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21st Anniversary of the Valar Guild

October 4, 2018 Wednesday
EVE Online 21st Anniversary of the Valar Guild
EVE Online 21st Anniversary of the Valar Guild

Arien, Celbrian, Elrond, Pallando, and Sauron make fireworks together in space.
Click image for YouTube video.


Contents:
Theme
Marathon Chat:
Forum anniversary greetings
Gaming Screenshots for Anniversary Events:
    EVE Online.
    Lord of the Rings Online Oct 4:
        Noon
        7 pm
    World of WarCraft.
Gaming Screenshots for the /drink Theme:
       Lord of the Rings Online
Tolkien Site anniversary contributions:
    Articles
    Stories
State of Valar Gaming 2018

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!
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Theme:

This year's theme is: /drink
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Marathon Chat:

When: end of Sept 30 meeting to the beginning of Oct 7 meeting.
Where: This year's marathon chat is in the Valar Guild's Discord in meeting_place.
What: Free chat. Also feel free to put in Tolkien Moments and safe url's related to Tolkien and the anniversary.
Who: all the same folks that are welcome at meetings such as members, polite family and friends and fellow Tolkien fans.
Participants: Arien, Ar-Pharazon, Celebrian, Elrond, Eonwe, Ioreth, Pallando

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Forum:

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

EVE Online Anniversary screenshots:

"Lance Doomsday":
    Video: Oct 4 video by Elrond. He fired his Lance Doomsday as his firework. You can see it from space!

"Sunday at Jita": Oct 7. Pallando-(Valar) is coordinating, using Discord. Valarites came together at Jita to shoot "fireworks" at about 17:30 GMT/UTC, which is 13:00 / 1 pm Eastern and noon Central.
    Video 1: Oct. 7 by Pallando. Explosions in the game contributed by Arien, Celebrian, Elrond, and Pallando.
    Video 2: Oct. 7 by Pallando. Explosions in the game contributed by Arien, Celebrian, Elrond, Pallando, and Sauron.
    Screenshot 1: by Arien-(Valar). These four are of the above Video 2.
    Screenshot 2: by Arien-(Valar)
    Screenshot 3: by Arien-(Valar)
    Screenshot 4: by Arien-(Valar)

Lord of the Rings Online Anniversary screenshots:

October 4:
noon ET run:
Varda as Fainan screenies marked V,
Fangorn as Fangbark screenies marked F.

Bree:
116V Meet-up outside the West Gate.
115V Bree West Gate
117V Going to the West Gate
120V Fountain outside the Prancing Pony, shooting fireworks.
15F    Dragon firework above us at the fountain.
122V Sign of the Prancing Pony, as we enter.
23F    Sign of the Prancing Pony, entry.
127V Inside the Prancing Pony for a drink.
24F    Inside the Prancing Pony, drinking near Butterbur, our bartender.

Michel Delving:
128V Near entry area, starting fireworks.
130V Fireworking.
31F    Dragon firework coming right at us.
133V Fireworks. Unimpressed hobbit npc discusses pie.
136V Ride to the Bird and Baby for a drink.
34F    Riding past the memorial area, with npc hobbits commenting.
138V At the sign of the Bird and Baby, shooting more fireworks.
38F    Outside the Bird and Baby, shooting fireworks just because.
141V Inside the Bird and Baby, with drink.
44F    Wider shot inside the Bird and Baby, while drinking.

Thorin's Hall:
74F    Riding towards Thorin's Hall. Npc dwarf talks about axes.
145V Front of Thorin's Hall. You are there.
151V Frerin's Court, with the statue.
149V Star in the dwarf statue's hand, one of our fireworks.
159V Riding into Thorin's Hall because it's just that big. Dwarf npc says Ormulf trusts us.
160V Dwarf statue greeting us just inside.
171V We went to the bar. Fainan/Varda checks the kegs while Fangbark/Fangorn has a drink with the bartender.
61F    Fainan doesn't seem to like the drink much.
65F    Fireworks near alcohol. What could go wrong?
175V Leaving Thorin's Hall towards Frerin's Court for the next leg of the trip, a dwarf npc warns us not to cause trouble.

Duillond:
181V Welcome to the elf town of Duillond.
186V Fireworks. Stars stream from Varda's hand disturbing a dragon.
184V Fangorn/Fangbark of course had to do a tree firework.
78F    Fireworks and the moon.
198V Inside the festival cave, we couldn't drink but we could shoot.
94F    Cave firework shots.
212V The library allows drinking, as scholars become thirsty, and ents need their draughts.
98F    More drinking in the library.

kin house:
223V Outside on the border of our island at sunset, a dragon flies watched by us and the statue.
109F  Outside on the border, another view of the dragon shot also showing the boar fountain.
225V At the top of the island, we sit on our mounts to watch the ships sailing.
112F  At the top of the island, mounted, enjoying the sunset.
236V At the top of the island, Fangbark sets fireworks near Galadriel's mirror.
237V His fireworks go off near seagulls.
125F Fireworks, and the dragon is back.
115F  Fireworks being thirsty work, Fangbark then takes a drink from the convenient water bowl.
271V Inside the kin house, we drink with Ursula, Ancalagon-V's greeting bear.
130F That was good, so another drink with Ursula.
276V What else would one do in a reflecting pool but have a drink?
134F Drinking in front of the door to Mordor, because that's what it takes to be willing to step through.
151F The Valar have their cooking firepit on a golden floor, of course.
163F And they drink there too.
280V Fireworks may have melted the upper kin house floor, oops.

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7pm ET run:
Anywhere one of us hunters felt like porting! No posing, just a fast screenie if lucky. We shot fireworks and danced and hollered. Much fun was had.

Bree:
115V Bree and the West Gate under the stars.
116V Meeting up of Fainan/Varda and Fangbark/Fangorn outside Bree Gate.
117V Mounted outside the Prancing Pony, Fangbark with his warhorse.
119V We shoot towards each other to give a different effect.

Thorin's Hall:
120V Porch area outside. Shooting towards each other with a batch, then dancing while they blast.
121V Inside at the Great Forge with fireworks.
123V Inside the clubbing area of the underground bar, fireworks at the entry with the greeting statue.
124V Should we really be shooting off fireworks on top of kegs of alcohol?
126V Yes, we should.

Ost Guruth:
130V We start firing towards each other.
134V We fire side by side.
135V That one blasted out well.

Dale:
142V Time to shoot with a bit of blasting water too.
145V And towards each other.

Udun:
146V Fireworks and dancing in...Mordor?

Galtrev:
147V Fireworks and dancing on opposing walls.
149V Fangorn, trees, and lots of sparks.
150V Fireworks together on a wall.
151V Good night. :)

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World of WarCraft Anniversary screenshots:

"The Journey". Eonwe visited every continent in WoW, stopping by a major landmark or city, and sent us postcards. The link goes to the anniversary page on the Valar Guild Games Site.

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Theme screenshots:

Drink:

Theme shots: Lord of the Rings Online:
  Pub Crawl (hard to get elves drunk):
    Drinking at the Prancing Pony:
        Inside the Prancing Pony for a drink. Screenie by Varda.
       
Inside the Prancing Pony, by Barliman, our bartender. Screenie by Fangorn.    
    At Michel Delving:
        Inside the Bird and Baby, Fangorn hoists a toast. Screenie by Varda.
        Wider shot inside the Bird and Baby, while drinking. Screenie by Fangorn.
    Bar at Thorin's Hall:
        We went to the bar. Fainan/Varda checks the kegs while Fangbark/Fangorn has a drink with the bartender. Screenie by Varda.  
        Fainan doesn't seem to like the drink much. Screenie by Fangorn.
        Should we really be shooting off fireworks on top of kegs of alcohol? Screenie by Varda.
        Fireworks near alcohol. What could go wrong? Screenie by Fangorn.  
        Yes, we should. Screenie by Varda
    Duillond, for elvish festivities:
        The library allows drinking, as scholars become thirsty, and ents need their draughts. Screenie by Varda.
        Drinking in the library. Screenie by Fangorn.
    Kin house drinking, as we may have worn out our welcome after the library incident:
        Fireworks being thirsty work, Fangbark takes a drink from the convenient water bowl. Galadriel may have warned us to go inside after that. Screenie by Fangorn.
        Inside the kin house, we drink with Ursula, Ancalagon-V's greeting bear. Screenie by Varda.
        That was good, so another drink with Ursula. Screenie by Fangorn.
        What else would one do in a reflecting pool but have a drink? Screenie by Varda.
        Drinking in front of the door to Mordor, because that's what it takes to be willing to step through. Screenie by Fangorn.
        Oh look! The Valar have their cooking firepit on a golden floor. Screenie by Fangorn.
        And we must drink by the Valar's cooking firepit on the golden floor too, of course. Screenie by Fangorn.

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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): /drin

Articles:

"Drink in Middle-earth" by Arien-(Valar)
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Stories:

"Choice" by Ioreth-(V). Written as the 100 word drabble challenge form using the theme of /drink.
"On Track" by Ioreth-(V). Short story including the theme of drink.

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State of Valar Gaming 2018:

The State of Online Gaming 2018.  This is Eonwe-(Valar)'s annual report on current gaming by members, as sent in by members, for the Games Site Mass Update 2018.
Feel free to update any time by emailing Eonwe (NOSPAMdeneltir@hotmail.com).

Responded to the Games Site Mass Update 2018 and therefore considered active full members for 2018, with a credit for helping the GSMU on the Membership page:
    Arien, Ar-Pharazon, Bofur, Celebrian, Elrond, Fangorn, Gimli, Ioreth, Menelvagor, Mirabella, Nar, Nerdanel, Orom, Pallando, Scatha, Tulkas (computer broken and will be without one the rest of the year, and he's sailing south), and Ugluk.

Verifiable gaming activity without responding in a timely manner to the GSMU, and therefore considered active full members for 2018:
    Aranuir, Beleg, Bregalad, Dis, Falco, Gorlim, Lenw, Luthien, Marigold, Melkor, Meriadoc, Nimrodel, Thranduil, and Varda.

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