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Auction mechanics

Today I was pondering the character creation mechanics of the pencil and paper RPG Amber. In Amber, you play a super-human, an individual of whom all others are mere shadows. You might be the strongest person in all of existence, and your brother the smartest. That you are super-human is a given, so rather than give point values to attributes like strength, stamina, combat ability, etc., you instead bid in an auction with the other players for your ranking: strongest, second strongest, etc.

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