When I first started playing Dungeons and Dragons (D&D) I began, like many other new players in the early 2000s, with Dungeons and Dragons Third Edition (D&D 3e). At the time I started playing there were more than a dozen groups playing role-playing games at our local gaming store. All of them played D&D 3e, all but one of them. It was the second largest group, after the one I ran, and they played Advanced Dungeons and Dragons Second Edition (AD&D 2e).
The group was run by a wild-eyed, angry dwarf who loved to lecture me on the failings of D&D 3e, or as he often called it, “Dungeons and Dragons for Dummies.” Most of his players idolized him and consequentially were as self-righteous and self-important as he was. The exception among his group was this beautiful girl that took my breath away every time I looked at her. I tried to join so that I could get to know this girl better, but his group was full; so, she joined mine instead.
We’ve been together thirteen years come this May, married for twelve of them, and during all that time I’ve never played AD&D 2e with her. At first it was because her group didn’t want me to join, and then after we moved away it was because we couldn’t find an AD&D 2e group for us to join. This year, though, I would like to change that. I’d like to run AD&D 2e for her so that she can play the game she grew up playing.
In order to learn the game I’m going to be working my way through the Player’s Handbook, the Dungeon Master’s Guide, and the Monstrous Manual. I’ll be going through chapter by chapter with the first two books and through the important highlights of the Monstrous Manual. Then, before I run the game for my wife, I’m going to find a game online to play in and write about my experiences on the blog.
My problem is that I’ve never played the game so I’m learning to play a bit blind here. To help correct my blind spots before they become ingrained in my memory I’m going to be posting my development on the blog here and inviting a few of the AD&D 2e communities that I’ve discovered to check it out and help me correct the places that I go astray so that I can run this correctly for her. Also for my new readers, if you’ve always wanted to learn how to play this older edition of D&D then this will be a great place for you to learn along with me!
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