Since the introduction of Path of Fire it is wonderful to witness the enthusiasm of players exploiting events in 1 - 15 zones. I wonder should starting areas allow mounts at all, are they needed? Does a mounted player actually need to use their mount in Wayfarers, Ashford, Queensdale, Metrica, or Calendon. Really? Are these players, myself included, so handicapped that we find ourselves in such desperate need of a mount in these rookie areas? I don't think so, but that's my opinion. I just play, watch what has happened to the flavor of the game. I know that by allowing mounts in starting areas is a great marketing ploy, showing how wonderful it is to drop a mob of five or more with one splashy dismount attack while other players are simply attempting to get a single hit on any target, the event ends. How wonderful it is that any player can exploit and dominate an entire event, it's kind of like a level 80 can use elite skills making mobs disappear against lowly level 3's no matter how the scaling works. Guild Wars opened a can of worms with mounts, it was a long time coming, and what a cash cow. If they can control Jumping Puzzles from the exploits of using a mount why not the starter zones.