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. . . here are a few more points to keep in mind:

The ranger has undergone several changes since the publication of the 1st Edition AD&D® rules. For that reason, those using the 1st Edition rules may find the ranger character described in these pages all but unrecognizable. Our suggestions: (1) take the plunge into the 2nd Edition rules, and become familiar with the 2nd Edition

and

before considering the ideas in this handbook, or

(2) ignore the chapter references in this book, as they all refer to the 2nd Edition rulebooks. Find the relevant material by consulting the indexes or contents pages of the original books, then carefully adapt the handbook rules of your choice to the style of your campaign. For reference, a summary of the 1st Edition ranger rules can be found in the Appendix of this book on page 122.

The ideas in this book lean heavily on the concepts of weapon and nonweapon

proficiencies introduced in Chapter 5 of the 2nd Edition

. If you

haven't been using proficiencies in your campaign, we suggest you review the rules before proceeding with this book. (And if you're not using the pro iciency rules, you ought to reconsider—they're not that hard, and they make the game a lot more fun!).

For convenience and clarity, masculine pronouns are used throughout this book. This

in no way implies favoritism towards the male gender; in fact, males and females are

equally represented in the ranger population. In all cases, read

as

or

, and

as

and .

Let's begin our examination of the ranger with a look at the numbers--the statistics, adjustments, and level progressions that define the ranger class. This is the raw data common to all rangers, regardless of their backgrounds or personalities.

This chapter compiles the basic information in the

regarding the

ranger class, as well as the relevant material from the warrior section. In addition, some concepts, such as armor adjustments and level improvements, are clarified and expanded.

A new concept,

, is also introduced.

In later chapters, we'll be discussing the ranger's special abilities in more detail, along with role-playing tips and options for refining his personality. But for now, we'll concentrate on the fundamentals, beginning with the most basic consideration of all--the ranger's class requirements.

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