I feel ya. There's a pretty significant understanding gap between the people with long term actual 2E experience like you and I, and people who only understand it as an artifact. Thats not a value judgement either, before anyone gets up in arms. A huge part of that is that at the time each group was figuring it out for themselves as there was no site like this one. Just a different experience.Yes. 2E was an edition where it was the DM’s job to bring balance to the game. Some optional rules changes the balance. 2E may not be for some people. I have no problem balancing a 2E game on the fly. But I’ve been doing it for over 30 years. This was just kind of expected by my generation imho. You were supposed to customize for the type of setting or game you wanted to play.