Advanced Dungeons & Dragons 2nd edition was an edition of the Dungeons & Dragons tabletop roleplaying game rules published by TSR and Wizards of the Coast between 1989 and 2000. It succeeded Advanced Dungeons & Dragons 1st edition (1977).

AD&D 2e was known for its expansion into numerous campaign settings.

Features

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Development

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"AD&D 2.5e"

In 1995, TSR released a revision of AD&D 2e, which has subsequently been dubbed "AD&D 2.5e" by some fans.[1] This revision included reformatted core rulebooks, as well as the Player's Option series of sourcebooks, providing many optional rules for the game.

Announcement and release

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Supplements and other publications

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See also: Category:AD&D 2nd edition publications, List of Dungeons & Dragons books

AD&D 2e had a wide array of supplements, both a wide array universal supplements and supplements for specific campaign settings. The Greyhawk, Dragonlance, and Forgotten Realms settings all continued to receive support, alongside new settings such as Spelljammer, Ravenloft, Dark Sun, Al-Qadim, Planescape, and Birthright. The default setting of the Basic Dungeons & Dragons game, Mystara, was also imported into AD&D 2e as a campaign setting, after support for the Basic D&D game ended.

Reception and influence

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Praise

Criticism

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Many fans of AD&D 1e objected to changes that targeted controversial content, including the removal of the half-orc race and the assassin class, and the renaming of various planes and extraplanar beings to remove Christian references - for example, devils became baatezu and the Nine Hells became Baator. However, many of these changes were rolled back to some degree over the course of the edition.

See also

References

  1. Player's Option - Combat & Tactics (2e) (Dungeon Masters Guild). Retrieved 2020-10-22.
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