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« on: May 09, 2010, 06:47:16 AM »

I have been working for the past few months on a Planescape campaign world conversion for Fantasy Craft (a few forum members are helping as well). One of the things I had to do in order to convert AD&D (Advanced Dungeons & Dragons) monsters to Mastercraft was to write a conversion manual. Well, I am pleased to share it with you here. This is an excerpt from a much larger book which covers the whole Planescape setting. Since the big book isn't finished yet, I thought some of you guys/girls might find it useful. I have already converted hundreds of monsters with it.

You can get the manual on Scribd here http://www.scribd.com/doc/31102013/AD-D-to-Mastercraft-conversion-manual

P.S. Personally, I feel that conversion from AD&D works better than those from d20 because it follows more closely "the Crafty concept of monster making". The d20 versions of monsters tend to be overloaded with options which makes them more challenging to use in the game.
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« Reply #1 on: May 09, 2010, 12:04:59 PM »

Very cool. I am curious why you decided to flatten out Intelligence, since AD&D follows a pretty hard 3-18 range, just as FC does. Compared to some by-the-book 3e conversions, Intelligence might be a little higher.
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« Reply #2 on: May 09, 2010, 12:55:14 PM »

I didn't suggest to convert it directly because AD&D scores are already directly translated into d20 (see Conversion Manual here http://www.wizards.com/default.asp?x=dnd/er/20030221a). Then you have Fantasy Craft which says that you shouldn't convert d20 stats directly but adjust them (e.g. Intelligence 18 [+4] becomes 14). In my conversion manual, I'm just skipping the d20 part so it might seem like a big difference between those two numbers. Most converted AD&D monsters should end up with same Intelligence scores as if they have been converted from d20. If that's not the case, there's always "Step 9: Final Tweaks" for any additional adjustments Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: May 09, 2010, 02:19:58 PM »

See, in d20, you would have like an angel or dragon or something with Int 21. That would turn into FC Int 15, rounding down to 14. But look at the fire dragon with its Int of 14; in AD&D a red dragon rates as Exceptional, while in d20 it would have an Int of 14 to 18 in the Huge size category. Even though using the AD&D intelligence score might result in slightly higher scores in some areas, I think it's closer. Anything over 18 represents an unnaturally high ability.

Particularly, you convert "Godlike" intelligence to Int 15. Godlike?
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« Reply #4 on: May 09, 2010, 09:37:53 PM »

Particularly, you convert "Godlike" intelligence to Int 15. Godlike?

You should refer to Table 3.1: Descriptive Intelligence Conversion only if you're converting from AD&D 1st edition. That table is there only if you don't know what those scores really are. I haven't made them up - when you look at 2nd edition, you will notice that they defined Godlike Intelligence as 21+. Not that high really. I should probably put a whole 21 to 25 range in there so Godlike would turn into a 16 - 18 range. (or just maybe 16+)

Are you suggesting that we should make an exception for Intelligence scores above 18 and convert them directly?

P.S. I wrote earlier that "I'm just skipping the d20 part so it might seem like a big difference between those two numbers." Actually, what I meant was that I was fast-forwarding over the d20 part  Grin
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« Reply #5 on: May 10, 2010, 12:12:30 AM »

Given that Intelligence across all iterations of (A)D&D and its derivatives has essentially had a 1:1 correspondance with IQ, a straight port pf the score does sound eminently reasonable
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« Reply #6 on: May 10, 2010, 01:00:53 AM »

Ooh Planescape! I shall be following this.
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« Reply #7 on: May 10, 2010, 08:32:06 AM »

Hey Brakk,

Neat guide, and good to know my work on monster conversion continues to inspire Smiley A poorly kept secret is that I use FC to run old AD&D/BD&D modules for friends - it's a ball!

One thing I should note, however, is that you need to include an OGL declaration at the end of your document - otherwise, technically this is copyright infringement. You can find the basic document for our stuff in text here, and be sure to add a section for Fantasy Craft from the OGL declaration at the end of FC.

Keep up the good work!
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« Reply #8 on: July 01, 2010, 12:04:48 PM »

I just wanted to notify everyone that a revised version of the document is available on Scribd. The link didn't change, it's still http://www.scribd.com/doc/31102013/AD-D-to-Mastercraft-conversion-manual

Alex approved the doc and I managed to incorporate suggestions posted in this thread.
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« Reply #9 on: July 02, 2010, 07:46:43 AM »

Thanks again Brakk! We've uploaded the manual to our Downloads page (in the Fan Submissions section).
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« Reply #10 on: March 25, 2011, 09:01:55 AM »

I'm posting a table with all monsters converted from ADnD (not 3E, 3.5, etc.) to Fantasy Craft format I did for the Planescraft book (which can be found here - http://www.planescraft.com/web/article.php?Planescraft&n=37 ).

I think this will be useful for those looking for some all-time ADnD favorites. In the book they are sorted in the groups (baatezu, tanar'ri, etc), unlike here where I'm sorting them by their XP value

FoeXP
Chronolily
18
Cranium Rat
19
Monodrone (Modron)
23
Tween
24
Sand Gen
26
Wind Gen
26
Spitter (Elemental vermin)
28
Messenger Monodrone (Modron)
28
Fire Gen
30
Vargouille
30
Water Gen
30
Larva
31
Shadow Mastiff
32
Diabolus
33
Flameling (Elemental vermin)
34
Queen (Formian)
34
Quill
35
Cursed Crimson Crawler
36
Dabus
36
Reave
36
Queen (Abyssal Ant)
37
Vaati
37
Asperim
39
Chaos Imp
39
Dirtwraith
39
Duodrone (Modron)
39
Fire Snake (Elemental kin)
40
Planar Spider
40
Horde
41
Chaggrin (Grue)
42
Marrashi
42
Niíiath
43
Sollux
43
Duster (Elemental vermin)
44
Arcadian Pony
45
Thunder Beast
45
Xotzcoyotl
45
Carcene (Diakka)
46
Spectral Hound
46
Coure (Eladrin)
47
Crawler (Elemental vermin)
47
Kyton
48
Ondine
49
Einheriar Mercenary
50
Lemure (Baatezu)
50
Viper Tree
50
Worker (Formian)
50
Tridrone (Modron)
51
Colchiln
52
Nereid (Elemental kin)
52
Nupperibo (Baatezu)
52
Sandling (Elemental kin)
52
Slasrath
52
Dust Devil
54
Earth Mephit
54
Ngojama (Tanaríri)
54
Saraph
54
Kaoulgrim
55
Varrdig (Grue)
55
Warrior (Formian)
55
Erdeen (Chaos Elemental)
56
Facet
56
Fire Mephit
56
Magma Mephit
56
Malaetar
56
Myrmarch (Formian)
56
Sandman (Elemental kin)
56
Tso56
Worker/Warrior (Abyssal Ant)
57
Air Mephit
58
Hound of Law
58
Marraenoloth (Yugoloth)
58
Mineral Mephit
58
Mist Mephit
58
Pech (Elemental kin)
58
Steam Mephit
58
Azer (Elemental kin)
59
Ice Mephit
59
Manes (Tanaríri)
59
Plumach (Rilmani)
59
Szarkel
59
Varath (Diakka)
59
Ormyrr
60
Prolonger Con Man
60
Dretch (Tanaríri)
61
Ice Paraelemental
61
Invisible Stalker
61
Psurlon
61
Ash Quasielemental
62
Bodak
62
Hordling
62
Imp (Burzugdur)
62
Quadrone (Modron)
62
Radiance Mephit
62
Smoke Mephit
62
Smoke Paraelemental
62
Winged Quadrone (Modron)
62
Colfel
63
Mineral Quasielemental
63
Shadeling
63
Slyph (Elemental kin)
63
Wind Walker (Elemental kin)
63
Aoskian Hound
64
Arcane
64
Salamander (Elemental kin)
64
Shadow
64
Tome Guardian (Elemental kin)
64
Dust Mephit
65
Hydrax (Order Elemental)
65
Ildriss (Grue)
65
Kryst (Order Elemental)
65
Wraithworm
66
Earth Weird (Elemental kin)
67
Lantern (Archon)
67
Uridezu (Tanaríri)
67
Water Mephit
67
Devete
68
Thendar
68
Hook Spider
69
Magma Paraelemental
69
Ooze Mephit
69
Rock Troll
69
Pyrophor (Chaos Elemental)
70
Rutterkin (Tanaríri)
70
Gildmane (Equar)
71
Grim71
Hound (Archon)
71
Shadowhound
71
Aerial Servant (Elemental kin)
72
Anemo (Order Elemental)
72
Harginn (Grue)
72
Lightning Quasielemental
72
Lithicthil (Equar)
72
Per72
Salt Mephit
72
Ash Mephit
73
Banecourser (Equar)
73
Chemosit (Tanaríri)
73
Green Abishai (Baatezu)
73
Kakkuu (Tanaríri)
73
Mezzikim (Baatezu)
73
Rosinante (Equar)
73
Spectral Death
73
Spinagon (Baatezu)
73
Stench Kow
73
Dimensional Warper
74
Favonian (Equar)
74
Ferrumach (Rilmani)
74
Frost Salamander
74
Menthric (Equar)
74
Quasit (Burzugdur)
74
Shade Wizard
74
Undine (Chaos Elemental)
74
Armanite (Tanaríri)
75
Dust Quasielemental
75
Gelloudes (Tanaríri)
75
Living Fortress (Tanaríri)
75
Malfera
75
Tener
75
Terithran
75
Water Weird (Elemental kin)
75
Yeth Hound
75
Apollyon
76
Ebon Tiger
76
Janni (Genie
76
Nalg (Burzugdur)
76
Potherrounce (Equar)
76
Warden (Archon)
76
Aurumvorax
77
Charnalbalk (Equar)
77
Crysmal (Elemental kin)
77
Cervidal (Guardinal)
78
Dao (Genie
78
Eolian (Chaos Elemental)
78
Orrek (Lomendur)
78
Trothspyre (Equar)
78
Xill78
Foulwing
79
Ooze Paraelemental
79
Pentadrone (Modron)
80
White Abishai (Baatezu)
80
Black Abishai (Baatezu)
81
Diurge
81
Forchoreai
81
Bladeling
82
Blue Abishai (Baatezu)
82
Red Slaad
82
Sword (Archon)
82
Dawnspirit
83
Dreamslayer
83
Rummele
83
Barbazu (Baatezu)
84
Xag-ya
84
Glissan (Galadur)
85
Salt Quasielemental
85
Trumpet (Archon)
85
Vacuum Quasielemental
85
Warden Tiger
85
Devourer
86
Noviere (Eladrin)
86
Lightning Mephit
87
Time dimensional
87
Decaton (Modron)
88
Shiere (Eladrin)
88
Abiorach (Rilmani)
89
Blue Slaad
89
Foo Griffon
89
Ostego (Tanaríri)
89
Quark (Lomendur)
89
Telperan (Galadur)
89
Hamatula (Baatezu)
90
Helion (Order Elemental)
90
Octon (Modron)
90
Steam Quasielemental
90
Tabur (Lomendur)
90
Xeg-yi
90
Green Slaad
91
Mezzoloth (Yugoloth)
91
Baíatun
92
Buleazu (Tanaríri)
92
Red Abishai (Baatezu)
92
Sugo92
Djinni (Genie
93
Gacholoth (Yugoloth)
93
Visage
93
Eater of Knowledge
94
Exiraati
94
Black Troll (Tanaríri)
96
Kocrachon (Baatezu)
96
Spithriku (Tanaríri)
96
Avoral (Guardinal)
97
Darklore
97
Bebilith
98
Bralani (Eladrin)
98
Baltir (Galadur)
99
Maurezhi (Tanaríri)
99
Alkilith (Tanaríri)
100
Canoloth (Yugoloth)
100
Night Hag
100
Wastrilith (Tanaríri)
100
Hydroloth (Yugoloth)
101
Marut
101
Yochlol (Tanaríri)
101
Utukku
102
Asura
103
Bar-lgura (Tanaríri)
103
Farastu (Gehreleth)
103
Lillend
103
Mercurial
103
Nonaton (Modron)
103
Guardian (Yugoloth)
104
Maelephant
104
Osyluth (Baatezu)
104
Gray Slaad
106
Piscoloth (Yugoloth)
106
Shadow Fiend
106
Agathinon (Aasimon)
107
Chasme (Tanaríri)
107
Koodjanuk
107
Dergholoth (Yugoloth)
108
Septon (Modron)
108
Efreeti (Genie
109
Throne (Archon)
109
Moon Dog
110
Kelubar (Gehreleth)
111
Cortelestial
112
Hezrou (Tanaríri)
112
Equinal (Guardinal)
113
Amnizu (Baatezu)
114
Hexton (Modron)
115
Menglis
115
Viltch
117
Yagnoloth (Yugoloth)
117
Baernoloth (Yugoloth)
119
Firre (Eladrin)
119
Molydeus (Tanaríri)
119
Pegasus Lord
119
Quinton (Modron)
119
Arcanaloth (Yugoloth)
121
Chulcrix
121
Death Slaad
122
Erinyes (Baatezu)
122
Glabrezu (Tanaríri)
122
Light (Aasimon)
123
Astral Dreadnought
124
Lupinal (Guardinal)
126
Cornugon (Baatezu)
127
Monadic Deva (Aasimon)
127
Phisarazu (Tanaríri)
127
Movanic Deva (Aasimon)
128
Nalfeshnee (Tanaríri)
129
Retriever
129
Astral Deva (Aasimon)
132
Tribute Gatherer
132
Argenach (Rilmani)
133
Fireshadow
135
Nabassu (Tanaríri)
135
Babau (Tanaríri)
136
Dire Whiner (Tanaríri)
136
Marid (Genie
138
Vrock (Tanaríri)
138
Marilith (Tanaríri)
139
Shator (Gehreleth)
141
Cuprilach (Rilmani)
142
Nycaloth (Yugoloth)
142
Succubus (Tanaríri)
142
Ghaele (Eladrin)
143
Ursinal (Guardinal)
145
Moonstone Dragon
150
Tulani (Eladrin)
150
Gelugon (Baatezu)
151
Radiance Quasielemental
151
Quarton (Modron)
152
Tome (Archon)
152
Ultroloth (Yugoloth)
152
Goristro (Tanaríri)
159
Pit Fiend (Baatezu)
159
Lycosidilith (Tanaríri)
160
Leonal (Guardinal)
162
Hollyphant
168
Shadow Dragon
168
Nightwing (Nightshade)
170
Rust Dragon
171
Balor (Tanaríri)
173
Titan
173
Aurumach (Rilmani)
174
Tertian (Modron)
175
Phoenix
178
Secundus (Modron)
180
Shadowdrake
181
Raklupis (Tanaríri)
184
Nightwalker (Nightshade)
190
Planetar (Aasimon)
194
Nightcrawler (Nightshade)
227
Adamantite Dragon
228
Jumper
245
Solar (Aasimon)
262
Legendary Hydra
331



 
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