In FFXI, you could roll an alt but be ready to beat missions again, get keys, sky access, sea access, etc. etc. . . It was a heavy task for players who didn't have time to play all day. While I love the idea of mastering all jobs on one character as we did back then, I wonder if such accomplishments will be shared on your account with alts the way some achievements are in modern MMOs.
The reason I'm wondering is, I'd like to create a male character for all my DoW and a female for all my DoM. It doesn't seem to be looking like a possibility and I'll most likely have to choose. The fun thing about rolling alts is being able to design your character around the specific school of battle you choose. A Night Elf totally embodies the Druid class in WoW, whereas Orcs perfectly fit Warrior. I don't RP much, but it's nice to "get into character" sometimes. A Roegadyn male with huge scars doesn't exactly scream WHM to me, but he fits the Marauder perfectly. A small, dainty mi'qote may not look like a battle hardened axe wielding monster; but she would make an awesome BRD or ARC.
I'm cool with it either way, but I wonder if FFXIV will be a bit more alt friendly in that regard. What do you guys think?