Ah mounts and MMOs.
We all want to run faster, and hitting a level to get a mount – well, that can be a big rush in itself. Then, it’s all about getting the mount, whether it’s quests or cash, everyone needs a mount.
Racial mounts are nothing new, many fantasy MMORPGs make use of them to add to the feel of each race (LotRO being a noticeable exception because of their IP, so it’s all horses and ponies – for the moment ;p). Anyway, Warhammer is no different, and while we may not know what each of the racial mounts is, the one causing the most conversation at the moment is the newly-designed gyro-harness for dwarfs, shown off in the latest newsletter
It’s causing a lot of chat and Greg Grimsby (Art Director) has stopped by the Warhammer Alliance forums to explain the logic behind the choice. Some of it had to do with Games Workshop, some had to do with the fact that previous concepts didn’t live up to expectations lookwise. It’s great to get such an in-depth look at the design issues and personally I think the gyro-harness kind of rocks!
NB: We’re really not just interested in dwarfs here 🙂 Other racial mounts known so far, are listed in HammerWiki, the Dark Elf one was also recently announced in the May newsletter, but it doesn’t seem to have caused so much chatter. MMOLab have some concept art for other races mounts here (but shows the old dwarf one, so you can compare).