Valar Guild

Games Site History

For those interested in such things, I offer this history of the Games Site under my (Eonwë) maintainance. This compilation was begun May 15th, 2010.

Wednesday, September 26, 2001

The Valar Guild's Games Page, under the maintaince of Eonwe-(Valar), appears on the web. The previous Games Page had been maintained by Makar-(Valar)-ex, who retired from the Council earlier that year, and his brother Scatha-(V). This version was put together in Microsoft Word, and first appears on, thanks to generous web space contributions by Tom Bombadil-(Valar)-ex. This version only gives the main games listing for members and some basic gaming news and links, like to the Diablo and his Kin and Starcraft/Broodwar link pages.

Tuesday, January 22, 2002

The Game Reviews page goes up on the Games Page. Also, specific Games Listings are begun. Because this is done manually, I limit it to games we have at least 3-4 people playing.

Wednesday, June 26, 2002

Many of the Games Pages under operation by Varda are consolidated under the Games Page. These include: Diablo 2 Experiences, Diablo and his Kin, and the Starcraft/Broodwar Links page. Does not include yet the Tourney or Everquesters pages.

The Games Page gets its first review from Glaurung-(V)(now Lungorthin-(Valar)) on Dungeon Siege.

Saturday, September 07, 2002

The first Games Page Mass-Update Email is sent out to all members of the Valar Guild. The Purpose: to have the most up-to-date gaming information possible listed on the Games Page so that members can find eachother in any games they play.

These updates are also used as an opportunity to introduce new pages or abilities to the Games Page and to prune outdated info from pages when necessary.

Thursday, October 03, 2002

"Azeroth and Surrounding Realms" is introduced as a links page for all things Warcraft, continuing the theme set by the "Diablo and His Kin" page originally created by Varda-(Valar).

Friday, October 04, 2002

The first "State of Valar Gaming" report is sent to the Council to coincide with the Fifth Anniversary of the Valar Guild.

Thursday, October 24, 2002

Care of the Tourney Page is transferred from Varda to Eonwë and comes under the umbrella of the Games Page.

Wednesday, July 23, 2003

The server went down, so the Games Page is moved from to the server, generously provided by Alatar-(Valar).

Monday, September 01, 2003

Second Annual Games Page Mass-Update begins. The Games Page moves to direct html coding by Eonwe, rather than using Microsoft Word. The result is less fluff when reading the code (good for me, no big deal for everyone else :}).

Wednesday, September 01, 2004

Third Annual Games Page Mass-Update begins.

Thursday, September 01, 2005

Fourth Annual Games Page Mass-Update begins.

During this GPMU, the "Starcraft/Broodwar" links page became "Files of the Xel'Naga," continuing the theme set by the "Diablo and His Kin" page originally created by Varda-(Valar). Scope of this page was widened to all things Starcraft. The page "Sites through the Palantir" was also introduced to give links for Tolkien-based online games.

Sunday, June 18, 2006

Fifth Annual Games Page Mass-Update is held early.

This GPMU update includes a change from "pure" html to php-based coding to generate and automate large amounts of information, meaning less work for Eonwë. As such, game tables could be built for any game listed on the main games listing, not just those with 3-4 players.

It included access through index.php and index.htm, the php having a background, and the htm not. Other features added (not all remaining today):

  • You can now see if you have gaming info up by selecting "None" in the form.
  • The Links pages are more thoroughly integrated into the Games Page.
  • Important non-gaming Valar Guild Links appear on the right.
  • D2 Experiences link has been moved to the Reviews Page.
  • Reviews Page has been expanded to include console games!

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Sortable table for WoW Lothar branch introduced. Characters could be sorted by any listing appearing as a column header on the table.

Friday, June 01, 2007

Sixth Annual Games-Page Mass-Update held early. This GPMU introduces: a use of CSS for greater uniformity of style throughout the Games Page; a drop-down menu with toggle-able main topics and submenus that appear on mouse-over for certain menu items; Guild Branch pages built into the Games Page proper; the official retirement of the Tourney Page in favor of Events pages for each guild branch.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

The Games Page News is moved from the "Valian" Year (GPMU to GPMU, which most of the time is effectively from Anniversary to Anniversary), to the Gregorian calendar (Jan-Dec).

Sunday, June 14, 2009

The Games Page, along with all Valar Guild pages stored on the old server, move from the old server to the new server, still graciously provided by Alatar-(Valar), along with the domain name. This move grants me much more utiliy and freedom in Games Page design.

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

The Seventh Annual Games Page Mass-Update begins. This GPMU brings updates to how much of the data is stored for the Games Page, making updating easier. Much of this was begun with the prepations for the server move. Most or all of the Games-related pages of the Valar Guild should now be consolidated under the Games Page. Assistance from the Membership in keeping information added, accurate, and up-to-date is still welcome and appreciated :}

Sunday, June 13, 2010

The following links pages have been officially retired: Diablo and his Kin; Azeroth and Surrounding Realms; Files of the Xel'Naga; Sites Through the Palantir. The links on each page have been divided amongst their proper games listed in the new menu header: "Other Gaming." A full list of all gaming links can also be found in "Misc" under this same menu heading.

Much work has gone into providing for greater uniformity across the Games Page while providing greater expandibility and adaptibility (and a moderate level of awesomeness :}).

The Valar Guild Shield, designed by Elatan-(T) fka Elatan-(Valar) fka Amillo-(Valar) fka Beorn-(Valar) (now a Tolkien-Only member), becomes the background of the Games Page.

The news pages from July 2007 to December 2008, once stored as text files, have been permanently converted to html, as that is what the original script displaying those news pages turned it into anyway. This was done to accommodate an easier transition in the new Games Page Upgrades.

I finally started calling the "Valar Guild Games Page" the "Valar Guild Games Site" since that's what it really has been for a couple of years :}

All guild gaming info should be integrated in some form into the Games Site now. (Found some Diablo tips running free :})

Member names on games and guild branch player tables now link to their information on the Members Page. Character names on guild branch player tables now link to their profile on the appropriate official site on the game (i.e, The Blizzard's WoW Armory for WoW, Turbine's mylotro for LotRO).

Pages have been posted for Starcraft 2 and Diablo 3, linking for now only to their links pages.

Mousing over table rows highlights the row and increases font size for easier viewing.

In addition to normal access to the site through the menu, one can link directly to a page by adding "?Page=(Pagename)" to the URL, where Pagename is the desired page: News (the news archives), Games (the main games listing), Reviews, WoWLothar, WoWUldaman, LotROLandroval, Diablo, Diablo 2, Diablo3, Starcraft, Starcraft2, Misc, Contact, Credits, Archives.

This history of the Games Page becomes an official part of the Games Page, er, Site :} As such references to members up to this point should be understood in the context of members at this period in time. References to members after this period in time should be understood in the context of members in their respective periods of time.

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

The Eighth Annual Games Site Mass-Update. No major updates to coding, no major features introduced. All the big work was done earlier in the year :}

Thursday, September 01, 2011

The Ninth Annual Games Site Mass-Update. Gaming info updates for this GSMU are made as the info is sent in instead of at the end, so you can see when your info gets posted. Get your info in now! :}

Friday, June 08, 2012

The player tables for LotRO and WoW now offer stats based on the guild rosters.

Saturday, September 01, 2012

The Tenth Annual Games Site Mass-Update.

Sunday, December 09, 2012

Many updates not ready for the Games Site Mass-Update are now complete.

  • Links to other sections of the Valar Guild site are now in a menu at the upper right of the screen.
  • Many changes to code, to CSS, and to HTML output.
  • Intra-page navigation changed to be simpler and clearer visually.
  • Tabbed interfaces to better display sections of large amounts of data on certain pages (discussed in the next few items).
  • Player Tables for World of Warcraft and Lord of the Rings Online Guild Branches now have a tabbed interface that displays characters by race, class, and profession/vocation, along with the totals for those values.
  • Diablo ME Mod and Diablo 2 ME Mod uniques are grouped by equip type as before (armor, weapon, jewelry), and now tabbed by item type (sword, mace, shield, boots, etc.)
  • Diablo 2 ME Mod Sets are grouped by set, with each set having a tab for the items and a tab for the set boni.
  • Links pages are tabbed for First-party (the developers/creators) and Third-party links (everyone else).
  • Member Games, when sorted by honor, are now tabbed by honor.
  • Images included with reviews will now appear at the bottom of the review.
  • Guild Branch Events pages are now organized differently. Images now have captions, and appear below the description of each event.
  • Changes made to the formatting of certain archived news files so they could be better read in the current Games Site format.
  • "Other Gaming" Menu section now includes "World of Warcraft" and "Lord of the Rings Online" links, providing pages for info on these two games that is not limited to a specific guild branch, i.e., the LotRO Crafting Crit Items page. These pages will remain available through the guild branch submenus as well.
  • New link for World of Warcraft section: "World of Warcraft Basics" giving general info for those playing or looking to play WoW. This link is also available in the submenus for the Lothar and Uldaman WoW branches.
  • A section on the right of the Games Site has now been utilized to list current and upcoming events for the Valar Guild, including holidays.

Sunday, September 01, 2013

The Eleventh Annual Games Site Mass-Update occurred. No major changes to the Games Site.

Sunday, January 05, 2014

Removed submenus that would appear on mousing over certain items in the main menu. Those pages are still accessible, as before, by clicking on those menu item itself.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Fix some issues with links on the Links pages.

Monday, September 01, 2014

The Twelfth Annual Games Site Mass-Update occurred. No major changes to the Games Site.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

A new iteration of the Games Site was launched. Changes included:

  • Changes to the style (obviously).
  • The main menu has been changed from a vertical to a horizontal menu. The menu has been reorganized and thus some items have changed places.
  • Some adjustments to the player tables to horizontal tabs on certain sortings due to the number of tabs (scrolling tabs removed).
  • Links on the News page for pages within the Games Site are now identified by a color background.
  • Sections have been added for the Starcraft 2 Group and Clan as well as for the Diablo 3 Group.
  • Formatting has been changed for the D2 ME-mod Sets and D2 ME-mod Uniques pages.
  • The Weekly Events section has been removed and the Events section disabled pending a better version coming.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Changes to link lists generated from submenus so that they're columned on the pages now.

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

The Thirteenth Annual Games Site Mass-Update occurred. No major changes to the Games Site.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Added a link to see Members Sorted By Honor to the Member Games Listing menu. It was previously reached by clicking on that menu header, but that wasn't terribly evident. Problem solved :}

Sunday, January 03, 2016

Adjustments made to the main menu so no clicking is required to show the submenus. Also, changed the News item headers to be to the side for quicker visual scanning.

Tuesday, September 06, 2016

The Fourteenth Annual Games Site Mass-Update occured.

Monday, June 05, 2017

Update 9 for the Games Site is out. Alot of changes with this update:

  • Major adjustments to URLs to make them prettier while retaining/increasing on a clear scheme in naming.
  • Major adjustments to the back-end code to coincide with the above.
  • Cleanup/streamlining of code.
  • The main navigation menu was adjusted to be clickable again. Submenus have been organized into a tab structure.
  • New mini menu that can be used for internal navigation of sections of the games site i.e. News, Guild Branches, etc.
  • With these new menu options in place, most pages that reflect information similar to the menus will not come up while utilizing javascript. You can still get to them though, with the new link, and can thus still link to them.
  • The Member Games listing now utilizes the mini menu instead of a select box.
  • Now see old years in the Member Games Section to see who played what. Starts with 2016. The listings are static.
  • Sortable player tables no longer sort by clicking on the header, but utilize the mini menu.
  • More subdued intra-site link style has been implemented. Links leading to other pts of the Games Site now have a blue background when hovered over. Links leading outside of the Games Site will fade to gray when hovered over.
  • The LotRO Player table now uses only vertical tab buttons (tab buttons next to the tab pages) where once horizontal tab buttons (tabs buttons across the top) were used.
  • Games Site History now displays most recent to oldest.
  • The index page now shows the last three weeks of news, or the most recent 3 days if there hasn't been news in the last three weeks, then a link at the bottom to go the current new year's page.
  • New part of the News section to cover the State of Valar Gaming Reports. All previous reports brought into the Games Site format.
  • Guild Branch events are now each their own page, with each respective Branch's Events page now being a listing of the events.

Friday, September 01, 2017

The Fifteenth Annual Games Site Mass-Update occured. No major updates to the Games Site, as v9 had launched earlier in the year.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Games Site v9.1 launched, providing some adjustments on the back end. Most noticable on the front end would be the adjustment to image URLs so they more closely align with the page to which they belong.

Saturday, September 01, 2018

The Sixteenth Annual Games Site Mass-Update occured. No major updates to the Games Site.

Sunday, September 01, 2019

The Seventeenth Annual Games Site Mass-Update occured. No major updates to the Games Site. The Links menu item was moved from the main menu to an item on the Misc menu. The order of previous years of Member gaming was rearranged to be most recent to least recent.

Tuesday, September 01, 2020

The Eighteenth Annual Games Site Mass-Update occured. No major updates to the Games Site.

Wednesday, September 01, 2021

The Nineteenth Annual Games Site Mass-Update occured. No major updates to the Games Site.

Thursday, September 01, 2022

The Twentieth Annual Games Site Mass-Update occured. No major updates to the Games Site.

Sunday, March 05, 2023

Our good friend Alatar, who had graciously provided space for the Valar Guild for almost 2 decades, passed in December. Namarië mellon. You will be missed.

Tuesday, March 14, 2023

The website moved to a new server, graciously provided by Pallando. Thank you, my friend.

Friday, September 01, 2023

The Twenty-first Annual Games Site Mass-Update Occured. No major updates to the Games Site.

Monday, January 01, 2024

Games Site v10.0 launched. Included in the update:

  • Various back-end adjustments, updates, and redesigns.
  • Redesigned Overmenu and logo. Know where you are by the gold coin. Know where you're looking to go by the silver coin.
  • Redesigned main menu to cut down on clutter.
  • New menu to navigate between the main sections listed in the main menu. (Previous and Next)
  • Pages (sans starting index) will have a submenu to guide you through the various sections of a page. I.e., the Lothar Branch Section has a submenu listing Events and Players, with a dropdown menu from the Players tab to allow sorting players by all the same previous options.
  • News Archives from before 2008 have been more completely folded into the format of the Games Site.

The Valar Guild Games Site is maintained by Eonwë-(Valar).