Valar Guild

January 4, 2015 Sunday Meeting

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Transcript work by
Ar-Pharazon and Varda.

Attending: (6)
    Arien-(Valar)/AriehnV, ArPharazonV, Elladan-(V)/Scott92027, Hamson-(V)/HamsonV name replacing mail name in the transcript/Hamson Gamgee name he replaced for himself with an AIM change, Indis-(V)/karakedi25, VardaValar1 (presiding)

Meeting begins
    Arwen-(V) emailed
    Games Site
    Tolkien Site: Art for earlier this week and today.
    Dragon Age: Inquisition
    Topic 1: J.R.R. Tolkien's Birthday
    Topic 2: Why didn't the eagles fly the One Ring to Mordor?
    Topic 3: Whose are the five armies in the Battle of the Five Armies?
    Free chat
    War in the North
    other mentions

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karakedi25 has entered the room.
VardaValar1 has entered the room.
VardaValar1: Aiya Phar and Indis :-)
ArPharazonV: Aiya!
VardaValar1: Do you happen do see Arien on Bnet?
ArPharazonV: Oh, I'll log in and check.
karakedi25: aiya
ArPharazonV: Arien poked.
VardaValar1: Thanks :-)
Scott92027 has entered the room.
VardaValar1: Aiya Elladan :-)
AriehnV has entered the room.
Scott92027: Aiya :-)
ArPharazonV: Aiya both!
AriehnV: Aiya all :-)
VardaValar1: Aiya Arien :-)
karakedi25: aiya

VardaValar1: Elen sila lumenn' omentielvo!
VardaValar1: "A star shines on the hour of our meeting!"
VardaValar1: Membership:
VardaValar1: It's that time of year again when we start asking who would like to remain associated with the Valar Guild Tolkien Fan Club and Gamers' Group.
VardaValar1: Arwen emailed and said she's still with us. :-)
ArPharazonV: I'm still here!
karakedi25: md
VardaValar1: For those reading the transcript that don't know, an email saying you'd like to stay is enough. You've already passed the tests.
karakedi25: md
VardaValar1: A howdy on the forum also works.
karakedi25: bah me too
VardaValar1: O good. :-)
VardaValar1: Elladan just joined so he's good for this year already.
VardaValar1: Anyone coming to these meetings is an automatically assumed member for this year, no worries.
VardaValar1: But it's lovely seeing your support in saying you're still interested in the group. :-)
karakedi25: wouldn't come to the meetings if not interested
VardaValar1: Aye. Too easy not to come. Difficult to come, especially as a regular.
VardaValar1: You are all most appreciated!
VardaValar1: Any other membership news?
VardaValar1: Elladan is trying to cook, eat, and be here with us.

VardaValar1: Web:
VardaValar1: Eonwe is working away on the Games Site, keeping it as updated as he can.
Scott92027: multitasking :-)

VardaValar1: We've been receiving odd bandwidth error messages on the site [Note: whole site, Gaming, Community, Tolkien], but Alatar, Eonwe and I think we have it under control.
VardaValar1: Do email me if you have problems with the site.

VardaValar1: Tolkien Site:
VardaValar1: We have new art from the Bohemian Weasel-(T), which you may have already looked at, but here it is:
VardaValar1: Haldir: "We live now amid many perils, and our hands are more often upon the bowstring than the harp". This painting was shown at the 2014 Calgary Expo, and is now on the Valar Guild's index rotating pictures.
VardaValar1: dir.jpg
ArPharazonV: The harp is the instrument of choice, eh?
VardaValar1: Multi-arrow shooter. :-)
VardaValar1: Gil-galad:
VardaValar1: g
VardaValar1: Sauron:
VardaValar1: Eowyn:
VardaValar1: More is incoming for this next week.

VardaValar1: You are all welcome to send in your own contributions to the Tolkien Site of articles, poetry, stories, music, art, humor, etc,
VardaValar1: Just toss me an email.
VardaValar1: Also your Game Reviews and info updates for the Games Site are welcomed by Eonwe, and a CC to me is a good idea just in case.
VardaValar1: You all know this already, but someone new might read the transcript. :-)
VardaValar1: oops, and before I forget, the web site will be tossing the old year into the News Archives soon.

VardaValar1: Gaming:
VardaValar1: WoW:
VardaValar1: From Eonwe:
VardaValar1: This is the last chance for getting your WoW 10th anniversary stuff. If you haven't gone through the LFR Molten Core yet, everything ends Monday.
VardaValar1: Darkmoon Faire is running this week, however, so here's your chance to get stuff completed there.
VardaValar1: He has already shuffled the older gaming news into the Archives, still accessible.
ArPharazonV: Luckily that's only a problem once a year.
VardaValar1: Hey, means you have shorter loading times! :-)

VardaValar1: LotRO:
VardaValar1: The Yule Festival is still running.
VardaValar1: Should be until nearly the middle of January. Good for steeds, warhorse caparisons (barding), cosmetic outfits, and snowmen for your yard.
VardaValar1: The kin house has it's snowy tree and a snowman, some attempt to look festive.
VardaValar1: Lots of goodies free to members in the kin chest
VardaValar1: Any other LotRO news?
karakedi25: cosmetic pets from the yule festival too
VardaValar1: ah right! Grims. :-)
VardaValar1: New pets.
VardaValar1: Spectacular looking
karakedi25: I got a fire grim for my beorning and a shadow grim for my burg
VardaValar1: Nice rp fit.

VardaValar1: Diablo 3:
VardaValar1: Season 1 is ending soon. A blog has been posted letting us know What to Expect.

VardaValar1: StarCraft 2:
VardaValar1: 2014 Ladder season 4 is ending soon.

VardaValar1: Dragon Age: Inquisition.
VardaValar1: Very popular with Sauron and Bilbo. It has both a single and multi-player mode they enjoy.

VardaValar1: SWTOR still getting visits from Sauron.

VardaValar1: Any other games from this past week get played?
karakedi25: (the rp fit was the idea :-) )
VardaValar1: :-)
ArPharazonV: Bit of hearthstone and a few flashgames, will elaborate at the end :-)
VardaValar1: Okie dokie
VardaValar1: Hamson is chatting but doesn't have the group chat.
VardaValar1: Any other comments, business, news, suggestions, gently worded gripes before we change over from Business?

VardaValar1: Tolkien:
VardaValar1: If someone is here, please type Manwe
VardaValar1: Manwe
VardaValar1: (Umlauts optional.)
karakedi25: Manwe
karakedi25: no umlauts on my keyboard
ArPharazonV: Manwe
Scott92027: Manwe

VardaValar1: January 3, 1982 was the birthday of JRR Tolkien. :-)
ArPharazonV: Happy birthday!
Scott92027: I think you meant 1882 :-)
ArPharazonV: Yes, 1982 would make him slightly older than I am.
VardaValar1: A tad
VardaValar1: 1882
VardaValar1: I've been mistyping a good bit last two days. Unhealthy when programming. :-)
VardaValar1: Also typing with Hamson who is trying to enter the chat
VardaValar1: Thank you for helping keep the numbers right!
VardaValar1: If you guys can help me keep straight, we'll have a good meeting. :-)
VardaValar1: Anyway, the Tolkien Society started a tradition for the birthday that a lot of us are trying to keep going, and it is spreading.
VardaValar1: At 9pm at your local time on the birthday, you can solo or in groups stand up, say "The Professor", and take a drink of your preferred beverage.
VardaValar1: Thiis is called "The Toast".
VardaValar1: Adding something to our Tolkien Site listed as being for this special occasion could be good too, but we haven't started that attempt yet.
VardaValar1: In LotRO, a large group of bands came together on The Hill behind Bag End and played music for hours. :-)
Scott92027: and I missed it :-(
ArPharazonV: Amazing effort, and that so shortly after the holidays :-)
VardaValar1: Here's their website, including a lot of nice music info:
VardaValar1: There will be more music, and we trust more years of LotRO musicians celebrating the event. Maybe with us joining in sometime in the future. :-)

VardaValar1: How many here have seen the three Hobbit movies?
VardaValar1: I'll try not to do any spoilers.
Scott92027: getting ready to watch the first tonight :-)
VardaValar1: Hamson is still trying to find a way to enter. Sound familar?
VardaValar1: Marathon coming up!
ArPharazonV: Still haven't gotten around to the second's dvd. Among holiday stuff, also a Doctor Who marathon I recorded and have been watching over the weekend ;-) And also too much time in Molten Core.
karakedi25: I've seen 2/3 but have a pretty good idea what happens in the 3rd
VardaValar1: Two potential topics we have up. Both could be short so we might hit both.
ArPharazonV: But you should know that I couldn't care less about spoilers.
VardaValar1: Dr. Who. O nice.
ArPharazonV: Yep. Not too familiar with the old series, but they've been showing 2 of the more recent series over the last month or so.
ArPharazonV: Got me quite interested in the whole thing.
VardaValar1: Ok, I'm about to side-track into Dr. Who. *resists*. Maybe in a side window. :-)
ArPharazonV: Heh, I'm not much of an expert (yet).
VardaValar1: I'm not either. :-)

VardaValar1: Ok, here's the first topic:
VardaValar1: Try not to groan overloud.
VardaValar1: Wy didn't the eagles fly the One Ring to Mordor?
VardaValar1: *Why
karakedi25: It would have ruined the story, of course.
AriehnV: errr too obvious maybe?
ArPharazonV: Nazgul come to mind. Also, unless Battle for (of?) Middle Earth lied to me, masses upon masses of crossbow-wielding orcs!
karakedi25: If I remember correctly, the chamber of Sammath Naur was interior, so they couldn't have just dropped it in.
ArPharazonV: They could've dropped off Frodo at the entrance.
VardaValar1: Aye, interior chamber was one of the serious problems.
AriehnV: if i get pictures of their size right .. massive birds at lelast 3 times as big as the real thing .. i ean bigger if they could carry riders on their back .. the eagles wouldnt have fit in and very uncomfortable to enter the mountain
VardaValar1: A cloudy reek was sent out as well. It would have blacked out airplanes, possibly herded the eagles into attack range of bows, catapults, ballistas, bats, fell beasts, etc.
VardaValar1: Sauron had his own magic to use.
VardaValar1: Gandalf didn't want the One Ring in his own hand, and wanted it in no other than a very strong-willed Hobbit's.
VardaValar1: A dangerous wild eagle with the One Ring might make an interesting fan fic though.
ArPharazonV: Carry some brave hobbits. Maybe some decoys.
VardaValar1: Eagles were afraid of the bows of just shepherds. Flying visibly into enemy country was asking for trouble
VardaValar1: Carrying it in a beak or in claws would have been a problem. Maybe on a long chain or as you said carry Frodo.
VardaValar1: Shoot down the right eagle, shoot down Frodo.
VardaValar1: Frodo came in by stealth, with Aragorn's people acting as decoy and emptying the orcs out of Mordor.
VardaValar1: (Feel free to make comments.)
VardaValar1: The clouds of bats are mentioned in the Hobbit, coming under cover of a storm. This could have also been used on an attack versus the eagles.
VardaValar1: Everything would have been aiming at them.
VardaValar1: No side decoys.
VardaValar1: But there is a more important reason.
VardaValar1: Who do the eagles obey?
ArPharazonV: Gand- I mean Manwe.
VardaValar1: hehe
VardaValar1: Aye
karakedi25: Gandalf as Manwe's agent :-P
VardaValar1: Aye to that too.
VardaValar1: Gandalf knew part of the picture, enough to do what he was supposed to.
VardaValar1: What were the wizards supposed to do for the peoples of Middle-earth?
ArPharazonV: Strengthen them to resist the forces that Morgoth left behind.
VardaValar1: Aye!
VardaValar1: In the Hobbit, when did all those eagles join into the fray?
Scott92027: k not looking now :-)
ArPharazonV: When the peoples of middle-earth had united against the majority of the dark forces in that part of the world.
ArPharazonV: I see where you're going with this ;-)
VardaValar1: That's from the books, Elladan. :-)
Scott92027: oh I thought you were going to refer to the movie :-)
VardaValar1: I could, but I won't. :-)
VardaValar1: Go ahead, Phar. It's pretty transparent.
ArPharazonV: The eagles in LotR also didn't join the fray until, again, the majority of Sauron's forces were arrayed against the alliance of the free people, and fate hang in the balance.
ArPharazonV: So it seems to me that they only join when the Wizards' purpose has already been fulfilled, at which point they are content to give an extra boost.
ArPharazonV: But they will never do their work *for* them.
VardaValar1: They didn't join in until the free peoples did all they could do.
ArPharazonV: Teach a man to fish...
VardaValar1: Exactly.
VardaValar1: By the time of the War of the Ring, the free people had learned a lot more.
VardaValar1: They were able to handle greater threats on their own and had to.
VardaValar1: In the Hobbit, we Valarites can see the hand of Manwe himself.
VardaValar1: Just before the eagles came, a mighty wind came up and blew away the storm.
VardaValar1: Then the eagles arrived in neat lines, many many of them.
ArPharazonV: A similar event happened in the War of the Ring, blowing away Sauron's darkness.
VardaValar1: Right.
VardaValar1: And when Saruman and when Sauron were disembodied, showing as a smoky figure, they looked to the West but were blown away.
VardaValar1: I highly recommend reading the Hobbit for the little bit that the battle takes, knowing what we know now.
VardaValar1: The next topic is related.

VardaValar1: The question is: Who are the five armies in the Battle of the Five Armies?
VardaValar1: *Whose
VardaValar1: You guys know this or most of this. Fire away!
ArPharazonV: Obvious choices are orcs, wolves, dwarves, elves and men, leaving the eagles, Beorn and the *other* bunch of holed up dwarves out of the equation.
HamsonV has entered the room.
HamsonV: Yeah I finally made it :-)
VardaValar1: Aiya Hamson and congratulations for navigating the craziness. :-)
ArPharazonV: Another choice is to group the elves with the men and the orcs with the wolves, allowing 5 armies of a different nature, judging by their not-quite-allegiance prior to the battle.
VardaValar1: We we were just starting the third topic: Whose are the five armies in the Battle of the Five Armies.
VardaValar1: Just before what Phar said then, he said:
VardaValar1: ArPharazon-V: Obvious choices are orcs, wolves, dwarves, elves and men, leaving the eagles, Beorn and the *other* bunch of holed up dwarves out of the equation.
ArPharazonV: In which case we have elves and men, orcs and wolves, one dwarf army coming from the east (allied to the shut-ins), eagles coming in as their own side but at the side of the good guys, and Beorn because.. who knows where Beorn's loyalty really lies?
VardaValar1: We know Beorn's loyalty by what he did.
ArPharazonV: Yes, but he did not consider himself loyal to the other factions, and did not share their exact goals prior to arriving at the battle.
ArPharazonV: If you get my point.
VardaValar1: Aye
VardaValar1: Yet Gandalf knew he would be against the orcs and wargs/goblins and wild wolves.
HamsonV: I don't know. What he did was it done out of necessity or because of it's advantage to those he deemed his responsibility to care for?
VardaValar1: That can feel like the same thing.
ArPharazonV: He knew the outcome of the battle would decide the fate of much of the northlands for a long time to come; no doubt he had his own home in mind as well as those of his new allies.
HamsonV: The old "the enemy of my enemy is my friend" doesn't really apply here
VardaValar1: Enlightened self-interest.
VardaValar1: And yet, we know him by what he did.
ArPharazonV: Actions speak louder than words.
VardaValar1: He broke into the wall of orcs surrounding Thorin's dwarves and took the injured Thorin out.
VardaValar1: Beorn crushed Bolg.
VardaValar1: He could have left Thorin there.
HamsonV: True I didn't think of that
VardaValar1: No one would have blamed him for it.
HamsonV: Not at all
VardaValar1: Helps to have looked at the books recently. So many quick details.
VardaValar1: (We are talking books here, not the movies.)
HamsonV: Knowing Thorins actions I don't know if I would have saved him.
HamsonV: That's good since I haven't seen any but the first
VardaValar1: And yet, Thorin did new actions at the battle.
HamsonV: Once he came to his senses
ArPharazonV: I suppose he respected Thorin as a leader and noble, and perhaps had seen Thorin fight against the orcs in the battle.
VardaValar1: Thorin rallied everyone. All of the free peoples were about to give up.
HamsonV: Well I don't know if he saw him fight them but he did see the outcome of at two encounters prior to the battles
HamsonV: onset
VardaValar1: Thorin was pretty obviious out there.
VardaValar1: Anyway, the topic was the question of what were the five armies.
VardaValar1: JRRT answers this in the book himself, so I've wondered why there was a question.
VardaValar1: But aye, one can see other answers than the one he gave.
VardaValar1: It's like the old question: Which Two Towers did JRRT mean in the title of the Two Towers. :-)
ArPharazonV: Haha, yes.
VardaValar1: JRRT tells us in the Hobbit that the five armies are Goblins and Wild Wolves on one side, versus Elves, Men, and Dwarves on the other side.
ArPharazonV: Well, that's the first answer I gave... but that leaves out several factions that played a part :-)
VardaValar1: Bats were very definitely present along with the storm, but they were more air support and not intelligent. Just doing what they were told to do.
VardaValar1: Goblins and Wargs were intelligent and had made alliance.
ArPharazonV: Then again, who named it the Battle of Five Armies? Bilbo never saw the Eagles and Beorn fight, as I recall, and he wrote the book :-)
VardaValar1: Although the Wargs/Wild Wolves did turn on the dying or dead goblins for meals.
VardaValar1: Bilbo called out when he saw the eagles coming.
ArPharazonV: No sense in letting good food go to waste.
VardaValar1: Practical doggies.
VardaValar1: A little vengeance too, one could suspect, for being treated like mere beasts.
ArPharazonV: "He had the nerve to put a saddle on me! Can you believe that?"
VardaValar1: The birds of Erebor played their part, but were not actually armies that wanted to enter the fight. They helped.
VardaValar1: Gandalf and Bilbo were singles, not armies.
VardaValar1: Beorn was a single also, not an army.
ArPharazonV: Ehh, he was practically an army by himself.
VardaValar1: No argument there. :-)
VardaValar1: The eagles didn't show up until the free peoples would have been destroyed.
VardaValar1: If the free peoples had been able to handle it, they probably would not have fought.
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VardaValar1: Thorin used an axe in the Battle of Five Armies.
VardaValar1: Welcome back, Phar. :-)
ArPharazonV: Oh, did it happen again?
ArPharazonV: Last thing I saw:
VardaValar1: Aye.
ArPharazonV: VardaValar1: If the free peoples had been able to handle it, they probably would not have fought.
VardaValar1: Long way back.
ArPharazonV: You know what to do!
The Epic Repeat:
    Varda Valar: If the free peoples had been able to handle it, they probably would not have fought.
    Varda Valar: One thing that will not be clear in the movie is a line by Thranduil,
    Varda Valar: "But the Elvenking said: "Long will I tarry, ere I begin this war for gold."
    Varda Valar: The line is only in the book.Varda Valar: Does anyone remember what happened finally to the Arkenstone?
    Varda Valar: The Arkenstone is the jewel called the heart of the mountain. It was what Thorin most wanted. Bilbo took it and gave it to Bard to try to buy peace.
    ArPharazon-V (ArPharazonV) has left the room.
    Hamson Gamgee: It was placed on Thorin when was entombed
    Varda Valar: Right.Varda Valar: Bard did that.
    Varda Valar: Thorin was entombed inside the mountain, so the heart of the mountain was returned to the mountain.
    Hamson Gamgee: Didn't remember who did it just remember it was returned to the earth
    Varda Valar: Well done.
    Varda Valar: Thranduil returned Thorin's sword to him for the burial.
     ArPharazon-V (ArPharazonV) has entered the room.
    Varda Valar: Thorin used an axe in the Battle of Five Armies.
    Varda Valar: Welcome back, Phar. :-)
    ArPharazon-V: Oh, did it happen again?
VardaValar1: /endquote
ArPharazonV: Great, thanks.
VardaValar1: You can see why we use Phar's copy of the transcript rather than mine. Mine is usually much worse than that, including time stamps and tables for each person's speech.
ArPharazonV: Thranduil took his sword back in Mirkwood, eh?
VardaValar1: Right, when he was captive.
VardaValar1: Bilbo did not steal it back.
VardaValar1: So it really was "the axes of the dwarves are upon you".
VardaValar1: They re-armed at Dale and at Erebor.
VardaValar1: From Erebor, they took excellent armor so them made a good flying wedge for the others to rally behind.
VardaValar1: *they
VardaValar1: Anyway, back to the question of the five armies.
ArPharazonV: When you have an entire treasury at your disposal...
HamsonV: LOL
VardaValar1: Of course JRRT had a version before the fnal one.
VardaValar1: The fight at first was in the Vale of the Anduin instead of by Erebor.
VardaValar1: Instead of the Dwarves, they had an army of Beornings led by Beorn, or Beorn leading bears that are implied to be Beornings.
ArPharazonV: Where is this from? The Hobbit got, rather sadly, skipped over in the History of Middle Earth.
VardaValar1: In the book, many Beornings were outside Beorn's house. He was not the only one, but he was the biggest.
HamsonV: That would be quite menacing! But again where is this in the book I don't remember that at all
VardaValar1: But the idea of it being the dwarves' fight was important to the story, so the whole thing was changed to being a fight at Erebor.
VardaValar1: So the Vale of Anduin fight didn't see print.
HamsonV: I like it yet another reason to read it again :-)
VardaValar1: The bit about the many Beornings shows up during the visit of the dwarves to Beorn.
VardaValar1: It was a repeated version of introducing so many dwarves to a reluctant host that Gandalf had done with Bilbo.
VardaValar1: A few at a time.
VardaValar1: Beorn didn't trust them and checked out their story.
VardaValar1: Later on, Bilbo hears a lot of bears, and they are outside dancing, by the hundreds.
VardaValar1: So that was where the Beorning army would have been drawn from.
VardaValar1: But that takes away from the dwarven story so much that it was made lesser.
VardaValar1: Beorn still has an important part with his rescue of Thorin (he apparently understands the concept of redemption quite well), and crushes Bolg.
VardaValar1: Radagast does not show up, but it seems quite reasonable that he would have been involved in working with the eagles and the Beornings.
ArPharazonV: But where are you getting this early versoin from?
ArPharazonV: *version
VardaValar1: An underutilized character.
VardaValar1: Phar, here:
VardaValar1: John D. Rateliff’s The History of The Hobbit (2007)
HamsonV: Cool is that still in print?
VardaValar1: The original five armies were all free people.
VardaValar1: If not, I'll bet they reprint it. :-)
VardaValar1: While the Hobbit is still being revived by the movies.
VardaValar1: The five armies of good guys then were the Woodelves, Dwarves, Eagles, Men, and Bears.
VardaValar1: Goblins and Wolves were the two they fought.
ArPharazonV: Ah, that looks good, I'll keep it in mind.
VardaValar1: In the actual book, so many goblins were wiped out (and wargs) that the world had peace for a long time.
ArPharazonV: There you go, the 7 armies I mentioned ;-)
HamsonV: Ouch out of my price range, 237.58 plus shipping
VardaValar1: Not least because the White Council drove off the Necromancer/Sauron from Dol Guldur (although he was planning on leaving anyway).
VardaValar1: Aye Phar.
VardaValar1: eep! Scary cost.
VardaValar1: Maybe your local library would be willing to carry a copy.
HamsonV: That's the hard back cost, the paperback is 125.77
ArPharazonV: Ah, 42 euros here.
HamsonV: That's on Amazon
VardaValar1: Still something I'd rather check out from the library. :-)
VardaValar1: At least we know it's still in print.
HamsonV: Nope just checked our Library doesn't have it
VardaValar1: We can bug them to carry it. :-)
VardaValar1: I'd probably have to bug the downtown library in Houston to get a copy.
HamsonV: Only have one copy each of Hobbit and LOTR
Scott92027: qid=1420415860
VardaValar1: Mine were falling apart, had to get new ones. Still some held together with rubber bands.
Scott92027: $32.72
VardaValar1: Now that's more in range.
HamsonV: so cool thank you
Scott92027: Maybe you were seeing a first edition
VardaValar1: So now we know to shop around. :-)
ArPharazonV: First edition, autographed, still in the plastic...
VardaValar1: Ok, now that's too nice for a copy planned to be gone over a ton. That's for a shelf to admire.
VardaValar1: Thanks for a fun time, gang. :-)
VardaValar1: "The Professor!" /drink
ArPharazonV: *cheers*
VardaValar1: *picks up a hammer*
VardaValar1: *swings it high overhead*
VardaValar1: *thwammmmmm!*

VardaValar1: After-meeting!
VardaValar1: Free chat. :-)
VardaValar1: Let our Europeans take a nap before time to wake up if they want to.
HamsonV: Lol enjoyed it folks
VardaValar1: Delighted Hamson could make it after all!
VardaValar1: And the Return of Elladan! Huzzah!
ArPharazonV: Hamson, eh? I'll add it to the buddy list then.
VardaValar1: Good idea.
HamsonV: Please do

VardaValar1: Eonwe sent in his personal gaming news:
VardaValar1: Personal gaming news: up to 199 mounts now, thanks to getting the second mount from Halaa (nice that there are some garrison quests can give the battle tokens for that particular piece of old content, since they're practically impossible to get the old-fashioned way now). Just need one more for the 200-mount achievement.
VardaValar1: /endquote
ArPharazonV: Grats to him!
VardaValar1: And I think I'm bad about collecting mounts. :-)
ArPharazonV: I'm at 206 now :-)
ArPharazonV: 250's the next achievement goal
VardaValar1: Zug zug. "Work work"
ArPharazonV: But I'll soon be able to make another, because my leatherworking got 700 today and I'm only 4 days away from getting the recipe for the wolf harness.
VardaValar1: Pardon,
VardaValar1: Eonwe's news was for WoW, I should have said.
HamsonV: ah'
VardaValar1: Please add us to your list too, Hamson, if you like. :-)
ArPharazonV: Ah yes, it was obvious to me because of the names etc ;-)
VardaValar1: Aye.
HamsonV: Done and done
VardaValar1: yay!
ArPharazonV: Great!
ArPharazonV: As for me in WoW, I spent a lot of time doing Molten Cores, sometimes 2 on one evening.
ArPharazonV: Total count, ending yesterday because I was doing normal raiding today, 15 Molten Core runs for the anniversary.
HamsonV: Haven't played wow in over 5 years
ArPharazonV: I never got the Flames of Ragnaros weapon enchant, most people didn't; I've seen runs where they didn't even drop for anyone, and that's in a raid of 40 people.
ArPharazonV: I did finally manage to get the pet though, so I won't have to spend 30k gold on one in the Auction House; got it in attempt 12, and even a second one in attempt 14; not sure if I'll sell it, keep it for myself or give it to some friend who desperately collects them but didn't get the chance to loot or afford one. We'll see.
HamsonV: ok Gotta go supper time
ArPharazonV: Allright, enjoy :-)
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karakedi25: Time for me to log off too--happy new year all
ArPharazonV: Namarie to you too!
ArPharazonV: And happy new year :-)
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Scott92027: Same to you!
ArPharazonV: And we missed the chance to say "Merry Christmas and a Pippin New Year."
VardaValar1: Namarie folks, belatedly.
VardaValar1: You just said it, Phar, and it will go in the transcript. :-)
ArPharazonV: Ah but Christmas is already gone :-)
VardaValar1: A Pip of a New Year that we're in right now.
ArPharazonV: Let's see, what else. More raiding normally, then! In fact, I got a major upgrade today, switching from 600 ilevel gloves to a warforged 676 ilevel from heroic Highmaul.
ArPharazonV: That's the kind of thing that only happens once in an expansion, really, things upgrade much slower as you get more up to date with current gear ;-)
VardaValar1: Grats. :-)
ArPharazonV: Thanks :-)
ArPharazonV: Garrison is improving nicely too, got my barn to level 3 and am now producing savage blood. It does mean the beasts I have to trap are rarer and a lot tougher, but I'm already over the threshold where I can just stand still and fight them without having to move from their area attacks, though self-healing is quite useful.
ArPharazonV: I'm looking forward to seeing how much easier it gets as I gear up throughout the expansion.
ArPharazonV: If you ever get a level 3 barn at any point, but aren't planning on keeping it permanently, you should try to make your way up to the attic (with some movement stunts required to get up there) because there's a unique pet you can get, a pygmy cow. I used a goblin glider to get in myself.
ArPharazonV: And that's pretty much it for WoW for me.

ArPharazonV: Hearthstone... new season started, Marauding Maraad, with a draenei-themed cardback, based on a Warcraft npc who plays a central role in the earlier parts of Warlords of Draenor, as well as having featured in earlier expansions.
ArPharazonV: Called Maraad, in case that wasn't clear.
ArPharazonV: So if you want a draenei cardback, get to rank 20 before the end of January!
ArPharazonV: Haven't made much progress levelling the 9 classes (it will take a while for them to get to the next level anyway) but I've been looking into decks I've got my eye on for the future, based on the new expansion pack. So that list is being updated slowly :-)
Scott92027: I had 10 90s when I quit
Scott92027: which was quite a while ago
AriehnV: bah i feel sorry for Maarat .. poor guy :-\
ArPharazonV: I'm talking about Hearthstone, the warcraft-based card game :-)
Scott92027: ohhhh
Scott92027: lol
ArPharazonV: Let's just say that levelling is rather slower in Hearthstone than in Warcraft, especially in the later levels ;-)
AriehnV: its qute nice that card game i ve got it too .. but i cant really get into it but i know a lot who are addicted to it :-)
ArPharazonV: Slowly building up my card-collection of the expansion. Druid is still ahead of the other classes there. It's just too bad that the viable decks for druid in general tend to make use of a lot more epics than other classes, so it doesn't really help me all that much.

ArPharazonV: Let's see. Flashgaming.
ArPharazonV: I haven't done too much new stuff. A nonogram puzzle game that I mentioned several times in the past, and still play daily for the daily puzzle, has gotten a new update; a set of levels which mostly consists of the old daily puzzles for 2014 and also several new ones. It being months and months since I played the first ones in the set, it doesn't feel too familiar yet, and I think I'll be happy doing them all over again just to finish the set :-)
ArPharazonV: is the link to it
ArPharazonV: Then there's some weird new-ish browser MMO I never really got the hang of, which appears half-hidden behind a paywall, and which I only played for a "badge" on the kongregate site.. a badge which doesn't even appear to be functioning properly. But if it ever gets fixed, I'll have it, so yeah...
ArPharazonV: Oh, and I've also been playing a game which I might have mentioned in the past, called Solarmax 2. Only tried it a bit back then, but have since then gone through the entire game on easy difficulty and halfway through medium, and I'll attempt to get even further :-) It's a strategy game where you have to conquer planets one by one, and your opponents do the same.
ArPharazonV: And that'll be it for my personal news!
VardaValar1: Thank you, Phar

AriehnV: I played a bit War in the North after a year break of it :-)
AriehnV: still quite enjoyable .. graphically not quite as advanced as Shadows of Mordor but you can see where it lled to .. you know kind of earlier stage in the game technology
AriehnV: and yeah enjoy the hints of the book contents and lore references .. not a 100 percent water proof if you take my meaning but still L)
AriehnV: and you can see that New Line Cinema had their hand on it
VardaValar1: Is that a good thing?
AriehnV: yes the characters resemble the characters in the film
AriehnV: and Christopher Lee reading the intro :L:-)
AriehnV: its cool i think
AriehnV: but .. good night for now :-) Namarie
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VardaValar1: Namarie
ArPharazonV: Namarie!
VardaValar1: If it has Christopher Lee, it's cool. :-)
ArPharazonV: Anything that has Christopher Lee has to be cool.
VardaValar1: Right-o
ArPharazonV: Didn't Battle for Middle Earth also have Christopher Lee narrating?
VardaValar1: Eonwe played that and would know.
ArPharazonV: Hmm, according to wikipedia, the narrator was Simon Templeman. Also a good voice!
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VardaValar1: Must be to rate that sort of comparison.
ArPharazonV: hehe
ArPharazonV: Ah, looks like Ian McKellen did the intro.
VardaValar1: ah hah
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