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If I have both Diablo 2 and the expansion pack: Diablo 2 : Lord of Destruction installed, can I play the Diablo 2 acts on the expansion pack?

The reason is, I've heard that the expansion pack has a lot of gameplay improvements, if so, I want to play it rather than the original Diablo 2.

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fyi: you need the original D2 cd's for the install. the expansion is only a single cd and does not contain the original d2 acts or game files. – DustinDavis Jun 16 '11 at 22:13
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The LoD expansion expands the original game - it includes everything in it, but adds more content such as new classes and a new act. It does not replace the existing acts, so the answer to your question is yes, you can play all the D2 acts on D2:LoD.

If you have Lord of Destruction there's not much reason for you to run the regular D2 (unless you want to play online with friends that don't own it, if I recall correctly - it's been a while).

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Technically the expansion doesn't include everything in the original game. It only contains ACT 5. You still need the original game installed, but you only need to run the expansion. – user9983 Jun 11 '11 at 23:48
You can, however, play the first four acts as one of the new character classes from the expansion. – Shadur Jun 12 '11 at 8:57
If memory serves, you can play LoD online with people who don't have it, however, you cannot host the game in a LAN environment, and on, none of the item drops will be from LoD, and trading LoD items is disabled with those who don't own the expansion. – MBraedley Jun 12 '11 at 12:25
I heard some of the old unique items from the original Diablo 2 are pretty powerful. So that might be one reason to play the original. – john2x Jun 12 '11 at 12:54
@john2x: You would also be able to get them playing the expansion. Their tiny drop rate would just be smaller, that's all. – MBraedley Jun 12 '11 at 13:15

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