LOCATION: Stangard, Rohan (Lord of the Rings Online)
IN PHOTO: Ravanel and Ironhoof, her Prized Isengard War-steed
I was able to buy Ironhoof after months of struggling on the hard final boss of the current end-game raid, Saruman (T2). I think he and I express our joy over this epic win much like I did iRL. I’m happy to discover my “epic win face” isn’t much like Jane McGonigal’s in Vaneeesa’s Gamification 1 – What is gamification? article!
15 October, a new expansion called “Riders of Rohan” will be released, and we will be able to fight on horseback. I think Ironhoof (isn’t that an epic name for a war-steed?) is looking forward to it.
Lord of the Rings Online currently knows about 70 different looking mounts, of which some are faster or more rare than others. You can name each one yourself if you wish to do so. Hobbits and dwarves with their small legs own ponies, while elves and men own horses. In dark caves everyone rides goats, because the horses don’t dare to come inside. Ravanel owns 26 mounts, but I know of people who go out of their way to collect them all. I do feel a bit guilty about how I treat these virtual pets, though, as I usually just pick the horse that fits the best with my dress!
You can check out more pictures of Ironhoof at My happy war-steed.