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Can CR be directly lifted from 3.5 to 5e?

I am looking to convert a few modules from 3.5 into 5e and while I am going to change the nature of the creatures encountered I am not 100% sure how. Does 3.5 follow the same kind of encounter and ...
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Converting Oonga from "Isle of the Ape" to 5e

My party of five level 15 PCs is adventuring in my homebrewed conversion of the 1e module Isle of the Ape. I would like the Boss Monster, Oonga, to be a Deadly encounter for the party, so I am aiming ...
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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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Is it possible to replicate the season change eladrin have in 5e without the actual mechanical differences in 3.5?

I'm going to be in a game set in 3.5e, and I really liked the aspect of having basically a completely different personality every time I finish trance, but in 3.5e, eladrin don't do that. Is it ...
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Is Erelhei-Cinlu in Faerûn?

I have a major campaign extension looking to take characters from 1st to 20th level, starting with linking Lost Mine of Phandelver to (via various add-ons to LMoP itself) adapted versions of D1, D2, ...
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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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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 latter, what comes to ...
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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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Can a 3rd Edition Game use 5th Edition Characters?

I have recently purchased the 5e players book and I really like the character system in 5e but my usual DM likes to play 3e and I was wondering, are these compatible? Can I use a 5e character in their ...
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Migrate D&D 5e home made campaign to Pathfinder 2e

I have a very long lived 5e campaign with a set of 4 characters that we are considering migrating to Pathfinder 2e. The campaign itself is homebrew so there's no need to migrate the adventure itself (...
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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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D&D 3.5 to 5e Player Character Conversion

I am looking to run an old D&D 3.5 adventure. I have never played D&D 3.5 so I am unaware of the level scaling for player characters. The book states it is for 18th level adventurers however ...
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Can I use the D&D 5e Monster Manual with Pathfinder?

Running my first Pathfinder game and was wondering if I am able to use the monsters in the D&D 5e Monster Manual in encounters in Pathfinder. I just feel the D&D monster book's layout is more ...
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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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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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How do I convert the skills/Abilities of my Fallen Aasimar 5E Character to Pathfinder?

Hey there I was wondering how I would convert my Fallen Aasimar Character and their ability of Necrotic Shroud over to Pathfinder 1E?
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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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How do I determine a baseline difficulty when converting a d100 system to a d20 system?

How do I mathematically determine a baseline difficulty number when converting a d100 "roll under" system to a d20 "roll over" system? The Basic RP system (and variants) uses a ...
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Is there a correct way to transfer the gloaming race from 3rd edition to 5th edition?

I've been playing in a 3rd edition campaign for quite a long time and the DM has recently decided that they would like to continue in 5th edition. My character in this campaign is a gloaming which is ...
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How do I adapt characters from past editions to 5E? [closed]

Suppose I see a monster/npc/race described in material from previous editions (likely 2nd or 3rd) and want to rework it for 5th - how can I do so?
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What should we be aware/cautious of when hacking together these systems? [closed]

We've talked new games and settings, what we like and those we found awkward. We haven't played all of the following together, we have a diversity of experience so I can rely on the opinions of others ...
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How intercompatible are B/X and AD&D 1e spells?

What balance issues would/could arise if AD&D spells are transferred into a B/X game? I'm only considering those spells which don't already exist in B/X and I'm not considering adding in the ...
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How difficult is it to convert a Pathfinder 2nd Edition adventure (or encounter) to 1st Edition?

If my gaming group wanted to adapt a Pathfinder 2E AP (e.g. Strength of Thousands), what are the difficulties? We're very familiar with 1E but only lightly so far with 2E. Is there a reasonable way to ...
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Conversion of LotFP (OSR) monsters to D&D Next Final Playtest rules

I am running an LotFP adventure for my group; we play using the Final Playtest ruleset of D&D Next. LotFP is part of the old school renaissance, and James Raggi (the creator) writes that it should ...
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Converting Saving Throws from AD&D to D&D Next

I'm trying to run the newly released Against the Slave Lords compilation using the D&D Next rules and I've run into a problem with converting Saving Throws. How do I go about converting something ...
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What do I need to do to make Ghostwalk 3.5 compatible?

One of my friends is wanting to use Ghostwalk but there are changes between 3.0 and 3.5 which require converting. What do I need to do to make it compatible?
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How can I convert The Touch of Death 2E module to run in D&D 5e?

I am including the Ravenloft: Touch of Death module from AD&D 2e in my D&D 5e campaign as I have repurposed the Hexad. However, the maps from the quest are a mess, the NPCs are disposable, and ...
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How to mechanically implement enemies with single vulnerable points? [closed]

I am a GM for both DnD 5e and Pathfinder 1e. I was thinking how some creatures in stories only die with a blow to a very specific spot and all hits anywhere else are completely nullified, and how ...
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What problems could E6 introduce when used for Dungeons and Dragons Fifth edition?

Recently I started to think about running a campaign in low fantasy setting, where magic is limited both in number and scope of power. Some time passed and I still think about that idea, so (at least ...
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Are there any guides or examples how to apply D&D 5e's concentration mechanic to 3.5e?

3.5e's quadratic wizard quickly outpaces mundane characters in power as buff spells stack up in later levels. 5e seems to have addressed that aspect of magic power creep with concentration. How would ...
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Converting a 3.5e Demon Lord stat block to 5e

I'm DMing a party of five and they're going after Yeenoghu as the campaign's final boss. I've looked online and haven't found any 5e stats for the Demon Lords, but I did find this for a 3.5e Yeenoghu. ...
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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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What comes close to 9-again in V5?

We want to port our old Vampire the Requiem game into V5. What would be a good analogue for the 9-again mechanic? Would it be more dice, would around 2 suffice, or is that already too much? Maybe the ...
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Is there a way to change 3e stats into 5e stats?

Is there any way (preferably and online generator or something akin to that, but I can do it by hand too), to quickly and hopefully simply, change a stat block like Medium Aberration HP 8d8+8 (44 hp) ...
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How would permanent invisibility affect a monster's challenge rating?

I’m attempting to convert a phantom fungus to fifth edition. The creature is always invisible while alive, similar to an invisible stalker. When calculating challenge rating, how would this ...
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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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What metric could be used to convert a mental stat between 3.5 D&D and GURPS?

When converting character back and forth between 3.5 D&D and GURPS, there are a few stats that are easier than others. As an example, an easy stat such as Strength could be converted by using the ...
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How do I convert the DC of a check from AD&D 2E to 5E?

In the AD&D 2e supplement, In The Cage: A Guide to Sigil, there are rules given for the impacts of a noxious smog, as follows: Any PC exposed to [the smog] must make a Constitution ability check, ...
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Converting first edition supplements to Feng Shui 2?

I've decided to pick up Feng Shui 2 again after a long absence. I have a lot of the supplements for the original version, which I'd like to utilize in a new campaign with the more recent ruleset. Is ...
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How do I recalibrate this encounter from D&D 3.5e's Red Hand of Doom for D&D 5e?

I'm running D&D 3.5e's Red Hand of Doom updated for 5e. So far it has been effortlessly straightforward. I've been keeping the basic combat encounter structures and simply swapping out 3.5e ...
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How can I have low-level 5e necromancer NPCs controlling many, many undead in this converted adventure?

I require as close to a RAW answer as possible for ~Level 5 Wizard(s) to control ~100 skeletons and zombies. Context: I'm adapting a few classics for older editions to D&D 5e, and running into ...
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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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What pathfinder 2e features, if any, can be used to replicate / emulate the features of a 5e transmutation wizard?

I run a 5e campaign for a group of friends. I've recently suggested transitioning over to PF2e. One of the players is playing a transmutation wizard, and he's fond of his Minor Alchemy ability: ...
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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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Is there a way to convert MTG creatures and characters to AD&D? [closed]

There are a lot of creatures and characters from the trading card game Magic: The Gathering that I would like to incorporate into my Advanced Dungeons & Dragons campaigns. Specifically, I'm ...
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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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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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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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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 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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