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I've been watching the clips of people flying about Eastern Kingdoms. I can hardly wait! It got me to thinking about all the mount changes I've witnessed in the course of my gaming time.
I started towards the end of vanilla. The Burning Crusade had been announced. My daughter was in the beta, actually, and telling me that I needed to get into this game before it "expanded," whatever that meant. So I made my character and started to run everywhere. Dun Morogh, Loch Modan, Elwynn Forest, Redridge, Westfall, Wetlands, Arathi Highlands, Hinterlands, Ashenvale, Desolace, Feralas, Felwood were all done on foot. I knew the route from Nijel's Point to Maraudon to the point that I could hit auto run and be pretty certain I'd make it there without too much trouble, just a few swoops and centaur along the way.
I didn't get my first ram until level 45, as I couldn't afford it. I didn't get my epic ram until level 65 because I couldn't afford it. I was four months into level 70 before getting flying because, yup, couldn't afford it. The joke "When I was your level, I ran everywhere, uphill, both ways, in snow, barefoot ..." is semi-serious.
This isn't about Blizzard's changing the levels for mounts. I have low-level alts, and I absolutely love their having mounts to get to the places my main once ran. This is a post about those things you do even when you don't have to anymore.
I came into the game at a time when you ran everywhere, because that's how you got from place to place. What I find myself still doing is taking the portal to Stormwind or Ironforge to use the auction house and then running, running from the portal to the AH. Land at the gryphon at Ruth'eran Village, run into Darnassus. I've been known to start to run to Crossroads, get up the hill out of Ratchet and say in Vent, "Why am I running?" You can mount now in Booty Bay. I remember when you couldn't, and I almost never do, unless I come in on the boat.
I just know that being able to fly everywhere isn't going to make a difference in my getting from point A to point B. I'm going to run, stop, and then hear everyone on Vent laughing when I say, "I can do what now? Why am I still running?"
What are you still doing that you don't have to now, because Blizzard changed it? Do you think you'll ever not still do that?
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