The purpose of The Laurelin Archives Webportal is to provide the community with a place where players can share their work (stories, screens, artwork etc.), plan events and present their characters and kinships. One visit should be enough to get a good idea of what's currently happening on the server.
The site is based on The Argent Archives, using its very successful concept to bring the same service to The Lord of the Rings Online server of Laurelin. This was done with permission from the webmaster of The Argent Archives. Great thanks to Alabast from us!
- The Laurelin Archives Web Team
The Laurelin Archives
The Laurelin Archives website is in essence a database for players of The Lord of the Rings Online role-play server Laurelin where you present your characters, kinships and other assorted work, as well as search for others' work.
The website is in some ways represented in-game by the old census books of the Kingdom of Arnor, recovered and protected by the Elves of Rivendell. The in-game kinship The Grey Repository ICly maintains the archives and is made up of the website team. What is to be considered written ICly in the census books and what is on the site OOCly is up to each character individually, try to keep this in mind and avoid invading others' privacy.
Show the server who you are
All you need to join The Laurelin Archives is a valid email address. Once you've registered you can create your profile, post stories, events and images and link other characters and stories to yours with the simple double-bracket tagging system.
Privacy and Security
The Laurelin Archives is a tool made to enhance the In Character (IC) experience of the game. To ensure that nobody can understand who your alts are you must therefore register a new account for each character you have. Your email is safe with us, but we recommend not using your Lotro password! Remember to only add what you want others to know of your character. Most fields in the profile are optional. Note: If you post anything made by (or largely inspired) by others than yourself, give credit to the creator using a link, or the content might be removed. Examples: Artwork, lyrics, etc. (Artwork and lyrics deemed too OOC will be removed in accordance with the "OOC and IC" rule.)
OOC and IC
We hope to unite all roleplayers on Laurelin. We do not judge good or bad roleplay. We accept and respect all forms of roleplaying as long as it is in line with the Turbine Policy for Roleplaying. Whether you prefer to spend your time raiding, committing crime in Bree or questing randomly matters not. Since views on roleplaying are as diverse as the characters and players of Laurelin we have opted to keep the portal as in character as possible. For example, ABC code for in-game music is not allowed. Only a minimum of out of character options will be available. Examples: Links to external websites and polls for how to improve the site.
Images and Copyrights
Avoid Issues By Using Your Own Work
On the Laurelin Archives we encourage people to be creative and showcase their own art work.
Did You Take the Photo or Create the Artwork?
If you took a photo or create an original work of art you own the copyrights. The general rule is if you make it, you own it.
Did You Find And Edit A Photo or Artwork Found Online?
Making Changes to a Copyrighted Image Doesn't Make it Yours. To avoid Plagiarism ALWAYS provide attribution and giving credit to the original artist/creator.
I Found An Image On Google or Tumblr or Pinterest, Can I Use It?
Please always strive to find the original artist/creator of the work you are using. Google, Tumblr, or Pinterest are not original sources.
I Found An Image On DeviantArt, Can I Use It?
Ideally one should always seek permission from the artist before using some of his or her work. If you cannot or are unable to do so, please remember always to give the full name the artist is using on DeviantArt and the link to his/her page. Just using DeviantArt as a source is not enough.
Fair Use Likely Doesn't Mean What You Think it Means
Fair Use is when you infringe someone's copyright and they can't demand anything from you. It may sound simple, but it's one of the most complex parts of Copyright law. Copyright Fair Use for online images does exist, just not in the way most people believe it does.
Just Because Other People Do it Doesn't Make it Right
As we all know, there are some people online who just don't care that laws exist or somehow believe the laws don't apply to them. It's unfortunate and unfair, but the reality is that copyright law is not equally applied across the Internet. Having the ability to do something doesn't mean it should be done. If you are not sure or feel uneasy then reconsider or do some research before using images that do not belong to you on the Laurelin Archives.
No inappropriate content allowed. If you're wondering if content you want to post may be inappropriate, simply consider the age limit on the game. You can also use the contact form at the top right of the site to ask the webteam before you post.
No harassment allowed. Keep a civil tone in messages and behave sensibly. Keep in mind that the option of allowing users to send you emails through the site is enabled at your own risk. These emails will not be moderated by the webteam.
All rules are arbitrated by the webteam.
Learn how the site works and what you can do with it.
Brackets on the Archives
Learn how simple it is to connect to others on the Archives using links.
The Laurelin Archives Project consists of
The Grey Repository
An IC kinship representing the keepers of the books in the game.
Contact info: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Town Crier
The news service provided ICly by The Grey Repository by use of pamphlets of various sizes as well as through the town criers spread throughout the cities of the west.
Contact info: email@example.com, Amorey
And the project's most important contributor: You
All the roleplayers of Laurelin that submits the content of the Archives.
Use the Mailbox function of the site.
The LA Team Introductions:
Calenon - Chief Developer and Administrator (Retired)
I'm the brains behind this operation, whatever the others may say! ;) I was hugely inspired by the The Argent Archives, and wanted to extend that same service to my fellow roleplayers on Laurelin.
Only having dabbled with webdesign previously, making this site without knowing what I was doing was a fantastic learning experience. Should anyone be interested in knowing how the site was made or how it works, I'm the man to see.
I sincerely hope this webportal is well received and that it gets a lot of use. Don't be afraid to contact me with feedback or suggestions, this site is for all of us!
Hamlock - Creative Consultant and Administrator (Retired)
I am one of the key developers of the Laurelin Archives and personally welcome you to our site!
Here at Laurelin Archives HQ we have been working hard to bring this site up to scratch for your roleplaying needs! Having experienced these portals before, I find it can be best summed up by one of my friends, who likened to youtube. You literally end up miles from where you started!
Personally, I am a Financial Analyst by trade, but a Tolkien, and generally a fantasy enthusiast, at heart!
I hope you enjoy the portal, and hope to see you around!
Kheith - Graphical Designer and Moderator
I'm Kheith, the man behind the graphical design of the Laurelin Archives. I have worked with advanced Web design for over ten years. My special interests are graphical design with artwork and picture manipulation (My motto is "A picture lies more than a thousand words") and scripting for interactive web-communication. I have acted sounding board for Calenon in the developing process, helping out also with coding issues.
I am a big Tolkien fan. Read the trilogy first time in the late seventies. Lost count of how many times I have read it, somewhere after the tenth time. I have worn out at least three copies of the books. Like Hamlock I am a general fantasy and SF enthusiast.
Professionally I am a validation scientist, working with computerised control systems at a pharmaceutical company. I have a past as control systems programmer.
I hope you find the site attractive!
Amorey - Reporter and Moderator
I am Amorey , I am a hobbit of Overhill, at your service, and your families. I have been on Laurelin since the day the server launched, and I am still here. Laurelin is a lovely place and has a wonderful community and I am thrilled to be able to serve as a moderator and reporter working on the Laurelin Archives.
I am a huge Tolkien fan. I was about 11 years old when I read The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit for the first time and that experience changed my life forever. I also enjoy painting, and writing taking inspiration from the tales of Middle-earth.
Professionally I am a Community Manager and Head Moderator and worked for a gaming company for a few years which was nice and I hope my experience and skills will help in the running of the Laurelin Archives.
Should you need any assistance, I am at your service...remember to look down, I am just a tiny hobbit.
Khalis - Moderator (Retired)
I am most commonly known as Khalis Imieran on the Laurelin server where I have enjoyed many years exploring all that Middle Earth has to offer. I originally came to Laurelin after starting on the Snowborne server which I left after I discovered that the player base there did not really role-play. I started my online gaming many years ago with a game called Ultima Online back around 1999 where I was a server volunteer and also served as part of the role-play community GM team. It was that game which developed my love for MMRPGs such as Lord of the Rings Online.
In my professional life away from Middle Earth I am an aviation engineer working in the realm of rotor-wing aircraft which keeps me very busy, but which over the many years has given me a great number of skills and experiences!
Above all else I love creating and bringing things together through team work, nothing gives me more pleasure than bringing out the best in others. This is what brought me to the Laurelin Archives for it is here that the role-playing community of Laurelin comes together in one place. I hope to serve the site to the best of my ability and look forward to it seeing its future develop and if I can be of any help please get in touch.
Erihael - Moderator (Retired)
I am Erihael, and on Laurelin I am a minstrel and lyricist presently residing in Bree. I have been playing Lotro for well over 3 years now and have enjoyed every minute. I am an avid RPer with many characters/alts (Elven, Human, Dwarrow and Hobbit!).
I first discovered Tolkien 20 or so years ago and thoroughly enjoyed the books and all of the resulting creative work inspired by Middle Earth. I enjoy writing and taking screenshots that showcase the beauty of Lotro and the characters within it and from time to time have created some digital artwork.
Professionally I work as an IT Infrastructure manager specialising in virtualisation.
Please feel free to contact at any time should you need any assistance.
Erinwyn - Reporter and Moderator (Retired)
Hi there !
I'm known as Erinwyn throughout the server, a long-time LotrO player who, despite a break, has been around since BETA. The woman behind the character is a fervent roleplayer, who would love nothing more than to see the general roleplay on Laurelin flourish a little. Hence my character travelling the world in game in search of news!
In every day life, my life is a little less exciting, but only marginally. ;-) I have finally gotten the guts to start my own company and may now call myself a professional writer! It is hard work, but I love it! When not working my fingers to the bone, at work or for Calenon, I can be found with my horse.
You can contact me at any time, preferably IC, but I will accept OOC questions as well, about any articles you want written, covered and published on the Laurelin Archives, I'll be more than happy to be of service!
Until soon, I hope!