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Advanced Dungeons & Dragons Second Edition from 1989.

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What language(s) does a Simulacrum know before Limited Wish is cast?

Simulacrum in AD&D 2e creates a duplicate, but it has none of the original’s knowledge or memories before you cast Limited Wish to give it some. But you can control it verbally & the spell ...
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Has the Simulacrum spell changed since 2nd edition AD&D?

I've been idly scrolling through the questions on Simulacrum & find myself suffering from some serious confusion, from the answers given it doesn't appear to be the same spell I knew at all. As ...
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Do the magic items from the Layer of Delusion work after they leave that layer?

I'm running the Bloodstone Lands adventure and the party managed to get to the last adventure. They ended up travelling to the Abyss and once they were on the first layer, they went through the first ...
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How many spells does a Wizard start off with?

I'm creating a Mage in AD&D 2e for fun, and want to know how many spells my character starts off with at first level. I know that there is Table 21: Wizard Spell Progression, but my Dad and I ...
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How much damage does an ogre do with a weapon?

The AD&D 2nd Edition Monstrous Manual entry for an Ogre Chieftain says: He inflicts 8-18 (2d6+6) points of damage per attack, +6 with weapon. Does this just mean I add another +6 to their ...
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Should non-human transmuter wizards be allowed?

I recently joined a group about to start a new adnd-2e campaign. As I am new to D&D in general, I only learned after the fact that I made a mistake during character creation, resulting in a ...
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Does Robe of Eyes penetrate Darkness?

In AD&D 2e, the Robe of Eyes has this description: This valuable garment appears to be a normal robe until it is put on. Its wearer is able to "see'' in all directions at the same moment due to ...
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How common is faction membership in Planescape?

The second-edition setting Planescape introduced 15 factions for player and NPC usage. I'm in the early stages of running one of the Planescape adventures and I'm wondering: how common is faction ...
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Does 2E AD&D specify a change in scale for missile and spell ranges from outdoors to indoors?

In 2E AD&D, ranges for missiles and spells are by default given in yards. Does this ruleset ever specify a different conversion when used indoors/underground? Citation/reference desired.
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Weaknesses of a Lich?

What weaknesses does a lich have? I've found a lot about their abilities and strengths, but not their weaknesses.
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Where are the details for this spell?

On page 803 in the Priest's Spell Compendium Volume 3 listed under Elven deity Erevan Ilesere there's a spell called Faerie Form which is supposed to be 7th level. When I went to the "F" section in ...
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Create Atmosphere in a Bag of Holding

The way I understand it a bag of holding preserves everything you put in it and you can't put living things in there because there's no atmosphere. If you were to cast Create Atmosphere inside a bag ...
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How long does it take to travel between Oerth and Toril by spaceship?

I understand that in Spelljammer, it's possible to travel by spaceship between the worlds of two different campaign settings, such as Oerth (World of Greyhawk) and Abeir-Toril (Forgotten Realms) by ...
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Weapon Combat Bonus Stacking

I apologize ahead of time for this question. But it came up in tonight's session. Lets say that you have a Helm of Brilliance, and a Longsword +4. The helm states that if you use its ability to ...
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Taming/domesticating an Owlbear

I recently came into the possession of an Owlbear egg, and my DM confirmed that there is a chance the egg might hatch. For that reason I have started to wonder if training the Owlbear would be ...
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Given the below constraints what is the maximum number of attacks in a round for this character in AD&D 2e?

A former DM has had the same recurring NPC/GMPC since I started playing in his game. This was 20+ years ago and we started in 1st edition and slowly made our way through the years and editions. We ...
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Can characters attack flank squares without turning?

Using the combat rules supplied by Players Option: Combat and Tactics, creatures have an orientation on the map, with flanks and a rear defined based on their orientation. My question is, can a ...
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Is it unbalanced to change the opposition schools in AD&D 2nd edition?

Background: In AD&D 2nd edition, the rules for specialist wizards specify that each school of magic has one or more opposition schools, indicated via a diagram and a table in the Player's ...
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What is the potential of herbalism?

In the AD&D 2e Player's Handbook a short description of herbalism is given - among other things it states that a character who possesses herbalism proficiency can make "non-magical potions, ...
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To what extent can Hold Monster hold monsters?

I've always been told that when tryoing to use Hold Monster that there is a 'cutoff' to what can be held. For instance there would be no issue in holding a minotaur, but a Kraken couldn't be held (the ...
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What are the benefits of playing an Invoker?

I am about to start a campaign in D&D. I play the second edition with my friends, and unfortunately the AD&D book for the second edition does not offer a lot of information regarding the ...
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Is the target of Hold Person completely still, or just held in place?

I DM a game in which the spell Hold Person was used recently and there was a dispute as to a minute detail which impacted the game seriously. The spell outlines that the affected individuals "cannot ...
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How can I significantly reduce casting time? [closed]

I've got some slow spells with casting times in the 1 hour to several day range, but only have 30 minutes to cast them due to impositions. By means of metamagic spells or magic items, or planar travel,...
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Is a paladin's Lay on Hands ability in combat like drinking a potion, or like casting a spell?

The Paladin in AD&D 2e has the class ability of Lay on Hands. A paladin can heal by Laying on Hands. The paladin restores 2 hit points per experience level. He can heal himself or someone else, ...
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Are there published airship rules for AD&D?

I have some players interested in airships. You'd think these rules existed somewhere in one of the campaign settings or a Dragon magazine. Do any? I'm thinking of things like flight speeds, costs, ...
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Run vs Sprint actions?

In the Player's Option: Combat & Tactics rule book (p27), there is mention of both Run and also Sprint actions. Run A character can double his base movement by running. Running is considered ...
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When did D&D stop having DMs roll skill checks for players?

I've been playing DnD 5e for some time now, but just recently I've begun reading the ADnD rulebooks as they've come into my ownership. A peculiar change I noticed is that the DM rolls many of the ...
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Where can I find the rules on becoming a lich in AD&D 2e?

The D&D lich was introduced in the Greyhawk supplement as type of undead created when a spellcaster uses powerful magic to defy natural death: [S]keletal monsters...of magical origin, each ...
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How can a character become an Undead under their own control, other than the Lich, Ghoul and Wight?

I'm interested in how a character can become a corporeal undead with their own free will by the rules as written by using spells. Lich, Ghoul, and Wight already have clear methods for achievement, but ...
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Returning to D&D from 2nd Edition, what are the things I should look out for [duplicate]

I have agreed to introduce a friend to D&D but I haven't played since AD&D 2nd Edition. I was more often a player than a DM but I am okay with performing that role. I will be starting our part ...
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Magic Missile vs mirror?

A bad guy is hiding down a dim corridor. Actually, he's in a side corridor, and at the intersection there is a large mirror set at 45°, reflecting his appearance towards the adventurers. None of the ...
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Is it possible to delay an action to a later initiative turn?

In our AD&D 2e campaign we first roll for initiative and then, according to the roll, announce our actions. The actions each get resolved before the next person has their go. (This might actually ...
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What exactly is Helm of Brilliance's “a sword of flame” power?

I don't have the exact AD&D 2nd edition Dungeon Master's Guide quote, but there is an item, Helm of Brilliance, which, among other things, allows the wearer to turn any sword to a sword of flame. ...
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How does one pronounce THAC0?

AD&D 2nd edition had a key number for each character called “To Hit Armor Class Zero”, abbreviated “THAC0”. Back when this was the current edition, my friends and I argued over whether it should ...
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How to convert D&D 2e campaign to 5e? [closed]

Much of my original campaign is 2e D&D, but am now starting up again with 5e. What are your best tips to convert adventures and the campaign world to 5e? The creatures and classes all translate, ...
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Can Athasian psionicist/druids evolve into “advanced beings” like the other caster classes?

In Athas, there are options for high level Psionicist / Clerics or Psionicist / (Defilers | Preservers) to become advanced beings. Is there such an advancement path for high level Psionicist / Druids?...
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When a multiclass demihuman reaches max-level in one class, does she need to keep splitting exp?

Suppose a multiclassed elf thief/wizard reaches max level in thief (14th, 880,000xp), but can still advance pretty far as wizard (with 880,000 she is a 12th-level wizard, and has still 5 more levels ...
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What is the point of using reincarnate to give a simulacrum a soul?

Simulacrum allows one to use the reincarnate spell to give it a soul. I understand the usefulness of using limited wish to give it some knowledge of the original, but what good is a soul? I looked ...
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Are there proficiencies for Goldsmithing and creating Jewelry?

There is the jeweler secondary skill, but that is another set of rules. Are there any proficiencies for working gold and creating jewelry?
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When hierophant druids enter the elemental planes, can they choose where they end up?

So, Jeena is a hierophant druid. She has the ability to enter, move and survive in the elemental planes of fire and water. She wants to visit the efreet in the City of Brass to negotiate some ...
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Does the Nap spell allow a Psionicist to fully recover PSP?

I thought so, because it lets even mages memorize spells, but some people at the hobby shop yesterday spoke against it. Does a psionicist affected by the 2nd level Tome of Magic cleric spell nap ...
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Are Preserver and Defiler distinct classes?

For example Fighter and Paladin are separate classes. They both belong to the warrior group, but are separate character classes. For the purpose of class mechanics, are Preserver and Defiler ...
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Can a druid remain in animal form indefinitely?

Edition matters, don't bite it before checking the tags... The PHB does not state the duration of the druid's transformation into animals, only that they can become a bird, a reptile, and a mammal ...
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can a hierophant druid impersonate people?

The hierophant druid has this particular power: The ability to alter the appearance at will. (...) Body and facial features can resemble any human or humanoid creature. That he could look like a ...
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Can a backpack (loaded) be counted as “an item held in one hand”? [closed]

A druid can shapechange into animal, and limited stuff changes together: the clothing and one item held in each hand. Can a backpack (preferrably loaded) count as an item held in one hand? Assume ...
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How long does it take for a 20th level wizard to prepare his full allotment of spells?

A wizard requires 10 minutes of prep time per spell level to memorize a spell. How long would it take for a 20th level wizard to prep his entire spell allotment?
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Do athasian druids follow the PHB druid XP progression and organization?

Athasian druids have their guarded lands, and pretty much don't bother each other. So having a druidic organization like the one in the PHB seems not likely. Also, they don't seem to become hierophant....
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Does a multi-class wild talent gain PSP on each of their classes' level up?

Suppose Zenobia the elven bladesinger was submitted to psionic surgery when she was an infant, and gained a wild power. As a 1st level elf fighter/mage(bladesinger), she has (...) the minimum ...
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Which identical image appears in each of these editions' DMGs?

The just-for-fun prestige class conventioneer (or, if that doesn't work for you, here) that was posted on Wizards of the Coast Web site in 2001 possesses the special ability convention savvy. The ...
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Can the 5 years of aging caused by casting the wish spell be avoided or reversed?

Casting the spell wish ages the caster 5 years. I know that to avoid the effects of aging the caster could acquire a new or younger body via possession, reincarnation, or cloning; become an undead so ...