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+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. The trouble is, if I only believe it is an 8% improvement in AC, I'm going to conclude that the DMG is wrong about how strong +2 AC is. So it seems good and ...


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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 well. Chaotic evil characters are unpredictably violent, and sooner or later they are going to turn on other party members with murderous intent. Well, no. Don’...


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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 items or characters from another campaign. The AD&D 2nd edition revised DMG, p.14, on "Super Characters", even cites the specific example of a ...


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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 (December, 1999). During the last seven months I have slowly chipped away and re-read (and read for the first time, in some cases) all Letters and Forum columns--...


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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 points of comparison. I'm excluding the Skills & Powers stuff in late 2e from this discussion, that was less like 2e than many other versions of D&D ...


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I believe it is a matter of story, and less a matter of mechanics. Mechanically, any monster, any NPC, any curse, any trap, anything the players encounter will have a solution, a stat to beat, and you as the GM would have calculated their chances and deemed it possible for them to defeat (speaking in generalities) The way to make the Undead scary is not to ...


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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're playing AD&D 2nd edition.) The relevant part on that page is: If only a number is given, the casting time is added to the caster's initiative die rolls....


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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 is! Chaotic is not unpredictable, Evil is not inherently violent. The first question you need to ask yourself is: what is CE? CE is not always a psychopathic ...


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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 from just a bit of a taste that no this is not a potion ow why is my tongue burning. If he explicitly states that he sucks the potions down like a vacuum cleaner ...


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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 attack and a +2 to AC at the same time. You have a total of +3 to distribute between attack and AC. Giving a more powerful item than a Legendary weapon to someone ...


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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 check what they were first. By all means explain why you were wrong but don’t forget that’s just a salve for your conscience - just because you’re taking his ...


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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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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 morality, but utterly cowardly. His party is his clan, and he follows their lead. They are his friends, whom he protects and depends on. He'd back them in bloody ...


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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 of a dramatic gap between the two because the power curves are more gradual in general. Similarly, the difference between levels isn't as extreme (a level 7 ...


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#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". It has Armor Class 7, and is Level 0. It has 6 hit points, attacks once per round (#AT 1), and does 2-8 points of damage (i.e. 2d4) on a successful hit. It ...


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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 core books (trapped in a pit with the roof descending to crush you, drowning in an acid pool etc.). Human stomach acid has got nothing on the kind of magical-...


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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 fighter and a wizard have the same amount of XP, then the wizard will be of a lower level than the fighter. This is most evident when comparing the Wizard and the ...


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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 'the DM should use XP in a largely-discretionary way to achieve diverse goals.' In their words, "the job is difficult because there are only a few rules (and lots ...


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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 was that, if you give Odin a HP total, then many players will try to kill him, and some will succeed. Unless you're specifically intending to make it possible ...


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Planescape: Torment is based on Advanced Dungeons & Dragons Second Edition from the 1990s. THAC0, for example, only exists in that edition and a couple contemporary D&D editions (very late AD&D 1e and Basic supplements) - it's not a term found in other games. Armor Class doesn't work the same across D&D editions, let alone other tabletop RPGs....


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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, the DM picks a method to use, but a new wizard's spellbook usually contains detect magic, read magic, and about 4 other spells either that the player picks and ...


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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 a little bit beefier than a wild dog. The difference between the three is in what they are trained to be able to do, not in their statistics. Dogs don't gain ...


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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 character can also use a weapon one size greater than himself, although it must be gripped with two hands. (Player's Handbook (1995) 96) Thus, for example, a Medium ...


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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 alignment. What is defining for the alignment is that are incredibly self-centered and don't care much about rules they don't like. They are simply in it for ...


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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 skill and no 5 foot step. Also you have to announce your intention to cast a spell at the begining of the round. If anything hits you before it is your turn, ...


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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, monsters, magic gear, and even entire adventures. There are two types of conversions listed, Careful and Quick, and both suggest utilizing the new Trap rules from the ...


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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 level, which there's not - see 2e DMG Chapter 3, "Above 20th Level," there is no cap in 2e. Your real question is "What level Pathfinder PCs are appropriately ...


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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 every 1/6 turns. Increasing to 1/5 at 21, 1/4 at 22, and so on until every turn at 25. 2. Is this present in 4e / 5e: No Regenerating hit points every round is ...


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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 charging if you're not running straight at them. A charge can't involve stopping to turn around. (If you're coming to AD&D 2e from D&D 3.5e, this may seem ...


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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 words and their dictionary pronunciations where they are available and common-practice pronunciations or TSR rulings where they not. For more general ...


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