Remembering 2nd Edition Advanced Dungeons and Dragons| Editions of Dungeons and Dragons

Remembering 2nd Edition Advanced Dungeons and Dragons| Editions of Dungeons and Dragons

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Remembering 2nd Edition Advanced Dungeons and Dragons| Editions of Dungeons and Dragons
Time to stroll down another tabletop RPG memory lane with another edition of dungeons and dragons. I only briefly played 1st edition D&D, but 2nd AD&D is where I really learned about RPGs. The group I’ve gamed with for going on two decades. Played 2e AD&D and 3.5 D&D more than any other version or edition of dungeons and dragons. Though we skipped most of the skills and options part advanced dungeons and dragons.
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  1. Ninja Sushi on September 5, 2021 at 10:42 pm

    There are more people playing now than ever before.

  2. Tammy Noe on September 5, 2021 at 10:45 pm

    My bad, How do I contact an appraiser, I would like to know how much my collection is worth.

  3. praxis22 on September 5, 2021 at 10:46 pm

    I cut my teeth on 2nd edition AD&D. Well, that and Traveller 🙂

  4. Trevor Donohoe on September 5, 2021 at 10:47 pm

    plz help me

  5. midnight shadowz on September 5, 2021 at 10:47 pm

    I am in my late 30s and a total new comer.. and we ( the group) chose 2e ;). Last week we had our first session. We will stay with 2e for many years to come. We have a lot of material. As a matter of fact I don’t think that we will move beyond 2e

  6. Fefsj on September 5, 2021 at 10:48 pm

    2e is best edition. With a little homebrewing it easily beats 5e. Currently DMing both 2e and 5e and cant even understand why people enjoy 5e.

  7. Boa Boy on September 5, 2021 at 10:50 pm

    Who remembers Dragon magazine and there was a few classes that they introduced in it ,one was the jester… There was a loophole if a Jester possessed a wand Wonder he could choose what random thing would happen and in the list please 1to20 one gold piece gems that could be shot at enemies… Then he would go run collecting up the one gold piece gems and buy us all dinner once we got back to town interesting I thought I’d share it

  8. Eliot Benitez on September 5, 2021 at 10:51 pm

    I like the 2E artwork best. Larry Elmore, Jeff Easley…they were awesome.

  9. gary peterson on September 5, 2021 at 10:54 pm

    After all these years, I am STILL playing DnD 2e Revised

  10. AndriarSmith on September 5, 2021 at 10:55 pm

    I know the rules by heart, haven’t been GMing this for more than a decade. Books are so totally amazing, I’ve lost mine, they wound be such a nice collectible. Thanks for doing this video!

  11. Charles Westfall on September 5, 2021 at 10:55 pm

    Started with 2nd ed, I remember when my friend was so excited when he saw the Monstrous Compendium Vol. 1 (That was the binder that had all the monsters, then the appendixes you could add to the binder which was cool, so you could just stick all your monster info in one book.

  12. Tammy Noe on September 5, 2021 at 10:58 pm

    How or who can I get my AD&D 2nd edition games appraised?

  13. Kyle the man who loves Jesus The Saviour on September 5, 2021 at 10:58 pm

    I started with my interest in D&D around 2010 with the fourth edition monster manual, one day I just was in the mood to read about monsters and dragons etc I had no idea what d&d really was like (I was vaguely aware because of games on PS2 such as Baldurs Gate Dark Alliance); but seeing the artwork from the 4e mm1 made me want to further my interest in dungeons and dragons. So yea, the art they provide in manuals is definitely entertaining.

  14. Trevor Donohoe on September 5, 2021 at 11:01 pm

    my favorite soz

  15. David C on September 5, 2021 at 11:03 pm

    I gamed from 1997 to 2003 with a group in IN and we still used 2E. The attitude was "I didn’t spend hundreds of dollars on the PHB and DMG, the Encyclopedia Magica set, the Complete book series, the Priests and the Mage’s spell compendiums, the creature and monster resources, the adventure modules, learn about Psionics, Ravenloft, Planescape, Starjammer, Greyhawk, Forgotten Realms, and spent years reading all of them to switch to a new addition. 2E is all there is and all there ever will be." We spent more than enough time reading all of the 2E stuff to get a college degree in it if there was such a thing.

  16. Knightfall8 on September 5, 2021 at 11:04 pm

    that dmg looked like a first printing. second printing dmg looked similar to the 2nd printing phb

  17. midnightshade32 on September 5, 2021 at 11:04 pm

    You guys are so off. The satanic panic was early 80s. The cartoon was 1985 when unearthed arcana came out as barbarian, cavalier and acrobat were from that book. It’s first edition. Ad&d wnd edition toned down any demons, devils and certain classes. No assassins for example.

    Also the first printing of 2nd Ed players handbook was a mounted fighter in what looks like a desert canyon, think Indiana Jones 3, where they were in the caves for the holy grail. The wizard cover was the 2nd printing of the dmg guide for 1st edition.

    I know this as the early 90s was when I started dming, played first edition and 1982 D&D before that.

  18. Michael Dankert on September 5, 2021 at 11:04 pm

    My brother and I played back in 86-87. We played a mix of 1st and 2nd edition. I think 2nd edition was just coming out.
    The version of the Monstrous Manuals that I purchased were 2 binders that you would buy "packs" for. You would buy a pack that would have maybe 20-25 monsters in it. I thought it was a sucky way of them doing it. But eventually, I ended up with both binders full.
    Anyways, my son is experimenting with 5th edition and he likes it. He bought an adventure and is making his mother and I play with him. I don’t think I really care for the new rules, nor the game mechanics. Give me my thac0 any day over this newer version!

  19. Chris Moneymaker on September 5, 2021 at 11:06 pm

    There are several things in this video that are wrong. If you taken a little time to do just a little research this wouldn’t have happened.
    #1- You said the books you had were the revised second edition ones. The only one that was revised was the players handbook, the rest were the originals .
    #2- You said you thought the original second addition core rules books didn’t have any full color art, but they did they had a mix of two color and full color art, just like the revised ones.
    #3- You said the cartoon came out in the 90s during the second addition era. It actually ran from 1983 to 1985 during the first addition era.
    #4- You said Gary Gygax was involved with the D&D during the second edition era, and during the 90s. Gary was kicked out of TSR before second addition came out during the late 80s .
    #5- You said that second edition made no attempt at balance and then used differing XP for The classes as an example of this. Differing XP’s for the classes is actually an example of game balance. Some of the classes like the thief who had the lowest XP to make level also had the hardest time gaining XP .

    This is my main problem with many of your videos. You try to rely on your memories and your memories often fail you. Just a little research on the Internet for cracking open a couple of those old books would’ve made a huge difference in the quality of this video. I wouldn’t be giving you such a hard time about it, but this video was supposed to be informative but it had a lot of bad information in it.

  20. DCT on September 5, 2021 at 11:07 pm

    I don’t know why they called the monster manual in 2e the monsterous one but I do know that the original version was actually the monsterous compendium and was just a binder with a few inserts that you were to buy additional enteries like set 2: Greyhawk monsters or Creatures of Spelljammer for but by the second printing they dropped that for doing a all in one manual like they did for 1st Edition. Also D&D Basic’s Monster manual was actually called the "Creature Catalog"

  21. Trevor Donohoe on September 5, 2021 at 11:07 pm

    i want to play 2nd edition can anyone sell me the books

  22. Ron Osborne on September 5, 2021 at 11:10 pm

    Brawling, I forgot about the brawling rules. I remember one campaign where a friend was playing a doofus, and I was playing a control freak. When my buddy’s character started doing stupid stuff, my character would backhand him. In spite of the odds, I managed to knock him out two or three times.

  23. Irok 121 on September 5, 2021 at 11:10 pm

    It would be amazing to see conversions of these

  24. midnightshade32 on September 5, 2021 at 11:10 pm

    Artwork back then had style and emotion, and was sexy. Now it’s bland feminist crap. Notice that allmost all the warriors in 5e are all unattractive Bryann of stark looking ladies. Compare that to 2nd Ed artwork of Clyde caldwell and Easley. Way better stuff in the 80s and 90s. Wotc ruined the mystery and aesthetic too.

  25. Ninja Sushi on September 5, 2021 at 11:10 pm

    I think Scott is right. Back in the 80s and 90s people were more willing to read than they are nowadays. Nowadays people want to be read to.

  26. William Sterling on September 5, 2021 at 11:11 pm

    I started playing 2E in the early 90’s I stopped when WIzards of the Coast bought out TSR and now 20 years later have started back playing 5E

  27. Barbadikus on September 5, 2021 at 11:12 pm

    I know it is really late but I learned to play AD&D in elementary school. They used it to aid with math and problem solving skills.

  28. Paul Underhill on September 5, 2021 at 11:14 pm

    I know this video is a few years old. I started on 2e in 93 and skipped straight to 5e almost a year ago. I dont think WotC realizes how much they’re alienating older players who would love to see the campaign setting boxed sets for 5e. They could keep everything in paperback form and sell them for $10-20 less than the hardback books.

  29. Dave Cam on September 5, 2021 at 11:15 pm

    Remember the brown class specific guides that offered kits and all the extra awesome that wasn’t in the PHB?

  30. baylith katan on September 5, 2021 at 11:16 pm

    i always remember the video game that used this as a core, baldur’s gate, and it’s sequel. one of the most fun i had as a kid

  31. Jim Beaux on September 5, 2021 at 11:17 pm

    Note that in 2e players handbook, the illusionist is not presented as a separate class.  It is presented as an example of how a mage can specialize in a single school.   Also in 2e having the different class level at different speeds was balancing,

  32. Applecrow on September 5, 2021 at 11:18 pm

    Our group still plays 2nd edition. Never liked the feat system of 3.x 5th is alright but feels too regimented.

  33. Trevor Donohoe on September 5, 2021 at 11:19 pm

    im in australia west

  34. Tony Magno on September 5, 2021 at 11:20 pm

    Do you guys game on roll20

  35. Southron_d13 on September 5, 2021 at 11:21 pm

    I started at the age of 23 in 1984 and obviously the game was 1st-edition. My cousin and I played it for some time until his (Catholic) mother stopped him. My first character was a Half-Elf Druid named Varuxmal. Though I ran modules in those days, my first proper campaign was with 2nd-edition. The problem for me is that I’ve only had four long-term characters in all those years. I’ve had three characters recently, but they lasted a handful of sessions before the campaign ending for various reasons. The rest of the time, I’ve been DMing.

  36. Juggalo on September 5, 2021 at 11:23 pm

    My first

  37. byle evans on September 5, 2021 at 11:25 pm

    to quote Bret the Hitman Hart 2E A D & D Player Options is the BEST there is the BEST there was the BEST THERE EVER WILL BE

  38. John Dziadek on September 5, 2021 at 11:25 pm

    I’m still playing AD&D 2e online with Fantasy Grounds.

  39. Trevor Donohoe on September 5, 2021 at 11:26 pm

    i played early 80z and still playing..but lost my books due to house fire

  40. Geoff Marchiori on September 5, 2021 at 11:29 pm

    THACO was a magical game mechanic. Although I did like the first ed. ‘combat computer’, was real geeky.

  41. darkonedbc on September 5, 2021 at 11:30 pm

    So many memories with this edition. They did have quite a lot of books and variety of campaign settings. Even options for humanoids. The book of each races and even a ninja handbook which I had too. Which was a rarity. My fave character I played in this edition too. It was a fighter/theif/mage ogre magi he was a beast of a character.

  42. Justin Guyer on September 5, 2021 at 11:31 pm

    I love your content! I still DM a 2nd edition AD&D game today. So yeah, that edition is still being played. It’s good for an old school gamer to still see 2E getting some love.

  43. Trevor Donohoe on September 5, 2021 at 11:32 pm

    also need card board heroes

  44. Gabriel Cooper on September 5, 2021 at 11:33 pm

    I preferred the compendium. I liked the binder style and the ability to pull tge sheets you needed for the adventure.

  45. Reshtarc on September 5, 2021 at 11:34 pm

    I still do. DM/PC. 35 years. 2nd edition is my world I go to and from there everything is possible.

  46. The carter brothers on September 5, 2021 at 11:34 pm

    remember 2nd ediion ? thats what we play ! best of the lot !

  47. Lord Vile on September 5, 2021 at 11:35 pm

    dude, don’t wear your pants so high! wtf? its just weird to look at

  48. mdiem on September 5, 2021 at 11:36 pm

    I still have most of my 2nd ed. books (a lot of them got stolen or lost during various moves), but I have the 3 core books (PHB, DMG, MM), plus a couple DM and PC supplements.

    I played 2E from late 80s/early 90s until 2005-ish, though I had homebrewed/houseruled the heck out of it since early on. I’ve actually only started using 3.x ed. a few years ago. I still keep a few 2E ideas in my game.

    4th and 5th ed. can all go die in a fire as far as I’m concerned.

  49. troy nordyke on September 5, 2021 at 11:39 pm

    I watched my dad play in the early to mid 70’s and around the mid 80’s, I started with the basic set, then expert, then advanced. When second came out, my cousins and I would play that primarily. I quit for a while after high school (86), then in then restarted with 3.5, but picked rules we preferred from 2nd over 3.5. I quit in the early 2000’s until 5th edition came out. I still miss 2nd, but 5th is easier, maybe over simplified in many ways. Fighters dont seem as great since the other classes have been beefed up.

  50. Roger Moore on September 5, 2021 at 11:41 pm

    I remember reading about the artifacts and demon lords devils etc.

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