lanyara wrote:What do you tell players who face mounted riders in combat and:
(a) lack the funds (and time to earn up, especially when they are casual players, and do not want to be spoonfed money by other players) for a mount
Mounts are "extras" that come at a price, just like the varying sizes of lockers, hotel/inn rooms with and without chests etc. You do not really need them, but they make playing a lot easier. And that extra benefit requires payment. Constant payment actually, since the stabling of mounts or rent for rooms come in regular payments.
lanyara wrote:(b) can not teleport between areas because they pant quickly, whereas a rider never has this problem and a mount would not pant, which means that in all those situations where panting is an issue like in an escape, the one on a mount can safely retreat whereas the one without a mount is totally screwed, because he can not escape
The fact that mounts don't tire is definately a bug. And since mounts are according to the current help files beta, its a bug that needs fixing.
lanyara wrote:(c) can not carry as much as a rider with his extra slots on the mount, which can be a huge factor (potions, ammunitions, reserve armour for quick redressing, extra sets of weapons etc...)
Not every type of mount can carry burdens, and the amount that fits into a sack tied to a horse is insanely huge. A balancing there might be helpful. Especially if the weight carried by the mount has additional influence on it getting tired, but that requires fixing of the mounts don't tire bug.
lanyara wrote:(d) can not easily break out of blocked exits whereas a mounted rider can, in an almost guaranteed manner, which is a big PvP factor (failsafe ignoring of blocks as a PvP tool)
Would be enough for me if mounts with broken legs would fall, and their rider along with them. Otherwise, its another benefit of using mounts.
lanyara wrote:(e) do not have a merc (= mount) as additional enhancement to use in PvP - extra damage, extra hits
There are cheap mercs around, you just have to find them.
lanyara wrote:(f) would like to PvP but realize that without a mount this is rather useless against the mounted cavalry in the game?
Who says its rather useless to fight against mounted folks? You just have to develop the right tactics.
lanyara wrote:(g) whether playing without mounts is still an option or whether it is not altogether
Depends on what you want to do and how to do it. Part of the roleplay I'd say.
lanyara wrote:(h) whether they want an environment in where it is required to get mounts to be "meaningful" in PvP in the first place
This one really made me laugh, Lanyara. I think we can agree that Phelan is quite capable of being "meaningful" in PvP, and I must say, I haven't seen him on a mount yet. And believe me, I see him quite regularily.