Archive for July, 2010

Fish Fry at Ales and Tales

Summer in Middle-earth means one thing: Time for fishing! (Well, okay, it also means trading fish for pretty new dresses and horses…but I digress.) So it was that this week’s Ales and Tales convened just north of the Brandywine Bridge on a pleasantly wooded Girdley Island. Lennidhren paused on the bridge and again in the Brandy Hills to look ahead to the isle…

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Ooh! Enedwaith! Is that where Grace Redfern went?

So, reading the new Dev Diary on Enedwaith, and this remark:

On the eastern side of the valley rise the foothills of the Misty Mountains, and on the western side, bluffs leading towards the distant lands of Minhiriath. The North-South Road, which becomes the Greenway in Bree-land, passes through this land, leading north and west into the bluffs.

Bold for emphasis. Does this mean I’ll finally be able to figure out what happened to Linett’s mother when she disappeared down the Greenway through Andrath? :-) Or, at least, finally be able to take screenshots in the region where Linett should logically be looking for her. It’s got me somewhat stumped how to continue that storyline when Grace seemed certainly to have disappeared through a gate that a player couldn’t actually pass. Linett can wander and fight her way east as far as Mirkwood yet still can’t get those mean ol’ Andrath brigands to open that gate?

The LOTRO Calendar Project

Of course there’s Ales and Tales on Mondays, MVT concerts on Saturdays, and a few other regularly recurring events that I (most of the time) manage to remember about in time to attend. But I do so hate it when I’m catching up on the My.LOTRO feed in Bloglines and notice someone’s posted about attending an event that I had meant to go to and forgot all about it by the time it came around! So I have begun a LOTRO calendar in hopes I can make it to more of these events. There is, of course, the official calendar on the forums, but not every event planner knows (or bothers) to submit their events there. More frequently used are the Player-Run Events forum and even the server specific forums (lots of events get posted in the Landroval forum, for one). But keeping track of when these things are coming up is the tricky part. So I’ve started a calendar via Google Calendar, where I enter details for an event – whether or not I think I can or will attend it – as soon as I come across the info on the forums or anywhere else. And today I discovered that my calendar can be shared via RSS feed. Hey, what a great way to keep My.LOTRO readers informed of upcoming events and hopefully see more of you at them, I thought! So…let’s see if this works! There are several ways, apparently, to use this calendar:

  1. On the sidebar of my blog here, you’ll now see a column titled “On the LOTRO Calendar”. This should list the latest events in the calendar’s feed. Click on one to see the details in Google Calendar.
  2. You can put this link: http://www.google.com/calendar/feeds/r43uvivs4lo3479f9fc2m0ce9k%40group.calendar.google.com/public/basic in your feed reader such as Bloglines or Google Reader, and get new events automatically.
  3. If I’m reading things right, this link should take you to the calendar in Google Calendar. I think if you have a Google account, you can add this to your own calendar from there. I think. Must experiment more to be sure. Tell me if it works or doesn’t for you, OK?
  4. And now let’s see if I can embed the calendar in the page here or if the limited HTML of My.LOTRO won’t deal with it correctly…I think it won’t because it’s in an iframe tag. Chances are nothing will appear after this item.

Do you see a calendar above this text? No? Figures. But it could be embedded into a regular website, I guess, e.g. a kin website, if anyone wants to try that. The code is:

Ah, the code may not show up either. Don’t know if My.LOTRO will recognize the pre tag anymore than the iframe tag. If not, use this:

[iframe src=”http://www.google.com/calendar/embed?title=Lord%20of%20the%20Rings%20Online&height=500&wkst=1&bgcolor=%23000099&src=r43uvivs4lo3479f9fc2m0ce9k%40group.calendar.google.com&color=%232F6309&ctz=America%2FNew_York” style=” border-width:0 ” width=”500″ height=”500″ frameborder=”0″ scrolling=”no”][/iframe]

And just change all the [ and ] brackets to less than and greater than brackets. See if that works.

For those of you who plan events, let me know details and I can add them to the calendar. I would love to hear ideas for other ways to make use of this tool, as well. Hope the links work out as expected for everyone and you can access this!

Ales and Tales at the Fairgrounds

This week’s Ales and Tales was held at the Breeland Fairgrounds, convenient for those who had not yet learned all the dances of the Race of Man! It was also convenient for fishing, and we were astonished at how many fish this little puddle amidst the ruins was stocked with:

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Ales and Tales in Brockenborings

I almost forgot about Ales and Tales last night; can you believe it? Apparently summer vacation has thrown off my internal clock a bit; I kind of forgot it was Monday until about 10:32….I hope I did not miss too much of the entertainment! Dovie Harper was playing when I arrived at the Plough and Stars, where the gathering was held this week in the Shire. Unfortunately I didn’t realize until later that she was singing too, because from where Lennidhren stood at first she could hear the music just fine, but was out of the /say range to hear the lyrics. Quite a loss, as Dovie’s lyrics are always worth hearing!

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Blogger Gatherings!



Click the button for reports from the 2010 Spring Blogger Gathering, hosted by Linett of Nimrodel!

Berethron of Brandywine hosted the 2010 Summer Blogmoot.

The Winter Blogmoot was held on December 4, 9 p.m. EST at the home of Telwen of Silverlode.

Next up: The Spring Blogmoot of 2011 shall return to Nimrodel with Tuiliel (Whart, aka user-1027520) hosting! Linett is looking forward to another local moot!

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