Looking back almost 10 years later, I'm wondering if Blizzard didn't put much thought into mounts, and flying. Basically once you have your first ground and flying mount you don't real need to buy another one. Most players like myself just get them because they look cool or to collect them for the achievement. But I was wondering is that all that mounts are good for, Cosmetic Value?
I still remember back in Vanilla when you had to level all the way to Level 40 to get access to your first mount. And in my case I couldn't afford it until just before I hit Level 60. So I did plenty of walking around Azeroth, which made the would feel huge. It was unique experience but one I'm glad I will never have to repeat again.
But then we come to flying mounts. Flying from place to place is very fast, convent, and Oh so BORING! If its a long flight I'll get up stretch, grab a drink, comeback to my computer and find I've over flown my destination (its happened more times than I can count). And to top it all off I can fly 24/7/365 if I cared to with few limits (zones that restrict flying).
Flying is just too easy and too convenient. And before you jump to the conclusion that it should be more expensive forget that Idea, the price tag is not the problem. Flying should be like any other resource (Mana, Rage, Focus, Energy) it should have to be managed.
I could see Ground mounts having some time of stamina bar. Your riding a Level 60 ground mount, when the stamina bar is full you would be moving at top speed but when the bar is empty you speed drops to that of a Level 40 mount. At this point you would have to switch to a fresh mount or stop and take a rest. It would also make every mount you have useful, for something other than looking cool. Plus you could add a speed boost function like gallop, which would increase your speed above 100% but at a cost of more stamina. And for ground mounts I think it would fine it each mount had its own stamina pool.
As for flying mounts the same system could be used however I would place more restriction on flying . Like a shared stamina pool with all you flying mounts. Or in my personal opinion, I think that a flight time of lets say 2-3 hour per day per character would be perfect. This would make you use you flying a lot more sparingly for those short trips, like from the Bank to the Auction house (I'm lazy i do it quite often). But with a limited amount of flight time I would have to decide is it worth it to fly for those short trips.
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