Why I love 2nd edition rules and setting

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Why I love 2nd edition rules and setting

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Why I like 2nd Rules and setting,


1: It's the rules I cut my Teeth on

2: You don't need Mintures to play and you rely on your mind to for the setting and details.


3: Most of the core settings were made for 2nd version of D&D



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lwhitehead wrote:Most of the core settings were made for 2nd version of D&D
There were quite a few. It did not bode well for business but it did give us a plethora of official worlds that we could explore.

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My favourite edition is BECMI, but I have alot of fond memories from 2nd Edition. I think I mentioned this somewhere else, but 2nd Edition is probably the edition of (A) D&D where I have clocked the most hours as a player. I love the setting material that appeared under 2nd editon and so many of the books are great to read even just for ideas when running other editions. It was a time when there was room for so much creativity you just have to love that.

Back when I last played 2nd edition, we still liked to make use of tons of additional sourcebooks and house rules modifications. If I was to run it today I would probably go the opposite way and strip the rules down to a bare bones form. I would probably also toss alot of restrictions like race class combinations or weapon limitations out the window. This just shows how my preferences have changed over the years though.

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I was very lucky to have been introduced to D&D around 1975 when I was eleven by an older group in high school. I played a lot of 1st edition AD&D but now that I am older looking back on these rules I see how ill written and edited they were. I am most attracted to 2nd edition rules by their clarity. I have no interest in later editions of D&D.
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To me, 2nd Edition was a period of unparalleled creativity at TSR, unmatched by any edition of D&D since. More monsters, magic items, spells, official settings, and the like all trace their origins back to this edition. Every edition that has followed has spent much more time on "converting what came before to the new ruleset", and little on anything new.
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It's the rules and setting I cut my Teeth on, also there was alot source books and rules books as well.


BTW were is the Scolarly Wizard kit located in what book?,


It was on of the only system that have rules for beyond 20th level players,


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lwhitehead wrote:It's the rules and setting I cut my Teeth on, also there was alot source books and rules books as well.


BTW were is the Scolarly Wizard kit located in what book?,
Complete Wizards Handbook?


It was on of the only system that have rules for beyond 20th level players,
AD&D 1st Ed:
I remember the Bloodstone Modules for 1st Ed having 100th level characters, but I don't think there were actual rules for rising to that level.

BECMI:
Core rules had rules for acending to 36th level and then for gaining Immortality beyond that.

3E:
Epic Level Handbook allows characters up to 40th level?

4E:
Core rules allow for characters up to 30th level.




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Havard wrote:3E:
Epic Level Handbook allows characters up to 40th level?
There is no hard limit with the ELH.

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Well it's the system I like, so there.



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To be honest, I never found rules past level 20 all that compelling. Just overly complicated and pretty much everything is on "easy mode". :)
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