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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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How to convert armour class from Pathfinder 1 to D&D 5?

My sandbox game uses some material from Pathfinder (and D&D 3 and 3.5). I run games there using D&D 5 (among other rules systems). How do I convert the armour class of a creature (especially ...
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Where can I find advice on adapting characters from past editions to 5E?

Suppose I see a monster/npc/race described in material from previous editions (likely 2nd or 3rd) and want to rework it for 5th- where can I get advice on how to do so?
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Are these homebrew attempts at recreating some blast shape invocations from 3.5e balanced for 5e? (Version 2)

This is a follow up to the question: Are these homebrew attempts at recreating some blast shape invocations from 3.5e balanced for 5e? As that question explains, I wanted to convert some "blast shape"...
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Are these homebrew attempts at recreating some blast shape invocations from 3.5e balanced for 5e?

In D&D 3.5e, there were various "blast shape" invocations available to warlocks, five of which were included in the video game Neverwinter Nights 2 (which is based on 3.5e and is all I really know ...
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Is this Monk’s Robe magic item conversion balanced in 5e?

In Pathfinder, there is a magic item called the Monk’s Robe. I like the idea, and have tried to convert it to D&D 5e, but I don’t know if my conversion is balanced. My conversion of the item is ...
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Is this homebrew roguish archetype Shadowdancer balanced compared to the other archetypes? [Version 2]

This is a follow up to my previous question: Is this homebrew roguish archetype Shadowdancer balanced compared to the other archetypes? In short, I want to convert the 3.5e prestige class Shadowdancer ...
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Is this homebrew roguish archetype Shadowdancer balanced compared to the other archetypes?

Introduction The Shadowdancer is a prestige class from 3.5e. Since, in 5e, prestige classes were replaced by class archetypes (for example, the Assassin prestige class from 3.5e is now represented by ...
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How can I best convert an Oath of the Ancients paladin from D&D 5e to 3.5e?

I'm working on starting a D&D 3.5e campaign with a group of players with whom I've previously played a 5e campaign. One of these players plays a 5th-level Paladin with the Oath of the Ancients in ...
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Is there a way to replicate the effects of 5e's Teleportation Circle spell in 3.5e?

In D&D 3.5e, teleportation circle is the name of a 9th-level conjuration spell. The purpose of the spell is to create a circle that remains for 10 minutes, and subjects everyone who enters it in ...
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MechWarrior (1st Edition) vs MechWarrior (2nd Edition) Character Stats / Conversion

BattleTech & MechWarrior used to be 'mini combat' & 'rpg' respectively; and have gone through various versions; changing core aspects of the game & how the math works. In MechWarrior, ...
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Converting difficulty class (DC) of checks from D&D 3E to 5E

I'm looking at converting the 5th-level D&D 3E adventure The Speaker in Dreams to the fifth edition and I'm noticing a lot of DCs from 20 to 30. Were difficulty classes higher in 3E or were ...
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Can creatures outside of Crystal Spheres dream?

Assumptions: all material from spelljammer, 3.0, 3.5, web/dragon and Pathfinder are available. Everything in this campaign setting is being converted to Pathfinder. All available separate campaign ...
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Converting PF1 adventure to pf2 - loot?

I'm wondering in regards to loot and the transition from pf1 to pf2. In pf2 the focus went from gp to sp I'm not sure if the loot needs to be downgraded when I convert an adventure. As example The ...
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How do you use D&D Next NPC statistics lacking classes (e.g. in “Murder in Baldur's Gate”) with 5e?

I would like to test 5e and have acquired the "Murder in Baldur's Gate" adventure. Now I find that the monster statistics in the adventure are "D&D Next", the playtesting version of 5e. There are ...
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Is material from Adventures of Middle-Earth adaptable for Rolemaster?

I am currently running a Rolemaster campaign set in Middle Earth, TA 1640. I have source material for Rhudaur (where the group is right now), Rivendell, and Angmar. I have come across this book ...
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How to convert a character from AD&D 2E to D&D 5E? [closed]

Could anyone help me in finding an instruction on how to convert a character from AD&D 2E to D&D 5E? I need to know details like: THAC0, attack and damage bonus, bonus on skills, saving ...
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How can I combine very different role-playing systems with D&D 5e?

I'm planning on making a D&D 5e campaign for my friends so they can experience what an okay DM is like rather than a bias and railroading DM which is so far their only experience of Dungeons and ...
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Do the dungeon modules from the old Basic D&D work with the new Basic D&D?

I am old and I haven't played D&D seriously in many years. But I remember it. My 12yo son has a crew that want me to DM a game for them. In the interest of leveraging my (limited) existing ...
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How does a monster's AC from AD&D/2e relate to AC in D&D 5th Edition?

I want to adapt several creatures from AD&D/2e so I can use them in 5e. Is there an easy way to translate Armour Class from AD&D/2e to AC in 5e? I'm looking for a formula if possible. ...
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How does a monster's THAC0 in AD&D/2e relate to +Hit bonus in D&D 5th Edition?

I want to adapt several creatures from AD&D/2e so I can use them in 5e. Is there an easy way to translate THAC0 (to hit AC 0) to the +Hit bonus in 5e? I'm looking for a formula or a chart if ...
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How can I convert GameMastery's Critical Fumble Deck for use in 5e?

I'm a DM for 5e. I found my dad's old Critical Fumble Deck, and was wondering how I can adapt this for 5e, since it's 3.5 compatible. How can I convert GameMastery's Critical Fumble Deck for use in ...
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How can I convert characters from Basic D&D to D&D 5E?

I've been DM for some adventures using the Holmes Dungeons & Dragons Basic Set (1978 printing), and players created characters using those rules. How would I convert these characters to 5E? As ...
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Are these homebrew attempts at recreating the Isaac's Missile Storm spells from NWN2 balanced for 5e? [Version 2]

This is a follow up to my previous question: Are these homebrew attempts at recreating the Isaac's Missile Storm spells from NWN2 balanced for 5e? In the Neverwinter Nights video game series (I'm ...
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Are these homebrew attempts at recreating the Isaac's Missile Storm spells from NWN2 balanced for 5e?

In the Neverwinter Nights video game series (I'm more familiar with NWN2 specifically, which was based on D&D 3.5e), there were two spells, "Isaac's Lesser Missile Storm" and "Isaac'...
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What rules can I use to emulate a W20 Wendigo werewolf with V5 mechanics?

I’m making a scenario using Vampire: The Masquerade Fifth Edition (V5) rules, and I want my players to face a werewolf of the Wendigo tribe, as they're depicted in Werewolf: the Apocalypse 20th ...
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How do you convert a Diplomacy roll in a 3.5e adventure to 5e?

Looking through a 3.5e adventure it mentions a Diplomacy roll: Give the PCs a minute to explain themselves to the lich, at the end of which one of them can make a Diplomacy check in an attempt to ...
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What content has been officially converted from Starfinder to Pathfinder?

Are any of the materials in Paizo's Starfinder rules considered standard content for Paizo's Pathfinder rules according to Paizo? If yes, is any of that content also considered Pathfinder Society ...
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Can you use the Spelljammer supplement for D&D 5th edition? [closed]

From what I have heard, Spelljammer sounds quite fun but it seems it was only released for 2e. So does it just contain world descriptions or does it have new rules and if so, could they be converted ...
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Converting Calming Animals from GURPS Magic to Dark Ages: Mage

As an exercise, I'm trying to adapt spells from GURPS Magic (I only have the Brazilian Portuguese version and I don't have any idea of which edition it is, but it seems to be an old one) to Dark Ages: ...
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How to convert BECMI monster's speed into modern D&D?

Monster speed in BECMI-like rules systems is written as, for example: Move 90' (30') What is a reasonable way of converting such a movement rate to modern D&D, such as the fifth edition (but 3rd,...
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Is Pathfinder 2e compatible with Pathfinder 1e, and D&D 3.5 and 3rd edition?

Pathfinder 1e was completely compatible with D&D 3.5 and to a lesser degree 3.0. Most mechanics and statistics can be used in the other systems without major modification. Is Pathfinder 2e ...
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What'd be the Fate/Fudge equivalent of the stunt mechanics from AGE System?

As you might know, the AGE system (Dragon Age RPG, Fantasy Age RPG, etc) has a mechanic of generating stunt points based on the player rolling doubles on any of the 3d6. If you are not familiar with ...
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How to port skill checks from one d20 system to another [closed]

Is there a consistent way to transfer skill checks between various d20 type systems? In D&D 5e, for example, a precedent is set for difficulty of skill checks, where 10 is easy, 15 medium and so ...
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How can I convert a Shadowrun game to Fate?

I've been running a Shadowrun game for a while now, and I'm tired of the overcomplicated rules. I'm plannning to move the game to the FATE System, but have some... questions about how to convert some ...
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In Donjon's dynamic magic item creation process, what does “Meet all the item's prerequisites” mean?

While looking at Donjon.bin.sh's dynamic magic item creation system for 5e, converted from a similar Pathfinder system, I got a bit confused about the "Complete the item" challenge. One of the ...
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Is this conversion of the Sidhelien race from the Birthright AD&D 2E campaign setting balanced for ECL 0? (version 2.0)

The first iteration of this race can be found here. This is the second iteration of this race, due to excellent feedback by "Hey I Can Chan". Could everyone please evaluate the below race in ...
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Is this conversion of the Sidhelien race from the Birthright AD&D 2e campaign setting balanced for ECL 0?

Could you please evaluate the below race in terms of balance issues? I am trying to keep it at ECL 0 but some of the qualities while minor are a bit difficult to evaluate when combined. Sidhelien (...
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Which aspects of D&D 5e will be affected by incorporating the Savage Worlds “Card Draw Initiative”?

The Savage World System In Savage Worlds, Initiative is determined by using a 54-card deck (standard 52-card deck, including the Jokers). Each player and enemy is dealt a card (or group of enemies, ...
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By how much would incorporating the “Benny” system from Savage Worlds affect the game in 5e?

In Savage Worlds, I particularly like the "Benny" system, and I was wondering what the effects of incorporating this into 5e might be? So basically, the Benny system grants each PC 3 Bennys at the ...
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How can I convert a Vacuous Grimoire from D&D 3.5e to 5e?

I'm converting a module from 3.5e to 5e, and it includes a Vacuous Grimoire which I'm trying to work out how to convert. A Vacuous Grimoire in 3.5 is a book that, upon reading, requires a Will check ...
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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 ...
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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 ...