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Is “Bowgentle's Fleeting Jorney” overpowered as a 5th-level spell?

Bowgentle's Book from “Pages From the Mages” makes a cameo in Lost Mine of Phandelver in the D&D 5th Edition Starter Set. If the characters ever find this book, it will contain a couple of unique ...
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How do I upgrade older D&D adventures to 5th edition?

Before I get into the details I just want to mention that I'm working in a remote area right now and don't have access to the 5e Starter Set, just the downloadable PDFs. I'm looking for advice on how ...
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How can I convert the combat stats of an XD20 module to D&D 5E?

I picked up XDM: Quest for the Tavern the other day, because I like the idea of a dungeon co-written by a webcomic artist and the guy who runs the Killer Breakfast. The problem is that I'd like to run ...
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How can I adapt GURPS 4e materials to D&D 5e?

I have a number of GURPS resource books (of varying editions) that are amazing, containing spells, items, advantages, disadvantages, etc., but the GURPS system can put players off. Is there a way to ...
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How can I convert enemies from D&D 3.5e to 5e?

I'm trying to convert The Forgotten Forge from the back of the Eberron book into 5th Edition to run it, and right now I'm trying to get the enemies inside it converted over, using the UA article as a ...
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How to cross convert older ad&d with newer d&d editions or vise versa [closed]

I want to use my ad & d 1st ed books and blend them in with my sons 3.0 core books, and 5th ed. What is the BEST way to do this. Things like, converting/switching AC to positive = better AC rather ...
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How are characters converted from Dark Heresy 1st to 2nd edition?

Is it possible to convert characters from previous edition to current one? How is it achieved?
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Conversion: How much of it should I do? [closed]

I want to run an XCOM rpg using the Dark Heresy 2e system. The players take on the role of XCOM operatives completing covert and overt missions against the alien menace. While converting the armory is ...
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Are 1st edition Dark Heresy modules/adventures compatible with 2nd edition?

Are older Dark Heresy modules/adventures compatible with the newer rule set? If not directly compatible, can they be made to work with a couple hours of effort to edit or rewrite the older sections? ...
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How Do I Reverse Engineer Ability Checks from 3e to 2e?

This question relates to how the designers of 3rd edition might have come up with the roll-over Ability Check mechanics from the roll-under Ability Check mechanics of 2e. The problem I'm trying to ...
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Translating a draconic bloodrager from Pathfinder to 5E

I am planning a summer campaign. I have a player with whom I have played some 5e recently, but who currently plays Pathfinder and has played Shadowrun in the past. One of the characters he has ...
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Does the translated Aura of Vitality form power affect only one target?

The wording in the Demon Translation Guide for converting the D:tF power Aura of Vitality into D:tD rules is a bit confusing. Despite being an Aura, its wording uses “target” singular. Is it now that,...
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Is it safe to use Pathfinder's skill system in a 3.5 campaign?

We're considering swapping out the skill system from 3.5 for pathfinder's skill system. We like pretty much every change. We're not going to be adopting any of the other changes, just the skill system....
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Stats for Birthright's The Spider that are compatible with 5e

Looking for D&D 5e stats for The Spider in Birthright. A conversion from an earlier edition, if there ever was published stats for The Spider, or a suggestion of a reasonable stats for 5e will be ...
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How do I convert Dragonmech to D&D 5e?

So I was looking at Dragonmech, and it seems really cool, and is something I would want to use to DM with my group of friends. My only problem is that none of us know how to play DnD 3.5, and we're ...
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Porting dragon subdual rules from AD&D 1e to D&D 5e?

I do not know the rules of AD&D 1st edition that were in effect around 1987. I own, however, a copy of the Forgotten Realms Campaign Set (TSR1031). I've just noticed (after all these decades :D) ...
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What do I need to watch out for if I want to use 3.5 edition Forgotten Realms reference books with 5e?

I'm getting ready to DM a 5e campaign after having been away from D&D for about a decade (back when 3.0 was still kinda new.) Back then I bought a whole bunch of Forgotten Realms reference books (...
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How can I simplify a series of rolls without changing probability too heavily?

Ok, I'm working on a combat system converted from a video game to a tabletop game, and I'd appreciate some feedback on how I can make my combat defense system work. Currently attacking is handled as ...
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Can I run The Isle of Dread with AD&D?

The D&D module The Isle of Dread is for "Expert D&D", which is the Expert Set. Are there any differences between the Expert Set rules and the AD&D that would prevent me running The Isle ...
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Can D&D 3.5 edition Class Defense Bonus and Armor as Damage Reduction rules be converted to 5e?

The D&D 3.5 edition supplement Unearthed Arcana offered optional rules for Class Defense Bonus and Armor as Damage Reduction. Can I drop either or both rules directly into 5th edition without ...
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How to play Lost Mine of Phandelver in 3.5e?

I'm a fairly new DM and I made the huge mistake of going all homebrew on my first campaign. I tried running LMoP with it, but it went pretty bad and we decided to just play D&D 3.5e instead. ...
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Can I run AD&D's Tomb of Horrors in D&D 5E?

I'm hoping to run a 5th Edition version of the original S1 Tomb of Horrors very soon for my group, as a break from our larger 4E campaign. The problem is, I only have the Basic Rules and the playtest ...
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How can I convert monsters from D&D 3 or 3.5 to 2ed monsters?

I would like to know if I can convert monsters from 3.x editions (I already figured out how to convert monsters from the 1ed) into 2ed monsters.
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DTF to DTD conversion confusion about cover

After reading through the translation guide time and again I'm still not 100% sure what the intention is. Does torment replace cover now or is it just in addition to it? If the later what comes to ...
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Is there a Dwarven Battlerager equivalent class for pathfinder?

I have done some research and found a few options of player suggested ways to "remake" a Dwarven Battlerager from the Forgotten Realms 3.5 campaign setting, but none of them seem to be close enough to ...
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How can I incorporate Koldunic Sorcery in Vampire: The Requiem?

I'm looking for a method to use the Masquerade blood magic, Koldunic Sorcery, in my Requiem game. I've taken a look on the Translation Guide, but there's no mention of it there, so I'm stumped. In ...
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How can I convert the Pathfinder construct crafting rules for my D&D 5E game? [closed]

I want to adapt the Pathfinder rules for crafting constructs to D&D 5e. (I'm a player and a DM.) I'm looking specifically at their iron cobras, shield guardian design, and extra golem variants, in ...
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What's the best way to re-build this 3.5 Warlock in Pathfinder?

Due to a friendly change in GM, I have a mostly-vanilla 3.5 Warlock that needs conversion to Pathfinder, preferably using Paizo-published materials. Key Abilities Constant flight (perfect ...
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Can Descent demons sense Fallen demons and vice versa?

With the Demon Translation Guide out now there is the ability to combine both fallen and descent demons in hybrid settings. One question that popped up though is: Does Aetheric Resonance register ...
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How to update 4e sourcebook/adventures into 5e

I'm new(ish) to D&D and have just gotten what I consider a firm grasp on the 5e rules. I've been gifted with several 4e books (notably, Heroes of the Feywild). I plan on starting my own campaign ...
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How hard is it to run The Enemy Within using WFRP 2ed rules?

I was thinking about starting the WFRP 1ed campaign The Enemy Within but using the WFRP 2ed rules which I believe are much better. We used to play WFRP 1ed before WFRP 2ed was released but we never ...
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Porting 4e Assassin to 5e [closed]

My DM and I are trying to port a Drow Night Stalker Assassin, as released on Dragon magazine 379, from 4e to 5e, but we're having some troubles. As we see it, using the Pact of Blade Warlock as bases ...
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How are Oriental Adventures shaman animal companions updated for 3.5?

The book Oriental Adventures for D&D 3.0 was updated in Dragon magazine #318, but it didn't include an update for the shaman's animal companion from 3.0 to 3.5. I have heard that the druid had ...
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Are there rules creating/rewriting/converting classes for Pathfinder?

I was hoping to rewrite the Duskblade for Pathfinder, but I wanted to know if there are specific rules I can find on converting D&D 3.x classes to Pathfinder. Are there?
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How do I Convert Basic D&D modules to 5E?

I am a new DM back from the ancient days of D&D Basic (the original Red Box). I have a collection of old basic modules that I would like to use in 5E, for example, B5 Horror on the Hill. So far I ...
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How do I convert AD&D 1st Edition modules to 2nd Edition?

I want to play a bunch of 1st Edition AD&D modules in my 2nd Edition campaign, but I have only ever played 2e so my knowledge of 1st Edition is only very basic. What would I need to do to make a ...
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Has the 3.5e Samurai been rebuilt for Pathfinder? [closed]

I read the Pathfinder Ultimate Equipment Guide and noticed that the Katana and Wakizashi got their own weapon count (as well as a samurai armor as an armor type). Has someone converted the samurai ...
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Advice on converting a D&D adventure to Savage Worlds Fantasy

Are there any useful rules, tips or suggestions for converting a D&D adventure to Savage Worlds with the Fantasy Companion? Edit: Zadmar advise
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Best way to convert creatures from 3.x to 4E?

I've reccently discovered a load of monsters I created for 3.x D&D and would love to convert them to 4E. Do any guides exist for this? Or could someone give me the most important points to ...
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Level advancement and continuation in Temple of Elemental Evil, Scourge of the Slave Lords and Queen of the Spiders

I recently started DMing the Temple of Elemental Evil (ToEE) but in 3.5 edition. My thought is to continue with the Scourge of the Slave Lords (SotSL) and finish with Queen of the Spiders (QotS). ...
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How to convert AD&D 2e (Planescape) PCs to nWoD Hunters (modern) mid-campaign

In my longest-running group, our old nWoD Storyteller (GM) is returning to town for a few days and we have decided to include him in our regular AD&D 2e game. I need to convert our 2e characters ...
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How would using the 3.5e rules for gestalt characters work in 5e? [closed]

I recently saw a post on Reddit describing some home-brew rules for gestalt characters in 5e. It seemed interesting so I looked up the original 3.5e gestalt character rules (which can be found here ...
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Running LotFP Weird Fantasy Role-Playing one-shot in 5e

I've decided to run the "Tower of the Stargazer" module, created for Lamentations of the Flame Princess RPG. It is a highly lethal adventure, though it has almost no combat encounters and being ...
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Is there a way to simulate the 3.5e Factotum in 5e? [closed]

I would like a homebrew class that has the same magical skill-monkey feel that 3.5e's Factotum had. I ideally would like the class to be made using the DMG custom class creation guidelines, and I ...
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Fleshcrafting in nWoD

I have had some people express interest in recreating the Tzimisce in my VtR game. I have far more experience with nWoD then old, and I have found no rules that attempt to tackle fleshcrafting, ...
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Simulate/Emulate 4th Edition Avenger in 5th Edition [closed]

This is being specially challenging for me. If there is one thing that I love doing with classes and races in D&D5e is tweaking the classes and races into something that feels new using the ...
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Using nWoD dice system in V20

I am an old cWod player who just bought Vampire V20. I was surprised to see that V20 kept the old dice system instead of using the new one. As a reminder : In oWoD, the Storyteller sets the ...
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Transforming the Book of Artifacts to 5E

Where can I find a reference, preferably online, to help convert the Advanced D&D Book of Artifacts to 5E? If nothing else, just converting Appendix B. One of the big things is finding spell/...
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Is the value of currency significantly different between 4e and 5e?

The value of currency seems to have shifted in 5th edition DnD in comparison to earlier editions. With magical equipment being much less common, and the prices for goods and services having changed as ...
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It is possible to make Vampires, Night-Elves and Warforged to play along?

I got a... difficult situation on my hands. I currently have three groups - a classic Vampire: The Masquerade game, a Pathfinder game, using a Eberron-like setting, and a Warcraft 2nd Ed. /D&D 3....