Recently I've been rediscovering 2e and really enjoying it. I'm feeling like a 15 year old again! I blame Steve from Hogtown games for this, I just bought the City Of Greyhawk boxed set off of him.
I am thinking that I may start a bit of series of posts regarding this topic. First up, my introduction to 2e. My "writer" biography discusses it a bit. Long story short, I started gaming with Advanced Fighting Fantasy, and had previously played a little bit of 1e with my cousin. I slowly grew out of AFF and was looking for something a bit more intense. At the same time my Mom was working at a bookstore. I should also note, that the year that D&D was originally published, was right around the time that I was conceived. So really, 2nd edition was my first edition. For Christmas in 1993 I received the PHB & the DMG. Shortly thereafter I got a copy of the Monstrous Manual. In all honesty that's all I've ever needed. I never got into the splat books, skills & powers etc. So when I run 2e it's the core three books only.
My second edition collection is as follows:
- Obviously the PHB, DMG, and monstrous manual.
- Menzoberranzan boxed set
- Forgotten Realms Boxed set
- Sword of the dales adventure
- Dragon Knight adventure (dragonlance)
- The Dales campaign setting
- DM Screen (including one of the worst adventures ever written, which I still haven't had a chance to run yet)
- Drow of the underdark splatbook (yes I have one, it was given to me by an acquaintance)
- A decent collection of dungeon, dragon magazines.
Recent acquisitions are: The greyhawk boxed set, and Legends and lore.
Here's a few posts about 2e.
Rambling about second edition
The 2e campaign I should have ran 24 years ago
Take me down to ramble city
Vale of the mage
I have to say everytime I crack one of those books, my head fills with ideas. The Ten Monster setting idea came about because I picked up my monstrous manual. Before I even had a campaign setting, I started writing ideas out, and it was the usual start with a small town, dungeon close by, etc.
Alright I'm rambling.
Hopefully this was a decent introduction.