Valar Guild

November 19, 2023 Sunday Meeting

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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): (7)

rien, Ar-Pharazon, Eonwe, Pallando (After), Pengolodh (Before), Sandalf, Varda
Meeting begins
Membership news:

    World of Warcraft, Diablo 4, Overwatch 2, Hearthstone, Lord of the Rings Online, Eve Online
    Topic: Waves
    (non) Flashgaming Reviews (plus) by Ar-Pharazon. Includes Blizzard games afterwards.



Pengolodh — 11/14/2023 7:26 AM
Late as Always gaming update:       Entering Moria on landroval with my Runekeeper this weekend. My loremaster on Laurelin is bouncing around gondor at the moment... getting frozen in time alot since Umbar dropped lol  but struggling on. Looking forward to getting my first legendary on RK.  Started to Play WOW retail again after 10 years.. Currently on Stormweaver Realm... EU server of course! I selected my old class Mage.. (Human).. I am very keen to get my first dragon  Also started to play a little off overwatch 2. entertaining game. Really looking forward to the big WOW expansion, as i imagine most are...! i think i want to start my own guild on stormweaver, but to my horror i found out last night, its mostly Horde on it.. so finding alliance members may be tough..

Eonwë Valar — 11/14/2023 8:15 PM
Good luck :}

November 16, 2023

Eonwë Valar — 11/16/2023 7:17 PM
WoW 19th Anniversary celebration going.
[7:18 PM]
Get your 19% exp boost going while you can.

Eonwë Valar — 11/16/2023 7:25 PM
Don't miss your shot at the mount Doomwalker drops.

Eonwë Valar — 11/16/2023 7:37 PM
Hmm, looks like I'm 6 mounts away from 400.

Eonwë Valar — 11/16/2023 7:51 PM
Lol. 4 anniversary bosses fought on the first day, extremely lucky in that I got loot from all four. That said, it was 3 cloaks and a sword :}
November 17, 2023

@Eonwë Valar
WoW 19th Anniversary celebration going.
Pengolodh — 11/17/2023 10:17 AM
I went to the Halls of Time.. or whatever its called..  and i has quests there, but I am too underlevel'd to do any of them  So, I get the feeling the 19th Anni is not meant to for new comers lol

Eonwë Valar — 11/17/2023 12:44 PM
The ones there that are specific to the Anniversary should be doable by most. The Trivia question for some easy exp should be one of them. You might need a few more levels for Doomwalker (a raid boss, but during busy hours there's bound to be people fighting him so jumping in on it shouldn't be difficult.)  "The Originals" you might need some more levels for because that has you going all over the world to fight 3 raid bosses. The last is a PvP quest, so it should be doable, if you care to go into a battleground. I did it one year and haven't really cared to do it since, personally.
But don't forget to check your mail and use the item you get that boosts your exp/rep gains by 19% first.
[12:45 PM]
The trivia question is a daily, easy exp. The others are weeklies. Nice chunk of exp from them though.

November 18, 2023

Eonwë Valar — 11/18/2023 7:12 AM
You know, I don't know what the point of the Waygate system in Dragonflight is other than busywork.
1.) 75% of the time I don't remember that there is such a system, the other 25% I doubt I have the area unlocked anyway.
2.) You can only use it once per hour, so it's not a particularly convenient "convenience."
3.) So far as I can tell, there's no way to track the gates on the zone map, so I can't do a quick check of what I have and if it's near enough to want to use it.
4.) You can't use one until you've found it and activated it.
5.) You can only unlock one per day.
They're like a worse version of flightpaths.

November 19, 2023

Varda — Yesterday at 3:57 PM
3 minutes : )

Arien  Valar — Yesterday at 3:58 PM
uh we are measuring time are we :)?
But I am here already

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 3:58 PM

Arien  Valar — Yesterday at 3:59 PM

Sandalf13 — Yesterday at 3:59 PM

Varda — Yesterday at 4:01 PM

Elen sila lumenn' omentielvo!

Sandalf13 — Yesterday at 4:02 PM

Varda — Yesterday at 4:02 PM
@Bounder @Guild-friend Valar Guild meeting time! Chat gaming and Tolkien or just say hi to old friends!
[4:02 PM]


[4:02 PM]
Hi to Arien, Phar, and Sandalf!

Arien  Valar — Yesterday at 4:03 PM

Varda — Yesterday at 4:03 PM
Any membership news?
(Fangorn and I are home again.)

Sandalf13 — Yesterday at 4:03 PM
Welcome home!

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 4:03 PM
New place getting closer, we're meeting people in the building next week for introduction!

Arien  Valar — Yesterday at 4:04 PM
very nice

Sandalf13 — Yesterday at 4:04 PM

Varda — Yesterday at 4:04 PM
Cool, Phar! Helps a lot to meet folks where you're going, ahead of time. : )

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 4:05 PM
Well, it's mostly the people who run and help with the place.
[4:05 PM]
So we'll get to know the building.
[4:05 PM]
And get some more information.

Varda — Yesterday at 4:05 PM
And some of the ones who'll be running around there that you'll be seeing again later. Hey, there's the guy/gal who can help with something. : )

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 4:05 PM

Varda — Yesterday at 4:08 PM


[4:09 PM]
Eonwe has been doing some amazing coding on a try-out Games Site, some or a lot of which may be coming to the rest of the site. Anyway, you guys are not forgotten out there!
[4:09 PM]


[4:10 PM]
Since Eonwe isn't available right at the moment, we can take a peek at his current Games Site and add to it as we go. Feel free to jump in with additional general news. : )

World of Warcraft:
[4:10 PM]
This week's bonus event: Battlegrounds.
[4:10 PM]
This week's PvP Brawl: Arathi Blizzard.
WoW's 19th anniversary is on! Don't miss all the fun goings-on!
[4:11 PM]
    World of Warcraft
    Celebrate 19 Years of World of Warcraft! - WoW
    The 19th-anniversary celebration of World of Warcraft is upon us!
    Log in to World of Warcraft between November 16 and December 7 to earn the WoW’s 19th Anniversary achievement, then check your mail for a special Anniversary Gift Package along with the Lil' Frostwing pet.

[4:11 PM]
Season 3 is on and the new raid fully in Normal, Heroic, and Mythic, and Wing 1 in LFR.

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 4:11 PM
Yep, big party in the Caverns of Time

Varda — Yesterday at 4:12 PM
Cool, Phar : )

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 4:12 PM
Also a new pet (with the anniversary mail) and a new mount (100% guarantee from the worldboss outside the Caverns), so go get!

Arien  Valar — Yesterday at 4:12 PM
sounds cool

Varda — Yesterday at 4:14 PM
    World of Warcraft
    Dragonflight Season 3 is Now Live! - WoW
    Dragonflight Season 3 is now live, bringing with it eight dungeons to the updated Mythic+ rotation, the opening of the Amirdrassil, the Dream’s Hope raid dungeon, and a new PvP Season with new rewards.

[4:15 PM]
    World of Warcraft
    Amirdrassil, the Dream’s Hope Raid Now Live! - WoW
    Gather your allies and join the Dream Wardens as they stand against the machinations of Fyrakk and his allies, the Druids of the Flame—for fame, for glory, for the World Tree—and for the rewards.

[4:15 PM]
Season 3 is on and the new raid fully in Normal, Heroic, and Mythic, and Wing 1 in LFR.
[4:15 PM]
The next patch, Seeds of Renewal is already in development.
[4:15 PM]
    World of Warcraft
    In Development: Seeds of Renewal - WoW
    The next update, Dragonflight: Seeds of Renewal, is in development and will allow defenders of the Dragon Isles to discover the buried history of Azeroth and the Dragon Isles.

[4:16 PM]
Check out This Week in WoW.
    World of Warcraft
    This Week in WoW: November 13, 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.
    Dragonflight Season 3 begins this week along with the opening of Amirdrassil, the Dream’s Hope raid dungeon and the race to World First!

[4:16 PM]
Check out Blues News.
[4:16 PM]
    World of Warcraft
    Blues News: November 17, 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.

[4:17 PM]
Check out this week's hotfixes.
[4:17 PM]
    World of Warcraft
    Hotfixes: November 17, 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.

Diablo 4:
[4:17 PM]
Another new patch, this week, but again nothing exciting.
[4:17 PM]
    Diablo IV Patch Notes
    We will continually update this article with all patches the development team implements for Diablo IV.

[4:18 PM]
Mother's Blessing will be boosting experience and gold earned. The Event Runs from November 20th to November 27th.
[4:18 PM]
    Mother’s Blessing Returns to Sanctuary
    Reap rewards with vigor—increased Gold and experience gains return for a whole week during Mother’s Blessing.

[4:18 PM]
Overwatch 2:
[4:18 PM]
New Director's Take: Retrospective from Blizzcon 2023.
[4:19 PM]
    Director’s Take – Retrospective from BlizzCon 2023
    Game Director Aaron Keller is back with a recap of the news at BlizzCon 2023 including Clash, Mauga updates, and the vision for Overwatch.

[4:19 PM]
[4:19 PM]
Showdown in the Badlands is live.
[4:19 PM]
    Showdown in the Badlands is NOW LIVE!
    Eureka! Hearthstone’s newest expansion is now live. Chase outlaws and bandits, Excavate new cards, and be quick on the draw in this wild west bonanza!

[4:20 PM]
Lord of the Rings Online:
[4:20 PM]
Update 38.0.1 came out this week.
[4:20 PM]
    The Lord of the Rings Online
    Update 38.0.1 Release Notes
    Here are the release notes for Update 38.0.1, released on Wednesday, November 15th, 2023.

[4:20 PM]
There are new items in the lootboxes.
[4:21 PM]
    The Lord of the Rings Online
    New rewards in Adventurer's and Traveller's Steel-bound Lootboxes!
Get more information about our November 2023 lootbox update here!

[4:21 PM]
Tome of Tracking through November 23rd for Coupon Code: TRACKING

Lord of the Rings Online gamers in kin this past week:
Landroval branch:

Crickhollow branch:
Treebeard branch:
[4:21 PM]

Varda — Yesterday at 4:22 PM
Any additions to Membership, Web, or Gaming? Suggestions, requests, need for items in the kin chest or for invitations to a guild branch?
waves hi to Eowyn (Cenedra) and Fangorn (Treebeard)
[4:23 PM]



If you're all numb from the wash of gaming links and news, shake loose!
Here's your chance to suggest a Tolkien topic. : )

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 4:23 PM
[4:24 PM]
to Eowyn and Fangorn, not to draw attention

Sandalf13 — Yesterday at 4:24 PM
The Waves! A great topic! The waves that carried Elendil et al to Middle-earth! The waves that accompanied Ulmo as he addressed Tuor on the shores of the Great Sea! The Waves!

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 4:25 PM
Let's literally discuss wave functions

Sandalf13 — Yesterday at 4:25 PM
The waves that destroyed Numenor! I could go on, but I won't.

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 4:26 PM
I think that was more our island keeling over, but sure, waves were part of it.

Varda — Yesterday at 4:26 PM
Ulmo can appear as a great wave.

Arien  Valar — Yesterday at 4:26 PM
the waves that symbolize ulmo s protection of Middlearth
[4:27 PM]
ah u beat me one second to it or Varda

Sandalf13 — Yesterday at 4:27 PM
The small waves kissed by Manwe's breath that moved across the waters of Ivrin...

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 4:28 PM
The elves waving goodbye to the Fellowship as they left Rivendell.

Varda — Yesterday at 4:29 PM
The waves and ripples being held back, allowing the Crown of stars to show over Durin's head.
The water of Cuivienen where the elves awoke.

Sandalf13 — Yesterday at 4:31 PM
Is this really our topic, although I would not be surprised if I misread Ar's "waves," mistaking it for a topic of discussion, rather than a literal wave to Eowyn and Fangorn. Sorry!

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 4:31 PM
It was a literal wave to Eowyn and Fangorn

Varda — Yesterday at 4:31 PM
But that gave us a topic. : )

Sandalf13 — Yesterday at 4:31 PM
Silly me, of course...but still, it was an interesting exchange of thoughts, nicht wahr?

Varda — Yesterday at 4:32 PM
We do that sort of thing, a stray word sets off the beauty of many words.
It became our topic. : )
[4:33 PM]
We are allowed more than one topic or tangent. If you have more, feel free to bring them up!
[4:37 PM]
How about a quick: What did Aragorn do after the War of the Ring as High King?

Sandalf13 — Yesterday at 4:38 PM
One of this first jobs was to dispense justice and reward those deserving of it from the battles of the Pelennor and before the Morannon...I am thinking in particular of King Elessar's judgment of Beregond.

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 4:38 PM
Got the princess and the throne

Sandalf13 — Yesterday at 4:38 PM
What a catch that was...

Eonwë Valar — Yesterday at 4:39 PM
    Super Mario Bros. Music - Level Complete

[4:39 PM]
And Heya.

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 4:39 PM

Sandalf13 — Yesterday at 4:39 PM
Do you think King Elessar played Super Mario Brothers as well? Aiya!

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 4:39 PM
Was Aragorn's princess in another castle?

Eonwë Valar — Yesterday at 4:40 PM
She was until she came to his castle, heh.

Varda — Yesterday at 4:40 PM
and Aiya Eonwe. : )
[4:41 PM]
Aragorn also joined up with Eomer-king to do what?

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 4:41 PM
To party with the others of the Fellowship as they started their journey north

Eonwë Valar — Yesterday at 4:42 PM
Clean up the mean streets of Gondor.

Sandalf13 — Yesterday at 4:42 PM
Well, they had a few battles fo fight against the remaining enemies of the West, but that was long after Aragorn was wedded to Arwen, and Faramir to Eowyn, and Eomer to Imrahil's daughter...

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 4:43 PM
3 weddings and a bunch of funerals

Sandalf13 — Yesterday at 4:43 PM
Sounds like a good title for a movie....uh oh, I think it has already been used.

Varda — Yesterday at 4:46 PM
Any other comments? Topics?

Eonwë Valar — Yesterday at 4:47 PM
Eh, I wanted to find some NES game to link, but I guess I'll go with this to go with my previous comment:
    The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King | 𝗙𝗨𝗟𝗟 𝗚𝗔𝗠𝗘 | Gamepla...

[4:52 PM]
Here's one: why did Tom Bombadil live in Eriador, in the Northwest of Middle-Earth, when there was so much more earth to roam?

Varda — Yesterday at 4:54 PM
Goldberry was there. : )

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 4:54 PM
Good point

Varda — Yesterday at 4:54 PM
She seemed to need to be in just one place.

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 4:54 PM
Close to her mother.

Sandalf13 — Yesterday at 4:56 PM
I still believe that Tom and Goldberry may be far more important than they appear in the LoTR. I still think that both of them are very high-ranking Maia, if not possibly Tulkas and his spouse...
Sent by the Valar to keep an immediate eye on things in good old Middle-earth.

Eonwë Valar — Yesterday at 4:58 PM
Fine, I'll let you in on a secret.
leans close

Sandalf13 — Yesterday at 4:58 PM
Did not Tolkien himself say that Goldberry is the River Daughter?

Eonwë Valar — Yesterday at 4:58 PM
Tom Bombadil.....

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 4:58 PM
is a merry fellow

Varda — Yesterday at 4:58 PM
River-woman's daughter.

Sandalf13 — Yesterday at 4:58 PM
And who is the Father of Waters?

Eonwë Valar — Yesterday at 4:58 PM
Is Tolkien. Yep. he and his wife retired to Middle-Earth where they live happily in the Old Forest keeping Old Man Willow from causing a ruckus.

Varda — Yesterday at 4:59 PM
Father of Waters would be Ulmo.

Sandalf13 — Yesterday at 4:59 PM
Did Ulmo have some side-affairs not mentioned in the Legendarium?
(My question was rhetorical, course)

Varda — Yesterday at 5:00 PM
Ainur were seen as having certain relationships, such as being brothers, without a mother and father let alone the same ones.

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 5:00 PM
As someone who's read the Tales of Tom recently, he met Goldberry in the river alongside meeting her mother, I believe

Varda — Yesterday at 5:00 PM
Maiar worked with the Valar of their choice, sometimes more than one. (Gandalf did that.)

Sandalf13 — Yesterday at 5:00 PM
Without being salacious, I suspect that Tom and Goldberry have some pretty significant connections to the Valar themselves.

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 5:01 PM
So if her mother was a Maia, Goldberry might also be half elf or something.

Eonwë Valar — Yesterday at 5:01 PM
We could just go with the answer that Tom is meant to be an enigma, in the same way Tolkien referred to "creatures that gnaw at the roots of the mountains" and such. (edited)

Varda — Yesterday at 5:01 PM
Tom was likely an Ainu. How did a River-woman (Maia of Ulmo?) have a daughter is a good question. (edited)

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 5:02 PM
Or the big mountain giants throwing rocks around, which did show up in the Hobbit movie.

Sandalf13 — Yesterday at 5:02 PM
Indeed. I always imagined that Tom and Goldberry would sail with the FINAL voyage of the Elves leaving Middle-earth.

Varda — Yesterday at 5:02 PM
Big mountain giants, something in the realm of ents for Yavanna? Like mountain-giants for Aule?

Sandalf13 — Yesterday at 5:03 PM
They surely are not around now, when we need them the most...

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 5:03 PM
Bombadil? You don't know that, he wouldn't leave his forest

Varda — Yesterday at 5:03 PM
Tom and Goldberry had to do with the natural things of Arda. Sound as if they would be along with Yavanna, maybe Maiar. Some Maiar were nearly the same power as the Valar.

Eonwë Valar — Yesterday at 5:03 PM
Or maybe Tom's and Goldberry's bounds would become something only slightly removed from the mundane world, where one might still stumble into it if they're fortunate.

Sandalf13 — Yesterday at 5:03 PM
Sounds good to me, Varda...

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 5:03 PM
Like hobbits, Eonwe?

Eonwë Valar — Yesterday at 5:04 PM
Well, if this is supposed to be a mythology for England, consider all the folklore of mortals stumbling into the "world of faerie."

Varda — Yesterday at 5:05 PM
Since Tom and Goldberry even then remained in one place, I agree that Eonwe has a good point for where they might be now.

Sandalf13 — Yesterday at 5:05 PM
Yes...have you every thought about the recurring stories in English literature, many of them written for children, that relate tales of the little people? The Irish have some too, of course...don't know about the Scots.

Eonwë Valar — Yesterday at 5:07 PM
Just like one might if they're "lucky" stumble upon the Straight Way and see the shores of Aman before they die, there may still be pockets where the denizens of the Elder Days still live among the peoples of the Fifth Age and on. (edited)

Sandalf13 — Yesterday at 5:07 PM
E.g., "The Borrowers"
The Borrowers is a children's fantasy novel by the English author Mary Norton, published by Dent in 1952. It features a family of tiny people who live secretly in the walls and floors of an English house and "borrow" from the big people in order to survive.
(From Wikipedia

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 5:08 PM
Pixies, brownies, scandinavian equivalents...

Sandalf13 — Yesterday at 5:08 PM
The Nickel-men in German folklore

Varda — Yesterday at 5:10 PM
Faery is a major thing all over the world under various names.

Eonwë Valar — Yesterday at 5:10 PM
There might still be Maiar living in the Middle-Earth of the later ages, but just like Melian they have set a "Girdle of Enchantment" about their abodes such that those who stumble upon it are either lost or find them going out when they thought they were going in, and only those with some fate within find their ways through the mists and fog.

Varda — Yesterday at 5:12 PM
Tom may have one of some type, for the earlier question. Neat idea. (edited)

Sandalf13 — Yesterday at 5:12 PM
I always enjoyed readint Tolkien's accounts or mentions of mariners at sea...I have quoted some of them here before...but mariners in particular are sometimes "blessed" with a vision of the world beyond the reality of the world as we see it. Many times at sea, on a foggy morning, one could sense something "out there," that was beyond mortal ken, or at least it was, for me.

Eonwë Valar — Yesterday at 5:12 PM
Aye, I think Tom could have such a thing around his house. He is the Master, after all :}

Varda — Yesterday at 5:12 PM
So you would know Earendil the Mariner quite well. : )

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 5:12 PM
Sounds like the kind of thing that gave rise to mermaids, Sandalf
[5:13 PM]
Can go a bit cuckoo among the waves.

Sandalf13 — Yesterday at 5:13 PM
I still miss it.

Varda — Yesterday at 5:13 PM
A sight of Uinen of the long hair?

Sandalf13 — Yesterday at 5:13 PM
After all these years.

Varda — Yesterday at 5:13 PM
It was your life and a major thing
And we are over time by 13 minutes. : )

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 5:13 PM
One of these days Sandalf is going to set sail and never come back.

Sandalf13 — Yesterday at 5:13 PM
Aren't we all?

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 5:14 PM
Probably make it to the Straight road as well.

Arien  Valar — Yesterday at 5:14 PM
fascinating discussion but ... unfortunately i have to get up much too soon

Varda — Yesterday at 5:14 PM
gavels swim across a giant vat of soup

Eonwë Valar — Yesterday at 5:14 PM
We're in overtime, but did we score a touchdown? :}

Varda — Yesterday at 5:14 PM
they hop out and find out the bowl was the hammerpad



Pallando-Valar — Yesterday at 5:14 PM

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 5:14 PM

Varda — Yesterday at 5:14 PM
Feel free to continue wth the topic or new stuff.
[5:14 PM]
Aiya Blue Wizard!

Sandalf13 — Yesterday at 5:14 PM
BEFORE YOU GO! LAFAYETTE BEAT LEHIGH 49-21 in the 159th rendition of The Rivalry...check it out on WIkipedia. The most played college rivalry in AMerican football. Aiyia!

Pallando-Valar — Yesterday at 5:14 PM
You started this meeting at 6am local. I think I had a legitimate reason to not be here this time.

Arien  Valar — Yesterday at 5:15 PM
aiya pallando not ment personally but i have to go

Varda — Yesterday at 5:15 PM
ick! What a time!

Pallando-Valar — Yesterday at 5:15 PM
sorry, 7am.

Varda — Yesterday at 5:15 PM
What time is it for you, Arien?

Arien  Valar — Yesterday at 5:15 PM

Varda — Yesterday at 5:15 PM
passes a cup of coffee to Pallando

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 5:15 PM

Varda — Yesterday at 5:15 PM
Sleep fast!

Arien  Valar — Yesterday at 5:15 PM
but i have to get up at 5.00 am :/

Varda — Yesterday at 5:16 PM
It is very tough to find a time good for all. Like it can't be done. But we try. : )

Eonwë Valar — Yesterday at 5:16 PM
Alas, my time to go has come.

Sandalf13 — Yesterday at 5:16 PM
1615 MST

Arien  Valar — Yesterday at 5:16 PM

Eonwë Valar — Yesterday at 5:16 PM
Take care all, good night, sleep well, and have fun :}

Varda — Yesterday at 5:16 PM
It is After-meeting. Feel free to sail to new lands!

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 5:16 PM

Sandalf13 — Yesterday at 5:16 PM
Namarie again!

Eonwë Valar — Yesterday at 5:16 PM
And if you play WoW and you haven't got in on the Anniversary stuff yet, get to it! :}

Sandalf13 — Yesterday at 5:21 PM
And I too must bid a fond Namarie, until later, as always. I apologize for waxing too poetic this evening...I had a busy time this afternoon sorting through two boxes of very old papers that contained my very first writings in geology, while a Freshman at Lafayette, as well as other very old papers...brought back lots of memories, good and bad, but mostly good.

Varda — Yesterday at 5:21 PM
Namarie : )

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 5:21 PM

Sandalf13 — Yesterday at 5:21 PM
Sei gesunt, till later!

Pallando-Valar — Yesterday at 5:31 PM
So I will give a belated gaming report for eve.
[5:35 PM]
Eve Online: Havoc has released, bringing with it Pirate Insurgencies. With the first week nearly over, we've seen the angel Cartel absolutely dominate in their warzone, very quickly taking over the 7 systems needed to secure their victory. The Guristas are being a bit slower and more methodical, deliberately extending the size so as to affect more highsec system. They've also faced stiffer resistance, and have less players, so it's a little hard to compare, but they'll be hitting their 7 as well shortly.
[5:37 PM]
My personal analysis is that somewhere in here is possibly a pretty good system, but there's a lot of work to be done to make it work right, and I think some of that work is to other systems. We'll see how it pans out over the next few insurgencies as the "new and shiny" effect dies down and it becomes another part of the overall ecosystem.

Varda — Yesterday at 7:02 PM
Here's hoping it all comes out well. : )
Thank you, Pallando!

Sandalf13 — Yesterday at 7:02 PM

Varda — Yesterday at 7:02 PM
Aiya Sandy : )

Sandalf13 — Yesterday at 7:03 PM
How are yoiu tonight?
Comfortably ensconsed at home, I hope.

Varda — Yesterday at 7:03 PM
yes! All traveled out for the nonce. : )
[7:04 PM]
Going to go jump into LotRO and chat here at the same time, just because!

Sandalf13 — Yesterday at 7:04 PM
Just because is an EXCELLENT reason. I am glad you are snuggled in for the is getting cold and windy outside here...I am in for the evening.

Varda — Yesterday at 7:06 PM
Nice : )

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 8:58 PM
Personal gaming report!
[9:00 PM]
For (non)flashgaming, a new game/badge this week.
[9:02 PM] is a topview shooter/survival game, with both humans and dinosaurs. Main mode is multiplayer, but you can always play with bots if you want.
    Dinogen Online
    Fast-paced 2D multiplayer top-down shooter with plenty of weapons, game modes, and maps. Play as a human or dinosaur in objective-based game modes, unlock new...

[9:02 PM]
Lots of weapons, levels/ranks, upgrades both in general and within the matches.
[9:03 PM]
And probably lots more I've not even seen yet
So if you enjoy dino-themed shooters, go for it!

Sandalf13 — Yesterday at 9:03 PM
Aiya Ar!!!!

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 9:03 PM

Sandalf13 — Yesterday at 9:08 PM
How was your break from the Guild meeting? Did you watch a movie, or play a game?

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 9:09 PM
Played a bit of Warcraft Rumble, then watched half a movie

Sandalf13 — Yesterday at 9:09 PM
Hope it was a good one!

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 9:09 PM
Then wanted to come back to the pc but ended up changing the channels and watching one and a half episode of Star Trek: Enterprise.
[9:10 PM]
Well, only halfway, but it's pretty funny so far  About seniors in high schools randomly exploding.

Sandalf13 — Yesterday at 9:12 PM
You ought to contact my oldest daughter sometime...she lives in St. Albans, London, with her husband and two boys (one is 13, the other is 9). She is a midwife, and met her husband through LoTR. Elicia ("Ali") was very active in the LoTR movies fanbase, and was invited to all of the Oscar parties for the three movies...she got to meet all of the actors/actresses in the movies, plus Peter Jackson. Her online name is she is one of the earliest Luthien's in the old LoTR "Barliman's" website for the movie support. London is not that far from you.

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 9:13 PM
Hmm, maybe, but I haven't been there in 24 years  Not much of a traveller. Arien's British, though, so she might want to visit.

Sandalf13 — Yesterday at 9:14 PM
You are right... I will have to tell Arien someday. I suppose she does get to London more often than you do.

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 9:15 PM
Probably? I think she might be more near Scotland, but I think British are more used to longer distance travel. Not as much as you Americans, but still

Sandalf13 — Yesterday at 9:16 PM
Hey...I think nothing of jumping in the car to drive to
Lincoln to see my nearest grandkids....464 miles, only 6 hours at 80 mph on pretty empty easy trip. I am driving to New York in mid-December.

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 9:17 PM
Heh, enjoy
Longest we've travelled by car was 1100 km to the south of France for a holiday, and that was pleeeenty long. And even longer time ago than London.

Sandalf13 — Yesterday at 9:17 PM
Yes...Arien is in Scotland. But Nebraska alone is about 2/3 the size of Germany...Colorado is even bigger than Nebraska. By my standards, Scotland is just about next door to London.

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 9:17 PM
Since then we've been staying in-country, at 90 minutes away or so at most.

Sandalf13 — Yesterday at 9:18 PM
I am glad that you can take such lovely trips, even though they are infrequent. I hope you can get out more!

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 9:19 PM
Eh, don't really feel a need to
[9:19 PM]
Well, back to gaming!

Sandalf13 — Yesterday at 9:19 PM
Go for it!

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 9:19 PM
Blizzard gaming:
[9:21 PM]
New expansion has started, with a new reward track. As always, the first few levels don't take much experience, so I got to level 30.
[9:22 PM]
This got me a bunch of gold cards from the new set, including some with the new keywords, so that's useful if I need them for daily quests.
[9:23 PM]
It also came with a new card back, a fixed legendary (Sheriff Barrelbrim) and a random legendary.
[9:24 PM]
I also got a new death knight skin for reaching 1400 total reward track levels, Thassarian Arthas. It looks pretty impressive, so using it for now over the default death knight
[9:25 PM]
Speaking of, death knight also got to level 36.

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 9:26 PM
Brawl is Badlands Recipe: Class decks from the new Badlands expansion. Had some good luck with the death knight myself, with some good unholy minion-summoning, but also some powerful cards like the death knight Titan. Worth a try!
[9:28 PM]
Warcraft Rumble: Now level 17 overall. Got all the minis in the collection, or 53/54 at least since the last one isn't for sale, but will be gotten from the final boss, a long way away
[9:29 PM]
So now it's time to bring them all up to uncommon rarity!
[9:30 PM]
This week's based around the Undead family, with Gnomeregan as the dungeon and only undead leaders for sale in the grid. And indeed, I bought Baron Rivendare from it. Supposedly the best undead leader, even better than Sylvanas, with passive skeletons spawning from all your bases/towers! So been playing around with him a bit.
[9:32 PM]
Hitting a bit of a wall in the sigil campaign, but did finish Thousand Needles. I'd like a few more mini levels before I tackle Tirisfal Glades.
Dungeon also not going too well, haven't the dungeons for either Blackrock or Undead. But I'm sure that'll change with a few levels, and I am questing to level everything up
[9:33 PM]
PvP, on the other hand, is going a bit more decently now that I'm focusing on Rivendare and Tirion there.
Still a long way to go, but making steady progress!

Sandalf13 — Yesterday at 9:33 PM
Good for you! Keep it up!

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 9:35 PM
We've started raiding again, in the new raid, Amirdrassil! On normal, got 7 out of 8 bosses down, with our best shot at the final boss being 19% health. Also several raid quests progressing along the way, and I even got my first pieces of loot: A great tank trinket, my first tier-piece (hat) and a feather that unlocks firey moonkin form in the barbershop.
So it's a good start
[9:36 PM]
Weekly is battlegrounds, and with 2 brawls being up, that was 2 out of 4 wins already. Didn't take me long to finish it up.
[9:37 PM]
Got all my trading post points filled up for this month, and bought the Foam Sword Rack toy, as well as the monk class weapon appearances. My brewmaster's rocking the new brew staff, and I'm sure my future windwalker vulpera will enjoy the fan hand weapon
[9:38 PM]
And then I had just enough points left, unexpectedly, to buy the Sinister Fel Staff, based on Gul'dan's staff, for my affliction warlock. Fits her nicely
Also, anniversary's going! The mail gives a free new pet, Lil' Frostwing, an ice version of Lil' Deathwing.
[9:39 PM]
And the worldbosses are up again as well, and your first Doomwalker kill gives a guaranteed mount, the Azure Worldchiller. Again, an icy version of Deathwing
[9:41 PM]
I logged every last one of my alts to get the anniversary achievement and timewarped badges, nice to see em all again  And using 2 alts, the mage and the evoker, to hunt the worldbosses every day, for missing cloth and mail appearances from them.
No new mail appearances yet, but the mage got her final cloth piece from Kazzak, and a belt from Ysondre. All that's left for her is the daily green dragon, whichever it happens to be.

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 9:42 PM
The mage also finished the Accuser questline in Revendreth, nearing the turning point of the Revendreth campaign.
[9:43 PM]
And then I logged back into my goblin warrior Calsjona, continuing the Kezan quests, including hosting a large party, and fighting off pirates that tried to crash it. Next up she'll need to come up with a lot of money to get off the island before it explodes. Almost done with this section of the starting experience!
And she got to level 6 along the way, so that's nice
[9:44 PM]
And that's my report for the week!

Sandalf13 — Yesterday at 9:57 PM
namarie! Sorry - I had to step away for a moment to check on the laundry! Have a wonderful week!

Varda — Yesterday at 10:00 PM
You too : )
[10:02 PM]
Namarie Phar