Valar Guild

September 24, 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, Pallando, Sandalf, Shelob/Ungwetari, Varda (presiding)
    (Helm in Europe has been seen by Arien, still active.)
Meeting begins
Membership news:
    Pallando is right now at the fanfest in Iceland for Eve Online, and gave his report (under Gaming/ Eve Online).

    Story by Eonwe-(Valar): "A Queens' Sacrifice". For the 26th Anniversary.
World of Warcraft, Starcraft 2, Heroes of the Storm, Overwatch 2, Hearthstone, Diablo Immortal, Lord of the Rings Online, Eve Online
    Games Site Mass Update (GSMU). The email went out early on September 11. Check your email!
    Topic: Dangerous! But nice.
    Tolkien chat continues.
    (non) Flashgaming Reviews (plus) by Ar-Pharazon. Includes Blizzard games afterwards.



Eonwë Valar — 09/19/2023 7:11 PM
Arrrrr :
    World of Warcraft
    Leap Aboard the Pirate’s Day Celebration–September 19! - WoW
    Avast ye landlubbers! It’s time to hoist sail and make way to Booty Bay for Pirate’s Day!

September 21, 2023

Eonwë Valar — 09/21/2023 8:51 PM
Because some people might be interested:
    Update 35: Return to Carn Dûm Official Game Soundtrack - The Lord o...
    Update 35: Return to Carn Dûm Official Game Soundtrack - The Lord of the Rings Online After suffering countless setbacks and defeats, the last remnants of th...

[8:51 PM]
I'd prefer to be able to download it, but alas.

September 24, 2023

Varda — 09/24/2023 10:39 AM
Next weekend, the chat marathon begins in Discord on meeting_place, for the Valar Guild's 26th Anniversary! Feel free to say hi, chat in free talk, be listed as participating in the anniversary goings-on! The marathon chat lasts from next week's meetings into the following week's meeting. Wednesday Oct 4th is the actual anniversary date, in case you want to say something special then. (edited)
    26th Anniversary of the Valar Guild
    Year 2023, 26th Anniversary celebration of the Valar
    Guild Tolkien fan club and gamers' group.

Sandalf13 — 09/24/2023 12:56 PM
Aiya All! I am getting ready for our meeting later on this afternoon It is a glorious day was 44 Grad F overnight, but the high today will be around mid-70s. Sunny sky, no clouds, and a light breeze. Perfect for working outdoors, so I will. My tomatoes are finally coming in, and I have been busy making tomato paste, dehydrated tomato chips, and tomato soup! So good. Need to get outside for a final (potentially) grass cutting, and a nice, gentle run before our get together. Too nice outside to be inside right now, so I shall say namarie for now, and check in later.

Ar-Pharazon-V — 09/24/2023 1:09 PM
Varda, aren't you a week early? It's still more than a week to the anniversary. Which I thought was on the 4th, not the 24th... and certainly not the 24th of september, as in, tomorrow!
[1:12 PM]
Wait, 24th is today.
[1:13 PM]
Which means 24th of september is on sunday, 24th of october is on tuesday and 4th of october is on a wednesday. So I don't know what is going on here.

Varda — 09/24/2023 1:13 PM
Aye, Phar. I jumped the gun one week.
[1:14 PM]
Typo on the 24th. Will fix.
[1:15 PM]
Marathon starts the 1st.

Ar-Pharazon-V — 09/24/2023 1:15 PM

Varda — 09/24/2023 1:15 PM
Thank you again. Fixing in a couple of spots.

Ar-Pharazon-V — 09/24/2023 1:16 PM
I mean, feel free to have a 2-week marathon.

Varda — 09/24/2023 1:16 PM
Just feels like 2 weeks. ; )
[1:19 PM]
Not sure how that happened. That ol' Valar of Time is chuckling at me...
[1:21 PM]
Tomato chips? Interesting.

Arien  Valar — 09/24/2023 2:24 PM
one of those false friends in German hehe ..well Sandalf migt know or want to know that chips in Germany are what the UK folks call crisps while chips in the uk are what you US folks call fries (edited)

Ar-Pharazon-V — 09/24/2023 2:25 PM
And chips in the US are tokens or computer chips?

Arien  Valar — 09/24/2023 2:26 PM
and that too aye
just to confuse things

Ar-Pharazon-V — 09/24/2023 2:26 PM
Or possibly fragments, usually of stone.

Arien  Valar — 09/24/2023 2:26 PM
or wood

Ar-Pharazon-V — 09/24/2023 2:26 PM

Eonwë Valar — 09/24/2023 3:32 PM
Some chips in the USA:

[3:32 PM]

[3:32 PM]


Varda — 09/24/2023 3:33 PM
The second one being chocolate chips. : )

Eonwë Valar — 09/24/2023 3:33 PM'n'_Dale_Duckipedia.png (with his best buddy Dale)

Varda — 09/24/2023 3:34 PM


Varda — 09/24/2023 4:00 PM
Aiyata : )
[4:00 PM]
@Bounder @Guild-friend Valar Guild meeting time! Come on over to meeting_place and say hi!
[4:01 PM]
Elen sila lumenn' omentielvo!
[4:02 PM]


Sandalf13 — 09/24/2023 4:02 PM

Ar-Pharazon-V — 09/24/2023 4:02 PM

Varda — 09/24/2023 4:02 PM
Aiya maker of Tomato Chips!
Aiya Sunshine : )
Any membership news you would like to pass along?
Seen Helm or Aragorn, Arien?

Sandalf13 — 09/24/2023 4:03 PM
Nothing on my end! I shall try to post my dry sink story sometime later this week.

Ar-Pharazon-V — 09/24/2023 4:04 PM
Local faire/carnival week over here, but also lots of rain :)

Sandalf13 — 09/24/2023 4:04 PM

Ar-Pharazon-V — 09/24/2023 4:04 PM
Still, in between the drops we've had fun festivities!

Sandalf13 — 09/24/2023 4:05 PM

Varda — 09/24/2023 4:05 PM
Much removing of fallen fence and rebuilding, with some help from our nifty neighbors whose fence it also is.

Sandalf13 — 09/24/2023 4:05 PM
Are you done?

Varda — 09/24/2023 4:05 PM
Is it like the ten-inch rain of the desert, raindrops ten inches apart?
[4:05 PM]
Not hardly, Sandalf. : )

Sandalf13 — 09/24/2023 4:06 PM
Good luck, then.

Ar-Pharazon-V — 09/24/2023 4:06 PM
When it fails, it can fall quite hard, no. But there's also dry times!

Varda — 09/24/2023 4:06 PM
: )

Sandalf13 — 09/24/2023 4:07 PM
The average desert in the northern hemisphere receives about 5" of rain PER YEAR, but that is not every year, and that is an average. It may not rain for three years, then there is a sudden 15" rain. Hard to count on the rain in the desert, I guess.

Varda — 09/24/2023 4:08 PM
Averages are rather unhelpful in really understanding something, seems like.

Eonwë Valar — 09/24/2023 4:08 PM
"I been through the desert on a horse with no name/it felt good to get out of the rain."

Varda — 09/24/2023 4:08 PM
Aiya Eonwe : )
Sing it!

Sandalf13 — 09/24/2023 4:08 PM
America, 1970?

Varda — 09/24/2023 4:08 PM

Funny, could hear the tune immediately. : )

Eonwë Valar — 09/24/2023 4:09 PM
    America - Topic
    A Horse with No Name (2001 Remaster)

Ar-Pharazon-V — 09/24/2023 4:09 PM

Arien  Valar — 09/24/2023 4:09 PM
[4:10 PM]
love  that song
[4:12 PM]
and aye i have seen Helm online

Varda — 09/24/2023 4:13 PM
Good to hear!
He's welcome to type something in here or Harbor, since it's so hard to show for a meeting.
[4:14 PM]
On to



We have a story from Eonwe for the Anniversary, not in his Auros series.
[4:15 PM]

"A Queen's Sacrifice"
Not exactly serious... : )
    A Queen's Sacrifice by Eonwë-(Valar)
    For the good of the Realm.


Eonwë Valar — 09/24/2023 4:16 PM
And what exactly is not serious about it? :}

Varda — 09/24/2023 4:16 PM
cough Silly me.

Eonwë Valar — 09/24/2023 4:16 PM
You don't think the main character finds herself in quite a predicament? :}
(I kid :})

Varda — 09/24/2023 4:17 PM
tries not to type spoilers gasp wheeze

[4:18 PM]
We just had the Sept 22 Baggins Birthday of Bilbo and Frodo. : )

Eonwë Valar — 09/24/2023 4:18 PM
So I got the first contribution for the Anniversary in. Who's next? :}

Varda — 09/24/2023 4:18 PM
Does the Anniversary Page count? No. I better get to typing.

Sandalf13 — 09/24/2023 4:18 PM
Does it have to be a story to count?

Ar-Pharazon-V — 09/24/2023 4:18 PM
It is quite a hairy situation.

Varda — 09/24/2023 4:18 PM
hehehe someone reads : )

[4:18 PM]
    26th Anniversary of the Valar Guild
    Year 2023, 26th Anniversary celebration of the Valar
    Guild Tolkien fan club and gamers' group.

[4:19 PM]
Not at all, Sandalf.
Anything related to Tolkien or gaming, although we hope it might have to do with the theme of a magic object, person, place, or combo of any or all. Not required.

Sandalf13 — 09/24/2023 4:19 PM
Good. My literary wells have been running dry as of late.

Arien  Valar — 09/24/2023 4:20 PM
this made me chuckle

Varda — 09/24/2023 4:20 PM
Writing, art, models, screenshots, whatever you can shove in there.
You've still got it, Eonwe. : )

Eonwë Valar — 09/24/2023 4:20 PM

Sandalf13 — 09/24/2023 4:20 PM
A very good story!

Varda — 09/24/2023 4:20 PM
Sometimes need to let the rain replenish the aquifers to the well. (edited)
[4:21 PM]
Can't type. : )

Arien  Valar — 09/24/2023 4:22 PM
uh i don't believe that

Sandalf13 — 09/24/2023 4:22 PM
The former or the latter?

Arien  Valar — 09/24/2023 4:22 PM
that 's my text

Varda — 09/24/2023 4:22 PM
But boy the editing "pen" sure helps.

Eonwë Valar — 09/24/2023 4:22 PM
    Creedence Clearwater Revival
    Creedence Clearwater Revival - Have You Ever Seen The Rain

Varda — 09/24/2023 4:23 PM
Another haven't heard in a while. Thanks. : )

Arien  Valar — 09/24/2023 4:24 PM
    Tina Turner - Topic
    I Can't Stand the Rain

Varda — 09/24/2023 4:24 PM
Ready for (edited)
[4:24 PM]
lol Arien

Sandalf13 — 09/24/2023 4:24 PM
Bad Moon Rising was my favorite CCR tune...

Varda — 09/24/2023 4:24 PM
Been a while for that too. Feel free to link

Arien  Valar — 09/24/2023 4:24 PM
sorry couldn 't resist

Varda — 09/24/2023 4:24 PM
It was funny. : )

Eonwë Valar — 09/24/2023 4:25 PM
Bad Moon Rising is a good one.

Varda — 09/24/2023 4:25 PM
    Creedence Clearwater Revival - Bad Moon Rising (Official Lyric Video)

[4:25 PM]
Found it.  : )

Ar-Pharazon-V — 09/24/2023 4:25 PM
I bless the rains down in 'Murica ♪

Varda — 09/24/2023 4:26 PM
Don't know that one. : )  [Note: it was a joke shift with 'Murica for Africa.]
[4:26 PM]
On to



[4:26 PM]
shiny gavel somersaults to Eonwe

Eonwë Valar — 09/24/2023 4:26 PM
    John Fogerty - Centerfield

Sandalf13 — 09/24/2023 4:26 PM
    Creedence Clearwater Revival - Bad Moon Rising (At The Royal Albert...

Varda — 09/24/2023 4:27 PM
Eonwe caught that gavel : )

Eonwë Valar — 09/24/2023 4:27 PM

World of Warcraft:
[4:27 PM]
This week's bonus events: World Quests.

The PvP Brawl Shadow-Pan Showdown will be available until Tuesday, September 26th.

Brewfest is going through October 6th. New stuff this year so don't miss it if you want it.
[4:28 PM]
Check out This Week in WoW. ---
    World of Warcraft
    This Week in WoW: September 18, 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 icy winds of Icecrown Citadel will sweep the lands of Northrend beginning the week of October 10.
    Will you and your allies have what it takes to face the Lich King in his stronghold?

[4:28 PM]
Check out Blues News. ---
    World of Warcraft
    Blues News: September 22, 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.

[4:28 PM]
Check out this week's hotfixes. ---
    World of Warcraft
    Hotfixes: September 21, 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.

[4:29 PM]

Starcraft 2:
Patch 5.0.12 is out. ---
    StarCraft II 5.0.12 PTR Patch Notes
    PTR Patch 5.0.12 has arrived with balance changes, bug fixes, and map pool update.

[4:30 PM]

Heroes of the Storm:
New patch out. ---
    Heroes of the Storm Patch Notes — September 20, 2023
    Heroes of the Storm has just been updated with the patch! Read on for details.

Overwatch 2:
[4:31 PM]
New blog: Director's Take - Retrospective on Season 6 Hero Balance. ---
    Director’s Take – Retrospective on Season 6 Hero Balance
    Hero Designer Alec Dawson reflects on the past season for hero balance and previews upcoming changes for Overwatch 2

[4:31 PM]
Also, check out what's going on for the anniversary event. ---
    Party and Play with Overwatch 2 Anniversary 2023
    Celebrate the first year of Overwatch 2 playing returning game modes and earn fan-favorite shop skins!

[4:31 PM]

Patch 27.4 is out. ---
    27.4 Patch Notes
    Patch 27.4 brings the Fall of Ulduar Mini-Set; Yogg-Saron has escaped and is spreading his Anomalies across Hearthstone!

Diablo Immortal:
[4:32 PM]
New major update is live: Dark Rebirth. ---
    Witness the Dark Rebirth in Tristram Cathedral
    Something sinister stirs underneath Tristram Cathedral in the Dark Rebirth major update. Delve into a new Dungeon, the Alley of Blood team-based PvP activity, various feature updates, and more.

[4:32 PM]
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.

[4:33 PM]
For my gaming news, it's
    Europe - Topic
    The Final Countdown

[4:34 PM]
Back to you, Varda :}

Varda — 09/24/2023 4:35 PM
Thank you

Lord of the Rings Online:
[4:35 PM]

Landroval branch:

Crickhollow branch:

Treebeard branch:

[4:36 PM]
I've been enjoying the River Hobbit, not just because it is a fun new type but because the running around is in all the newest areas. It makes the whole experience feel very new. : )

Any other gaming news?

Arien  Valar — 09/24/2023 4:37 PM
uh i finally managed to get that authenticicator removed from my wow account
after much howling and teeth gnashing alas
but got there in the end

Pallando-Valar — 09/24/2023 4:38 PM

Eonwë Valar — 09/24/2023 4:38 PM
Heya Pallando.

Pallando-Valar — 09/24/2023 4:38 PM
I have much gaming news and it's not at all prepared so

Ar-Pharazon-V — 09/24/2023 4:38 PM
Getting a new one, Arien?
[4:38 PM]
Aiya, Pallando!

Pallando-Valar — 09/24/2023 4:38 PM
    EVE Online
    EVE Online | Havoc – Expansion Trailer

[4:41 PM]
New expansion announced for Eve Online, and a second third fourth attempt at an Eve FPS. It'll be in pre-alpha testing in December, open to all Omega subscribers.

Ar-Pharazon-V — 09/24/2023 4:41 PM
watches trailer not sure I trust that guy...

Sandalf13 — 09/24/2023 4:43 PM
They all have these deep voices...with bad throat congestion on top of that...I guess this is the style now.

Ar-Pharazon-V — 09/24/2023 4:44 PM
Reminds me of the Kil'jaeden and Sargeras video from the WoW Legion expansion. Demon lord with very deep voice... talking to his superior... with even deeper voice!

Eonwë Valar — 09/24/2023 4:44 PM

Pallando-Valar — 09/24/2023 4:44 PM
The new expansion has a lot of things in it, a few highlights are:
Direct Enlistment for pirate factions, in a FW-like system that interacts with militia FW called "insurgency".
Expansion of corp jobs with auto payments and new types.
New skinning options
Oh and a brand new system with new mechanics
[4:45 PM]
Expansion releases in November, and with the new FW pirate insurgency, there's never been a better time etc etc.
Join eve I'll give you money and teach you.

Ungwetari — 09/24/2023 4:46 PM
Good evening.

Arien  Valar — 09/24/2023 4:46 PM
Evening spidy

Varda — 09/24/2023 4:46 PM
Pallando is serious about that immensely kind offer.

Sandalf13 — 09/24/2023 4:46 PM

Varda — 09/24/2023 4:46 PM
Aiya Shelob : )

Pallando-Valar — 09/24/2023 4:47 PM
Oh! The new shooter is a PvPvE extraction shooter, Tarkov like, and will impact the new insurgency system. (edited)

Ar-Pharazon-V — 09/24/2023 4:47 PM
Aiya Shelob!

Pallando-Valar — 09/24/2023 4:48 PM
They also gave hints of updates to Sov based on the FW frontline system, and how the new shooter (Vanguard, since I didn't mention the name before) might impact that too, eventually.
Think that's all the highlights. (edited)

Varda — 09/24/2023 4:48 PM
That's quite a bit.

Arien  Valar — 09/24/2023 4:49 PM
i know Varda but i fear i never really get to love Eve as much as it deserves  with the best of wills

Sandalf13 — 09/24/2023 4:49 PM
I have got to go...lots of things going on tonight, but I look forward to seeing y'all next week. I will post a couple of items that I was saving for the after-meeting talk, so I apologize for sticking them in here...but since we were talking about old songs, here are a couple that carried me through Tiefenbach bei Oberstdorf in the Bavarian Alps in the summer of 1970...
    Canned Heat   Going Up The Country HQ MUSIC

[4:49 PM]
    Midnight Cowboy - Harry Nilsson - Everybody's Talkin'

Arien  Valar — 09/24/2023 4:49 PM
just not my type of game really]#

Sandalf13 — 09/24/2023 4:49 PM
And a very funny video...
    Jasper Morse
    Four Hobbits Line Dancing in Dallas, TX - FanExpo June 18th, 2022

Pallando-Valar — 09/24/2023 4:49 PM
I'm currently in Iceland for fanfest, so it's getting late and I'm going to head out for now.

Sandalf13 — 09/24/2023 4:49 PM

Ar-Pharazon-V — 09/24/2023 4:50 PM

Eonwë Valar — 09/24/2023 4:50 PM
Sleep well Pallando.

Arien  Valar — 09/24/2023 4:50 PM
Namarie Pallando  have fun

Varda — 09/24/2023 4:50 PM
Have a wonderful time!!

Ungwetari — 09/24/2023 4:51 PM
Enjoy Pallando!

Varda — 09/24/2023 4:52 PM
On to
[4:52 PM]

Eonwë Valar — 09/24/2023 4:52 PM
Before we get into Tolkien, we started with America, heard about Toto's Africa, and got a Final Countdown with Europe, so let's finish the world tour:

Varda — 09/24/2023 4:52 PM
Go for it, Eonwe : )

Eonwë Valar — 09/24/2023 4:53 PM
Here's (fit's the rain we were talking about earlier)
    Alaa Qatamin
    Asia- Who Will Stop The Rain

[4:53 PM]
And we can take a trip to a land
    Men at Work - Topic
    Down Under

[4:53 PM]
Pack a nice thick coat for
    Yanni - Topic
    Song For Antarctica

[4:53 PM]
And I'm also told
    Belinda Carlisle - Heaven Is A Place On Earth (Official Music Video)

[4:54 PM]
That should cover it :}

Arien  Valar — 09/24/2023 4:55 PM
love it Eonwe
thank you

Ar-Pharazon-V — 09/24/2023 4:55 PM
I definitely knew what that second one would be

Varda — 09/24/2023 4:56 PM
Arien, grats on solving the authenticator problem!

Ar-Pharazon-V — 09/24/2023 4:56 PM
But I'm mostly enjoying Sandalf's linedancing video

Ungwetari — 09/24/2023 4:56 PM
I think you might want to end it with
    Led Zeppelin
    Led Zeppelin - Stairway To Heaven (Live at Earls Court 1975) [Offic...

Eonwë Valar — 09/24/2023 4:57 PM
Yeah, but this is a World Tour :} So Heaven's gotta be a place on Earth :}

Ungwetari — 09/24/2023 4:57 PM
This might also work... although you might want to think again before checking in.
    Eagles - Hotel California (Live 1977) (Official Video) [HD]

Arien  Valar — 09/24/2023 4:58 PM
you can check in b ut you never can check out ~

Ar-Pharazon-V — 09/24/2023 4:58 PM
(also, Frodo rocking that mustache)

Eonwë Valar — 09/24/2023 4:58 PM
[5:00 PM]
Anyway, World Tour is complete (Not to be confused with a World Tuor) :}

Arien  Valar — 09/24/2023 5:00 PM
lik lets get in a phrase tolkien o master of tangents ~ before i have to head to bed ^^

Varda — 09/24/2023 5:01 PM
On to



[5:01 PM]
Gimli to Gandalf:

"You speak of him as if he was a friend. I thought Fangorn was dangerous."
"Dangerous!" cried Gandalf. "And so am I, very dangerous: more dangerous than anything you will ever meet, unless you are brought alive before the seat of the Dark Lord.
And Aragorn is dangerous, and Legolas is dangerous.
You are beset with dangers, Gimli son of Gloin;
for you are dangerous yourself, in your own fashion.
Certainly the forest of Fangorn is perilous--not least to those that are too ready with their axes;
and Fangorn himself, he is perilous too;
yet he is wise and kindly nonetheless."

End quote
[5:04 PM]
To all of you dangerous gamers, wise and kindly that you are. : )

Eonwë Valar — 09/24/2023 5:04 PM
Everyone is dangerous. It's only a question of who you're dangerous to.

Ar-Pharazon-V — 09/24/2023 5:05 PM
Indeed, major difference to keep in mind between "dangerous" and "malevolent" or "unpredictable"

Varda — 09/24/2023 5:05 PM
Two Towers, "The White Rider"
[5:05 PM]
Right. : )

Ar-Pharazon-V — 09/24/2023 5:05 PM
It's good to have dangerous allies!

Varda — 09/24/2023 5:05 PM

Arien  Valar — 09/24/2023 5:06 PM
oh yeah big and wonderful friends .. i am sure Gollum was well aware of that

Varda — 09/24/2023 5:06 PM
Maybe we need to add "trustworthy"? ; )

Arien  Valar — 09/24/2023 5:06 PM

Varda — 09/24/2023 5:07 PM
We have reached the hour. : )
the gavel in trustworthy manner, bounces to the gavel
the hammerpad awaits!
[5:08 PM]
with reverb at the ready!



Arien  Valar — 09/24/2023 5:08 PM
although ..... thats what Sam said to Frodo at Crickhollow eh before they headed into the old forest :)?

Varda — 09/24/2023 5:08 PM
Free chat : )
[5:09 PM]
Bombadil was a good ally, very dangerous!

Arien  Valar — 09/24/2023 5:09 PM
[5:10 PM]
but yeah its that time .. ..time to head to my trustworthy pillow ~

Eonwë Valar — 09/24/2023 5:10 PM
Sleep well Arien.

Arien  Valar — 09/24/2023 5:10 PM
Namarie all

Ar-Pharazon-V — 09/24/2023 5:10 PM

Varda — 09/24/2023 5:10 PM
Namarie! : )
[5:11 PM]
Now looking at the mass of words before they entered the Old Forest. Merry had quite a lot to say about the folklore about the place. Don't believe the scary stories he then proceeded to tell them. : )

Eonwë Valar — 09/24/2023 5:12 PM
"Now I don't put any stock in any of these, but let me tell you all about them...."

Varda — 09/24/2023 5:13 PM

Ar-Pharazon-V — 09/24/2023 5:13 PM
"I mean, you never know!"

Varda — 09/24/2023 5:14 PM
And they proceeded to get in trouble. : )

Ungwetari — 09/24/2023 5:14 PM
It has been a long day for me as well. I shall follow Arien's lead and head to my trusty bed of cocoons filled with breakfast.

Ar-Pharazon-V — 09/24/2023 5:14 PM
Merry jinxed em.
Namarie, spidey!

Varda — 09/24/2023 5:14 PM
Namarie, Shelob! Thanks for dropping by. Hope you enjoyed it. : )

Ar-Pharazon-V — 09/24/2023 5:14 PM
Unfriendly faraway spiderwoman.

Varda — 09/24/2023 5:15 PM
Maybe we should come along and help open those cocoons with our swords?

Unfriendly faraway spiderwoman.
Ungwetari — 09/24/2023 5:15 PM
I'm a woman spider, not a spiderwoman. Marvel can have that one.

Varda — 09/24/2023 5:15 PM
Save Shelob from indigestion.
She Lob. You are quite right.

Maybe we should come along and help open those cocoons with our swords?
Ungwetari — 09/24/2023 5:16 PM
Yes, yes, that would be fine. Just don't open too many of them. I have a policy that you pay for that which you do not eat.

Varda — 09/24/2023 5:16 PM

Ar-Pharazon-V — 09/24/2023 5:16 PM
Spiderversion of She- ra?

Varda — 09/24/2023 5:16 PM
She literally she. Lob for spider. (edited)

Eonwë Valar — 09/24/2023 5:16 PM
Lob, like lob huge barrels of fire at it from 20 miles away.

Ar-Pharazon-V — 09/24/2023 5:16 PM
Lob it from orbit, the only way to be sure.

Ungwetari — 09/24/2023 5:16 PM
You watch it Phar. I'll go all She-nope on your sleepy self.  (edited)

Varda — 09/24/2023 5:17 PM
I remember the shoot from orbit. Aliens? : )

Eonwë Valar — 09/24/2023 5:17 PM
    SCII LOTV Sky Shield Orbital Strike Cutscene

Varda — 09/24/2023 5:17 PM
Was the best idea they had!

Ar-Pharazon-V — 09/24/2023 5:18 PM
Yep  Nuke from orbit, to be precise.

Varda — 09/24/2023 5:18 PM
That's it. : )

Ungwetari — 09/24/2023 5:18 PM
I hope this will stop you pestering me.

Varda — 09/24/2023 5:18 PM
Egad! Name change! [Note: the name had been Shelob until just then. Discord changed it all the way back.]

Eonwë Valar — 09/24/2023 5:18 PM
That's how we do it in Protosstown.

Ungwetari — 09/24/2023 5:18 PM
emote: rofl

Varda — 09/24/2023 5:18 PM
Not pestering. Just looking into etymology like Tolkien fans. Cocoons though, that we might still pester about. : )

Ar-Pharazon-V — 09/24/2023 5:19 PM
pats spider

Varda — 09/24/2023 5:19 PM

Ungwetari — 09/24/2023 5:19 PM
I'm mostly eating Orcs. You can't really fault me if I go for a little snack when a fat juicy hobbit or two stroll into my den, can you?

Ar-Pharazon-V — 09/24/2023 5:20 PM
If it keeps you from digging into my cave, seems fair.

Ungwetari — 09/24/2023 5:20 PM
I'm fairly sure Manwë will have a word to say about the ownership of the cave you were confined in Phar.

Ar-Pharazon-V — 09/24/2023 5:21 PM
Squatter's rules. It's not like I pay rent.

Varda — 09/24/2023 5:21 PM
Enjoy your orc dinner. : )

Ungwetari — 09/24/2023 5:21 PM
You know, after a couple thousand years in there, one might think you would enjoy a little company... and someone who brought you food for a change.

Eonwë Valar — 09/24/2023 5:21 PM
RE: Phar's cave --> I point to the afore-linked "Hotel California".

Ar-Pharazon-V — 09/24/2023 5:22 PM
Hey, mr. Warden, can we have a glass of water please ♪
You'd bring me food?
I'm a bit suspicious about the type of food.

Ungwetari — 09/24/2023 5:23 PM
I would, if not for the fact some person that shall not be named wants to spoil the lot of it.

Varda — 09/24/2023 5:23 PM
Ungwe: Quenya for "spider's web"

Ungwetari — 09/24/2023 5:23 PM
I think that you are not in a particularly good position to be picky about the food you're brought, though.

Varda — 09/24/2023 5:24 PM
"tari": queen. She that is high.
Hey, we keep Phar and crew fed, fairly decently.

"tari": queen. She that is high.
Ungwetari — 09/24/2023 5:25 PM
I am really sorry, but that so reminds me of
    Afroman - Because I Got High

Eonwë Valar — 09/24/2023 5:26 PM
Melkor couldn't get Varda or Arien so he settled for teaming up with discount Vairë? heh.

Ungwetari — 09/24/2023 5:26 PM
So the translation of Ungwetari can be one of two things:
Queen of the spider's web
She that is high on spider's web

Eonwë Valar — 09/24/2023 5:26 PM
Thinking about Ungoliant now, heh.

Ungwetari — 09/24/2023 5:27 PM
What do you think now Phar? Want some of what I am having? Eh?

Varda — 09/24/2023 5:27 PM
He'd like a ladder. : )

Ar-Pharazon-V — 09/24/2023 5:27 PM
I was gonna spin my web, until I got high ♪

Eonwë Valar — 09/24/2023 5:27 PM
High on (a) spider's web, as in there's a very big spider's web and she's way up there out of reach on it until she comes and gets you. So again I refer to ⁠meeting_place⁠

Varda — 09/24/2023 5:29 PM
Hard to prepare for.

Ungwetari — 09/24/2023 5:29 PM
Anyways, this was fun, but now I'm really gonna go to bed before I derail this conversation even further.

Ar-Pharazon-V — 09/24/2023 5:29 PM

Varda — 09/24/2023 5:29 PM
We are in After-meeting. : )

Ar-Pharazon-V — 09/24/2023 5:29 PM
Aftermeeting, derailing's allowed!

Varda — 09/24/2023 5:29 PM
Trains everywhere!

Eonwë Valar — 09/24/2023 5:29 PM
Since we're in aftermeeting, guess I'll share these...

Varda — 09/24/2023 5:29 PM
uh oh : )

Eonwë Valar — 09/24/2023 5:30 PM
First, if I haven't given you enough songs to listen to, check these guys out:
    VALHALLA CALLING by Miracle Of Sound (Assassin's Creed) (Viking/Nor...

[5:30 PM]
They've got a really good sound.
MIraculous one might say. (edited)
(before Phar beats me to it :})

Ar-Pharazon-V — 09/24/2023 5:30 PM
hypnotized from the first hornblow

Eonwë Valar — 09/24/2023 5:31 PM
Second, I've nothing to share about the greatest hero of our time, but I have this from the Absolute Guardian of the Universe:
    Netflix Anime
    GAMERA -Rebirth- | Official Trailer #2 | Netflix

[5:34 PM]
Hoping it turns out to be good.

Eonwë Valar — 09/24/2023 5:52 PM
OK, my time to go has come. Enjoy the music :} Take care, good night, sleep well, and have fun :}

Ar-Pharazon-V — 09/24/2023 5:52 PM

Varda — 09/24/2023 5:52 PM

Ar-Pharazon-V — 09/24/2023 6:07 PM
back later!


Ar-Pharazon-V — 09/24/2023 8:58 PM
Personal gaming report!
[9:00 PM]
For (non)flashgaming... let's do which I must've linked before, but hey, let's go for it again
    Mini Blocks
    Switch Blocks to reach the Goal!

Ar-Pharazon-V — 09/24/2023 9:05 PM
A platformer, where you play a little slime trying to get to the exit, while avoiding spikes. Only buttons are jump, with walljumps also used to switch direction, and switch to switch blocks in and out of existence. Correct timing needed!
[9:05 PM]
Blizzard gaming:
[9:07 PM]
Diablo 4: More progress on my seasonal character, completing chapter 2 and doing some seasonal quests, infiltrating some strongholds for Zakarum documents. Next quest will require completing chapter 3.
[9:09 PM]
He's also gotten to level 29, unlocking the bone golem summon. I'm using both summons, and removed my essence spender from the actionbar to make room. Now the routine is mostly about the various summons, whose passive talents I'm also focusing on, and masses of corpse explosion. Quite fun
And unlocked battlepass 10 along the way.
[9:11 PM]
Oh, and he got the Harvester title along the way... so now he's the Unholy Harvester, which fits his battlestyle pretty well
[9:12 PM]
made it to level 76 on the reward track now.

Ar-Pharazon-V — 09/24/2023 9:12 PM
Mini-set is out, though I'm saving up gold to buy the golden version.
[9:12 PM]
The thematic quest event for it is coming though, starting in 2 days.
[9:15 PM]
Opened a bunch of new packs, bringing my stack of packs down to 200. Now digging into the standard packs, which I assumed was still mostly core or classic cards, but apparently they now contain random cards from the most recent expansions. Which means a lot of new cards for me
[9:16 PM]
Including 3 new legendaries! Orion, Mansion Manager; Imp King Rafaam; and the paladin hero upgrade, Lightforged Cariel.
[9:17 PM]
Tavern Brawl is Too Many Portals: Choose a class, get a few random spells and a whole ton of mage portals, mostly the standard kind which puts a random minion in your hand, at a 3 mana discount.
[9:18 PM]
Class doesn't really  matter much in my experience, gotta get lucky with the minions. But at the discounts, control over the game can ramp up quickly.
[9:19 PM]
Again not enough people for raids, so we've decided to call a proper break until 10.2 comes out with the new raid.

Ar-Pharazon-V — 09/24/2023 9:20 PM
Weekly quest is world quests, which I don't really bother with at this stage yet, which instead allowed me to focus on holiday events!
[9:20 PM]
For Pirate's Day, I bought the Highland Drake's Pirate's Day armor. Pretty expensive for 50k, but it looks nice.
[9:20 PM]
For Brewfest there's a lot more stuff though.
[9:22 PM]
With my druid I've been fighting Coren Direbrew in the instance daily, and managed to get the Proto-drake's Brewfest Armor from his random lootbag. I've also done some Valdrakken Brewfest daily quests for tokens, and visited all 12 locations to donate to brewfest barrels across the Dragon Isles, getting a bunch more tokens as well as the Round on the House achievement. And that got me enough tokens to buy the new Brew Barrel toy
[9:25 PM]
But my main Brewfest specialist is my dark iron dwarf shaman Calmoria, who's been doing the brewfest activities at the dwarven starting zone! She's been doing ram racing dailies mostly, delivering dozens of barrels and barking advertisements in the city of Ironforge. That got her from level 11 to level 13 so far, and enough tokens to buy the Orange Brewfest Bulwark, a beer-themed shield appearance, which she's using right now  Next up, saving for the goggles appearance.
[9:26 PM] you can kinda see the shield, but the angle's not right. You can see the beer-stein hanging from it though
    World of Warcraft
    Calmoria - Character - WoW
    Calmoria (Argent Dawn) ❮The High Guard❯ - 13 Dark Iron Dwarf Elemental Shaman, 8 ilvl

Ar-Pharazon-V — 09/24/2023 9:28 PM
Through the many daily quests or otherwise from Brewfest, I completed the trading post tender for September, giving me the Crusty Crawler mount as reward, and allowing me to buy a celestial slyvern pet called Slyvy. Saving up the rest for later months, for the class weapons I really like (druid, monk, and possibly hunter) and any other stuff that may come up on the trading post.
[9:31 PM]
Between Brewfest and the local RL faire, I didn't get to do too much alt questing. But I did complete the second main quest arc in Revendreth with the mage, meeting up with Sire Denathrius and preparing to take on the Accuser.
[9:32 PM]
And the goblin warrior beat up a few debtors, and she got to level 4 while doing so. Next up she'll be doing more party preparations as well as trying out for the Footbomb match!
[9:33 PM]
And that's my report for the week

Varda — 09/24/2023 10:01 PM
Namarie : )