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How are traits leveled up for the Competent, Specialist, and Expert achievements?

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up vote 6 down vote accepted

According to the manual

All traits start at level 1 and may be improved up to level 5 by successfully completing missions and scenarios using these traits. Improving a trait either increases a positive effect granted by the trait or decreases a negative effect 10 imposed by the trait. Trait level is saved automatically. Traits can never go down a level.

So it sounds like the key is to use each trait during a successful game.

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Late comment on an answered question, but do sandbox games (not using cheats, but just playing a 50-year game on one of the islands) count toward trait increase? – Shadur Apr 24 '14 at 12:32
@Shadur That looks to me like a question, not a comment. =) I would guess the answer is no though, as there is no concept of "success" in a sandbox game. – bwarner Apr 24 '14 at 17:36
You got to retirement age without being run out on a rail, lynched, voted out of office or deposed? – Shadur Apr 24 '14 at 18:23

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