Not only does Armory now have achievements in your character panel but you can choose to show characters side-by-side from any server. I'm thrilled, because now I can bookmark my three characters and see how fast (or slow, as the case may be) they're moving.
When I get everything I want off of them, they'll look like this:
I have friends who want to max absolutely everything, but I realize how unrealistic that would be -- particularly for someone with my personality. I know exactly what I want from my characters, and even though it will take a lot of time (ie, years), I'm a patient person and have always enjoyed having long-term goals.
After I achieve these goals, I can work on filling out the rest bit by bit. I'm in no hurry.
Though that does bring up an interesting topic -- I can never understand people who are in a hurry. People who care so much about getting things done and getting them done now that it's physical pain. It's not just in the game -- when I talk about how I'm going to get published, I always see people look at me askance like "She's setting herself up for a really nasty letdown when the rejections start rolling in." But getting published is like maxing those achievements on all three characters (one of which isn't even 50 yet): it's patience that I trust, even more than my own ability. I'm dedicated enough to both my writing and my characters to keep moving forward until I succeed. And as long as I keep my eye on the long-term goal, I will succeed. Perhaps not with the story or character I initially wanted to, but that I will succeed with something, I have no doubt.
Do you think people who try to do everything super-fast are also the most likely to give up if they don't succeed right away?