct. 6, 2013
    Happy birthday, Tulkas!

    Last day of the chat marathon! Come get your name put in as a helper!
    AIM chat marathon helpers spotted so far today: Arien, Ar-Pharazon, Eonwe, Gilraen, Indis, Ioreth, Menelvagor, Nerdanel, and Varda.

Sunday Meeting: 5 pm EDT (UTC-5)
    The meeting is held in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace. Come on in, or ask ArPharazonV or VardaValar1 for an invitation.
    To invite yourself to the AIM room:
        Put your name in your Buddy List
        Right click your name.
        From the drop down menu, select Group Chat.
        A box comes up.
        At the bottom, it says Chat Room: and an awful, long number.
        Select the number and type over it: Valar Guild Meetingplace
        Click Send
        Aiya!
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (8)
    AriehnV, ArPharazonV, Gilraen-(V)/Iryenth, Indis-(V)/karakedi25, Ioreth/LizMarr, Menelvagor Valar (quiet), Nerdanel-(V)/nerdanel47, VardaValar1 (presiding)
Web:
    Games Site updated
    State of Valar Gaming 2013
    Games Site Mass Update 2013
    Anniversary Page
    Tolkien Site:
        Poetry: Light and Dark by Varda-(Valar).
Gaming:
    flashgames
       Kongregate
       Cookies: url and review
       Game of Thrones browser mmo
    SCBW
    SWTOR
    Diablo 3
    WoW
    LotRO
Tolkien:
    Hobbit movie chat started during the Web section., from a misplaced Hobbit trailer that should have been under Tolkien.
After-meeting:
    Chat kept going like the Energizer bunny for a while longer.

Oct. 5, 2013
    Happy birthday, Aldarion!

    During the chat marathon, we came up with this handy url for converting between Fahrenheit and Celsius. Hurray for having an international group!
     AIM chat marathon helpers seen today: Arien, Ar-Pharazon, Eonwe, Menelvagor, and Varda.

Oct. 4, 2013
Happy 16th Anniversary of the Valar Guild!
   
    Anniversary page
for your enjoyment. More will be added all during October.
       Want to join in?
            Take a look at the page and enjoy it!
            Send in your best screenies from games you play, showing light effects or anniversary get-togethers, to Varda for the Anniversary page.
            Send in your original art, poetry, stories, humor, music, articles, and/or language translations.
                If you think you have problems with art, just check out Pinkie's problems in this art piect by Nerdanel-(V). Or if you're feeling good about what you've made and are happy to share it, maybe you feel like a piece of happy pony tarot art by Nerdanel. For My Little Pony fans (hey, we have quite a few!), here's her whole MLP Tarot Deck; enjoy!
    LotRO gaming:
        Fireworks to be blown sky high in capitols of Middle-earth! Grab your fireworks and travel rations. Noon and 8pm Eastern are target times. For those who can't make the times or the day, feel free to LotROmail mathoms, a bottle of wine, traditional seed cake, or other.
    Aim chat marathon continues with help from Arien, Ar-Pharazon, Eonwe, Indis, Menelvagor, Nerdanel, and Varda.
    Forum: Feel free to add to:
        Happy anniversary thread!
        List of ways light and darkness was used for our anniversary light theme. This can be for beauty or in the wars, from any of Tolkien's books.
    Ventrilo: some of us are on the Ventrilo chat program - thank you to Irmo-(Valar) for keeping this available!


Oct. 3, 2013
    Happy birthday, Thror!
    New screenshots
are up on the 16th Anniversary page. More goodies will be taken all month. Email Varda.
    Aim chat marathon
continues with help including from Arien, Ar-Pharazon, Gilraen, Menelvagor, and Varda.

Oct. 2, 2013
    Gaming / WoW:
       Explosions! Yelling! Yep, good times.
            To handle scheduling problems, the city fireworks run happened this evening. Bofur, Elwing, Eonwe, Eowyn, and Varda traveled to special locations and set off fireworks in honor of the Valar Guild's 16th anniversary. Screenies were taken, trying to remember this year's "light" theme, and some will be made available on the Anniversary page. For those of you who were along and have an especially good screenie you'd like to share, please email it to Eonwe or Varda; emails are listed under Contact and Membership. Also see the link bar at the top of the News page.
       AIM chat marathon continues with efforts including those of Arien, Ar-Pharazon, Eonwe, Menelvagor, and Varda.

Oct. 1, 2013
    Happy birthday, Glaurung!
    New Hobbit trailer out, for movie number 2.
Here it is on YouTube.
    The AIM chat marathon continues. So far today we've spotted Arien, Ar-Pharazon, Eonwe, Fladrif, Gwaihir, Menelvagor, and Varda.

Sept. 30, 2013
Phial of Galadriel
Phial of Galadriel
Click to enlarge the movie poster image.
Light in Tolkien's works, day 1.
    Chat marathon Day 2!
       Aiya to marathoners Arien, Ar-Pharazon, Eonwe, Fladrif, Menelvagor, and Varda. Come on in and help hold the room open!

Sept. 29, 2013

    The Valar Guild 16th Anniversary AIM chat marathon begins at today's meeting! Members and friends, please feel free to come in and just help hold the room open until the next meeting, whenever you can drop by.
    Oct. 4 Anniversary theme: light. Screenshots from your gaming, article and story, poem and art, humor and translations, can all have some point about light in them. It's not required, but helps as a creative prompt. Mail to Varda (see Membership or Contact for current email.) For those in the chat marathon, we're collecting a list of mentions and ideas about light in Tolkien, feel free to add to it! Can't get in AIM? (use the Legacy version) Send your light idea to Varda's email and still be included, or go to our
Forum thread about light and add your two cents!
    Games Site: Don't forget to email Eonwe for the Games Site, telling what your current games are. He's wiping off all the old info and putting up only the new info that you tell him.

Sunday Meeting: 5 pm EDT (UTC-5) Sept. 29, 2013
    The meeting is held in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace. Come on in, or ask ArPharazonV or VardaValar1 for an invitation.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (5+1)
    AriehnV, ArPharazonV, Indis-(V)/karakedi25, Gwaihir Valar, VardaValar1 (presiding)
    EonweValar
Membership:
    16h anniversary of the Valar Guild
    Games Site Mass Update underway
    Chat marathon begins today
Gaming:
    Lots of games, including a review.
Tolkien:
    Light and the absence thereof in Tolkien's works.
After-meeting:
    Chat marathon for the 16th anniversary began.
    WoW
    SC2 news

Sept. 23, 2013
    Gaming / LotRO:
       Today's Update 11.4 release notes.

Sept. 22, 2013
Happy Hobbit Day!
Sunday Meeting: 5 pm EDT (UTC-5)
    The meeting is held in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace. Come on in, or ask ArPharazonV or VardaValar1 for an invitation.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (5)
    AriehnV, ArPharazonV, fladrifv, Indis-(V)/karakedi25, VardaValar1 (presiding)
Membership:
    Arien
Gaming:
    flashgames
    SC 2
    Chess
    Total Annihilation
    Diablo 3
    WoW
    LotRO
Tolkien:
    Hobbit Day, aka Bilbo and Frodo's joint birthday from the books is today, Sept. 22.
    Fluff went on all during the meeting as if we're partying in Valinor.
    Riddles for the Birthday Party during the Tolkien section.
After-meeting:
    Another riddle.

Sept. 20, 2013
    Gaming / LotRO:
       Quest:
Baggins Birthday. Help Frodo with a birthday present for his uncle.
    Coming up:
September 22 is Hobbit Day, for the double birthday of Frodo and Bilbo! Feel free to send mathoms around in-game! Food and drinks are welcome too!
    The Facebook page for The Hobbit movie has this suggestion for home parties.

Sept. 19, 2013
    Talk Like a Pirate Day!
      
Official site. The opening page has lots of pirate groups and soloists destroying (or doing very well, even harmonizing!) various verses of the song: "What do you do with a Drunken Sailor".
       Check out your favorite game(s) for pirate-themed madness!
            LotRO's starts at the Brandywine Bridge. If you're really lucky, you'll find a Locked Box with a high level item like a piece of jewelry. Collect Water-logged Boxes and Kegs of Cram along the Brandywine going to and from the wrecked ship to barter for cosmetics and Bags of Bounder's Tokens.


Sept. 17, 2013
    Warner Bros. vs Tolkien Estate:
       Nov. 19, 2012: Tolkien estate sues Warner Brothers over LotR-related casino gaming online slot machines and other things they found demeaning.
          Hollywood.com article. The Guardian.com article.
          March 15, 2013 Mail Online article.
       July 11, 2013: Federal judge allows counter-claims by Warner against the estate.
          DeadlineHollywood article, OneRing.net article with links,

Sept. 15, 2013
Sunday Meeting: 5 pm EDT (UTC-5)
    The meeting is held in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace. Come on in, or ask ArPharazonV or VardaValar1 for an invitation.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (4)
    AriehnV, ArPharazonV, GwaihirValar, VardaValar1 (presiding)
Membership:
    Gwaihir
Gaming:
    Various
    WoW
    LotRO
Tolkien:
    Link to the interview concerning JRRT and paperbacks.
    Entry question discussion.

Sept. 12, 2013
    Gaming / LotRO:
       Congratulations to the Landroval server and our own folk who worked so hard collecting Bounder's Tokens! The Landroval server placed second in North America and in English-speaking servers, just after the more populous Brandywine, 6th worldwide. Well done!
       Bounder's Tokens should cease to drop after the Helm's Deep expansion comes out, expected to launch on November 18.  It can already be pre-purchased online.
      

Sept. 11, 2013
September 11 

Sept. 8, 2013
Sunday Meeting: 5 pm EDT (UTC-5)
    The meeting is held in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace. Come on in, or ask ArPharazonV or VardaValar1 for an invitation.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (6)
    AriehnV, ArPharazonV, fladrifv, Indis-(V)/karakedi25, Menelvagor Valar, VardaValar1 (presiding)
Membership:
    Indis
Gaming:
    Various fun stuff over the last week
    WoW
    LotRO
Tolkien:
    JRRT didn't want to have his books put into paperback and was blocking it.
    Hobbit tourism.
    Ability to fly.
After-meeting:
    Balrog wings.
    Menelvagor-(Valar).
    More WoW

Sept. 1, 2013
Sunday Meeting: 5 pm EDT (UTC-5)
    The meeting is held in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace. Come on in, or ask ArPharazonV or VardaValar1 for an invitation.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (6)
    AriehnV, ArPharazonV, Eonwe Valar (presiding), GwaihirValar, Indis-(V)/karakedi25, VardaValar1
Membership:
    Eonwe
Web:
    Art
Gaming:
    WoW
    LotRO
    flashgames: Creeper World 2
    Final Fantasy XIV
    GSMU (Games Site Mass Update)
Tolkien:
    Tolkien game
After-meeting:
    More Tolkien gaming

Aug. 28, 2013
    Tolkien Site / Art:
       The links for DeepGroover-(T)'s models that won in the Nationals are now listed below on the day of the win. Jump here.

Aug. 26, 2013
    Gaming / LotRO:
       Patch notes for today.

Aug. 25, 2013
Sunday Meeting: 5 pm EDT (UTC-5)
    The meeting is held in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace. Come on in, or ask ArPharazonV or VardaValar1 for an invitation.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (6)
    AriehnV, ArPharazonV, Eonwe Valar, fladrifv, Indis-(V)/karakedi25, VardaValar1 (presiding)
Membership:
    Indis (updated during Tolkien)
    Elwing
    DeepGroover-(T)
Gaming:
    Diablo 3
    SCBW
    SC2
    Rift
    WoW
    LotRO
Tolkien:
    Tolkien Trivia contest winners
    Tolkien discussion: What decoys occurred that pulled Sauron's attention away from where the One Ring actually was?

Aug. 24, 2013
    LotRO:
       Link to handy lotro-wiki.com.

Aug. 22, 2013
    Gaming News:
       From Eonwe:
          Link for Diablo 3's new "Reaper of Souls".
          Link for WoW on how to prepare for Patch 5. 4 "Siege of Orgrimmar".

Aug. 19, 2013
    Happy birthday, Elwing!

Aug. 18, 2013
    Tolkien Trivia Contest!
       Eonwe has posted the latest Tolkien Trivia contest to our forum, closed book. Rules ae posted there as well. Answers are to be sent by pm on the forum to Eonwe. If you need to ask Eonwe procedure questions such as how to get on the forum, or how to pm, email him at deneltir@hotmail.com
Sunday Meeting: 5 pm EDT (UTC-5)
    The meeting is held in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace. Come on in, or ask ArPharazonV or VardaValar1 for an invitation.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (6)
    AriehnV, ArPharazonV, Eonwe Valar, fladrifv, Indis-(V)/karakedi25, VardaValar1 (presiding)
Membership:
    Arien
    Eonwe
    Indis
Gaming:
    Rift
    flashgames
    Hearthstone
    WoW (more in the After-meeting)
    LotRO
    SC2 (during After-meeting)
Tolkien:
    Link to a poem used for song lyrics.
    Tolkien Trivia Contest on our forum
    Topic: Plants in LotR seem to be mentioned quite often at special places and occasions. Maybe if you want to search your memory where they are and what plants :-)?
    Tolkien Moment: Aragorn at Cerin Amroth.
After-meeting:
    Discussion of the Tolkien Moment.
    Blizzard launcher in open beta.
    SC2

Aug. 17, 2013
    Tolkien Site / Art:
       Today, DeepGroover-(T)'s models won two awards at the National modeling contest held in Colorado. He won first place in the large field of Fantasy Busts with his life-sized zombie head:  Bust of the Living Dead. He took second place in the huge category of small figures with his Knight, a 28 mm war game figure (that's about and inch and a quarter high).


Aug. 12, 2013
    Gaming / LotRO:
       LotRO forum post from Sapience
(new thread):
         
Tonight at midnight Eastern Time, our provider will revert their routing changes back to their normal routes. While we do not expect this to cause the previous routing issues to return, it is always possible that these issues still exist. If you experience login and other issues similar to the previous week, we ask you to submit a traceroute from your pc to gls.lotro.com in this thread.
       (previous thread)
    From the old thread, a poster named Earenya gave this explanation on doing a tracerrt (traces the route your comp takes to go to reach LotRO:
go to your windows button on the bottom left and type the letters "cmd". A box will come up. Type the following exactly:

tracert gls.lotro.com

hit enter

the tracerout will start running. when it's finished right click and click "select all" and then open up a word or notepad document and "paste". Name it tracerout and attach it to your ticket.

Aug. 11, 2013
Sunday Meeting: 5 pm EDT (UTC-5)
    The meeting is held in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace. Come on in, or ask ArPharazonV or VardaValar1 for an invitation.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (3)
    AriehnV, ArPharazonV, VardaValar1 (presiding)
Membership:
    Orome
    Indis
    Arien's Bruce
Gaming:
    SCBW
    Rift
    Diablo 3
    flashgaming:
       Creeper World
    WoW
    LotRO
Tolkien:
    Chat: In the Lord of the Rings, do we readers get that sort of lure feeling that progress gives?


Aug. 7, 2013
    Gaming / LotRO:
          Maintenance from 9am to around 11am EST (-4 GMT) on gaming and account servers.  Players already in the game will be unaffected unless they log out or are disconnected. Anyone outside the game at this time will be unable to log into it.


Aug. 6, 2013
    Gaming / LotRO:
      
Summer Festival is being extended through Monday, August 12.


       Aug. 5, 2013
    Gaming / LotRO:
       Connectivity issues for quite a few LotRO players. They're not in LotRO, but in the network outside. It's being worked on and workarounds have been located usable by some people More info::
          https://www.lotro.com/forums/showthread.php?519601-Official-thread-Conntectivity-Issues


Aug. 4, 2013
Sunday Meeting: 5 pm EDT (UTC-5)
    The meeting is held in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (6)
    AriehnV/Arien-(Valar) (presiding), ArPharazonV, fladrifv, Indis-(V)/karakedi25, Gilraen-(V)/Iryenth, GwaihirValar
Membership:
    Varda
    Arien's Bruce
       The Island of Skye
    Ar-Pharazon
Gaming:
    LoL
    Project X-Zone
    Chess
    Total Annihilation
       Arm vs Core
    Diablo 3
    WoW
    LotRO
       [Note: LotRO is working on problems some people are having with log-ins not working.]
Tolkien:
    Festival in the Shire Arts and Exhibitions.
    ExhibitionsThere
    Topic: plants .. flowers in particular, seem to crop up all over LOTR , some are named , some explained where planted and used..
    Tolkien Moment: Taters. Plus comments.
top

Aug. 1, 2013
    Happy birthday, Orome!


July 29, 2013
    Gaming / LotRO:
       LotRO forums are now read-only except a temporary section that will not be saved. Grab what you want off the forums before the information is deleted.

July 28, 2013
Sunday Meeting: 5 pm EDT (UTC-5)
    The meeting is held in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon the Golden and Vards
Attending: (7)
    AriehnV, ArPharazonV, Indis-(V)/karakedi25, Nar-(V)/mcioutpost, Gilraen-(V)/Iryenth, GwaihirValar, VardaValar1 (presiding)
Membership:
    Arien
Web:
    Games Site
Gaming:
    SC2
    Left4Dead2
    Final Fantasy XIV review
    flashgaming
    Rift
    My Little Investigations review
    WoW
    LotRO 
Tolkien:
    Trivia game across The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings.
After-meeting:
    Trivia continued. Links to things orcish and goblinish.
    Indis is doing a project of saving good LotRO threads before they disappear forever on Monday.

July 30, 2013
    Happy birthday, Arveleg!


July 26, 2013
    Gaming / LotRO:
       July 29 and for possibly four days, the LotRO forums are migrating. A temporary forum will be available but posts in it will not be transferred to the new forum. Updates and status changes will be available on Twitter and Facebook. More info.


July 24, 2013
    Gaming / LotRO:
       Update 11.2 is now out. Here are the release notes.
       Summer Festival has begun!

July 22, 2013
    Happy birthday, Grimbeorn!

July 21, 2013
Sunday Meeting: 5 pm EDT (UTC-5)
    The meeting is held in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (4)
    AriehnV, ArPharazonV, Indis-(V)/karakedi25, VardaValar1 (presiding)
Web:
    Games Site
Gaming:
    flashgaming
    Rift
    WoW
    LotRO
Tolkien:
    rp: problem posting
    Trivia: Questions over "Beren and Luthien" from the Silmarillion.


July 14, 2013

Sunday Meeting: 5 pm EDT (UTC-5)
    The meeting is held in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (5)
    AriehnV, ArPharazonV, fladrifv, Indis-(V)/karakedi25, VardaValar1 (presiding)
    Problems inviting folks after the new AIM update, as the Group Chat option is not showing.
Web:
    Games Site: News
    Tolkien Site: Article
Tolkien Chat:
    Why Hobbits have hairy feet. Plus an illustration.


July 12, 2013
    Gaming / LotRO
        News from the LotRO Launcher:
Defend your DragonSlayer Title!
Fri, 12 Jul 2013 19:29:30 GMT
Last year the LOTRO Community was named the most passionate in gaming. Now it’s time to prove it again! Voting is open for the 2013 DragonSlayer awards. LOTRO Is nominated in 4 categories: Most Passionate, Community Team, Community Manager, and 2 of our amazing Kinships! Cast your votes!



July 8, 2013
    Happy birthday, Falathar!
    Happy birthday, Turgon!

    Tolkien Site / Articles:
      
One Ring To Rule Them All: Addictions in LOTR by Lisa Smith


July 7, 2013
    Tolkien / Stories:
      
"Whissssspers" by "Alcardilme-(T)
Sunday Meeting: 5 pm EDT (UTC-5)
    The meeting is held in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace
    Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
    Attending: (5)
        AriehnV, ArPharazonV, Gilraen-(V)/Iryenth, Indis-(V)/karakedi25, VardaValar1 (presiding)
    Tolkien opening topic: Where would the West be in our time?



July 4, 2013
    Happy birthday, Indis!
Happy Independence Day!

July 3, 2013
    Gaming / LotRO:
       Crafted jewelry page suggested by Hurin.

June 30 2013
Sunday Meeting: 5 pm EDT (UTC-5)
    The meeting is held in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace
    Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
    Attending: (5)
        AriehnV, ArPharazonV, Gilraen-(V)/Iryenth, Indis-(V)/karakedi25, VardaValar1 (presiding)
June 29, 2013
    Happy birthday, Amaranth!


June 27-July 1
    Gaming / LotRO:
        Buried Treasure Event

June 24, 2013
    Happy birthday, Cirdan!


June 23, 2013
Sunday Meeting: 5 pm EDT (UTC-5)
    The meeting is held in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace
    Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
    Attending: (3)
        ArPharazonV, farmermaggotv, VardaValar1 (presiding)


June 22, 2013 Saturday
    Last day
to send in your try at the LotR quiz on our forum. For honor, for the guild, for your guild branch, for Manwe or Melkor, for being a Tolkien fan, for kicks!


June 19, 2013
    Happy birthday, Malva!


June 18, 2013 Tuesday
    Gaming / LotRO:
       Network maintenance is expected to take about two hours.


June 17, 2013 Monday
    Tolkien:
       LotR Trivia quiz for prizes
now up on our forum!


June, 16, 2013
Happy Father's Day!
Sunday Meeting: 5 pm EDT (UTC-5)
    The meeting is held in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace
    Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
    Attending: (5)
        Arien-(Valar)/AriehnV, ArPharazonV, fladrifv, Indis-(V)/karakedi25, VardaValar1 (presiding)
    Tolkien:
       LotR Trivia quiz for prizes
now up on the forum!

June 14, 2013
    Happy birthday, Elemmire!

June 12, 2013
    Gaming / LotRO:
       Servers are back up.


June 11, 2013
    Happy birthday, Pengolodh!

    Gaming / LotRO:
       Update 11.1 release notes.


June 9, 2013
    Happy birthday Earendil!
    Happy birthday, Scatha!
Sunday Meeting: 5 pm EDT (UTC-5)
    The meeting is held in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace
    Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
    Attending (7):
        Arien-(Valar)/AriehnV, ArPharazonV, EonweValar (presiding), fladrifv, Gilraen-(V)/Iryenth, Menelvagor Valar, VardaValar1
    Tolkien:
       Trivia contest upcoming on the forum, answered in pm's to Eonwe. Prizes will be available in-game for WoW and LotRO branches.


June 6, 2013
    Happy birthday, Ancalagon!


June 2, 2013
Sunday Meeting: 5 pm EDT (UTC-5)
    The meeting is held in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace
    Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
    Attending: (5)
        Arien-(Valar)/AriehnV, ArPharazonV, EonweValar, fladrifv, VardaValar1 (presiding)


June 1, 2013
    Varda's back. The News page is being retro-newsed now.

May 26, 2013
    Happy birthday, Boromir!

Sunday Meeting: 5 pm EDT (UTC-5)
    The meeting is held in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace
    Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
    Attending: (4)
        Arien-(Valar)/AriehnV, ArPharazonV, EonweValar (presiding), Indis-(V)/ karakedi25


May 24, 2013
    Happy birthday, Haleth!
    Happy birthday, Forlong!

May 21, 2013
    Happy birthday, Gilraen!

May 20, 2013
    "The Fall of Arthur" poem by JRR Tolkien put out by Christopher Tolkien, available from Amazon.com.

May 19, 2013
    Happy birthday, Eomer!

Sunday Meeting: 5 pm EDT (UTC-5)
    The meeting is held in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace
    Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (4)
    Arien-(Valar)/AriehnV, ArPharazonV, EonweValar (presiding), Indis-(V)/ karakedi25

May 17, 2013
    Happy birthday, Eonwe!
    Happy birthday, Maglor!

    Gaming / LotRO:
       Indis gave us a head's up warning and a link to this LotRO.com thread, from our forum. Paraphrased and shortened from the thread:
            If you have the quest "They Deserve a Better Fate" & are ready to turn it in to Cyneberg in Lornsettle make sure you do so before you turn in other quests to her because she phases out and moves on. This prevents being able to turn in that quest or any others to her. To prevent this bug you must turn in quests in this order: Paralyzed by Grief, They Deserve a Better Fate, Preparing for a Siege, and The Next Stage of Grief.

May 16, 2013
    Membership news:
    Happy birthday, Hamson!

    Varda, Fangorn, Sauron, and Bilbo went to Arizona to visit Eowyn and Faramir-(init), and all went to Phoenix Comiccon (included Star Trek's original Chekov and Uhura, Babylon 5 Reunion, and a writer's conference).  LotRO has been loaded onto a laptop so there were short forays by Varda into LotRO, although mostly at much later times than normal.
    Retro-updates to the News page begin here, yay!

May 14, 2013
    Lord of the Rings medley with violin played and sung by Lindsey Sterling. Video suggested by Eowyn-(V).

    Gaming / LotRO:
       Start with the book quest beginning at the ford on the Entwade west of Garsfeld in the Sutcrofts, where we left off last book; a flag should show on your map. Doing the book quests will eventually lead to the quests given at Harwick. Optional quests open during progress in the epic book.
       The third picture down on this link is a map showing the starting place for the book.


May 13, 2013
    Gaming / LotRO:

       Success!
  Closed launcher and restarted it, and it started patching at  6:24 EST pm. It then required a restart for the launcher changes. Interesting new download progress bars. Game's up!
       LI traits and mount traits (Shift M) have been re-set.
       For the new book, go to the ford where we left off last time, on the Entwade west of Garsfeld in the Sutcrofts. The quest takes you to Harding in Harwick eventually.
       Speak with Harding in Harwick for the new quests in Wildermore, as well as part of the book quest.

20:35 EST launcher note (I noticed the note at 4:00pm EST, which might mean they have a clock problem):
Login Issues
We are currently investigating an issue preventing players from patching and/or logging into the game. We do not currently have an ETA on a resolution.

        From Turbine:
The LOTRO Game Servers will be brought down on Monday, May 13, 2013 for the release of Update 11: Treachery of the White Hand. Maintenance will begin at 7:00AM Eastern US time (Click here for your local time) and is expected to take approximately 4 hours. Patch notes will be available during the downtime.


Patch Notes for Update 11.
Known Issues for Update 11. (For the Play button bug, change the language then back again. This tiny button is at the top to the right of the Support button.)
Article: Update 11 Housing foreclosures and escrows, handling the vacant house problem.
Article: Update 11: Volume III, Book 10 "Snows of Wildermore" quest notes. The 15 chapters begin where the last left off, at the crossing of the Entwash in the Sutcrofts. The Volume III Interlude is a series of optional quests to flesh out the story, unlocked as the character progresses through the required book.
Article :Update 11 Mounted Combat changes.

The Helm's Deep expansion comes out in the fall of this year. Features intended (copied from the announcement):


May 12, 2013
Happy Mother's Day!
Sunday Meeting: 5 pm EDT (UTC-5)
    The meeting is held in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace
    Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda


May 10, 2013
    Happy birthday, Barahir!
    Happy birthday, Fladrif!

    Gaming / LotRO:
       Alt Finder. Nifty toy. It didn't find all my alts but found a fair number of them.

       Melkor's account has been repaired. Be sure to use anti-virus programs that remove key-loggers and the Trojans that drop them.

       Turbine news:
Scheduled Server Downtime: Monday, May 13, 2013
May 10, 2013 21:31 EST The LOTRO Game Servers will be brought down on Monday, May 13, 2013 for the release of Update 11: Treachery of the White Hand. Maintenance will begin at 7:00AM Eastern US time (Click here for your local time) and is expected to take approximately 4 hours. Patch notes will be available during the downtime.



May 9, 2013
    Gaming / LotRO:
       Update 11 Here's a link to some of the new items coming up (may change before live).


May 8, 2013
    Gaming / Zerg Rush
       Need a quick, low tech game while waiting on something? Just in case you haven't heard of this one yet, go to http://www.google.com/ and type zerg rush into the search bar.  Mouse click on the O's that move like bugs and try to eat the words off the screen. Your score shows on the right top with APM for actions per minute and Count showing how many of the bugs you killed.

    Gaming / LotRO:
       Melkor and possibly Gorlim's LotRO accounts have been hacked, as Orome's was previously. Make sure LotRO has your current email address; they have a good anti-hack preventing loss of equipment, but may have to replace your gold and some marks by having each of your characters come online and put in a ticket.

       Hytbold Dress-up guide, from LotRO Strategy.


May 6, 2013
    Happy birthday, Ar-Pharazon!


May 5, 2013

Sunday Meeting: 5 pm EDT (UTC-5)
    The meeting is held in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace
    Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon the Golden and Varda
    Attending: (5)
        ArPharazonV, EonweValar, fladrifv, Indis-(V)/ karakedi25, VardaValar1 (presiding)
    Web:
       Links:
            "International Congress on Medieval Studies" May 9-12 in Michigan, USA.
            "The Tolkien Meta-FAQ"
    Gaming:
       SCBW
       SWTOR
       flashgaming
       SC2
       Chess
       WoW: Children's Week ends Monday at 2pm.  Darkmoon Faire upcoming. June will have the Midsummer Fire Festival.
       LotRO
    Tolkien:
       RP
       Tolkien topic: Illusion.
    After-meeting:
        RP


May 2, 2013
    International Congress on Medieval Studies is May 9-12 in Michigan at Western Michigan University in the US.  Nar-(V) and Mirabella-(V) plan to attend. The Tolkien Society usually comes out strongly as well.


May 1, 2013
    Happy birthday, Finarfin!


April 28, 2013
Sunday Meeting: 5 pm EDT (UTC-5)
    The meeting is held in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace
Meeting Transcript by the Fabulous Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (5)
    Arien-(Valar)/AriehnV, ArPharazonV, EonweValar, farmermaggotv, VardaValar1 (presiding)
Gaming:
    SWTOR
    flashgaming
    D3
    WoW
    LotRO
Tolkien:
    RP
    Topic: What sort of economic system was in use in Middle-earth
    Topic on the Side: The Rangers and how they lived.
After-meeting:
    Phar finds an illustration for the concept of the Roman money chains, well, sort of.

    Gaming / WoW:
       Upcoming Patch 5.3 "Escalation" notes and story.


April 27, 2013
    Gaming / LotRO:
       from Turbine:
Scheduled Server Downtime: 7:00 AM - 10:00 AM Eastern (-4 GMT) Monday, April 29.
The LOTRO Game Servers will be brought down on Monday, April 29th from 7:00 - 10:00 AM Eastern (-4 GMT) for an update to the game. Thanks for your patience, and we'll see you back in the game soon! Patch notes will be available during the downtime.


April 26, 2013
    Gaming / LotRO:
       from Turbine:
The LOTRO Game Servers and http://myaccount.turbine.com will be offline for maintenance on Saturday, April 27th from 5:00 to 7:00 AM Eastern (-4 GMT). The forums and wikis will remain up, but players may not be able to log in.


April 24, 2013
    Gaming / LotRO:
       from Turbine:
    Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment unveiled today The Lord of the Rings Online™: Helm’s Deep™, the next expansion to the award-winning free-to-play massively multiplayer online roleplaying game (MMORPG) developed by Turbine. Helm’s Deep will continue the Epic Story into the western plains of Rohan, allow players to take a direct role in the battle for Helm’s Deep and advance the level cap to 95. Press release.
    LotRO's newest Quarterly Wallpapers.
    FAQ: Hobbit Presents


April 22, 2013
    Happy birthday, Pallando!

    Tolkien Site / Art:
       Cave of Fladrif-(V):
          Photos of New Zealand including Hobbiton from his vacation there.


April 21, 2013

Sunday Meeting: 5 pm EDT (UTC-5)
    The meeting is held in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (8)
    Arien-(Valar)/AriehnV, ArPharazonV, AuSteinM-(T), EonweValar, fladrifv, Gilraen-(V)/Iryenth, GwaihirValar, VardaValar1 (presiding).
Web:
    Poetry and Art from Luthien-(T)
Gaming:
    SWTOR expansion "Rise of the Hutt Cartel".
    League of Legends tournament finals coming up.
    StarCraft 2
    WoW Children's Week starts next week.
    LotRO 6th anniversary
Tolkien:
    RP
    Tolkien discussion: Nienna, the Gray Lady. We always hear of her weeping. Yet she's a Valie. What is her main function to make her so highly placed amongst the Ainur?
After-meeting:
    Gaming, webwork
    Url found by Fladrif for amazing domino structures on YouTube. Some of them make something new after the fall.
    Fladrif's New Zealand photos went up and he had us look for the one plastic tree in Hobbiton.



April 20, 2013
    Tolkien Site / Poetry:
       "The Gray Lady" is now illustrated. The art, Sindarin poem, and English translation are all by Luthien-(T).

    Tolkien Site / Art:
          Cave of Luthien-(T):
             New section and art: "Nienna".
             New art: high resolution "Sunrise at Mount Taniquetil".
             Hi-res versions of "West of West", "Elbereth", and "Yavanna".


April 19, 2013 Friday
    Gaming / LotRO:
       Morning maintenance.
       6th Anniversary of LotRO: anniversary festival. Double experience from April 19 - 21.
          For coupon users: 100 % experience boost for  Coupon Code 100XP 1/Account.
          Some things are 25% off in the LotRO store.

    Gaming / SWTOR:
       April 23: Game Update 2.0.1 will be put up during this scheduled maintenance time. This starts in the morning about 9am PST and is expected to take around six hours. Rise of the Hutt Cartel expansion is live.  SWTOR main site.

April 17, 2013
    Happy birthday, Paladin!


April 16, 2013
    Tolkien Site / Poetry:

        Chiril Vith: The Grey Lady (Nienna) by Luthien-(T). Original poem in Sindarin for meter and rhyme, then translated into English.. Artwork goes with it, intended to be sent to us in the future.
        A Elbereth rîn elenath / Oh Star-Lady, Queen of the Heavens by Luthien-(T)  Original poem in Sindarin for meter and rhyme, then translated into English, plus original artwork. Both poems were emailed April 14, 2013.

    Tolkien Site / Art:
          Revamp made to Luthien-(T)'s art section better showing characters and places.


April 14, 2013
Sunday Meeting: 5 pm EDT (UTC-5)
    The meeting is held in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace. It may also be entered using Trillian or Pidgin.
    If uncertain how to enter, message VardaValar1, Eonwe Valar, or ArPharazonV for an invitation. Another way is to put your AIM name on your Buddy List, select it with a mouse click, click Group Chat, and type Valar Guild Meetingplace in the chat room name to replace the default numbers.
          Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (6)
    Arien-(Valar)/AriehnV, ArPharazonV, AuSteinM-(T), EonweValar (presiding), fladrifv, Nar-(V)/mcioutpost (had crashing problems).
    Varda showed up very late after the transcript time, home from traveling.
Web:
    Art by Luthien-(T)
    Forum changes
Gaming:
    SWTOR free to play. The Valar branch is on The Ebon Hawk server now, mostly playing Empire but Alliance has also shown up.
    WoW patch notes
    LotRO 6th anniversary Tuesday, April 16
    D3 patch notes
    Flashgaming: "Accelerator" and tip.
    Browser beta: "The Hobbit: Armies of the Third Age"  website
    More WoW: Lothar server unlocked the final phase of Isle of Thunder Tuesday last wekk.
    More LotRO
Tolkien:
    Topic: Aragorn: How we saw him in the movies vs how we saw him in the source material.


April 12, 2013 Friday
    Tolkien Site / Art:
      
    Cave of Luthien-(T):
               New paintings: "Alqualonde", "West of West", "Elbereth" final version, "Yavanna", "Luthien at Tol Galen" final version.

April 10, 2013
    Forum:
April 29th is when Proboards version 5 is slated to go live. All boards will be upgraded (except those who asked to have it delayed, but that only delays to the end of the year). The new version requires a Global Account, so anyone trying to log in when v5 goes live will be prompted to upgrade/create a global account. At that point our login will be the e-mail connected to the account (and will no longer be shown on the profile to anyone, if it's not already set to hidden right now). You'll be able to access the forum/forum account for any Proboards forum you're a member of from this global account.

The explanation of v5 is on the Proboards blog, topmost item: http://www.proboards.com/blog/

-Eonwe

April 9, 2013 Tuesday
    Gaming / SWTOR
(Star Wars: The Old Republic):
       SWTOR has free to play now.
       Sauron's account has resurfaced at last on The Ebon Hawk server after the old server went down. Bilbo is gaming with him on The Ebon Hawk.


April 8, 2013
    Happy birthday, Malbeth!


April 7, 2014
    Happy birthday, Edrahil!
Sunday Meeting: 5 pm EDT (UTC-5)
    The meeting is held in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace. It may also be entered using Trillian or Pidgin.
    If uncertain how to enter, message VardaValar1, Eonwe Valar, or ArPharazonV for an invitation. Another way is to put your AIM name on your Buddy List, select it with a mouse click, click Group Chat, and type Valar Guild Meetingplace in the chat room name to replace the default numbers.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (9)
    Arien-(Valar)/AriehnV, ArPharazonV, AuSteinM-(T), EonweValar (presiding), farmermaggotv, Gilraen-(V)/Iryenth, GwaihirValar, Indis-(V)/karakedi25, Varda
Membership News:
    Hamson-(V) is back and playing LotRO with a new computer.
    Farmer Maggot-(V) is back after being ill.
    AuSteinM-(T) is back.
Web:
    Stories by Jay of Lasgalen
Gaming:
    WoW
    LotRO
    SC2
    D3
Tolkien:
    RP
    Tolkien chat topic: How does Gandalf set up the adventures for the Hobbit?
    Tangent: What insrtruments did the dwarves play in the Hobbit book version?


April 4, 2013
    Happy birthday, Turin!

    Tolkien Site / Stories:
      
"Nursery Crimes: Chapter 3 Hey Diddle Diddle" by Jay of Lasgalen.

    Nifty link:
       CalculatorCat.com to check typing speed, plus typing tips.


April 3, 2013
    Gaming / LotRO:
       Wednesday morning downtime for Update 10.1. Here are the Release Notes and Known Issues.
      
    Gaming / Diablo 3 (D3):
       Multiplayer Improvement news.  99 closest friends?


April 2, 2013:
    Happy birthday, Valandil!

    Gaming / StarCraft 2 (SC2):
       Patch 2.0.7 came out today.


April 1, 2013
    Beware of April Foolishness and check in-games for fun nuttiness.  ^^

March 31, 2013
Happy Easter!
    Tolkien Site / Stories:
       "Misunderstanding" by Jay of Lasgelen, third in the cooking horror drabble series "His Mother's Recipe Book".
Sunday Meeting: 5 pm EDT (UTC-5)
    The meeting is held in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace. It may also be entered using Trillian or Pidgin.
    If uncertain how to enter, message VardaValar1, Eonwe Valar, or ArPharazonV for an invitation. Another way is to put your AIM name on your Buddy List, select it with a mouse click, click Group Chat, and type Valar Guild Meetingplace in the chat room name to replace the default numbers.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (5)
    Arien-(Valar)/AriehnV, ArPharazonV, EonweValar (presiding), GwaihirValar, Varda
Web:
    Story: the cooking horror drabble series "His Mother's Recipe Book", by Jay of Lasgalen.
Gaming:
    WoW game events
    LotRO game events
    more
    SC2 players might want to get in a game soon for the "15 years of Starcraft" Feat of Strength.
         http://us.battle.net/sc2/en/blog/9369230/Fifteen_Years_in_the_Koprulu_Sector-3_29_2013 for more info.
Tolkien:
    Hobbit DVD and Blu-ray.
    RP story on our forum.
    After the trivia game, the third part of the drabble cooking horror series: "His Mother's Recipe Book" went online "Misunderstanding".
    Trivia questions from LotR made up on the spot by members at the meeting:
        1. As the hobbits leave Bree towards Weathertop with Aragorn they have to cross an area .. what area and what does Sam think the inhabitants live by?
        2. What did Sam buy from a person who he would later throw an apple at?
        3. Identify the ultimate fate of every Maia we see in LotR.
        4. Quickbeam said he was called Quickbeam for being hasty at least two times before agreeing to attack Saruman so soon. What was one of them? (This question was corrected later by the asker, as only the first incident caused the nickname while other incidents merely added to the reason for the name.)
After-meeting:
    WoW Valar gamers met in Alliance and Horde. Varda's Horde guildmaster switched from tauren Gilbrennil to troll Elentariv.


March 30, 2013
    Happy birthday, Gwaihir!

    Gaming / LotRO:
       Want a voice in how LotRO is made? You might be interested in joining the Players' Council.


March 28, 2013
    Happy birthday, Eomer!

    Gaming / LotRO:
       The lottery is working again. Good luck!


March 27, 2013
    Happy birthday, Meneldil!


March 26, 2013
    Tolkien Site / Stories:

"His Mother's Recipe Book" by Jay of Lasgalen.
    A cooking horror tale.
    "When Bilbo settled in Imladris in TA 3002 he brought a family heirloom with him – Belladonna’s recipe book. "
        Ch. 1 Jam Making (was "Making Jam"). Ailment: Headache.
        Ch. 2 Yule Pudding Ailment: Toothache
    This is a drabble series with more coming.The earlier "Making Jam" is now "Jam Making" used as the first chapter. "Yule Pudding" is new.

    Gaming / LotRO:
       Orome's account was hacked. For now at least, the heirship is now with Eonwe to prevent malicious mischief to the kin.


March 24, 2012
Sunday Meeting: 5 pm EDT (UTC-5)
    The meeting is held in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace. It may also be entered using Trillian or Pidgin.
    If uncertain how to enter, message VardaValar1, Eonwe Valar, or ArPharazonV for an invitation. Another way is to put your AIM name on your Buddy List, select it with a mouse click, click Group Chat, and type Valar Guild Meetingplace in the chat room name to replace the default numbers.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (6)
    Arien-(Valar)/AriehnV, ArPharazonV, EonweValar (presiding), fladrifv, Indis-(V)/karakedi25, Varda (After-meeting)
Gaming:
    WoW
    LotRO
    SC2
    flashgaming
    Hearthstone: Heroes of WarCraft
Tolkien:
    Trivia questions from the Silmarillion made up on the spot by members at the meeting:
        1. What was the name of the father of Werewolves, and what was his role in the robbery of the Silmaril from Angband?
        2. A certain someone was brought to Nargothrond by a former inhabitant, and he played a prominant role in Nargothrond's fate. Who was the "someone" who was the "former inhabitant", and what role did he play in that kingdom's fate?
       3. Movie trivia on the side: What is the name of the town where Hobbiton is located that was used in the movies as a movie set?
After-meeting:
    Answer to the third question from the trivia is down in this section.
    Some of our Valarites joined the SC2 clan and group during the After-meeting..

March 23, 2013
    Happy birthday, Morwe!
    Happy birthday, Nimrodel!

March 22, 2013
    Happy birthday, Menelvagor!


March 20, 2012
    Gaming / LotRO:
       Patch notes for Update 10.0.2


March 18, 2013
    Happy birthday, Celeborn!


March 17, 2013

Sunday Meeting: 5 pm EDT (UTC-5)
    The meeting is held in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace. It may also be entered using Trillian or Pidgin.
    If uncertain how to enter, message VardaValar1, Eonwe Valar, or ArPharazonV for an invitation. Another way is to put your AIM name on your Buddy List, select it with a mouse click, click Group Chat, and type Valar Guild Meetingplace in the chat room name to replace the default numbers.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (6)
    Arien-(Valar)/AriehnV, ArPharazonV, EonweValar (presiding), fladrifv, Indis-(V)/karakedi25, Varda
Membership:
    Varda's intermittent  internet connection is being repaired today, we hope.
    Hello to Turgon-(V), and thanks for the email!
    Arien is back from vacation.
Web:
    Two new stories this last week from Jay of Lasgalen.
Gaming:
    StarCraft 2: Heart of the Swarm
    WoW
    flashgaming: Plants vs Zombies
    LotRO
Tolkien:
    Item: The first Hobbit movie comes out Tuesday on DVD.
    Chat topic: What are some of the non-human intelligent races that we meet in LotRO and what role did they play in the War of the Ring?
After-meeting:
    The Return of Fladrif-(V)!
    Joining into SC2 together without worry about which continent we're on (Fladrif joins during the After-meeting), plus the SC2 folk using the forum (under StarCraft series) now with a note about getting together to play.
    Proboards (our forum provider) will be upgrading everyone's account to global on April 29th. However, Proboards will not automatically upgrade all forum accounts to global accounts. We the forum-goers have to do that ourselves, each personally.


March 14, 2013
    Happy birthday, Aule!
    Happy birthday, Ecthelion!


March 13, 2013
    Tolkien / Stories:
       "No More Confusion" by Jay of Lasgalen. Elladan, Elrohir.
       "Making Jam" by Jay of Lasgalen. Bilbo, Elrohir.


March 12, 2013
    Gaming / StarCraft 2:
       Starcraft 2: Heart of the Swarm was released today. Enjoy!


March 10, 2013
    Happy birthday, Arminas!

    Daylight Savings Time begins for Eastern Time
, the time we use to coordinate in Valar. The clock jumped forward, so what was 7am is now called 8am, what was 5 pm is now called 6 pm. EDT is UTC-5, previously known as GMT-5.
    My computer clock now says UTC instead of GMT; yours might too. Greenwich should be annoyed. For aviators, UTC is the same as Zulu time. UTC is similar to GMT in being based off of the longitudinal line running through Greenwich Observatory, but operates off the atomic clock. The letters UTC refer to Coordinated Univeral Time. UTC is 24 hour time rather than am and pm. For more info such as why UTC is a scrambled hash of letters, here's an article from About.com. Or maybe they just didn't want to call it CUT?

Sunday Meeting: 5 pm EDT (UTC-5)
    The meeting is held in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace. It may also be entered using Trillian or Pidgin.
    If uncertain how to enter, message VardaValar1, Eonwe Valar, or ArPharazonV for an invitation. Another way is to put your AIM name on your Buddy List, select it with a mouse click, click Group Chat, and type Valar Guild Meetingplace in the chat room name to replace the default numbers.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (7)
    Arien-(Valar)/AriehnV, ArPharazonV, EonweValar (presiding), Gilraen-(V)/Iryenth, GwaihirValar, Indis-(V)/karakedi25, Ioreth-(V)/LizMarr
    After-After-meeting: Varda
Gaming:
    WoW
    LotRO, LotRO
    SC2, SC2
    GW2
Tolkien:
    Saruman: stalwart servant of the Valar who lost his way in Middle-earth, or compromised before he even got off the boat?
After-meeting:
    Tolkien chat on undead, wraiths.

March 8, 2013
    Happy birthday, Beren!


March 7, 2013
    Happy birthday, Ioreth!


March 6, 2013 Wednesday
    Gaming/ LotRO:
      
Update 10: Against the Shadow, Part 2. Patch notes.

    Gaming / WoW:
       Patch 5.2: The Thunder King, is out for WoW. Patch notes.

    The Games Site will not be updatable for a while until Eonwe's computer is repaired or replaced, but he and I are putting its news here.


March 5, 2013 Tuesday
    Gaming / LotRO:
        Turbine news:
Scheduled Server Downtime: Wednesday, March 6th
The LOTRO Game Servers will be brought down on Wednesday, March 6th from 7:00 - 10:00 AM Eastern (-5 GMT) to launch the latest game update, Update 10: Against the Shadow, Part 2. Thanks for your patience, and we'll see you back in the game soon! Patch notes will be available during the downtime.

    Gaming / StarCraft 2:
        Letter from Eonwe:
Hail to the Valar Guild!
 
A couple of weeks ago, Blizzard released patch 2.0.4 for Starcraft 2, bridging Wings of Liberty and Heart of the Swarm. With this patch came certain new features for Starcraft 2, including support for Clans and Groups. As soon as I was able to last week, I created one of each for the Valar Guild. The information for each is as follows:

 Group: Valar Guild
Privacy: Private
Type: Online Communities

Clan: Valar
Clan Tag: Valar
 
You may ask, "why both a Group and a Clan?" I gave this some thought before proceeding, and while either one could serve most of our potential needs, neither could serve all of them. A Group would provide us with a chat channel and a "near limitless" capacity for any member to be able to join us, but it would not give an outlet for our members to bear our emblems into the competitive arena if they wished to (I hearken back to the days when some of our members occupied spots on the D2 and Starcraft ladders). Likewise, a Clan could give us that, but it would cap at 50. That may sound like alot, but one never knows what the future may bring, for us or for these features. In addition, Blizzard intends to make available to all players the ability to choose the region one plays in: meaning, all members from around the world can join us on the "Americas" server, in our Group and Clan on Starcraft 2. If they ever brought Diablo 3 and Starcraft 2 together, we might need all the extra space we can get :}
 
In the end, I decided the best option was to have a Group that all members could be a part of, and a Clan for those who also wish to bear our emblems into battle, climb the competitive ranks and make us look good :} Right now, all members are welcome to be part of both. If we hit the 50-player cap on the Clan, priority in the Clan will be given to the most active. (That only means someone will be dropped from the Clan if they are the least active/ inactive by a fair margin and someone much more active is eager for a spot). Assuming the "near limitless" cap on Groups stays in place, no one will be removed from the Group for any reason we don't already remove members (inactivity sweep, conduct, etc.).
 
Yes, this means that many/all of us will have both a Group window and a Clan window open. To top that off, we'll still have the friend channel, "Valar," where members looking to get their characters into the Clan and the Group should come, and where those looking to join the Valar Guild are encouraged to look for us. Thankfully, the windows are usually quite clear on which one is getting new text added :}
 
For the near future, the best way to get your character added to the Group and the Clan is to seek me (Eonwë) at the weekly Guild Meeting (You DO know when and where that is, right? No? :} Sunday 5pm US East Coast time, AIM, Channel Valar Guild Meetingplace). Since there can only be one Starcraft 2 "character" per copy, members are not required to use their Guild Names for their "character" name. However, all members are encouraged to ensure their name abides by our Rules and Code of Conduct (i.e., no inappropriate names; a good general guideline is: if you have to ask, it probably is) before requesting to join the Group or Clan.
 
For more info on Groups and Clans, see http://us.battle.net/sc2/en/blog/7747190 and http://us.battle.net/sc2/en/blog/7994698.
Anyone with questions, concerns, or comments on the Starcraft 2 organizations for the Valar Guild are welcome to direct them to me.
 
Take care all!
Eonwë


March 4, 2013
    Happy birthday, Gimli!

    Gaming / Guild Wars 2
        Letter from Irmo-(Valar):
Miriel, Celeborn, Thranduil, Annil, Hurin and Irmo have been playing Guildwars 2 for a while now.  They are on the US server called Jade Quarry, having re-established their old DAOC guild name Wolves of Valinor there together with some friends from LOTRO and AION. They let you know – without in any way wanting to distract any member of the Valar Guild from their present games:
-    Guildwars 2 is genuinely free to play; meaning that none of us have seen any cause to pay for anything after buying the initial game; there is no need to buy things in a store to be able to compete;
-    Guildwars 2 is ideal for casual gamers: it allows for a hop-in and out style – for any time -, never requiring hours of (dungeon or raid) involvement. The game has some entirely new and different concepts to MMORPG’s: the content is dynamic and ever changing, grouping is both not needed (in the general world) and nice (dungeons and fractals require a group of 5), classes are self-supporting (every player is healer, support, tank and DPS all at once);
-    A Valar Guild branch can and will be installed (name: Valar Guild, tag VAL): it is possible and even advisable to be a member of multiple guilds. The branch can encompass players from Valar Guild from different servers and allows communication (messaging) between members across servers;  if you are already playing GW2 somewhere we could join forces!
-    It is possible to play as a guest on different servers. If you have a different home server it is possible to visit us (or any world) and play any PVE content.  It might be hard to join Jade Quarry at any time, because by chance the server we chose at beta turned out to become the leading server (despite the fact we are on it :P). But the populations fluctuate throughout the day.
-    World versus World (equaling the old Real vs Realm in DaoC) is a very nice feature, but not in any way obligatory. This means trying to take camps and keeps from other servers. It is very addictive….
If you are happy where you are, more power to you! If you seek something new, then you will be welcome to come and share the fun. More game info: GuildWars2.com
Contact Irmo for more information.

         
Note from Varda: Irmo's email is on the Membership page (see the link at the top of this page).  Irmo shows up about weekly in LotRO if you would also like to LotROmail him (check the kin notes for his most recently used name). Many of us play more than one game keeping our favorite from going stale. Please let Eonwe know which games you play for the Games Site to help us get together. As a Tolkien fan club, the Valar Guild plays Lord of the Rings Online as our main, but certainly not our only game.
            The GW2 group makes heavy use of the same Ventrilo server the Valar Guild uses for LotRO, SWTOR, WoW, etc., paid for by Irmo alone. If you'd like to help with the cost when you have a little to share, go to the Wolves of Valinor site, then go to Forums on the left to the button that says Donate; no need to register with the site or anyone else. PayPal will charge $2.25 for the transaction, so anything above that will help!


March 3, 2013
Sunday Meeting: 5pm EST (GMT-5)
    The meeting is held in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace. It may also be entered using Trillian or Pidgin. If uncertain how to enter, message VardaValar1, Eonwe Valar, or ArPharazonV for an invitation.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (5)
    Arien-(Valar)/AriehnV, ArPharazonV, EonweValar, Ioreth-(V)/LizMarr, VardaValar1 (presiding)
Web:
    Art by DeepGroover-(T)
Gaming:
    Mass Effect 3
    StarCraft/BroodWar
    StarCraft 2 beta
    Rift
    World of WarCraft (WoW)
    Lord of the Rings Online (LotRO)
    StarCraft 2: Heart of the Swarm new trailer
Tolkien:
    In JRRT's books, he makes mention a number of times in often very strong plotlines concerning oaths. What such plotlines did he use, and what seemed to be his opinion about taking oaths? (We had fun with tangent lines from the topic.)
After-meeting:
    Time change next week, EST moves 1 hour forward.

March 2, 2013
    Happy birthday, Thranduil!

    Tolkien Site / Art:
       "Wolfman, life-sized" by DeepGroover-(T)

March 1, 2013
    Happy birthday, Aragorn!

Feb. 24, 2013
Sunday Meeting: 5pm EST (GMT-5)
    The meeting is held in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace. It may also be entered using Trillian or Pidgin. If uncertain how to enter, message Eonwe Valar, or ArPharazonV for an invitation.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (6)
    Arien-(Valar)/AriehnV, ArPharazonV, EonweValar, GwaihirValar, Indis-(V)/karakedi25, VardaValar1 (presiding)
Gaming:
    SC2 beta
    SC/BW
    STO
    flashgames
    LotRO
    WoW
Tolkien:
    Trivia round

Feb. 19, 2013 Tues.
    Happy birthday, Eowyn!

    Gaming / LotRO:
       8pm EST Fornost instance run. Completed Water and Earth and ready to start Fire next time.

    Gaming / LotRO from Turbine:
Feb 19, 2013 18:37 EST As a way of saying thank you for all of your patience, we will be offering a welcome back 100% bonus experience boost and a boost to lootbox drops from today until February 26th. So don't wait; walk the lands in Middle-earth today in search of adventure and treasure!


Feb. 17, 2013
Sunday Meeting: 5pm EST (GMT-5)
    The meeting is held in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace. It may also be entered using Trillian or Pidgin. If uncertain how to enter, message Eonwe Valar, or ArPharazonV for an invitation.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (5)
    Arien-(Valar)/AriehnV, ArPharazonV, EonweValar (presiding), GwaihirValar, Nar-(V)/mcioutpost
Membership:
    Varda arrived home late tonight after being out of town for the weekend.
Gaming:
    World of WarCraft
    Lord of the Rings Online (online again) Fornost walkthrough (use Next to get to the next wing's walkthrough, starting with Water)
    Clash of Dreadnaughts
    Star Trek Online
    StarCraft 2: Heart of the Swarm
Tolkien:
    Trivia round

    Gaming / LotRO:
Maintenance Update 2-17-13
Feb 16, 2013 17:28 EST
The LOTRO Game servers are now available.
Please note that the LOTRO Store and Myaccount services are unavailable at this time. We will update you when they become available again.


Feb. 15, 2013 Fri.
    This News page should now load faster. July 2012 -Jan 2013entries are now in the News Archives linked at the bottom of this page.

    Gaming / LotRO:
       Problems with the global server manintenance are leaving them uncertain when the game will be up again exactly. Maybe this evening.
       Facebook for LotRO for updates, no account necessary to look.
       Varda will be out of town during the weekend but will check all email on her return. Eonwe Valar will be chairing the meeting Sunday.

Feb. 14, 2013 Thurs.
    Happy Valentine's Day!

    Gaming / LotRO: Turbine notice:
Scheduled Maintenance: Thursday, February 14th
Feb 14, 2013 02:35 EST All Turbine Game Servers and http://myaccount.turbine.com will be offline for global maintenance from 6:00AM Eastern (-5 GMT) Thursday, February 14th until 6:00am Eastern Time (-5 GMT) Friday February 15th.


Feb. 13, 2013 Wed.
    Happy birthday, Maedhros!

    Gaming / LotRO:
       Tomorrow all servers will be down for approximately 12 hours for global maintenance, tentatively beginning at 6am EST.

Feb. 12, 2013  Tues.
    Gaming / StarCraft 2 beta:
       Letter excerpt from Eonwe:
Anyone who's in the SC2 beta should make sure to join the channel Valar (reminding people a hundred thousand times that they should join channel Valar to meet other guildies isn't a bad thing, right? ;}) to get with other guildies who might also be in the beta, before it ends March 1st. Can't guarantee much gaming on my part, but they can help me test the Clan/Group stuff if I catch them.

Feb. 11, 2013  Mon.
    Gaming / LotRO:
       Monday morning hotfix to the game. Patch notes. Rohan crafting instances just became more valuable.

Feb. 10, 2013
Sunday Meeting: 5pm EST (GMT-5)
    The meeting is held in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace. It may also be entered using Trillian or Pidgin. If uncertain how to enter, message Eonwe Valar, VardaValar1, or ArPharazonV for an invitation.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (6)
    Arien-(Valar)/AriehnV, ArPharazonV, EonweValar, GwaihirValar, Hamson-(V)/Hamson Gamgee, VardaValar1 (presiding)
Membership
Web:
    Link from Meriadoc-(V)
    Poetry by Pippin-(V)
Gaming:
    miscelllaneous
    WoW
    LotRO
       Fornost run requested Tuesday around 8pm EST for Beleg-(V)
Tolkien:
    Rotating quotes on the News page
    Troll travel
    Logistics for Aragorn's assault on the Black Gate
    Forum story aka RP.

Feb. 9, 2013
    Happy birthday, Theoden!

Feb. 7, 2013
    Gaming Poetry for LotRO:
       "The Burglar They Call Penny" by Peregrin-(V) aka Pippin-(V)

Feb. 6, 2013
    Links:
       Fun link found by Meriadoc-(V): "Sarumon (sic) as the Bold but Incompetent Firefighter".

Feb. 5, 2013
    Happy birthday, Dirhavel!

Feb. 3, 2013
    Happy birthday, Fladrif!
Sunday Meeting: 5pm EST (GMT-5)
    The meeting is held in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace. It may also be entered using Trillian or Pidgin. If uncertain how to enter, message Eonwe Valar, VardaValar1, or ArPharazonV for an invitation.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (6)
    Arien-(Valar)/AriehnV, ArPharazonV, EonweValar, Gilraen-(V)/Iryenth, GwaihirValar, VardaValar1 (presiding)
Tolkien:
    Forum story aka RP discussion, post.

Feb. 2, 2013
    Gaming Poetry for LotRO:
        By Hoegard Harfoot
           "Idyllic Alliterations for the Green Dragon"

Feb. 1, 2013
    Who else would like to try their hand at a bit of poetry? :)

    Gaming Poetry for LotRO:
      by Hargood Harfoot:
       "The Dragon Fight"
       "Ode to a Berry Tart"
       "The Green on Bullroarer's Day"
       "The Bullroarers's Day Race"


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