Just some thoughts on a few of the responses.
Q: When will achievements finally be awarded account-wide?
A: Making achievements Battle.net account-wide is something we'd like to do, but it's not a goal we could provide a current timetable for.
Obviously not every achievement should be account-wide. I'm a little torn on if a new character made tomorrow should automatically get my Hand of A'dal title. I would almost have to say that some achievements like that, should not share that reward across the account. However, where the reward is a mount or pet, make them like the Baby Blizzard Bear and account bound that don't get consumed when learning on a character.
Q: Will we ever be able to spend our achievement points on something? Or will there be a feature where it will be required to have x amount of points?[/ul]
I like the response here, but my one comment to make is I wish people would stop looking at achievement points as a currency like other things. Look at it more as experience points built up over time. If anything, we could see something that is "Earn 5000 achievement points and get X." Then have different levels like every 2500 points or so and give our a title, mount, pet, tabard, etc.
04/13/2011 09:24 AMQ: Guild Achievements related with professions are much more difficult than other Guild Achievements. Is there any plan to give a chance for small guilds to get those Achievement rewards?
Posted by Bashiok
Probably should have picked an extra question since this is getting addressed in 4.1. More or less a waste of space/time to respond to something that is already addressed in patch notes.
04/13/2011 09:24 AMQ: I'd like to see the achievement system become more active and dynamic, will we ever see achievements that unlock quest lines, dungeons, or other Easter egg content as a reward for dedicating so much time in Azeroth?
Posted by Bashiok
Why not just more easter eggs in general? How about a dungeon that has a hidden room where you can walk through the wall, but the section isn't displayed on the mini-map or zone map.
Q: Will we ever see a "search" feature in the achievement window? That's a lot of achievements to search through if you're looking for something specific.
A: Yes, this is something we plan on doing. The current UI makes it hard to find specific achievements. There are several places in the current UI that could benefit from a smarter search.
A lot of issues would be fixed if the Achievement window UI had a more in-depth cascading tree. Instead of taking say all the Lich King raid achievements and put them in one section, break them out by major content sections (like they were for a short time). Have Naxx, Ulduar, ICC, and Dragon Raids all as sub options under Lich King Raid. Perhaps go one more and break out 10 and 25 man versions...or at least give the option to only display certain achievements. Definitely a massive area of improvement that I'm looking forward to.
Q: Will you ever bring back the mounts for achievements that were removed (Naxx Glory runs) as you didn't remove the later mounts? – Joyia (North America/ANZ)
A: This is a tough one...
This one has me split as well. Let people feel special for those early mounts for blasting through the easy content fast. Leaving the later mounts in the game was a nice gesture, especially for those that may RP and always wanted a frostwyrm to fly on but never raided in Wrath. As a mount collector I would say YES PLEASE in bringing them back, but as a raider I can say I understand if they don't. I do find having the mounts in those other raids are a great incentive for guilds to go back and knock out achievements for old zones.
04/13/2011 09:24 AMQ: The Achievement reward for “What A Long, Strange Trip It's Been” still remains as a purple proto-drake, which is a WotLK model. How about coordinating the color of the reward upon each expansion theme? – Shory (Korea)
Posted by Bashiok
It would be nice to see some additional holidays added in, or perhaps a unique festival that is an annual event you need to do to collect a new mount. Look back at the Summer Olympics event that was held were we got a pet. Why not do something like that and award the new mount for those that have the holiday meta completed. As a side note, it would be nice if some of these one week holidays got lengthened quite a bit or additional events added in. I'm not saying flood the game with them, but the periods of 2-3 months with nothing special going on seems boring. We are in one of those periods now, but soon we'll have 2 events back to back and then nothing again for a bit.