Advanced Dungeons & Dragons Second Edition from 1989.

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Are there rules for determining the hp, THAC0, and saves of frost giant shamans?

The 2nd edition Monster Manual says that frost giants can be shamans up to 7th level. How are these levels added to the normal stats of a frost giant? Are there any rules for that, or is it left to ...
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Which Dragon Magazine issue did this unusual rat-like race appear in?

A letter written to Dragon by a player/Dungeon Master sometime in the mid-to-late 1990s described a homebrewed race. There are three details that stuck with me: the name of their people began with ...
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How Do I Reverse Engineer Ability Checks from 3e to 2e?

This question relates to how the designers of 3rd edition might have come up with the roll-over Ability Check mechanics from the roll-under Ability Check mechanics of 2e. The problem I'm trying to ...
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What is a 'yochi virago'?

The "yochi virago" was mentioned by name in the AD&D module Reverse Dungeon - two of them were accompanying a drow expedition. It's implied they were demons summoned by the priestesses but I've ...
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What do we do with a group member who brazenly cheats? [closed]

One player is my group is starting to be a problem. He has started to do things like reading the module and other sources of spoilers to the campaign I'm running, and he frequently tries to solve a ...
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What AC do Bracers of Defence count as for the Weapon Type vs. Armor Type rules?

How do Bracers of Defence affect Base AC in regards to Weapon type vs. Armor type? I play in a campaign that is centered around the Player’s Option series (which might be considered 2.5th edition) ...
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Do Basic D&D and 2nd edition AD&D Mystara have separate canon timelines?

I've been DMing a 2nd Ed. AD&D Mystara Campaing for a while, but the more I read about the lore of the old suplements from the setting (basic D&D), the more I think the timeline in the 2nd Ed. ...
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How would elves’ advanced starting age affect my new character?

After a long break of play DnD my group wanted to start up a campaign again. We start making characters. My character is going to be an Elf that grew up as an orphan in this the large capital city ...
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How Do I Bring PCs into Conflict with Druids? [closed]

My PCs are pursuing a major villain who deals with assorted plant-based monsters, who we'll just call the Queen. Being a manipulative sort, I think she would probably try to lead them towards ...
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How to Distribute Wizard Spells Without Pitting the Party Against Wizards?

I'm running an AD&D 2e campaign, and one of my players is a wizard. The party is currently first-level (ranger/wizard/cleric/rogue) and has recently arrived in a fairly major city. I don't want to ...
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How do you determine the success of a nonweapon proficiency that the character doesn't have?

In AD&D 2nd Edition, if a character, for example, has the Fishing Nonweapon Proficiency, the rules are clear about how to determine their success at fishing: Each hour the character spends ...
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Where is Sturnheim?

HHQ1: Fighter's Challenge is centered in the village of Sturnheim. Is Sturnheim a village that exists in any published (A)D&D campaign worlds, or is it just floating out in the void? There's ...
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Where can I find the descriptions of spells referenced in Faiths & Avatars?

I have AD&D 2e Faiths and Avatars supplement for Forgotten Realms. It contains descriptions and abilities for Specialty Priests - priests with additional capabilities (and restrictions) for each ...
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converting a Worm the Walks from 3.5/pathfinder to 2ED [duplicate]

I am writing a mod for 2ED and really wanted to include something I found in both the 3.0/3.6 Epic Level Handbook and a Pathfinder Bestiary. I wanted to include a Worm that Walks as the main boss, ...
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What to do if I roll an overpowered character?

Recently my friend decided to start making an AD&D 2e campaign and told my 3 friends and I to roll characters. My friends rolled their character and got pretty average stats but when I roll it way ...
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What, broadly, are the differences between PHB printings?

Reading an answer to Multiclass Nonweapon Proficiency in AD&D Second Edition I realized that my PHB2e's Table 34 was more than twenty pages away from @mxyzplk's Table 34. What am I missing? ...
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How do multiclass characters' Nonweapon Proficiency slots advance?

I would like to know, if possible, how a multiclass character non weapon proficiency works after level 1. In the players handbook its not clear at all. It just states: If the optional proficiency ...
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What happens to a character that drinks green dragon acid?

I've been DMing a Second Edition AD&D game. The fighter of the party got really upset because an NPC thief knocked him unconscious and took a potion of giant's blood off of him. He thought that ...
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How many bonus priest spells do you get for high Intuition?

How exactly do the Bonus Spells granted by the Wisdom/Intuition subability work in 2E Skills & Powers? For example, at Intuition 17, a priest has "3rd" bonus spells, and at Intuition 18, "4th" ...
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Clerics in Mystara - Which divine spheres does each Immortal allow?

Can anyone help me because I can't find any reference to what, or how many Divine Spheres each Immortal allows to their clerics. I own the Karameikos, kingdom of adventure book, and it tells about ...
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How many CP do “Traits” cost in 2E Skills & Powers?

I'm trying to roll a character using the Players Option: Skills & Powers book, and I'd like to add some traits to my character. Chapter 6 (Nonweapon Proficiencies) has a section called "Acquiring ...
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Can you search for hidden doors multiple times in a row?

One of my players (elven fighter) read this: in the AD&D 2e PHB and decided to search every room at least 10 times: Secret doors (those constructed so as to be hard to notice) and concealed ...
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Does Magic resistance allow a creature to know it has been targeted?

In 2nd Edition AD&D does natural Magic Resistance allow a creature to know when it has been targeted by a spell if it resists the spell? (some spells do not make the target aware it has been ...
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Does Living Link allow Magic Resistance?

The AD&D second edition spell living link can be found in the Complete Book of Necromancers. It states the target of the spell receives no saving throw due to the fact the target does not know it ...
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An old school experienced DM insists Magic Missile always goes first. Does it or not, and why?

A friend of mine is an experienced DM who started with D&D and then the AD&D 1st edition back in the day. I'm currently DMing AD&D Second Edition for him and he's playing a Wizard. He has ...
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Can a mage cast a sleep spell on themselves?

In AD&D v2, is it possible for a mage to cast the level 1 sleep spell on themselves and cause themselves to fall asleep? Does the effect of the spell interfere with completing the casting of the ...
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Should you always become a Specialty Priest when you qualify for it?

Going through Faiths & Avatars and its sorta-followup Powers & Pantheons I saw the various Specialty Priests listed there, and some of them looked pretty neat with all sorts of unique ...
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Where do I find a “monster level” for monsters in the AD&D 2nd edition manuals?

I have the 2nd edition Dungeon Master Guide 1995 printing and the 2nd edition Monstrous Manual Book (not binder) 1994 printing. I can't find the a table with monster level like 1st edition had. Is it ...
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How do you know if a weapon is two-handed in D&D2E?

In second edition AD&D, The only weapons I can find that are explicitly stated to be two-handed weapons are a two-handed sword and a (two handed) bastard sword, which can also be used ...
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What does the P stand for in the Type column?

I'm hoping someone can help me clarify what all the columns mean. Take Barbed Dart, for example. The 1sp is obviously to indicate that it costs 1 silver piece per dart. The 2 indicates that it ...
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How much of an issue is “Linear Fighters, Quadratic Wizards” in 2nd edition AD&D?

The concept of Linear Fighters, Quadratic Wizards is an issue that makes Fighters less useful in later editions. There is a question on here talking about the issue in 5e, and the issue in 3.5e is ...
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How does Fighter Strength work in Advanced Dungeons & Dragons 2nd Edition and Baldur's Gate Enhanced Edition?

I'm currently playing Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition, which uses a modified version of AD&D 2nd edition. Please note that even though it's a modified version, most of the modifications were made ...
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AD&D 2e to D&D 3.5e Protection from Evil changes

The text of Protection from Evil in my AD&D 2e PHB reads as follows, in part: This protection ends if the protect character makes a melee attack against or tries to force the barrier ...
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Can I hide easter eggs in my spells?

I've a plan for an adventure that I think would be interesting, but the idea depends on it being possible for certain spells to be learned and memorised without the mage in question gaining insight ...
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Do monsters summoned in a round get to roll init for the same round, when using per-round init?

Assume you're a caster in AD&D 2e with the ability to cast Monster Summoning I, and your game rolls init on a per-round basis. When you summon a monster on a round, does your monster roll init to ...
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Help finding D&D coin look-alike monster

I recall reading about a monster in AD&D 2e that was a gold piece, but had a stinger that existed in another plane of existence. The extra-planar stinger made the monster very difficult to detect ...
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How to set up a battle with a God?

I have a campaign (D&D 2nd Edition) that has been running on and off for about 22 years (real life). Characters have finally reached super-high levels (some are 30, multi-classes are lower). I'm ...
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How fast do AD&D 2nd Edition encumbered horses move?

Background The first printing of the AD&D 2nd Edition Player's Handbook (TSR 2101) from 1989 lists the carrying capacities for horses in Table 49 on page 78. "Light" encumbrance causes movement ...
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2e Monster Multiple Attacks - To Hit Penalty Per Each or No Penalty Applied

During a session a player asked if it were allowable for the bullywugs to have 3 unmodified attacks, claiming that even monsters natural attacks should be imposed with a -2 and then a -4 to hit ...
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Casting, initiative, casting time modifiers, and deciding when to cast

Short form: can my character decide to use his turn for a spell instead of a weapon attack after initiative has been rolled for the round? A fight with some Bullywogs (which kept spawning new waves ...
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Are the Erinyes their own group outside of the normal infernal hierarchy in 5e?

Going through the 5e Monster Manual I noted that the Erinyes had been added to the book again in their absence from the 4e MM. But they are described as being part of the regular infernal hierarchy, ...
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Does a high Constitution give regeneration in recent editions like it does in 2e?

When playing Baldur's Gate which runs on 2nd edition AD&D rules, I found out that in older editions high constitution supposedly provided minor HP regeneration for the character. Does this really ...
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How do I calculate proficiency advancement for multiclass characters?

My question is about my multiclass character, a cleric/thief. I read that the cleric class gains 1/4 weapon and 1/3 nonweapon proficiencies, while the thief class gains 1/4 for both kinds of ...
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AD&D/2e: how do you play a PC that's from a NPC race?

Are there supplemental rules in AD&D 1e or 2e for playing a PC who's a NPC race -- say a kobold or a goblin? The PHB does not speak to this topic, unlike the 3.x SRD. P.S. I know it's possible ...
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What's the reasoning behind the weapon restrictions on AD&D 2e's mage? [closed]

I am working on a mage for a D&D 2e party I'm joining -- they need the arcane support! However, I was reviewing the weapon restrictions list in the 2e PHB, and while the intent (weapons that ...
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What are the advantages to choosing a 2nd Edition Monks over other classes? [closed]

It seems monks have the following: Unarmed dmg is 25% lethal, 75% non lethal The dmg is pre-calculated depending on what you roll on the chart of punching or wrestling or martial arts chart, you ...
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How to handle a dog in AD&D 2nd ed?

I found a bunch of my 2nd ed D&D books recently and managed to talk someone into playing a 1 DM 1 PC campaign (I'm hoping to convince them that investing in a newer edition would be fun). They ...
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Help remembering the name of an adventure?

I have been playing tabletop RPG's since the mid-1990's. One of the first adventures I ever played the DM got from a magazine. I would really like to figure out what the adventure was called so I can ...
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Basic, 1st or 2nd edition D&D adventure light on combat

I've got shedloads of official 1st & 2nd edition adventures - mostly TSR modules and copies of Dungeon and White Dwarf. I haven't read them all, and I haven't read any of them in about 20 years. ...
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Comparing D&D mechanics between 2e and 5e

I played 1st and 2nd edition AD&D a lot back in the day. But when 3rd edition came out, I dropped out of the hobby. Partly I just couldn't be bothered to re-learn the rules. The conversion ...