Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Old School XP for 5e

There has been a bit of a discussion about XP and how to handle it with 5e.  The question was "do you prefer using XP vs Event based".  Personally event based isn't really old school to begin with.  Here are my thoughts thus far:

1.  I've played in a few hand waving 5e sessions, where we just level up.  My problem with this is, while learning a system you are also learning your Character and what it can do.  If I get to level up after every other adventure, I barely have time to learn what my cleric can do at 3rd level before he automatically gets a whole pile of new things he can do at 4th.

2.  I find the first 5 levels in 5e XP tables go really quickly.  I like 1-3rd level characters, I like them fighting meatshields, hiring meatshields, and not being epic god like characters that go on huge world end disaster quests, where they have to fight demons.

3.  I was thinking about the idea of using gold for XP, plus awards for role playing your character, completing quests (like the general XP table in 2e).

So without further ado, here's my idea, and its only a suggestion.  

Go on over to http://www.purpleworm.org/rules/ for the 2nd edition rules.  (I have no idea how these are available online without issue from wotc).

Here's the 5e Classes and my suggestions for the 2e experience tables you should use. 
Note: Use Recommended Hit Dice from 5e. 

Obviously this is just a suggestion and hasn't been playtested. 


Character Class Fifth Edition
Use XP table for (2nd Edition)
Barbarian
Paladin/Ranger *or alternative table
Bard
Bard
Cleric
Cleric
Druid
Druid
Fighter
Fighter
Monk
Druid
Paladin
Paladin/Ranger
Ranger
Paladin/Ranger
Rogue
Rogue
Sorcerer
Mage (see alternative table)
Warlock
Mage (see alternative table)
Wizard
Mage

Alternative Mage Table For Sorcerer & Warlock
Level
XP needed
1
0
2
3000
3
6000
4
12,000
5
24,000
6
42,000
7
62,000
8
92,000
9
140,000
10
270,000
11
378,000
12
760,000
13
1,135,000
14
1,700,000
15
1,878,000
16
2,260,000
17
2,635,000
18
3,000,000
19
3,380,000
20
3,800,00