Valar Guild

September 24, 2017 Sunday Meeting

5pm EST (UTC/GMT - 5)
AIM: Valar Guild Meetingplace

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Transcript work by
Ar-Pharazon and Varda.

Attending: (6)
    AIM: Arien, Ar-Pharazon, Eonwe, Varda (presiding)
    Discord: Arien, Elladan, Gorlim, Varda

Meeting begins
    The chat marathon begins next meeting! Help hold the channel open. This is being held on AIM and on Discord; pick your favorite or be in both, when you can. At least say hi so others can tell you were there; the list of known participants goes on the Anniversary page.
    New art by the Bohemian Weasel-(T):
        "The Lonely Mountain"
        "Smaug, the Unassessably Wealthy".
    General gaming report by Eonwe
    Topic: In the books, what did Bilbo and Frodo's birthday have to do with the main storyline?
    Flashgaming Reviews by Ar-Pharazon

(times for Ar-Pharazon in the Netherlands)

Ar-Pharazon-V (01:41:31):    Got 2 new mounts today :D
Varda Valar (22:58:06):    Aiya :)
Ar-Pharazon-V (22:58:11):    Aiya!
Varda Valar (22:58:14):    Grats on the mounts, Phar. :)
Arien V (22:58:20):    Aiya Varda :)
Arien V (22:58:26):    how are you?
Varda Valar (22:58:29):    Aiya Arien :)
Ar-Pharazon-V (22:58:29):    Thanks :) And Aiya Arien!
Varda Valar (22:58:54):    Trying to put the Bohemian Weasel's amazing artwork online. Got one up, must put up the second!
Varda Valar (22:59:03):    Might be a tad late, but it will go up.
Arien V (22:59:21):    no hurry Varda :)
Varda Valar (22:59:24):    This next one takes making a new page, so it's a bit slower.
Varda Valar (22:59:37):    Riiiight. It's one minute until meeting time. ;)
Varda Valar (22:59:52):    and the two are timely pics!
Arien V (22:59:58):    plenty of time ..
Varda Valar (23:00:09):    hehe
Ar-Pharazon-V (23:00:24):    Currently camping out the new and improved dr. Weavil from patch 7.1, on Alcaz Isle. 3% toy dropchance, 7 minute respawn, it's a good place to sit while doing some browsing on the side :)
Varda Valar (23:00:38):    Nifty :)
Arien V (23:00:40):    for the Dayfly one minute is a part of her youth :)
Eonwe Valar (23:11:47):    Heya :}
Varda Valar (23:11:57):    Aiya :)
Arien V (23:12:01):    Aiya Eonwe :)
Ar-Pharazon-V (23:12:07):    Aiya!
Eonwe Valar (23:14:12):    Meetings not started yet?
Ar-Pharazon-V (23:14:29):    Seems not. You free for some talk about the games I play?
Varda Valar (23:14:40):    Pardon
Ar-Pharazon-V (23:14:46):    for the mass update, that is
Varda Valar (23:14:57):    was trying to slam up some great pics for the Tolkien Site
Varda Valar (23:15:11):    You two have a few minutes, go ahead. :)
Eonwe Valar (23:15:19):    Readyy when you are, Phar :}

Varda Valar (23:34:06):    Elen sila lumenn' omentielvo!
Varda Valar (23:34:10):    Membership:
Varda Valar (23:34:30):    I apologize for not being ready with the webwork on time, up now.

Varda Valar (23:34:36):    In cheery news,
Varda Valar (23:34:46):    today was Bilbo-(V)'s birthday. :)
Ar-Pharazon-V (23:34:56):    Congratulations!
Eonwe Valar (23:34:59):    Happy Birthday Bilbo :}
Varda Valar (23:35:00):    We had cake, singing, presents, of course. :)
Ar-Pharazon-V (23:35:07):    144 guests?
Varda Valar (23:35:14):    It had to be chocolate, naturally. It was great.
Ar-Pharazon-V (23:35:18):    yay :)
Arien V (23:36:02):    Happy birthday Bilbo :) A gross .. wasnt it?
Varda Valar (23:36:12):    :)
Ar-Pharazon-V (23:36:21):    I hope the cake wasn't!
Arien V (23:36:34):    hehe :)
Arien V (23:37:06):    how cute for him to have his birthday to have it two days after our heroic Hobbit :)
Varda Valar (23:37:31):    It was a reason his guild name is Bilbo. :)
Arien V (23:37:43):    ah i see
Varda Valar (23:38:30):    He's a slim tall guy, originally had an elf name, Fingon.
Arien V (23:39:07):    :)

Varda Valar (23:39:10):    Anyway, I was partying, and cleaning up, and thought there was plenty of time to put up a pic.
Varda Valar (23:39:21):    But there was a second one I didn't see, hah!
Ar-Pharazon-V (23:39:25):    hehe
Varda Valar (23:39:27):    So ran a tad late.
Arien V (23:39:45):    you are excused Varda :)
Varda Valar (23:39:49):    But luckily you all get to see them!
Varda Valar (23:39:52):    Thanky
Varda Valar (23:40:06):    You'll love that one was inspired by a Scottish mountain. ;)

Varda Valar (23:40:22):    In Discord, we have Arien, Gorlim, and myself.
Ar-Pharazon-V (23:40:30):    Same Arien?
Arien V (23:40:35):    you make me curious :D
Varda Valar (23:40:37):    Yes. :)
Varda Valar (23:40:44):    Sus-pense!
Varda Valar (23:41:09):    In AIM, we have Arien, Ar-Pharazon, Eonwe, and Varda.
Varda Valar (23:41:19):    Did I miss any of you quiet lurkers? :)
Ar-Pharazon-V (23:41:31):    Gwaihir always seems to be here?
(23:41:58) vardavalar1 added scott92027 to this group chat.
Varda Valar (23:42:12):    Gwaihir has AIM up, but I think he's at work.

Varda Valar (23:42:26):    Just invited Elladan, who has supper about this time.
Arien V (23:42:31):    Aiya Elladan :)
Varda Valar (23:42:46):    Aiya Elladan if you're here. :)
Varda Valar (23:43:59):    Elladan says he's here but again can't talk in Valar chat
Ar-Pharazon-V (23:44:07):    Aiya Elladan!
Varda Valar (23:44:22):    He can read it at least. :)
Varda Valar (23:44:46):    He's also tanking something in WoW
Arien V (23:44:54):    somebody had the problem before .. some setting was checked but i forgot who it was and which setting {/
Arien V (23:45:02):    getting old ..
Varda Valar (23:45:31):    Excuses. Sunlight may have been around a while but is still super bright.
Arien V (23:45:52):    *flares up rd*
Varda Valar (23:45:55):    hehe
Ar-Pharazon-V (23:45:57):    heh
Varda Valar (23:46:14):    Elladan may try Discord, to see if he can type there. Just busy at the moment.
Varda Valar (23:46:22):    Any other membership news?
Arien V (23:46:29):    i hope he has fun there :)
Varda Valar (23:47:09):    Hi from Sauron, Fangorn, Eowyn, Bilbo.

Arien V (23:47:10):    uh I met some Thranduil guy in Lotro and added him to the Discord server :)
Varda Valar (23:47:17):    Thanks :)
Varda Valar (23:47:32):    Thranduil is back in LotRO and playing fairly regularly.
Varda Valar (23:47:43):    He's legit, no worries. Just been a while.
Varda Valar (23:47:57):    He's often with the Irmo group.
Arien V (23:48:04):    oh he seems a nice guy :)
Varda Valar (23:48:12):    He's one of us, all right. :)
Arien V (23:48:13):    we shortly chatted in voice chat
Varda Valar (23:48:20):    Very good.
Varda Valar (23:48:36):    Thanks for mentioning that!
Varda Valar (23:49:07):    Irmo, Miriel, and Hurin are trying to catch him on LotRO too. Keep missing each other by a hair, Discord should help coordinate that.
Ar-Pharazon-V (23:49:14):    Aiya to all of those saying hi :)

Varda Valar (23:49:18):    Oh, in other membership news,
Varda Valar (23:49:40):    more folks are answering the GSMU. Thanks! Eonwe and I are updating our pages.
Arien V (23:50:29):    havent sent mine yet .. urks but will do so tomorrow :)
Ar-Pharazon-V (23:50:46):    Just gave mine to Eonwe in private chat, seems to work fine!
Varda Valar (23:51:19):    Meetings can be handy. :)

Varda Valar (23:53:30):    Woot! Elladan made it into our channel for Discord and is typing there just fine!
Ar-Pharazon-V (23:53:51):    Yay!
Varda Valar (23:53:59):    Dis found out that she couldn't get into Discord because of her Norton Anti-virus and fixed that.
Ar-Pharazon-V (23:54:35):    *shudder* Norton
Ar-Pharazon-V (23:54:45):    Every time I update flash it wants to install Norton.
Varda Valar (23:55:16):    Aye, have to watch for the sneaky check mark.
Varda Valar (23:56:56):    Elladan is moving to Discord and leaving AIM, and would love for us all to be using Discord instead of AIM. :)
(23:57:55) Scott Lombardi left this group chat.

Varda Valar (23:58:50):    Our 20th Anniversary is Oct 4
Varda Valar (23:59:11):    so that means
Varda Valar (23:59:21):    the chat marathon is starting next weekend!
Ar-Pharazon-V (23:59:22):    *blows party whistle*
Ar-Pharazon-V (23:59:26):    Ah!
Varda Valar (23:59:33):    Oct 1
Varda Valar (23:59:58):    I assume we are going to continue trying to do it in AIM
Monday, September 25, 2017
Varda Valar (00:00:07):    but we have a lot of us in Discord.
Ar-Pharazon-V (00:00:13):    It kinda takes the edge off, knowing that you can't see people coming online and offline anymore as long as they're in the chat, that Gwaihir is always here, and you can read back what you missed :)
Ar-Pharazon-V (00:00:32):    We could even have 2 chat marathons then!
Varda Valar (00:00:47):    For the Discord group, do we want to use the meeting-place channel or our normal Harbor channel for the marathon? [Note: meeting-place for the marathon]
Varda Valar (00:01:17):    Maybe Phar and Eonwe could give Discord a shot during the marathon, work out the how-to, see if they like it?
Varda Valar (00:01:32):    See about how to do transcripts.
Ar-Pharazon-V (00:01:33):    Could give it a try. I think I've still got the install file somewhere.
Ar-Pharazon-V (00:01:40):    But I still prefer to use AIM for the meetings.
Varda Valar (00:01:58):    It's just a quick download from Click Download
Varda Valar (00:02:45):    The transcript may be a problem in Discord. So far I am a real newbie with it, but can only see a select and copy in the channel we're in as the method.
Varda Valar (00:05:23):    I mentioned the problem in Discord about the transcript. Maybe one of the old-timers there can help.
Varda Valar (00:05:38):    Any other membership news?
Arien V (00:06:18):    copy/ paste wordfile works great *dry*
Varda Valar (00:06:21):    Discord also lets us see all the members who are online, rather as AIM does.
Arien V (00:06:35):    for the logs
Varda Valar (00:06:41):    It's a long drag to select, but can be done.
Varda Valar (00:07:03):    Would you like to give that a try, Arien? For today, for practice? And email it to me?
Varda Valar (00:07:08):    Much shorter there. :)
Varda Valar (00:07:27):    See if we can get past that last hurdle.

Varda Valar (00:08:47):    Web:
Varda Valar (00:09:27):    The Anniversary page is accepting from September through October any art, poetry, articles, stories, etc that the guild folk would like to send.
Varda Valar (00:09:51):    Mark that it's intended to be added to the Anniversary festivities when you email it to Varda!
Varda Valar (00:10:31):    Also, we need to decide what festivities we'd like to do in our respective games.
Varda Valar (00:10:53):    The usual go to some major towns together on mounts and blow fireworks? :)
Varda Valar (00:11:09):    Any additions our creative folk would like to add?
Varda Valar (00:11:29):    Feel free to email Varda if inspiration strikes at some odd time
Varda Valar (00:11:49):    Now for a treat from the Bohemian Weasel-(T)
Varda Valar (00:12:38):    She's been honoring Bilbo's birthday with a couple of pieces of art, along with working on a series of landscape uses in real life that she merges with Middle-earth for great fun.
Ar-Pharazon-V (00:13:06):    Ah, like they did for the movie? :)
Varda Valar (00:13:19):    The first was sent Sept 22 "The Lonely Mountain"
Varda Valar (00:13:30):    Not New Zealand
Varda Valar (00:13:36):
Ar-Pharazon-V (00:14:14):    Ooh.

Varda Valar (00:14:36):    (This Discord explanation for transcripts just in from Elladan:
Varda Valar (00:14:39):

Arien V (00:16:53):    that looks like a mountain here on Skye :O
Ar-Pharazon-V (00:17:18):    "Buachaille Etive Mòr in the Highlands of Scotland"
Varda Valar (00:17:21):    She says:
Varda Valar (00:17:28):    "This is the second in a series of landscapes inspired by both Britain and Middle-earth - this one based on Buachaille Etive Mòr in the Highlands of Scotland."
Varda Valar (00:18:08):    Are you familiar with that spot, Arien?

Varda Valar (00:20:02):    The Bohemian Weasel says:
Varda Valar (00:20:05):    "Here is the dragon finished at last, and in his treasure are actual little gems, a tiiiny Arkenstone, and enough 22k gold leaf to please even a Dwarf.
A4 / 8x11.5", acrylics, pencil, gold paint, liquid gold, 22k gold leaf, and glass crystals of various sizes."

Arien V (00:20:35):    I passed it many times Varda
Arien V (00:20:48):    but never knew the name :)
Varda Valar (00:21:00):    So she did a good enough painting that it's recognizable. Excellent!
Varda Valar (00:21:47):    I doubt I could pronounce the name. :)
Arien V (00:22:04):
Arien V (00:22:13):    thats the original
Varda Valar (00:22:32):    O wow
Arien V (00:22:35):    it means "The big Shephered" in Gelic :)
Ar-Pharazon-V (00:22:42):    Very nicely done!
Arien V (00:24:03):    the big shephered of Etive .. she s got the tip of the lonely mountain different but you can see the similarity :)
Ar-Pharazon-V (00:24:21):    Yep!
Varda Valar (00:24:24):    And she made it sharper, more rugged, to fit the story.
Arien V (00:24:30):    aye
Ar-Pharazon-V (00:24:30):    And added a gate to it ;)
Varda Valar (00:24:59):    More water
Varda Valar (00:25:21):    Worked really well.

Varda Valar (00:28:12):    Gaming:
Varda Valar (00:28:31):    Eonwe, go ahead with the gaming report as far as you can before you have to leave. Don't let us make you late.
Eonwe Valar (00:28:40):    Thanks.

Eonwe Valar (00:28:51):    Lord of the Rings Online:
Eonwe Valar (00:29:06):    A series of videos is out, posted on the official forums: Mordor: After the Fall.

Eonwe Valar (00:29:19):    World of Warcraft:
Eonwe Valar (00:29:41):    This week's bonus event: Mists of Pandaria Timewalking.
Brewfest is going.
A new audio drama on Alleria and Turalyon is out: “A Thousand Years of War�?.
See this week's hotfixes.

Eonwe Valar (00:29:55):    Starcraft 2:
Eonwe Valar (00:30:05):    A new patch is out: patch 3.18.0.

Eonwe Valar (00:30:15):    Heroes of the Storm:
Eonwe Valar (00:30:34):    New patch on the PTR. Check out the PTR patch notes.
On the live servers, a balance patch is up.

Eonwe Valar (00:30:46):    Hearthstone:
Eonwe Valar (00:31:01):    An update came out this week.

Eonwe Valar (00:31:16):    WoW Lothar: Eonwe, Bofur, Eowyn seen on this week.
Eonwe Valar (00:31:35):    That's it for the gaming report.
Eonwe Valar (00:31:52):    And now I must be off. Take care all and have fun :}
Ar-Pharazon-V (00:32:12):    Namarie!
Ar-Pharazon-V (00:32:29):    Oh, one more bit of general news for WoW
Ar-Pharazon-V (00:32:50):    Talk like a pirate day was this week, with special event at Booty Bay!
Ar-Pharazon-V (00:33:37):    Alright, continue :)
Varda Valar (00:40:01):    Aye, we had the Shipwrecked Mariner in LotRO. thanks
Varda Valar (00:41:14):    Thank you to Eonwe!
Varda Valar (00:41:22):    In LotRO, we had:
Arien V (00:41:27):    for Lotro i did a bit crafting fith Bregalad on one of his explorer characters ) just tonight
Varda Valar (00:41:31):   
Varda Valar (00:41:50):    Nice! Thank you, Arien
Arien V (00:42:35):    oh nice that Anc is there :)
Arien V (00:42:45):    would love to catch him at some point
Ar-Pharazon-V (00:43:14):    eeny meeny miny moe, catch a dragon by the toe...
Varda Valar (00:44:44):    Anc has been coming in for a bit off and on. You might catch him. :)
Varda Valar (00:45:03):    Any other general gaming news?
Arien V (00:46:01):    oh got an addition to the WoW news
Varda Valar (00:46:08):    Fire away :)
Arien V (00:46:13):    theres some new audio books out :)
Arien V (00:46:57):    "A thousand years of War*U
Arien V (00:47:20):    an audio Drama by blizzard about the history of Alleria and Turalyon
Arien V (00:48:18):    it is in the battlenet application so i cant link it i fear
Arien V (00:48:36):    its worthwhile listening to :)
Arien V (00:48:43):    That was it :)
Varda Valar (00:48:55):    Thanks
Varda Valar (00:49:05):    Phar, if you know how to link it, feel free!
Ar-Pharazon-V (00:49:50):    Well I can just link it from elsewhere.
Arien V (00:50:20):    I believe they are on you tube
Arien V (00:50:37):    reads like it from the comments
Arien V (00:51:29):    indeed they are on you tube i ll link it from there
Ar-Pharazon-V (00:51:38): is the blog anyway
Ar-Pharazon-V (00:51:47):    it has youtube embedded
Arien V (00:52:13):    ah thank you Phar :)
Varda Valar (00:52:26):    Thanks!
Varda Valar (00:52:36):    That should help the transcript readers. :)

Varda Valar (00:52:43):    Tolkien:
Varda Valar (00:53:09):    In the books, what did Bilbo and Frodo's birthday have to do with the main storyline?
Ar-Pharazon-V (00:53:53):    It was when Bilbo decided to disappear and leave Frodo the Ring, and when it caught Gandalf's suspicion.
Varda Valar (00:54:18):    Aye!
Varda Valar (00:54:52):    Also, the party was a cause for Gandalf's being present at that very important time.
Varda Valar (00:55:20):    Had he not come, Bilbo may have taken the Ring with him, unable to finally part with it.
Ar-Pharazon-V (00:55:27):    Yes, very true!
Varda Valar (00:55:32):    Why was Bilbo so set on giving away so many presents at the party?
Ar-Pharazon-V (00:55:35):    Might've become a new Gollum.
Varda Valar (00:55:56):    or Lord of the Rings himself?
Arien V (00:56:18):    he said it was to make it easier to part with it was the reason for the presents
Arien V (00:56:30):    to part with the ring
Varda Valar (00:56:31):    Right
Varda Valar (00:57:06):    What happened to Bilbo right after the party? Where did he end up?
Ar-Pharazon-V (00:57:06):    Did it help?
Varda Valar (00:57:20):    Bilbo said it didn't help much at all. :)
Varda Valar (00:57:56):    It also helped him set his departure time. He didn't intend to return to the Shire.
Ar-Pharazon-V (00:58:01):    He ended up in Rivendell, and age was not far behind.
Varda Valar (00:58:20):    True. What did he do there that affected the story line?
Ar-Pharazon-V (00:58:35):    Got Frodo a gear upgrade, at least!
Arien V (00:58:40):    He argued with Gandalf
Ar-Pharazon-V (00:58:41):    And there was something about a new song...
Arien V (00:58:46):    Bilbo i mean
Arien V (00:59:17):    he actually tried to attack him and justify why to keep the ring would be good for him
Varda Valar (00:59:20):    I was aiming for that gear upgrade, aye. :) The others are also true.
Varda Valar (01:00:30):    Also, seeing Bilbo again helped Frodo's spirits right after a serious injury, setting him back just when he needed to go on a long, tough journey.
Varda Valar (01:01:05):    Bilbo's mithril shirt and Sting went to Frodo. How did they change the course of history, er, the story?
Ar-Pharazon-V (01:01:41):    The course of his story?
Varda Valar (01:02:13):    Aye. If Bilbo had not given Frodo those two items, would the story have been changed?
Ar-Pharazon-V (01:03:58):    Ehr, was Frodo being skewered by a spear also in the book?
Varda Valar (01:04:07):    Yes.
Ar-Pharazon-V (01:04:22):    Mithril saving him there helped a bit, then.
Varda Valar (01:04:29):    Right :)
Ar-Pharazon-V (01:04:55):    And I'm pretty sure Sam used Sting to kill some orcs to save Frodo.
Varda Valar (01:05:34):    and he stabbed Shelob with it, running her off.
Ar-Pharazon-V (01:05:39):    That too.
Varda Valar (01:06:01):    It also gave warning
Varda Valar (01:06:25):    Frodo even used it, although that was left out of the movies.
Varda Valar (01:06:36):    No lesser blade could have done that foot stab.
Ar-Pharazon-V (01:06:44):    True!
Varda Valar (01:06:55):    So, a birthday party changed the fate of the world.
Ar-Pharazon-V (01:07:08):    In many ways.
Ar-Pharazon-V (01:07:24):    Frodo wouldn't even be on the quest if Bilbo had taken the Ring with him.
Varda Valar (01:07:54):    Exactly
Varda Valar (01:08:18):    He'd be serving a Lord of the Rings instead.

Varda Valar (01:08:46):    It's the top of the hour, folks.
Varda Valar (01:08:54):    *hammer trots off the conveyor belt, self-importantly, wearing a party hat*
Varda Valar (01:09:20):    *It blasts a party horn, unrolling it to hit the hammerpad*
Varda Valar (01:09:32):    *thwiiiiipppp!*
Ar-Pharazon-V (01:09:33):    Good aim!
Varda Valar (01:09:44):    *the hammerpad laughs uncontrollably*
Varda Valar (01:09:53):    *knockity knock knock*
Varda Valar (01:10:28):    *I pat the hammer. It tosses confetti and returns to the shelf*

Varda Valar (01:10:36):    After-meeting!
Ar-Pharazon-V (01:13:57):    Personal gaming report!

Ar-Pharazon-V (01:14:01):    Flashgaming:
Arien V (01:16:24):    Namarie folks :) i ll have to give up for tonight :)#
Ar-Pharazon-V (01:16:27): is the first! Seems to have moved its link to another site since I played but that's fine.
Ar-Pharazon-V (01:16:28):    namarie!
Arien V (01:16:37):    Namarie :)
Varda Valar (01:16:58):    Namarie!
Ar-Pharazon-V (01:17:34):    Move colored figures to overlap them, make new figures, and ultimately fill up the frame.
Ar-Pharazon-V (01:17:43):    I make it sound complicated.
Varda Valar (01:18:57):    :)
Ar-Pharazon-V (01:20:07): is the second game. Nice concept, but very short, with basically only one level. Maybe there'll be sequels? Put pieces of a moving puzzle in order to unlock more parts of the puzzle.
Ar-Pharazon-V (01:20:24):    (not counting the introduction bit)
Ar-Pharazon-V (01:21:44):    AFter those two smaller games you deserve a bigger one!
Ar-Pharazon-V (01:22:53): is a large rpg/upgrade/idle game where you build up your kingdom slowly to save your world :)
Ar-Pharazon-V (01:25:18):    You'll get the blizzard news a bit later on :)

Ar-Pharazon-V (02:05:38):    Blizzard gaming!
Ar-Pharazon-V (02:07:30):    Heroes of the Storm: Level 217 now, including my first level (from 1 to 2) on Zul'jin, gotten through the week's single-lane brawl. Quite a fun hero, but I've already got a lot of Warcraft assassins waiting. They always tend to be a lot of fun ;)
Ar-Pharazon-V (02:08:43):    Hearthstone: Still moving to level 51 with all my heroes. XP's all over the place because of some one-sided daily quests, with some heroes over halfway and some barely on their way. But I'll still try to level them close together :)
Ar-Pharazon-V (02:10:47):    This week's brawl was a tough deck-builder, where you could only use spells that cost an even amount of mana, and minions with an odd amount of attack.
Ar-Pharazon-V (02:10:56):    Luckily, we had the internet, because I'm terrible at deckbuilding :)
Ar-Pharazon-V (02:11:34):    Starcraft II: Still working on the war chest. Now on the fourth tier of the 3rd section, and I estimate I only need 4 more games to unlock the entire chest.
Ar-Pharazon-V (02:11:41):    Almost there!
Ar-Pharazon-V (02:50:19):    WoW:
Ar-Pharazon-V (02:50:51):    For raiding, bit more progress on heroic Kil'jaeden, into the last phase now, Still rather tough, but fun :)
Ar-Pharazon-V (02:51:50):    Yet another pet from the Cataclysm raids! A little failed dragon experiment from Maloriak in Blackwing Descent, sort of like a lurching dragonkin pet. Looks silly.
Ar-Pharazon-V (02:53:07):    This week's weekly was Pandaria timewalks, quite fun. Got some new achievements on the alts I sent in for one TW each. Pandaria instances are still interesting!
Ar-Pharazon-V (02:53:54):    For world quests, I got a couple more marks of honor, and completed the last pet master quest. Now I've fought all the pet masters with each family!
Ar-Pharazon-V (02:54:34):    I also did a few more Helarjar Landing quests, and now have done all 3 different ones. The one in Highmountain seemed quite interesting, but was a bit underwhelming.
Ar-Pharazon-V (02:55:57):    Poked Karazhan on mythic a couple of times, completing the final quest and getting the teleport ring as reward. But since you can get to Karazhan directly from Dalaran, and the ring itself is on a 4 hour cooldown, it's rather redundant.
Ar-Pharazon-V (02:56:09):    Maybe in future expansions when Dalaran's not the center of the game anymore :)
Ar-Pharazon-V (02:57:37):    I also got my mount from Nightbane, the second time I killed him, so now I'm actually done with Karazhan until I want to farm Moroes' pocketwatch. That'll be a way off still though :) But I'll still help others in my group with Nightbane if they want, since they helped me as well.
Ar-Pharazon-V (02:59:00):    And I got another mount too, the fox mount from the questline starting with the hunt invitation you can get from Suramar emissary quests. I'd had the quest for a while, but didn't make time for it until this week. Very nice mount also, I like riding around on a fox.
Ar-Pharazon-V (02:59:28):    What else... world holiday events!
Ar-Pharazon-V (03:01:09):    Pirate's day was earlier this week, with some events in Booty Bay, but I already had the rewards for that from the previous years. There was, however, a new toy to get south of Booty Bay in the Bloodsail Buccaneers camp, but you needed friendly reputation with the Bloodsail (not many people go for that) and the accompanying achievement. Not really something to grind on the day in question, but a nice reward for those who had made the effort in the patch (like me!), and perhaps something to work on for next year for others.
Ar-Pharazon-V (03:02:21):    The toy is a sort of banner like in Diablo 3; a Jolly Roger (pirate flag) that sticks on your back, is still visible if you're in shape-shift from as a druid, only goes away if you die or click it off, and has a 30 second cooldown. So basically you can use it anywhere anytime!
Ar-Pharazon-V (03:03:58):    The other holiday event is Brewfest! Not much new for the instance boss, except the gear he drops is higher ilevel and you can fight him from level 40 or something, with scaling rewards. What me interests me, however, is that all the cosmetic rewards you can buy are now unlockable for appearances (though only useable during the holiday event), so I started gathering tokens for that.
Ar-Pharazon-V (03:04:45):    800 tokens needed for all items, so I am using 3 lower level alts as well, together with my main for 200 tokens each. Merely doing 2 dailies a day each, it'll only take 8 days, so is perfectly doable to complete during this year's event.
Ar-Pharazon-V (03:06:23):    I also started one of the four Falcosaur questlines, starting with the Bloodgazer hatchling from Azsuna, doing one quest every day, because the pet needs to rest after each adventure. I'll work on each falcosaur hatchling after the previous one completes, and at 15 quests each that'll take 60 days. But it doesn't take too much time a day, and there'll be a new mount after each :)
Ar-Pharazon-V (03:09:08):    Illidan questline puts me at 36 out of 40 soul fragments, so I'll be done on thursday, after which I'll do the Trial of Valor and Nighthold raids one more time. After that, the Broken Shore awaits!
Ar-Pharazon-V (03:12:03):    Going through my to-do list further, I also finally got around to unlocking the blood trader in Dalaran. I hadn't made time for it because I thought there would be a bit of a questline behind it; imagine my surprise when it was literally nothing more than talking to the npc once. Still, now it's done!
Ar-Pharazon-V (03:15:52):    And finally, I decided also to take a shot at Doctor Weavil, the mob on Alcaz isle who was revamped for patch 7.1. I'd read he drops a toy and some pet consumables. Turns out it's quite difficult to get to him. If you fly ,you get shot out of the air before reaching the island, and by ground you have to deal with proximity mines and turrets that do a lot of damage.
Ar-Pharazon-V (03:16:41):    The toy itself turns out to have a pretty low droprate of 3%, and he takes 7 minutes to respawn, but if you find yourself with nothing better to do than camp him and do some browsing or other stuff, it's an okay place to sit and wait. 3% is not the worst rate I've seen.
Ar-Pharazon-V (03:17:21):    And that's my report for the day!
Ar-Pharazon-V (03:17:51):    Week, even.
Varda Valar (03:52:49):    Thanks Phar
Ar-Pharazon-V (03:57:07):    Oh, one thing I forgot, I decided to get more work done with the recipes from Nomi, so I used all the Nomi snacks I could find on the alt I'd been sending them to, and rushing through a bunch of work orders. As a result I'm now only missing one more recipe, and have 9 out of 10 recipe scraps I need to create any missing recipe.. which will be the one, of course. So now I've got 2 possibilities for finally finishing all that, and I hope to get the 10th scrap over the next week :)
Ar-Pharazon-V (03:59:02):    After that I can stop piling various kinds of fish on top of the panda chef, and leave him in peace.
Ar-Pharazon-V (04:21:39):    Namarie, will try to send transcript tomorrow!
Varda Valar (04:21:52):    Thank you :)
Varda Valar (04:22:21):    Namarie!