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General Pathfinder 2E APs for 5E?

So I was checking out the Paizo website and reading over the section parts for the Extinction Curse AP and the concept sounds pretty interesting. At the end of each section when you click on the links to look at the parts of the AP, it always ends off with Pathfinder Adventure Path volumes use the Open Game License and work with both the Pathfinder RPG and the world’s oldest fantasy RPG.

Now I know that usually, "world's oldest fantasy RPG" is usually code talk for D&D. At least, that's how the Book of Erotic Fantasy would phrase it to so an example So does that mean there are rules in the APs for both Pathfinder 2E and 5e, or is it pretty much just "Well here is the AP, now populate it with stuff that is similar to what's in the book for your 5E games and you should be fine?"

Was a bit curious.
 

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dave2008

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So I was checking out the Paizo website and reading over the section parts for the Extinction Curse AP and the concept sounds pretty interesting. At the end of each section when you click on the links to look at the parts of the AP, it always ends off with Pathfinder Adventure Path volumes use the Open Game License and work with both the Pathfinder RPG and the world’s oldest fantasy RPG.

Now I know that usually, "world's oldest fantasy RPG" is usually code talk for D&D. At least, that's how the Book of Erotic Fantasy would phrase it to so an example So does that mean there are rules in the APs for both Pathfinder 2E and 5e, or is it pretty much just "Well here is the AP, now populate it with stuff that is similar to what's in the book for your 5E games and you should be fine?"

Was a bit curious.
There are no rules or guidance for converting the AP to 5e. You would have to replace all the monsters and revise all check and saves, etc. It just means you can use the basic structure of the AP with an OGL compatible version of D&D.
 

CapnZapp

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Pathfinder 1 is essentially D&D 3.75, and using an adventure written for one in the other rules system should be fairly possible.

Pathfinder 2 is a very different from both Pathfinder 1 and D&D (any version). It wouldn't be worth your while to attempt any direct conversion.

That doesn't mean it needs to be difficult to run a Paizo AP for 5th edition. Just use 5E rules, 5E characters and 5E monsters and don't even attempt to convert any game stat from one to the other. Anytime there isn't a direct or rough equivalent available, just drop it unless you have the time and energy to create a custom-made monster, item or ability. (Begin by just dropping it, is my advice) Use the story and the basic idea of the encounters from the AP. For instance, if there's an encounter (described in the AP) where the heroes face a PF2 bugbear and his three PF2 goblin cronies, you might pit a 5E bugbear plus three 5E goblins against your 5E heroes.

That encounter might become much easier or much harder than originally intended (probably easier). If that's not a problem for you and your group, great! If it is, you need to be sufficiently experienced as a 5E Dungeon Master to predict the difficulty, and change it to match your expectations. Perhaps all four enemies are bugbears in your 5E version of the encounter!
 
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