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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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, p. 41 (pp. 60-61 ...
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What's an "ego weapon"?

Intelligent weapons have an Ego score My copy of the PHB does not have an index listing for Ego Weapon, but my DMG has an index listing for Ego, of intelligent weapons Thus I have to wonder whether ...
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Do characters know when they succeed at a saving throw in AD&D 2nd Edition?

PHB 129, Spell Descriptions, Saving Throw (emphases in the original): ...A creature that successfully saves against a spell with no apparent physical effect (such as a charm, hold, or magic jar) may ...
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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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How does one pronounce THAC0?

Officially THAK-oh or THAKE-oh is acceptable The Wizards of the Coast page "Archive" (now ironically available only through the Internet Archive) has a section entitled How Do You Pronounce.....
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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 best argument is looking at the Magical Items chapter in the DMG to see roughly how powerful his weapon is. It sounds like he is equipped with a combination of a +2 weapon and a +2 armor in a ...
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Did AD&D players use Leomund's Tiny Hut to keep out enemies?

Given how much of the 1E and 2E period pre-dates the Internet, I doubt there'd be much actual data to base an answer off of. I played 2E, and personally, I never treated the rules on how many people ...
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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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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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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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Is there any lore regarding the calendar of Sigil?

Years are measured based on factols' rules. In the Cage: A Guide to Sigil, p.12, "Time and Direction in Sigil", describes how time is measured. The Cage is eternal, so much so that no one ...
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When does the -3 STR penalty from using wish wear off?

Having scanned the DMG, the PHB, and the Complete Wizard's handbook, the rules don't specify. As with most things involving wish, the DM needs to make a ruling. Beyond what you cited from the PHB, ...
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Where can I find the rules on becoming a lich in AD&D 2e?

While there are various sources, such as the Monstrous Compendium and the Wizard's Spell Compendium, as described in the answer by Mark Beadles, arguably the most inclusive source is the Van Richten's ...
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How common is faction membership in Planescape?

As detailed in the answer by Wtrmute, A Player's Guide to the Planes from the original Planescape Campaign Setting (PS:CS) requires each planar player character to be a member of a faction. Only prime ...
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What does "Ninemen" mean, in the name of the Nulathoe's Ninemen spell?

According to Ed, he completely made it up out of whole cloth when he was 6, and later used it for the spell - From twitter: Nope. I made it up. ;} I'd penned a short story in which a wizard used a ...
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Did AD&D players use Leomund's Tiny Hut to keep out enemies?

The hut did keep out wild animals Leomund's Tiny Hut in AD&D 1e says: (...) In no way will Leomund's Tiny Hut provide protection from missiles, weapons, spells, and the like. Up to 6 other man-...
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What is a 'yochi virago'?

That section's introduction mentions in passing that yochi are handmaidens of Lloth. You're right that they're never mentioned elsewhere, but that one detail is a clue that lets us track them down. ...
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What was the status of Half-Orcs as playable characters in 2e?

The AD&D 2e Dungeon Master Guide provides for this. In Chapter 2 ("Player Character Races") of the AD&D 2e Dungeon Master Guide, after the discussion of the standard races available ...
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