I must admit, that from the moment I started this game, i was immediately checking stats on gear and worrying about levelling a crafting skill that would increase my stats. I think that is mainly due to the obsession with dps scores in the last game I played. This game does seem to be a bit more "get the job done" so far, which is great.
I am less worried now about my gear , as many people have pointed out that you can get by perfectly well until later levels without epic gear, and it is geared around enjoying the stories and quests. Soooo... I have just hit lvl 23 and I am now playing with less worry and consternation