Advanced Dungeons & Dragons Second Edition from 1989.

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Do monsters need THAC0?

I play a mix of AD&D 2ed and 1ed and I need to know if monsters are supposed to have THAC0. I can't find the monster THAC0 chart anywhere. I only have the 1978 edition of the Monster Manual. My ...
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Can Asmodeus' AD&D and 3.5e backgrounds be merged without losing anything?

I was originally planning to make Asmodeus the ultimate bad guy of an upcoming campaign I am DMing, but when I discovered the background in AD&D's Guide to Hell I was immediately sold on the ...
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Is there any reason a charcter with enough movement should not always approach enemies from the rear, gaining +2 to attack rolls?

I am a little bit confused about the combat rule concerning rear attacks from the Player's handbook. If I have enough movement, why wouldn't I go straight to the rear side of an opposing creature to ...
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Can magically sharp swords like a vorpal sword cut stoneskin?

If someone is under the effect of the spell stoneskin, can a vorpal sword or a sword of sharpness bypass the protection afforded by the stoneskin? One consideration is that both types of sword can ...
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Resources for designing aquatic campaigns

General world building information is easy to come by, but I have trouble finding information about underwater environments in AD&D 2e. While I am open to non-AD&D resources, I would prefer ...
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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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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 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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Entering and exiting Athas

What methods have been defined to be workable and to be forbidden as far as travel to and from the Dark Sun campaign world goes? Any edition's info will work; I'm running 2e but I can always modify ...
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How can I use the skill system from D&D3e in AD&D2e?

How can I use the skill system from 3rd edition in a 2nd edition game? Are there any problems with just adding it as-is? Are there any good houserules online? Personal experience is much appreciated. ...
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What changes between 2E and 3E D&D, if any, made standard XP progression appropriate?

In editions of Dungeons & Dragons up to and including AD&D 2E, each class has its own progression rate, so that at 3,000 XP you could have a level 2 fighter, or a level 3 thief. In 3E, 4E, ...
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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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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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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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What happens to a priest travelling from one world to another in the Prime Material Plane?

I'm working on a planeswalking campaign where the group will be travelling through several different worlds in the Prime Material Plane (i.e. from Toril to Krynn). I'm using the AD&D Planescape ...
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Converting from AD&D Second Edition to AD&D

I have a lot of old AD&D 2nd Edition books, but I only have the core books for AD&D 1st Edition, plus the Deities and Demigods book. I am looking for a way to convert second edition to first, ...
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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 happens to a levitating character catching something heavy in 2nd Edition D&D?

I was listening to the Nerd Poker podcast, where Which got me wondering what would have happened if the levitating character had been in a position to catch this 400-pound falling giant. It's well ...
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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 don'...
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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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Where do the rules say a thief or bard can gain two-weapon fighting proficiency?

I heard several times that thieves and bards can be proficient in two-weapon fighting, but I don't see that anywhere in the Player's Handbook. In fact, I don't even see two-weapon fighting mentioned ...
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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 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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Software to manage AD&D characters

Is there some software out there (beside core rules) that does character management? Really what I am looking for is a way to fill out the sheet and remember the information so I can update it and ...
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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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Multiclassed Cleric weapon proficiencies

I understand that Clerics are bound by their ethos to "never shed blood", and I understand that clerics were based on tropes from the 70's, but does that rule still apply to cleric/thieves? From ...
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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 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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Where do I find a monster's AC bonus from high dexterity?

There are a couple of ways for a creature to lose its dexterity bonus to armor class. I am used to 3rd/4th/5th monster manuals, where dexterity values are given, but in AD&D 2e I can't find those ...
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What effect does the size of a shield have in AD&D 2nd Edition?

What are the bonuses or penalties associated with shield size in AD&D 2nd edition? There is some disagreement on this in a Gaming.SE answer; this seems like a much better venue for posing the ...
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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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What are the different PC languages for 2nd edition AD&D?

I would like to know what the different languages my PC can automatically have. I play Advanced Dungeons and Dragons 2nd edition and my PC has a 12 Intelligence.
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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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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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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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What simplified house rule grappling systems exist for AD&D 2nd edition?

I've heard horror stories about various methods of resolving grappling attacks, and I've been in situations like that before. The grappling system in many games is so broken it's a long-running joke. ...
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Optimisation analysis of AD&D 2nd edition (2e) Charisma (NPC reaction + Henchmen)

In terms of optimisation analyses, to what extent has AD&D (2nd Edition)'s Charisma stat been analysed? How is it appropriate to proceed in an optimisation analysis of Charisma? In terms of RPG ...
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How to convert AD&D 2e (Planescape) PCs to nWoD Hunters (modern) mid-campaign

In my longest-running group, our old nWoD Storyteller (GM) is returning to town for a few days and we have decided to include him in our regular AD&D 2e game. I need to convert our 2e characters ...
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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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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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Starting at a higher level

In a campaign I will be playing in soon, we are starting with 10k experience apiece (this is to have a higher-stakes campaign, and the reason we get a set amount of xp instead of levels is that ...
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Is “Bowgentle's Fleeting Jorney” overpowered as a 5th-level spell?

Bowgentle's Book from “Pages From the Mages” makes a cameo in Lost Mine of Phandelver in the D&D 5th Edition Starter Set. If the characters ever find this book, it will contain a couple of unique ...
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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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How can I balance magic in a setting that imposes penalties on its use?

I am starting an adventure in a custom setting that may end up as a campaign, depending on popularity. However, part of what makes the setting unique is that magic is illegal and severely punished by ...
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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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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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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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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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What would be the weight of the Tome of the Unicorn?

Given the dimensions of the book: "two feet broad by three feet in height, and over four inches thick", and being its pages made of "polished plates of electrum" (data from Forgotten Realms Campaign ...
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Where can I find rules for creating pocket dimensions?

I have a powerful mage as the BBEG in my next campaign, and part of what makes him powerful is that he can travel around, and move lots of other people, using magic. While Teleport and Teleport ...