Ironforge

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best city ever!
Guruz, on September 29, 2009 07:28:08 Reply
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Ironforge is the capital city of the dwarves, a member race of the Alliance. It is the ancestral home of the Bronzebeard dwarves. King Magni Bronzebeard rules his kingdom of Khaz Modan from his throne room within the city, and the High Tinker Gelbin Mekkatorque, leader of the gnomes, has temporarily had to settle down in Tinker Town after the recent fall of the gnome city Gnomeregan.

The city is perhaps the most intricate of the Alliance cities, boasting many small passageways, shops built into the rock walls, and cavernous rooms. The feel of the city is a bustling, rowdy, and somewhat industrial one, however, it is predominantly safe-feeling and cozy; fires roar in the hearths of the inns and shops, and much dwarven laughing and frivolity is to be heard. Also, unlike Stormwind and Darnassus, the city is actually a massive cavern carved into the earth by the dwarves; the ceiling and floor are both hard stone. This gives the place a sanctuary feel.

Because of the Deeprun Tram linking Ironforge to Stormwind City, and the district of Tinker Town, Ironforge is one of the most racially diverse cities in the Alliance world. Dwarves predominate, of course, but you will find plenty of gnomes even outside of Tinker Town, and probably as many humans. This is true for player characters as well as non-player characters, since Ironforge is in the heart of the Alliance world. You will find almost no night elves, however, as they have long since set themselves apart from the other races.

The collective frivolity of the place, the bustling and gruff manner of the dwarves, and the fantastic architecture, makes Ironforge a wonder just to visit - whether or not you have business to attend to there.
Tortus, on October 24, 2009 09:27:28 Reply
   
It does have a good feel to it, rather large though. I'm just lucky I am always able to follow someone who knows where the King is from the tram. ;-)
Gruull, on October 11, 2009 01:08:27 Reply
   
Nice small city, easy to find everything in, and the bank and AH are really close to one another.
Joyous_Obl, on October 23, 2009 04:41:38 Reply
   
The layout is nice, and people actually go to this city, But to me i always thought the city was really ugly BESIDES the great forge in the middle very cool looking little part
Flamdo, on October 23, 2009 05:21:26 Reply
   
I love this city. Everything is close by and there is less lag compared to being in Dalaran, not to mention it loads faster.
Paradox, on October 23, 2009 05:22:38 Reply
   
As it was the first city I was sent to when I first played wow, it's always had a special spot in my heart. It used to be a pain to get around and I see why it as called "Lagforge". But, once I got over the lag, the design is logical. Zones on the outer ring with some merchants and more trainers and merchants in the inner ring. I'm hoping the airstrip and the basement will, eventually be playable.
Gimmlette, on October 23, 2009 06:35:16 Reply
   
whether i'm trying to sneak into the tram or playing an alliance alt somewhere, i've never been disappointed with this city.
Gunstrak, on October 23, 2009 08:25:45 Reply
   
It's a pretty great city unless you are a druid. Luckily it's just a quick tram ride to Stormwind, then just a hop,skip, and a little dance,or two or three, over to the druid trainer. One thing this city could spend it's budget better on is an air conditioner and a few more handrails.
Thyme, on October 23, 2009 09:02:49 Reply
   
IF beats out SW on my vote of "Best places to live - Ally edition." I wish IF would take over the main hub of Ally commerce. It's laid out so much better than SW and the tram system connecting the two should make it pretty easy to make the change. It's a bit darker (being an in-mountain Dwarven city) than the other cities but I prefer it.
Docjrobert, on October 23, 2009 09:42:00 Reply
   
Still have nightmares from when it was the only alliance city with an auction house, couldn't move two steps without getting disconnected. Adding AH's to the other major cities fixed that probably, so it hasn't been nearly that bad for years now. Still, the whole place still seems a bit uninspired to me. Seriously, the entire layout is a giant doughnut with a flame in the middle. Boring. Much prefer SW.
Astamon, on October 23, 2009 04:38:55 Reply
   
The design of IF is fantastic, and reminds me of the idea of a town square (or circle in the case of IF). The city's auction house and bank are very close together, and the tram helps with travel to all of the other cities (thanks to the harbor in SW) very easy.

However, I find the architecture to be rather bland for the most part.

So, for making my life easier to perform daily tasks IF gets a 5, for other things, I give it a 3...average of 4.
Spazmoose, on October 24, 2009 05:49:29 Reply
   
I remember the "good 'ol days" when everyone called it Lagforge. Even then it was still a great city. They layout is simple and effective (hard to beat the "wheel" design). I love all the little hiding places tucked away in every corner, especially the "closed zone" Old Iornforge hidden behind that door in the throne room. I still spend as much time here as I do in Dalaran. Bar-none the best city Blizz has made.
Dahlstrom, on October 24, 2009 04:29:17 (edited once) Reply
   
Very intuitive layout and interesting design. One of my two favorite Alliance capitals.
Cerulean, on December 1, 2009 06:13:51 Reply

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