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Player's Handbook (2nd Edition) (1989)

by David Cook (Designer)

Other authors: Gary Gygax (Contributor)

Other authors: See the other authors section.

Series: AD&D 2nd Core Rulebook (1), Advanced Dungeons & Dragons, Advanced Dungeons and Dragons 2nd Edition (TSR 2101)

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For many gamers, the 2nd Edition Advanced Dungeons & Dragons core rulebooks were their introduction to the roleplaying game hobby. The AD&D Player's Handbook presents all of the information a player needs to create an AD&D character from scratch and advance the character in level. This reprint of the classic rulebook features a new cover design.… (more)
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I'm more of a third edition kind of guy, well, 3.5 to be precise, but the first game of D&D I ever played was second edition (one person insisted on playing as an aurumvorax), and my current Ravenloft game is using second edition rules.

I had never read the rule book for second cover to cover so when the DM told me what she had in mind I had to scramble for a copy. Its really very interesting. I can understand a lot of the changes that were eventually made, but the flexibility with these rules are worth the extra effort. A concerted effort had been made to include as much 'real-life' detail and probabilities as possible. This can bog down a game, but in the right hands these rules make the whole role-playing experience *index finger to eyeglass bridge here* as immersive as possible.

Reading the book also got me excited for all things D&D again. I thought I could just play the game on spare evenings, but I've started deciding which of my friends I can strong-arm into a campaign of my own. ( )
  ManWithAnAgenda | Feb 18, 2019 |
Used this many times while playing D&D. Prefer the previous editions, though. ( )
  herebedragons | Feb 4, 2007 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Cook, DavidDesignerprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Gygax, GaryContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Breault, MikeEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Butler, JeffIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Chaffee, DouglasIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Easley, JeffCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Elmore, LarryIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Farley, CraigIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lakey, JohnIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lakey, LauraIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Martin, Jean E.Illustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Olson, ErikIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Pennington, JackIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Pickens, Jonsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sutherland, DaveIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Winter, Stevesecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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This is the indispensable encyclopedia of fantasy role-playing and also the perfect companion to the referee's 2nd Edition Dungeon Master's Guide. Everything players need is here: how to determine a character's Strength, Wisdom, Charisma, and other abilities; the differences among the various fantasy races, from elves and halflings to dwarves, gnomes, and others; complete rules for character improvement; the most advantageous mapping and combat procedures; and much more, all in this easy-to-use, revised version of the classic role-playing rulebook. With this 2nd Edition, the best-selling role-playing game in history gets even better!
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