|Because you're worth it...|
In the week, perhaps inevitably on the back of the 6.1 Patch being prepared, there has been further muttering on the lack of flying in Warlords. We have spoken before, and at some length, about the ramifications for no fly zones in current content. It really does not matter at this point how many people decide to pitch up at my door and complain that they are now 'bored' and 'do not care' about 6.0.3 (or indeed anything else) because they are unable to travel to it under their own steam. The ban remains deliberately enforced, and frankly, long may it continue.
|LALALALALALALALA I can't hear you :P|
Blizzard, well aware that scheduled flightpoints need to be robust, or methods of transportation more freely available, has already seeded changes in 6.1 to the Flightpath Technology. Speaking from a personal standpoint, I find myself wherever possible deliberately taking scheduled transport, even if in many cases there is a quicker (and cheaper alternative.) Hell, this is ALWAYS the way I've done this, ever since Vanilla. There is something rather restful about not having to worry about flying myself to somewhere. SO WHAT if I don't get there X% faster and I don't take the most direct route? Without wanting to end up sounding like a broken New Age Record here, it is not the destination but the journey that remains the most interesting part of the equation for me. With the addition of a 'Next Stop Please' button on flights from 6.1, this process has become that much simpler. What I now want to know is whether this change is simply for Draenor, or whether it rolls out across all of Azeroth's Scheduled
|The Daily Commute :D|
The problem, of course, for so many people is that the 'best' mounts are the flying ones, and by that I mean the prettiest, the most sought after and the hardest to obtain. However, that may yet become less of a problem over time, if Blizzard can maintain the standard of artwork that currently exists on the Ground Mounts we're seeing as drops across Draenor. There's been a distinct shift in emphasis towards details on saddles and panniers, a clear and (I think deliberate) attempt to tailor the emphasis away from the need to be in the air for something to feel 'special.' I think, if I'm honest, the pinnacle of that achievement is Poundfist (who drops the Sunhide Gronnling) because REALLY RIDING A GRONN is pretty much awesome. What makes this choice more significant still is this is amount that is intrinsically linked back to a storyline you engage with as players (assuming of course you took the Gladiator's Sanctum in Gorgrond *cough*) These are the kind of rewards that engage players: I'm thinking of Rivendare's Charger (Deathcharger's Reins) or Mandokir's Raptor (Armoured Razzashi Raptor) as other examples. There is a lot to be said for owning the mount of the baddie you dispatched, after all.
So, this inevitably means that Blizzard will want new ideas for ground mounts as the Expansion goes on. I feel I'd be remiss therefore to not mention publicly the idea that came to me in the week when I was looking for a particular image to use on Twitter:
|No drama? JUS' LLAMAS :D|
THIS GAME NEEDS A LLAMA MOUNT. Let John, Terry and Eric tell you all about them:
Just think how majestic your Goblin or Gnome would look on the back of one. GO ON.
Ground mounts are the future, people. Time to get happy about travel times and start taking screenies on your scheduled flights. It's really not the end of the world, honest.