I have long been only exposed to D&D and therefore it was quite intriguing to see how The Dark Eye (in it's v4) takes dice and levels completely out of character development.
Been wondering whether there's any other large(ish) (Fantasy) RPG system that do things similar to The Dark Eye (de:"Das Schwarze Auge"), I'll try to name a few points:
- No dice at all involved in character development
- Buy-as-you-go improvement of char abilities by spending earned XP.
- No levels, basically. (A character with "10.000XP" that spent all his XP on his social skills is just as crappy in a fight as a char with 0XP.)
- At creation of your character you add Disadvantages (de:"Nachteile") to your character to gain additional points for abilities.