Vaneeesa has asked the iRez authors to “share 6 of their favorite, must see, places in virtual space.”
This is the World of Warcraft version.
One of the biggest differences between WoW and non-gamified environments, is that the world of Azeroth is largely a hostile place based on conflict, you can die in WoW and if you live here, you will die a lot. Players will have to choose between two factions – the Horde and the Alliance, featuring different races for each. Horde and Alliance are in opposition and continuously fight each other, but have been known to cooperate against greater evil.
Also keep in mind that WoW very much closes around its own universe. When visiting it’s like stepping into a new country, people say weird abbreviated things, the language and norms can be different from other virtual worlds, but if you’ve visited one MMORPG, you’ll have an easier time managing in the others.
Before you consider traveling to any WoW destinations, check your wallet, it could be a costly affair. Second, check your time schedule, it could also take a while.
People travel for different reasons, so here are six locations that might appeal to a broad range of virtual tourists.
- Spectacular Nature – Howling Fjord
- City Break
- Leisure and Spa
- Horror and Mystery
- Humanitarian Aid Work
- History Tour
They will be posted in a series of six parts.
1. Spectacular Nature – Howling Fjord
- Recommended level: 68
- Expansion pack: Wrath of the Lich King
Howling Fjord is a zone in Northrend, the upper most Nortern part of Azeroth. The zone is known as one of the starting areas for players leveling through 70-80. Alliance players would arrive here from Menethil Harbor, sailing through the Fjord for the first time in early November 2008. Horde players fly by zeppelin from Undercity to Vengeance Landing on the East Coast, through a less scenic route.
Howling fjord has a distinct old Nordic style with a subarctic forest climate with snowy areas to the north. The terrain is very hilly and it’s a great place to go hunting. The zone also has frequent displays of the northern lights.
You can visit the Valgarde Inn for accommodation.
Be wary in particular of the local Vrykul, the viking warrior clan, who reside at the Utgarde Keep. They are hostile to both members of the Horde and Alliance.
Visit the location to see beautiful nature scenery and listen to the background music, which sounds like instrumental folk, like uilleann pipe. It’s very atmospheric and it embodied the medieval setting of WoW for many players at the time. Howling Fjord was also specifically designed to impress and inspire these newly arriving players whose first entry into the new continent, Northrend, started here.
- More info: http://www.wowpedia.org/Howling_Fjord