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Advanced Dungeons & Dragons Second Edition from 1989.

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Is there any lore regarding the calendar of Sigil?

For the sake of keeping track of my campaign, I've been looking for any guidance regarding the structure of a year in Sigil. In my searching, I've found a wiki page associated with a Neverwinter ...
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How does a monster's THAC0 in AD&D/2e relate to +Hit bonus in D&D 5th Edition?

I want to adapt several creatures from AD&D/2e so I can use them in 5e. Is there an easy way to translate THAC0 (to hit AC 0) to the +Hit bonus in 5e? I'm looking for a formula or a chart if ...
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How do I explain to an AD&D player that items that increase Armor Class in D&D 5e are overpowered?

Context: I have recently started a campaign with a new player that comes from an AD&D background. He wishes to convert and import his character to the campaign. We did this once, and I helped him ...
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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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What would a character affected by Feeblemind be capable of in 2e?

I've looked through this website for answers but most of the questions pertaining to the spell are for 5e, like this one, where the spell has gone through many generations of changes. It doesn't ...
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How do crossbred dragons inherit movement, MR, and special defenses?

1990's Draconomicon has some guidelines for crossbred dragons that seem useful for 3.5/5e. From what I can tell, though, rules for land/flight/(swim) speeds, magic resistance, and elemental immunity (...
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How does D&D 5e compare to AD&D 2e?

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 systems,...
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Is there a daily limit on spell memorisation?

Players Handbook p31 states Before a wizard can actually cast a spell, he must memorize its arcane formula. This locks an energy pattern for that particular spell into his mind. Once he has the spell ...
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Movement in darkness - what reduction?

In darkness, is movement "reduced by ⅓" or "reduced to ⅓"? What is the groundspeed velocity of an unladen human in darkness? Would they have a movement rate of 8″ or 4″ ? I have a ...
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What are the major differences between AD&D 1st Edition & AD&D 2nd Edition

Supposedly on May 21st WoTC are going to release a premium limited edition reprinting of Dungeons & Dragons 2nd edition in of honor of the late Gary Gygax. I already own the AD&D 1st edition ...
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Unusually Unfair Trap in White Plume Mountain

In the 3rd Edition rewrite of the famous module White Plume Mountain, the titular dungeon gets modified highly successfully to use 3rd Edition rules while staying very true to the original version in ...
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How do I convert the DC of a check from AD&D 2E to 5E?

In the AD&D 2e supplement, In The Cage: A Guide to Sigil, there are rules given for the impacts of a noxious smog, as follows: Any PC exposed to [the smog] must make a Constitution ability check, ...
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Where can I find the descriptions for AD&D magic items?

Where can I find the stat blocks and information for magical (or potentially even mundane) objects from AD&D? I am currently planning a 5e campaign using the Planescape setting, and in reading ...
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How does the receptacle power actually work?

This is actually several questions, but closely related enough I felt they should be asked as one question. If the community disagrees, I'm happy to split them up. The 2nd Edition Complete Psionics ...
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What is the purpose of old-school D&D class level limitations? [closed]

When I played 1E and 2E, racial level limits was one of the first rules we decided to ignore. We decided that it would prevent us from playing (say) an Elven fighter for as long as the party might ...
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Can an Intellect Devourer use racial abilities while piloting a body?

My specific situation is that an intellect devourer is hiding inside a crystal dragon, hoping to wait until the other gem dragons enter their first dragon sleep in order to use them to help grow its ...
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Can a user benefit from personal powers stored in an empowered object?

I realized while writing this question that I have another issue with empowered objects. Specifically, it is the object using the stored powers, rather than the wearer/wielder/user. Can such an ...
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What is the title of this Dragonlance Adventure partly set on one of Krynn's moons?

I read a description of this in a pamphlet describing the various D&D settings that came out in 1998. But I no longer remember the title. The module in question was a Dragonlance adventure, and ...
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What does "Ninemen" mean, in the name of the Nulathoe's Ninemen spell?

Every reference to Ed Greenwood's spell Nulathoe's ninemen makes sure to note that "ninemen" is pronounced "nin-em-en" rather than "nine men," making it a unique word of ...
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How does a low Strength stat translate into the narrative?

I'm having trouble with something. In a ADnD 2e campaign how should a low Strength translate into the narrative/roleplay of the campaign? It's easy to figure out how high Strength would work when ...
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Does the Aid spell affect creatures engaged in combat?

The Bless spell has this restriction: A blessing, however, affects only those not already engaged in melee combat. ...While the Aid spell doesn't directly say anything similar. It does, however, say ...
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How do Ravenloft powers checks work with scrolls?

For spells that require a powers check when cast in Ravenloft, when should the check happen for scrolls: during creation, at the time of the scroll's use, or both?
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Giant-kin bows, arrows and information (AD&D 2e)

I've looked online for information regarding Giant-kin bows and all I can find on the topic is the weight and weapon size for them. Per The Complete Book of Humanoids (PHBR10) giant-kin long bow ...
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Is there any official rule that mitigates power checks for NPCs?

The PCs escaped from Aggarath and found themselves in Falkovnia. Originally hailing from Toril, the party walked south in hopes of reaching Calimshan but, instead, approached Aerie and fought an elite ...
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Are Ogres allowed to become Priests of Vaprak?

The Complete Book of Humanoids allows for PC Ogres with a level limit of 3 in Shaman and no other divine spellcasting class allowed. Monster Mythology provides details for Vaprak's (the god of Ogres) ...
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Software to manage AD&D characters [closed]

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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Can you choose to cast a spell at a lower caster level?

In AD&D, many spells have effects with areas that are a specified amount “per level”. From my understanding, this is the caster’s level. My question, is whether or not a spellcaster could choose ...
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How does a Bless Spell work when cast on items?

A Bless spell can be cast upon an item to make it blessed. Examples would be a blessed finely cured piece of leather for an Armor spell or a blessed crossbow to slay a Rakshasa. I'm not clear about ...
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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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What are the fanner beasts?

I'm reading some of the original lore for Dark Sun, and the dray are described as herding "fanner beasts", supposedly some sort of lizard-like creature. But I can't find any information ...
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In D&D 5e is there a spell or ability that mimics the D&D 2e Priest spell Combine?

In 2nd Ed there was a 1st LV spell called Combine. It allowed the caster to combine forces with other casters to increase the effective level of his Turning ability as well as increased his caster ...
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What is the formula for damage per round?

I'm creating a web app to learn JS that will calculate damage per round but I'm stuck on adding criticals. I have successfully created variables for: diceNumber, diceSides, bonuses, attacksPerRound, ...
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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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What kinds of Mounts can a Paladin get besides Warhorse?

I distinctly recall AD&D paladins being able to have mounts like griffons, dragons, and planar variants, but I cannot locate these rules. I'm aware Cavalier Paladins had some of these, though I'm ...
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In “Elves of Evermeet”, how does the “construction” spell work?

This is in the 2nd edition book: Elves of Evermeet. On page 65 there is the description for a spell: Construction. Construction (Alteration) Range: Touch Component: V,S,M Duration: Permanent ...
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What is the name of this Ravenloft adventure featuring a vampire innkeeper and a werewolf that kills villagers?

When I started playing Dungeons & Dragons, it was in second edition, Ravenloft Campaign. I remember playing an adventure where it was a small village in the snow, where a werewolf was killing ...
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I'm playing a Marilith demon who is leader of a evil campaign. After hitting very high levels, how should I go about keeping the party together? [closed]

During a while of playing a 2e session with multiple 3.5e conversions, I have recently (In the past 7 years) experimenting with playing Evil campaigns and playing Monster characters such as Mind ...
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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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How do Baldur's Gate and Baldur's Gate 2's "rolling" for stats actually get generated? [closed]

When I have played BG1 & BG2, a big part of the character creation is rolling (and rerolling) for stats. This rolling for stats is subjected to racial minimums and maximums (and class minimums ...
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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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What are the stats for an imp in ad&d 2nd edition ravenloft? [closed]

While searching for a familiar in Ravenloft in AD&D 2e I rolled a 19 and found an imp, but I can't find the stat block for it. Where can I find it and what is it?
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How to convert a character from AD&D 2E to D&D 5E? [closed]

Could anyone help me in finding an instruction on how to convert a character from AD&D 2E to D&D 5E? I need to know details like: THAC0, attack and damage bonus, bonus on skills, saving ...
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How does a monster's AC from AD&D/2e relate to AC in D&D 5th Edition?

I want to adapt several creatures from AD&D/2e so I can use them in 5e. Is there an easy way to translate Armour Class from AD&D/2e to AC in 5e? I'm looking for a formula if possible. ...
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How much does passage on a ship or river boat cost?

I've got some prices of buying boats in D&D games, but no prices for booking passage down a river or across a sea. A range of high and low would help.
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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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How do I convert AD&D 1st Edition modules to 2nd Edition?

I want to play a bunch of 1st Edition AD&D modules in my 2nd Edition campaign, but I have only ever played 2e so my knowledge of 1st Edition is only very basic. What would I need to do to make a ...
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Where are the details for the Faerie Form 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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Can a dual-classed character use level drain to change careers?

Say a character (Grunter) has abilities high enough to dual class from and to any class. If Grunter is a F5/T6, for instance, and gets 7 level drains, then he is now a F4. Could he now level beyond ...
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What are the campaign settings published for AD&D 2nd Ed? [closed]

I've been playing Dungeons & Dragons since the second edition, and my brother and I want to try to buy used second edition campaign box settings (Forgotten Realms, Dragonlance, etc...). When I ...
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How can I identify which AD&D books are for which edition, given the seemingly inconsistent use of logos between editions?

Recently I started googling out old AD&D books, but I stumbled upon very strange mix-up in terms of edition naming convention. For example, the Wayne's Books listing of a later series of Greyhawk ...

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