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Dec. 30, 2018 Sunday

Sunday Meeting: 5pm Eastern Time (LotRO /servertime 5:00 p.m.)
    The meeting is in the Discord Valar Guild channel under text channel "meeting_place".
    Discord may be downloaded at https://discordapp.com/; click Download at the top of the page. Contact Varda for more information if needed.
Meeting Transcript
    Summary of the meeting:
    Attending (and spoke): (4)
        Discord: Arien, Ar-Pharazon, Eonwe, Varda (presiding)
    Gaming:
        General report by Eonwe and others.
        Side Tolkien chat on the Heart of the Mountain (just after the LotRO report). Started with a joke and turned into actual discussion.
    Tolkien:
        Topic: Give suggestions for entry-level questions over the LotR. We need fresh ideas. Email or Discord message Varda if you have more entry question suggestions.
    After-meeting:
        Flashgaming Reviews by Ar-Pharazon.
        Some folks may be hanging around Discord at or around their midnight tomorrow (and just odd times) to say Happy New Year!
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Dec. 25, 2018

Merry Christmas!


Dec. 23, 2018

Sunday Meeting: 5pm Eastern Time (LotRO /servertime 5:00 p.m.)
    The meeting is in the Discord Valar Guild channel under text channel "meeting_place".
    Discord may be downloaded at https://discordapp.com/; click Download at the top of the page. Contact Varda for more information if needed.
Meeting Transcript
    Summary of the meeting:
        Attending (and spoke): (4)
            Discord: Arien (presiding), Ar-Pharazon, Elladan, Varda (After-meeting)
        Gaming:
            General report.
        Tolkien:
            Topic: What do we know, from LotR and The Hobbit, about marriage among Middle-earth's people?
        After-meeting:
            Flashgaming Reviews by Ar-Pharazon.
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Dec. 20, 2018 Thursday

    LotRO Beacon Issue # 91.


Dec. 18, 2018 Tuesday

    LotRO:
        Downtime from 8 A.M. through noon Eastern (-5 GMT). Here are the release notes.


Dec. 16, 2018 Sunday

Sunday Meeting: 5pm Eastern Time (LotRO /servertime 5:00 p.m.)
    The meeting is in the Discord Valar Guild channel under text channel "meeting_place".
    Discord may be downloaded at https://discordapp.com/; click Download at the top of the page. Contact Varda for more information if needed.
Meeting Transcript
    Summary of the meeting:
        Attending (and spoke): (4)
            Discord: Arien, Ar-Pharazon, Falco, Varda (presiding)
        Membership news:
            Congratulations to Miriel on her birthday!
        Web:
            Updated pages
        Gaming:
            General report.
        Tolkien:
            Topic: How do we see the arts used by the characters in JRRT's works?
        After-meeting:
            Flashgaming Reviews by Ar-Pharazon.
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Dec. 13, 2018 Thursday

    LotRO Beacon Issue # 90 is out.
    LotRO's Yuletide Festival runs now through January 14th.



Dec. 10, 2018
Monday

    News page:
        Did the News seem to load faster for you today? Maybe it's because the previous part of the year has gone into the News Archives. That older news information can still be accessed from the navigation bar at the top of this page under "Valar Guild", or scroll to the bottom of the current News page for tables of archives of all sorts.
    The 21st Anniversary page is updated.
    The Membership page is slightly updated.
    The Poetry page could use entries before 2018 is gone.


Dec. 9, 2018 Sunday

Sunday Meeting: 5pm Eastern Time (GMT +5) (LotRO /servertime 5:00 p.m.)
    The meeting is in the Discord Valar Guild channel under text channel "meeting_place".
    Discord may be downloaded at https://discordapp.com/; click Download at the top of the page. Contact Varda for more information if needed.
Meeting Transcript
    Summary of the meeting:
    Attending (and spoke): (6)
        Discord: Arien, Ar-Pharazon, Celebrian, Elrond, Eonwe, Varda (presiding)
    Membership news:
        Congratulations to Celebrian and Elrond on their 23rd Wedding Anniversary!
    Web:
       
Games Site: new sections under Lord of the Rings Online.
    Gaming:
        General report.
    Tolkien:
        Topic: Mention a character and how that person affected the story of the One Ring.
            The topic continued into After-meeting.
    After-meeting:
        Continued Tolkien with another batch of characters.
        Flashgaming Reviews by Ar-Pharazon.
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Dec. 6, 2018 Thursday

    LotRO Beacon Issue # 89 is out.



Dec. 5,  2018
Wednesday

    Today's LotRO update 23.1.6 release notes.


Dec. 2, 2018 Sunday

Sunday Meeting: 5pm Eastern Time (GMT-4) (UTC-4) (LotRO /servertime 5:00 p.m.)
    The meeting is in the Discord Valar Guild channel under text channel "meeting_place".
    Discord may be downloaded at https://discordapp.com/; click Download at the top of the page. Contact Varda for more information if needed.
Meeting Transcript
Summary of the meeting:
Attending (and spoke): (4)
    Discord: Arien, Ar-Pharazon, Falco, Varda (presiding)
Membership news
Web
Gaming:
    General report.
Tolkien:
    Topic: Fingolfin vs Morgoth
After-meeting:
    LotRO
    Diablo 3
    Flashgaming Reviews by Ar-Pharazon.
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Nov. 29, 2018 Thursday

    LotRO Beacon Issue # 88


Nov. 28, 2018 Wednesday

    LotRO Beacon Issue # 87
        The LotRO servers (game worlds) were down for reset and maintenance 8:00 A.M. Eastern (-5 GMT), and brought
        Harvestmath, the Fall Festival.
       
The Harvestmath Festival (encore) continues through December 9.
       


Nov. 25, 2018 Sunday

Sunday Meeting: 5pm Eastern Time (GMT-4) (UTC-4) (LotRO /servertime 5:00 p.m.)
    The meeting is in the Discord Valar Guild channel under text channel "meeting_place".
    Discord may be downloaded at https://discordapp.com/; click Download at the top of the page. Contact Varda for more information if needed.
Meeting Transcript
Summary of the meeting:
Attending (and spoke): (7)
    Discord: Arien, Ar-Pharazon, Celebrian, Elladan (After-meeting), Falco (After-meeting), Pallando (After-meeting), Varda (presiding)
Membership news
Web
Gaming:
    General report.
Tolkien:
    Topic: Diction shifts.
After-meeting:
    YouTube music "Lament for Lorien" suggested by Arien.
    LotRO, working together for kinning from here.
    Eve Online report by Pallando
    Flashgaming Reviews by Ar-Pharazon.
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Nov. 22, 2018 Thursday

Happy Thanksgiving!


Nov. 21, 2018 Wednesday

     LotRO Beacon issue # 87

Nov. 20, 2018 Tuesday

    The LotRO game worlds were brought down for a restart starting at 8:00 A.M. Eastern (-5 GMT).


Nov. 18, 2018 Sunday

Sunday Meeting: 5pm Eastern Time (GMT-4) (UTC-4) (LotRO /servertime 5:00 p.m.)
    The meeting is in the Discord Valar Guild channel under text channel "meeting_place".
    Discord may be downloaded at https://discordapp.com/; click Download at the top of the page. Contact Varda for more information if needed.
Meeting Transcript
Summary of the meeting:
Attending (and spoke): (9)
    Discord: Anarion, Arien, Ar-Pharazon, Celebrian, Elladan, Eonwe, Gorlim, Pallando, Varda (presiding)
Membership news:
    (Mostly already done as hello during Before-meeting chat.)
Gaming:
    PlanetSide2 review by Anarion-(V)
    General gaming news
    Lots of Eve Online news from the players.
Tolkien:
    Topic: How did JRRT handle the subject of space? As in where you Eve guys are flying around?
        We realized that most of this information is in the Histories, only a little in the Silmarillion with a bare mention in the LotR.
After-meeting:
    Flashgaming Reviews by Ar-Pharazon
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Nov. 15, 2018 Thursday

    LotRO Beacon issue # 86 is online.
   
LotRO game update today.


Nov. 14, 2018 Wednesday

    LotRO Gaming:
         LotRO news from the launcher today:
        The LotRO Game Servers will be brought down on Thursday, November 15th from 8:00 AM-12 PM Eastern (-5 GMT) for an update to the game.
            Release-Notes.


Nov. 13, 2018 Tuesday

    LotRO gaming:
        The Legendary servers of Anor and Ithil can now do transfers between them. Since we have kin branches on both servers, this can affect us. Transfers cannot be made between regular LotRO servers and legendary LotRO servers.


Nov. 11, 2018 Sunday

Sunday Meeting: 5pm Eastern Time (GMT-4) (UTC-4) (LotRO /servertime 5:00 p.m.)
    The meeting is in the Discord Valar Guild channel under text channel "meeting_place".
    Discord may be downloaded at https://discordapp.com/; click Download at the top of the page. Contact Varda for more information if needed.
Meeting Transcript
Summary of the meeting:
Attending (and spoke): (5)
    Discord: Arien, Ar-Pharazon, Celebrian, Falco, Varda (presiding)
Membership news:
    Walda-(V) joined the Valar Guild. (see Nov 10)
Web
Gaming:
    Lord of the Rings Online:
        During the meeting we set up another kin branch on legendary server Ithil, at the request of members who were taking hours to get on overcrowded legendary server Anor. Landroval will remain our main server.
        We are taking votes on where to put the kin house in Anor and the one in Ithil, before we eventually pick up an island in Belfalas if we do that.
    General report.
Tolkien:
    Topic: Maiar known to be on Middle-earth, especially ones that Gandalf bumped into. Which Maiar do we know of that went to Middle-earth (after the walls were put up for Valinor)?
After-meeting:
    Flashgaming Reviews by Ar-Pharazon
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Nov. 10, 2018 Saturday

    Welcome to the Valar Guild, Walda-(V)!
He is well-known as an old friend since LotRO beta, Dis-(V)'s husband, previously the head of the kin Keepers of Ayrshire. He's returned to LotRO checking out the Legendary server. His favorite character is Eowyn, a strong female character able to hold onto her principles even while Rohan crumbled. Her inner strength helped keep Theoden up and aided her in facing the Witch-king.


Nov. 8, 2018 Thursday

    LotRO gaming:
        We started a kin branch on Anor, the Legendary server that went up today. To get together, we can chat on Discord. Also, please type /joinchannel Valar . Fainan (Varda) is the founder there if you want to do a LotROmail. Other inviter characters are Dis (Dis) and Fanghorn (Fangorn). To see who is on, type:  /who valar guild 1 50
        The Legendary server, Ithil, is now up also, as Anor was so popular, but we do not have a branch on Ithil. [Note: we soon formed a kin branch on Ithil also, since the lines were so bad entering Anor. Ithil inviters are Dis, Falco, and Varda.]

    LotRO Beacon issue #85 is up.
       

Nov. 4, 2018 Sunday

Sunday Meeting: 5pm Eastern Time (GMT-4) (UTC-4) (LotRO /servertime 5:00 p.m.) US time changed today.
    The meeting is in the Discord Valar Guild channel under text channel "meeting_place".
    Discord may be downloaded at https://discordapp.com/; click Download at the top of the page. Contact Varda for more information if needed.
Meeting Transcript
Summary of the meeting:
Attending
  (and spoke): (7)
    Discord: Arien, Ar-Pharazon, Celebrian, Elrond, Falco, Ioreth, Varda (presiding)
Before-meeting:
    Time changes in the US
Web:
    Tolkien Site: Working on diacriticals
Gaming:
    General report
    Destiny 2: free for a short while
    Pillars of Eternity 2: Celebrian's review after playing.
    Diablo: Immortal: comments on this new phone game
Tolkien:
    Topic: Dwarves and dragons
After-meeting:
    Flashgaming Reviews by Ar-Pharazon
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Nov. 1, 2018 Thursday

    LotRO Beacon Issue # 84.
    Live video with +Cordovan (aka Cord of the Rings) about the upcoming Legendary server. The Valar Guild does plan on setting up a kin there for everyone's convenience with the same Discord channel and a side on the general Legendary channel, but Landroval will continue to be our main with our same Discord channel.
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Oct. 31, 2018

Happy Halloween!

LotRO gaming:
    Update 23.1.3 patch notes.


Oct. 28, 2018 Sunday

Uploaded News for this week and last meeting today. My apologies that it was not uploaded any time after the previous meeting.

Sunday Meeting: 5pm Eastern Time (GMT-4) (UTC-4) (LotRO /servertime 5:00 p.m.) European time changed today.
    The meeting is in the Discord Valar Guild channel under text channel "meeting_place".
    Discord may be downloaded at https://discordapp.com/; click Download at the top of the page. Contact Varda for more information if needed
Meeting Transcript
Summary of the meeting:
Attending (and spoke): (11+2)
    Discord: Arien, Ar-Pharazon, Arwen, Celebrian, Elrond, Eonwe, Gorlim, Ioreth, Lenwe, Pallando, Varda (presiding)
    Discord voice: Ztuke (guest)
    LotRO: Luthien, Varda
Before-meeting
    Time changes
Web:
    Forum: riddle game
Gaming:
    General gaming news by Eonwe and others.
Tolkien:
    Topic: What was the origin of Gollum?
    see also After-meeting for a Tolkien question.
After-meeting:
    Halloween jokes
    Tolkien question: If Gollum would have survived and the ring was destroyed, would he have reverted back?
    "Ringbearer" links
    Flashgaming Reviews by Ar-Pharazon
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Oct. 27, 2018

    LotRO Beacon Issue 83.
       

Oct. 26, 2018

    LotRO
gaming:
        Patch notes for the Harvest Festival.



Oct. 25, 2018


    LotRO
gaming:
        Downtime today. Patch notes for Update 23.1.2.


Oct. 23, 2018 Tuesday

    Trion Worlds:
        Link from Elrond-(V).
            Gamigo acquired Trion Worlds, and did significant lay-offs. Trion does the games Rift, Archage, and Defiance.

    LotRO gaming:
        Link from Elrond-(V).
            New legendary server world announced coming this fall.


Oct. 21, 2018 Sunday

Sunday Meeting: 5pm Eastern Time (GMT-4) (UTC-4) (LotRO /servertime 5:00 p.m.)
    The meeting is in the Discord Valar Guild channel under text channel "meeting_place".
    Discord may be downloaded at https://discordapp.com/; click Download at the top of the page. Contact Varda for more information if needed
Meeting Transcript
Summary of the meeting:
Attending (and spoke): (8)
    Discord: Arien, Ar-Pharazon, Celebrian, Elrond, Falco, Gorlim, Lenwe, Pallando in side chat, Varda (presiding)
Membership news
Gaming:
    General gaming reports
Tolkien:
    Topic: Book "The Fall of Gondolin" is in.
    Topic: Tolkien Moments and discussion. The names Gollum and Frodo used personally for Sauron.
After-meeting:
    Painting tabletop gaming miniatures being done by Gorlim, with links.
    Flashgaming Reviews by Ar-Pharazon
    Phar's personal Blizzard gaming.
    Riddle game on the Forum
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Oct. 20, 2018

    LotRO:
        Durin's Day quest all weekend. Come out of Erebor's hall and take a right up the slope to the statue and click on it.


Oct. 14, 2018 Sunday

Sunday Meeting: 5pm Eastern Time (GMT-4) (UTC-4) (LotRO /servertime 5:00 p.m.)
    The meeting is in the Discord Valar Guild channel under text channel "meeting_place".
    Discord may be downloaded at https://discordapp.com/; click Download at the top of the page. Contact Varda for more information if needed
Meeting Transcript
Summary of the transcript:
Attending (and spoke): (7)
    Discord: Arien, Ar-Pharazon, Arwen (After-meeting), Celebrian, Elrond, Pallando, Varda (presiding)
Membership news:
    Speculation about the future.
Gaming:
    General news about games.
Tolkien:
    Topic: Tolkien Moment when the Fellowship first sees Edoras. Discussion.
After-meeting:
    Flashgaming Reviews by Ar-Pharazon
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Oct. 8, 2018 Monday

Gaming / LotRO:
    Tomorrow downtime expected between 9 and 1 EDT (servertime) (GMT-4) to release Update 23 "Where Dragons Dwell". Here are the release notes.


Oct. 7, 2018 Sunday

Anniversary:

    Gaming:
        EVE Online
"Sunday at Jita". Valarites came together at Jita to shoot "fireworks" at about 18:00 GMT/UTC, which is 14:00 / 2 pm Eastern and 1pm Central, Pallando coordinating. The group came together an hour early and ran it just because they can!

    Gaming screenies:
        Show your screenie from your game(s) for the anniversary. The theme is /drink and, of course, fireworks. They will be taken for all of October.

    Community:
        Discord chat:
           
Last day of the Discord chat marathon! Feel free to pop into meeting_place and say hi, be counted!
        Forum:
            Pop in and say hi on the forum for the anniversary! We have a thread and shout box, so take your pick or both.

    Tolkien Site:
            We are taking writing and art all through October. Please mention in your email that it is for the anniversary. Any Tolkien-inspired topic is great, and we have a theme of /drink to help as a prompt.
        Stories:
            New stories today by Ioreth-(V):
                "Choice"
                "On Track"


Sunday Meeting: 5pm Eastern Time (GMT-4) (UTC-4) (LotRO /servertime 5:00 p.m.)
    The meeting is in the Discord Valar Guild channel under text channel "meeting_place".
    Discord may be downloaded at https://discordapp.com/; click Download at the top of the page. Contact Varda for more information if needed.
Meeting Transcript
Summary of the meeting:
Attending (and spoke): (8)
    Discord: Arien, Ar-Pharazon, Celebrian, Elrond, Eonwe (before-meeting), Ioreth (before-meeting), Pallando, Varda (presiding)
Before-meeting:
    This ran long as it includes much of the ongoing chat marathon and planning.
Membership news:
    21st Anniversary of the Valar Guild.
        The chat marathon ends with this meeting.
        Screenies for the anniversary and theme continue all October.
        Tolkien Site contributions (theme: drink) continue all October.
Web:
    Tolkien Site: new article and stories this week.
    Games Site: updated with this year's games.
Gaming:
    State of Valar Gaming Report
    General gaming news
Tolkien:
    Topic: When did you guys and gals first get interested in Middle-earth? Were you kids or adults? Was it books, movies, games, school, family, friends?
After-meeting:
    Chat topic continues.
    Flashgaming Reviews by Ar-Pharazon
    Personal multi-gaming report by Ar-Pharazon
    Personal Eve gaming report by Elrond
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Oct. 6, 2018 Saturday

Tolkien Encyclopedia:
    New article section: Food and Drink.
    New articles welcome. :)

Anniversary:
    Discord chat marathon ongoing.
    Gaming: EVE Online:
         In Discord, Pallando and Eve-folk decided that the time for the EVE Online fireworks will be Sunday at Jita, 18:00 GMT / 14:00 EDT (2pm) / 1 pm CDT.


Oct. 4, 2018 Thursday

Happy 21st Anniversary of the Valar Guild!

Gaming Events today:

                Lord of the Rings Online: "Ride and Drink": Oct 4th at noon and 7pm Eastern Time (Eastern is the same as /servertime) (11 am and 6pm Central Time) horse ride into 4 towns, the /yell, fireworks, /drink. Members who can't make those times, feel free to do the same thing on your own or with Valar buddies and send screenshots to Varda. Thank you to the participants; pics up. :)
                World of WarCraft:
Oct 4 ride and fireworks. Eonwe's schedule is currently too unpredictable for him to schedule anything reliably, so members please join together as you can for anniversary and theme runs or have fun doing solo screenies your way. Mail screenshots to Eonwe or Varda.

Tolkien Site:
    Article:
        "Drink in Middle-earth" by Arien-(Valar)

Community:
    Here's the 2018 Anniversary News Page in progress.
    Enjoy posting your anniversary greetings on the Forum.


Oct. 3, 2018 Wednesday

    The 21st Anniversary of the Valar Guild
is tomorrow.  The theme is "Drink".
    Here are some of the plans. Feel free to make suggestions in Discord and/or by email to your gaming branch leader or to the Tolkien Site. Contact Varda for general information.
        Discord:
chat marathon from the previous meeting to the next in meeting_place.
        Forum:
say howdy and happy anniversary on the thread Oct 4
        Tolkien Site:
            Taking writing/art all during October, email to Varda and mark that it's for the anniversary. The theme is Drink, but not a rule, as long as it's Tolkien-inspired.
        Gaming:
            Screenshots
from your game related to the anniversary as in fireworks, drinking to be put on this year's anniversary page. Can be emailed to Varda.
            Events organized by branch leaders, related to the anniversary:
                Eve Online:
Pallando-(Valar) branch leader. Event: Oct 7th "Sunday fireworks in Jita", at about 18:00 GMT/UTC, which is 14:00 / 2 pm Eastern and 1pm Central.
                Lord of the Rings Online:
Varda-(Valar) branch leader. Events: "Riding and Drinking": Oct 4th at noon and 7pm Eastern Time (Eastern is the same as /servertime) (11 am and 6pm Central Time) horse ride into 4 towns, the /yell, fireworks, /drink. Members who can't make those times, feel free to do the same thing on your own or with Valar buddies and send screenshots to Varda. Bree, Michel Delving, Thorin's Hall, Celondim.
                World of WarCraft:
Eonwe-(Valar): Oct 4 ride and fireworks. Eonwe's schedule is currently too unpredictable for him to schedule anything reliably, so members please join together as you can for anniversary and theme runs or have fun doing solo screenies your way. Mail screenshots to Eonwe or Varda.

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Sept. 30, 2018 Sunday

Sunday Meeting: 5pm Eastern Time (GMT-5) (UTC-5) (LotRO /servertime 5:00 p.m.)
    The meeting is in the Discord Valar Guild channel under text channel "meeting_place".
    Discord may be downloaded at https://discordapp.com/; click Download at the top of the page. Contact Varda for more information if needed.
Meeting Transcript
Summary of the meeting:
Attending (and spoke): (4)
    Discord: Arien, Ar-Pharazon, Eonwe (presiding), Pallando (After-meeting)
Web:
    Games Site Mass Update finishing up. Statistics from that are intended to be given for the Anniversary report.
Gaming:
    General gaming reports by Eonwe and others.
Tolkien:
    Forum Riddle Game ongoing
    Today's game for the meeting: guess a character from the clues.
After-meeting:
    Flashgaming Reviews by Ar-Pharazon

Chat Marathon (free chat) begins today in Discord meeting_place and continues to the next meeting, for the Anniversary celebration. Feel free to pop in and say hi or jump into whatever you want to chat about, picked up and replied to when other people see it during the week.
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Sept. 23, 2018 Sunday

Sunday Meeting: 5pm Eastern Time (GMT-5) (UTC-5) (LotRO /servertime 5:00 p.m.)
    The meeting is in the Discord Valar Guild channel under text channel "meeting_place".
    Discord may be downloaded at https://discordapp.com/; click Download at the top of the page. Contact Varda for more information if needed.
Meeting Transcript
Summary of the meeting:
Attending (and spoke): (7)
    Discord: Arien, Ar-Pharazon, Elladan, Elrond, Eonwe, Pallando, Varda (presiding)
Web: 
    Community / Forum:
        The riddle game has started again on the Forum, during today's meeting. News given during After-meeting.
Gaming:
    Games Site Mass Update ongoing.
    General gaming reports.
Tolkien:
    Topic: Bilbo and Frodo's birthday, moving on to the One Ring and Mt. Doom.
After-meeting:
    Shadows of War review by Pallando
    Flashgaming Reviews by Ar-Pharazon
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Sept. 22, 2018 Saturday

    Today is the birthday of Bilbo and Frodo (books). Huzzah!
   
The LotRO game will be celebrating that double birthday as "Baggins Birthday" from Sept. 21 - 25.
    New birthday event for 115's and for careful lowbies.


Sept. 20, 2018 Thursday

    LotRO Beacon Issue # 78.
        Some pets and the Osgiliath Steed will become Disenchantable into Figments of Splendor in Update 23, so they will change from Bound to Account to Bound to Character. That means make sure the character that you want to have the pet or steed has it before that update. List of affected pets is at that link.


Sept. 16, 2018 Sunday


Sunday Meeting: 5pm Eastern Time (GMT-5) (UTC-5) (LotRO /servertime 5:00 p.m.)
    The meeting is in the Discord Valar Guild channel under text channel "meeting_place".
    Discord may be downloaded at https://discordapp.com/; click Download at the top of the page. Contact Varda for more information if needed.
Meeting Transcript.
Summary of the meeting:
Attending (and spoke): (8)
    Discord: Arien, Ar-Pharazon, Celebrian, Elrond, Ioreth, Menelvagor, Pallando, Varda (presiding)
    Twitch stream: Gwaihir
Before-meeting:
     Eve Online
Membership:
    Twitch stream
    Online D&D Beyond class held on Discord: Lost Mines of Phandelver module
Web:  
    Games Site:
        Mass update has begun. Check your email! If no email, send an email to Eonwe or leave him a message on Discord with updated gaming info.
    Community:
        Next month is the 21st anniversary of the Valar Guild.
            Start now on your art, poetry, stories, articles, etc.
            Gamers, get ready to take screenshots in your games of choice. Now is a good time to start collecting fireworks or the equivent if you can, or check to see if you still have some in your stash. The branch storages will be trying to stock some for those that don't have fireworks on Anniversary Day. Passing around drinks, using the /drink emote is a fun extra for the theme. The usual rides together on anniversary day for various games into selected cities/locations will need to be coordinated, probably with two runs to handle time zones and our crazy schedules. We can try to arrange staggered times for those of us in more than one game.
            Forum: We'll have a thread to say howdy and yay for our 21st anniversary. Don't forget the Shout box for between times too.
        The riddle game will be starting up again on the Forum.
Gaming:
    General gaming reports.
Tolkien:
    Topic: Discussion of the Ainur and how to answer when someone asks "What do you mean, Valar Guild? Did you misspell valour/valor?"
After-meeting:
    More chat on various subjects such as the word(?) "Valarites", SC2, Aratar jobs, and a link to a webcomic that shows why there's a difference between the book and movie concerning Aragorn's sword.
    Flashgaming Reviews by Ar-Pharazon
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Sept. 9, 2018 Sunday

Sunday Meeting: 5pm Eastern Time (GMT-5) (UTC-5) (LotRO /servertime 5:00 p.m.)
    The meeting is in the Discord Valar Guild channel under text channel "meeting_place".
    Discord may be downloaded at https://discordapp.com/; click Download at the top of the page. Contact Varda for more information if needed.
Meeting Transcript
    Summary of the meeting:
        Attending (and spoke): (5)
            Discord: Ar-Pharazon, Eonwe (presiding), Ioreth, Lenwe, Pallando
        Web:  
            Tolkien Site:
                Review by Lenwe-(V) of "Critical Companion to J.R.R. Tolkien"
            Games Site:
                Mass update has begun. Check your email! If you don't receive an email from Eonwe asking what your current games are, please email him or leave him a private tell in Discord.
        Gaming:
            General gaming report by Eonwe and others
        Tolkien:
            Fall of Gondolin
            Topic: Game: Each of us will pick a character from Lord of the Rings, and describe that character until one of the others can guess who we're describing.
        After-meeting:
            The riddle game will be starting up again on the Forum.
            Flashgaming Reviews by Ar-Pharazon
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Sept. 8, 2018 Saturday

    Tolkien Site:
        Review of "Critical Companion to J.R.R. Tolkien" by Lenwe-(V) on his own site which he is sharing with us. He has kindly given permission to put a copy on the Valar Guild Site.


Sept. 6, 2018 Thursday

    LotRO Beacon Issue #76.
        This is the last weekend of the Farmer's Faire. The next event will be Tale of the Shipwrecked Mariner September 16th through the 19th


Sept. 2, 2018 Sunday

Sunday Meeting: 5pm Eastern Time (GMT-5) (UTC-5) (LotRO /servertime 5:00 p.m.)
    The meeting is in the Discord Valar Guild channel under text channel "meeting_place".
    Discord may be downloaded at https://discordapp.com/; click Download at the top of the page.
Meeting Transcript
    Summary of the meeting:
        Attending (and spoke): (7)
            Discord: Ar-Pharazon, Celebrian, Elrond, Eonwe, Ioreth (After-meeting), Lenwe, Varda (presiding)
        Gaming:
            General gaming report by Eonwe and others
        Tolkien:
            Topic: Dragons and dwarves.
                Link found by Lenwe for relative dragon sizes.
        After-meeting:
            Ioreth's new druid form.
            Flashgaming Reviews by Ar-Pharazon
            Cirth runes link giving a table of the runes and some discussion of them.
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Aug. 30, 2018 Thursday

    The LotRO Beacon Issue #75.
        The Farmers Faire will continue through September 9th.


Aug. 26, 2018 Sunday

Sunday Meeting: 5pm Eastern Daylight SavingsTime (GMT-5) (UTC-5) (LotRO /servertime 5:00 p.m.)
    The meeting is in the Discord Valar Guild channel under text channel "meeting_place".
    Discord may be downloaded at https://discordapp.com/; click Download at the top of the page.
Meeting Transcript
   
Summary of the meeting:
    Attending
(and spoke): (6)
        Discord: Arien, Ar-Pharazon, Elrond, Gorlim, Marigold, Varda (presiding)
    Membership news:
        Varda
        Marigold
        Ar-Pharazon
        Pallando
        Gorlim
        Arien's in After-meeting
    Gaming:
        General gaming report
    Tolkien:
        Topic: One of the things that keeps showing up in Tolkien's work is the concept of service. I'm not sure if this was intentional or just natural to him. Can you think of someplace where he shows what he thinks of the idea of service?
    After-meeting:
        Arien's membership news.
        Flashgaming Reviews by Ar-Pharazon
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Aug. 23, 2018 Thursday

     LotRO Beacon Issue #74. The Farmer's Faire is back, now through September 10th.
       

Aug. 22, 2018 Wednesday

    LotRO:
        Update 22.5 release notes.


Aug. 19, 2018 Sunday
Sunday Meeting: 5pm Eastern Daylight SavingsTime (GMT-5) (UTC-5) (LotRO /servertime 5:00 p.m.)
    The meeting is in the Discord Valar Guild channel under text channel "meeting_place".
    Discord may be downloaded at https://discordapp.com/; click Download at the top of the page.
Meeting Transcript
    Attending (and spoke): (5)
        Discord: Anarion, Arien, Ar-Pharazon, Elrond, Varda (presiding)
    Gaming:
        General gaming report
    Tolkien:
        Topic 1: Newsweek and JRRT
        Topic 2: JRRT making combinations
    After-meeting:
        Flashgaming Reviews by Ar-Pharazon
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Aug. 16, 2018 Thursday

    LotRO news:
        LotRO Beacon issue # 73.
        Bullroarer test server pre-release notes, as in still under construction but this is what they have so far.


Aug. 12, 2018 Sunday

Sunday Meeting: 5pm Eastern Daylight SavingsTime (GMT-5) (UTC-5) (LotRO /servertime 5:00 p.m.)
    The meeting is in the Discord Valar Guild channel under text channel "meeting_place".
    Discord may be downloaded at https://discordapp.com/; click Download at the top of the page.
Meeting Transcript
    Attending (and spoke): (7)
        Discord: Arien (presiding), Ar-Pharazon, Celebrian, Elrond, Gorlim, Ioreth (After-meeting), and Lenwe 
    Gaming:
        General gaming report from Eonwe's Gaming Site, Arien, Ar-Pharazon, Celebrian, and Elrond
    Tolkien:
        Topic: Comparison of the song of the Barrow-wight with Bombadil's.
    After-meeting:
        Flashgaming Reviews by Ar-Pharazon
        Gaming by Ar-Pharazon and Elrond
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Aug. 5, 2018 Sunday

Sunday Meeting: 5pm Eastern Daylight SavingsTime (GMT-5) (UTC-5) (LotRO /servertime 5:00 p.m.)
    The meeting is in the Discord Valar Guild channel under text channel "meeting_place".
    Discord may be downloaded at https://discordapp.com/; click Download at the top of the page.
Meeting Transcript
    Attending (and spoke): (8)
        Discord: Arien, Ar-Pharazon, Celebrian, Elrond, Eonwe, Eowyn, Fangorn, Varda (presiding)
    Web: 
        New art: model and competitions by DeepGroover-(T). See Baerkrom.
    Gaming:
        General gaming report by Eonwe et aliud.
        Communities in WoW, one is up for Valarites.
    Tolkien:
        Topic: In the Hobbit book, what pushed Bilbo into letting the dwarves know about the Ring?
    After-meeting:
        Flashgaming Reviews by Ar-Pharazon
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July 29, 2018 Sunday

Sunday Meeting: 5pm Eastern Daylight SavingsTime (GMT-5) (UTC-5) (LotRO /servertime 5:00 p.m.)
    The meeting is in the Discord Valar Guild channel under text channel "meeting_place".
    Discord may be downloaded at https://discordapp.com/; click Download at the top of the page.

Meeting Transcript
    Attending (and spoke): (6)
        Discord: Anarion, Arien, Ar-Pharazon, Elrond, Eonwe, Varda (presiding)
        LotRO: Gorlim, Varda
    Web:
        Tolkien Site / Articles
            Updated "Kings and Lords of the Lands of Men", and "Kings of Arthedain".
            New articles: "Amlaith", "Beleg, King of Arthedain", "Mallor"
    Gaming:
        General gaming report
    Tolkien:
        Topic: Elanor and the Red Book(s?)
    After-meeting:
        Flashgaming Reviews by Ar-Pharazon
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July 22, 2018 Sunday

Sunday Meeting: 5pm Eastern Daylight SavingsTime (GMT-5) (UTC-5) (LotRO /servertime 5:00 p.m.)
    The meeting is in the Discord Valar Guild channel under text channel "meeting_place".
    Discord may be downloaded at https://discordapp.com/; click Download at the top of the page.

Meeting Transcript
    Attending (and spoke): (7)
        Discord: Arien, Ar-Pharazon, Celebrian, Elrond, Ioreth, Varda (presiding)
        LotRO: Gorlim, Orome, Varda
    Web: 
        Change to the HTML editor now being used to work with the Tolkien Site and community sites that Varda handles for the guild.
        Varda is now trying out the SeaMonkey Composer for the HTML editor. Transcript is now .html instead of .htm
    Gaming:
        General gaming report
    Tolkien:
        Topic: Melian and Thingol's reaction to the coming of the Feanorians.
    After-meeting:
        Flashgaming Reviews by Ar-Pharazon
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July 15, 2018 Sunday

Sunday Meeting: 5pm Eastern Daylight SavingsTime (GMT-5) (UTC-5) (LotRO /servertime 5:00 p.m.)
    The meeting is in the Discord Valar Guild channel under text channel "meeting_place".
    Discord may be downloaded at https://discordapp.com/; click Download at the top of the page.
Meeting Transcript
Attending: (5)
    Discord: Arien, Ar-Pharazon, Lenwe, Pallando, Varda (presiding)
    LotRO: Dis, Orome, Varda
Gaming:
    General gaming report
Tolkien:
    Topic: Tolkien Moment from the Silmarillion, "Tuor and the Fall of Gondolin" near the end. Morgoth complacently believes the forces he has set in motion will wipe out the last elves in Middle-earth, but doesn't realize he is setting up his own destruction.
After-meeting:
    Flashgaming Reviews by Ar-Pharazon
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July 8, 2018 Sunday

Sunday Meeting: 5pm Eastern Daylight SavingsTime (GMT-5) (UTC-5) (LotRO /servertime 5:00 p.m.)
    The meeting is in the Discord Valar Guild channel under text channel "meeting_place".
    Discord may be downloaded at https://discordapp.com/; click Download at the top of the page.
Meeting Transcript
Attending: (5)
    Discord: Arien, Ar-Pharazon, Lenwe, Pallando, Varda (presiding)
Web:  
    Tolkien Site / Art:
        New art this week by Marigold-(V) (see July 4th)
Gaming:
    General gaming report
    LotRO:
       Summer Festival continues through July 16
Tolkien:
    Topic: We know JRRT often showed his preference for trees and such over industry that was destroying the countryside. Was there any sign that he also liked things that were not "primitive"? (Enjoy the tangents.)
After-meeting:
    Flashgaming Reviews by Ar-Pharazon
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July 5, 2018 Thursday

    LotRO Beacon Issue # 67


July 4, 2018 Wednesday

Happy July 4th!
A Lilypad Autumn

    Tolkien Site / Art:
       Cave of Marigold-(V):
          "Ai Lintulinda Lasselanta": "A Lilypad Autumn". New painting acrylic on canvas, put up for July 4th, above.


July 3, 2018 Tuesday

    LotRO:
       Downtime from 8 a.m. until noon. Hotfix notes.
       Also, the Summer Festival runs through July 16. Enjoy!


July 1, 2018 Sunday

Sunday Meeting: 5pm Eastern Daylight SavingsTime (GMT-5) (UTC-5) (LotRO /servertime 5:00 p.m.)
    The meeting is in the Discord Valar Guild channel under text channel "meeting_place".
    Discord may be downloaded at https://discordapp.com/; click Download at the top of the page.
Meeting Transcript
Attending: (4)
    Discord: Arien (presiding), Ar-Pharazon, Lenwe, Marigold
Web:
    Arien's new art section (added June 25)
Gaming:
    General gaming report
Tolkien:
    Topic: Finding things in games that remind us of or actually come from Tolkien's works.
After-meeting:
    Flashgaming Reviews by Ar-Pharazon
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June 28, 2018 Thursday

    LotRO:
       LotRO Beacon issue # 66
          Summer Festival starts this weekend and runs through July 16.


June 25, 2018 Monday

    Tolkien Site / Art:
       Cave of Arien-(Valar): (new)
          Photos of the Brill Mill and the mini-Shire landscape next to it, only knee-high.


June 24, 2018 Sunday

Sunday Meeting: 5pm Eastern Daylight SavingsTime (GMT-5) (UTC-5) (LotRO /servertime 5:00 p.m.)
    The meeting is in the Discord Valar Guild channel under text channel "meeting_place".
    Discord may be downloaded at https://discordapp.com/; click Download at the top of the page.
Meeting Transcript by Varda
Attending: (3)
    Discord: Arien (presiding), Ar-Pharazon, Dis
Membership
Gaming:
    General gaming report
Tolkien:
    Topic: riddles
After-meeting:
    Flashgaming Reviews by Ar-Pharazon
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June 17, 2018 Sunday

Happy Father's Day!

Sunday Meeting: 5pm Eastern Daylight SavingsTime (GMT-5) (UTC-5) (LotRO /servertime 5:00 p.m.)
    The meeting is in the Discord Valar Guild channel under text channel "meeting_place".
    Discord may be downloaded at https://discordapp.com/; click Download at the top of the page.
Meeting Transcript by Varda
Attending: (8)
    Discord: Anarion, Arien, Ar-Pharazon, Gorlim, Pallando, Varda (presiding)
    LotRO: Dis, Orome, Varda
Web:
    Tolkien Site / Art:
       Posted on our art site today:
          From the Bohemian Weasel-(T):
             "The Elvenking in Winter". Posted on Thranduil page
             "It is Precious to Me". Posted on Isildur page
        Posted Tuesday
          From the Bohemian Weasel-(T):
             "The Grief Was Still too Near". Legolas
Gaming:
    General gaming report
Tolkien:
    Topic: Arien-(Valar)'s report on the Tolkien exhibit at Oxford.
After-meeting:
    Flashgaming Reviews by Ar-Pharazon

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June 13, 2018 Wednesday

    LotRO gaming:
       Update 22.2.2 hotfix comes out and here are the release notes. Downtime expected is 8 a.m. to noon Eastern. (Update 22.2 was June 7.)


June 12, 2018 Tuesday

    Tolkien Site / Art:
       Cave of the Bohemian Weasel-(T):
          Under "Legolas": "The Grief Was Still too Near". The full image of the sketch is now up.

    LotRO gaming:
       Maintenance server restarts now occur every Tuesday.


June 10, 2018 Sunday

Sunday Meeting: 5pm Eastern Daylight SavingsTime (GMT-5) (UTC-5) (LotRO /servertime 5:00 p.m.)
    The meeting is in the Discord Valar Guild channel under text channel "meeting_place".
    Discord may be downloaded at https://discordapp.com/; click Download at the top of the page.
Meeting Transcript by Varda
Attending: (3)
    Discord: Arien (presiding), Ar-Pharazon, Varda (After-meeting)
Membership
Web
Gaming:
    General gaming report
Tolkien:
    Topic: How real life landscape and other real life affected JRRT's work.
After-meeting:
    Flashgaming Reviews by Ar-Pharazon
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June 7, 2018 Thursday

    LotRO gaming:
       Anniversary encore is going from now through June 17.
       LotRO Beacon Issue # 63 is out.
       Release notes for Update 22.2.



June 3, 2018 Sunday

Sunday Meeting: 5pm Eastern Daylight SavingsTime (GMT-5) (UTC-5) (LotRO /servertime 5:00 p.m.)
    The meeting is in the Discord Valar Guild channel under text channel "meeting_place".
    Discord may be downloaded at https://discordapp.com/; click Download at the top of the page.
Meeting Transcript by Varda
Attending: (7)
    Discord: Arien, Ar-Pharazon, Eonwe, Gorlim (After-meeting), Pallando (After-meeting), Varda (presiding)
    LotRO: Orome, Varda
Web:
    Tolkien Site: Art:
       Bohemian Weasel-(T): book-style (not movie) sketch for Legolas in Lorien listening to the lament for Gandalf.
Gaming:
    General gaming report by Eonwe.
    LotRO:
       News from the Launcher:
          "The LOTRO Game Servers will be brought down on Monday, June 4th from 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM Eastern (-4 GMT)
            to launch Update 22.2. Click here for the Release Notes.!"
             Changes to our classes and legacies are listed, so it's a good idea to look these over to help us adapt more quickly.
Tolkien:
    Topic: How Tolkien's characters did at adapting to change.
    Announcements and links by Arien:
       Tolkien Exhibition in Oxford
       Tolkien language speaker
After-meeting:
    Flash-gaming Reviews by Ar-Pharazon.
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May 31, 2018 Thursday

    LotRO Beacon issue # 62 is out. News below:

May 27, 2018

Sunday Meeting: 5pm Eastern Daylight SavingsTime (GMT-5) (UTC-5) (LotRO /servertime 5:00 p.m.)
    The meeting is in the Discord Valar Guild channel under text channel "meeting_place".
    Discord may be downloaded at https://discordapp.com/; click Download at the top of the page.
Meeting Transcript by Varda
Attending: (2)
    Discord: Arien (presiding), Ar-Pharazon. Varda (After-meeting)
Gaming:
    General gaming report
Tolkien:
    Topic: Trivia questions.
       1. When Aragorn and the four Hobbits left Bree, they met with a particular problem before they could start their trek. What problem was that and how was it solved?
       2. Name the four villages in Bree-land.
       3. The walk to Rivendell brought a couple of surprises  to Aragorn and even to Frodo. The biggest and first surprise was which and on what occasion? About Sam.
       4. Who did Aragorn and the hobbits expect to find at Weathertop, and what did they find in the person's stead?
After-meeting:
    Flashgaming Reviews by Ar-Pharazon



May 24, 2018
Thursday

    LotRO:
       News from the Launcher:
          "We will be conducting weekly world restarts every Tuesday starting at 7:00 AM Eastern time. In most cases, the downtime should last for an hour or less."


May 20, 2018 Sunday

Sunday Meeting: 5pm Eastern Daylight SavingsTime (GMT-5) (UTC-5) (LotRO /servertime 5:00 p.m.)
    The meeting is in the Discord Valar Guild channel under text channel "meeting_place".
    Discord may be downloaded at https://discordapp.com/; click Download at the top of the page.
Meeting Transcript by Varda
Attending: (4)
    Discord: Arien, Ar-Pharazon, Eonwe, Varda (presiding)
    LotRO: Varda
Gaming:
    General gaming report
Tolkien:
    Topic: What Avengers character does each Fellowship member correspond to? We had to give defining characteristics of the Fellowship member and come up with a match or close. Frodo, Sam, Pippin, Merry, Aragorn, Gandalf, Boromir and Boromir, Gimli, Legolas
After-meeting:
    Flashgaming Reviews by Ar-Pharazon
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May 17, 2018 Thursday

    LotRO Beacon Issue # 60


May 16, 2018 Wednesday

    LotRO:
       Producer's letter, from Sev aka Rob Ciccolini, includes these points that are summarized below:
            Plans for the future, including adding more to the Northern Mirkwood expansion.
            The team is working on classes, festivals, and feedback suggestions.
            Update 23 will be dwarvish with the Lonely Mountain, Iron Hills, and Grey Mountains. It will come with an instance cluster, while the raid, as usual will be added in later. Level cap will go up to 120.
             Morgul Vale with Shelob will be shifted to 2019 to allow an expanded vision of its content.
             This summer will bring something new: Seasonal Instances.
             More is being planned but not to be revealed yet.


May 13, 2018 Sunday

Happy Mother's Day!

Sam and Rosie

Elanor, Sam, Rosie, Frodo
Photo source: Red Carpet Tours
Sunday Meeting: 5pm Eastern Daylight SavingsTime (GMT-5) (UTC-5) (LotRO /servertime 5:00 p.m.)
    The meeting is in the Discord Valar Guild channel under text channel "meeting_place".
    Discord may be downloaded at https://discordapp.com/; click Download at the top of the page.
Meeting Transcript by Varda
Attending: (7)
    Discord: Arien, Ar-Pharazon, Celebrian, Elrond, Eonwe, Ioreth, Varda (presiding)
    LotRO: Dis, Orome, Varda
Membership:
    See also Before-meeting.
Web:
    Mother's Day picture on the News and the story behind it.
Gaming:
    General gaming report by Eonwe.
Conventions:
       Blizzcon
       Eurovision
       Comicpalooza 2018
Tolkien:
    Topic: Bravery. It comes in many forms and JRRT gives us plenty of them.
    Tangent: Recklessness. Where is the line between bravery and recklessness?
After-meeting:
    Flashgaming Reviews by Ar-Pharazon


May 10, 2018 Thursday

    LotRO Beacon Issue #59 is out.
        Upcoming Festivals: Anniversary Encore June 7th through June 18th & Summer Festival June 28th through July 17th.


May 6, 2018 Sunday

Sunday Meeting: 5pm Eastern Daylight SavingsTime (GMT-5) (UTC-5) (LotRO /servertime 5:00 p.m.)
    The meeting is in the Discord Valar Guild channel under text channel "meeting_place".
    Discord may be downloaded at https://discordapp.com/; click Download at the top of the page.
Meeting Transcript by Varda
Attending: (8)
    Discord: Aranuir, Arien, Ar-Pharazon, Celebrian, Dis, Elrond, Pallando, Varda (presiding)
    LotRO: Dis, Orome, Varda
Gaming:
    General gaming report
Tolkien:
    Topic: the Powers and the Fall of Gondolin
After-meeting:
    Flashgaming Reviews by Ar-Pharazon
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April 29, 2018 Sunday

Sunday Meeting: 5pm Eastern Daylight SavingsTime (GMT-5) (UTC-5) (LotRO /servertime 5:00 p.m.)
    The meeting is in the Discord Valar Guild channel under text channel "meeting_place".
    Discord may be downloaded at https://discordapp.com/; click Download at the top of the page.
Meeting Transcript by Varda
Attending: (7)
    Discord: Arien, Ar-Pharazon, Celebrian, Elrond, Eonwe, Pallando, Varda (presiding)
    LotRO: Varda, Eonwe
    Eve: Arien, Celebrian, Elrond, Pallando, Sauron
Gaming:
    General gaming report by Eonwe. Additions by Arien, Ar-Pharazon, Pallando, Varda
Tolkien:
    Game using Tolkien words.
After-meeting:
    Game of Tolkien words continues even while doing online gaming in WoW, Eve, and LotRO.
    Flashgaming Reviews by Ar-Pharazon
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April 22, 2018 Sunday

Sunday Meeting: 5pm Eastern Daylight SavingsTime (GMT-5) (UTC-5) (LotRO /servertime 5:00 p.m.)
    The meeting is in the Discord Valar Guild channel under text channel "meeting_place".
    Discord may be downloaded at https://discordapp.com/; click Download at the top of the page.
Meeting Transcript by Varda
Attending: (3)
    Discord: Arien (presiding), Ar-Pharazon, Eonwe
Membership:
Gaming:
    General gaming report by Eonwe
Tolkien:
    Tolkien Moment: At the Gate of Moria
After-meeting:
    Flashgaming Reviews by Ar-Pharazon

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April 14, 2018 Sunday

Sunday Meeting: 5pm Eastern Daylight SavingsTime (GMT-5) (UTC-5) (LotRO /servertime 5:00 p.m.)
    The meeting is in the Discord Valar Guild channel under text channel "meeting_place".
    Discord may be downloaded at https://discordapp.com/; click Download at the top of the page.
    LotRO gamers can usually reach Varda for Discord assistance usually before and in the early part of the meeting. Email works too
Meeting Transcript by Varda
Attending: (7)
    Discord: Aranuir, Arien, Ar-Pharazon, Celebrian, Lenwe, Varda (presiding)
    LotRO: Aranuir, Bregalad, Orome, Varda
Web:
    New art: red dragon model by Doc Mortrand-(T)
Gaming:
    General gaming report
Tolkien:
    Topic: New book coming out: The Fall of Gondolin
    Topic: The fantastic beasts of Tolkien.
After-meeting:
    Flashgaming Reviews by Ar-Pharazon


April 12, 2018 Thursday
    LotRO: extra experience weekend gets that Thursday reset start.


April 10, 2018 Tuesday

    Tolkien Site / Art:
       New page: Doc Mortand-(T)'s model painting of a red dragon.

    Gaming / LotRO:
       8 a.m. to noon downtime for Update 22.1, and here are the release notes. Here's a few of them below:
          11th Anniversary fun starts at the Party Tree in the Shire, and an additional tier is available in the anniversary event.
          For those with LotRO for 11 years, log in during the event for a giftbox, title, and new emote. Gift box delivery begins Thursday April 19 at 10:00 a.m. Eastern running through March 31st of 2019.
          Fiddles now have lower notes, new basic fiddle with lower notes to replace the student fiddle at the Bard's. The Bardic Fiddle is a reward from the anniversary event.
          Gorgoroth lootboxes have improved rewards.
          Various fixes including a fine tune of the chat filter.


April 9, 2018 Monday

    Varda's main computer is officially kaput, at a bit over 9 years old. The new laptop has been ordered and should be available in a couple of weeks. Meanwhile, this handy old desktop is keeping updates updated and games somewhat gameable, yay!

    In case you missed it in the meeting notes, new artwork! Dragon models from Rob Roy's Girl-(T).


April 8, 2018 Sunday

Sunday Meeting: 5pm Eastern Daylight SavingsTime (GMT-5) (UTC-5) (LotRO /servertime 5:00 p.m.)
    The meeting is in the Discord Valar Guild channel under text channel "meeting_place".
    Discord may be downloaded at https://discordapp.com/; click Download at the top of the page.
    LotRO gamers can usually reach Varda for Discord assistance usually before and in the early part of the meeting. Email works too

Why yes, we do have meetings, every Sunday even, on Discord. Come make your requests and cheers known, join in the Tolkien chat, tell us about cool games.
Meeting Transcript by Varda
Attending: (6)
    Discord: Aranuir, Arien (presiding over Tolkien second half, Ar-Pharazon, Celebrian, Eonwe (presiding over Tolkien first half), Varda (presiding for business)
Web:
    Tolkien Site / Art:
   
    New page: dragon models by Rob Roy's Girl-(T)
Gaming:
    General gaming report by Eonwe
Tolkien:
    Topic: The Silmarillion seen as Aragorn's genealogy.
After-meeting:
    Tolkien chat continues a little.
    Flashgaming Reviews by Ar-Pharazon

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April 1, 2018 Sunday

Time has been abolished. O, maybe not.

Happy Easter!

Sunday Meeting: 5pm Eastern Daylight SavingsTime (GMT-5) (UTC-5) (LotRO /servertime 5:00 p.m.)
    The meeting is in the Discord Valar Guild channel under text channel "meeting_place".
    Discord may be downloaded at https://discordapp.com/; click Download at the top of the page.
    LotRO gamers can usually reach Varda for Discord assistance usually before and in the early part of the meeting. Email works too

Meeting Transcript by Varda.
Attending: (6)
    Discord: Arien, Ar-Pharazon, Celebrian, Dis (After-meeting), Gorlim (After-meeting), Varda (presiding)
    LotRO: Aranuir, Dis, Orome, and Varda
Membership:
    Dis's news, during After-meeting.
Gaming:
    General gaming report
Tolkien:
    Topic: Tolkien chat and Moment.
        Tolkien Moment: The Dead that Live
After-meeting:
    Tolkien chat continued.
    Flashgaming Reviews by Ar-Pharazon
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March 30, 2018 Friday

    May your Passover be safe.


March 29, 2018 Thursday

    Quote from Sauron-(Valar): "Muhahahahahaha!"


March 25, 2018 Sunday

Sunday Meeting: 5pm Eastern Daylight SavingsTime (GMT-5) (UTC-5) (LotRO /servertime 5:00 p.m.)
    The meeting is in the Discord Valar Guild channel under text channel "meeting_place".
    Discord may be downloaded at https://discordapp.com/; click Download at the top of the page.
    LotRO gamers can usually reach Varda for Discord assistance usually before and in the early part of the meeting. Email works too

Meeting Transcript by Varda
Attending: (6)
    Discord: Arien, Ar-Pharazon, Celebrian, Varda (presiding)
    LotRO: Aranuir, Celebrian, Dis, and Varda
Gaming:
    General gaming report
    Question: What branches do we currently have in our various games?
Tolkien:
    Mention: RP forum story
    Topic: Tolkien Reading Day
    Explanation: What is a "Tolkien Moment" when referred to in the Valar Guild?
    Topic: What is something distinctly hobbitish? This is peppered all through the next part.
    Topic: Hobbity Tolkien Moments, with links to them, more comments on hobbit characteristics in between, listed below:
       Poem "I sit beside the fire and think...
       Unusual living area. Fellowship Ch. 1
       Courage: Fellowship "Fog on the Barrow-downs"
       Smarts: Fellowship "A Knife in the Dark"
    Topic from Aranuir-(V). Discussion unrelated to hobbits, but also includes quotes: Gandalf and the Balrog of Moria.
After-meeting:
    Flashgaming Reviews by Ar-Pharazon


March 18, 2018 Sunday

Sunday Meeting: 5pm Eastern Daylight SavingsTime (GMT-5) (UTC-5) (LotRO /servertime 5:00 p.m.)
    The meeting is in the Discord Valar Guild channel under text channel "meeting_place".
    Discord may be downloaded at https://discordapp.com/; click Download at the top of the page.
    LotRO gamers can usually reach Varda for Discord assistance usually before and in the early part of the meeting. Email works too


Meeting Transcript by Varda
Attending: (7)
    Discord: Aranuir, Arien, Ar-Pharazon, Eonwe, Pallando (After-meeting), Varda (presiding)
    LotRO: Aranuir, Orome, Varda
Gaming:
    General gaming report by Eonwe
Tolkien:
    Topic: Gandalf and Sauron's proxy fight.
    Tangent: Hobbits and the One Ring.
After-meeting:
    Tolkien discussion continued.
    Flashgaming Reviews by Ar-Pharazon


March 11, 2018 Sunday
Links below have been repaired.

Sunday Meeting: 5pm Eastern Daylight SavingsTime (GMT-5) (UTC-5) (LotRO /servertime 5:00 p.m.)
    The meeting is in the Discord Valar Guild channel under text channel "meeting_place".
    Discord may be downloaded at https://discordapp.com/; click Download at the top of the page.
    LotRO gamers can usually reach Varda for Discord assistance usually before and in the early part of the meeting. Email works too.

    Daylight Savings Time hit our Valar time of Eastern today, so the meeting will seem one hour earlier.
Meeting Transcript by Varda
Attending: (7)
    Discord: Anarion, Aranuir, Arien, Ar-Pharazon, Eonwe (After-meeting), Pallando, Varda (presiding)
Membership:
    Finrod
    Arien (during After-meeting)
Gaming:
    General gaming report
Tolkien:
    Topic: Tolkien Moment: Bard vs Smaug
After-meeting:
    Flashgaming Reviews by Ar-Pharazon


March 4, 2018 Sunday

Sunday Meeting: 5pm Eastern Time (GMT-5) (UTC-5) (LotRO /servertime 5:00 p.m.)
    The meeting is in the Discord Valar Guild channel under text channel "meeting_place".
    Discord may be downloaded at https://discordapp.com/; click Download at the top of the page.
    LotRO gamers can usually reach Varda for Discord assistance usually before and in the early part of the meeting. Email works too.

Meeting Transcript by Varda
Attending: (6)
    Discord: Aranuir, Arien, Ar-Pharaz˘n, Fladrif, Pallando, Varda (presiding)
    LotRO: Aranuir, OromŰ, and Varda
Gaming:
    General gaming report
Tolkien:
    Topic: What are the main plot-changing points, as in changing the plan, for the good or evil side, in the LotR? See how many we can think of.
After-meeting:
    Flashgaming Reviews by Ar-Pharaz˘n
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Feb. 26, 2018 Monday

    Membership 2018 page updated today.
        Please check to make sure your info is correct, or let Varda know if something should be removed or added.
        Members tagged as inactive need to contact Varda (or say something in the forum) to be marked active to protect your name from potentially being given to a new recruit. Just still wanting to be associated with the gang is good enough. More than one person with the same name at the same time is very confusing and we'd rather not have it happen again. We had three, count 'em, three Beorns show up at once a few years back. /facepalm. If you come back after the name has been given away, don't worry, just have to get a new name by working with a Vala or Maia who should then report what happened to Varda.


Feb. 25, 2018 Sunday

Sunday Meeting: 5pm Eastern Time (GMT-5) (UTC-5) (LotRO /servertime 5:00 p.m.)
    The meeting is in the Discord Valar Guild channel under text channel "meeting_place".
    Discord may be downloaded at https://discordapp.com/; click Download at the top of the page.
    LotRO gamers can usually reach Varda for Discord assistance usually before and in the early part of the meeting. Email works too.
Meeting Transcript by Varda
Attending: (6)
    Discord: Anarion, Aranuir, Arien, Ar-Pharazon, Pallando, Varda (presiding)
Gaming:
    General gaming report
Tolkien:
    Topic: For each of us in alphabetical order: what was one contribution your character made in the storyline?
        Aranuir, Arien, Ar-Pharazon, Varda, and Pallando. How did Anarion escape this?
After-meeting:
    Flashgaming Reviews by Ar-Pharazon


Feb. 22, 2018 Thursday

    LotRO Beacon Issue #48


Feb. 18, 2018 Sunday

Sunday Meeting: 5pm Eastern Time (GMT-5) (UTC-5) (LotRO /servertime 5:00 p.m.)
    The meeting is in the Discord Valar Guild channel under text channel "meeting_place".
    AIM discontinued services on December 15. Discord may be downloaded at https://discordapp.com/; click Download at the top of the page.
    LotRO gamers can usually reach Varda for Discord assistance usually before and in the early part of the meeting. Email works too.
Meeting Transcript by Varda
Attending (2):
    Discord: Arien (presiding), Ar-Pharazon
Gaming:
    General gaming report
Tolkien:
    Tolkien Alphabet game played.
After-meeting:
    Flash-gaming Reviews by Ar-Pharazon


Feb. 11, 2018 Sunday

Sunday Meeting: 5pm Eastern Time (GMT-5) (UTC-5) (LotRO /servertime 5:00 p.m.)
    The meeting is in the Discord Valar Guild channel under text channel "meeting_place".
    AIM discontinued services on December 15. Discord may be downloaded at https://discordapp.com/; click Download at the top of the page.
    LotRO gamers can usually reach Varda for Discord assistance usually before and in the early part of the meeting. Email works too.

Meeting Transcript by Varda
Attending: (6)
    Discord: Aranuir, Arien, Ar-Pharazon, Eonwe, Pallando, and Varda
    LotRO: Aranuir, Varda
Membership:
Web:
       Technical difficulties, due to Varda's computer problems, in making updates to the News and Tolkien Site are not completely resolved yet, but this workaround is working.
Gaming:
    General gaming report by Eonwe
Tolkien:
    Topic 1: Trying to be secretive, emphasis on the Fellowship.
    Topic 2 (during After-meeting): Did Bill the Pony make it back to the Shire eventually?
After-meeting:
    Flashgaming Reviews by Ar-Pharazon


Feb. 4, 2018 Sunday

Sunday Meeting: 5pm Eastern Time (GMT-5) (UTC-5) (LotRO /servertime 5:00 p.m.)
    The meeting is in the Discord Valar Guild channel under text channel "meeting_place".
    AIM discontinued services on December 15. Discord may be downloaded at https://discordapp.com/; click Download at the top of the page.
    LotRO gamers can usually reach Varda for Discord assistance usually before and in the early part of the meeting. Email works too.

Meeting Transcript by Varda
Attending: (5)
    Discord: Arien, Ar-Pharazon, Lenwe, Pallando (After-meeting), and Varda (presiding)
    LotRO: Varda
Membership:
    Arien back to work after vacation.
    Erkenbrand back to college.
Web:
    Varda's main computer is in the shop.
Gaming:
    General gaming report
Tolkien:
    Topic 1:  Which two towers might have been the Two Towers of the title of the second book of the Lord of the Rings?
    Tangent:  What did the two halves of the Two Towers books have in common?
    Topic 2: Hobbits: what were they like, that the Wise and the Enemy (and Saruman was both!) overlooked them, but they became central to the destruction of Sauron?
After-meeting:
    A little more Tolkien talk, Tolkienesque links.
    Flashgaming Reviews by Ar-Pharazon
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Jan. 31, 2018 Wednesday

    LotRO gaming Update 21.3.3::
       The LOTRO Game Servers will be brought down on Wednesday, January 31st from 6:00 AM - 2:00 PM Eastern (-5 GMT) for maintenance and an update to the game. Click here to read about changes.


Jan. 28, 2018 Sunday

Sunday Meeting: 5pm Eastern Time (GMT-5) (UTC-5) (LotRO /servertime 5:00 p.m.)
    The meeting is in the Discord Valar Guild channel under text channel "meeting_place".
    AIM discontinued services on December 15. Discord may be downloaded at https://discordapp.com/; click Download at the top of the page.
    For LotRO gamers, you can reach Varda for Discord assistance usually before and in the early part of the meeting. Email works too.
Meeting Transcript by Varda
Attending: (4)
    Discord: Arien, Ar-Pharazon, Varda
    LotRO: Aranuir, Varda
Gaming:
    General gaming report
Tolkien:
    Topic (from Aranuir-V): Why didn't Gandalf and Elrond hand over the One Ring to Tom Bombadil?
After-meeting:
    Flashgaming Reviews by Ar-Pharazon


Jan. 21, 2018 Sunday

Sunday Meeting: 5pm Eastern Time (GMT-5) (UTC-5) (LotRO /servertime 5:00 p.m.)
    The meeting is in the Discord Valar Guild channel under text channel "meeting_place".
    AIM discontinued services on December 15. Discord may be downloaded at https://discordapp.com/; click Download at the top of the page.
    For LotRO gamers, you can reach Varda for Discord assistance usually before and in the early part of the meeting. Email works too.

Meeting Transcript by Varda
Attending: (4)
    Discord: Arien (presiding first half), Ar-Pharazon, Pallando, Varda (presiding last half)
Web:
    Tolkien Site:
        Dwarves
Gaming:
    General gaming report
Tolkien:
    Topic 1: Dwarves: diacritical marks.
    Topic 2: Dwarf crafting.
After-meeting:
    Flashgaming Reviews by Ar-Pharazon and Pallando


Jan. 18, 2018 Thursday

    LotRO Beacon issue # 43.


Jan. 14, 2018 Sunday

Sunday Meeting: 5pm Eastern Time (GMT-5) (UTC-5) (LotRO /servertime 5:00 p.m.)
    The meeting is in the Discord Valar Guild channel under text channel "meeting_place".
    AIM discontinued services on December 15. Discord may be downloaded at https://discordapp.com/; click Download at the top of the page.
    For LotRO gamers, you can reach Varda for Discord assistance usually before and in the early part of the meeting. Email works too.
Meeting Transcript by Varda
Attending: (4)
    Discord: Arien (presiding from partway into Tolkien), Ar-Pharazon, Gorlim, Varda (presiding until partway into Tolkien)
    LotRO:  Arien, Varda.
Web:
    Tolkien Site:
       Dwarven Kings. New page to aid the timeline and navigation, part of the Kings project. Far from complete.
Gaming:
    General gaming news.
Tolkien:
    Topic: Durin VI
    Topic: Later cosmology (from Morgoth's Ring) that didn't make it into the tale as it couldn't mesh, but interesting with more names for us to play with.
After-meeting:
    Flashgaming Reviews from Ar-Pharazon.


Jan. 11, 2018 Thursday

    LotRO Beacon Issue #42


Jan. 7, 2018 Sunday

Sunday Meeting: 5pm Eastern Time (GMT-5) (UTC-5) (LotRO /servertime 5:00 p.m.)
    The meeting is in the Discord Valar Guild channel under text channel "meeting_place".
    AIM discontinued services on December 15. Discord may be downloaded at https://discordapp.com/; click Download at the top of the page.
    For LotRO gamers, you can reach Varda for Discord assistance usually before and in the early part of the meeting. Email works too.

Meeting Transcript by Varda
Attending: (5)
    Discord: Arien, Ar-Pharazon, Elladan (After-meeting), Gorlim, Lenwe, Varda (presiding)
    LotRO:  Arien, Aranuir, Gorlim, Varda.
Web:
    Tolkien Site:  
    Timeline work
Gaming:
    General gaming report
Tolkien:
    Topic: Recap of the Battles of Beleriand
After-meeting:
    Flashgaming Reviews by Ar-Pharazon


Jan. 4, 2018 Thursday

    LotRO Beacon Issue #41 is out.
    Hobnangians is here.


Jan. 3, 2018 Wednesday

    Today we celebrate J.R.R. Tolkien's birthday!
At 9pm EST (Valar time and /servertime on LotRO), we raise a toast /drink and say "To the Professor!"
    In LotRO, to make it extra special, we can do this at the Bird and Baby Inn in Michel Delving, in the Shire. This is near the milestone.
    The toast can be done in your own fashion on any game that you play and/or in real life. Have fun!
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