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Player's Handbook (Advanced Dungeons & Dragons 2nd Edition)

really liked it 4.0  ·  Rating Details ·  1,953 Ratings  ·  26 Reviews
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 difference among the various fantasy races, from elves and halflings to dwarves, gnomes, and others; complete r ...more
Hardcover, Second Edition, 255 pages
Published April 25th 1995 by TSR (first published March 1st 1989)
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Tim S.
Apr 08, 2011 Tim S. rated it liked it
Shelves: instructional
Although AD&D 2e is often dismissed by the gaming community -- too new for old school ‘grognards’ who enjoy the random charts and seat-of-your-pants amateur charm of the earlier editions, and too old for d20 new schoolers who like greater specificity and balance in their rules -- I still find it to be one of the strongest versions in the game’s long history. Simple, easy to teach, with more options than basic without becoming overwhelming (unless you let it), it also benefits from an extensi ...more
David Sarkies
Jan 18, 2013 David Sarkies rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Old School D&D Players
Recommended to David by: My State Library Friends
Shelves: game
This Book Went Everywhere with me
18 January 2013

Well, it looked like it took TSR 12 years to actually get around to revising the Dungeons and Dragons game system to actually make it a lot more playable. I must admit that when they did release this edition, and I managed to get my hands on this book (and boy was it popular when it was released because I remember all my friends commenting on how it was pretty much about time that they tossed the first edition and produced something that worked) I
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Jim Syler
Dec 26, 2013 Jim Syler rated it really liked it
Second Edition AD&D is a classic. Many still believe it is the finest version of Dungeons and Dragons ever published. 2e (which it was notcalled at the time) has advantages and disadvantages compared to other editions. D&D gets simpler and easier to play with every edition, at the cost of realism and complexity. It also gets more restrictive in some ways, to ensure that advanced players don't overpower the game with their detailed knowledge of the rules. 2nd Ed (which it was called) has ...more
David
Great stuff. It's not meant to be read cover-to-cover, but I did... twice. It was that captivating for my imagination. Sure, it was more "formal" than the 1st edition but it was much clearer. Loved the hours of fun it gave me and the fantasy dreams I've had. Yea, I'm a nerd for this.
Marc-André
Feb 09, 2017 Marc-André rated it it was amazing
One of the most imporant book of my teenage years and probably the best edition of Dungeons and Dragons.

Many memories.
St-Michel
Jan 14, 2008 St-Michel rated it liked it
Shelves: 1998, own
Ok, so yes, to the average worldly citizen and reader, I am a nerd. I have actually read this thing cover to cover, but hey, so what. I'm an RPG/Fantasy fan, and seriously, the world of Dungeons & Dragons opened up a whole new depth of fantasy to me that Tolkien didn't even dare breathe. And so for that, I greatly appreciate it.
Now, as a RPG rules book, well for one, I know it like the back of my hand. It's a great introduction to the world of roleplaying, but, as hard as TSR tried to cover
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Nicholas
Jul 07, 2009 Nicholas rated it liked it
Shelves: rpgs
Honestly, not having played the game a lot when I was younger, this was still one of the most influential books I've ever read. From the artwork to the ideas, it was pretty freaking amazing. I used to flip through it some days, just for a little inspiration.
Gabe
Apr 29, 2008 Gabe rated it liked it
Yes. I have read the Dungeons and Dragons "Players Handbook". What you gonna do about it? Nothing! You know why? Because I have a +5 cloak of protection against people who are too cool for D&D.
Christopher Rush
Sep 17, 2013 Christopher Rush rated it really liked it
Shelves: dnd
It didn't really take me 15 months to read this; I had "it" finished in only a few months, off and on, but the prospect of reading over one hundred pages of spells was a daunting task a year ago, so I took it only a few at a time and finally polished it off last night (as of this writing). While I didn't officially start with AD&D 2E, having read a number of Basic and 1E reference books alone in my youth, many from the library, I believe, if memory serves (and it does, but it doesn't do dish ...more
Myles
Jan 02, 2014 Myles rated it really liked it
Shelves: reference, d-and-d
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 rule
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Mark Austin
Jan 21, 2015 Mark Austin rated it liked it
★ - Most books with this rating I never finish and so don't make this list. This one I probably started speed-reading to get it over with.
★★ - Average. Wasn't terrible, but not a lot to recommend it. Probably skimmed parts of it.
★★★ - Decent. A few good ideas, well-written passages, interesting characters, or the like.
★★★★ - Good. This one had parts that inspired me, impressed me, made me laugh out loud, made me think - it got positive reactions and most of the rest of it was pretty decent too.
...more
Jodie Brandt
Jun 01, 2014 Jodie Brandt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was the beginning of my love affair with Dungeons & Dragons. I cut my teeth on Palladium Books games, but coming home to Northern Michigan in the late 80's there was only D&D on the shelves of the local bookstore. I remember spending countless hours with this book, and have never looked back since.
Rob
Sep 29, 2009 Rob rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, rpg-based
Certainly a more balanced, logical work than the First edition. Equally ot it's pluses are its lack in charm, whimsy, and, frankly, fun. The first edition handbook was a strangely enjoyable read for a compilation of rules for a game. This is much more effective at accomplishing the purpose, but does it with less style.
Francisco Becerra
Feb 03, 2014 Francisco Becerra rated it it was amazing
Shelves: rpg
For a very long time, this was the door to the fantastic realms of AD&D. It is very difficult to find one not being used for long hours, stained by sodas, marked with pencils, covers worn and pages yellowed. I owe a great deal of my creative skills to the constant use of this awesome book.
Some Small Silence
Jul 16, 2007 Some Small Silence rated it liked it
Ok, so it was bad. Really really bad. However, it was the first RPG I ever owned, and I utterly adored it.
Nika
May 31, 2007 Nika rated it it was amazing
I can tell which book Ive used by the front cover pictures! More like a refference book but a must have for roleplayers.
Honeybadger
Dec 27, 2012 Honeybadger rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
If I had a dime for every hour of enjoyment and imagination this book had brought me, I could retire and play more D&D.
Justin
May 22, 2012 Justin rated it liked it
Second Edition is the worst of the editions, but it is still a fun game nonetheless. What really matters is the people with whom one is playing, and not the rules involved.
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David "Zeb" Cook is an American game designer best known for his work at TSR, Inc., where he was employed for over fifteen years. Cook grew up on a farm in Iowa where his father worked as a farmer and a college professor. In junior high school, Cook playing wargames such as Avalon Hill's Blitzkrieg and Afrika Korps. "I was primarily a wargamer, but there wasn't any role-playing available then," al ...more
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