Something an old DM of mine has done with an NPC has bothered me for going on 20+ years now and wanted to leverage the community to help me settle it.
The issue is this particular NPC hated by all (I mean absolutely reviled) has been in every iteration when we change editions. He has been updated and tweaked, supposedly to meet the requirements and limitations of the current edition. Unfortunately I don't buy it one bit as this DM won't share any details of the build although he swears it is legal in all editions.
So I first met this NPC in 2nd edition but had been also in 1st. My question revolves the maximum number of attacks in each edition given a specific limitation, in this case I know that the NPC was at least mostly a Thief-Acrobat from the Unearthed Arcana.
I have looked around for specifics on editions and the maximum number of attacks but none of them answer my particular quandary. So...
Is it acceptable to ask this question knowing it spans multiple editions and decades in play and in reality is a series of questions albeit tightly spun with a specific purpose? When a 2nd edition character exceeded 25 attacks in a single round I worried but it has gotten worse in later iterations.