Ironforge has been a dead zone for a few years – at least on retail servers. But every year around winter time, the former de facto capital of the Alliance is revitalized as the Feast of Winter Veil brings the city to life again.
With Ironforge serving as the home for all things Winter Veil, achievement hunters and the festive at heart alike will be making Ironforge their home again for the next few weeks. And between a full blown holiday setup, sleigh rides around the city, and a massive snow globe, all complete with specially themed music, there’s plenty of reason to stick around.
And for the foreseeable future, I think I will.
There’s something about Ironforge during the winter time that makes me feel incredibly nostalgic. Each year, I come back to the city and just hang out. I’ve already done all the achievements. I’ve experienced everything there is to experience. But, for some reason, I always find myself playing World of Warcraft during the holiday season – and I’m always spending a strong portion of my time in Ironforge.
Perhaps it’s because of that same aforementioned nostalgic feeling that I get every time the holiday event comes to WoW. When you couple that with how the holiday season tends to make people naturally long for their childhood, it makes sense why I get that warm feeling whenever I play the game around this time of year. And with the warm, fiery tones of the city’s atmosphere, the tightly-packed common area bustling with life, and the countless other people to share the holiday experience with in mind, there’s no other place in the game that I’d rather spend my time at to re-experience those childhood feelings.
I spent a strong portion of my childhood playing World of Warcraft. And I distinctly remember every year around the Christmas break, I would always go home right after school got out for the holidays and hop on my computer as soon as I walked in the door. That feeling of childhood freedom was something I always longed for as a kid and nothing in the world gave me a stronger sense of that freedom than a two-week long holiday break all to myself playing WoW.
And now, as I sit here in Ironforge as an adult, I can’t help but look back with a fresh perspective. Still though, that same sense of longing is with me – yet, it’s altered. I no longer yearn for weeks to myself holed up playing WoW. I no longer endlessly desire to be left alone to my own devices in an untapped world of exploration and fantasy. Instead, when I park myself under that great tree in Ironforge, all I can hope for is to travel back in time just once just to see what it was like to be a kid again.
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