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About the Valar Guild:

What is the Valar Guild?
    The Valar Guild came into existence October 4, 1997. It was the vision of Eru-(Valar), set into motion by Manwe-(Valar), and continued with much expansion by the Council of Mahanaxar. It was originally intended as a haven for Diablo 1 players, then expanded to other areas.  The vision is to provide a place for literate, polite people who have read at least the Lord of the Rings and want to actually play a game. Courtesy is also to be given to the "enemy".
    We still have quite a few of the original members and have not yet missed holding a Sunday meeting.
    Our website includes Gaming and Tolkien. "Tolkien" includes all of JRRT's and Christopher's works including Lord of the Rings, which inspire our articles, stories, poetry, humor, art, languages, and book reviews.

Who is in the Valar Guild?
    We have two types of membership. We also have associates rather like Elf-friends.

    Valar Guild Full Members are Tolkien fans who have read at least Lord of the Rings and play online games in an honorable and courteous manner.
    Members may play any online game. This includes Diablo 1, Diablo II, Diablo II: Lord of Destruction, StarCraft/ BroodWar, The WarCraft series through WarCraft III/Frozen Throne.
It also includes the Massively Multiplaying Online Role-playing Games such as Dark Age of Camelot, EverQuest, World of WarCraft, and our current main: Lord of the Rings Online. We try to list members current games on the Games page and use versions of our guild names so we can find each other on any online game anywhere, whether or not we have a branch recognized by that game.
    World of WarCraft has two full branches in the Americas: Lothar server using Alliance, and Uldaman server using Horde. Europe has an official branch on Argent Dawn server.
    In Lord of the Rings Online, we play on the Landroval server.
    We use our Tolkien-named characters in legit, cooperative play style. (We no longer require characters to be named with our guild name, as it's too difficult in MMORPs, but we still call each other in chat by the guild name.) Yes, almost any online game has some of us in it, not just those listed.
    Gaming membership in other guilds, clans, kinships etc, is acceptable, as long as they are not used for traitorous activity or other harm against the Valar Guild.
    Each Full Member owns his own Tolkien character name, including all versions of the primary name, to interact with the others in ready-made relationships, yet in a friendly manner even if one is an Elf and the other an Orc. The name helps in recognition for gaming, writing, art, the Forum, and Sunday AIM meetings. Maiar and Valar honor names have to be earned after earning Full Membership.

    Guild-friends are non-member gamers of the same philosophy who have not yet passed the minimum requirement of reading Lord of the Rings, but who enjoy playing with us anyway.

    Tolkien-only Members work on our Tolkien site, without gaming. They may also use the Forum and come to live meetings.

    Some Tolkien-friends add to the site, but don't officially join.
    Some Tolkien-friends enjoy Tolkien and chatting, but do not help with the site or join.
    Tolkien-friends are sometimes referred to as guild-friends also.
    Your general contact for anything concerning the Valar Guild or Tolkien is Varda. Member contact information is on the Members page.
    Varda: NOSPAMvarda.elentari(AT)