Valar Guild

January 28, 2024 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.]
["Notes" come from Varda when putting the transcript online.]

Attending (and typed): (8)

rien, Ar-Pharazon, Eonwe, Eowyn/Cenedra, Fangorn/Treebeard, Pallando, Sandalf13, Varda (presiding)
Meeting begins
Membership news:

    New story by Eonwe put online Saturday:
"Opportunity Cost: Second Age 3215, Imladris", by Eonwe-(Valar), in his Narn I Auros series.
    RP group story on the forum has new posts this week and during the meeting.
    World of Warcraft, Warcraft Rumble, Diabo 4, Diablo: Immortal, Lord of the Rings Online
        Elvish calendar by Eonwe.
        RP posting.
    (non) Flashgaming Reviews (plus) by Ar-Pharazon. Includes Blizzard games afterwards.



Eonwë Valar — Yesterday at 11:06 AM
    Angmar Bound, Chapter 2: Where Shadows Lie | Valar Guild
    Auros: It was late in the evening when Auros finally crossed his threshold, and sleep was still far from him. His first task was to return to his armory, and setting the bundle with the sword o

Varda — Yesterday at 3:59 PM
Woot! Forum story!
[4:00 PM]
And time!

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 4:00 PM

Varda — Yesterday at 4:00 PM
@Bounder @Guild-friend Huzzah! Time for the Valar Guild meeting! Come say hi, chat gaming and Tolkien, or just plain lurk!
[4:00 PM]
Aiya Phar
[4:01 PM]

Elen sila lumenn' omentielvo!


Beautiful sunshiny day! Comfy. So good to see again.

Cenedra — Yesterday at 4:02 PM
Heya, Varda reminded me that there is a meeting.

Varda — Yesterday at 4:02 PM
Huzzah! Aiya Eowyn. : )

Sandalf13 — Yesterday at 4:02 PM
Aiya Alk! Can't stay too to pick up my skis, poles, and boots before the rental place closes for the day. Skiing tomorrow at Keystone.

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 4:02 PM
Ah, enjoy

Varda — Yesterday at 4:02 PM
Sounds wonderful! Have a greaat time. : )

Eonwë Valar — Yesterday at 4:03 PM

Treebeard — Yesterday at 4:03 PM

Varda — Yesterday at 4:03 PM
Aiya Sandalf, Eonwe, and Fangorn : )

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 4:03 PM

Varda — Yesterday at 4:03 PM
The Starcraft gamers are about to jump into their spaceships!
And hi again to Phar!

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 4:03 PM
Battlecruiserrr operational.

Varda — Yesterday at 4:04 PM
Arien has work in the morning but said hi!

The Starcraft gamers are about to jump into their spaceships!
Eonwë Valar — Yesterday at 4:05 PM
    Game Archive - No Commentary Gameplay
    Space Invaders 1978 - Arcade Gameplay

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 4:05 PM
Aiyarien and Namarien!

Varda — Yesterday at 4:05 PM
[4:05 PM]
Ohh the memories  : )

Sandalf13 — Yesterday at 4:05 PM
I'll post one picture before I go...Buffalo Mountain, at the southern end of the Gore Range...I think it is pretty easy to see the buffalo...elevation at my Condo is 9,200 feet.

Varda — Yesterday at 4:06 PM
Wow. White stuff all over!
[4:06 PM]
Need to do something about all that styrofoam packing.

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 4:06 PM
Hmm, was thinking powdered sugar.

Varda — Yesterday at 4:06 PM
Sounds much better!

Sandalf13 — Yesterday at 4:06 PM
Yup. They finally got some snow. I will check in as soon as I get back...should be before the meeting is over. Namarie for now! BTW - ccan you all see the buffalo?

Varda — Yesterday at 4:07 PM
[4:08 PM]
Reminds me of cloud-watching.

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 4:08 PM
Namarie Sandalf! Are we supposed to see the shape in the mountain?

Varda — Yesterday at 4:10 PM
Guess he's out the door. May his skiing go well!
[4:11 PM]
Getting most of the boxes unpacked, Phar? : )

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 4:11 PM
Final cabinet arrived earlier this week, so I'm all set

Varda — Yesterday at 4:11 PM
Woot! Congrats. : )

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 4:11 PM


Varda — Yesterday at 4:12 PM


[4:12 PM]
We have a new story from Eonwe!

"Opportunity Cost: Second Age 3215, Imladris"
Part of his Narn I Auros series, with a bit on the friends. Fun read.
[4:13 PM]

Sandalf13 — Yesterday at 4:13 PM
Here is the outline....had to hurriedly make this for my to run! Till later!

Varda — Yesterday at 4:13 PM
Thank you for that! Having some trouble seeing it.

Sandalf13 — Yesterday at 4:13 PM

Varda — Yesterday at 4:13 PM
Might be a turtle...

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 4:14 PM

Varda — Yesterday at 4:14 PM
Anyway, enjoy the story when you get the chance. : )
[4:14 PM]
Also for the web,

Eonwe has posted to the forum story!
Here's a repeat of the link he gave us earlier:
    Angmar Bound, Chapter 2: Where Shadows Lie | Valar Guild
    Auros: It was late in the evening when Auros finally crossed his threshold, and sleep was still far from him. His first task was to return to his armory, and setting the bundle with the sword o

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 4:16 PM
Must check it out!

Eonwë Valar — Yesterday at 4:19 PM
I noticed at least one person checked it out already :}

Varda — Yesterday at 4:20 PM
I have an urge to type over there. Nice ghost story going.

Eonwë Valar — Yesterday at 4:21 PM

Varda — Yesterday at 4:21 PM
Helps to log in.

Arien  Valar — Yesterday at 4:21 PM
Aiya folks )

Varda — Yesterday at 4:21 PM
Aiya poster! : )

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 4:21 PM
Ah, checked out!

Arien  Valar — Yesterday at 4:22 PM
yeah felt tempted to have Frali react that way
[4:23 PM]
suits him , yojung, a bit over zealous .. more like kill first , ask later .but not quite tyhat extreme

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 4:23 PM
Shoot first, don't bother to ask questions later!

Arien  Valar — Yesterday at 4:24 PM
i also feel a task coming for Frali .. right Eonwe ~?

Eonwë Valar — Yesterday at 4:25 PM
    Wild Wild West (1999) - "I'm The President Of The United States"

[4:26 PM]
Re:task: It's there for the taking :}

Varda — Yesterday at 4:27 PM
Nice posts! Some good characterization. I put up a quick post. Haven't learned not to volunteer! And that should free Frali for his duty.

Eonwë Valar — Yesterday at 4:28 PM
Two tasks available: fix the well or sit up on a perch like a bird and watch for incoming enemies.

Varda — Yesterday at 4:29 PM
feels birdlike
Already posted anyway. : )

Eonwë Valar — Yesterday at 4:29 PM

Varda — Yesterday at 4:31 PM
While Fainan is not very good at speaking Quenya, she can read it well enough to help at Elrond's library, and understood some of what the Noldor were saying.

Pallando-Valar — Yesterday at 4:31 PM

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 4:31 PM

Arien  Valar — Yesterday at 4:31 PM
repairing the well seems to me more dwarflike and clear the rrubble away would give him some occasion to use his pent up energy and play with his muscles

Pallando-Valar — Yesterday at 4:31 PM
I am currently somewhere above Halifax. No news to report otherwise.

Arien  Valar — Yesterday at 4:32 PM
in a plane ::O?

Varda — Yesterday at 4:32 PM
Aiya Blue Wizard!

Arien  Valar — Yesterday at 4:32 PM
aiya Pallando

Varda — Yesterday at 4:33 PM
(But lets the Noldor think they have a totally secret language if they want. Maybe it's just for Frali's benefit anyway?)

Arien  Valar — Yesterday at 4:34 PM
and also namarie I fear .. i have to get up at six tomorrow morning and got a wee job to do do before i go to settle on my barge

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 4:34 PM
Ah, namarie Arien

Varda — Yesterday at 4:34 PM
Thank you for adding fun and Frali to our day! Namarie!

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 4:34 PM
So I guess Calion'll just take a nap?

Arien  Valar — Yesterday at 4:35 PM
Namarie all  \and your welcome

Varda — Yesterday at 4:36 PM
Oh, Eonwe also did a handy set of notes the rest of us might like to swipe. Can you post that here?

Eonwë Valar — Yesterday at 4:36 PM

Varda — Yesterday at 4:36 PM
Calion needs ham!

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 4:36 PM

Eonwë Valar — Yesterday at 4:37 PM
Writing some of my stories I needed a quicker reference of the Elvish loa to solidfy time of/between closer-occurring stories.
[4:37 PM]
Elvish Year:
Quenya --- English --- Sindarin --- Number of Days

Yestarë -> First day of the year
Tuilë --- Spring ---  Ethuil --- (54 days)
Lairë --- Summer --- Laer --- (72 days)
Yavië --- Autumn --- Iavas --- (54 days)
Enderi -> Middle Days (3 normally, 6 every 12 years)
Quellë --- Fading --- Firith --- (54 days)
Hrivë --- Winter --- Rhiw --- (72 days)
Coirë --- Stirring --- Echuir --- (54 days)
Mettarë -> Last day of the year

Varda — Yesterday at 4:37 PM
Very handy! Thank you!

Eonwë Valar — Yesterday at 4:39 PM

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 4:39 PM
No Rezan?

Eonwë Valar — Yesterday at 4:39 PM

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 4:40 PM
..Eh, too much WoW.

Eonwë Valar — Yesterday at 4:40 PM
Oh, hah.

Varda — Yesterday at 4:40 PM
hehe - yay gamers!

Eonwë Valar — Yesterday at 4:40 PM
Elves hunted all the Tyrannosaurs to extinction?

Varda — Yesterday at 4:41 PM
The dwarves helped. Meat off the bone!

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 4:42 PM
Arms too short to fend off the arrows.

@Arien  Valar
in a plane ::O?
Pallando-Valar — Yesterday at 4:42 PM
Indeed so

Eonwë Valar — Yesterday at 4:42 PM
Also names for "Fading" but not in my notes: Q. Lasse-lanta S. Narbeleth.

Varda — Yesterday at 4:44 PM
Flying Wizard!
[4:45 PM]
Fading, very elvish way of speaking of Fall/Autumn.

Eonwë Valar — Yesterday at 4:46 PM
Autumn is the season/month before the Enderi.

Varda — Yesterday at 4:52 PM
On to



[4:52 PM]
tosses a gavel from the shelf without checking it first. oops!
[4:54 PM]
Er, will that gavel do, Fionwe?

Eonwë Valar — Yesterday at 4:54 PM
checks gavel It will suffice.
[4:54 PM]

World of Warcraft:
[4:54 PM]
This week's bonus event: World Quests.

This week's PvP Brawl: Southshore vs Tarren Mill.
[4:55 PM]
Check out This Week in WoW. ---
    World of Warcraft
    This Week in WoW: January 22, 2024 - 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.
    This week get the Grim Campfire Toy by watching your favorite World of Warcraft streamers. Season of Discovery Phase 2 Goes Live February 8.

[4:55 PM]
Check out this week's hotfixes. ---
    World of Warcraft
    Hotfixes: January 23, 2024 - 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, Season of Discovery, and WoW Classic.

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 4:55 PM
yep yep, SS vs TM... a bloody violent 40v40 tug of war.
PvP at its finest.

Eonwë Valar — Yesterday at 4:56 PM
It has its moments.
[4:56 PM]

Warcraft Rumble:
Update 4.0.0 is out this week. ---
    Patch Notes for Season 3 and update 4.0.0.
    Welcome to update 4.0.0! Check out plenty of PvP Improvements, now with random Maps and a new "Enchant" mod type!
    We've also increased Warchest Point rewards from PvP Honor, and made some adjustments and fixes to Troops, Leaders, Talents, and more!

[4:56 PM]

Diablo 4:
[4:57 PM]
A new patch came out Friday. ---  (making two this past week)
    Diablo IV Patch Notes
    We will continually update this article with all patches the development team implements for Diablo IV.

[4:57 PM]

Diablo Immortal:
Check out this week's 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.

[4:57 PM]

Lord of the Rings Online:
[4:58 PM]
The year's public event schedule has been posted. (It's almost like they know what's going to happen) ---
    The Lord of the Rings Online
    2024 Public Event Schedule
    Get a list of bonuses, events, and other time-specific changes here for 2024!

Varda — Yesterday at 4:58 PM
: )

Eonwë Valar — Yesterday at 4:58 PM
Slides gavel back to Varda

Varda — Yesterday at 4:58 PM
catches the gavel. It seems to move quite smoothly!

[4:59 PM]
Lord of the Rings Online players in kin branches this past week: (edited)
Valarites who came into kin branches this past week:


[4:59 PM]

Starcraft 2:
I know for sure of Fangorn and Eonwe who are gaming there together right now, and pretty sure of Faramir.
[5:00 PM]
Anyone else played SC2 this past week and present to say so?  : )
[5:01 PM]
Then on to
[5:02 PM]



Since we are already there. Slight jumping of the gun!
[5:03 PM]
We had Tolkien story forum posts and a Tolkien calendar by Eonwe!
And it is the hour. Oops. So the Tolkien part should be set up a bit higher to show what we were doing, but hey. : )  [Note: thus the handy links!]
[5:04 PM]
Any other comments on anything before we move to general free chat?
Phar, of course, needs to put his character that he is about to make into our Landroval group to hush me. ; )

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 5:05 PM
I don't even have enough time for the games I already play!

Varda — Yesterday at 5:06 PM
hehe - so much for that!
I have too many LotRO characters to play them all properly. But hopefully enough of all sizes to help out  when needed. And a full set of crafters.
[5:07 PM]
Umbari crafting makes some very nice stuff, but the Red Sea-stones take some effort to collect.
[5:07 PM]



Free chat!
and posting fun

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 5:10 PM
I could make a 3-word post "chews ham loudly" but I should probably wait for another chore to be mentioned

Varda — Yesterday at 5:11 PM
Nahh. And hey, you're a high up elf type. : )

Eonwë Valar — Yesterday at 5:13 PM
So Fainan is expected to sit up in the crow's nest all day? :}

Sandalf13 — Yesterday at 5:13 PM

Varda — Yesterday at 5:13 PM
Give me targets!

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 5:13 PM

Varda — Yesterday at 5:13 PM
Aiya and welcome back, Sandalf! We are in After-meeting, free chat. : )

Eonwë Valar — Yesterday at 5:13 PM
Well, I must be off. Take care all, good night, sleep well, and have fun.

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 5:13 PM

Sandalf13 — Yesterday at 5:14 PM

Eonwë Valar — Yesterday at 5:14 PM
Enjoy the story and the forum post :}

Varda — Yesterday at 5:14 PM
Namarie, Eonwe, and guaranteed!

Cenedra — Yesterday at 6:39 PM

Varda — Yesterday at 6:40 PM

Sandalf13 — Yesterday at 7:06 PM
Aiya Ar!

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 9:08 PM
[9:08 PM]
Personal gaming report:

Sandalf13 — Yesterday at 9:09 PM
Aiya Ar! I am so happy to hear from you!

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 9:09 PM

Sandalf13 — Yesterday at 9:09 PM
Me too.

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 9:11 PM
For (non)flashgaming, grow-defense is one of the new badges this week.
Grow Defense
    Grow Defense
    This is an incremental tower defense game, where you grow your defenses from nothing to a huge powerhouse, with lots of weapon upgrades and defenses.
    Tap the...

[9:13 PM]
An idle game with an interesting setting, as you defend a castle from waves of poorly drawn enemies. You get money for kills to spend on upgrades, including archers, and a laser tower.
[9:15 PM]
There's also equipment, gems for more permanent upgrades, daily rewards to get, and map progress. Lots of stuff!
And when you die you still get gold, so you can upgrade eventually
[9:18 PM]

Blizzard gaming:

Sandalf13 — Yesterday at 9:26 PM

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 9:29 PM
level 98 on the reward track. Almost there to 100!
[9:30 PM]
Wanted to save 2000 gold for the new mini-set, but the Dreamgrove Lunara druid-skin came up, and I can't resist moon- or ardenweald-themed skins, so bought that first for 1000 gold. Now saving gold once again
[9:31 PM]
Brawl is Shake, Deathrattle and Roll: Get a random deck, every minion played gets a random deathrattle. I got my wins with the hunter class, which tends to get more minions, and some deathrattle synergies.
[9:34 PM]
Warcraft Rumble: No new collection level yet. Made some progress in the sigil campaign, defeating the dragon Emberstrife, completing Dustwallow Marsh and entering Un'goro. First fight has a lot of respawning raptors... I'll need to figure something out there.
[9:35 PM]
In the dungeon I got level 12 done for Drakkisath. This week the dungeon's for undead, and got levels 13 and 14 for Baron Rivendare there as well.

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 9:37 PM
3 new talents for 3 of my minis  Got the first one for the Mountaineer (one to go, but it doesn't matter which one for that), and the talents I wanted for the quillboar and the meat wagon. Currently in the shop are 2 new uncommon upgrades and a second mountaineer talent, so I'm saving up for those.

Sandalf13 — Yesterday at 9:37 PM
I must apologize for leaving early, Ar, but I am pooped. It has been a long day. I will finish reading your report tomorrow. I hope that you are settling into your new home and lifestyle, and getting acclimated.  A move like the one that you made is difficult and takes some time to adjust to...sei gesund, and Namarie!

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 9:38 PM
Alright, namarie, and good luck with the skiing!

Sandalf13 — Yesterday at 9:38 PM
Thanks! I just hope I don't fall!

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 9:38 PM
At least you should fall softly!

Sandalf13 — Yesterday at 9:38 PM
One would hope.

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 9:38 PM
[9:40 PM]
More raiding, as I got to tank all the bosses on heroic, with especially Tindral being a learning experience for me. Also got my personal first Smolderon kill, as I'd missed our first 3 kills, so that's the season 3 achievement complete.
We've not gotten Fyrakk yet this reset, but there's always tuesday!
[9:41 PM]
Also got my honor level to 122.
Oh, and I won the Hearthstone of the Flame toy from one of the raid bosses, so was lucky there  It's a very nice animation and I'm certainly using it on my fire mage.
[9:43 PM]
This week I focused on the Outland Cup for dragonriding. Got all the normal race tracks to gold, and their advanced and reverse versions to silver, with a few of them hitting the gold by some lucky accident. I also visited them again along with the starting quest on my mage, getting all normals to gold again, and getting enough badges total to grab all the vendor rewards, so I'm done with the Cup for now
[9:44 PM]
4 dragon customizations, the complete Outlandish Drake Racer's transmog set, and the Vial of Endless Draconic Scales toy, for if I want to randomize my dragons' customizations whenever I use them.

Ar-Pharazon-V — Yesterday at 9:46 PM
I also finished the trading post for this week, getting the Golden Mobile Timepiece mog piece, which is a fancy golden watch. And with the currency I bought the Time-Lost Salamanther pet, as well as the Tabard of Wild Might, which felt rather druidy.
[9:46 PM]
Been a while since I had some trading tender left over, I'm sure I'll spend that all again next month
[9:47 PM]
Did not get the achievement for 12 months completed, though I checked the 12 monthly rewards and I have them all. I guess one didn't register, so it'll have to wait until february. We suspect it's the weapons mog set, since those swords are not useable by my main druid, though they are present on my alts.
[9:49 PM]
Finally a bit more alting on the mage, after doing the Outland Cup I sent her back to Revendreth and did a few quests for Theotar. It's slow going, but there won't be a Cup to worry about next week, so we'll see
And that's my report for the week!
[9:51 PM]

Varda — Yesterday at 10:52 PM
Namarie : )