Ok, after writing this post, and sitting on it for a day, I re-read it and perhaps its a bit too harsh. Or perhaps I was a drop tired and cranky when I wrote it. But oh well, here it is, unedited...
I have a huge tolerance for ignorance. Ignorance is pretty much just a factor of not having been exposed to something yet, and as such, its ok to not know a whole lot about it. I myself am ignorant of a great many things. I constantly seek to improve that situation (by becoming ignorant of more things), but in general, I'm ok with the whole ignorant thing.
But there are one or two monumental, fundamental concepts that I simply refuse to accept ignorance.
Your first mount at 40 is one of them.Specifically not getting one within 10 seconds of turning 40.And even more specifically, not getting one within 10 seconds of turning 40, on the basis of not enough money.
Lets take a look at this for a moment, shall we? I'll first try to give the benefit of the doubt to these folks (from hence forth to as knuckleheads, or KH's). As a new player to WoW, I know there's tons and tons and tons of topics that I'm completely and utterly ignorant of. I'll give you Battlegrounds as an example. When I hit 29, a guildie started harassing me about hitting BG before I turn 30? At that point, I was all "what the hell is BG, and why would I delay turning 30 for any reason?" He explained the concept of BG and the lvl brackets, and I felt enlilghtned. I had been ignorant of the topic prior to that.
But mounts? Who hasn't seen a mounted player and wonder "how the hell did that guy get that cool looking ride?"
Since its my blog, I'll grant myself forgiveness for being completely ignorant of BG at first (note to readers, I'm still ignorant on how to be good at BG, but I at least am aware of the concept now). Its obscure enough and not quite right in your face the way mounts are.
You see your first player on a mount run past you as a brand new shiny little lvl 1 toon (or whatever low level you were when you saw your first mounted guy). Perhaps lvl 5 as you get to a city?
You see that mount, and you immediately wonder and start to inquire. You just gotta!
I find it pretty difficult to imagine that a person can reach mid 30's and be ignorant of the following concepts:
A) how much it sucks running around on your feet in Azeroth
B) you gotta wait till 40 to get your mount
C) a mount costs a bit more than the normal equipment and supplies you've been spending money on up to this point.
I'm fairly confident that EVERY SINGLE PLAYER of WoW more or less is aware of the concept of mounts prior to 40.
As a result, I'm fairly comfortable ruling out the defense of "ignorance" for why I see a player turn 40 and not get a mount.
So what is the defense then?
Typcially the reason is "not enough dough".
Not enough dough? Ok, so its roughly 100g for your mount and riding training. I know you get reputation and faction discounts and such, but lets just say its 100g. I'm willing to stipulate that this is probably a lot more money than you've spent on training/equipment up to this point.
So what's the problem? 100g at 40? I think that's a great checkpoint for how you're doing in your WoW career. I'm not saying you should be rich by 40, but 100g? Pretty reasonable, me thinks.
Yesterday was a classic. In my brand new lvl'ing guild, we've technically got a guild bank set up, namely an alt of mine that I park in Darnassus and people send stuff and request stuff from the user. I threw in a bunch of my own personal gold to get it started, and then a couple other guildies threw in a couple gold.
Going into yesterday night, we've got 4 guild members who are on the doorstep of 40. One of them was 5 minutes away from 40, and so he whispers me to ask about how to make a withdrawal from the guild bank. I say that he's going to have to work something out with the other 3 to determine how much each needs, because the guild bank can't cover the costs for all 4 of them. He grumbles, but I suppose I expected that.
Then 20 minutes later, the next guy dings 40. Whisper about how to withdraw.
Both of these guys had hit 40 with less than 20g each.
It made me sad.
But I'm not sure if I was sad for them, or for me for guilding with them and not having the balls to gquit yet.
I think it was sad for me, but then again, I'm on a bit of a teeny, tiny self-pity kick lately, but that's neither here nor there.