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Questions tagged [conversion]

For questions about converting or translating characters and concepts from one edition of a game to another, or to a different game entirely.

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What are the barriers to running a published adventure from an earlier edition in the 5e system (assuming that this is possible)? [duplicate]

If I've counted correctly, there are ten published adventures for D&D 5e, but many more from earlier editions. I would like to make use of these adventures from previous editions; however, given ...
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How can I format a single monster statblock for an adventure designed to work across multiple editions?

I'm writing a module that has hopes of being as edition-neutral as possible. However, new monsters are presented so I'm left with the very hard task of making it accessible to older and newer editions ...
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Can D&D 5e adventures be converted to AD&D?

I'm always hearing about people converting the 1970's and 80's AD&D modules to 5th edition. Is the reverse possible and is there a PDF explaining the process? There are lots of 5th edition ...
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Power adjustments needed for D&D 5E characters facing Pathfinder NPCs? [closed]

I have a Pathfinder homebrew campaign that I want to run for 5th edition D&D players. Naturally, I will swap out monsters as needed (though I templated a lot of them, so that will get interesting)....
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Is this conversion of a Cloud Ray Elder CR 16?

In the finale of the 3 part series on Cloud Rays, we take a look at the stat line of the largest pancake in the universe. From Pup to Adult to finally Elder, I am hoping to gain insight on the balance ...
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Is CR 14 accurate for this conversion of a Cloud Ray Adult?

In a series of three questions involving the largest flying pancake of D&D, I am looking to gain some insight into the balance for a conversion of the Cloud Ray. In this question, I ask about the ...
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Is CR 8 accurate for this conversion of a Cloud Ray Pup?

So I have been running a campaign that I wanted to focus in on a super cool unique "monster" that the party could utilize for narrative, combat, and transportation purposes. So I looked through my old ...
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How can high-CR (20+) NPCs be created?

I remember in earlier editions villains and NPCs sometimes had astronomical levels (Elminster, etc. all are 20+ Spellcasters). Currently I am making a campaign where the major NPCs are all Legendary ...
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How to convert “EPIC” 4E Solo monsters to 5E? [closed]

I've been scouring the web to find a good example of converting D&D 4E EPIC monsters (level 20-35+ in 4E) to equivalent 5E versions. I did see a couple of threads here and they help with how to ...
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What level would this homebrew Comatose spell be?

I have converted a Pathfinder side quest to D&D 5E and given my players a journal with a few spells in it. One of the spells is this: Comatose: Target PC (or random if not targeted) must make a ...
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How can I appropriately scale the DC for the Madness Effect from the Sunken Asylum adventure for Pathfinder when converting it to D&D 5e?

I'm a D&D 5e system GM who runs a West Marches style campaign where I run a session a week with all sorts of adventures. This means I borrow a lot from the internet and quite often take monsters ...
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Importing 4e-ish Warlock Focuses into 3.5e/Pathfinder [closed]

I'm playing a D&D 3.X/Pathfinder/Heavy Homebrew game playing a Warlock-esque character, and was wondering if there was a 'easy' way of 'importing' focuses from 4th edition. Secondarily, I know ...
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How do I apply 1ed/2ed magic resistance to D&D 5e in a conversion

In earlier editions of D&D some powerful creatures had a percentage magic resistance which was checked before any saving throw (if applicable). If the percentage check was successful then the ...
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In D&D 3.5, need conversion advice regarding npc lizardfolk divine caster [closed]

So I'm currently running a D&D 3.5 campaign that started with the old 1st edition "Sinister Secret of Saltmarsh" and is now about to start the "Danger at Dunwater" portion of the trilogy. I'm ...
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How can I convert monsters from Pathfinder to 3.5e?

The Wikipedia article says that Pathfinder is intended to be backward-compatible with 3.5e: It extends and modifies the Revised 3rd edition Dungeons & Dragons (D&D) game rules published by ...
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Why does the Solar in Pathfinder have +10 Con and +2 Wis compared to the 3.5 version?

I've read every single conversion guide and rules system that I could find to explain these kinds of changes, and I've found nothing at all. I'm trying to convert a ton of 3.5 creatures to PF, but ...
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What is a consistent method for converting d20 SRD monster stats to Microlite20?

In the Monster Creation section, Microlite20 states, "Add stat bonuses to suit and as logic dictates." I could come up with each monster's stats individually as I use them, but doing this well seems ...
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Are there any official or tried and true methods to translating D&D 3.5e creatures to 5E?

I play 5E almost exclusively, now, and while I love the resources out there, I have many a miniature from other editions that is now stat-blockless. I've scoured the internet already, so I think I ...
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How can a group's appearance be magically changed without the group noticing?

It's early days yet of Queen of the Spiders (1986), but in converting the classic adnd module for use in my dnd-3.5e campaign, I've already hit a snag. Here's the plot point, quoted for your reading ...
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How do I convert my PC who’s dependent on Necrografts from Pathfinder to D&D 5e?

Recently, a Pathfinder game I was partaking in was ending for various reasons. Someone else in the group decided to take on the mantle of DM, but decided to run 5e instead again for unimportant ...
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Rise of the Runelords with D&D 5e [closed]

A long time ago, I GMed the first chapter of Rise of the Runelords. Back then, we used Pathfinder as the system. Everybody loved the campaign. Unfortunately, our group disbanded, because we couldn't ...
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Can I convert a D6 Star Wars character to Edge of the Empire?

Is there a way to convert an old Star Wars character (d6 system) to Edge of the Empire?
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What class is closest to Pathfinder's kineticist?

I received an invitation to join a D&D 3.5 campaign, but I'd like to play a character like a kineticist from Pathfinder. What class or combination of classes should my PC have so as to approximate ...
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Is there any simple way to migrate player characters from FAE to Fate Core?

I'd like to start campaign in a more narration focused system with an existing group of players. They're used to systems with heavier mechanics than Fate Core, so I decided to start campaign in FAE, ...
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Bring the D&D 3.5e feat Leadership to 5e rules

I am converting one of my old D&D 3.5e characters to D&D 5e, to use in another campaign. This character had the feat leadership and used it to build a guild. I saw the chapter in the DMG about ...
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How can I remake or convert a wolfwere player character from AD&D 2e to D&D 5e?

I have a wolfwere from AD&D 2e that I would like to convert or remake in 5e rules. How can I remake or convert this character accurately? Do any of the D&D 5e rulebooks provide guidance on ...
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How can I convert the AD&D “Bee” cantrip to D&D 5e?

It was recently brought to my attention that there existed a cantrip from the first edition of Advanced Dungeons and Dragons called "Bee". In the original description, it reads as follows: Bee (...
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Applying Paranoia techniques to D&D 5e?

I have now run a game of Paranoia with my players, and they really enjoyed it. In particular they loved that for once they could turn on each other, they really enjoyed passing me secret notes, ...
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Travel between D&D editions or gaming systems [closed]

What official "in-game" materials exist that allow back-and-forth travel of characters between different editions of D&D or between D&D and other gaming systems? Please note that I am not ...
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Representing scifi diplomat in Pathfinder

A diplomat character from Burning empires was (trivially) converted to Burning wheel. Now I'm running a game with Pathfinder rules in the same setting and there is a fine opportunity to bring the ...
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Can the 3.5e Tome of Magic's Binder be converted to 5e?

I'm considering attempting to run a Tome of Magic Binder in a D&D 5e game with some friends. I've got permission from the DM to attempt to port the class into 5e, so it's not a problem of whether ...
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How can I convert D&D 4e adventures and settings to 5e?

At my public library, I have ready access to resource books from older editions of D&D (only 5e are in heavy demand). Most of the books at the library are 4e. I am interested in converting some of ...
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Vampire Mind Eye's Theatre to Vampire the Masquerade

I was wondering about if there's some "translation" guide to use the characters from one system to the other, as the Vampire the Requiem to Vampire The Masquerade. It's just because there's a Ventrue ...
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How to convert Pathfinder's positive/negative energy effects to 5e?

Pathfinder has a complicated system of damage and effects using positive energy and negative energy. Effects that deal negative energy damage harm the living and heal the undead while effects that ...
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How to convert items from earlier editions to 5th edition? [duplicate]

There's lots of fun stuff in earlier editions, like 3 variants of Excalibur and rainbow armor... How can I convert that stuff to 5th edition?
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Are there (additional) guidelines for converting older editions' equipment to 5e?

In this question, I was presented with the following equipment from D&D 3.5 (that does not exist in 5e despite its usefulness) : This red silken cord is strong and springy. With a tug, the ...
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How to convert a 4e boss to the 5e system?

I'm soon to be taking the step into my first time as a DM for a group I have played with for some time as a player. I have a few ideas for the adventure I'm going to run, but I find myself stumbling ...
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How to convert D&D 2e campaign to 5e? [closed]

Much of my original campaign is 2e D&D, but am now starting up again with 5e. What are your best tips to convert adventures and the campaign world to 5e? The creatures and classes all translate, ...
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Complete sources for Binding Vestiges

The question on its head is fairly straightforward. What are the options for Binding Vestiges? The ideal answer would give the list of available vestiges from official sources as well as which ...
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How can this Castle Amber villain be updated?

Just in case, spoilered below is a description of the antagonist from Castle Amber (1981), room 34, the Throne Room: I'm aware this encounter difficult, but I'm also unsure how to convert this ...
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Taking 5th Edition D&D Spells into 4th Edition D&D [closed]

Okay, so this is a question I have been thinking of for awhile, and I really want to make it work. Want I'm thinking of is taking roleplay-oriented spells from 5th Edition D&D and putting them ...
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Translating a D&D 5e campaign setting to Pathfinder [closed]

As a fan of the Critical Role podcast, I'm looking into buying the podcast's Campaign Setting written by the host. However, Critical Role's campaign setting is for D&D 5e, while my group and I are ...
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How to convert a Swordsage to Pathfinder?

How would I convert the Tome of Battle Swordsage for use in Pathfinder? Things I have thought about: Concentration. Since it is no longer a skill in Pathfinder, maybe make it like a Wisdom-based ...
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What do we need to do to enjoy 3.5e-like Portal Magic in Pathfinder?

In 3.5 play, WotC published a bunch of game-mechanic rules for portals and portal magic. You could find them in Manual of the Planes, Planar Handbook, some of the F.R. sourcebooks and even spell ...
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Is there an easy way to use d20 Modern's combat system in Cyberpunk 2020?

I really want to run a Cyberpunk 2020 game, but I hate cyberpunk's combat system. Is there an easy way to implement D20 modern style combat into Cyberpunk 2020? I really hate the damage soak stuff, ...
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How can I convert old Warhammer Army Book content to 3.5e? [closed]

I am using some old Warhammer Army Books for storyline and flavor inspiration for my D&D game, but I am also noticing there are weapons and spells for possible conversion in these books. How do ...
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Pathfinder creature similar to Quaggoth from D&D 3.5

I'm finding that the monsters available in Pathfinder that populate the Darklands to be pushovers so I have started to use the 3.5 stats on existing creatures to make the area actually feel dangerous. ...
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Creating magical spheres for Deities in D&D 3.5?

When creating Goddesses and Gods in the past editions of D&D I have chosen the spheres I wanted for them based on what flavor fit for the type of deity I was creating. Not having the separation of ...
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Pathfinder's Armor Class to Damage Reduction variant in 5e

I've been DMing Dungeons and Dragons for more than 20 years, and have always had "issues" with the AC system. I was pretty happy when I found the AC as Damage Reduction Variant in the PF Combat ...
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Should Castle Amber be renamed Castle Monty Haul?

Castle Amber (1981) seems to offer an excessive amount of treasure for PCs of levels 3 to 6. For example: I totally get that Castle Amber makes keeping this treasure difficult: What interests me is ...