It has been a busy and fun weekend in game! Saturday’s highlight was the Summer 2011 Blogmoot, at which we had a dozen or so bloggers gather to chat about our craft – including some newly begun bloggers (Hi Locney!) and at least one who attended in hopes of starting one up soon. Our main topic of discussion was the splintering of the LOTRO blogger community that resulted from the troubles with My.LOTRO after the release of the beta community sites in September. So many bloggers have departed to wordpress or other platforms and it is hard to maintain an audience the way we could when My.LOTRO was so vibrant with activity. We considered that when My Middle Earth launches its 2nd beta with wordpress platform, it might be a good place to re-form the LOTRO blogging community. We will hope it works out! In the meantime, I’m going to be compiling a web page listing LOTRO blogs from My.LOTRO as well as other sources in an effort to publicize the writers who are in need of audience. So leave a comment if you have a blog, or know of one, that should be included on the list!
The weekend fun continued with Book Club today. We’ve just begun reading The Silmarillion and today we had a great discussion on the “Valaquenta” chapter! It was delightful to hear the Three-Word Epithets folks came up with for each of the Valar, and to hypothesize which Vala would be each person’s patron if we were elves in Middle-earth.
Last thing tonight was a special Old Winyards gig. We play at Ales and Tales every Monday and did some performing or Weatherstock too, and it seems our fame has spread, for we were asked to play at the wedding of Lifebringer and Pengurion! We put together a wedding playlist (including me converting midis to abc for the bridal chorus, wedding march, and some other songs) and some matching outfits and had a blast playing for the ceremony as well as the reception afterwards. Hurrah for the creativity that LOTRO’s music system inspires!