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Oct. 16, 2017 Monday

    Tolkien Site / Poetry:
        "Nienna" by Xiuqi-(T). Thank you to our newest Tolkien member.


Oct. 15, 2017 Sunday

Sunday Meeting: 5pm Eastern Time (GMT-5) (UTC-5) (LotRO /servertime 5:00 p.m.)
    The meeting is in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace and the Discord Valar Guild channel under text channel "meeting_place".
    For AIM, come on in or ask VardaValar 1 or ArPharazonV for an invitation.
    Varda shows up around the start of meeting time in LotRO, able to give AIM or Discord server/channel invitations, or relay comments.
    Discord may be downloaded at https://discordapp.com/; click Download at the top of the page.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (8)
    AIM: Arien, Ar-Pharazon, Eonwe, Varda (presiding)
    Discord: Arien, Gil-galad, Varda
    LotRO: Frodo, Hamson, Melilot, Varda
Web:
    Anniversary page has new art header and screenshots.
Gaming:
    General gaming report by Eonwe
Tolkien:
    Topic 1: Odd juxtopositions of Tolkien characters due to our guildmates' real life relationships.
    Topic 2: Medicine in Middle-earth.
After-meeting:
    Flashgaming Reviews by Ar-Pharazon


Oct. 14, 2017 Saturday

LotRO gaming news from the Launcher:
    The LOTRO game worlds will be unavailable from 7:00 AM - 11:00 AM Eastern (-4 GMT) on Sunday, October 15th for a hotfix. Click here for more information.


Oct. 12, 2017 Thursday

LotRO gaming news from the launcher:
The LOTRO game worlds will be brought down on Friday, October 13th from 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM Eastern (-4 GMT) to release Update 21.2.1. Click here for the Release Notes. Thank you for your patience, and we'll see you back in the game soon.


Oct. 10, 2017 Tuesday

    Anniversary page: header image up, with permission from the Bohemian Weasel-(T). Enjoy!

    LotRO down for maintenance and new stuff 8-1pm Eastern (/servertime). Release notes available.
    LotRO is now up with a  long download, so feel free to grab a sandwich.
    Fall Festival is now going. The Haunted Burrow at the Party Tree is back. Races, dance training. The Inn League and Ale Association are at it again. Events  are in The Shire, Bree-land at the festival grounds by the Horse-fields (or take the rent-a-horse), Thorin's Hall tavern, and the festival area of Duillond in Ered Luin's elven area.



Oct. 9, 2017 Monday

LotRO Gaming:
    Tuesday downtime 8-1pm Eastern (/servertime), for an update.

Anniversary Page:
    New screenshot from Arien, for the WoW theme shots.
    Also check out the screenies for the LotRO fireworks run from Miriel and Lenwe, put up yesterday.


Oct. 8, 2017 Sunday

This is the final day of the chat marathon in AIM and Discord.
Screenshots for LotRO from Miriel and Lenwe have been added to the Anniversary page.
Sunday Meeting: 5pm Eastern Time (GMT-5) (UTC-5) (LotRO /servertime 5:00 p.m.)
    The meeting is in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace and the Discord Valar Guild channel under text channel "meeting_place".
    For AIM, come on in or ask VardaValar 1 or ArPharazonV for an invitation.
    Varda shows up early on in LotRO, able to give Discord server/channel invitations there or AIM, and is in Discord as well.
    Discord may be downloaded at https://discordapp.com/; click Download at the top of the page.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (9)
    AIM: Arien, Ar-Pharazon, Eonwe, Varda (presiding)
    Discord: Arien, Elladan, Thranduil, Miriel, Varda
    LotRO: Arien, Fangorn, Elwing, Varda
Membership:
    The chat marathon ends with this meeting! This is being held on AIM and on Discord; pick your favorite or be in both, when you can. At least say hi so others can tell you were there; the list of known participants goes on the Anniversary page.
Web:
    New screenshots on the Anniversary page.
    New story by Arien-(Valar)
    State of Valar Gaming, now linked to the Anniversary page.
Gaming:
    General gaming report by Eonwe
Tolkien:
    Topic: Tolkien Moments. The first three relate to the Entmoot. The last two are from the Silmarillion.
After-meeting:
    Flashgaming Reviews by Ar-Pharazon


Oct. 6, 2017

AIM will be shutting down December 15th.
Their message:
AOL System Msg
Hi there! We wanted to let you know that AIM will be going away on December 15, 2017. Until then, you can continue to use AIM normally, but as of December 15, AIM will be discontinued and you will no longer have access.
Thank you for being an AIM user - we loved working on this product for you. Learn more here: https://help.aol.com/articles/aim-discontinued.

Please download Discord if you haven't already, so we can help each other with it on AIM before it's gone. We will not be using the browser Discord, but the download version.
If you're in LotRO, please feel free to ask for help there too.
Norton Antivirus may block Discord, so an exception may need to be set up for it.
More articles:
    Link given by Gil-galad, from avclub.
    Link in Tumbler.


Oct. 5, 2017 Thursday

    LotRO Beacon Issue #29 with events and the code for this week's freebie. The issue comes out every Thursday.


Oct. 4, 2017 Wednesday

Happy 20th Anniversary, Valar Guild!

Fireworks runs for groups:
    LotRO noon EST/ 11 am Central; 5pm EST/ 4 pm Central. (Meet at West Bree)
    WoW 8 pm EST/ 7 pm Central.
Gamer screenshots for the anniversary (solo or group fireworks runs). Please email your favorite to Varda, just one or to show each place visited.
Gamer screenshots for the anniversary theme of "perseverance or triumph over adversity" may be emailed to Varda to put on the Anniversary page.
Chat marathon continues in both AIM and Discord, through Oct 8's Sunday meeting. Please at least say hello so we can credit you with assisting in keeping the rooms open.
The Tolkien Site will continue taking anniversary presents to the guild through all of October, linked from the Anniversary page as well as the regular Tolkien Site set-up, as in art, poetry, stories, articles, humor, languages, etc.
Forum salutations.
Anniversary Page

Taking a screenshot in LotRO:
    N to toggle the names over people and things.
    F12 to remove the UI, that shows bags, radar, skill slots, etc.
    F11 to take the screenshot.
    The screenie goes to a folder on your computer: Documents / The Lord of the Rings Online
       Be sure to notice "The" at the start of the folder.

Taking a screenshot in WoW:
    Click Printscreen on your keyboard. The image goes into the game folder under Screenshots.

First LotRO run at noon went off! Thank you for the fun. The celebrants were Arien, Dis, Fangorn, Irmo, Miriel, Nerdanel, and Varda. We started at West Bree, moving on to Michel Delving, Thorin's Hall, and Rivendell.
 The 5 pm run still had the same people from the noon run, so we fellowshipped and ran in Mordor together for hours. When one left, another joined up, so it was quite a run. More people came on, joining into the Mordor run or grouping up as High Elves.


Oct. 3, 2017 Tuesday

    Tolkien Site/ Stories:
       "Into the Light" by Arien-(Valar). Written for the 20th Anniversary.


Oct. 1, 2017 Sunday

    CHAT MARATHON BEGINS at today's meeting at 5 p.m. EST continuing into the following Sunday meeting for the 20th Anniversary.
    Stock up on fireworks for your game of choice for Oct 4; lighting special effects for games without fireworks. Oct 4 LotRO Noon and 5pm we begin riding into the main towns and shoot fireworks.
    Mail Varda any art, poems, stories, articles, music etc to be added to both the Tolkien Site and Anniversary Page. We'd like them by Oct 4 but will continue taking them all of October. Please mark that they are for the 20th Anniversary.
    Oct 4 forum huzzahs. Check out the little chat box at the bottom.

    Wednesday Fireworks runs!
       WoW: 8 p.m. EST/7 p.m. Central.
       LotRO: noon EST and 5 p.m. EST. EST is also /servertime

Sunday Meeting: 5pm Eastern Time (GMT-5) (UTC-5) (LotRO /servertime 5:00 p.m.)
    The meeting is in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace and the Discord Valar Guild channel under text channel "meeting_place".
    For AIM, come on in or ask VardaValar 1 or ArPharazonV for an invitation.
    Varda shows up early on in LotRO, able to give Discord server/channel invitations there or AIM, and is in Discord as well.
    Discord may be downloaded at https://discordapp.com/; click Download at the top of the page.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (5)
    AIM: Arien, Ar-Pharazon, Eonwe (After-meeting), Varda (presiding)
    Discord: Arien, Dis (Before-meeting note), Elladan (After-meeting note), Gorlim, Varda
Membership:
    The chat marathon begins this meeting! Help hold the channel open. This is being held on AIM and on Discord; pick your favorite or be in both, when you can. At least say hi so others can tell you were there; the list of known participants goes on the Anniversary page.
Web:
    New poem: "Baggage", for the anniversary.
Gaming:
    General gaming report
Tolkien:
    Topic: Tolkien Moments. From the Hobbit, Bilbo decides to join the dwarves. From the Silmarillion, the Hill of the Slain/ Hill of Tears.
    For the chat marathon, suggested Tolkien Moments and Tolkien-related urls could be included.
After-meeting:
    Flashgaming Reviews by Ar-Pharazon


Sept. 29, 2017 Friday

    Tolkien Site / Poetry:
       "Baggage" by Varda-(Valar) for the 20th Anniversary of the Valar Guild. (updated to rhyme form instead Sept 30)

    LotRO:
       Buried Treasure event today through Oct. 4th.


Sept. 28, 2017 Thursday

    LotRO Beacon issue #28 is up.


Sept. 24, 2017 Sunday

Sunday Meeting: 5pm Eastern Time (GMT-5) (UTC-5) (LotRO /servertime 5:00 p.m.)
    The meeting is in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace and the Discord Valar Guild channel under text channel "meeting_place". For AIM, come on in or ask VardaValar 1 or ArPharazonV for an invitation. Varda shows up early on in LotRO, able to give Discord server/channel invitations there, and is in Discord as well. Discord may be downloaded at https://discordapp.com/; click Download at the top of the page.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Membership:
 
THE 20th ANNIVERSARY is coming fast! Here's some of what's going on:
    The chat marathon for the 20th Anniversary this year begins at the meeting on Oct 1 and goes through the meeting on Oct 8. Help hold the channel open. This is being held on AIM and on Discord (Harbor text is our usual in Discord, but for this, use meeting_place); pick your favorite or be in both, when you can. At least say hi so others can tell you were there; the list of known participants goes on the Anniversary page including which program you favored with your presence.
    Please email Varda your 20th Anniversary screenshots, art, poetry, humor, articles, stories, music or whatever your creative minds come up with, marked that they are in honor of that. The suggested theme is "persevernce or triumph over adversity" set in Tolkien's world. Varda's email is on the Membership and Contacts pages; so is Eonwe's. Anniversary goodies will be added from September through all of October, although preferred to be in in time for Oct 4.
    Please email Eonwe with your updated information for the Games Site, as all old information has been wiped. This updated site will aid in the State of Valar Gaming report given with the Anniversary.
    For gamers that have games with towns: Oct 4, a Wednesday, is the day to ride to landmarks in major towns, set off fireworks, and yell "Happy 20th Anniversary, Valar Guild!" preferably with fellow guild mates. In LotRO, you might also be able to make music and dance, /drink, /eat, and hand around drinks, food, or other items. WoW can do a lot too, as can others, maybe using special effects of magic or explosions to simulate fireworks. Feel free to email Varda your best / favorite screenshots and/or a written tale of the event, perhaps from your own, or your character's or even guild character's perspective; short is just fine and goes nicely to caption screenshots, although all lengths are taken happily.
Web:
    Tolkien Site / Art:
       New art today by the Bohemian Weasel-(T):
            "Smaug, the Unassessably Wealthy", under Smaug. Just the character to keep Bilbo busy.
            "The Lonely Mountain" on the new page Lonely Mountain. Put up by the Bohemian Weasel-(T) in time for Bilbo's birthday, and added into our website retroactively today.
Gaming:
    Report on general gaming news by Eonwe and others.
Tolkien:
   
Topic: In the books, what did Bilbo and Frodo's birthday have to do with the main storyline?
After-meeting:
    Flashgaming Reviews by Ar-Pharazon.
      

Sept. 22, 2017 Friday

Happy Birthday to Bilbo and Frodo!

The Lonely Mountain
"The Lonely Mountain"
by The Bohemian Weasel-(T)
made for Bilbo's Birthday!

    News for months before September are now in the News Archives, to speed your News load time. Cheers!

    LotRO gaming:
       A Gondorian building near Mordor has been renovated for Hobbit use. A bit much, maybe but rumor has it that those friends of Aragorns are princes among the Halfings. Link from Gorlim-(V), thanks!


Sept. 20, 2017 Wednesday

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

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

    Happy Rosh Hashanah. Shanah tovah!


Sept. 18, 2017 Monday

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


September 17, 2017 Sunday

Sunday Meeting: 5pm Eastern Time (GMT-5) (UTC-5) (LotRO /servertime 5:00 p.m.)
    The meeting is in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace and the Discord Valar Guild channel under text channels "meeting_place". Come on in or (for AIM) ask VardaValar 1 or ArPharazonV for an invitation. Varda shows up early on in LotRO, able to give Discord server/channel invitations there, and is in Discord as well.
    Discord may be downloaded at https://discordapp.com/; click Download at the top of the page.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (6)
    AIM: Arien, Ar-Pharazon, Elladan, Eonwe (presiding), Varda
    Discord: Arien, Gorlim, Varda.
Membership:
    Thank you to those who replied to the GSMU! These folks are also updated on the Membership page as active for 2018. The Games Site Mass Update is still in progress. If you did not receive an email, which is also a yearly gaming newsletter, please email your info to Eonwe, or Varda if your email is confidential.
Web:
    New art this week: "Gandalf" by DeepGroover-(T)
Gaming:
    General gaming report by Eonwe and others.
Tolkien:
    Topic: New game invented by Eonwe: "Book or Movie?" We took turns to suggest a scene that was only found in the books or movies (included Extended version), and the others said which it was.
After-meeting:
    Continued Tolkien game.
    Flashgaming Reviews by Ar-Pharazon


September 15, 2017 Friday

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


September 14, 2017 Thursday

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

    LotRO:
       LotRO Beacon Issue # 26 is out.


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


September 10, 2017 Sunday

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

Sunday Meeting: 5pm Eastern Time (GMT-5) (UTC-5) (LotRO /servertime 5:00 p.m.)
    The meeting is in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace and the Discord Valar Guild channel under text channels "meeting_place". Come on in or (for AIM) ask VardaValar 1 or ArPharazonV for an invitation. Varda shows up early on in LotRO, able to give Discord server/channel invitations there, and is in Discord as well.
    Discord may be downloaded at https://discordapp.com/; click Download at the top of the page.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (6)
    AIM: Arien, Ar-Pharazon, Eonwe, Varda (presiding)
    Discord: Arien, Gorlim, Varda.
    LotRO: Maedhros, Varda
Membership:
Sept. 22 is the double birthday of book Bilbo and Frodo.
Games Site Mass Update now underway, to allow the update of the Games Site by anniversary time.
Oct. 4 is the Valar Guild's 20th Anniversary.
Web
Gaming:
    Very special interview link with the astronaut, Daniel Barry, who took a StarCraft game disk with him into space, including his struggle to become an astronaut. You can watch the video and/or read the transcript below.
    General gaming report (including the above link) by Eonwe.
    LotRO has a Community Rules Update especially for Standing Stone.
Tolkien:
    Topic: Morgoth, Sauron, and Saruman could not make new life, but they could change existing life to make types better suited to their purposes. To start, they did great propaganda to bring beings to their side, offering power, abilities, whatever worked, mostly not what we consider appealing to their better side. What were some of these changed beings, and what was the advantage?
After-meeting:
    Flashgaming Reviews by Ar-Pharazon


September 7, 2017 Thursday

    LotRO Beacon issue #25 is out.

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

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

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

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

Thank you to all. 

Little Jewel.

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

Changes made. -Varda


Sept. 4, 2017 Monday

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


Sept. 3, 2017 Sunday

Sunday Meeting: 5pm Eastern Time (GMT-5) (UTC-5) (LotRO /servertime 5:00 p.m.)
    The meeting is in the AIM room named Valar Guild Meetingplace and the Discord Valar Guild channel under text channels "meeting_place". Come on in or (for AIM) ask VardaValar 1 or ArPharazonV for an invitation. Varda shows up early on in LotRO, able to give Discord server/channel invitations there, and is in Discord as well.
Meeting Transcript by Ar-Pharazon and Varda
Attending: (4)
    AIM: Arien, Ar-Pharazon, Elladan, Varda
    Discord: Arien, Varda
Membership:
    Our Texas members are reporting that they are ok.
    The 20th Anniversary of the Valar Guild is next month, Oct 4. Start on your stories, art, and other fun stuff now!
    The Games Site Mass Update will be starting up soon to be ready for the Anniversary.
Web:
    Please email your art and writing to Varda for the 20th Anniversary of the Valar Guild that's on Oct 4, and label that the item is for the Anniversary.
We'll take new goodies through October.
Gaming:
    General gaming report
Tolkien:
    Topic: One of Tolkien's strong abilities was the way he used settings as part of his world-building: (1) themes (2) reversals.
After-meeting:
    Flashgaming Reviews by Ar-Pharazon


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