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20th Anniversary of the Valar Guild

October 4, 2017 Wednesday
Smaug, by the Bohemian Weasel-(T)
Adversity incarnate!
"Smaug, the Inassessably Wealthy", by the Bohemian Weasel-(T)

Marathon Chats:
    AIM Marathon Chat
    Discord Marathon Chat
Forum anniversary greetings
Gaming Screenshots of Anniversary Events:
    Lord of the Rings Online YouTube for the anniversary.
    Lord of the Rings Online anniversary fireworks run screenshots
    World of WarCraft anniversary fireworks run screenshots
Gaming Screenshots for the Theme:
       Lord of the Rings Online
       World of WarCraft
Tolkien Site anniversary contributions:
State of Valar Gaming 2017

More entries will be taken for this page through October. Please email it to Varda (NOSPAMvarda.elentari@gmail.com)  including a note that it is for the anniversary. Thanks!


This year's theme is: Perseverence or triumph over adversity

Marathon Chats:

Traditionally, we hold the chat rooms open from one meeting to the next during the week of the anniversary.
This year we intend to put in Tolkien Moments and nifty urls relating to Tolkien, including whatever is being added for this anniversary's Tolkien Site additions.

AIM Marathon Chat:

Oct. 1-Oct. 8
Traditionally, our place for the marathon chat and meetings.
Known participants so far between meetings (thank you!): Arien-(Valar), Ar-Pharazon, AuSteinM-(T), Eonwe-(Valar), Varda-(Valar)

Discord Marathon Chat:

Oct. 1-Oct. 8
This is the maiden voyage of our new chat and voice program, Discord, first time in the marathon.
Known participants so far (thank you!): Arien-(Valar), Dis-(V), Elladan-(V), Fangorn-(Valar), Gil-galad-(V), Gorlim-(V), Irmo-(Valar), Lenwe-(V), Miriel-(V), Thranduil-(V), Varda-(Valar)


Feel free to post your comments about the anniversary on the forum.

Gaming Screenshots of Anniversary Events:

    How do I take a screenshot?
        In LotRO, F12 removes quickslots etc from the display. N toggles names on and off. F11 makes a screenshot that goes into your computer's Documents folder under Lord of the Rings Online.
       In WoW, use your keyboard's version of PrintScreen (PrntScrn on the top row on mine) to make the screenshot. The image goes into the game's folder under Screenshots.

Lord of the Rings Online Anniversary screenshots:

YouTube for the Anniversary. [Link removed at Miriel's request. She plans to make another one instead that she likes better.] Music in LotRO. Video by Miriel-(V). The musicians are Miriel, Irmo, and double-account Hurin. (Check out the one after it too, with the Valarites of DAOC as the Wolves of Valinor.)

First LotRO run at noon went off!
Thank you for the fun. The celebrants were Arien, Dis, Fangorn, Irmo, Miriel, Nerdanel, and Varda. We started at West Bree, moving on to Michel Delving, Thorin's Hall, and Rivendell. Screenshots are below.
Many screenshots were taken by the group and some have been shown here. Thank you also for the solo pics that are also  shown below.
Contributors so far are Arien 11, Fangorn 9, Nerdanel 7, and Varda 16. [Miriel and Lenwe also took screenies and said they will be sending them in.]
This is a work in progress.  :)  Please enjoy it anyway.

The 5 pm run still had the same people from noon, so we grouped up and ran Mordor quests and epics and deeds for hours. More folks came later, some grouping with the Mordor long run sometimes replacing some that had to leave, and some as High Elves.

Contributors: Guild name (character name shown in the images):
    Arien (Arriehn), Dis (Disvandl), Fangorn (Fangbark), Irmo (Irmohir), Lenwe (Lenweigh), Miriel (Mahariel), Nerdanel (Ereghel, Lothelena), Varda (Fainan)
Note: Miriel's have additional fun effects added to the screenies.

Bree in front of the Prancing Pony:

Ride in:
Image: from Varda 326

Place shots:
Image: from Miriel 20

Image: from Varda 329

Image: from Arien. 31
Image: from Varda. Nerdanel, Varda, Fangorn, x front, x back, and Dis. 331

Michel Delving at the memorial area:

Ride in:
Image: from Arien. Arrival porting in. 32
Image: from Arien. Riding. 34

Place shots:
Image: from Miriel 20
Image: from Fangorn. People and a dragon firework too. 8

Image: from Fangorn. Double dragons opposite directions. 22

People present:
Image: from Arien. Dance. 38
Image: from Arien. Dance. 39
Image: from Nerdanel. Fangorn, Varda, Miriel, Nerdanel, Dis, and Arien.   2
Image: from Varda dance. Fangorn, Varda, Miriel, Arien, Dis, and Nerdanel.   335

Thorin's Hall at Frerin's Court: outside:

Ride in:
Image: from Arien. Just past the long stairs. 41
Image: from Varda. Approaching Frerin's Court after the long stairs. 341

Place shots:
Image: from Arien. 43
Image: from Nerdanel. 18
Image: from Varda. Are we next to Aulė? 347

Image: from Miriel.

People present:
Image: from Varda. People with a lot of black powder packed in red cylinders, lit. Nothing could happen here. Oh look, sparks... 348

Rivendell: Stables and the Last Homely House:

Ride in:
Image: from Arien. Passing the river. 49
Image: from Fangorn. Passing the Guest House where the Fellowship is staying. 72
Image: from Varda. Entering Rivendell, with the Last Homely House in the background on our way to Elrond's Stables. 349
Image: from Miriel. Crossing the cut log bridge to the stables.
Image: from Miriel. Riding towards the stables.
Image: from Varda. Going to the arch leading to the stables 358
Image: from Varda: Passing through the arch to the stables 360

Place shots:
Image: from Arien. Elrond's Stables. People, fireworks. 51
Image: from Arien. Elrond's Stables. People including Miriel and an innocent bystander about to lose his hearing, fireworks. 53
Image: from Arien. The Last Homely House stairs, people, fireworks. 56
Image from Varda. Elrond's Stable area looks reasonably fire safe. Let's test it! 361
Image: from Varda. The Last Homely House up close, and people. And a questionable red cylinder on a stick. 383 (or people)

Image: from Fangorn. Stables. Exploding dragon. 90
Image: from Fangorn. Stables. Triple dragons. 107
Image: from Fangorn. Stables. Dragons incoming. 116
Image: from Fangorn. Stables. Two dragons, Fangorn and Varda. 117
Image: from Nerdanel (on Lothelena character). Stables. Dragon firework. 4
Image: from Nerdanel. Stables. Tree firework. 12
Image: from Nerdanel. Stables. Dragon and Star fireworks. 15
Image: from Nerdanel. Stables. Light show. 0
Image: from Varda. Stables. Setting these off while Fangorn isn't looking. 365 (or place)
Image: from Miriel. In front of the Last Homely House, dragon and star fireworks.

People present:
Image: from Fangorn. Stable. Dragon flying down towards Fangorn. 113
Image: from Fangorn. Last Homely House steps. /firebreath by Fangorn. 167
Image: from Nerdanel. Dragon firework up close and people who are maybe too close. Varda, Nerdanel, Arien, Fangorn, and Miriel. 20
Image: from Varda. Fangorn, Varda, Arien, Nerdanel, Irmo, and Miriel.  384 (or place)

Solo Fireworks:
Image: from Lenwe. Lenwe shoots fireworks from Zirak-zigil. 27
Image: from Lenwe. Lenwe shoots fireworks over the ruin of the Balrog at Zirak-zigil. 25

World of WarCraft Anniversary screenshots:

Solo Fireworks:
Images: By Eonwe-(Valar)


Theme screenshots:

Perseverance or triumph over adversity.

Theme shots: Lord of the Rings Online:

Theme shots: World of WarCraft

Image: Arien-(Valar)'s DemonHunter jumped from Dalaran (the top of the peak) and landed in water, surviving the drop.


Tolkien Site Anniversary Contributions:

    Please email your Tolkien Site piece to Varda to be put online any time in October, and also receive a special acknowledgement on the piece that it is for this anniversary.
    Theme (not required):


    "Gandalf", model painted by DeepGroover-(T)


    "Baggage", by Varda-(Valar)
    "Nienna", by Xiuqi-(T)


    "Into the Light", by Arien-(Valar)

State of Valar Gaming 2017:

The State of Online Gaming 2017.  This is Eonwe-(Valar)'s annual report on current gaming by members, as sent in by members, for the Games Site Mass Update 2017.
Feel free to update any time by emailing Eonwe (NOSPAMdeneltir@hotmail.com).

Responded to the Games Site Mass Update 2017 and therefore considered active full members for 2018, with a credit for helping the GSMU on the Membership page:


Verifiable gaming activity without responding to the GSMU, and therefore considered active full members for 2018:

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