John "The Gneech" Robey (the_gneech) wrote,
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Heavy Duty SWRPG Geekery -- Challenge Code to CR Conversion [gaming]

I like the general approach that the SWRPG takes towards experience -- i.e., you're rewarded for the overall difficulty for a particular goal rather than the more simplistic D&D approach of "Monster X is worth Y experience points." I particularly like the passage that comments, "Heroes do not receive experience points for obstacles outside the bounds of the adventure. A hero who ignores the goals of a mission to pick random fights in a cantina should not receive experience points no matter how many scoundrels and Gamorrean thugs the hero lays low." (Of course, this is not to say you can't run D&D this way -- and to a certain extent, I do.)

However, when you start to look at the numbers, the experience charts of SWRPG are pretty much the CR charts from D&D with the edges rounded off. A "Challenge Code A" creature/encounter is roughly equivalent to a D&D creature/encounter with a CR of 1/3 to 1. It's just disguised! But that makes building a Star Wars adventure a little dicey for me to wrap my brain around. Since I've gotten pretty used to the D&D numbers, trying to mentally convert them to the SW analogues makes me brainlock.

To help with this, I created the Challenge Code to CR Conversion Chart! Among other things, this will allow me to use handy utilities such as the EL & XP Calculator for D&D in my SWRPG campaign. And since I try to be useful when I can, I'm posting it here for you. :)

SWRPG
Challenge Code

D&D CR

1st lvl

3rd lvl

5th lvl

8th lvl

10th lvl

15th lvl

20th lvl

A

1/3

100 S

100 E

100 T

--

--

--

--

A

1/2

152 E

152 S

152 T

--

--

--

--

B

1

300 C

300 S

300 T

200 T

--

--

--

B

2

600 X

600 C

500 S

300 E

--

--

--

B

3

900 !

900 C

750 S

400 E

250 E

--

--

C

4

1350 !

1350 X

1000 S

600 E

375 E

--

--

C

5

1800 !!

1800 !

1500 C

800 S

500 E

--

--

C

6

2700 !!

2700 !

2250 X

1200 S

750 ch

--

--

D

7

3600 !!

3600 !

3000 !

1600 S

1000 S

--

--

D

8

5400 !!

5400 !!

4500 !

2400 C

1500 S

375 E

--

D

9

7200 !!

7200 !!

6000 !

3600 X

2000 S

563 E

--

E

10

10800 !!

10800 !!

9000 !!

4800 !

3000 C

750 E

--

E

11

!!!

!!!

12000 !!

7200 !

4500 X!

1125 E

--

E

12

!!!

!!!

18000 !!

9600 !

6000 !

1500 S

--

F

13

!!!

!!!

!!!

14400 !!

9000 !

2250 S

500 T

F

14

!!!

!!!

!!!

19200 !!

12000 !

3000 S

750 E

F

15

!!!

!!!

!!!

!!!

18000 !!

4500 C

1000 E

G

16

!!!

!!!

!!!

!!!

24000 !!

6750 X

1500 E

G

17

!!!

!!!

!!!

!!!

!!!

9000 !

2000 S

G

18

!!!

!!!

!!!

!!!

!!!

13500 !

3000 S

H

19

!!!

!!!

!!!

!!!

!!!

18000 !

4000 S

H

20

!!!

!!!

!!!

!!!

!!!

27000 !!

6000 C



LEGEND:

--: CR chart does not give experience points for encounters this much lower than the party EL
T: "Trivial" encounter per EL/XP Calc
S: "Simple" encounter per SWRPG
E: "Easy" encounter per EL/XP Calc
C: "Challenging" encounter per SWRPG
ch: "Callenging" encounter per EL/XP Calc
X: "Extreme" encounter per SWRPG
!: "Deadly" encounter per EL/XP Calc
!!: "Obscene" encounter per EL/XP Calc
!!!: CR chart does not give experience points for encounters this much higher than the party EL

The leftmost column is the SWRPG challenge code, the next is the D&D CR, and the columns to the right indicate the party experience by average level, assuming a 4-player party.

As you can tell, there's a pretty wide variance in Challenge Codes, and this chart is pretty much an approximation. But it pretty well evens out. To convert a SWRPG challenge code to a CR, you can either just take the mid-range (e.g., every foe of challenge code "D" is CR 8), or you can tweak it up or down according to the encounter situation (e.g., a low-level starfighter pilot, code "C", is CR 6 in a starship battle among asteroids, but only CR 4 in a lightsaber duel). An average stormtrooper, being Thug 3, is Challenge Code B, CR 2.

Hope you SWRPG GMs out there get some use out of this!

-TG
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