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September 3, 2017 Sunday Meeting

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

Attending: (4)
    AIM: Arien (After-meeting), Ar-Pharazon, Elladan, Varda (presiding)
    Discord: Arien, Varda.

Meeting begins
    General gaming report
    Topic: One of Tolkien's strong abilities was the way he used settings as part of his world-building: (1) themes (2) reversals.
    Tolkien chat continues.
    Flashgaming Reviews by Ar-Pharazon

(times for Ar-Pharazon in the Netherlands)
Chat History for Valar Guild Meetingplace
Sunday, September 3, 2017

Varda Valar (22:52:04):    Aiya
Ar-Pharazon-V (22:52:10):    Aiya!
(22:52:29) vardavalar1 added scott92027 to this group chat.
Elladan (22:55:10):    Aiya!
Ar-Pharazon-V (22:55:13):    Aiya!
Varda Valar (22:55:22):    Aiya Elladan :)
Varda Valar (22:55:43):    Still have another five minutes, so welcome to Before-meeting :)
Elladan (22:56:29):    :)

Varda Valar (23:00:35):    Elen sila lumenn' omentielvo!
Varda Valar (23:00:40):    Membership:
Varda Valar (23:00:57):    If you're here, please type Manwe.
Varda Valar (23:00:59):    Manwe
Ar-Pharazon-V (23:00:58):    Manwe
Elladan (23:01:11):    Manwe
Varda Valar (23:01:19):    Yay for us three!
Varda Valar (23:01:44):    Arien went to a barbecue, where she may be impersonating a hobbit.
Varda Valar (23:01:56):    Eonwe wanted to be here but wasn't sure if work would allow.
Ar-Pharazon-V (23:02:10):    144 people at the barbecue?
Varda Valar (23:02:19):    Lenwe has been showing up late in Discord for his vote for that as the meeting area.
Varda Valar (23:02:24):    Could be. :)
Varda Valar (23:02:51):    Irmo is no longer able to show for the Discord part of the meeting as work started up again.
Ar-Pharazon-V (23:03:09):    Aw.
Varda Valar (23:03:34):    Gorlim is in the evacuation zone in Houston but in an area where they are allowed to remain and even keep electricity, so he's playing LotRO. :)
Elladan (23:03:43):    :O
Ar-Pharazon-V (23:03:46):    Yay!
Varda Valar (23:04:01):    Elwing is also ok, just careful of which street to drive in.
Varda Valar (23:04:12):    Generallyk the Valarites are ok. :)
Ar-Pharazon-V (23:04:17):    Generally?
Varda Valar (23:04:34):    Stores are a bit low but working hard to have stock.
Varda Valar (23:04:58):    Electricity sometimes goes down but has gotten much more reliable.
Varda Valar (23:05:29):    Places are reopening.
Varda Valar (23:05:55):    This news is for the Valarites. Of course there are areas where things aren't as good, but our folk are ok.
Varda Valar (23:06:16):    Dis is north of the flooded area, doing fine.
Varda Valar (23:06:35):    Any other membership news?
Elladan (23:07:01):    not from me

Varda Valar (23:08:08):    Web:
Varda Valar (23:08:42):    New completed story by Little Jewel-(T) "Learning to Accept":
Varda Valar (23:08:44):
Varda Valar (23:09:17):    She sent an email that she is having real life problems and is considering having us remove all her stories whether or not completed.
Varda Valar (23:09:39):    So if you want to read any, read soon. They very well may be going down.
Ar-Pharazon-V (23:10:15):    Odd choice. Not keen on her work staying around?
Varda Valar (23:10:25):    That is actually her story from last week, not this week.
Varda Valar (23:10:31):    She gave no details.

Varda Valar (23:10:52):    Elwing just came on LotRO, so we know she has electricity and internet. :)
Ar-Pharazon-V (23:10:56):    Yay!
Elladan (23:11:13):    :)
Varda Valar (23:11:30):    LotRO has been a more reliable way for us in the flood areas to contact each other than phones, heh.
Varda Valar (23:11:48):    In art news,
Ar-Pharazon-V (23:11:55):    well, MMOs are useful as mass communication devices :)

Varda Valar (23:12:26):    DeepGroover-(T) is working on an amazing model, a bust, of Gandalf. I've seen the start on it and it's going to be a top notch one.
Varda Valar (23:13:10):    The Bohemian Weasel-(T) is working on a painting of the Old Forest with hobbits but is not done yet. Looking forward to that one too.
Ar-Pharazon-V (23:13:25):    Ooh, something LotR specific :)
Varda Valar (23:13:31):    Aye :)
Varda Valar (23:13:35):    for both!
Ar-Pharazon-V (23:13:45):    Yes, but for the first that's a rarer occasion ;)
Varda Valar (23:13:52):    Aye to that.

Varda Valar (23:14:35):    oh, Eonwe reminded me under Membership:
Varda Valar (23:14:52):    the next Games Site Mass Update is coming soon.
Ar-Pharazon-V (23:15:03):    Ah yes, I figured that's what he was talking about earlier :)
Varda Valar (23:15:12):    Also, next month is the guild's Anniversary!
Varda Valar (23:15:51):    Many items take a lot of time to make, so it's not too soon to start if anyone is doing a drawing, other art, writing, etc for it.
Varda Valar (23:16:06):    Be sure to label it as part of the Anniversary when sending it in.

Varda Valar (23:17:30):    Gaming:
Varda Valar (23:18:03):    LotRO:
Varda Valar (23:18:06):    See the patch notes from the update this week.
Varda Valar (23:18:32):    Box run this week: 6-man Sammath Gul. Changes tomorrow.
Varda Valar (23:18:44):    Of more interest to high levels might be the "ash farming" runs in Mordor. Watch for PUG call-outs in World and LFF with 12 to 24 people and go in with empty bags.
Varda Valar (23:18:55):    Also check out the festival for high level items as well as the new goat and fun stuff.

Varda Valar (23:19:35):    and egad, that upcoming Anniversary is our 20th.

Varda Valar (23:19:56):    WoW:
Varda Valar (23:20:08):    This week's bonus event: Pet Battles.
Varda Valar (23:20:18):    Alot of previews for patch 7.3 are out this week, and 7.3 itself is coming out August 29th. Check out all the patch notes and all of these previews:
Dungeon Preview: Seat of the Triumvirate
Patch 7.3 Preview: Netherlight Crucible
Patch 7.3 Preview: Invasion Points
Patch 7.3 Preview: The Campaign for Argus
Varda Valar (23:20:43):    This week's bonus event: Cataclysm Timewalking.
Varda Valar (23:20:52):    Patch 7.3: Shadows of Argus is out, and Legion PvP Season 5 has started.
Varda Valar (23:21:01):    See what's going on This month in WoW.
Varda Valar (23:21:13):    Hotfixes. See them.

Varda Valar (23:21:23):    SC 2:
Varda Valar (23:21:32):    Several previews for patch 3.17 are out as well: 
Patch 3.17 Preview: New Co-op Commander Dehaka
Patch 3.17 Preview: Dehaka Announcer
Patch 3.17 Preview: New Co-op Mission - Malwarfare
3.17 Preview: New Premium Skins
Patch 3.17 Preview: Ascension
Varda Valar (23:21:56):    New patch out: Patch 3.17.0.
Varda Valar (23:22:09):    See the blog: StarCraft II Multiplayer - Major Design Changes. The name says it all.

Varda Valar (23:22:22):    Heroes of the Storm:
Varda Valar (23:22:33):    A new balance patch is out.
Varda Valar (23:22:46):    A 5-part series is being released, discussing the process for bringing back the upcoming new hero: Resurrecting Kel’Thuzad.
Varda Valar (23:22:57):    The PTR is up.

Varda Valar (23:23:08):    Hearthstone:
Varda Valar (23:23:17):    A new animated short is out: "Hearth and Home" is out.

Varda Valar (23:23:29):    Overwatch:
Varda Valar (23:23:36):    A new patch is up on the PTR.
Varda Valar (23:23:50):    Season 6 of competitive play has begun.

Varda Valar (23:23:56):    Diablo 3:
Varda Valar (23:24:04):    Now up on the PTR: Patch 2.6.1.
Varda Valar (23:24:26):    That's it for the general gaming news.

Varda Valar (23:24:39):    LotRO folks seen in the kin this past week: 
Varda Valar (23:25:10):    More of the gang are using Discord, but not all that widely used yet.
Varda Valar (23:25:40):    SC2:
Ar-Pharazon (added)
Varda Valar (23:26:01):    SCBW:
Varda Valar (23:26:21):    DCS World:
Ar-Pharazon-V (23:26:22):    SC2: Pharazon
Varda Valar (23:26:28):    Thanks :)
Varda Valar (23:26:38):    Path of Exile:
Varda Valar (23:26:48):    Sonic Mania:
Varda Valar (23:27:12):    Any others y'all know about?
Varda Valar (23:27:53):    Tolkien:
Varda Valar (23:28:08):    Anyone still present? :)
Varda Valar (23:28:10):    Aiyia
Varda Valar (23:28:16):    Aiya I mean
Ar-Pharazon-V (23:28:23):    Aiya... and looks like Arien was last online 3 hours ago, alas.
Elladan (23:28:35):    aiya
Varda Valar (23:29:29):    Arienwas traveling for the barbecue. Wasn't sure when she'd be back.
Ar-Pharazon-V (23:29:41):    Well apparently she was online 3 hours ago ;)
Varda Valar (23:29:57):    She dropped by LotRO for a bit too. :)

Varda Valar (23:30:16):    On to Tolkien:
Varda Valar (23:30:31):    First, did either of you have a topic you wanted to try?
Varda Valar (23:31:06):    One of Tolkien's strong abilities was the way he used settings as part of his world-building.
Varda Valar (23:31:42):    Two things I was thinking about on that are (1) themes (2) reversals.
Varda Valar (23:32:47):    The landscape or towns or other settings can help set up an atmosphere to help give the author's opinion on the action, or for pure story-telling to do the same.
Varda Valar (23:32:56):    Sometimes it's mixed, not always intentionally.
Varda Valar (23:33:26):    When we see the setting of the Shire in the beginning of the LotR, what kind of atmosphere do we see?
Ar-Pharazon-V (23:33:59):    Rural, social, that sort of thing?
Varda Valar (23:35:55):    Aye. Is it eerie like Children of the Corn? or what?
Elladan (23:35:55):    farmland
Ar-Pharazon-V (23:36:20):    Happier than that, I think, enjoying the fruits of the land :)
Ar-Pharazon-V (23:36:33):    Throwing parties, giving gifts. Smoking and drinking.
Elladan (23:36:45):    and the music is played in a major key (more upbeat)
Varda Valar (23:36:53):    There you go!
Varda Valar (23:37:00):    Party time, definitely.
Varda Valar (23:38:23):    It's a place where a battle-weary wizard can go to relax, eat, smoke his pipe, kick back with friends.
Ar-Pharazon-V (23:38:31):    Yep.
Varda Valar (23:38:34):    Not a place he expected to find the One Ring.
Ar-Pharazon-V (23:38:50):    Never can tell with those adventuring hobbits.
Varda Valar (23:39:15):    Things a burglar brings home. :)
Ar-Pharazon-V (23:39:29):    Right!
Elladan (23:39:45):    cheap women
Varda Valar (23:39:50):    The Shire is a small town atmosphere and rural. Pastoral, pleasant.
Elladan (23:40:20):    oh I thought you were asking what I burglar might bring home
Varda Valar (23:40:25):    Women that you have to marry and raise a ton of hungry kids with. Doesn't sound cheap.
Varda Valar (23:40:33):    Bilbo brought home the One Ring.

Varda Valar (23:41:09):    With Bree, the atmosphere shifts a bit.
Varda Valar (23:41:35):    It's a bigger town atmosphere. Hobbits mix with humans.
Varda Valar (23:41:45):    What kind of atmosphere does it have?
Varda Valar (23:42:18):    Is it pleasant and cheerful like the Shire? JRRT loved the countryside and small town folk.
Ar-Pharazon-V (23:42:23):    A bit gloomier, with some shady characters.
Ar-Pharazon-V (23:42:28):    Still some partying and drinking.
Ar-Pharazon-V (23:42:41):    Apple tossing.
Varda Valar (23:43:20):    True. It begins to go downhill. Traitor like Bill Ferny, part goblin that associates with him of a kind later seen around Mordor.
Varda Valar (23:43:52):    The Ranger seems foul, but they find him to be a major asset. A reversal of appearance.
Ar-Pharazon-V (23:44:09):    All that is gold does not glitter.
Varda Valar (23:44:22):    Exactly.
Varda Valar (23:44:33):    All that glitters is not necessarily gold either.

Varda Valar (23:44:46):    We find glittery things in the mounds of the Barrow-wights.
Ar-Pharazon-V (23:45:01):    Well, they are nice clothes and weapons.
Varda Valar (23:45:45):    So we have lovely things, glittery things that everyone would want.
Varda Valar (23:46:04):    Yet it's not a place we'd care to hang out in the way the Shire was.
Varda Valar (23:46:23):    Very spooky.
Ar-Pharazon-V (23:46:27):    Yes.

Varda Valar (23:47:11):    Rivendell. Out in the wild area, drop down into a hidden valley, and what do we find? Atmosphere, good or bad place to be?
Ar-Pharazon-V (23:47:46):    Good place. Happiness. More partying and drinking! And storytelling. Always good weather, with friendly, welcoming people.
Varda Valar (23:48:03):    Yay! We want to live in this place.
Ar-Pharazon-V (23:48:12):    *looks at rp* Seems that we do!
Varda Valar (23:48:18):    hehe
Varda Valar (23:48:21):    College or library town of magical peace and learning and music. Outdoors, small town.
Varda Valar (23:48:28):    It's pretty much JRRT's heaven.
Ar-Pharazon-V (23:48:34):    Oh yes. I'd love it too.
Varda Valar (23:48:42):    Me too. :)
Varda Valar (23:48:50):    *sets up the Valar Guild there*
Ar-Pharazon-V (23:48:52):    hehe
Elladan (23:49:13):    Sorry I can't stay longer guys :( Gotta run. Good to see you two! Glad you're all safe in TX! <3
Elladan (23:49:14):    Namarie

Varda Valar (23:49:15):    Going back a bit to Weathertop. It was in the wilds too, and an elevated place.
Ar-Pharazon-V (23:49:16):    Namarie!
Varda Valar (23:49:26):    Have a great evening, Elladan!
Varda Valar (23:49:35):    We made it to your home town at least. :)
Elladan (23:49:38):    You as well!
Ar-Pharazon-V (23:49:43):    deep in the heaaaart of Texas..
Elladan (23:49:54):    You made it where?
Ar-Pharazon-V (23:49:59):    Rivendell ;)
Varda Valar (23:50:11):    Elladan's home town.
Elladan (23:50:23):    ohhh I thought you meant you left the floods and made it to my real hometown haha
Elladan (23:50:26):    gotcha ;)
Ar-Pharazon-V (23:50:26):    heh
Elladan (23:50:31):    Good night!
Elladan (23:50:33):    Namarie
(23:50:43) Elladan left this group chat.
Varda Valar (23:50:48):    Namarie :)
Varda Valar (23:52:44):    Weathertop hosts ruins of long gone great men and kings of men, and is a site of confrontation first for Gandalf and then for Aragorn and the hobbits with the ruins of long gone men who were once kings and but who are now wraiths serving Sauron.
Varda Valar (23:52:58):    Weathertop hosts ruins of long gone great men and kings of men, and is a site of confrontation first for Gandalf and then for Aragorn and the hobbits with the ruins of long gone men who were once kings and but who are now wraiths serving Sauron.
Ar-Pharazon-V (23:53:07):    Very fitting.
Ar-Pharazon-V (23:53:16):    Maybe they'd been to the place when they were still alive?
Varda Valar (23:53:24):    sorry, must have been up a bit from the bottom of the chat, thought it didn't paste.
Varda Valar (23:53:31):    It's possible.
Ar-Pharazon-V (23:53:49):    Another eerie place.
Varda Valar (23:53:56):    True.
Ar-Pharazon-V (23:53:55):    Dark.
Varda Valar (23:54:40):    It's where they hoped to find Gandalf, where they set up a camp, and had one of their worst contacts with the enemy.
Varda Valar (23:54:59):    Frodo never fully recovered, and that was when he was barely starting out.
Varda Valar (23:55:32):    Too real. Seems as if people are always having to go into challenges with some injury, no matter how well trained up they are or equipped.

Varda Valar (23:55:49):    Another reversal happened to Gimli.
Varda Valar (23:55:58):    Gimli goes eagerly into Moria with his friends, expecting to display the underground palatial wonder-world of his people with its wonderful feasting. But it is a tomb.
Varda Valar (23:56:13):    That was a place with a lot of atmosphere.
Varda Valar (23:56:51):    Instead of the expected torchlight and probably all sorts of fancy lighting, it was mostly dark.
Varda Valar (23:57:08):    Instead of being well-tended, it was a mess.
Varda Valar (23:57:27):    Instead of dwarves, it held enemies.
Ar-Pharazon-V (23:57:50):    It does seem difficult to imagine it light and happy rather than dark and stuffy.

Varda Valar (23:57:59):    But Gimli ran into another reversal later, perhaps even greater for him than that.
Ar-Pharazon-V (23:58:02):    I could not be a dwarf ;)
Varda Valar (23:58:11):    So it was a re-reversal:
Varda Valar (23:58:21):    Gimli and Legolas go with other refugees from what may be a hopeless battle against endless orcs into a storage cavern for hiding women and children, and discover the Glittering Caves of Aglarond, a cave that to a dwarf or even an elf is a giant piece of artwork.
Monday, September 4, 2017

Varda Valar (00:00:14):    In a re-reversal of Rivendell, we have Lothlorien:
Varda Valar (00:00:22):    Lothlorien is a contrast after Moria, with golden leaved trees and music. But it too, has tomb-like qualities as the songs are requiems for the death of Gandalf and the whole place has stagnated in an unchanging, although beautiful, environment.
Varda Valar (00:01:48):    Would you have any other places with reversal atmospheres you'd like to mention? We're at the hour now.
Varda Valar (00:01:58):    Maybe Gondor?
Varda Valar (00:03:10):    The setting reversals are where one thing seems to be getting set up but another thing happens.
Varda Valar (00:03:24):    An expectation turned around.
Ar-Pharazon-V (00:10:41):    Sorry, was needed for a few minutes.
Varda Valar (00:10:48):    No worries
Varda Valar (00:10:58):    We're about to the end anyway. :)
Varda Valar (00:11:13):    *picks up a hammer gingerly*
Ar-Pharazon-V (00:11:17):    Well, let me think...
Varda Valar (00:11:19):    *thonk*
Ar-Pharazon-V (00:11:18):    Fangorn?
Varda Valar (00:11:35):    *hammer squeezes into a thin line*
Varda Valar (00:11:45):    *oozes out into a runnel*
Varda Valar (00:11:55):    *slithers back to the shelf*

Varda Valar (00:11:58):    After-meeting!
Ar-Pharazon-V (00:11:59):    Dark, wooded place, lot of life, but also a sadness with no new entlings and being chopped down from the side.
Ar-Pharazon-V (00:12:13):    Hammersnake?
Varda Valar (00:12:21):    Fangorn Forest, good one.

Ar-Pharazon-V (00:12:50):    Mordor... you know, vulcanic places are supposed to be among the most fertile ;)
Ar-Pharazon-V (00:13:00):    volcanic?
Ar-Pharazon-V (00:13:05):    I never know whether it's a u or o.
Varda Valar (00:13:22):    vulcanism, volcanic. Quite right
Ar-Pharazon-V (00:13:29):    sounds about right
Varda Valar (00:13:48):    That's one I hadn't thought of, too. :)
Varda Valar (00:14:30):    Should be fertile, but it's barren.

Arien V (00:19:25):    Aiya all :)
Ar-Pharazon-V (00:19:54):    Aiya!
Ar-Pharazon-V (00:28:02):    Oki, I guess I'll start my gaming report!
Varda Valar (00:28:17):    Aiya Arien!
Varda Valar (00:28:24):    Sorry, missed your coming in :)
Arien V (00:28:27):    :)
Arien V (00:28:41):    just got back about ten mins ago :)

Varda Valar (00:28:49):    We were talking about places in Middle-earth that set one expectation with an atmosphere then reversed it.
Varda Valar (00:28:58):    Surprised that it was common!
Varda Valar (00:29:07):    Welcome back :)
Arien V (00:29:12):    nice one :)
Ar-Pharazon-V (00:29:16):    Always makes for a happy or sad surprise.
Ar-Pharazon-V (00:29:59):    And yeah, Gondor... supposed to be happy and prosperous, but when you get there and the tree is dead, the steward's going mad and all the soldiers are scared of the oncoming attack...

Ar-Pharazon-V (00:32:18):    3 flashgames this week!
Ar-Pharazon-V (00:33:21): is the first, combine different elements to make new elements until you experiment your way through all several hundred of em. And apparently it saves your progress on different websites because I was playing on another first and it's still here :)
Ar-Pharazon-V (00:36:39): is the second game! A puzzle game where you have to decide on the order to get rhombuses to their targets without getting in the way of each other. Starts simple enough, but then you get switches and holding areas and links and it gets rather more interesting.
Ar-Pharazon-V (00:40:30): is the third game, save the hanging cowboys by shooting arrows through the ropes, by aiming a bow rather awkwardly. Bit of practice and you'll be able to get 3 stars :)

Ar-Pharazon-V (00:45:50):    Blizzard gaming:

Arien V (00:51:23):    ( )

Ar-Pharazon-V (00:53:13):    Heroes of the Storm: Brawl this week was the Hanamura map with 5x Tracer vs 5x Tracer, with core health, payload damage to core, and empowerment multiplied by 4, while kills would also chip down the enemy core. Nice fast-paced assassin-based matches, though when it comes to hide-and-seek games I do prefer the Nova brawl instead.
Ar-Pharazon-V (00:53:50):    But it did give me a level on Tracer, which brought my total to 210, giving me a rare chest, containing a new skin and an epic mount :)

Ar-Pharazon-V (00:55:32):    (sometimes I wonder, Arien, if all of Tolkien's poems were meant to be sung or merely recited)
Varda Valar (00:55:58):    (what is a song but poetry sung?)
Ar-Pharazon-V (00:56:13):    (interesting point, but maybe some of them were not meant to be sung ;))
Varda Valar (00:56:53):    (as a kid, I promptly memorized and sang the troll sat alone :)

Ar-Pharazon-V (00:56:57):    Diablo 3: Made it to 70! Finished season journey chapter 2. Now working on 3, which is basically doing bounty acts, of which I've done 3 now.
Ar-Pharazon-V (00:57:56):    After finishing chapter 3 I'll receive the 4-piece bonus on this season's class-set, which in the Crusader's case is the one set that already gives its humongous damage increase at 4-piece instead of 6-piece.. which in turn should allow me to breeze through chapter 4 pretty quickly and get the reward pet for this season!
Ar-Pharazon-V (00:58:48):    Starcraft II: Training Level'd my way through phase 2 of the war chest now. Still over a week to go until phase 3 starts, so I'll put that on hold for now.
Ar-Pharazon-V (00:59:57):    Hearthstone: 4 classes to level 50 now. The first golden cards they'll receive at 51 are generally not the most useful, but there's a few nice ones there. Other 5 classes are pretty close.
Ar-Pharazon-V (01:00:46):    Note: 51 and onwards gives the golden versions of the class-neutral basic cards, as in, cards you can use with every class. So when you do get a golden version, it's immediately useful in a lot more decks :)
Ar-Pharazon-V (01:04:17):    Brawl this week was a standard-deck version of an old one where cards you play cost health instead of mana. You can make use of that by using expensive cards that can claim a kill faster than they cost you the health. Other than that, options are open!
Ar-Pharazon-V (01:12:35):    WoW:
Ar-Pharazon-V (01:13:35):    Raiding going okay-ish, got a few more Maiden kills, still working on Avatar. Matter of execution and timing, really. We've gotten to phase 2 a few times, which seems a bit easier, and if we can keep everyone alive it shouldn't be much of a problem. Almost had him once.
Ar-Pharazon-V (01:15:30):    This week's weekly was timewalks, went well enough. Still saving up the timewarped badges for now, since I've nothing left to buy, and maybe when the next one is implemented (no doubt during the next expansion) maybe I can buy everything at once ;)
Ar-Pharazon-V (01:16:32):    Got a few more marks of honor from pvp world quests, and for pet world quests I fought Aulier for the second-last time. He only needs to spawn one more time and then I'll have all the families at 100%!
Ar-Pharazon-V (01:17:42):    7.3 came this week, but I haven't gone to Argus yet. It did come with a few new things, like the new pets from old raids that I'll start on tomorrow, and the new Darkmoon Faire mount, which requires 1000 tickets.
Ar-Pharazon-V (01:19:21):    I did a bit of research, did some calculations, and if I do the DMF minigames and pet battles 8 times a week, as well as deliver all the 9 quest starters every time it comes around, I should get the zeppelin mount in December. Since the Faire started this weekend again, I've already been busy, and am nearing 200 tickets already :)
Ar-Pharazon-V (01:22:15):    Continuing my major questing projects: Am now at 10 out of 40 fragments for Illidan's soul prism, and have worked my way further through Suramar. I'm now on the 8th of 9 story arcs for the Insurrection achievement, with currently the Elvish armies being stuck under a timestop spell which I'll need to stop. I hope to be done up to the start of the Nighthold quests by the end of this week.
Ar-Pharazon-V (01:23:59):    I'm also progressing on Balance of Power: I've finished the Emerald Nightmare raid stuff, and did a bunch more quests. Almost all the 5-man instances need to be visited on mythic difficulty at one point or other, and I've been able to coordinate my quest progress such that I can visit one mythic a day, which combines well with the soul prism stuff.
Ar-Pharazon-V (01:24:41):    That, I should also be able to finish before the next weekend, when I hope to be able to start the Nighthold raid quests, bringing them all together :)
Arien V (01:25:00):    nice one :)
Ar-Pharazon-V (01:26:37):    In doing so, I also got a new leatherworking recipe from mythic Court of Stars, so yay! I think I need 3 more recipes from 5-man instances.
Ar-Pharazon-V (01:29:56):    And finally, looking at the near future when my Suramar and Balance of Power quests are halted by Nighthold content, I've started doing some prep-work for one of my next projects, the falcosaurs, giving several mounts. It'll be a slow process, taking about 2 months for the main 4 questlines, which I hope to fit in among my other projects, eventually also leading to a rep-grind which requires me to kill 420 players during pvp quests and, later on, battlegrounds. Lot of work, but I do hope I'll have time for it all while still working on the main stories.
Ar-Pharazon-V (01:30:40):    Busy future ahead, but it'll be fun, I hope :)
Ar-Pharazon-V (01:31:47):    And I think that's my report fo this week!
Ar-Pharazon-V (01:32:18):    *for
Arien V (01:55:54):    Namarie all :)
Ar-Pharazon-V (01:55:58):    namarie!
Ar-Pharazon-V (02:05:46):    Ooh, forgot something.
Ar-Pharazon-V (02:06:22):    For Hearthstone I started working on the Frozen Throne missions, clearing the prologue (getting a Gul'dan death knight card as reward) and Marrowgar.
Ar-Pharazon-V (02:06:30):    Gotta clear it all!
Ar-Pharazon-V (02:06:41):    And get a bunch of packs in return :)

Ar-Pharazon-V (04:20:53):    namarie, sending transcript tomorrow!
Varda Valar (04:21:10):    Namarie and thanks!