Valar Guild

September 17, 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): (6)

rien, Ar-Pharazon, Falco, Sandalf, Shelob, Varda (presiding)
Meeting begins
Membership news:
    GSMU mails sent out.
    The Valar Guild's 26th Anniversary is Oct 4.

    Anniversary page is up!
    Tolkien Site / Stories: "Lessons Learned" by Eonwe-(Valar) in the Narn I Auros series, posted Sept 5.
    Bilbo and Frodo's birthday (see Tolken)
World of Warcraft, Diablo 3, Heroes of the Storm, Diablo 2: Resurrected, Hearthstone, Warcraft Rumble (pre-order), Lord of the Rings Online
    Games Site Mass Update (GSMU). The email went out early on September 11. Check your email!
    Topic: (under Web) Bilbo and Frodo's upcoming birthday Sept 22. We plan to celebrate with an all-day "picnic" in Discord, special "elevenses" time.
    (non) Flashgaming Reviews (plus) by Ar-Pharazon. Includes Blizzard games afterwards.



Eonwë Valar — 09/12/2023 8:10 PM
Since I'm the guy who usually compiles our RP discussions, I should probably remember, but I don't: did we ever firmly agree this being possessing Calaron is one of the Houseless, or were we still ambiguous on the subject?

September 15, 2023

Eonwë Valar — 09/15/2023 8:17 PM
I guess I'm not the only one who can't remember :}

September 17, 2023

Eonwë Valar — Yesterday at 7:48 AM
    Snickers Feast

@Eonwë Valar
Since I'm the guy who usually compiles our RP discussions, I should probably remember, but I don't: did we ever firmly agree this being possessing Calaron is one of the Houseless, or were we still ambiguous on the subject?
Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 1:57 PM
I don't think I was ever completely satisfied with that explanation, but I guess that in-world it makes more sense than a human sorcerer putting his soul fea into a ring outright. (edited)
[1:58 PM]
I'm also not sure it really matters at this point, as long as we're able to stop him and/or drive him out.

Eonwë Valar — Yesterday at 2:07 PM
I don't suspect any of us will ever be completely satisfied with anything :}  But aye, it's one of the two options that would be the closest to fitting. Mostly bringing it up as I consider how everything in the story ties/can be tied together, including my last post.

Varda — Yesterday at 3:40 PM
Houseless more likely than a Maia, maybe a lesser one. But the host needs to be unable to fight back for some reason, right?
[3:46 PM]
But Greensleeves is my delight. ; )  yay Snickers!

Varda — Yesterday at 4:00 PM

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 4:00 PM


Varda — Yesterday at 4:01 PM

Elen sila lumenn' omentielvo!
[4:02 PM]
@Bounder @Guild-friend Yay! Valar Guild meeting time! Come on in and say hi!


[4:02 PM]
Hi to Phar and Eonwe : )

Eonwë Valar — Yesterday at 4:02 PM

Varda — Yesterday at 4:06 PM
Falco has requested an invite for LJRam to Crickhollow kin. : )
Heading there now.
Anyone else like to say hi? : )
[4:07 PM]
Hiya Falco : )
Headed your way!

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 4:08 PM
Aiya Falco! Somewhere!

Falco — Yesterday at 4:08 PM

Varda — Yesterday at 4:09 PM
There he is! Yay!

Eonwë Valar — Yesterday at 4:11 PM

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 4:11 PM
Oh wait, you were already here :)

Varda — Yesterday at 4:11 PM
Falco's new Brawler River Hobbit is now kinned in Crickhollow! That should be wild. : )
[4:12 PM]
But aye, he hadn't spoken in meeting_place yet, just side and LotRO. So many places to talk!
[4:16 PM]
Ok, I was also talking in several places puff
Any other membership news?

Eonwë Valar — Yesterday at 4:17 PM
GSMU mails sent out.
[4:18 PM]
I'm now accepting updated Gaming info through e-mail, Forum PM, or Discord.

Varda — Yesterday at 4:18 PM
Everyone check your email!

Eonwë Valar — Yesterday at 4:18 PM
Make sure you let me know who you are :}

Varda — Yesterday at 4:19 PM
Who are you? Some random person emailing Eonwe? Oh, a fellow guildie!
Which one?
For those who could not get the email because maybe your email changed:
[4:20 PM]
And you can also bug him in Discord, but it can get lost in there.

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 4:20 PM
I'll poke him in Discord after he's done with the gaming news

Varda — Yesterday at 4:20 PM
: )
[4:21 PM]


[4:21 PM]
This could also go under Membership or Gaming, but seems to work best here:
[4:22 PM]
The Anniversary is coming, so we have a web page up for it. : )
    26th Anniversary of the Valar Guild
    Year 2023, 26th Anniversary celebration of the Valar
    Guild Tolkien fan club and gamers' group.

'tis of course pretty bare at the moment, but we trust this gang will load it up!
[4:23 PM]
Happy upcoming 26th Anniversary of the Valar Guild, thanks to all of you!

Shelob — Yesterday at 4:23 PM

Varda — Yesterday at 4:23 PM
Aiya Spidey
Happy Anniversary : )
[4:24 PM]
Good timing, about to ask everyone a question!
We need a theme for the Anniversary! Everyone can toss some ideas on the table.
Some that have been mentioned before today were:

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 4:25 PM
Aiya Shelob!

Varda — Yesterday at 4:25 PM
Magical objects
Magical characters/people
Magical characters with magical objects
[4:26 PM]
Magical places
All from Tolkien of course, but our screenies can also play with those in various games, not quite as Tolkien but themed and part of our gaming. Gaming be half of  what we are!
[4:27 PM]
We need more suggestions, and then we can vote!
Toss something out there. : )
[4:28 PM]
Or say you are happy with one or two above even?

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 4:28 PM
Are we talking about specific magical objects/people/places?

Varda — Yesterday at 4:29 PM
You can make a story or art about a magical person from Tolkien, could be with a magical item, in a magical place to hit all of that. heh
It could hit any one of those or a combo.
Gandalf is magical. Galadriel. You can think of more.
[4:30 PM]
Or it could be that a comparison is made and Sam thinks of Rosey as more magical than Gandalf. : )
or Galadriel.
So the concept of magical might be in the eye of the beholder.
[4:31 PM]
Barad-dur is pretty magical. Remove the One Ring and it mostly falls down.
[4:32 PM]
That it does fall down before everyone is killed is a bit of a magical moment in another point of view.

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 4:32 PM
I... think I have an idea. One that I've had in my head ever since I considered scenes from the Silmarillion I might attempt to draw in paint.
Which is years, now.

Varda — Yesterday at 4:32 PM
Lothlorien is a magical place, depending on the Elven Ring
[4:32 PM]
Ahh, time to let it out!

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 4:33 PM

Shelob — Yesterday at 4:33 PM
Lothlorien is a magical place to a plethora of races, The Rohirrim long thought it a place of evil magic.

Eonwë Valar — Yesterday at 4:33 PM
We might not want to get so broad as "in the eye of the beholder". Then we've got "Love is magical so I'll write a love story!" :}

Varda — Yesterday at 4:33 PM
Aye, so the eye of the beholder can shift between several if we like. : )
[4:34 PM]
Aye, it needs related in some way to magic in Tolkien. : )

Eonwë Valar — Yesterday at 4:34 PM
The examples given I think are good ones for the concept though.

Varda — Yesterday at 4:34 PM
Like Sam has seen a lot of magic, and for him to think of those and say Rosey is magical or moreso is still a way to relate to magic in Tolkien.

Eonwë Valar — Yesterday at 4:34 PM
Lothlorien, Barad-Dur, Galadriel/ and her "magic" mirror.

Varda — Yesterday at 4:35 PM
I have trouble saying "in Middle-earth" because of the Silmarillion. ; )

Eonwë Valar — Yesterday at 4:35 PM
In Ea? :}

Varda — Yesterday at 4:35 PM
Be interesting if Pippin tries to use the Mirror of Galadriel. It wouldn't work as intended if at all.
Or the Void or before or during the Song.
Song is magical
[4:36 PM]
Song entered into the water a great deal.

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 4:36 PM
Beleriand is still Middle-Earth, right?

Varda — Yesterday at 4:36 PM
Just a mite dampish by the War of the Ring.

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 4:37 PM
Actually, when I first envisioned me drawing this it was by hand, but I trust my drawing skills there even less than in paint.

Eonwë Valar — Yesterday at 4:37 PM
West -> East: Beleriand -> Eriador -> Rhovanion -> Lands Beyond

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 4:37 PM
Paint should do it better justice than I can

Varda — Yesterday at 4:37 PM
Some is still sticking up. That could be an interesting side.
Give it a shot, Phar. : )

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 4:37 PM
In paint, will do!

Eonwë Valar — Yesterday at 4:38 PM
Are we talking actual paint or MSPaint? :}

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 4:38 PM

Varda — Yesterday at 4:39 PM
Phar has been sending art for most of the Anniversaries [lately]. Thank you!
He needs some competition. ; )
Shelob with eight paintbrushes!
[4:40 PM]
Falco sends a starscape...

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 4:40 PM
Wouldn't say "most" but I started 3 anniversaries ago, I think, and I try to keep it a tradition. Been doing some more MSPainting recently, actually, since the Kongregate Kongpanion silhouettes for me to guess, have returned.

Varda — Yesterday at 4:40 PM
Pardon, aye, recently. : )

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 4:40 PM
They're all pretty simple of course, but it helps keep a hand in

Varda — Yesterday at 4:41 PM
23, 24, 25
Aiya Arien

Arien  Valar — Yesterday at 4:41 PM
Aiya and serious apologies for being so late

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 4:41 PM
Aiya Arien!

Varda — Yesterday at 4:41 PM
No problem! We'll just ask you about suggestions for the Anniversary theme!

Eonwë Valar — Yesterday at 4:41 PM
I hope you stoppped by the office for a tardy slip before coming in, Arien :}

Arien  Valar — Yesterday at 4:41 PM
I am to resolve a very annoying account issue with our dear Blizz friends

Varda — Yesterday at 4:41 PM
Magic object, person, place, or combo so far. : )

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 4:42 PM
Tried to warn you on Bnet, but either you weren't online or I just can't get the hang of this D4 version of the friendslist

Varda — Yesterday at 4:42 PM

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 4:42 PM
Ouch, sounds like the former then.

Varda — Yesterday at 4:42 PM
Evil magic there.

Eonwë Valar — Yesterday at 4:42 PM
Ouch, sorry to hear that Arien .

Shelob with eight paintbrushes!
Shelob — Yesterday at 4:42 PM
I am not good at painting or drawing with any of my 8 legs. Unless you count the roflstomping I do on a horizontal canvas art.

Varda — Yesterday at 4:43 PM

Shelob — Yesterday at 4:43 PM
But I can make you some cobwebs. Those are absolutely magical in their symmetrical art.

Varda — Yesterday at 4:43 PM
Screenshots also work. : )

Arien  Valar — Yesterday at 4:43 PM
Lothlorien yeah sounds cool

Varda — Yesterday at 4:43 PM
Actually, you could photograph some. Or screenshot some.

Sandalf13 — Yesterday at 4:43 PM
Aiya all! Sorry I am late...and I have to leave early...around 1615 MST....a busy day. I shall certainly check in again later.

Shelob — Yesterday at 4:43 PM
Oh, I could do that.

Varda — Yesterday at 4:43 PM
But explain the magic involved for the caption.
Aiya Sandalf!

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 4:44 PM
Aiya Sandalf!

Varda — Yesterday at 4:44 PM
Glad you could pop by and let us know you're ok!

Sandalf13 — Yesterday at 4:44 PM
I was still breathing, last time I checked.  Not bad for 72.

Varda — Yesterday at 4:44 PM
Excellent : )
    26th Anniversary of the Valar Guild
    Year 2023, 26th Anniversary celebration of the Valar
    Guild Tolkien fan club and gamers' group.
[4:45 PM]
Clicking the anniversaries on top can let you check out the art for previous years too.
Fangorn is 70, also breathing and hauling wood for fences right now. : )

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 4:46 PM
smirks at numenorean boat jousting

Varda — Yesterday at 4:46 PM
[4:48 PM]
This is all kind of treading on Tolkien section territory, but also want to mention before folks leave...
Bilbo and Frodo's Birthday (books) is coming up Sept 22!

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 4:49 PM

Varda — Yesterday at 4:49 PM
We could of course toss in some painting, stories and whatnot for that if we feel lively, but
had in mind maybe we could drop by Discord on the 22nd and
add to a birthday picnic. : )

Eonwë Valar — Yesterday at 4:49 PM

Varda — Yesterday at 4:49 PM
Hi! I brought the pecan pie! sets it on the picnic table

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 4:50 PM
raids Bilbo's cellars for cakes

Varda — Yesterday at 4:50 PM
I brought the picnic table! The covering for it (from cobweb cloth), etc

Eonwë Valar — Yesterday at 4:50 PM
    [Fishing Kirby]

Varda — Yesterday at 4:50 PM
and Phar found seedcakes from er somewhere.

Eonwë Valar — Yesterday at 4:50 PM
Incoming fish.

Varda — Yesterday at 4:50 PM
And aye, a few pics!
[4:51 PM]

Arien  Valar — Yesterday at 4:51 PM
we need a pie eating contest~!

Varda — Yesterday at 4:51 PM
hmm. tries to work out how

Shelob — Yesterday at 4:51 PM
Ooooh. Can it be made of hobbits? They are nice and juicy. :)

Varda — Yesterday at 4:51 PM
Just say we're having it
[4:52 PM]
Sorry, local hobbits would be offended. : )

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 4:52 PM
Well, you could say those hobbits are the guests of honor...

Sorry, local hobbits would be offended. : )
Shelob — Yesterday at 4:53 PM
We'll just invite them to the pie eating contest, I'm sure they will be delighted to attend.

Varda — Yesterday at 4:53 PM
my hobbit minstrel is considering chocolate-covered fried spiders
but is being slapped down
[4:54 PM]
So, no. : )
Anyway, a picnic on Sept 22. Come in anytime.

Eonwë Valar — Yesterday at 4:54 PM
    [Kirby with cake]

Shelob — Yesterday at 4:54 PM
I don't see the harm in eating a few spiders. Mommy dear ate a lot of them as well.

Varda — Yesterday at 4:55 PM
She did, true. But Kirby has something yummier looking. : )

Eonwë Valar — Yesterday at 4:55 PM
Kirby brings the drinks too:

Varda — Yesterday at 4:56 PM
Ok, so picnic on Sept 22 for all! Spiders can eat bugs too, doesn't have to be hobbits.
Chocolate-covered ants in a special bowl!

Shelob — Yesterday at 4:56 PM

Varda — Yesterday at 4:56 PM
Kirby, very helpful.

Shelob — Yesterday at 4:57 PM
With the internet being as weird as it is, you'd expect to find a picture of kirby looking like a pie, but alas.

Varda — Yesterday at 4:57 PM
If we want, we can do some things in game. Like an elvenses emote and other things at the Prancing Pony fountain. : )

Sandalf13 — Yesterday at 4:57 PM
I found this pictures of interest? I can confirm its authenticity.
    [Photo of Fanuidhol, Caradhras, and Celebdil]

Varda — Yesterday at 4:57 PM
Give Eonwe time. If Kirby has such a pic, it will happen.
[4:58 PM]
Yep, Sandalf, it's a picture all right!
And we have a real geologist confirming!

Shelob — Yesterday at 4:58 PM
Well, there's this.... which is even more disturbing...

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 4:58 PM
With merchandise being what it is, I was sure I'd find a kirby pez dispenser, but all I can find is one of him sitting on something. That's not a proper one!
good ol' Pinkie Pie
[4:59 PM]
Kirby Pie.

Varda — Yesterday at 4:59 PM
Any interest in in-game Bilbo party stuff? If not, no worries. We have plenty on our plate for the Anniversary.

Eonwë Valar — Yesterday at 4:59 PM
Close enough?:
    [Kirby car cake]

Varda — Yesterday at 4:59 PM
Any more suggestions for the theme?
[5:00 PM]
Let there be...cake?

Arien  Valar — Yesterday at 5:00 PM
mmmh yeah but no chocolate cake ::) because you know .. that cake is not real

Eonwë Valar — Yesterday at 5:00 PM
That's actually from Kirby and the Forgotten Land, by the way. There's a kirby cake shaped like his car power.
[5:01 PM]
Oh, and also this:
    [Kirby Burger]

Sandalf13 — Yesterday at 5:01 PM
As usual, I missed the boat. Who is this Kirby guy/gal?

Varda — Yesterday at 5:02 PM
I'll let Eonwe field that one. : )

Eonwë Valar — Yesterday at 5:02 PM
Only the greatest hero of our time.

Sandalf13 — Yesterday at 5:02 PM

Varda — Yesterday at 5:03 PM
This is according to Eonwe. : )

Arien  Valar — Yesterday at 5:03 PM
that looks actually amazing

Eonwë Valar — Yesterday at 5:03 PM
Star Warrior, voracious eater, rescuer of the Star Rod, Copier of powers, destroyer of Eldritch abominations, inhaler of our lunch.

Sandalf13 — Yesterday at 5:04 PM
Drinker of our drink? Toaster of our toast?

Shelob — Yesterday at 5:04 PM
    [Kirby plate]

Varda — Yesterday at 5:04 PM
: )

Shelob — Yesterday at 5:05 PM
A Kirby plate eating a pineapple pizza. Proof that Kirby will eat anything, especially good tasting things.

Varda — Yesterday at 5:05 PM
Anyway, it should get wild on Bilbo and Frodo's birthday in this channel. : )

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 5:05 PM
And for those in the know... amazing song collaborator with Snoop Dogg.

Varda — Yesterday at 5:06 PM
I think we may have done our Tolkien (sorta Tolkien) a bit out of order. : )

Eonwë Valar — Yesterday at 5:06 PM
Maker of friends:

Varda — Yesterday at 5:06 PM
Do try to pop in for Sept 22 and go crazy with the picnic. : )
The usual festivities are expected for the Anniversary.

Sandalf13 — Yesterday at 5:07 PM
What time is drop in? Or drop out? Or hover?

Varda — Yesterday at 5:07 PM
And if any new ideas have come up for the Anniversary, let us know!

Eonwë Valar — Yesterday at 5:07 PM
And Mecha Pilot:

[5:07 PM]
And I'll quit now :}

Varda — Yesterday at 5:07 PM
Sept 22, all day, or maybe elevenses. : )
Valar time is Eastern. Same as LotRO /servertime

Sandalf13 — Yesterday at 5:07 PM
Gotcha, Diggerin.

Varda — Yesterday at 5:08 PM
Elevenses sounds good for a definite time.
All day to handle the many who have difficulty with that time.
[5:09 PM]
Did I do Web News? [Note: Still in "Web"]

We have a new story from Eonwe!

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 5:09 PM
We lack web and gaming I think

Varda — Yesterday at 5:09 PM
"Lessons Learned"
Enjoy the short story. : )

[5:10 PM]
It's the hour. Let's hit Gaming right quick.
Make asides like (this)



[5:10 PM]
the gavel hops to Eonwe
Toss in your info if you can as we go!

Eonwë Valar — Yesterday at 5:11 PM
[5:12 PM]
Sorry, I couldn't resist when I found it.
[5:13 PM]

World of Warcraft:

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 5:13 PM
Sailor Kirby!

Varda — Yesterday at 5:13 PM

Eonwë Valar — Yesterday at 5:13 PM
This week's bonus events: Pet Battles and Arena Skirmishes.
New blog: Battle For Azeroth: Tiragarde Sound Visitor's Guide.  ---
    World of Warcraft
    Battle for Azeroth: Tiragarde Sound Visitor’s Guide - WoW
    Untangle a web of betrayal and dark magic in the seafaring kingdom of Kul Tiras, a land dominated by four major houses, including House Proudmoore in Tiragarde Sound, House Waycrest in Drustvar, and House Stormsong in Stormsong Valley.
    Join us as we take you on a brief tour of Tiragarde Sound and the capital city of Boralus.

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 5:14 PM
Yeah, strange one, that. A repost of something from pre-BfA.

Eonwë Valar — Yesterday at 5:14 PM
Check out This Week in WoW. ---
    World of Warcraft
    This Week in WoW: September 11, 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.
    The last of the secrets (of Azeroth) will be released this week. If you haven’t found them all, don’t worry.
    They aren’t going away, and you can catch up on your sleuthing at any time.

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 5:14 PM
I suspect it was a mistake, but if it's on both EU and US...

Eonwë Valar — Yesterday at 5:14 PM
Thought it was odd too, but hey.
[5:15 PM]
If they want to brag about 3 expansions ago, heh.
Or two, can't remember now.

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 5:15 PM
hmm... SL, BfA... 2.

Eonwë Valar — Yesterday at 5:16 PM
So 2 or three depeneding on how you want to count it.

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 5:16 PM
Of cousre, the post was during Legion

Eonwë Valar — Yesterday at 5:16 PM

Check out Blues News. ---

    World of Warcraft
    Blues News: September 15, 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.

Sandalf13 — Yesterday at 5:16 PM
Got to run (literally) outside...will check in again later for Ar's report. Sei gesund and Namarie!

Eonwë Valar — Yesterday at 5:16 PM
Check out this week's hotfixes. ---
    World of Warcraft
    Hotfixes: September 15, 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.

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 5:16 PM

Eonwë Valar — Yesterday at 5:16 PM

Diablo 3:
[5:16 PM]
Season 29: Visions of Enmity is live.

Heroes of the Storm:

Arien  Valar — Yesterday at 5:17 PM
Namarie , Sandalf !Q

Eonwë Valar — Yesterday at 5:17 PM
They put out a hotfix PTR last week. ---
    Heroes of the Storm Hotfix PTR Patch Notes — September 5, 2023
    Our next Heroes of the Storm patch has just hit the Public Test Realm and will be available for playtesting until September 12, PDT.

[5:17 PM]
Take care Sandalf.

Diablo 2: Resurrected:
[5:18 PM]
Ladder Season 5 beings September 28th. ---
    Diablo III
    Season 29 Visions of Enmity – Now Live
    Season 29 Visions of Enmity goes live on September 15 at 5 p.m. PDT/CET/KST. Enter Diabolical Fissures and slash through fearsome foes for helpful rewards.

[5:18 PM]

New mini-set coming: Fall of Ulduar. ---
    Unleash Yogg-Saron's Chaos with the Fall of Ulduar Mini-Set!
    The Old God, Yogg-Saron, has escaped from its prison, unleashing a new neutral Titan Legendary minion, anomalies, chaotic tendrils, and more!

Warcraft Rumble:
[5:18 PM]
Pre-Order is available. Launch date is still not announced. ---
    Pre-Order Warcraft Rumble on the Apple App Store – Now Available!
    It won’t be long before everyone around the world will be able to leap into all the joyful chaos Warcraft Rumble™ has to offer. Players can now pre-order through the Apple App store for the first time globally!

[5:18 PM]
Last but not least:
[5:19 PM]

Lord of the Rings Online:

Varda — Yesterday at 5:19 PM
: )

Eonwë Valar — Yesterday at 5:19 PM
Update 37.1 is out this week. ---
    The Lord of the Rings Online
    Update 37.1 Release Notes
    Here are the Release Notes for Update 37.1, released on Wednesday, September 13, 2023.

[5:19 PM]
And make sure you've been getting those golden hobbit presents daily!

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 5:19 PM
perks up I wonder if I can preorder Rumble without a phone...

Varda — Yesterday at 5:19 PM
Landroval server:

Crickhollow server:

Treebeard server:
Arien (during meeting)
[5:20 PM]
The Starcraft 2 people are traveling away from computers, so it's mostly been LotRO.
[5:21 PM]
Any other gaming news?

Arien  Valar — Yesterday at 5:21 PM
i actually logged in Fangorn shortly but found that i had only two unguilded small toons left there

Varda — Yesterday at 5:21 PM
ahh, would you be needing invites?
Treebeard [server], you have one kinned character.

Eonwë Valar — Yesterday at 5:21 PM
They're not letting you roll Protoss in LotRO yet? :}

Varda — Yesterday at 5:22 PM
Just Toss the Dwarf

Arien  Valar — Yesterday at 5:22 PM

Eonwë Valar — Yesterday at 5:23 PM
So they're pro-toss just not Protoss :}

Varda — Yesterday at 5:23 PM
Rogue Trader tabletop game, DM'd by Sauron started yesterday. Includes two Tolkien-onlies and me too.
You got it, Eonwe : )
We hope Arien's WoW troubles will be resolved.

Arien  Valar — Yesterday at 5:23 PM
.. i like that in the movie .. "you got to toss me .. but dont tell Aragorn i said that"

Varda — Yesterday at 5:23 PM

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 5:24 PM
Maybe there's a version about cosmetics salepeople.
Rouge Trader.

Arien  Valar — Yesterday at 5:24 PM

Eonwë Valar — Yesterday at 5:24 PM
Aragorn was the one tossing him? :}

Arien  Valar — Yesterday at 5:24 PM
good one

Varda — Yesterday at 5:24 PM
    [Dwarf tossing joke]

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 5:24 PM

Varda — Yesterday at 5:25 PM
Any other news, invites, etc?  : )

Arien  Valar — Yesterday at 5:25 PM
yes of course .. my scatterbrains ^^

Varda — Yesterday at 5:25 PM
For you, it's so late that it's early!

Eonwë Valar — Yesterday at 5:25 PM
"Hey, Aragorn, don't tell yourself you're tossing me." :}

Arien  Valar — Yesterday at 5:25 PM
no thats no news about my scatterbrains

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 5:26 PM
When I go to google play through the bnet app, it says "unregister" so I assume I'm registered already.
For Rumble,t hat is.

Arien  Valar — Yesterday at 5:26 PM
oh yeah its getting there .. didnt quite realize

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 5:27 PM
Might have done so weeks ago.

Varda — Yesterday at 5:30 PM
Now inviting Arien's characters into the kin in Treebeard server. : )
[5:31 PM]
(Sauron's been helping Fangorn-Valar with the fence stuff, now leaving for work, says hi)
[5:33 PM]
Murfar is in. : )

Eonwë Valar — Yesterday at 5:37 PM
Quick, this is your chance to read that story by that Eonwë guy! :}
[5:38 PM]
You don't want to fall behind! If he puts out ten stories at once, you'll have too much to read! :}

Varda — Yesterday at 5:38 PM
[5:39 PM]
I've been having fun with the River Hobbit.

Arien  Valar — Yesterday at 5:39 PM
Namarie all :)

Varda — Yesterday at 5:40 PM
Lovely place in Mossward and Swanfleet.

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 5:40 PM

Varda — Yesterday at 5:40 PM
Hilly, craggy, and more places to see!
[5:40 PM]
Namarie Sunshine!
the gavels glint in the sunset
they march and sing to the hammerpad
ka-thump, ka-thump, ka-thump, ka-thump
[5:41 PM]



I've been having fun with the River Hobbit.
Eonwë Valar — Yesterday at 5:41 PM
I understand they haven't yet implemented the flurbaburbler-Hobbit.

Varda — Yesterday at 5:41 PM
It might be!
Some burrahobbits out there, though.

Eonwë Valar — Yesterday at 5:45 PM
 --- Fast forward to 1:20 if it doesn't start there.
    Royal Moments Production
    Trolls Captured Dwarfs ''The Hobbit An Unexpected Journey'' (2/2) (...

Varda — Yesterday at 5:45 PM
: )  Can't let that burrahobbit reference skate by. ; )

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 5:46 PM
waits for oompaloompahobbits crossover

Varda — Yesterday at 5:46 PM
ohhh, heh. Good job typing that.

Eonwë Valar — Yesterday at 5:46 PM
[5:47 PM]
Funny scene.
[5:48 PM]
Kinda sad Thorin was the only one seeing what Bilbo was doing.

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 5:49 PM
Let me channel Sandalf in saying that was a waste of a perfectly fine rock.

Eonwë Valar — Yesterday at 5:52 PM
That rock gave its cohesion so that troll-shaped rocks could be made.
What nobler sacrifice could there be?

Varda — Yesterday at 5:52 PM
: )

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 5:53 PM
Not sure how geologically interesting they'd be, though, given the way they're formed.

Varda — Yesterday at 5:53 PM
Thorin is a planner too. He had a head for what Bilbo was trying to do. And his kick helped! : )

Eonwë Valar — Yesterday at 5:57 PM
Well, my time has come. I must be off.
Take care all, good night, sleep well, and have fun.

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 5:57 PM

Eonwë Valar — Yesterday at 5:58 PM
But before I go...

Varda — Yesterday at 5:59 PM

Eonwë Valar — Yesterday at 5:59 PM
Something to sing along to:
    Gamera's song

[5:59 PM]
Enjoy :}

Varda — Yesterday at 5:59 PM
Thanks? : )
Cheery : )
[6:00 PM]
Go Turtle!

Sandalf13 — Yesterday at 8:11 PM
Aragorn tossed me was lovely.
(Found that on a website somewhere once upon a time)

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 8:41 PM
Personal gaming report!
[8:41 PM]
For (non)flashgaming, a new game this time,
    Monster Tiles TD
    Roguelike tower defense game featuring epic battles between fierce monsters and medieval space pirates!
    Expand and defend your base by choosing where to place...

[8:44 PM]
A tower defense game with a random element, as after each wave you get to place a randomly generated tile on your defensive route, where you get to build the towers.
[8:47 PM]
But between each game there's stuff to unlock overall! Levels to get that give you currency, or equipment to put on your towers. Various types of currency for upgrades for towers, spells and other permanent buffs.

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 8:48 PM
So even if you're having trouble getting through the various difficulties... you can grind your way up! There's also daily login bonuses for the currencies, daily quests, and other stuff to help you out if you want to put some regular time in it.
[8:50 PM]
And there's regular updates to the game as well, apparently, to make gameplay more convenient or add more content. So you can be busy for a while

Blizzard gaming:

Sandalf13 — Yesterday at 8:51 PM
Aiya Ar!
I was chatting with Varda.

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 8:51 PM
Diablo 4:
Made a bit more progress. Druid on the main realm started to hunt sidequests in the Scosglen region, getting the Renown level there to 3, and unlocking a skillpoint. Always useful! (edited)
[8:52 PM]
Aiya  :)
He also got to level 54 along the way.
[8:54 PM]
My seasonal necromancer went for season journey chapter 2, getting most of the objectives there, including clearing 10 cellars, freeing his first stronghold, and cleaning out 5 malignant tunnels, a seasonal feature.
[8:55 PM]
Along the way he got from level 17 to level 23, with most of the new skill points put in passives for the skeletal minions, and unlocking further options for the skeleton mages. And enough objectives complete to get the battlepass to level 7, getting a free sword appearance.
[8:56 PM]
Only thing left in the chapter is getting to level 25 and unlocking a few waypoints, and after that it's time for the next few seasonal quests.

Sandalf13 — Yesterday at 8:57 PM
Good luck!

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 8:58 PM
Level 70 on the reward track. Also completed the quest event, getting the last few reward packs.
[9:00 PM]
Tavern brawl is Shiftcon West, an expansion on the Shiftcon brawl, where on top of the shifting minions that change each turn they're in your hand, you also get shifting scrolls that change into a different spell each turn they're in your hand. So not only do you need to time your plays, you also need to use the good stuff in the turn you get them. Makes things complex and random, but a nice challenge
[9:01 PM]
[9:02 PM]
Raiding's kinda still going, with another weekly Sarkareth kill, but player numbers are low. Today was a day off for that reason, and we hope we'll be able to get him on tuesday instead.
[9:03 PM]
Week event is arena skirmishes and pet battles, but the skirmish weekly quest appears to be bugged, as there are various reports of it not being available to those who did it the last time it came around, including me.
But at least I got 5 pet battles done

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 9:05 PM
The Secrets event has ended, with all clues unlocked. They're permanent additions though, so I'll go back for them at a later date. There was a temporary Feat of Strength, though, to help activate an arcane forge in Valdrakken, by feeding it with arcane disturbances every few hours. I almost found out about it too late, but was able to join on one of the last days to get the feat.
[9:06 PM]
For alting, I got a few sidequests done in Revendreth with the mage, concerning the missing tithe in Darkhaven, and attempting to find out who the traitor was.
[9:08 PM]
And with the new goblin warrior I did the first few Kezan quests, cleaning up the Kaja'mite mines, riding around in a new car, the Hot Rod, to gather up a few stacks of Kaja'cola - one stack sent away to another alt for safekeeping, and one stack to check if they will survive the transition out of Kezan - since you won't be able to get them later. Interesting stuff, but I'd rather keep them around than use them
[9:09 PM]
She also rounded up a few friends in the Hot Rod, whom she'll use for a few quests out in the town, before the party in her honor starts for the next chapter of the story.
[9:10 PM]
And she got to level 3 along the way. It's a start

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 9:12 PM
Among her new abilities is Shield Slam, a basic rage generator, but I wonder if she'll get access to dualwielding weapons before level 10, without the use of a shield. I guess we'll find out!
And that's my report for the week!

Sandalf13 — Yesterday at 9:14 PM
Wow. You are busy, as always. Any new news on the job front?

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 9:14 PM
Nope, no news.

Sandalf13 — Yesterday at 9:14 PM
Keep up your estel!

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 9:14 PM
Keeping myself busy

Sandalf13 — Yesterday at 9:15 PM
"Idle hands are the Devil's playmate."
Der Teufel, nicht wahr.

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 9:15 PM
Don't worry, I have plenty of games and other hobbies to keep me busy.
[9:16 PM]
If it wasn't for the necessary moolah, I could keep myself busy for the rest of my life without a proper job

Sandalf13 — Yesterday at 9:16 PM
I am never worried about you keeping busy!

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 9:16 PM

Sandalf13 — Yesterday at 9:17 PM
I just got a message a few minutes ago that the batteries in my elecdtric doorlock were getting low...they sent directions on how to replace them, so I did. It went as easily as they said that it would.
I try to keep busy too.

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 9:17 PM
Nice! Good to keep things maintained  :)

Sandalf13 — Yesterday at 9:18 PM
Indeed. Please accept my best wishes for a wonderful week ahead! Sei gesund, and namarie!

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 9:18 PM
Thanks, you too, and namarie!

Sandalf13 — Yesterday at 9:18 PM
Drink a good beer for me!

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 9:19 PM
Not much of a beer drinker, though we do have 0.0% in the house, so that's good.

Sandalf13 — Yesterday at 9:19 PM

Varda — Yesterday at 9:26 PM
: )