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Author:  TheZombieAK [ Thu Mar 19, 2015 8:37 pm ]
Post subject:  2nd Ed Modules for 5th Ed Rules?

Wondering if anyone knows of any of the classic AD&D modules being converted to the new 5th Ed rules etc.
Playing a new system without Keep on the Border Lands just seems wrong to a diehard 2nd Ed guy like myself.

I know Wizards of the Coast had the classic modules redone in 3rd Ed for a while but haven't heard anything about it for 5th Ed.

Author:  finarvyn [ Fri Mar 20, 2015 2:43 am ]
Post subject:  Re: 2nd Ed Modules for 5th Ed Rules?

I don't know about any actual conversions, but I've run several AD&D modules "on the fly" using 5E rules. I just substitute the 5E monster in place of the AD&D one and cap magical items to +1. Seems to work pretty well.

Author:  TheZombieAK [ Fri Mar 20, 2015 7:28 am ]
Post subject:  Re: 2nd Ed Modules for 5th Ed Rules?

Why cap the magical weapons at +1. Just started with 5ed so it that the limit in 5th?

Author:  lukash [ Fri Mar 20, 2015 2:13 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: 2nd Ed Modules for 5th Ed Rules?

I can't speak for finarvyn, but 5e, in general, has lower ACs but more HPs per creature. They intentionally designed it so lower level monsters will always be a threat to PCs, although not much of one in some cases. Magic weapons and armor are less abundant than in older editions.

Immunity to non-magical weapons is a thing of the past, for the most part.

Author:  GnomeBoy [ Fri Mar 20, 2015 4:22 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: 2nd Ed Modules for 5th Ed Rules?

TheZombieAK wrote:
...without Keep on the Border Lands just seems wrong...

Wasn't that the test module in the playtest packets for 5e? Should be out there, somewhere...

Author:  lukash [ Fri Mar 20, 2015 5:24 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: 2nd Ed Modules for 5th Ed Rules?

It was.

Author:  finarvyn [ Fri Mar 20, 2015 6:09 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: 2nd Ed Modules for 5th Ed Rules?

As lukash noted, monster statblocks have changed somewhat from 1E/2E to 5E. That's why I try to substitute the entire creature instead of trying to "convert" it. (E.g. if a module calls for orcs, I use 5E orcs instead of older edition orcs.)

As to the cap on plusses, I haven't seen anything offical about an actual cap but I know that 5E is designed to have smaller bonuses on magic items as well as smaller bonuses on character stats. In my reading of WotC 5E modules, I don't think I've seen any "official" magic items higher than +1 yet. I figure you start out low and can adjust later if needed. :D

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