The process by which a character gains competence upward or laterally.

Character advancement is the process by which a character improves in skill and abilities. The variety of character advancement systems varies almost as much as there are RPGs in existence. Among the many variations, some common advancement means include level-based improvement that grant packages of improvements, gaining points that may be "spent" to improve the character, on-the-fly improvement of abilities as they are used during play.

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