Valar Guild

August 20, 2023 Sunday Meeting

5:00 P.M. Eastern Time
Valar Guild/meeting_place

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Transcript work by Varda.
[times are Central Time from Varda's Discord. Add one hour for Eastern, which is Valar time and LotRO /servertime.]

Attending (and typed): (5)

rien, Ar-Pharazon, Eonwe (presiding), Pallando, Sandalf
Meeting begins
Membership news:

    Lord of the Rings Online, World of Warcraft, Overwatch 2, Diablo 3, Diablo Immortal, Hearthstone, Eve Online,
Warcraft Arclight Rumble, Eve Online
    Eve Online Fanfest 2023 (Pallando will be there, possibly on a panel)
    Topic from Eonwe: One of the things that has amused me lately is to look into the little things in Tolkien's works, the small touches that are easy to overlook as commonplace. The things that one tends to think "Of course they did that" or "Of course they had that" when one gives much thought to it at all.
    (non) Flashgaming Reviews (plus) by Ar-Pharazon. Includes Blizzard games afterwards.



Eonwë Valar — Yesterday at 4:01 PM
[4:03 PM]
@Bounder Meeting Starting. See you there!

Sandalf13 — Yesterday at 4:03 PM
Aiya All!

Pallando-Valar — Yesterday at 4:03 PM

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 4:03 PM
[4:05 PM]
Well, just finished shattered halls timewalk.. in 14 minutes... so ready for meeting

Sandalf13 — Yesterday at 4:05 PM

Arien  Valar — Yesterday at 4:06 PM
Aiya all from Fort William

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 4:06 PM

Sandalf13 — Yesterday at 4:06 PM


Eonwë Valar — Yesterday at 4:07 PM
Ok, Let's get this show on the informaton superhighway.
[4:07 PM]

Elen Sila Lumenn Omentielvo!
[4:07 PM]


[4:08 PM]
Varda's out of town visiting Elwing. I'm sure they're having a blast.
Sandalf13 — Yesterday at 4:08 PM
Just a few blocks away from the Ent Bank, I found this street in Westminster, Colorado. Who said Middle-earth is not real?
[Note: street sign at a crossroad for Hobbit Lane and King Street.]

Eonwë Valar — Yesterday at 4:09 PM
Everyone who is here, say Oiolosse.

Sandalf13 — Yesterday at 4:09 PM

Pallando-Valar — Yesterday at 4:09 PM

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 4:09 PM

Arien  Valar — Yesterday at 4:10 PM

Sandalf13 — Yesterday at 4:10 PM

Arien  Valar — Yesterday at 4:11 PM
Oiolasse then

Sandalf13 — Yesterday at 4:11 PM
He he

Eonwë Valar — Yesterday at 4:11 PM
And amusing picture, Sandalf.

Sandalf13 — Yesterday at 4:12 PM
Who knows what street will show up next? Only the Shadow knows, and he ain''t telling....

Eonwë Valar — Yesterday at 4:12 PM
Ok, so I see Sandalf, Pallando, Pharazon, Arien, and Eonwë. There's the tally for Varda.
Any other Membership news?

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 4:12 PM
Hobbit lane goes ever on and on...

Sandalf13 — Yesterday at 4:13 PM
Like the Road...

Eonwë Valar — Yesterday at 4:14 PM
It could've been alot more fun if the road crossing were named Isengard. Those directions to visit could then be "Take Hobbit to ..."

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 4:14 PM

Arien  Valar — Yesterday at 4:15 PM
me is the one with the hat
[Note: Fort William, Scotland]

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 4:15 PM
The guy on the left!

Sandalf13 — Yesterday at 4:15 PM
BTW, Cormac McCarthy passed away of his best books was simply called "The Road," like in "The Road goes on..." from Tolkien.
[4:16 PM]
Great Picture, Arien!   You look wonderfuil!

Arien  Valar — Yesterday at 4:17 PM
We went to the astronomical clock and crossed the Charles bridge

Sandalf13 — Yesterday at 4:18 PM
Did you find any good pilsner?

Arien  Valar — Yesterday at 4:18 PM
More next week
[4:18 PM]
And I did ;)

Sandalf13 — Yesterday at 4:19 PM

Arien  Valar — Yesterday at 4:19 PM
Next !

Eonwë Valar — Yesterday at 4:21 PM
Did you have more to add, Arien?

Arien  Valar — Yesterday at 4:22 PM
That was all for now

Eonwë Valar — Yesterday at 4:22 PM
OK :} Wasn't sure when you said "Next" :}
[4:22 PM]
Ok, on to...



Nothing for the moment.
[4:22 PM]



[4:23 PM]

Lord of the Rings Online:
The Farmer's Faire is going through September 7th ---
    The Lord of the Rings Online
    The Farmers Faire Guide
    Get started celebrating summer in Middle-earth in our guide to the Farmer's Faire!

The new reward track season is going.
[4:24 PM]

World of Warcraft:
This week's bonus events: Burning Crusade Timewalking.

The PvP Brawl: Deep Six is going through Tuesday, August 22nd.
Going now through August 28th: The Kalimdor Cup. ---
    World of Warcraft
    Prep Your Dragons and Mount Up for Kalimdor Cup - WoW
    Rediscover the skies of Kalimdor with a new dragonriding racing event!

[4:25 PM]
Check out announcement of an upcoming event: Unravel the Secrets of Azeroth. ---
    World of Warcraft
    Unravel the Secrets of Azeroth - WoW
    Rumors are everywhere you go, but behind every rumor are secrets to be found—clues even—which lead throughout Azeroth’s varied and variegated landscapes to ancient artifacts and hidden treasures.

The next update, Fury Incarnate, will be out September 5th. With it comes a new event, Dreamsurges, as well as heritage armor for Forsaken and Night Elves. ---
    World of Warcraft
    Unite and Face the Onslaught of the Dreamsurge - WoW
    The growth of a new World Tree is causing the energies of the Emerald Dream to manifest throughout the Dragon Isles. Defeat the chaos brought about by the Druids of the Flame.

[4:25 PM]
    World of Warcraft
    Honor Your Legacy with New Forsaken and Night Elf Heritage Armor - WoW
    Honor your legacy with two new Heritage Armor sets—one for undead and one for night elves—with the release of the Fury Incarnate content update.
    Players will also have new skin colors to choose from for undead, and night elves will have new facial markings and body tattoos to choose from.

Check out This Week in WoW. ---
    World of Warcraft
    This Week in WoW: August 14, 2023 - WoW
    Each week we’ll look ahead to what’s in store for World of Warcraft, share the latest news, and keep you in the know byte by byte.
    Get ready for high-flying action when you mount up and rediscover the skies of Kalimdor with a new dragonriding racing event arriving in Azeroth on August 15!

Check out Blues News. ---
    World of Warcraft
    Blues News: August 18, 2023 - WoW
    Stay up to date with World of Warcraft when you join us each week as we round up some of the latest top blue posts and discussions.

Check out this week's hotfixes. ---
    World of Warcraft
    Hotfixes: August 16, 2023 - WoW
    Here you will find a list of hotfixes that address various issues related to World of Warcraft: Dragonflight, Wrath of the Lich King Classic, Burning Crusade Classic, and WoW Classic.

[4:26 PM]

Overwatch 2:
New Director's Take: Looking Beyond Overwatch 2: Invasion. ---
    Director’s Take – Looking Beyond Overwatch 2: Invasion
    Game Director Aaron Keller is back with a retrospective to the Overwatch 2: Invasion launch and shares a glimpse into the future of the game.

Diablo 3:
We now have a link for the PTR announcement. ---
    Diablo III
    Diablo III PTR 2.7.6 - Now Live
    The Diablo III 2.7.6 PTR begins on August 16 and lasts two weeks. Join us in testing the new Solo Self Found feature, Visions of Enmity Season theme, and more.

Diablo Immortal:
Check out the latest bug fixes. ---
    Diablo Immortal Bug Fixes and Patch Notes for All Platforms
    We will continually update this blog with all bug fixes and patches the team implements for Diablo Immortal on all platforms.

Patch 27.2 is out. ---
    27.2 Patch Notes
    Patch 27.2 brings Battlegrounds Season 5, the launch of Twist, the new Caverns of Time special expansion for Wild and Twist, and more!

[4:27 PM]

Pallando has some new for us. All yours, Pallando.

Pallando-Valar — Yesterday at 4:28 PM
The latest Eve story arc is just about to kick off. The last few weeks have seen fragments of data showing up across space and being found. These fragments of data have been put together to reveal three videos; two reveal new destroyers to come from the Angels and the Guristas, and one that appears to be showing a new faction. We've also been told during the Alliance Tournament broadcast today that there's more to come next week as the story arc builds up steam, and some big reveals at Fanfest.
I have some copies of the incomplete videos which I'll post here

[Note: the above videos were only visible for Varda in our Discord meeting channel and crashed Varda's Discord when attempting to open in a Firefox browser.]

Speaking of the AT, today saw the final matches for Alliance Tournament XIX, which has been going over this weekend and last. In it, the Tuskers blew a 2-0 lead to see Fraternity take their first ever AT victory in the best of 5 grand finals, which was an absolute nail-biter of a run, with every match hard fought.
[4:29 PM]
Back to Fanfest, that's coming up in almost exactly a month (September 21 - 23) and I will be there in person in Reykjavík, possibly on a panel. :)
[Note: Iceland. Eve Online News. Fanfest 2023. Fanfest tickets are sold out.]

Arien  Valar — Yesterday at 4:30 PM
(emote: thumbs-up)

Eonwë Valar — Yesterday at 4:30 PM
Sounds cool.

Pallando-Valar — Yesterday at 4:30 PM
that's it for Eve for now.

Eonwë Valar — Yesterday at 4:30 PM
Thanks :}
[4:31 PM]
Any other gaming news?

Pallando-Valar — Yesterday at 4:30 PM
that's it for Eve for now.

Eonwë Valar — Yesterday at 4:30 PM
Thanks :}
[4:31 PM]
Any other gaming news?

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 4:31 PM
Soft release for Warcraft Arclight Rumble has happened this week, with a select few countries.

New countries should be added over time. I do hope that, unlike Diablo Immortal, this will be playable in the Netherlands eventually...
[4:32 PM]
    Smash That Button! Warcraft Rumble™ Enters Soft Launch
    We’re spreading the joy (and chaotically good fun) to more countries as Warcraft Rumble™ enters soft launch.

[4:33 PM]
And that's my news!

Eonwë Valar — Yesterday at 4:33 PM
Thanks .
[4:35 PM]
Last call for gaming news, then on to Tolkien.
[4:38 PM]
Ok then, here we go.



[4:39 PM]
The topic today is going to be a rather open-ended, so let's see what you all come up with.
Eonwë Valar — Yesterday at 4:42 PM
One of the things that has amused me lately is to look into the little things in Tolkien's works, the small touches that are easy to overlook as commonplace. The things that one tends to think "Of course they did that" or "Of course they had that" when one gives much thought to it at all.
[4:43 PM]
Sometimes they just happen to stand out for one reason or another. For example, the Hobbits had tubs. One of Fëanor's sons in HoME is mentioned as having braided hair. Elves had cushions and guitars in Book of Lost Tales.

Sandalf13 — Yesterday at 4:43 PM
So tell did the Hobbits get tea? It was a very favorite drink of theirs, yet the cultivation of tea occurs in areas far to the south of The Shire. So: how and where did they get tea?

Eonwë Valar — Yesterday at 4:44 PM
So my invitation to you is to pick out those tiny things that you may notice now and then in reading, that you have had a similar reaction.

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 4:44 PM
Pipeweed tea.

Eonwë Valar — Yesterday at 4:45 PM
They must've grown some themselves.
I hope not, Phar.

Sandalf13 — Yesterday at 4:45 PM
Not likely...we once tried tobacco to make "tea" when I was in College, and it was TERRIBLE.

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 4:46 PM
I feel my throat spasming by the thought of it!

Sandalf13 — Yesterday at 4:46 PM
But tea is not native to England, the land on which The Shire is modelled/based/represents, or whatever.

Eonwë Valar — Yesterday at 4:46 PM
They may have brought it with them. Elves brought seeds with them when they went to Aman, and brought stuff back when they came from Aman.
[4:47 PM]
Or trade with Dwarves.

Arien  Valar — Yesterday at 4:47 PM
The rangers maybe brought some

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 4:47 PM
There's no tea like Numenor-grown tea.

Sandalf13 — Yesterday at 4:47 PM
Tea is an aromatic beverage prepared by pouring hot or boiling water over cured or fresh leaves of Camellia sinensis, an evergreen shrub native to East Asia which probably originated in the borderlands of southwestern China and northern Myanmar.

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 4:47 PM

Sandalf13 — Yesterday at 4:48 PM
I suspect that Numenorean tea would have lost its savor by the time Hobbit were enjoying tea in the The Shire.

Eonwë Valar — Yesterday at 4:48 PM
I'm sure humanity has poured boiling water over lots of different leaves, heh.

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 4:48 PM
I never pour hot water over my teabags, I just dip them in. They break otherwise.

Eonwë Valar — Yesterday at 4:49 PM
Hmm, must be weak teabags. Never had that problem.

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 4:49 PM
Well, not outright tear in half, but it's seen leakages.

Sandalf13 — Yesterday at 4:50 PM
Very, very true, Eonwe, but Tolkien specifies the Hobbit beverage as "Tea," implying its origin in Southeastern Asia (today). Of course, they may have been drinking herb tea, but it was not named as such before the arrival of real tea in England.

Arien  Valar — Yesterday at 4:51 PM
Yake fresh leaves and tea strainer you Banause (emote: stuck out tongue)

Eonwë Valar — Yesterday at 4:51 PM
I'm sure there's a quote that would unsatisfactorily answer the question of where they got tea, but I think it would be either trade with Dwarves or growing themselves (either by obtaining seeds through trade or bringing it themselves in their migration).

Sandalf13 — Yesterday at 4:52 PM
In America, it seems to me (at least), that "tea" has taken on a generic meaning of any hot beverage poured over dried leaves of some type, such as Camellia Sinensis, or Chamomile, or whatever.

Eonwë Valar — Yesterday at 4:52 PM
Maybe the Hobbits don't even remember where they got tea, heh.

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 4:52 PM
So either the Avari or the Easterlings would have picked up the habit of tea...
the hobbit habit

Sandalf13 — Yesterday at 4:52 PM
There is some neat fanfaction about that very act, Ar.
[4:53 PM]
One story related how Gilraen learned that the afternoon tea habit of the Elves of Imladris, that they learned from the HObbits, was a very restful and invigorating event...all at the same time.

Eonwë Valar — Yesterday at 4:56 PM
But as is implied by the discussion, how the Hobbits came to drink tea is less "Of course they did" and more "How on earth did they manage that?" So I point back to seeing what you all think are more examples of the former :}

Arien  Valar — Yesterday at 4:58 PM
Building houses and hobbit homes,?

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 4:58 PM
"Of course they had cakes!"

Arien  Valar — Yesterday at 5:00 PM
Holes stupid auto corrext

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 5:01 PM
Honestly though, most of my rereads aren't fresh or thorough or lingering enough for me to notice little details like that right now.
[5:02 PM]
I do remember noticing the bath thing.

Eonwë Valar — Yesterday at 5:03 PM
It's kind of a hard line to find, but I'm talking about things less obvious that buildings but not so much "how on earth did they." I hesistate to say "lucuries" or comforts, but stuff that can get "lost in the cracks" might be the best way to describe what I'm looking for.

Arien  Valar — Yesterday at 5:03 PM
Namarie for now from me

Eonwë Valar — Yesterday at 5:03 PM
Sleep well.

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 5:03 PM

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 5:03 PM
Hmm, I get what you mean, like flavor things that make sense once you think about it.

Eonwë Valar — Yesterday at 5:04 PM

Sandalf13 — Yesterday at 5:04 PM

Eonwë Valar — Yesterday at 5:06 PM
Mirrors. The naltalma mentioned in ... Pretty sure it was Nature of Middle-Earth.
[5:07 PM]
Shows mirrors aren't just a Hobbit thing if you had any doubts, heh.

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 5:07 PM

Eonwë Valar — Yesterday at 5:08 PM
Although a mirror is also mentioned in RIvendell so you shouldn't have doubts :}

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 5:08 PM
Hobbits had a lot of bits like that though, as if based on a civilization more recent than what we see in most other races
Umbrellas, pens...

Eonwë Valar — Yesterday at 5:09 PM
Depends on the pen.

Sandalf13 — Yesterday at 5:09 PM
Silver spoons...
A postal service....

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 5:10 PM
Indeed, though I can't imagine wooden spoons being prevalent over metal ones in places like Rivendell and Minas Tirith.

Sandalf13 — Yesterday at 5:10 PM
The Hobbits were very English in their habits, customs, luxuries, eating habits, and so on.

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 5:11 PM
What about a police force?
Rather than military.

Sandalf13 — Yesterday at 5:11 PM
They had the Bounders....
And the Shiriffs...

Eonwë Valar — Yesterday at 5:11 PM
All they were concerned with was their own bounds. The King off in Norbury worried about everything outside of it.

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 5:11 PM
Exactly. Other races we've seen generally had military/guards sitting in as a police force, or at least I've noticed no mention of separate officers.
[5:12 PM]
While the Shire, with basically no military, used a policing force instead. Of course they did

Sandalf13 — Yesterday at 5:12 PM
The bounders and shiriffs were really loosely organized, to say the least.
But they were there!

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 5:13 PM

Eonwë Valar — Yesterday at 5:13 PM
The typical "threat" they had to worry about was someone overstaying his welcome at the Green Dragon. Not a whole lot to do otherwise :}

Sandalf13 — Yesterday at 5:14 PM
Oooops....I have got to run (literally as well as figuratively). I will check in later for Ar's report. Namarie!

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 5:14 PM

Eonwë Valar — Yesterday at 5:14 PM
Take care.

Sandalf13 — Yesterday at 5:14 PM
Sei gesund!

Eonwë Valar — Yesterday at 5:16 PM
I suppose we should just call it here. If anyone thinks of any other examples during the week, feel free to mention it in here.

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 5:16 PM
of course the Sindarin and Silvan elves were trained to hear a dwarf's breathing in the dark

Eonwë Valar — Yesterday at 5:16 PM
[5:17 PM]
Here's another one for you: Book of Lost Tales mentions wrestling (not of the Hulk Hogan variety, heh)

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 5:18 PM
Huh, interesting.

Eonwë Valar — Yesterday at 5:19 PM
Consider Tulkas, and also consider how old the sport of wrestling is, and it makes sense, heh.

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 5:20 PM
Oiled muscles creaking.
Eh, can't say I've ever been a fan myself.

Eonwë Valar — Yesterday at 5:21 PM
In BoLT there was Makar and his sister Meassa, and Makar had his own halls where everyone was training for combat. As I recall Makar wasn't fond of Tulkas visiting because Tulkas was always laughing even in battle.

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 5:21 PM
A relation to Bombadil, perhaps?
Keeping the mood up in any situation.

Eonwë Valar — Yesterday at 5:22 PM
Heh, if Tom is an Ainu, then yes, actually :}
It also means that if he stops laughing in the middle of a fight, you done messed up, heh.

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 5:22 PM
Well, sure, but I was wondering if they had more of a connection beyond that.

Eonwë Valar — Yesterday at 5:22 PM
I doubt it.

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 5:23 PM
As it seems they had similar personalities.
But I'm probably reading too much into it.

Eonwë Valar — Yesterday at 5:24 PM
If Tom were Tulkas I think the conversation with Old Man WIllow would've gone more like "Now Willow-man, you better let those Hobbits out. Don't make me wallop you! Ring-a-ding-dillo!" heh
[5:26 PM]
Bangs gavel
[5:26 PM]



Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 5:27 PM
In any case, I bet they'd get along splendidly

Eonwë Valar — Yesterday at 5:27 PM
    You are Free to Eat🍜

[5:27 PM]

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 8:50 PM
Personal gaming report:

Sandalf13 — Yesterday at 8:51 PM
Yahoo! I am back! Just in quote the old song...Just in time, Just in time, I found you just in time...."

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 8:51 PM
For (non)flashgaming, here's
    Mine of Sight
    Minesweeper#39s weird cousin. Use a variety of clues to find all the mines. Over 100 levels.

[8:53 PM]
A puzzle game akin to minesweeper, but with a lot of different types of clues over a lot of levels, and you'll have to use them in combination to figure out where the mines are located.
No guessing needed, logic will be enough!
And aiya Sandalf

Sandalf13 — Yesterday at 9:15 PM
Right back at you.
[9:16 PM] laptop did not give me a signal when you last wrote. I sincerely apologize for my tardy reply!

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 9:16 PM
That's fine
Just playing a bit of the game I just linked, will continue report in a moment

Sandalf13 — Yesterday at 9:16 PM
[9:17 PM]
Why can't I spell things right tonight?

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 9:17 PM
Keep trying...

Sandalf13 — Yesterday at 9:17 PM

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 9:17 PM
There it is!

Sandalf13 — Yesterday at 9:17 PM
[9:18 PM]
Ich bin sehr müde, weil ich huete ein voller Tag gehabt habe.
[9:19 PM]
Ich arbeite noch in meiner Garage, wo ich viele Schachteln habe, dass ich zu sortieren muss.

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 9:19 PM

Sandalf13 — Yesterday at 9:20 PM
Ja. Boxes. Plural!

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 9:20 PM
Boxes to sort, good luck

Sandalf13 — Yesterday at 9:21 PM
Es tut mir Leid, dass ich dich verdrossen habe. Du bist im
Mittle von deine Nachricht.

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 9:21 PM
Which I'll continue
[9:22 PM]

Blizzard gaming:

Sandalf13 — Yesterday at 9:22 PM
Vielen Dank!!

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 9:22 PM
Level 40 on the reward track now! Progress is being made.
[9:23 PM]
I managed to complete the quest event, gathering enough xp through daily quests. Was a bit intense to work through every day, but it was enough to get the hero skin reward.
[9:24 PM]
Opened a few more packs, but no new legendaries from there. Still about 260 to go
[9:29 PM]
Brawl is "Servant of Yogg-saron" Tryouts. Choose a class, get a bunch of minions, each of which casting a random spell at a random target.

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 9:30 PM
Lots of randomness abound... be careful playing too many minions or they'll end up targetting themselves
[9:31 PM]
Bit more raiding, farming heroic. No useful rewards from vault, though, except a new appearance.
[9:32 PM]
The megadungeon, however, was useful, as I finally got a new feral dps trinket, and enough aspects' crests to max out my tier shoulders and a few other pieces.
[9:34 PM]
Got enough draenic seeds for my second-last mog piece, the garden sickle. Only one more 500-piece to go, won't be long now!
And out of game, another treasure to add... my Ardenweald Pepe plush arrived
[9:36 PM]
The Kalimdor Cup started! I love the racing, dodging obstacles in split seconds, flying from ring to ring, but I'm not quite good enough to get all gold on the advanced and reverse races. Spent hours and hours and only got a couple of them, so instead I decided to get all normal races on gold and all advanced and reverse races on silver. Still an interesting challenge on most of the tracks, but not as frustrating.

Sandalf13 — Yesterday at 9:37 PM
I imagine that frustration might have undesirable consequences when gaming...

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 9:38 PM
And between my main druid, collecting those achievements, and my mage to go through the easiest tracks once again, I collected enough badges to buy the entire Drake Racer's appearance set, as well as the drake customizations!
Heh, not to the point of chucking my pc through the window, but it did feel exhausting at points
[9:39 PM]
So that's what I wanted from the Kalimdor Cup, anyway. Looking forward to the upcoming dragonriding cups in other continents as well. I know Eastern Kingdoms and Outland have been discovered, at least
[9:40 PM]
Speaking of the mage, it turns out that the races give a lot of experience, especially since you can do them over and over again. She got a whole level going through the gold and silver ranks, making it to 62!
[9:41 PM]
And after I was done with my Cup objectives, I finally made time to do some normal quests again, completing the first Revendreth arc with the mage at last.
[9:42 PM]
And after that I poked the blood elf paladin once again, completing a quest to get some treants under control on the starting isle. The next quest, while not special in itself, is the one that was immortalized in one of Carbot's WoW parody videos,
    WowCraft Ep 28 Eversong Woods

[9:43 PM]
So I'm looking forward to recreating that

Yahoo! I am back! Just in quote the old song...Just in time, Just in time, I found you just in time...."
Eonwë Valar — Yesterday at 9:43 PM
    Purely GOOD MUSIC
    Huey Lewis & The News - Back In Time

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 9:45 PM
One of his most hauntingly beautiful videos, I must admit.
[9:46 PM]
The Carbot one, that is
And that's my report for the week!

Sandalf13 — Yesterday at 9:46 PM
I think that you posted (oops...had to shift back from mhy German keyboard to English) that video before. I enjoyed the music so much that I tried to find other carbot shows as well, without success. The music is very minimalist, abnd reminds me of Philip Glass....what do you think?

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 9:47 PM
The music is actually from the game, the blood elf zones in particular. But it's used to great effect.

Sandalf13 — Yesterday at 9:48 PM
So someone made the cartoon, and appropriated the music for the background?

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 9:49 PM
This is a person who's made a career out of making parody videos out of Blizzard Entertainment's games, to the point of being endorsed by them. There have even been official mods for some of the games using his artstyle.

Sandalf13 — Yesterday at 9:49 PM
The storyline is sort of weird...and the characters do not seem "right," somehow. Why do they run over the newsboy? Why does he kill the happylooking guards? What is the poiont?

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 9:50 PM
In this case it's a parody of one of the WoW starting zones, where the low level enemies are neutral toward the players but must still be slain for quests.

Sandalf13 — Yesterday at 9:51 PM
Ah. I think I understand. All this emphasis on slaying and killing in a game....I wonder.

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 9:51 PM
The disregard for questgivers and other NPCs by players is a recurring theme in his WoW videos :)
As well as the strange mechanics surrounding them.
[9:52 PM]
There's other types of quests as well, but most of them do involve combat.

Sandalf13 — Yesterday at 9:52 PM
Maybe one day I will truly be able to play a game. I think that Varda is frustrated with my lack of progress.
I feel like a troll.

Eonwë Valar — Yesterday at 9:53 PM
World of Warcraft is a dangerous world dangerously fraught with many dangerous dangers. Dangerous.

Sandalf13 — Yesterday at 9:53 PM
And minimalist?

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 9:54 PM
I don't think frustration is the right word, but I do think she'd be happy to have you join other Valarguild players at higher levels and content. But, as we all do, I'm sure she respects you doing things at your own pace :)
[9:54 PM]
Minimalism is just this creator's artstyle :)
WoW is more... cartoonish, but still 3d and quite detailed.

Eonwë Valar — Yesterday at 9:55 PM
I have the Carbot Starcraft Remastered. I decided why not.

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 9:55 PM
So do I! It's quite fun :)
Even the menus, the mission briefings...

Sandalf13 — Yesterday at 9:56 PM
    Night Court Theme (Intro & Outro)

[9:56 PM]
And now for something completely different, a la Monty Python.
[9:57 PM]
A somewhat different music style than Carbot!

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 9:57 PM
[9:58 PM]
Alright, namarie :)

Eonwë Valar — Yesterday at 9:59 PM
    Jodie Schwirtz
    And Now here's something we hope you'll really like

[9:59 PM]
Sleep well.

Sandalf13 — Yesterday at 9:59 PM
Namarie! Thanks for your report!
[9:59 PM]
And Namarie as well, Eonwe! I hope you both enjoy a wonderful week ahead! Sei gesund!