Valar Guild

August 24, 2008 Meeting

5pm EST (GMT - 5); (GMT = 22:00)
AIM: Valar Guild Meetingplace

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Ar-Pharazon and Varda

Attending: ()
    AriehnV, arwenv1, ArPharazonV, fladrifv, Pallando Valar/OrodrethV, VardaValar1 (presiding)

Meeting begins
    Pallando the Marine (under Web)
    AIM allowed people in the room to talk, but no one could put in web addresses.
    Games page
    Tolkien Site: Art
    Lord of the Rings: Conquest new game coming up, unrelated to LotRO.
    D&D tabletop (not online)
    Guild Wars
    TA:Kingdoms: The Iron Plague expansion
    Rayman Raving Rabbits for the pc
    Starcraft: Broodwar
       Europe: Argent Dawn, Bloodhoof servers
       Americas: Lothar, Uldaman servers
    LotRO: Landroval server
    Question sent in from Ancalagon-(V): Where should we be able to find horned helmets in Middle-earth, if at all?

[Note: The editor added in web addresses at the first mention, in order to facilitate use of the information since the chat room wasn't allowing posts of urls.]

You have just entered room "valarguildmeetingplace."
Pallando Valar has entered the room.
OrodrethV has entered the room.
ArPharazonV has entered the room.
ArPharazonV: Aiya, Tempest Keep, will be busy for a bit
VardaValar1 (4:57:42 PM) has entered the room.
VardaValar1: Aiya :-)
ArPharazonV: aiya, bossfight, TK, brb
VardaValar1: go for it!
arwenv1 has entered the room.
fladrifv has entered the room.
fladrifv: Aiya
VardaValar1: Heya : )
VardaValar1: Did any of you update AIM?
VardaValar1: If not, maybe I'd better make this fast before the chat room deteriorates.

VardaValar1: Elen sila lumenn' omentielvo!
VardaValar1: Membership:
VardaValar1: Eonwe is away at a movie with family and asked that I chair for him. A pleasure.
VardaValar1: Dis-(V) is back with us gaming in kinship in LotRO, having picked up a second account again.
VardaValar1: Any other membership news?

VardaValar1: Web:
VardaValar1: Games page
VardaValar1: Eonwe has been working on updates, including crafting items in LotRO.
VardaValar1: He's also been working on programming that should make the tables very good.
VardaValar1: Several people have offered to write game reviews. Let's hope they do and we get to read them!
VardaValar1: Tolkien Site:
VardaValar1: Art:
VardaValar1: DeepGroover-(TV) sent in a photo of his model, "Templar Sergeant"
VardaValar1: Backing up slightly, Pallando has member news. Go ahead. : )
OrodrethV: On Friday, 22 August, 2008, I graduated from MCRD San Diego as a United States Marine. :D
VardaValar1: Congratulations!
VardaValar1: That is a feat worthy of a brag. : )
VardaValar1: Should I mention in membership news that Sauron and Varda joined in to help Gimli move a new washer and dryer into his new house? : )
ArPharazonV: oh, Al'ar down... and I need to mention
VardaValar1: He has enough set up that he could live there now.
ArPharazonV: AIM thread seems to suggest, problem over
ArPharazonV: we should be fine
VardaValar1: Phar, go ahead.
VardaValar1: Yay! Great news, that.
VardaValar1: Great news on Al'ar's demise as well.
ArPharazonV: thanks
ArPharazonV: my first serious 25-man raiding in a year or so :-)
VardaValar1: I am having trouble sending web addresses. Did you folks receive that last one for the art?
VardaValar1: That had to be a blast!
ArPharazonV: it was! Lurker, Leonidas, Karathress and Al'ar
ArPharazonV: good fun
ArPharazonV: I applied to this group, aren't actually trialling yet, but was asked to fill in for another druid... so official or not, guest or not... could be a good beginning!
ArPharazonV: and now, continue with your news :-)
VardaValar1: Could any of you see the web address for the art? Showed an error.
ArPharazonV: don't seem to be seeing an url in this chatroom, sorry
VardaValar1: That is going to be a problem in the Tolkien chat that was planned. Had a batch of urls to show.
ArPharazonV: oh, we were supposed to quit like 10 minutes, but continuing to Fel Reaver... I'll.. be busy for a while yet :-) but occasionally checking in on chat!
ArPharazonV: *10 minutes ago
VardaValar1: I just tried a "hyperlink" but still showing an error. Did it come through?
VardaValar1: okie dokie, Phar.
ArPharazonV: oh, nevermind, too many people leaving.. hmm, no, don't see any
VardaValar1: ouch. May be a security thing.
VardaValar1: Can anyone put in an address, maybe our Valar Guild main?
OnlineHost: We're sorry, we are unable to send your message. Please remove the Web address and try again.
VardaValar1: Didn't work for me just now.
ArPharazonV: nope
VardaValar1: oboy
VardaValar1: We'll make do. You guys know where the News page is and the art page. : )

VardaValar1: Gaming:
ArPharazonV: try like..
VardaValar1: Eonwe sent a letter with news on a new game
ArPharazonV: and add a w?
VardaValar1: Nice job Phar!
VardaValar1: Trust the Numenoreans to come up with a way. : )
VardaValar1: The new game is Lord of the Rings: Conquest (nothing to do with LotRO)
VardaValar1: It's being developed by Pandemic Studios through EA's LotR license
VardaValar1: and is supposed to come out around the end of the year, probably in time for Christmas.
VardaValar1: It's not going to be canon, but could be fun.
AriehnV has entered the room.
VardaValar1: You can play as the actual characters in the story, both good and evil campaigns.
VardaValar1: Aiya Arien : )
AriehnV: aiya all :-)
ArPharazonV: like Battle for Middle-earth?
ArPharazonV: what type of game is it, RTS or RPG?
VardaValar1: I'm trying to type urls with only 2 w's and it's not letting me now. [Note: Review on]
ArPharazonV: try with 1? ;-)
ArPharazonV: or remove the http thingy
VardaValar1: not with one either, and we dropped the http a while ago.
VardaValar1: anyway, it's on the news site, and is pandemic studios
ArPharazonV: can you whisper it to me?
ArPharazonV: well, IM
VardaValar1: go for Conquest
VardaValar1: It's all on the News page.
VardaValar1: I'll try that, Phar
VardaValar1: Unfair. I can IM but not give it to the group
OnlineHost: We're sorry, we are unable to send your message. Please remove the Web address and try again.
ArPharazonV: hmm...
VardaValar1: Can you make it show, Phar?
OnlineHost: We're sorry, we are unable to send your message. Please remove the Web address and try again.
ArPharazonV: .pandemicstudios.conquest
ArPharazonV: no...
VardaValar1: nice : )
VardaValar1: We also have a press release on it, also a link on the News
OnlineHost: We're sorry, we are unable to send your message. Please remove the Web address and try again.
VardaValar1: about-it/
VardaValar1: hah! Add the usual www in front of that and you have it.
ArPharazonV: wwwpandemicstudioscomconquest
ArPharazonV: bah!
ArPharazonV: /
VardaValar1: Some security is taken toooo far.
VardaValar1: Any games played this week that weren't WoW or LotRO?
VardaValar1: I'm back to playing D&D tabletop after a very long time out. Great fun! [Note: Dirhavel playsD&D tabletop in a different group. Sauron, Gimli, and Varda D&D tabletop together.]
ArPharazonV: me
VardaValar1: Go ahead. : )
ArPharazonV: played some.. well, not sure I played Guild Wars, actually, could have been last week
ArPharazonV: but
ArPharazonV: I've played The Iron Plague, expansion to TA:Kingdoms
ArPharazonV: and I've been playing Rayman Raving Rabbids for the pc
ArPharazonV: not sure what type of game that actually qualifies under but it's similar to the earlier Rayman games in gameplay and graphic, but with an insane story with a lot of mad rabbits
VardaValar1: Are you getting to play anything with Fladrif?
VardaValar1: hehe
ArPharazonV: basically a sequence of trials, minigames, challenges
ArPharazonV: which you can unlock to play seperately
ArPharazonV: quite fun
ArPharazonV: and yes, I did play some Starcraft:Broodwar games this week with Fladrif
VardaValar1: That does sound fun, thanks. : )
VardaValar1: So, do we need to poke the Ent awake to hear what he's playing? : )

VardaValar1: On to WoW:
VardaValar1: Who has the European WoW report today? We can take turns. : )
ArPharazonV: well, I already told you about new developments in my raiding career
ArPharazonV: and I don't have much else to add :-)
VardaValar1: Playing with yet another group for raids. Which group?
VardaValar1: We can attempt to play in the same groups if we know which ones.
ArPharazonV: Expedition, it's called
VardaValar1: Thanks
ArPharazonV: and I'm technically not even trialling
ArPharazonV: yet
VardaValar1: Just helped once, aye. gl!
VardaValar1: See any other guildies online?
ArPharazonV: not a lot no
AriehnV: not me i fear :-( i always manage to miss people by a few minutes
VardaValar1: heh, way it goes.
VardaValar1: Arien, did you get to do anything fun in WoW?
AriehnV: oh yes Helm arranged a wet visit at the cloud mesa
AriehnV: on tuesday lol#
AriehnV: we took some liquid .. no juice as you can imagine
AriehnV: and visited our trainers .. in Mulgore
AriehnV: it was him , myself on finduilaswen a hunter and a healer
AriehnV: so we first had a drink .. got boozed up and our way out we .. guess flattened bloodhoof
AriehnV: /
VardaValar1: The thin red mist fertilizing the plains...
AriehnV: got mobstormed by protectors but we had no trouble in dealing with them .. good firepower
AriehnV: it had the consequences of a retaliation in azure watch the next day but .. never mind it was fun
VardaValar1: Always consequences to any action.
AriehnV: aye sure no big surprise there unfortunately we werent able to mobilize more defenders as usual
AriehnV: but such is life :-)
VardaValar1: At least you're able to find Helm online. : )
AriehnV: indeed :-)
AriehnV: else i am geting bg gear with ariehn
AriehnV: or woriking on it
AriehnV: with a bit of questing for finances
VardaValar1: On to some other WoW reports,
VardaValar1: Uldaman server:
VardaValar1: Elwing is pretty much holding that up alone, with rare visits by my family and Eonwe.
VardaValar1: Lothar server:
VardaValar1: That one is busy, but with only a small group and a number of them cross-guilded.
VardaValar1: Sauron and Bilbo have members in Valar and in Cold Rage Knights, so they can raid.
VardaValar1: Members are mostly getting elite flying mounts and having a lot of wild times.
VardaValar1: I'm the main slacker there. *cough*

VardaValar1: On to LotRO:
VardaValar1: Arien, you showed up on LotRO for a bit.
AriehnV: yes i ddi
AriehnV: i rerolled my champion since i lost the epic plot somewhere
AriehnV: got my burglar to 15 and she is profficient as apprentice jeweller
VardaValar1: You don't lose the epic plot but you can outlevel it and have to catch up to get Radagast to talk to you.
VardaValar1: Sorry, not be high enough level.
AriehnV: i see
AriehnV: anyway starting new again
VardaValar1: Did we get you properly invited on new characters?
AriehnV: yes you did :-)
VardaValar1: yay!
VardaValar1: Dis-V also put another character back in kinship after getting a second account again.
VardaValar1: The Summer Festival has restarted with corrections made.
VardaValar1: The music boxes now work, the horse blanket is no longer neon green but reasonable
VardaValar1: The second racial dances now look different from the first ones.
VardaValar1: So run grab the dances as soon as you can. It ends Sept 1
VardaValar1: The Moria expansion is in progress, little signs of it pop up here and there.
VardaValar1: The Battle Instances are going by Gath Forthnir, have to keep wide awake and best to take a group of six.
VardaValar1: We opened them by collecting 70,000 Ring-lore, and they are for level 50's.
VardaValar1: End report

VardaValar1: Tolkien:
VardaValar1: Did any of you have a topic?
VardaValar1: Ancalagon sent us this question, and hopes to have a computer he can use at home and rejoin us in AIM:
VardaValar1: Where should we be able to find horned helmets in Middle-earth, if at all?
VardaValar1: Any suggestions?
VardaValar1: Maybe if we work from history.
AriehnV: orcs seem to have them
VardaValar1: You mean, in a movie?
ArPharazonV: vik.. no, wait, not in Middle-earth
ArPharazonV: what did dwarf-helmets look like?
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VardaValar1: In the animated version, they stuck an ox-horn helmet on Boromir, totally nutty. : )
VardaValar1: Ancalagon is hoping very much to be able to use a horned helmet on his dwarf. : )
ArPharazonV: they also removed Boromir's pants, I think that's saying enough ;-)
VardaValar1: I can't think of any reference to a horned helmet in Middle-earth in the books, but maybe we can work out a possibility.
VardaValar1: Aye, thus making the saying, "Gondor has no pants. Gondor needs no pants."
VardaValar1: Anyway, in history, and Middle-earth is supposed to be pre our history,
VardaValar1: apparently the Celts had horned helmets of a sort, for ceremonies mainly
VardaValar1: rather the same way as American Indians used heads and pelts for ceremonies, trying to improve the hunt.
arwenv1: =)
VardaValar1: So the Celts had the god, Cernunnos, with antlers, and some would wear antlers.
VardaValar1: They also had other things they wore, including feathers, like you see in Thor comics. : )
VardaValar1: The Gauls were Celts and had some similar headgear.
VardaValar1: Apparently during the Migration Period, (previously called Barbarian invasions)
VardaValar1: the Viking ancestors picked up a touch of that in their travels.
VardaValar1: They may have picked it up from Celts, Russians, Asians.
VardaValar1: But they tended to use something that looked like snakes or dragons on each side of the headgear, not ox horns.
VardaValar1: Those also seemed to have been for war dances or religious use, as it was for Celts or American Indians.
VardaValar1: There are some helmet depictions that look close to the ox horn type, but certainly nothing common about it.
VardaValar1: If AIM will cooperate, I picked up a few nice web articles.
AriehnV has entered the room.
VardaValar1: put the http in front of that with no w
AriehnV: which site are you triying to link?
VardaValar1: put http and w's in front of that.
VardaValar1: I did a little write up for the News and if you like, will go ahead and put that online now.
VardaValar1: Ok, do a refresh on the News and you should have it.
VardaValar1: That should give you the links too.
VardaValar1: We have found a helmet with Cernunnos-style antlers in LotRO, so they must have done research already on the horned helms.
VardaValar1: Good for them. : )
VardaValar1: That is all I have for today's meeting unless anyone else would like to add something?
VardaValar1: (They are off surfing that mess of info, no doubt.)
VardaValar1: Namarie for now. : )
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AriehnV: namareie
ArPharazonV: namarie
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