Archive for August, 2010

Ales and Tales at the Golden Perch

Sidenote before our tale begins: In thinking about potential tales for telling at future Ales and Tales, I’ve pondered the feasibility of adapting the stories I know best, as a Latin teacher–Mythology. The problem is retelling any such stories to fit the lore of Middle-earth, and the high rate of metamorphosis in your average Greco-Roman myth is just not consistent with your average Hobbit or Elf. But then it did occur to me, after recently rereading the Silmarillion, that Elwing and Earendil? Totally Ceyx and Alcyone. I shall ever after envision Elwing as a Kingfisher now. And now I’m just trying to recall if this is the only such literal metamorphosis in Tolkien lore, or…anyone think of another?

Another sidenote (fear not, the tale begins soon!) – go read Whart’s blog about Falathlorn Day! No matter what server you’re on, if you or your kin live in a Falathlorn neighbourhood, sign up for the Tour of Homes or plan a block party in your neighbourhood that day. If you don’t have a Falathlorn home, or even if you do, come out and visit everyone on the Tour! Linett will be opening her home in the Ecthelhad neighbourhood sometime that afternoon, and Vanita will be baking yummy treats for the visitors to sample as they have a look around the house.

And now, Ales and Tales!

The Golden Perch in the Shire town of Stock maintains a festive atmosphere year round, with minstrels in its gazebo entertaining a pair of Hobbit lasses dancing tirelessly (and chattily. Just note how many of my pictures in the album feature the phrases “Whoop!” or “Hooray, the musicians!” or “Come and dance with us!” We did come and dance with them, but they did not stop saying it) under the red and orange streamers. Nevertheless, rarely does the Golden Perch see such a crowd as was gathered in its courtyard last night for another Ales and Tales!

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Ales and Tales at the Broken Cask

Last week I missed the one year anniversary of Ales and Tales at the Green Dragon. Tuesday was the start of school – i.e., the very worst day in the calendar to be a sleepy teacher. So I abstained from the Monday night festivities. How glad I was to be back, then, this week!

“The” Leobrand, having turned down an MC gig at the Emmys, hosted Ales and Tales this week at the Broken Cask Inn, both Harperella and Galenswerd being unavailable. Our fancy-footed Hobbit once again did a brilliant job of it!

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Happy Birthday, Casual Strollers!

My former Assistant Principal AND my new school’s Dean of Faculty both would tell you to stop strolling so casually and “Walk With A Purpose” as that is the phrase they both seem to like to use during passing periods… ;-) But I will rather tell Merric and Goldenstar of A Casual Stroll to Mordor, HAPPY BLOGIVERSARY! What a great year, and here’s to many more!

CStM celebrated their first birthday in style yesterday with a combination of in-game party and live broadcast of the podcast recording for their 50th episode. Amazingly, my computer did not choke on the combination and I managed to listen to the recording while taking part in the party (and taking a lot of pictures…you’re shocked, right?) without ever crashing. I did turn down my graphics most of the time though. :-)

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The Folly of Ales and Tales

What a week this has been for festivities in LOTRO, with the Undervale party on Sunday, Ales and Tales last night, and tonight the weekly Green Hill Music Society performance in Michel Delving! And coming up on Saturday, there’s A Casual Stroll to Mordor’s live streaming party for their 50th episode. Don’t forget about my LOTRO Calendar if you have a hard time keeping track of all these gatherings!

So Bronwe’s Folly was the site of Ales and Tales this week, prompting many a “Fool” joke from our host Harperella. :-)

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Pie and Fancy Dress at a Party in Undervale

Your social reporter’s recommendation: Anytime Alditha hosts a party, you should go! Tonight’s Pie and Fancy Dress Party celebrated the founding of the Undervale RP homestead in the Shire. There was Pie! and Tea! and stronger drinks but Lennidhren stuck with the tea for tonight, as it was so tasty. We gathered at the neighbourhood’s Party Tree and enjoyed music and dancing along with the pie.

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Eriador Light Orchestra in Concert

First, a tip for all who like to take screenshots in LOTRO as much as I do: Periodically, move those pictures out of the main “The Lord of the Rings Online” folder where they are saved by default. I habitually take so many shots at events to be sure I have enough “good” ones for a post, there were over 4000 of them from 2010 alone in there yesterday. I moved them into a subfolder and oh my, how much less lag I had at last night’s concert! It used to take a couple of seconds to save each screenshot; now it’s instantaneous. The downside is that the screenshots are automatically numbered such that, once I moved all the pictures to another folder, the new ones started over with 0000, 0001, etc. Which means when I go to move *these* pictures to the subfolder, there will be name overlap. I may need multiple subfolders. Ah well.

So last night, the delightful and highly accomplished Eriador Light Orchestra of Landroval performed for a crowd of adoring fans at the Methel Stage in Bywater!

We had a bit of a scare when Lyonardo came on stage to announce that the show would begin…but wait! Would it be the show we showed up for?

To our relief, that was just Lyonardo’s idea of a joke. :-)

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Emergency Fun

One of the sillier moments I’ve experienced in the beta this far – and one of the first at which I thought “Oh I can’t wait for NDA to be lifted so I can share these screenshots!” – was the Emergency Party in the 21st Hall. I suppose in theory it was for stress testing, but my computer at least failed to be terribly stressed about it (and I routinely crash during Ales and Tales, so…)

We (at least those who’d copied over characters high enough to enter Moria) responded to a world broadcast alerting us to an “Emergency Party for Emergency Fun” to be held in the 21st Hall asap. Linett, still decked out in the summer festival dress she’d traveled in from Nimrodel to Bullroarer, made her way there while Mireleth, whom I’d been leveling on Bullroarer for feedback on the level 20-30 range, took a well-earned break.

As people arrived there was a bit of music going on, and Linett showed off her dance moves since she never gets to do that at Ales and Tales.

It was a well attended party for being so Emergency!
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Ales and Tales at Gondamon

Three things:

  • I am home from NJCL convention, the best week of the summer (maybe the whole year)! I might write a little about that later, though it’s not at all LOTRO related.
  • Beta NDA is lifted, so I have pictures to upload! Yep, I’ve been in the beta for a while though I haven’t had time to do much with it. I will get to those pictures later too…
  • Ales and Tales! I missed it last week due to convention traveling. Got home last night just in time for Nibbles & Nobs! So I will post about that now!

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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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