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
in my SWRPG
campaign. And since I try to be useful when I can, I'm ( Collapse )
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!