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December 30, 2012 Sunday Meeting

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Attending: (7)
    Ariehn V, EonweValar, Gilraen-(V)/Iryenth, Glorfindel VG, Gwaihir-Valar, Indis-(V)/karakedi25, VardaValar1 (presiding)

Meeting begins
    What hooked you on the Lord of the Rings so that you finished this long trilogy?
VardaValar1 (VardaValar1) has entered the room.
EonweValar (Eonwe Valar) has entered the room.
EonweValar: Heya.
Glorfindel VG has entered the room.
Glorfindel VG: Aiya
VardaValar1: Aiya Eonwe and Glorfindel!
gwaihirvalar has been invited.
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iryenth has been invited.
Iryenth has entered the room.
VardaValar1: The Eagle has landed. : )
VardaValar1: Aiya Gilraen : )
Iryenth: Aiya
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menelvagorvalar has been invited.
Gwaihir-Valar: hullo
VardaValar1: Arien got one ray of sunlight in before falling out anyway.
Gwaihir-Valar: Must be cloudy
VardaValar1: Eonwe, grats on being able to come into AIM!
VardaValar1: Must be.  ^^
Ariehn V (AriehnV) has entered the room.
Iryenth: well, it is snowing outside
VardaValar1: We were just talking about you, Sunshine. : )
VardaValar1: A white Christmas week?
Ariehn V: aiya ^^ i think your invitation came at the same time as i was trying to get in hehe
VardaValar1: Dwarven head knocks trying to get in here, pardon.

VardaValar1: Elen sila lumenn' omentielvo!
karakedi25 has entered the room.
VardaValar1: Aiya Indis the Fair :-)
VardaValar1: Membership:
karakedi25: Aiya
VardaValar1: Good to see you all!
VardaValar1: *wonders how many are gaming right now* Party on!
VardaValar1: Lots of birthdays this last week, including Christmas.
VardaValar1: Nar, Luthien, and Pippin to name three.
Ariehn V: halfways .. sending crafting materials about
VardaValar1: Annael too.
Ariehn V: but mostly here and listening to some song i cant get out of my head since last monday
VardaValar1: Nice, Arien. LotRO crafting experience now.
VardaValar1: Where there's a whip there's a way?
VardaValar1: or another song?
Ariehn V: err .. hhe no The song of the Lonely Mountain in fact
Ariehn V: :-D
VardaValar1: Thorin and crew with those deep voices, stuck in my head pleasantly too.
Ariehn V: thats the credit song i am on atm but i love Thorins song
Ariehn V: Ken Stott has an icredible Voice
VardaValar1: The one with all the words. We stayed into the credits to listen.
Ariehn V: so did i :-D
Ariehn V: tapping feet and clapping the rhythm *blush*
VardaValar1: hehe. Enthusiasm is a good thing!
VardaValar1: Any other membership news?
VardaValar1: Gimli was visiting here, says hi, still quite the Tolkien fan.
Iryenth: Phar and Fladrif are building Phar's new computer today
VardaValar1: Woot!
VardaValar1: We'll let them off since they're working so hard.
Iryenth: Just this once
VardaValar1: ^^
EonweValar: My computer woes aren't settled yet, will be sometime after the first.
Ariehn V: I am thinking about getting a new computer too
Ariehn V: this one is not coping too well with multitasking
VardaValar1: That's not too long, Eonwe, except in computer terms. O wait, it's a computer.
VardaValar1: uh oh
Ariehn V: i. e. chatting on aim and running a game at the same time
Ariehn V: it lags sometimes when watching videos
Ariehn V: thats why i am considering it
Ariehn V: havent ordered it yet .. but playing with the thought
VardaValar1: Gaming:
VardaValar1: Any non-WoW, non-LotRO gaming this past week? Maybe all those shiny new games as presents?
VardaValar1: BroodWar here with Fangorn, Sauron, and Meriadoc.
VardaValar1: STO for Sauron.
VardaValar1: That zombie first person shooter for Bilbo.
VardaValar1: WoW news:
VardaValar1: Eonwe, did you have some? Or I could copy/paste your email news if you're having problems.
EonweValar: Copy/paste please.
VardaValar1: Aye aye
VardaValar1: From Eonwe:
VardaValar1: .) Don't forget to get your Winterveil gifts from under the tree in Ironforge before January 2nd. This includes gifts that will
only be available this year and give a Feat of Strength.
VardaValar1: 2.) Darkmoon Faire begins one week from Sunday. There's a new ride that boosts exp and rep gain, so don't miss your chance to put it to use. Also, don't forget about the pets, mounts, heirloom items, transmog items, easy +5 skill points to your professions, and fishing pools for easy mats/potions/etc. :}
VardaValar1: 3.) 5.2 Patch going onto the PTR in January. Yes, already :}
VardaValar1: ake care and Happy New Year :}
VardaValar1: Lots of good info there. Thanks, Eonwe!
EonweValar: *bow*
VardaValar1: Any more WoW news from anyone?
VardaValar1: I hear Glorfindel is still playing WoW, good news. And Elwing although she's moslty Horde.
VardaValar1: LotRO:
VardaValar1: The Yule Festival has a short time left. Good luck working up the quest tiers for you winter warhorse barding. : )
VardaValar1: Some of the gang have completed building Hytbold and are rebuilding or re-rebuilding it on alts. More barter items that way.
VardaValar1: Most will at least work up the stable point on alts.
karakedi25: Actually I did the Yule Fest for the snowbeast cloak and shoes. :-)
karakedi25: the new horse looks as though it's' draped in bedsheets :-P
VardaValar1: hehe - and a ton more barter. Get your own snowman!
VardaValar1: Now we know where to get bedsheets!
karakedi25: indeed
VardaValar1: Lots of goodes, outfits, house furnishings. *runs to LotRO* *backs up to the meeting*
VardaValar1: People have been killing Warbands, especially Bugud, in free-wheeling groups that aren't necessarily partied. Looked around
yesterday and saw Indis in the mix!
karakedi25: *grin*
VardaValar1: Also folks are running the Barad Guldur instance over and over, trying to get their items.
VardaValar1: The three-mans are also needed to get the second item.
VardaValar1: *new* three-mans, pardon.
VardaValar1: Indis has been doing a lot of those, for sure. I"ve been getting into it all a bit too. : )
Ariehn V: I was taking first time part in the Yule theatre thing and ended up Laughing stock and Villain of course :-)
VardaValar1: Fun titles.
VardaValar1: I had to go for Star of the Show because, stars, can't resist the little sparklies.
Ariehn V: no ideas which emotes are LotrO supported and which not appart from yes , no and burp ;-)
VardaValar1: There's a list of them when you click the white word balloon to the left of where you type in-game.
karakedi25: Which second item is that?
Ariehn V: ah right
VardaValar1: I don't know, haven't gotten it yet. But someone will surely know.
VardaValar1: Getting a box-full of the hunter rings. Need more fingers.
VardaValar1: Any other suggestions, comments?
VardaValar1: May your upcoming new year treat you as kindly as possible! : )
karakedi25: same to you, of course
VardaValar1: Thanks. :-)

VardaValar1: Tolkien:
VardaValar1: I've been playing around a bit with the Tolkien Encyc, noticing that from the outside looking in it shows that the parts have been put together across a lot of years. Started in spiffying it up a little.
VardaValar1: Also noticed we're pretty shy of articles on places, and still have a lot of characters with just a name and no article. Hoping to mess with that some too.
VardaValar1: Be sure to check if your own character has a working article that can help with role-play.
EonweValar: I know mine does, hehehe.
VardaValar1: Aye, yours does!
Ariehn V: could work on the history of dwarves if that is needed
Ariehn V: or have you got that ?
VardaValar1: You might take a look at the dwarves article Eonwe did.
VardaValar1: We could use articles on the dwarves that relate to Thorin's Company.
VardaValar1: Lots of people are looking for those now and will be for a few years more heavily than usual.
VardaValar1: A good Azog article would be handy too.
Ariehn V: especially when it comes to Gundabad ... (side track .. i liked the glimpse at it in The Hobbit .. inspired by the War in the North
game .. it was the first game tackling that )
VardaValar1: In fact, anything related to the movie will be getting lots of hits.
VardaValar1: Nice
Ariehn V: I ll have a look at those
Ariehn V: Thorin and Company, Azog
VardaValar1: Eonwe's dwarf article is quite impressive. Enjoy looking it over too. : )
VardaValar1: Aye, thanks!
VardaValar1: We have a lot of odd spots all around that are needing love. Places we'd expect an article already: Valinor, Maiar Morwen.
VardaValar1: Always something to play with if we want to. : )
VardaValar1: Did anyone have a subject on their mind, maybe from the movies or game that bothers them?
Gwaihir-Valar: if I ever reach a point where I don't have a ton of writing to do, I'll take a look and see what I can tackle ;-) haha
VardaValar1: That would be great!
VardaValar1: Think about what got you interested in the stories in the first place, and why you picked the character you did for a starter if you like.
VardaValar1: What did hook us to finish reading something as big as the Lord of the Rings?
VardaValar1: Was it places, characters, the ideas?
Ariehn V: good question .. what did hook me so much of reading this lot about sixty times?
VardaValar1: They say there's not much characterization, but I got hooked on the people in the story trying to do something terribly
important under the enemy's radar to help everyone, even though they had a lot to lose.
VardaValar1: Hobbits were completely original. : )
Gwaihir-Valar: I think, for me, it was the world... such a vibrant and rich, yet surprisingly not idealistic world. I mean, I was like 6 at the time so I doubt I thought in those words but...
VardaValar1: But the idea still comes through, even if you don't know all the four-dollar words yet.
EonweValar: Characterization: Tolkien just doesn't spend twenty pages talking about how his characters brushed the hair from their face after falling in the mud, or got all worked up and spent the next three weeks brooding about it, heh.
VardaValar1: Yay! : )
Ariehn V: I love the drive of the story (once you get over the first three chapters) , the ideas , the variety of races and personalities ... the mixture of seriousness and houmour that really make you laugh or at least chuckle
VardaValar1: Norse style heroes that take a licking and keep on trying to reach the goal.
VardaValar1: Aye, like real life. It's not all gloom and doom or laughter, but a mix. He showed that well. We can love good food and brass
buttons and try to save the world too!
VardaValar1: They knew the good things that they wanted to save. Beautiful fields, forests, homes.
VardaValar1: I got a kick out of the early chapters, actually. Found them amusing, and it showed what kind of life the heroes were used to.
What a contrast to Mordor.
EonweValar: Aye, and it sets the stage for how drastically the area has changed at the end.
VardaValar1: Tom Bombadil seemed to be silly but he had a lot going on, like seeing the sparkle on the waves, one shouldn't forget how deep the ocean is under it.
VardaValar1: Aye, Eonwe.
VardaValar1: We can feel a touch of the loss that the characters were going through.
VardaValar1: Any thoughts on the rp in the forum? Thought it should at least be mentioned again. We've all been very busy for a good while and probably need a look back at it. 
EonweValar: As soon as my computer woes are settled, I'll post my part.
VardaValar1: Sounds good.
Ariehn V: Tolkiens character grow .. I like the exchange between Bilbo and Gandalf before they all set off .. including him , before he blacks
out of the shock .. "Can you guarantee that I come back?" , Gandalf looks at him very serious and says soberly "No, I can't. And if you do, you won't be the same."
VardaValar1: And he did grow. Got knocked out of his Baggins into full-blown Took.
Ariehn V: indeed
VardaValar1: Didn't invent golf though. : )
EonweValar: It's been a little too long since I've read the Hobbit.
VardaValar1: Hah! Now we know which of the books in our stack to pick up shortly.
EonweValar: Bullroarer did invent golf, hehe. The orc chieftain's name was Golfimbul :} I remember that part distinctly and I thought it was amusing they added that mention in, hehe.
VardaValar1: Aye! Nice nod to us fans. : )
Ariehn V: hehe no that was his great grand sire ** the old took "who was so big for a Hobbit that he could ride a horse."He charged the ranks of the goblins of Mount Gram in the Battle of the Green Filds, and knocked their king Golfimbul's head  clean off with a wooden club"
VardaValar1: Bullroarer Took. Aye. Just meant Bilbo didn't invent any new games while he was growing up in the book.
Ariehn V: "It sailed a hundred yards through the air and went down a rabbit-hole, and in this way the battle was won and the game of Golf invented at the same time"
VardaValar1: ^^
Ariehn V: he did play games tho
Ariehn V: remember Gollum :)?
VardaValar1: Riddles in the Dark
VardaValar1: The movie did a nice job with the riddle game.
Ariehn V: yes .. the whole goblin town scene .. that was great
Ariehn V: or scenes rather
Ariehn V: what do you call it .. sequence i think
VardaValar1: Very lively.
Ariehn V: aye .. I am just rereading The Hobbit by the way , just started yesterday
VardaValar1: Good idea. I need to do that too.
Ariehn V: thats why i ve got the book close and near those entry sections
VardaValar1: *raises gavel*
VardaValar1: *flips the gavel in the air, watching sunlight play on it*
VardaValar1: *tinnnnng*
Ariehn V: *catches it*
VardaValar1: Love those mithril ring sounds.
VardaValar1: Funny, sunlight makes it shine but didn't stop the movement. A bit Mjolnirish.
VardaValar1: After-meeting!
VardaValar1: Right on the hour. : )
Ariehn V: thanks :-) for the fun
VardaValar1: Always a pleasure to get together. : )
VardaValar1: Let's see... What is this WoW game that's been getting neglected so long?
Ariehn V: I just came across this .. if you know the movie version dont disappointed . it s completely different , but very elvish and terrific
Ariehn V:
VardaValar1: Been really hooked on LotRO when there was a bit of game time.
VardaValar1: oh, thanks!
Ariehn V: its the song in full length
Ariehn V: all 27 verses
VardaValar1: She can sing.
Ariehn V: has an elvish feel to it , doesnt it?
VardaValar1: Aye.
Ariehn V: wow that is beautiful :-) , they put versions .. the dwarves and the hobbits :-)
Ariehn V: both lyrics I mean
Ariehn V: awesome
VardaValar1: Just typing all that is impressive.
VardaValar1: ^^