September 18, 2016 Sunday Meeting
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Transcript work by Ar-Pharazon and Varda.
Ar-Pharazon-(V)/arpharazonv, GwaihirValar, VardaValar1
New Tolkien member: Little Jewel-(T)
Art: from the Bohemian Weasel-(T)
Story: from Little Jewel-(T)
Topic: Forum rp
Link for Tolkien books and art,
other fantasy stuff. Recommended by Arien.
Flashgaming Reviews by
Ar-Pharazon-V (ArPharazonV) has entered the room.
Varda Valar (VardaValar1) has entered the room.
Varda Valar: Aiya, still nearly 15 minutes. :-)
Ar-Pharazon-V: Good, just doing some questing at the academy in Azsuna.
Feels a bit Harry Potter ish.
Varda Valar: heh
Varda Valar: Inviting
Varda Valar: Any sign of Sunshine?
Ar-Pharazon-V: Sunshine poked, with a large and now burned stick.
Varda Valar: Thanks :-)
Ar-Pharazon-V: No response yet.
Varda Valar: okie dokie, may be away. I'll grab something to drink
Ar-Pharazon-V: Ah, she's there.
Arien V (AriehnV) has entered the room.
Arien V: aiya al :-)
Arien V: sorry forgot time
Arien V: aiya Phari :-)
Arien V: aiya Varda
Varda Valar: Aiya Arien :-)
Varda Valar: Elen
sila lumenn' omentielvo!
Varda Valar: Membership:
Varda Valar: We have a new Tolkien-only member, Little Jewel-(T)
Varda Valar: She joined as a Tolkien member by sending us a short story
and has a large batch more that we should be seeing after a bit. :-)
Varda Valar: Hello from Fangorn, Sauron, and Bilbo on this side of the
Varda Valar: Our garage doors are now installed so we're taking a deep
Arien V: Aiya and welcome Little Jewel :-D
Ar-Pharazon-V: Aiya all!
Arien V: yes and aiya to the gang
Varda Valar: Yes? Does that mean you have news? :-)
Varda Valar: Guess not, heh. Ok, news from Eonwe.
Varda Valar: The Games Site Mass Update is chugging along. Be sure to
check your info on the Games Site to see that it's how you meant it to
Varda Valar: Thank you to those who have already responded. Here's a
list from Eonwe:
Varda Valar: Arwen, Varda, Bofur, Celebrian, Elrond, Fangorn, Falathar,
Menelvagor, Mirabella, Nerdanel, Scatha
Ar-Pharazon-V: Oh. Yes. I'll get right on that.
Varda Valar: Thank you, Phar. :-)
Arien V: will send in the next couple of days :-) still off tomorrow
GwaihirValar has entered the room.
Varda Valar: Oh good! That might give you time to breathe and even send
in your news to Eonwe. :-)
Varda Valar: Aiya Eagle!
Arien V: got a few days holidays and aiya Gwaihir :-)
Varda Valar: The Games Site Mass Update is underway and needs
everyone's input to make it work and be current. Thanks so much for all
the cooperation everyone's been giving.
Varda Valar: Any other Membership news?
GwaihirValar: hello - probably won't say much, currently streaming, but
I figured I'd pop in
Varda Valar: Thank you for doing that!
Varda Valar: Lurkers welcome. Scrolling is your friend.
Varda Valar: Web:
Varda Valar: We have a new story from Little Jewel-(T), first
of a sizable list that she hopes to be sending soon.
Varda Valar: "Fire" is the name of the short story:
Varda Valar: http://valarguild.org/varda/Tolkien/encyc/fiction/authorsT/LittleJewel/Fire.htm
Varda Valar: For the upcoming September 22nd birthday of Bilbo and
Frodo, we have new artwork
Varda Valar: from the Bohemian Weasel-(T):
Varda Valar: "Bag End"
Varda Valar: http://valarguild.org/varda/Tolkien/encyc/art/gallery/BohemianWeasel/places/Shire/BagEnd2016.jpg
Varda Valar: I recommend sending food and maybe blasting fireworks in
honor of the birthday.
Varda Valar: Maybe we could drop over to Bag End to do it for our LotRO
Varda Valar: Run over to the Party Tree!
Varda Valar: It's just down the Hill.
Varda Valar: Any other suggestions for fesitivities for your games or
Varda Valar: If none come to mind at the moment, feel free to email me
and they can go on the News, or put them in the forum if you prefer.
Varda Valar: or both. :-)
Varda Valar: We also have our Anniversary upcoming on October 4th. Feel
free to make suggestions for that party, fireworks at various towns,
send goodies to each other, send in stuff for the Tolkien Site.
Varda Valar: Whatever works for you!
Varda Valar: Gaming:
Varda Valar: In LotRO,
we continue to have our Alliance offers for Saturdays and Sundays:
Varda Valar: Saturdays at 3:30pm Eastern is the Roving Threat raid.
Varda Valar: Sundays at 1pm Eastern is the rp, story-telling, music,
Varda Valar: Some duoing mostly in kin with various ones.
Varda Valar: WoW:
Varda Valar: Two new previews are out: Raid Preview: 7 Eerie Reasons to Enter the Emerald
Nightmare and Preview: Mythic Keystones.
Varda Valar: Blizzard is now also allowing Battletag
changes for a charge.
Varda Valar: Check out the recent hotfixes. .
Ar-Pharazon-V: Very clever...
Varda Valar: ?
Ar-Pharazon-V: The battletag changes :-)
Varda Valar: ahh, yes.
Arien V: aha
Ar-Pharazon-V: They want something, make them pay for it!
Varda Valar: Oh, some more LotRO
news, the folks gaming there this past week are:
Varda Valar: StarCraft 2:
Varda Valar: Patch 3.6.0 is out.
Varda Valar: There's also a blog out: Patch 3.6.0 Feature Roundup.
Varda Valar: Heroes of the Storm:
Varda Valar: A new patch is out.
Varda Valar: Hearthstone:
Varda Valar: A new update is out this week.
Varda Valar: That's all from the Games Site. Any other
general gaming news?
Varda Valar: StarCraft/BroodWar
gaming by Fangorn, Sauron, and Varda.
Varda Valar: (And yes, all previous Games Site info for members' games
has been wiped to make way for current info.)
Varda Valar: Any other comments, suggestions, news before we change
Varda Valar: (and yes, the new info given has been entered on the Games
Ar-Pharazon-V: Alarak's the new hero in Heroes of the Storm this week, but I
think I already mentioned that last time :-)
Varda Valar: Doesn't hurt to mention again.
GwaihirValar: he's also newly available in sc2 co-op apparently
Ar-Pharazon-V: Also, there's a new event-quest there which takes a long
time and I have no idea how feasible it is to get before the event ends.
Varda Valar: No sleep for gamers!
Ar-Pharazon-V: Something like that.
Varda Valar: Tolkien:
Varda Valar: Our last forum rp post came from Arien, thank you for
Varda Valar: Do we have an idea of what we want to do from there? We
can do a time skip and jump to a new scene?
Varda Valar: We might have one post, could be short, from Calion
outside the room? Then time jump?
Ar-Pharazon-V: I... suppose. I honestly have no idea what to put in.
Ar-Pharazon-V: Not sure if Calion or Fainan should respond to what
Varda Valar: Hmm
Varda Valar: (Auros's last post was a surprise discovery about the
blade and sending a note to Elrond that he'd made progress.)
Varda Valar: Ok, Frali's last comment was:
Varda Valar: Outside the young dwarf
turned to Calion and Fainan: "I could go scouting the borders while
your birds are out in the air , do the same thing on the ground if you
Varda Valar: I figure Elrond's people would have anything nearby well
Varda Valar: One of our confusions is that Calion outranks Fainan back
home in Mirkwood. He's a noble and she's a scout.
Varda Valar: I think he's probably older too
Ar-Pharazon-V: I'm trying to remember if we planned to decide on having
Fainan in charge here in the chat, or if we'd already put it in a post.
Varda Valar: That was something we considered having happen after we
Varda Valar: Fainan just has the one purpose of handling the sorceror
problem, no politics to get in the way or other stuff.
Ar-Pharazon-V: Alright. So Calion's the high-ranking one...
Varda Valar: When we lost Meren to Rivendell, that made Calion the
Varda Valar: We also now have only the three of us.
Varda Valar: Auros hasn't joined us yet. That's what happens next.
Varda Valar: The Fellowship is about to leave. Maybe we can add to the
confusion about who's going where, as we all seem to just be more
parties going out on recons.
Varda Valar: Go about the same time. Our prince will be leaving, and he
could give us instructions to cooperate with Auros to the best of our
Varda Valar: Just like he has to with his diverse party.
Varda Valar: We get along with our dwarf unusually well, maybe thanks
to his adaptable youthfulness.
Varda Valar: He hasn't been throwing tales of Thingol's necklace and
Thorin's Company in the hoosegow at us.
Arien V: Callion would be saying hallo to Legolas and Fainan maybe as
well if he is their prince
Arien V: cant imagine they wouldnt see him#
Varda Valar: Aye. We did see him earlier, but we're not high ranking
enough to feel buddy buddy. We would see him off with the rest of
Rivendell, most likley.
Varda Valar: Legolas knows very well that Gandalf is a Maia. It doesn't
seem to be a secret at Rivendell.
Ar-Pharazon-V: So what's our timeline here? How long until we're
leaving, and how long until the Fellowship leaves?
Varda Valar: We may know him and maybe better know Radagast.
Varda Valar: The Fellowship leaves in the autumn. So autumn is about
here and we'll be setting out right after they do.
Varda Valar: What time of day did they leave? Daylight? Morning or
Ar-Pharazon-V: Are we talking days, here?
Varda Valar: I think days.
Varda Valar: We are very close to ready.
Ar-Pharazon-V: Alright. So I'll say something along the lines of,
better not go scouting too far, Elrond might have us leave any day, so
best be ready?
Varda Valar: Auros' storyline is a little ahead of ours and we can use
our time skip here to catch up.
Varda Valar: Or maybe that his scouts already know anything near enough
that we would have time to look at.
Varda Valar: It's their home territory, has patrols.
Varda Valar: Elladan and Elrohir go out often with the rangers in the
area keeping the orc population very thin.
Varda Valar: They really hate orcs after Celebrian.
Varda Valar: after Celebrian's capture. They rescued her.
Varda Valar: We might ask one of them for scounting info?
Varda Valar: They would be coming and going. I expect they would want
to see Aragorn off.
Varda Valar: *scouting
Arien V: Aye Calion could say something along the lines
Arien V: kind of "dont think its necessary but we can find out what we
Arien V: or what is already known rather
Arien V: just a suggestion :-)
Varda Valar: That would work
Ar-Pharazon-V: How about "Not a good idea, we'd best stay close and be
ready. Besides, I'm sure the area around Rivendell is constantly
watched and scouted, so if you want to know something, you can ask the
Varda Valar: Maybe diplomatically leave off the "not a good idea" but
say the rest?
Varda Valar: We could ask them close to the time we leave, for the
Ar-Pharazon-V: That works.
Varda Valar: okie dokie.
Varda Valar: Shall we bring the meeting to a close? We made some
progress today. ;-)
Ar-Pharazon-V: Hang on, still doing stuff, but being badgered on 3
Varda Valar: ok, no worries. :-)
Arien V: sounds great :-) i mean the progress with the posts :-)
Arien V: Mark Faith has new interesting and payable items on amazon by
the way :-)
Arien V: i ll give you the link to his shop there
Arien V: http://shop.festivalartandbooks.com/
Varda Valar: Collectible rare art and books. Includes Tolkien
Varda Valar: er, collectible art and rare books, pardon. Includes
Arien V: aye he started out with just Tolkien but he promotes now young
fantasy artists with Tolkien based art
Varda Valar: Sounds like our kind of guy.
Arien V: or fantasy in general but there is always Tolkien among them
Arien V: yes he does :-)
Arien V: you could try and contact him and ask him if he wants to join
Arien V: he is based in North Wales but i think they have a branch in
the states somewhere
Varda Valar: heh
Varda Valar: Could wander a while just from the links.
Varda Valar: *picks up gavel*
Varda Valar: *brings it down quickly*
Varda Valar: *feathers fly in all directions and take off as tiny birds*
Varda Valar: After-meeting!
Arien V: nice :-D
Arien V: ah well you ..
Arien V: not all that wander are lost :-)
Arien V: you know
Varda Valar: They may come back as a hammer when they feel like it.
Varda Valar: Great for handling falcon attacks, for instance.
Ar-Pharazon-V: Post made.
Ar-Pharazon-V: What, tiny birds that can change into hammers? Sounds
very practical indeed.
Arien V: Birds of Kazgaroth?
Arien V: Thors feathers?#
Varda Valar: They were all a member of our meeting gavel just now, and
can reform into it if they please.
Ar-Pharazon-V: Ah, all make one hammer together.
Ar-Pharazon-V: What if one goes missing, do we have a hammer with a bit
Ar-Pharazon-V: Hmm, for the gaming update... I suppose it's not very
clever to make my battletag number public, but it might be the only way
to have people contact me.
Varda Valar: Spread a wing out to cover up the hole.
Varda Valar: or just give it fellow Valarites in the game
Varda Valar: That's one reason we have the Games Site
Ar-Pharazon-V: But that's the thing. How can I give it to other
Valarites if they need it to contact me in the first place?
Varda Valar: Email contact from the Membership page, if lucky.
Varda Valar: Transcript readers, please make sure your email for
contacting the guild is current. We ran into a lot that weren't.
Ar-Pharazon-V: Actually, if people can just access the website to email
me or contact me in AIM, what's so much worse about knowing my
Varda Valar: Trying not to let trolls get it I guess? They can drop
right into your games.
Ar-Pharazon-V: I'm telling Eonwe in the email to put some spaces in the
tag, I guess, maybe that'll stop people from scanning for them.
Varda Valar: They can in Diablo
Varda Valar: That crossed with your tell. I don't know if the spaces
get disappeared or not.
Varda Valar: Ok, going to go work on supper.
Varda Valar: Will pop by scrolling as a lurker. :-)
Varda Valar: Thanks for posting :-)
Varda Valar: (Oh, I did invite Elladan-V, but he may have been afk)
Ar-Pharazon-V: Email sent.
Ar-Pharazon-V: Perrrrrsonal gaming time
Ar-Pharazon-V: Let me find 3 flashgames for this week.
is the first one! A kinda retro platformer where you have to collect
bananas and gems in various levels.
Arien V: thats a nice one bit like super mario the first ones :-)
is the second one, another platformer. A bit more unforgiving, and
appears to be single runs that last as far as you can make it, over
various levels. A bit mega-man like, with the weapons.
Ar-Pharazon-V: Or Jazz Jackrabbit, if anyone remembers that.
is the third one! A puzzle game where you have to guide a ballooned guy
up the shafts and corridors by changing platforms, fans and other
Ar-Pharazon-V: One in a pretty long series by now, this particular
installment being starwars themed.
Ar-Pharazon-V: Blizzard games!
Ar-Pharazon-V: Bit of Diablo 3
(finally) getting the first half of Season Journey chapter 4 complete
in a few hours yesterday afternoon. The objectives here are pretty
simple, in chapter 4 it's basically getting some objectives done which
should be doable with the rewards for 2 and 3.
Ar-Pharazon-V: Heroes of the Storm:
Trying to work on the event quest, but it's slow. You do often get
stimpacks in this event, though, so there's a lot of bonus experience
for your heroes.
Played a bit of catch up, though some classes are still pretty far
behind. This week's brawl was quite interesting! Choose a class, 3
cards that you own, get 10 of each. Some simple combinations can be
pretty powerful. One of the most annoying I faced was druid decks with
innervate, some card-drawing murlocs, and recycle. A really effective
away to mill through your player's cards and leaving them dying of
Ar-Pharazon-V: Myself, I got a pretty decent winrate with a mage with
frostbolt, fireball and vaporize (the secret to destroy an enemy minion
when it attacks). Nothing too overpowered, but still good enough.
Ar-Pharazon-V: I'm curious about the new priest hero they put in the
game with the last patch, Tyrande the night elf. Apparently she's for
some unannounced promotion event. Would be nice if I could get that
one, but I'm not counting on it. Promotions can be quite select.
Ar-Pharazon-V: WoW: Slowly
plodding onwards. My raidgroup has a testraid coming up on thursday but
I'm at about a third of the way, so not making that.
Ar-Pharazon-V: Level 103 and a half now, or just over.
Ar-Pharazon-V: I've gotten all my druid artifacts, and a few more
classquests, but that's a bit stalled right now because I'll need
future instances and a bunch of class order missions. 2 more champions
at least, and druids of the wild available as troops.
Ar-Pharazon-V: Yay bears!
Ar-Pharazon-V: Made some good progress in the leatherworking and
skinning quests, but most of those have to wait until further zones.
Also unlocked the Nomi quests, the panda chef who we first met in
Pandaria as a cub, which should guide me through the cooking profession
in Legion. This new approach to professions in Legion is quite
Ar-Pharazon-V: Reminds me of the old classic WoW with specialization
quests and patterns, but less exclusive.
Ar-Pharazon-V: Pushed a bit further into Azsuna after all of that as
well, clearing some bonus areas and almost finishing the third quest
chapter out of 5. Unless there's some new Dalaran stuff coming at level
104, from here on it will be normal questing for a while until Azsuna
is done, because the rest requires the other zones.
Ar-Pharazon-V: The old appearance unlocking has taken me through
Razorfen Downs and both Stratholme instances, the latter of which I
finished today. This included the Piccolo of Flaming Fire toy! Will
start Zul'farrak tomorrow, which is quite nostalgic as the first troll
instance :-) The end of the Classic instances is starting to draw near.
Ar-Pharazon-V: And yes, I think that's the end of my report for this
Varda Valar: Thank you, Phar :-)
Arien V: nice one :-)
Arien V: grats
Ar-Pharazon-V: Oh, and I just found a strategy
for the Heroes of the storm
quest I might use in the last few weeks...
for those curious
Varda Valar: Thanky
Ar-Pharazon-V: It ultimately comes down to, put everything on easy AI
and steal all the fragments because AI don't bother.
Varda Valar: heh
Arien V: hehe oki do :-) i ll go to bed tho now *yawns*#
Arien V: Namarie :-)
Arien V (AriehnV) has left the room.
Ar-Pharazon-V: Oh, and one more mention, I ordered the WoW movie comic "Bonds of
Brotherhood" a few days ago, and reserved the movie dvd and several
upcoming reprints of older Warcraft novels I'm still lacking. I bought
Cycle of Hatred too, which appeared to be available, but then got an
email that it wasn't, so there's a bug going on there.
Ar-Pharazon-V: Still, anything that adds to the collection is welcome.
Varda Valar: oops. Glad they knew about the problme
Varda Valar: *problem
Ar-Pharazon-V: saving and sending transcript
Varda Valar: Thank you