yeah leveling just raises the skill/spell etc caps and allows you to train higher.
I'm currently playing both River of Time and The Dark Eye. I have 20 hours in RoT and 4-5 hours into TDE and though they are close to the same game each one is a little different for better or worse. Visually RoT is nicer and adds a lot to the game play but I have to admit that TDE is really good and it might be too early to say but I enjoy it more. RoT is more challenging though with much harder battles.
In TDE I have a L2 Battle-Mage and I absolutely love playing this char. As long as I have a good fighter in the group I do very well.
Last night I bought the DLC for RoT. I don't know how I missed these titles but thanks for posting this here. I'm totally in love with these adventures.
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