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  • #16
    Re: Freeport using 5E

    Plane Shift and Freeport, Part 3: Dominaria: More Magic, more Freeport!
    Tim Emrick, Freebooter, Keeper of the Freeport Errata
    Winds of Freeport: my Pathfinder Freeport campaign (2014-2016).
    Time of the Tarrasque: my next Pathfinder campaign (under development).
    Studded Plate: my blog about RPGs, LEGO, and other geeky subjects.
    Thastygliax's Vault: my other gaming pages.

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    • #17
      Re: Freeport using 5E

      I'm posting a little early this week due to the long Thanksgiving holiday coming up.

      Unearthed Arcana and Freeport, Part 9: More Magic, Eberron, and the Sea
      Tim Emrick, Freebooter, Keeper of the Freeport Errata
      Winds of Freeport: my Pathfinder Freeport campaign (2014-2016).
      Time of the Tarrasque: my next Pathfinder campaign (under development).
      Studded Plate: my blog about RPGs, LEGO, and other geeky subjects.
      Thastygliax's Vault: my other gaming pages.

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      • #18
        Re: Freeport using 5E

        timemrick,

        I have always loved the first 3 Freeport modules and have run them as a player and as a DM in 3E. The combination of politics, intrigue, dungeon crawling, silliness, and weird stuff is perfect. I have a group of online friends that are in desperate need of a DM and I'm dusting off the old skillset to run them through Death in Freeport. We're using Roll20 VTT and I'm attempting to update my original Freeport books from 2000 to 5E. I'm beginning to understand how much of a gargantuan task this is.

        My biggest problem is getting the encounter levels right. Did you ever do any work on the actual encounters and their monster statblocks? I'm struggling figuring out how to approach it. Any help, tips, insight you can give this lesser DM would be greatly appreciated. (I've read through a lot of your blog posts but I'm not finding anything specific to the encounters ... I could also be illiterate).

        ~modnaric~

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        • #19
          Re: Freeport using 5E

          Originally posted by modnaric View Post
          timemrick,

          I have always loved the first 3 Freeport modules and have run them as a player and as a DM in 3E. The combination of politics, intrigue, dungeon crawling, silliness, and weird stuff is perfect. I have a group of online friends that are in desperate need of a DM and I'm dusting off the old skillset to run them through Death in Freeport. We're using Roll20 VTT and I'm attempting to update my original Freeport books from 2000 to 5E. I'm beginning to understand how much of a gargantuan task this is.

          My biggest problem is getting the encounter levels right. Did you ever do any work on the actual encounters and their monster statblocks? I'm struggling figuring out how to approach it. Any help, tips, insight you can give this lesser DM would be greatly appreciated. (I've read through a lot of your blog posts but I'm not finding anything specific to the encounters ... I could also be illiterate).

          ~modnaric~
          Despite thinking and writing a great deal about how I'd run a 5E Freeport game, I'm not actually running such a game yet, so I haven't yet taken the time to start converting any Freeport adventures or monsters to 5E. (The closest I've come to that is converting the Death in Freeport pregens to 5E, because that was a suitably small test case.)

          Death in Freeport would almost certainly be the one I'd start with, for many reasons--it's the one that started it all, and it's 1st level, so should be one of the easiest to convert. A thorough treatment may need to wait until I've tried running it myself someday, but I can offer some initial thoughts here (which may end up as the start of a future blog post).

          3E and 5E are different enough systems that I would never attempt to do an exact conversion. For some encounters, it's easy enough to just use the 5E MM stat block (orc, orog [for Scarbelly], skeleton). Human foes can be represented by the MM's NPC stat blocks for acolyte, bandit, commoner, cultist, and guard, possibly with some small tweaks to weapons and spells to better match the original.

          The serpent people are the one real challenge in converting this module. For the degenerates, I'd probably re-skin the the troglodyte stat block, but replace the claws with a weapon, and drop the stench and sunlight sensitivity. For Milos, the most quick-and-dirty option is to use the cult fanatic stat block [which already has the correct 2nd-level spells!], and add darkvision and a doppelganger's Shapechanger ability.
          Last edited by timemrick; 12-25-2018, 09:01 PM.
          Tim Emrick, Freebooter, Keeper of the Freeport Errata
          Winds of Freeport: my Pathfinder Freeport campaign (2014-2016).
          Time of the Tarrasque: my next Pathfinder campaign (under development).
          Studded Plate: my blog about RPGs, LEGO, and other geeky subjects.
          Thastygliax's Vault: my other gaming pages.

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          • #20
            Re: Freeport using 5E

            I took my reply to modnaric and expanded it into a blog post:

            Converting Death in Freeport to Fifth Edition: Quick-and-dirty conversion notes for the original Freeport adventure.
            Tim Emrick, Freebooter, Keeper of the Freeport Errata
            Winds of Freeport: my Pathfinder Freeport campaign (2014-2016).
            Time of the Tarrasque: my next Pathfinder campaign (under development).
            Studded Plate: my blog about RPGs, LEGO, and other geeky subjects.
            Thastygliax's Vault: my other gaming pages.

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            • #21
              Re: Freeport using 5E

              for example, a Gather Information check should now be a Charisma, or perhaps Charisma (Persuasion), check.
              Or, alternately, an Intelligence or Intelligence (Investigation) check.

              I would personally drop the monetary rewards by perhaps 10%.
              ALL HAIL THE SPAM-O-MATIC!

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              • #22
                Re: Freeport using 5E

                Unearthed Arcana and Freeport, Part 10: Sidekicks and Artificers.
                Tim Emrick, Freebooter, Keeper of the Freeport Errata
                Winds of Freeport: my Pathfinder Freeport campaign (2014-2016).
                Time of the Tarrasque: my next Pathfinder campaign (under development).
                Studded Plate: my blog about RPGs, LEGO, and other geeky subjects.
                Thastygliax's Vault: my other gaming pages.

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