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I would like to give my players some spells from Hellfrost - but Hellfrost uses a penalty to the casting roll instead of Power Points cost. How can I convert those spells for use with Power Points?

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It's going to be a case by case basis. Are the spells you want to give them in the Fantasy Companion by any chance? – Joe Bedurndurn Jan 5 '13 at 19:49
I think its more the other way around - giving spells from Hellfrost in another setting that uses power points. – Wibbs Jan 5 '13 at 20:09
Phil: Yep, I got that. But some of the spells that are in Hellfrost that aren't in the SWD book are in the Fantasy Companion, so if OP's got that book, it couldn't hurt to check. FC and Hellfrost were written by the same author. – Joe Bedurndurn Jan 5 '13 at 20:43
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The penalty to casting roll is now an official variant rule in Savage Worlds Deluxe. It's detailed in the Setting Rules section on page 85. I don't have access to Hellfrost, but being Savage Worlds the math is going to work out the same, so we can use the core system's variant rules to convert Hellfrost spells to Power Points rules.

In short, Power Points and roll penalties trade on a 2:1 basis, so a 4 PP Power would instead impose a -2 on the casting roll, and vice versa. Therefore, simply double the absolute value of the Hellfrost spell's penalty to find the PP that is appropriate for that Power.

Going from PP to penalty we're told to round down, so 3 PP cost would become a -1 penalty. Therefore, feel free to bump a Hellfrost spell's converted PP up a point if it seems like it's slightly more powerful, or even just to get some variation in the costs instead of having them all be a nice even multiple of 2.

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