Posts Tagged ‘horses’

Day 260 – Mounted

Posted: May 29, 2008 in Uncategorized
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Still on foot, I ran up to Stormwind and put some items up for auction. Luckily, I had a few bags worth of valuable booty on me, so it looked like I was going to have no problem raising 7 or 8 gold for a horse.

With my auctions set, I ran around Stormwind selling some junk to merchants. Soon enough, a few things had sold, so I was able to jump over to the mailbox and grab my payment. Curiously, I needn’t have waited. I had some cash just sitting in the mailbox from previous auctions.  Easy money.

With a total of 13 gold, I had a little breathing room, so I visited the warrior trainer, being sure to keep at least 7.5 gold for my horse.

So, I get out of there, run over to the Eastwood lumber hut and guess what? The horses are 8.5 gold! Damn it! I was totally short! How did this happen?

So, once again, I ran to find a mailbox. This time I ran south to Duskwood, and stopped a few times to try fishing. By the time I got to the Duskwood Inn, there was fresh money in my mailbox and I was ready to actually, really buy a horse!

Using a horse is like using the Hearthstone, with no cooldown. You just sort of summon it and POOF, you are riding a horse! I selected the pinto.

Man, what a rush! Riding a horse is like riding a motorcycle in this game! The world zips by! Being able to move this fast is a huge upgrade, better than a weapon or armor, because it enhances the most basic function of the game: running around.

When you need to get off of your horse (for going inside buildings or casting a spell or making a fire or dancing or getting into combat), the horse just disappears. Obviously it would be terrific to be able to fight from on top of your horse, because you’d have much better access to your enemy’s head,

but was probably judged to be too huge of an advantage.

Wow, riding the horse is super fun! I could not wait to join up with other folks on horseback for group quests!

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Another day fighting with Elementals in the Aranathi highlands with Apostasy. By the end of the night, I had hit 40th level, and was eager to get a horse so that I could keep up with my tiger-riding friend.  I only had about 40 gold, so I knew I’d have to borrow some cash from him. We flew to Redridge and ran to the Eastwood lumberyards, where I had seen horses for sale once upon a time.

Buying a horse is a two-step process, first there are riding lessons, for 78 gold. I know what you are wondering… how is it that someone can teach me how to make lightning bolts explode out of my axe for 90 copper, but demands 78 gold, (8,666 times as much) to train me how to ride a horse?

I don’t know. Riding a horse must be pretty damn tricky.

Anyway, I took some riding lessons and tried to buy a horse, only to discover that I was about 5 gold short. Damn!

Determined to see me on a horse before the end of the night, we both scrambled for cash. We ran to the nearest mailbox to see if anyone had any auctions ending (and money coming in). Nope not yet!

Five gold is not a lot of money in this game, but it is a lot to try to pick up off of corpses.