Hail to all members of the Valar Guild on the 26th Anniversary of the Valar Guild!
Prior to September 2023, per the Games Site roster, there were 162 members playing 22 games.
Of those 162 members:
On September 11th, 2023, the Games Site Mass-Update letter was sent out, requesting all members to send in their most up-to-date gaming information by September 30th. Only members listed as active on the Membership Page, and having an e-mail on file with us, were sent the GSMU e-mail. This year, that total was 41 (not counting myself). Of those, 2 were undeliverable (matching last year) and 8 responded by the deadline (again, not counting myself). To those who responded, thank you.
A further 13 members' gaming information was gleaned from Guild Branch activity in World of Warcraft and Lord of the Rings Online (even with last year). As with previous years, any activity within 90 days was counted as recent activity. The branches examined were on the US servers of Uldaman and Lothar for World of Warcraft, and the servers Landroval, Crickhollow, Treebeard for Lord of the Rings Online. These are the servers in each game where we have official guild branches.
Once all sources accessible were verified for recent activity, the Games Site roster was updated to reflect current gaming information.
As of October 5th, 2023, the Valar Guild Games Site now reflects a total of 159 members playing 22 games (even with last year).
Of those 159 members:
4 members play Starcraft 2, holding steady from last year and taking the second-place spot from World of Warcraft.
Lord of the Rings Online remains our most played game with 16 members, down 2 from last year.
This concludes the State of Valar Gaming for 2023. As always, please check over your gaming information and make sure it is correct. If you did not respond to the GSMU, you can still send in your gaming information. Remember that you can send in updates any time of year.
Happy 26th Anniversary!