Valar Guild

May 18, 2014 Sunday Meeting

5pm EDT (UTC/GMT - 5)
AIM: Valar Guild Meetingplace

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Transcript work by
Ar-Pharazon and Varda.

Attending: (4)
    AriehnV, ArPharazonV, Indis-(V)/karakedi25, VardaValar1 (presiding)

Meeting begins
    Welcome to the Valar Guild, Gildor Inglorion-(V)!
    New navigation aid on the index page.
    New story chapter for "To See A World"
    Humor in the LotR.

You have just entered room "valarguildmeetingplace."
VardaValar1 has entered the room.
VardaValar1: I may have a need to bea smidge late
VardaValar1: sorry
ArPharazonV: You're early!
ArPharazonV: Arien poked.
VardaValar1: thanks :-)
AriehnV has entered the room.
AriehnV: oh dang it i did it again .. forgot it i mean .. Aiya :-)
ArPharazonV: Aiya!
ArPharazonV: Varda's just afk grabbing food, I guess we'll get started then :-)
AriehnV: cool :-)
VardaValar1: back
ArPharazonV: Aiyata!
VardaValar1: Arien, if you'd like to preside, feel free. I can report. :-)
VardaValar1: Hantal :-)
VardaValar1: Arien asked if I would take the meeting.

VardaValar1: Elen sila lumenn' omentielvo!
VardaValar1: Membership:
VardaValar1: Seeing more folks lately, very good to see. :-)
VardaValar1: Hello from Meriadoc, who's at Eowyn's house now, flew in last night.
VardaValar1: Weather permitting, we'll fly half-way in tomorrow, and drive the rest of the way, so we may be among the missing Monday.
VardaValar1: In more exciting membership news,
VardaValar1: we have a new member this week, Gildor Inglorion-(V)
VardaValar1: He came from a Tolkien-reading family and first read the LotR when he was eight.
ArPharazonV: Welcome!
VardaValar1: He is 14 now and read more than quite a few members: H, LotR, Sil, Lost Tales, Children of Hurin, and Return of the Shadow.
AriehnV: Welcome young Gildor :-)
VardaValar1: He's also a go-getter in LotRO and has good ideas, got me stoked up again on some things.

VardaValar1: Web:
VardaValar1: Speaking of which, he mentioined putting buttons on our index page, a project we had had to drop a while back.
VardaValar1: So I started poking around at it, trying to do stuff with it, hoping I can do better back home on the big desktop with more programs.
VardaValar1: but
VardaValar1: we got one upgrade.
VardaValar1: If you click the picture on the index, it now takes you to the framed News. Give it a shot next chance.:-)
VardaValar1: In other web news, a chapter has been written for a long-running series To See A World that has been on hiatus for a few years.
VardaValar1: We're having a little trouble getting it put up, but we should have it for you later this week. It'll be on the News.

VardaValar1: Gaming:
VardaValar1: Non-LotRO, non-WoW Gaming for this past week
ArPharazonV: Is that a question or a heading?
VardaValar1: Diablo 3's anniversary is going on from May 15 to May 22.
VardaValar1: It also had a patch come out the day after a patch.:-)
VardaValar1: Ok, Phar, all yours. :-)
ArPharazonV: Ehr, not much. More Pixelo, where the daily puzzles have finally been enabled; also more Hearthstone, where I've just slowly been levelling and saving gold for the upcoming content. Otherwise, I'll toss you one of the flashgames for this week...
karakedi25 has entered the room.
karakedi25: aiay
karakedi25: aiya, that is
AriehnV: aiya Indis :-)
VardaValar1: Aiya Indis :-)
VardaValar1: (breakiong news, we now have a work-around for that new chapter, hoping it will go up tonight)
VardaValar1: (*breaking)
ArPharazonV: a little action shooter between colored blobs (cells) and you get upgrades by completing achievements. Pretty tough, but you can just see how far you get and leave it there :-)
ArPharazonV: Aiya Indis!
karakedi25: new chapter?
ArPharazonV: And I think that's it for me!
VardaValar1: Thank you, Phar :-)
ArPharazonV: Oh! And a new Easter event for Cookie Clicker.
ArPharazonV: Complete with 20 eggs to gather. Better late then never, eh?
VardaValar1: Took a while to boil!
AriehnV: i ve done a bit hearthstone as well after Phars tip with reading about the basics and i promptly got the Hearthsteed and unlocked a few ore heroes :-)
VardaValar1: Nice!
AriehnV: a few more
ArPharazonV: I did spy Fladrif in HS, but I don't think we played any matches.
AriehnV: yeah its quite okish :-) just didnt manage a win with the druid yet so still those quest open ^^
AriehnV: a bit Starttrek online .. i alwas forget thats that game is quite nice too :-)
VardaValar1: All done? :-)

VardaValar1: WoW news:
VardaValar1: New artcraft up to show the new female Night Elf model
VardaValar1: and Patch 5.4.8 is on the PTR.
VardaValar1: Less angular.
VardaValar1: Any other WoW news?
ArPharazonV: Finally got another item from the Timeless Isle I was after :-)
ArPharazonV: The Golden Moss, allowing me to sometimes getting a lot of extra gold from killed enemies. Quite useful for filling the coffers!
VardaValar1: So we know who to borrow gold from, ok. : )
ArPharazonV: Hah.
VardaValar1: Anything else from the WoW side?

VardaValar1: LotRO news:
VardaValar1: Gaming and account servers will be down for maintenance, approximately from 6am-10am Eastern.
VardaValar1: Orome has been gaming in LotRO again, brought in a new little guardian too.
VardaValar1: He'll be moving to New Mexico, and his connection will not be good as it'll be dish satellite, but he can still do a number of things in LotRO.
VardaValar1: On the LotRO forums, Sapience and Rowan have been giving blog info in the Taking the Hobbits to Isengard. : )
karakedi25: There are some nice changes announced that are coming in the game. They've been mentioned in the livestreams coming with Take the Hobbit to Isengard, as Varda said.
VardaValar1: Thank you to Indis for mentioning that one.
VardaValar1: Please go ahead if you're able.
karakedi25: You can find them on the dev tracker in the forum--too many of them to link here.
VardaValar1: Thank you
karakedi25: One of the players, Frickenmuck, has been writing up summaries of what is said in the livestreams. They'
karakedi25: re excellent
karakedi25: (She's also a player council member)
karakedi25: and plays on Landroval :-P
VardaValar1: Here's the contest url:!
karakedi25: The livestreams are good because Sapience and others answer questions from the chat
karakedi25: anyway quite a few changes, many improving in-game quallity of life, are in the works
VardaValar1: Sounds good. Really appreciated the ability to open mail anywhere, with my perpetually overloaded bags. : )
karakedi25: it's nice things like that
VardaValar1: Thank you, Indis. : )
VardaValar1: In other breaking news, the new chapter is online now for those of you who have been following the novel in progress, and is at
VardaValar1: Feel free to click the last chapter, 49, on the list at the top or start at the beginning again, for those following the story.
AriehnV: sounds fun .. we had a dorf race through Ungoro crater in WoW .. the target was to reach the top of that vulcano where that firelake and the elemental is ^^
VardaValar1: That sounds pretty wild too. : )
ArPharazonV: Getting to Ungoro would be difficult enough already ;-)
VardaValar1: I remember that place. Should we assume no flying allowed? : )
AriehnV: no flying
AriehnV: indeed but such challenges are fun :-)
VardaValar1: Agreed
VardaValar1: Any further news for the business section of any kind? Any comments or suggestions?

VardaValar1: Tolkien:
VardaValar1: Do we feel ready to switch to the new morning for the rp story?
ArPharazonV: well, from my last post...
ArPharazonV: "you should have at least a day yet. I suggest you make the most of it!"!
ArPharazonV: Is Frali not going to do so? ;-)
VardaValar1: So maybe we should wait for Calion's next post, as the one doing the forward movement right now?
VardaValar1: Pardon, typing while you were. Arien?
ArPharazonV: I don't think I've any more to add for the current day.
VardaValar1: Ok, thank you.

VardaValar1: Tolkien chat:
VardaValar1: Take a moment. Can you think of any spots in the LotR where JRRT put in something humorous?
karakedi25: Lots of Gandalf's comments made me smile or even laugh out loud. (Can't give specifics atm)
ArPharazonV: Much of the business around Bilbo's party contains some humor, I think.
karakedi25: And of course Pippin and Merry are frequently good for comic relief
VardaValar1: He wasn't afraid to blast a few comments, aye. : )
ArPharazonV: And there are some of the songs, like the bath-song.
VardaValar1: Just the names of the hobbits were amusing.
ArPharazonV: Hah, yes.
VardaValar1: Aye on the bath song and the splashing.
ArPharazonV: Tom Bombadil was definitely light-hearted, if not humorous.
VardaValar1: Lightened things up for the hobbits a lot.
VardaValar1: Our group is mostly afk or needs to go to bed, so let's call for
VardaValar1: After-meeting!
ArPharazonV: ...things rather darken after all that, don't they? Its difficult to find something truly humorous after.. say.. Rivendell.
VardaValar1: If you would like to add more humorous moments, please feel free.
VardaValar1: Agreed.
VardaValar1: We can see the tone of the book change as we go nearer and nearer to Mordor.
VardaValar1: The hammers felt like staying on the shelf today and just let the After-meeting fall in on its own.
ArPharazonV: This is still Tolkien, then!
ArPharazonV: It's not properly after-meeting!
VardaValar1: hah, ok.
AriehnV: thinking of Aragorn in the houses of healing .. that alwys makes e laugh ^^#
AriehnV: with Merry
VardaValar1: *grabs a hammer and swings it*
VardaValar1: *narrowly misses taking out the wall*
VardaValar1: *tinnnnng*

VardaValar1: After-meeting!
ArPharazonV: Now it's proper!
ArPharazonV: Anything involving the pipeweed was humorous :-)
karakedi25: that sounded more like a bang than a ting
VardaValar1: Good point. Must be this handy gavel pad with Aule's stout construction.
ArPharazonV: Or a very light wall.
VardaValar1: Hey, light is my thing. Oh, not that kind of light?
VardaValar1: This little keep wall on Taniquetil has a pretty hefty thickness.
karakedi25: *Alasse begins to commit arson*
VardaValar1: *Aule investigates the scratch*
karakedi25: namarie
karakedi25 has left the room.
ArPharazonV: Namarie!
ArPharazonV: Does the "contest" between Legolas and Gimli count as humor, or is it too dark because it's about killings?
AriehnV: it is humorous i think .. bit of gallows humor maybe since in a battle the odds are that you can get killed too .. being able to tell the other the score is a confirmation you have survived :-)
ArPharazonV: Heh, I guess. Too easy to hide in a corner, but you'd get no points!
AriehnV: right there speaketh the fighter .. ever stood in one , even if is a larp one? .. probably not but you do get a kind of *stage fever " thing :-)?
ArPharazonV: Not me, no. I do my battles digitally.
AriehnV: oh aye .. mainly yes .. but born at another time , gender or era .. i think i might have landed in some form on the battle field ^^
AriehnV: .. well i think i am going to do battle with pillow and blankets .. dreams of eternal glory ;-)
ArPharazonV: Wouldn't have minded growing up as a squire or something.
ArPharazonV: Allright, goodnight!
AriehnV: sweet dreas
ArPharazonV: Namarie
AriehnV: dreams even . Namarie
AriehnV has left the room.
VardaValar1: The count with Legolas and Gimli was a humorous way to help them handle a grim situation, plus comraderie.
VardaValar1: Peaceful existence is much more comfortable. :-)
ArPharazonV: heh
VardaValar1: Trade wars are bad enough. : )
ArPharazonV: Saving and sending transcript.