Skip to main content

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.

Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
10 votes
3 answers
31k views

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 ...
MisterGunpowder's user avatar
20 votes
2 answers
2k views

Is it possible to mix different versions of AD&D?

Does anyone know if it is possible to mix different versions of AD&D? I'm hoping to mix Advanced Dungeons and Dragons 1st edition with the Advanced Dungeons and Dragons 2nd edition. What I would ...
Aang's user avatar
  • 1,142
18 votes
4 answers
25k views

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 ...
dblanchett's user avatar
15 votes
3 answers
6k views

Do Class Skill Bonuses Count as Ranks?

In Pathfinder do class skill bonuses count as ranks, especially for the purpose of prestige classing, or are they a generic bonus? If they are a bonus, how should I adjust the required ranks for ...
C. Ross's user avatar
  • 24.2k
5 votes
1 answer
909 views

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?
king of panes's user avatar
1 vote
1 answer
425 views

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 ...
GuidingOlive's user avatar
  • 2,922
28 votes
5 answers
9k views

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 ...
Washington Pearce's user avatar
12 votes
2 answers
3k views

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 ...
TheAlphaTitan's user avatar
11 votes
1 answer
401 views

Do the 3.5 books ask you to refer to 3.0 books?

I noticed some of the 3.5 manuals refer to books like Manual of the Planes and Oriental Adventures, but when one of my friends found those books, they were 3.0 edition. Is that right, or were there 3....
Cobalt's user avatar
  • 6,961
10 votes
2 answers
1k views

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 ...
AncientSwordRage's user avatar
6 votes
8 answers
2k views

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 ...
britbrodcast's user avatar
  • 1,155
5 votes
1 answer
923 views

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 ...
Michael Shopsin's user avatar
5 votes
1 answer
1k views

How can I convert 5e archetypes into AD&D 2e, using Skills and Powers options?

I would like to make a viable and decently logical conversion of 5e archetypes to the AD&D 2e system in the form of unlockable prestige classes, by using the Player's Option supplements.* I also ...
Fer's user avatar
  • 61
5 votes
1 answer
619 views

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 ...
GuidingOlive's user avatar
  • 2,922
4 votes
3 answers
4k views

How can I convert races from 3.5e to 5e?

Since there is no actual set equation to convert a race from one version to 5e, wouldn't it just be easier to use the same race stat bonuses and transfer it over? For example, I want to have all the ...
Nyxborn's user avatar
  • 59
3 votes
1 answer
1k views

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 ...
Gael L's user avatar
  • 28.8k
3 votes
1 answer
423 views

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 ...
GuidingOlive's user avatar
  • 2,922
2 votes
1 answer
315 views

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"...
NathanS's user avatar
  • 79.1k
27 votes
2 answers
6k views

Which Traveller editions are (mostly) compatible?

There have been several editions and offspring versions of the Traveller RPG. Those are the ones I know of: Classic Traveller (the very first edition) Traveller T4 Traveller 5 Mongoose Traveller ...
Sebastian Dietz's user avatar
16 votes
4 answers
6k views

How can I convert D&D 3.5 to 2nd Edition or older AD&D?

I have accumulated a lot of D&D 3.5 modules and adventure settings, but I play older editions of the game. What is the best way to convert these to an older edition, say AD&D 2nd edition? Is ...
Badmike's user avatar
  • 3,500
15 votes
5 answers
3k views

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 GURPS can put players off. Is there a way to adapt ...
Elphin's user avatar
  • 575
13 votes
1 answer
3k views

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'...
NathanS's user avatar
  • 79.1k
12 votes
4 answers
4k views

How can I convert 2nd Edition AD&D to 4th?

I grew up on second edition AD&D. I played some first edition, and frankly found most 1st edition add-ons to be highly compatible with 2nd Edition. However, I'm a huge fan of Ravenloft, ...
John Rudy's user avatar
  • 2,349
12 votes
1 answer
1k views

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.
Aang's user avatar
  • 1,142
11 votes
1 answer
5k views

Playing Dresden Files RPG with Fate Core rules?

I just introduced my gaming group to Fate, and some of the players have expressed interest in the Dresden Files RPG. I understand that Fate Core has introduced some changes and refinements to the game,...
Bradd Szonye's user avatar
  • 9,256
11 votes
2 answers
9k views

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 ...
Kevin's user avatar
  • 594
11 votes
2 answers
833 views

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 ...
Hey I Can Chan's user avatar
10 votes
4 answers
1k views

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 ...
Andrew C's user avatar
  • 101
9 votes
2 answers
15k views

How can I convert characters from Pathfinder to D&D 5e?

I recently joined a 5e campaign group, but prior I was gearing up for a Pathfinder group. I found myself really enjoying creating characters and have made various under the Pathfinder rules. The ...
Clarus_Nox's user avatar
  • 4,087
7 votes
1 answer
734 views

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 ...
ZwiQ's user avatar
  • 22.2k
6 votes
1 answer
6k views

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 ...
Gianmarco Biscini's user avatar
6 votes
1 answer
671 views

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 ...
NathanS's user avatar
  • 79.1k
6 votes
1 answer
4k views

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 ...
Mala's user avatar
  • 12.6k
5 votes
1 answer
1k views

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 ...
NathanS's user avatar
  • 79.1k
4 votes
1 answer
5k views

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 ...
Jacob Hooper's user avatar
4 votes
2 answers
175 views

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 ...
Sarethus's user avatar
4 votes
1 answer
3k views

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 ...
Snowcrash's user avatar
  • 1,285
3 votes
1 answer
470 views

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) ...
Firedestroyer's user avatar
3 votes
1 answer
265 views

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 (...
Sarethus's user avatar
2 votes
1 answer
2k views

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 ...
Mayshar's user avatar
  • 535
2 votes
1 answer
972 views

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 ...
NathanS's user avatar
  • 79.1k
1 vote
2 answers
362 views

Is there an established method for bringing a White Box D&D character through a grand tour of D&D? [closed]

I'm running a tour of D&D sort of game, spending about two levels in each significant edition (I'm arbitrarily defining this as White box -> AD&D 1e -> 3.5 -> 4e -> 5e) I remember a few ...
Cyrus Bufkin's user avatar