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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 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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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 ...
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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....
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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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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 ...
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Converting D&D 3.5 characters to D20 Modern characters

I'm considering running a campaign in the Urban Arcana D20 Modern setting. Instead of taking the usual approach by creating new characters for the D20 Modern system, I want to make the "modern" part a ...
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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 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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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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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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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 ...
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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 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 ...
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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 ...
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My player characters seem very weak, have I done something wrong? [closed]

I run a game of Rise of the Rune Lords and we converted from Pathfinder to 5th edition D&D. I've kept the player characters at the same suggested level as in the book. My 4 players are well ...
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Racial features in Dungeon World

Races are really accessories in Dungeon World. How can you translate more potent races (or race features) from other settings to Dungeon World? For instance I'm trying to make an Eberron game using ...
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How well do Mage: The Awakening 1e supplements work with the second edition?

As the title says, my fundamental question is: How well do the older books for Mage the Awakening 1e work with 2e? This question: Which Mage: The Awakening sourcebooks are essential? is obviously ...
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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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How connected are the LOTFP rules with the adventures?

I've been reading up on Raggi's Lamentations of the Flame Princess, and was considering introducing it to my players using one of the adventures but using 1e/OSRIC rules. Would this break the whole ...
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Is there a useful guideline to convert AD&D 1e monsters to the D&D 5e system?

I have a whole continent made up in the 1e (AD&D) system, as well as the 1e books and other 1e monster sources. A lot of those monsters are not published in 5e, and may never be. Is there a good ...
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When adapting a setting to 13th Age, how to decide what is an Icon?

Like every body that ever read a good book and plays RPG you will want to make it into your next campaign setting. I am no different than most people. I'm aiming to adapt the setting of S. Erikson's ...
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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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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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What system produces characters that are easiest to convert to another system? [closed]

I have an idea for a game meant to introduce a wide variety of systems to my regular group so we can see what kind of things we like. The idea is that the characters would be planeswalkers or possibly ...
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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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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 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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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, ...
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How can I convert monsters from 4e back to 3.5?

For Christmas this year, I got the Monster Manual Three. Only problem is, this one is for 4e and I play almost exclusive 3.5. However, I started flipping through the pages anyway out of curiosity. I'...
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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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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 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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Advice on converting a D&D adventure to Savage Worlds Fantasy [closed]

Are there any useful rules, tips or suggestions for converting a D&D adventure to Savage Worlds with the Fantasy Companion? See also: Zadmar advise Also my answer below.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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....
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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,...
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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 ...
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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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Changing systems: Player and GM considerations in adapting a campaign from PF to 4e

I am resurrecting a campaign which had been on hold for several months, and considering updating from Pathfinder to 4e (which I have never run before), and juggling the mental calculus that goes into ...
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How can I convert a 3.5 Psion into a Pathfinder Game?

Basically how and what should I convert to change the Psion from the Expanded Psionics Handbook for 3.5 to be usable in Pathfinder?
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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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How would I convert Pathfinder campaign to D&D 4e

There are some really interesting adventure paths from Paizo for Pathfinder. If I wanted to convert a Pathfinder campaign to D&D 4e, how would I go about it? What are the mechanics that are ...
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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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