Valar Guild

April 23, 2017 Sunday Meeting

5pm EST (UTC/GMT - 5)
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Transcript work by
Ar-Pharazon and Varda.

Attending (and at least said something making them visible): (6)
    Arien-(Valar)/Arien V/AriehnV, ArPharazonV, Elladan/Scot92027,  Eonwe Valar, Gilraen-(V)/Iryenth, Varda Valar/vardavalar1 (presiding)

Meeting begins
    Timeline 4th Age updated.
    General gaming report by Eonwe and others.
    Topic: Main events of the Fellowship of the Ring and of the Two Towers. Started RotK but time ran out, so that's next week's topic.
    Flashgaming Reviews by Ar-Pharazon
    Personal gaming by Ar-Pharazon


Chat History for Valar Guild Meetingplace. Timestamps for Ar-Pharazon.

Eonwe Valar (22:53:13):    Heya all.
Ar-Pharazon-V (22:53:17):    Aiya!
VardaValar1 (22:53:24):    Aiya Eonwe :)
VardaValar1 (22:53:36):    Yikes, really close to time
VardaValar1 (22:54:02):    Having interesting lag.
(23:00:21) vardavalar1 added scott92027 to this group chat.

VardaValar1 (23:02:36):    Elen sila lumenn' omentielvo!
VardaValar1 (23:02:42):    Membership:
Ar-Pharazon-V (23:03:00):    Arien poked.
VardaValar1 (23:03:04):    We have our water pipes working again, very happy.
VardaValar1 (23:03:09):    Thanks :)
VardaValar1 (23:03:18):    Any other membership news?
Ar-Pharazon-V (23:03:39):    Apparently she can't connect to aim. Any thoughts?
VardaValar1 (23:03:51):    Is she in the new version?
Ar-Pharazon-V (23:04:05):    that's what I'm asking but I'm pretty sure she was here last week?
VardaValar1 (23:04:19):    She shows on the list, but with a gray dot instead of green, for me.
Ar-Pharazon-V (23:04:34):    Yep, she's trying 7.5. I pointed her to 8.
VardaValar1 (23:05:10):    Seems as if to invite, we Add to the Room
(23:05:33) vardavalar1 added iryenth to this group chat.
VardaValar1 (23:05:42):    Aiya
Iryenth . (23:05:50):    Aiya
Ar-Pharazon-V (23:05:53):    Aiya!
Arien V (23:06:16):    aiya :)
VardaValar1 (23:06:24):    Glad you could both make it in!
Ar-Pharazon-V (23:06:28):    Aiya!
Arien V (23:06:33):    yeah just got 8
VardaValar1 (23:06:43):    Seems to havce worked. :)
Ar-Pharazon-V (23:06:43):    Weren't you here last week with 8?
Arien V (23:07:27):    either last week or the week before then i went back to 7.5. as everyone else seemed to have that ^
Arien V (23:07:40):    but never mind
Ar-Pharazon-V (23:07:50):    I know 7.5 didn't work anymore in the last meeting, because I was forced to make an 8 transcript.
Arien V (23:08:27):    oh well somehow i got the old version
Arien V (23:08:37):    but now its the new one again
Ar-Pharazon-V (23:08:59):    Welcome back :)
Arien V (23:09:12):    Hantal ^^
VardaValar1 (23:10:14):    I had to get rid of an old icon that went to the old AIM. Then I'd hit the right one. ;)
VardaValar1 (23:13:42):    Anything else under Membership?
Eonwe Valar (23:13:58):    Nein.
VardaValar1 (23:14:08):    We have an Eonwe. :)
Arien V (23:14:14):    i am here ^^
VardaValar1 (23:14:17):    (better than a Hulk?)
Eonwe Valar (23:14:17):    hehe

VardaValar1 (23:14:21):    Web:
VardaValar1 (23:14:31):    Tolkien Site / Timeline
VardaValar1 (23:15:00):    The Fourth Age has been added to, more or less bare bones, but a good start.
VardaValar1 (23:15:14):
VardaValar1 (23:15:32):    Working on the Timeline really points out where we could use more articles.
VardaValar1 (23:15:56):    Part of the idea of completing the Timeline was a way to access articles in another way, chronologically.
VardaValar1 (23:16:11):    So it will be a while yet. ;)
VardaValar1 (23:16:28):    The Third Age is gigantic, far from complete, and may take several tables.
Ar-Pharazon-V (23:16:42):    Especially the later years I assume.
VardaValar1 (23:17:24):    If you hae an area of interest, try the index that has it and check where we have listed items with no link There are quite a few scattered all over.
VardaValar1 (23:17:42):    We can use help on articles for sure.
VardaValar1 (23:17:55):    Any other comments on Web news?

VardaValar1 (23:18:23):    Gaming:
VardaValar1 (23:18:54):    Eonwe, can you do the general Gaming report? You have a time problem.
Eonwe Valar (23:19:07):    Sure.
VardaValar1 (23:19:14):    Fire when ready. :)

Eonwe Valar (23:19:40):    Lord of the Rings Online:
Eonwe Valar (23:20:11):    The 10th Anniversary celebration is going on. (they didn't send me an Anduril, lol :})
VardaValar1 (23:20:18):    We have some guides to help with the Year quests on our News page.
VardaValar1 (23:20:33):    awww, poor Eonwe. :)
Eonwe Valar (23:20:52):    World of Warcraft:
LotRO sneaks in:
VardaValar1 (23:20:55):    You can get a Stone of Erech in-game for your house.
Arien V (23:21:06):    :O
Arien V (23:21:17):    where?
Ar-Pharazon-V (23:21:23):    Does it attract the armies of the dead?
VardaValar1 (23:21:26):    The Year quests
VardaValar1 (23:21:30):    Not yet...
VardaValar1 (23:21:34):    Hope not.
WoW continues:
Eonwe Valar (23:22:21):    Noblegarden is going. It's got a mount, pets, and clothes, and it ends tomorrow. Don't miss it if you want them!
Eonwe Valar (23:22:37):    A new short story is out: "Dark Mirror".
Ar-Pharazon-V (23:22:42):    Including one new pet!
Eonwe Valar (23:22:48):    Check out the latest hotfixes.

Eonwe Valar (23:23:14):    Diablo 3:
Eonwe Valar (23:23:35):    The Necromancer Beta is going. If you want to join in the fun, follow the link to find out how.

Eonwe Valar (23:23:54):    Starcraft 2:
Eonwe Valar (23:24:10):    Check out the new preview: Patch 3.13.0 Preview: Rewind.
Eonwe Valar (23:24:21):    Out this week: a new balance update.
Eonwe Valar (23:24:33):    A new co-op commander is being announced Monday, April 24th.

Eonwe Valar (23:24:51):    Heroes of the Storm:
Eonwe Valar (23:25:11):    They released a new balance update this week.
Eonwe Valar (23:25:29):    Updates to the open beta also occured.
Eonwe Valar (23:25:46):    Most exciting for the game though is the coming of Heroes 2.0 this Tuesday! There's going to be a launch event, so if you're excited about this update, check it out.
Ar-Pharazon-V (23:26:10):    Huzzah loot chests.

Eonwe Valar (23:26:51):    Starcraft: (yes, the original)
Eonwe Valar (23:27:24):    Patch 1.18 is out, and Starcraft is now free! If you've never played it before, now is your chance.  It's not tied to the new though.
Eonwe Valar (23:28:10):    Updates (apparently leading up to the release of Starcraft: Remastered) are being released as well. Check them out on the official Starcraft site. Next one comes Wednesday.

Eonwe Valar (23:28:27):    Overwatch:
Eonwe Valar (23:28:47):    A new event, Overwatch: Uprising is now going until May 1st. Check it out!

Eonwe Valar (23:29:41):    That ends the gaming news I'm privy to.
VardaValar1 (23:29:55):    Thank you, Eonwe. :)
VardaValar1 (23:30:06):    Any other general gaming news?
VardaValar1 (23:30:30):    Fangorn has been playing Starcraft 2, sometimes with Eowyn.
VardaValar1 (23:30:57):    LotRO kinmates seen this past week:
VardaValar1 (23:31:09):   
VardaValar1 (23:31:37):    Eonwe, you noticed some guild mates in WoW?
VardaValar1 (23:33:22):    Nob, Bofur
Eonwe Valar (23:33:25):    Aye. Arien and I crossed paths, and I noticed Bofur and Nob were on during the week, but we didn't cross paths.
VardaValar1 (23:34:00):    I didn't cross paths wilh all our kinmates in LotRO, unfortunately, but it's nice to see they were active. :)
VardaValar1 (23:34:31):    Any other general gaming news, sightings of guild mates?
Ar-Pharazon-V (23:34:50):    Fladrif last online...
Ar-Pharazon-V (23:34:52):    4 hours ago!
VardaValar1 (23:35:03):    Yay
VardaValar1 (23:37:07):    Any other news, gaming or otherwise?
Ar-Pharazon-V (23:37:53):    Installing Starcraft right now with that link!
VardaValar1 (23:38:23):    :)

VardaValar1 (23:38:29):    Tolkien:
VardaValar1 (23:39:20):    A comment was made a while back that we hardly ever seem to cover the Two Towers, which got me to thinking, we could mention the main events of each book. Those might give us more thoughts on new topics for a long time to come.
VardaValar1 (23:39:56):    The start of the Two Towers and Return of the King give synopses of the previous books, a help for us.

VardaValar1 (23:40:12):    What are the main events (in general) of the Fellowship of the Ring?
VardaValar1 (23:40:31):    For instance: Gandalf discovers that Frodo's ring is the One Ring.
Ar-Pharazon-V (23:40:47):    Frodo takes Ring to Rivendell with companions.
Ar-Pharazon-V (23:41:08):    Frodo takes Ring further south with more companions.
Ar-Pharazon-V (23:41:17):    Party splits up, one dies.
Ar-Pharazon-V (23:42:16):    Too broad? :)
VardaValar1 (23:42:41):    Not bad. Hoped for some other folks to chime in too. :)
Arien V (23:42:56):    Frodo leaves for Crickhollow first of all before starting his bigger journey
Arien V (23:43:04):    He meets Aragorn in Bree
Arien V (23:43:21):    They are assaulted on Weathertop and Frodo is wounded
Arien V (23:43:39):    They arrive after several days in Rivendell
Arien V (23:43:45):    The council
Arien V (23:44:01):    The fellowship is chosen and scouts sent out after
Arien V (23:44:11):    they leave in autum
Arien V (23:44:58):    they try to cross Nanduhirion but have to give up and go through the mines of Moria
VardaValar1 (23:45:32):    losing Gandalf along the way. Gollum is following them. Aragorn is revealed to the group as the King.
VardaValar1 (23:45:57):    They go to Lothlorien and recuperate, resupply, and set out again with canoes.
VardaValar1 (23:46:18):    On the Anduin, they realize they are being followed by Gollum still. Orcs and a ringwraith pursue.
VardaValar1 (23:46:30):    (Next)
Ar-Pharazon-V (23:46:32):    I thought Aragorn was already revealed at the Council.
VardaValar1 (23:47:09):    ok
Ar-Pharazon-V (23:47:16):    Might be wrong.
VardaValar1 (23:47:27):    And the actual breaking up is told more in the Two Towers than FotR.
Ar-Pharazon-V (23:47:48):    Was it? Hmm..

VardaValar1 (23:48:31):    Two Towers starts with Aragorn's finding Boromir and hearing his confession.
Arien V (23:48:35):    they stop at Parth Galen .. where Frodo leaves the fellowship and Boromir is slain .. Aragorn and Gimli send his body down the anduin in a boat and follow Mery and Pippin into the next part
Arien V (23:49:05):    oops you are right ^^
Ar-Pharazon-V (23:49:06):    Myes, true, that bit was mostly in TT.
Arien V (23:49:21):    it seems to belong to the fellow ship somehow
VardaValar1 (23:49:33):    FotR ends with everyone scattering, looking for Frodo
VardaValar1 (23:49:50):    Only Sam finds him and they take off in the canoe.
VardaValar1 (23:50:09):    The movie agrees with you, Arien. :)
VardaValar1 (23:50:31):    The book is emphasizing Frodo.
Ar-Pharazon-V (23:51:19):    Ah, yes, that might be the reason there. You can get away with multiple viewpoints of the same events at some distance from each other in books, but not so much in movies.
Ar-Pharazon-V (23:51:31):    (or tv shows, as GoT shows u)
Ar-Pharazon-V (23:51:34):    (us)
VardaValar1 (23:51:59):    In FotR, Boromir does say Frodo put the Ring on, and Aragorn catches on pretty quickly that he had a very good reason.

VardaValar1 (23:52:55):    So, Two Towers:
VardaValar1 (23:53:04):    Merry and Pippin distract the orcs from Frodo. Boromir tries to save them but dies against great numbers. Aragorn, Legolas, and Gimli honor Frodo's desire to leave them and go after Merry and Pippin to do a rescue.
VardaValar1 (23:53:30):    They split the party. :)
VardaValar1 (23:54:38):    The Three Hunters pursue the orcs with Merry and Pippin into Rohan.
Arien V (23:54:39):    good strategy
VardaValar1 (23:54:48):    heh
Ar-Pharazon-V (23:55:00):    and a tabletop rpg nightmare?
VardaValar1 (23:55:06):    The Rohirrim, led by Eomer, are faster on horseback and wipe out the orcs.
VardaValar1 (23:55:23):    But the two hobbits had already escaped into Fangorn Forest.
VardaValar1 (23:55:26):    (Next?)
Ar-Pharazon-V (23:56:00):    Two hobbits meet up with a tree-person, accompany him to a meeting, which ultimately ends up with ents marching to Isengard.
Ar-Pharazon-V (23:56:21):    The other 3 guys meet Gandalf again, go south to Edoras.
Arien V (23:57:01):    Gandalf frees Theoden from Sarumans spell and reveals Wormtoung as Sarumans spy and main agent
Ar-Pharazon-V (23:58:34):    Gandalf goes to collect reinforcements while the main group moves on to Helm's Deep, where they are besieged by orcs.
Arien V (23:59:31):    he finds the Huorns on the border of Isengard unter the stewardship; of the ents and takes themn
VardaValar1 (23:59:32):    Gandalf brings Erkenbrand and his forces. The huorns march in and wipe out what's left of the orcs.
Arien V (23:59:36):    to Helms deep
Ar-Pharazon-V (23:59:53):    Survivors go north to confront Saruman.
Monday, April 24, 2017
VardaValar1 (00:00:18):    The huorns went on their own, using news from Merry and Pippin, didn't they? They wanted to kill orcs in a mass, rather than go to Isengard with the others.
Arien V (00:00:38):    oh did they?
Ar-Pharazon-V (00:00:37):    Ahh, bloodthirsty trees, gotta love em.
VardaValar1 (00:00:47):    Fertilizer.
VardaValar1 (00:00:57):    Some ents went with the huorns.
VardaValar1 (00:01:08):    A lot of ents tackled Isengard.
Arien V (00:01:13):    yeah that's what i thought
VardaValar1 (00:01:49):    This is good practice, going back over the main events.
Ar-Pharazon-V (00:02:06):    Good memory check!
VardaValar1 (00:03:01):    Gandalf and a small party including Fellowship members that were available went to Isengard. Gandalf confronted Saruman who was stuck in his tower with Grima. How did that go?
VardaValar1 (00:05:23):    Hey you guys and gals know this cold. :)
Ar-Pharazon-V (00:06:22):    Let's see... did Gandalf disable Saruman's staff?
Eonwe Valar (00:06:24):    It was revealed Grima was Morgoth in disguise and Saruman was a Hobbit. .. ... :}
VardaValar1 (00:06:26):    Saruman refused to repent, tried his rougened Voice power on them.
VardaValar1 (00:06:30):    hehehe
VardaValar1 (00:06:34):    /facepalm
VardaValar1 (00:07:02):    Snapping the staff in two from a distance is disabling, aye.
Ar-Pharazon-V (00:07:07):    Right!
VardaValar1 (00:07:13):    Saruman the White was replaced by Gandalf the White.
VardaValar1 (00:07:46):    That happened already, so the Valar intended this all along if Saruman didn't repent.
Eonwe Valar (00:07:57):    Aye, Gandalf tried to reason with Saruman, give him an opportunity to rejoin the good guys. Saruman decided he was having none of that. Gandalf revealed himself as "the White" and cast Saruman from the order.
VardaValar1 (00:08:08):    So them must have giveng Gandalf the power to do that.
VardaValar1 (00:08:14):    *given
VardaValar1 (00:08:36):    (Unlike the movies, you don't go around just breaking Istar's staves.)
VardaValar1 (00:08:56):    *shoves typos off a cliff*
VardaValar1 (00:10:07):    Another important thing happened. Grima pulls a stunt that really displeases Saruman.
Arien V (00:10:09):    Grima throws the Palantir down from the tower and Pippin gets it
VardaValar1 (00:10:14):    Aye
Ar-Pharazon-V (00:10:15):    And then.. Wormtongue stabbed him with a palantir? No wait...
VardaValar1 (00:10:19):    hehe
VardaValar1 (00:11:09):    There's a suggestion that Grima was torn on who to throw the stone at. :)
Ar-Pharazon-V (00:11:21):    Couldn't decide who he hated more.
VardaValar1 (00:11:26):    But the stone sets off the next action for Gandalf.
VardaValar1 (00:11:46):    Pippin sneaks a look in it when the party is supposed to be sleeping.
Arien V (00:11:49):    Gandalf takes it but Pippin tries to resteal it , unfortutely Gandalf wakes up after Pippin is questioned by sauron
VardaValar1 (00:12:17):    That throws off Sauron who thinks Saruman has a hobbit captive, likely the one he wants.
Ar-Pharazon-V (00:12:24):    "Why do you always have to look?"
VardaValar1 (00:12:29):    heh
VardaValar1 (00:12:55):    In this case, the palantir seemed to be pulling Pippin after he had touched it once.
Ar-Pharazon-V (00:13:07):    I always liked that line. Not sure why. Maybe it's a good summary of their relationship and Pippin's personality.
VardaValar1 (00:14:07):    Gandalf delivers the palantir to Aragorn, in token of more that would be returned to the rightful owner.
VardaValar1 (00:14:25):    Sauron sends a ringwraith to Saruman. Bet that went well.
Ar-Pharazon-V (00:14:42):    Isn't that somewhere in the UT?
Ar-Pharazon-V (00:14:50):    The details of that little tidbit, I mean.
VardaValar1 (00:15:09):    Gandalf took only Pippin with him and went to Minas Tirith in a hurry on superhorse, er, Shadowfax.
Ar-Pharazon-V (00:15:25):    They're taking the hobbit to Ise- I mean Minas Tirith!
VardaValar1 (00:15:39):    :)
VardaValar1 (00:16:16):    Then the whole book shifts to the One Ring, carried by Frodo and Sam.
Ar-Pharazon-V (00:16:26):    "Meanwhile..."
VardaValar1 (00:16:31):    Right :)
Ar-Pharazon-V (00:16:49):    Frodo and Sam catch Gollum, make him swear an oath to the precious.
VardaValar1 (00:17:04):    They make it through the Emym Muil. Lovely spot, not.
Ar-Pharazon-V (00:17:08):    Go south through the marshes.
Ar-Pharazon-V (00:17:39):    Stand before a closed gate, go further down. Now my memory gets muddled between movie and book. How do they get captured?
VardaValar1 (00:17:58):    Gollum catches up and Frodo nearly tames him.
VardaValar1 (00:18:05):    So to speak.
VardaValar1 (00:19:17):    Smeagol almost conquers Gollum with Frodo's help.
VardaValar1 (00:19:39):    Smeagol acts as their guide.
Ar-Pharazon-V (00:19:43):    *grin* easy to get lost in the physical journey and ignore personal development.
VardaValar1 (00:20:11):    True
VardaValar1 (00:20:31):    They go through the Dead Marshes and other fun vacation spots all the way to the Morannon
VardaValar1 (00:20:43):    The Black Gate.
Ar-Pharazon-V (00:21:04):    And nobody's got the key!
VardaValar1 (00:21:10):    They see they aren't going to be able to go through there, and Smeagol had just been taking them where they asked.
VardaValar1 (00:22:07):    He knows another way in and offers to take them. They haven't much choice.
VardaValar1 (00:22:20):    "a secret way"
VardaValar1 (00:22:40):    That had to be the one he used himself originally when he went in and out of Mordor.
Ar-Pharazon-V (00:22:57):    Possibly made a bargain with Shelob?
VardaValar1 (00:23:20):    Aye, he traded her meat (orcs). He became her Sneak.
VardaValar1 (00:23:29):    Another name for him. :)
VardaValar1 (00:24:31):    Sauron could afford to lose some of his many orcs to Shelob and allowed her to eat them, in exchange for her protection of the tunnel. Quite a deterrent. And kept orcs from sneaking off to make private bandit gangs.
VardaValar1 (00:24:47):    Faramir's rangers caught the three on the way in.
Ar-Pharazon-V (00:25:06):    I bet he stashed some of his least favorite orcs up in that tower too. Let them deal with Shelob.
VardaValar1 (00:25:15):    He learned about his brother, resisted the lure of the Ring, did not try to turn them over to dear old dad.
VardaValar1 (00:25:21):    Likely. :)
VardaValar1 (00:26:00):    Faramir warned them that that way was very hazardous. Gave them supplies. He was "the friend unlooked for".
VardaValar1 (00:26:22):    That was especially nifty since he should have been one of the Fellowship members.
VardaValar1 (00:26:39):    Boromir took his place, second choice.
Ar-Pharazon-V (00:26:59):    Would that have put Boromir in Ithilien? That somehow seems too subtle/stealthy for him.
VardaValar1 (00:27:35):    No. He was a leader of the main forces. Faramir handled the ranger guerrilla forces. He was the smart one. ;)
VardaValar1 (00:28:02):    Mablung and Damrod might have been leading.
(00:28:17) Iryenth . left this group chat.
Ar-Pharazon-V (00:28:51):    Just realized that, indeed, Faramir should've been the one in the Fellowship.. demonstrating the ability of Men to alter the fates set for them by the Valar.
Ar-Pharazon-V (00:29:06):    Nice demonstration of that.
VardaValar1 (00:29:07):    Agreed.
VardaValar1 (00:29:14):    Good insight.
VardaValar1 (00:29:52):    So, as the three set off at the crossroads, Sauron sends out his darkness.
VardaValar1 (00:30:28):    Under that cover, he sent out his first army, led by the Witch-king.
Ar-Pharazon-V (00:30:35):    Still in TT, they climb up to Shelob's home.
VardaValar1 (00:30:53):    Right.
VardaValar1 (00:31:04):    Gollum is moving to the dark side again by now.
VardaValar1 (00:31:30):    He decides to take the One Ring after Shelob eats the bearer.
Eonwe Valar (00:31:39):    The Valar didn't set their fates btw. Eru created their theme. What exactly "determine their fate outside of the Music" means in a reality where all rational beings, bound to the Music or not, already have free will is a discussion in and of itself :}
Ar-Pharazon-V (00:31:41):    They get separated in the tunnels by Gollum's design.
VardaValar1 (00:32:14):    Sam beats off his attack and wounds Shelob. But, what happens?
Ar-Pharazon-V (00:32:19):    I guess, but the Valar got their way in most things except that one, Eonwe :)
Ar-Pharazon-V (00:33:00):    He thinks Frodo is dead, takes the Ring, and then watches as some orcs take Frodo away, stating he's still alive. He follows them invisibly and runs into a closed door.
VardaValar1 (00:33:06):    The humans had the most free will, their special gift, not bound to Arda. And yes, we won't go into all that now. :)
VardaValar1 (00:33:30):    The book ends with the choices Sam has to make.
VardaValar1 (00:34:12):    He decides to go after Frodo, but they shut a door in his face.

VardaValar1 (00:34:45):    The Return of the King starts.
VardaValar1 (00:35:18):    This is the opposing strategies of Gandalf and Sauron.
Ar-Pharazon-V (00:35:18):    *cue music*
VardaValar1 (00:35:23):    *ta daaa*
VardaValar1 (00:36:02):    Tolkien leaves us on that cliff-hanger in the last book, then scene-switches!
VardaValar1 (00:36:51):    We start with Pippin and Gandalf riding Shadowfax.
VardaValar1 (00:36:54):    (Next)
Ar-Pharazon-V (00:37:59):    Do they already arrive at Minas Tirith or is that a few chapters later?
VardaValar1 (00:39:04):    They arrive at Minas Tirith. This is at the same tme that Frodo is in Ithilien.
Eonwe Valar (00:39:35):    OK, I must be off. Take care all :} I'll try to stop back in later tonight :}
VardaValar1 (00:39:47):    Namarie!
VardaValar1 (00:40:01):    If you guys like, we can take up RotK next meeting?
Ar-Pharazon-V (00:40:03):    namarie!
VardaValar1 (00:40:22):    We made it through two books today. :)
Ar-Pharazon-V (00:40:46):    Not bad!
VardaValar1 (00:40:54):    *grabs a hammer galloping by on the conveyor going through the shelf*
Arien V (00:40:56):    cool my brain is drying up as well ^^
VardaValar1 (00:41:10):    *hangs on while it plummets towards the hammerpad*
VardaValar1 (00:41:32):    *the hammerpad rises to meet it, as if holding itself shield-like over the beautiful table*
Arien V (00:41:40):    *steers a golden ray onto the hammer*
VardaValar1 (00:41:41):    *ker-whammmmm!*
VardaValar1 (00:42:09):    *stars sparkle around both dazed objects, now lit by sunshine as well*
VardaValar1 (00:42:44):    *the hammerpad falls back into place. The hammer allows itself to be returned to the shelf and erratically continues*

VardaValar1 (00:42:49):    After-meeting!
VardaValar1 (00:43:05):    Your mini-story of the day.
VardaValar1 (00:43:34):    *runs to check the broiling chicken in the kitchens of Taniquetil*
Ar-Pharazon-V (00:44:34):    That must be Some Chicken.

Ar-Pharazon-V (00:49:01):    So, let's find some flashgames for...
Ar-Pharazon-V (00:49:03):    the Gaming report!
Ar-Pharazon-V (00:52:00):    Alright, got multiple candidates, but I'll go with 3 different genres for today.
Ar-Pharazon-V (00:55:41): is the first, a puzzle game where you have to swipe or drag tiles to their goal, using the right walls and other tiles you can lock or unlock at will. Needs some planning!
Ar-Pharazon-V (00:57:37): is the second game. Not much gameplay, more of an interactive/linear story, but it is a pretty weird premise and story and funny comments if you click on stuff.
Ar-Pharazon-V (00:58:01):    You're a raccoon who can summon dead shape people in order to pass along messages.
Ar-Pharazon-V (00:59:59): is the third! Technically a card game, though I have to wonder when a card game should no longer be considered a card game but more of a strategy/upgrade game.
Ar-Pharazon-V (01:01:00):    Get cards with troops, deploy troops during a match strategically, and they'll keep fighting each other until reinforcements run out. Also a choice between random powers at certain intervals to use for your own troops or against the other.
Ar-Pharazon-V (01:01:11):    and "buy" better cards!
Elladan (01:03:38):    Hi
Ar-Pharazon-V (01:03:43):    Aiya!
Elladan (01:04:37):    The letter isn't working

Ar-Pharazon-V (01:15:00):    Blizzard gaming!
Ar-Pharazon-V (01:18:02):    Hearthstone: 6 classes to 48 now (yes, it was 48, not 49) and the other 3 are close behind.
Ar-Pharazon-V (01:18:12):    I think I forgot to check the brawl this week, will do so now...
Ar-Pharazon-V (01:21:17):    Right. Ancient Recipe brawl, an Un'goro themed brawl around the new quest cards, with decks for them. I'll try it in a bit.
Ar-Pharazon-V (01:22:11):    Heroes of the Storm: No new levels gotten, probably going into 2.0 with present condition. Was an old heroes brawl again, so I didn't bother much.
Ar-Pharazon-V (01:22:59):    Starcraft II: Started the Noblegarden event, which requires 15 games, in any combination of co-op mode, multiplayer (ranked or unranked) and/or multiplayer vs AI.
Ar-Pharazon-V (01:23:21):    I've done 9 games now, including 4 co-ops with a friend in one night. Seems pretty easy, but he had more experience.
Ar-Pharazon-V (01:23:39):    Is fun though, and you get to level the heroes to make your abilities and units more powerful in future games.
Ar-Pharazon-V (01:24:24):    For multiplayer vs AI I've done 5 games, first to get me attuned to a difficulty and then further on with that difficulty. Long queues when playing 2 vs AI, but still fun.
Ar-Pharazon-V (01:24:36):    WoW:
Ar-Pharazon-V (01:26:08):    Hrrm, let's see. Old Northrend raids went okay-ish, we got some useful stuff but I didn't win any new pets myself. We had some trouble with Yogg-Saron and were unable to get one of the party their legendary Valanyr from Ulduar, but might try again tomorrow if we're up for it.
Ar-Pharazon-V (01:27:12):    Not much new raiding news. I got some new tier gloves from heroic Nighthold, better than the normal Nighthold tier gloves I already had.
Ar-Pharazon-V (01:28:01):    Weekly quest this week is to get 20 world quests done. I get those naturally as I pursue my objectives and complete Emissary quests, so that was easy enough.
Ar-Pharazon-V (01:29:17):    I also got more marks of honor along the way, buying some pvp weapons from old seasons, including a staff that looks remarkably like a red double-bladed lightsaber like Darth Maul used in the Star Wars: Phantom Menace movie. Quite funny!
Ar-Pharazon-V (01:29:41):    Finished my pet charm collection, and got the remaining pets from the Dalaran vendor!
Ar-Pharazon-V (01:30:25):    A River Calf, and a floating jelly fish called Plump Jelly. Rather cute. So no need to gather more charms, and it's just waiting for more pet masters for Family Familiar. Which has been veeeeery slow this week.
Ar-Pharazon-V (01:31:15):    Oh yes! More Noblegarden.
Ar-Pharazon-V (01:31:59):    In order to get the new pet and all the cosmetic stuff which will also unlock into the holiday section of the appearance collection in the next patch, I decided to send in my demon hunter to Kharanos for the egg-hunt.
Ar-Pharazon-V (01:32:46):    She has by far the most inventory space of my alts for those cosmetics until I can unlock them, and frankly, it's funny to see a Demon Hunter transformed into a rabbit double-jump, glide with little wings (making it look like a fat bat) and fel rush along the ground.
Ar-Pharazon-V (01:33:55):    With the main druid I continued Suramar, getting another objective done for Good Suramaritan, balancing out the Arcan'dor tree and killing Xavius (again) in the process.
Ar-Pharazon-V (01:34:22):    Currently working on getting all the ley lines unlocked for the next part of the storyline, it's rather fun to explore all the remote places where those are located.
Ar-Pharazon-V (01:35:35):    Oh, also for Noblegarden, got the Noblegarden Bunny too along with all the cosmetic stuff I wanted, so that's another new pet. A purple rabbit, bit silly.
Ar-Pharazon-V (01:36:20):    And finally, old instance appearances, I cleared out normal Shattered Halls and am currently farming it on heroic difficulty once a day to get the one item I'm missing on that difficulty, which is Kargath Bladefist's Bladefist.
Ar-Pharazon-V (01:36:37):    Very interesting looking fist weapon, quite large.
Ar-Pharazon-V (01:36:53):    Also blade-y!
Ar-Pharazon-V (01:37:15):    And that's my report for this week!
Arien V (01:39:14):    ((sidenote: that story gives me the creeps .. but its damn well written :) ))
Ar-Pharazon-V (01:39:31):    Dark Mirror?
Arien V (01:39:36):    ayep
Ar-Pharazon-V (01:39:44):    Not read it yet, but I did save it on my drive ;) Not too big a fan of the Forsaken.
Arien V (01:40:18):    neither me though i slowly get used to my forsaken deathknight ^^
Arien V (02:24:38):    Namarie people for now :)
VardaValar1 (02:24:50):    Namarie :)
Ar-Pharazon-V (02:24:56):    namarie!
Ar-Pharazon-V (02:49:03):    And that's the last Hearthstone class to 48 :) Onward to 49!
VardaValar1 (02:49:12):    Grats :)
Ar-Pharazon-V (02:50:14):    thanks!
Ar-Pharazon-V (02:50:56):    49 and 50 are the last class card (2 of em), after that it's neutral to 60. So it's on the horizon kinda ;)
Ar-Pharazon-V (04:08:08):    Right, time to make and send a transcript.
VardaValar1 (04:08:29):    Thank you