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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?

+2 AC is much more than an 8% improvement, in one case it is as high as 200%. Erik's and Quadratic Wizard's answers do a fine job of comparing the proposed item to existing magical items in the DMG. ...
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How does one play a Chaotic Evil character without disrupting the play group?

Don’t play chaotic evil characters like that It seems somewhat obvious so I was hesitant even typing this answer, but this isn’t the first time I’ve seen questions of this sort crop up so I might as ...
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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?

Refusing to allow overpowered custom items from another campaign is an AD&D tradition. Even in AD&D, the Dungeon Master's Guide recommended against allowing a player to bring powerful custom ...
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Which Dragon Magazine issue did this unusual rat-like race appear in?

No rat-like race appears in any "Letters," "Forum," "D-Mail," or "Questions of the Month (Forum)" column appearing in Dragon #153 (January, 1990) through #266 (...
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How does D&D 5e compare to AD&D 2e?

I played many years of 2e (and BECMI, 1e. 3e. 3.5e, PF, and OSR stuff) and have read the 5e PHB, Basic set, and Hoard of the Dragon Queen and played some short games, so I think I can give some good ...
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In the first "Eye of the Beholder" game, does lower AC mean the target is harder to hit?

Lower AC is better for that game's D&D version That video game (in your screenshot) and table derived from it are based on Advanced Dungeons & Dragons, 2nd edition – which uses the THAC0 (&...
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An old school experienced DM insists Magic Missile always goes first. Does it or not, and why?

What you're looking for is the definition of the Casting Time entry in a spell's description, on page 129 of the Player's Handbook. (Segments are from AD&D 1st edition and aren't relevant if you'...
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How does one play a Chaotic Evil character without disrupting the play group?

What is Chaotic Evil? Chaotic evil characters are unpredictably violent, and sooner or later they are going to turn on other party members with murderous intent. - OP This isn't what a CE character ...
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What happens to a character that drinks green dragon acid?

Tasting isn't quaffing. Chances are he didn't gargle the potion to get a feel for what was in it, he got a bit on the tip of his finger and then rubbed it on his tongue. He would be able to tell ...
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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?

The closest weapon to this in 5e is Defender. But this is a Legendary weapon, so not suitable for a level 6 character. It is also worse than your player's sword, since it cannot give both a +2 to ...
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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?

Start with “I made a mistake” It’s not his fault that you allowed him inappropriate items and now you need to be mean and take his stuff away. Especially since it seems clear that you didn’t actually ...
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Can I legally obtain AD&D 2nd core rulebook in a digital form?

The second edition books have recently (mid 2015) become digitally available on dmsguild.com: Player's Handbook Monstrous Manual Dungeon Master's Guide
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How does one play a Chaotic Evil character without disrupting the play group?

There are some excellent answers here, but to add to them: Evil can be a team player. One of the most likeable characters I've played in games was a Chaotic Evil kobold who was utterly without human ...
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How much of an issue is "Linear Fighters, Quadratic Wizards" in 2nd edition AD&D?

A More Gradual Power Curve In 2e (and 1e and Basic), though it's still a thing (by design) that fighter types are more powerful early in the game and wizards more powerful late in the game, it's less ...
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What does '#AT' mean in early versions of D&D and AD&D?

#AT means Number of Attacks per combat round. Sometimes it is written in long-form as "Number of Attacks", sometimes with the abbreviation "#AT". The example given is of a creature called a "Farmer"....
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What happens to a character that drinks green dragon acid?

If he explicitly swallows "a gulp" of draconic acid (presumably analogous to Black Dragon breath) then yes, he's very very dead. That falls into the "inescapable death" situations described in the ...
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How much of an issue is "Linear Fighters, Quadratic Wizards" in 2nd edition AD&D?

AD&D took an interesting approach to this—the classes don't advance in levels at the same pace. It is still likely a level N wizard will be more powerful than a level N fighter, but if a ...
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Is a "too easy kill" worth no XP?

There is no explicit rule about an encounter being "too easy." The DMG has an entire chapter devoted to experience points (chapter 8), which is far too much to summarize here. The overall gist is '...
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How to stat gods in AD&D Second Edition?

In general, the best advice on statting up gods is "Don't." The primary lesson learned from the publication of Deities & Demigods (later re-released in 1985 as Legends & Lore) for 1eAD&D ...
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How many spells does a Wizard start off with?

The Dungeon Master's Guide covers starting wizard spells To determine what spells are in beginning wizard's spellbook, see the Dungeon Master's Guide (1989) on Initial Wizard Spells (41). In short, ...
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How to handle a dog in AD&D 2nd ed?

Stats for purchased dogs The dog available for purchase from a kennel, as listed in the equipment chapter, has the statistics of a war dog in the Monster Manual or Monstrous Manual under Dog, and is ...
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How do you know if a weapon is two-handed in D&D2E?

Chapter 6 on Weapons on Weapon Size says that A character can always wield a weapon equal to his own size or less. Normally this requires only one hand, except for some missile weapons.... A ...
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How does one play a Chaotic Evil character without disrupting the play group?

Being unpredictable and violent are not defining characteristics for the chaotic evil alignment. Characters with those traits will tend to be chaotic evil, but there are a lot of ways to play the ...
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Maximum levels in AD&D 2nd Edition

You're asking the wrong question, "maximum level" is irrelevant. It assumes a max level 2e character is calibrated with a max level Pathfinder character, which they're not, and that there is a maximum ...
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How much of an issue is "Linear Fighters, Quadratic Wizards" in 2nd edition AD&D?

At very high levels spellcasters do become significantly more powerful than noncasters. However, compared to 3rd edition there are some important differences. For one thing, there is no Concentration ...
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How do I convert the DC of a check from AD&D 2E to 5E?

Your best bet is to rebuild the hazard from scratch using the 5e rules. Wizards, when they first published 5e, also released a handy Conversion Guide, with details about converting characters, ...
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Does a high Constitution give regeneration in recent editions like it does in 2e?

1. Do Characters in 2e regenerate hit points for extremely high constitutions: Yes. According to the AD&D Player's Handbook on Page 15, starting at a constitution of 20, you regenerate health ...
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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?

Charging Last one first: you can't “charge” someone's back when they're facing you, because charging has to be a relatively straight, well, charge at the intended target. It's definitionally not ...
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How does one pronounce THAC0?

Officially THAK-oh or THAKE-oh is acceptable This D&D FAQ on the Wizards of the Coast Web site has a section entitled How Do You Pronounce...? that says Here are some commonly mispronounced ...
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Is the target of Hold Person completely still, or just held in place?

By the Text of the Spell This spell holds 1d4 humans, demihumans, or humanoid creatures rigidly immobile for five or more rounds. and Held beings cannot move or speak, but they remain aware of ...
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