Chad Perrin: SOB

5 August 2008

D&D 3.5 Experience Level Charts

Filed under: RPG — apotheon @ 03:51

This is part of my RPG series of entries here at SOB. See the inaugural entry in the series for more details.


In checking through logs of activity here at SOB, I discovered that someone had gotten here by way of the search string 3.5 exp level chart. As of today, the top of the Google search results for that search string looks like this:

As you can see, my last SOB entry just before this one — Pathfinder RPG a3 XP converter — is the number two hit for 3.5 exp level chart. That seemed pretty odd to me, considering the D&D 3.5 SRD is widely available under an open content license (the OGL). In fact, nowhere on that first page of results is there a link to an SRD site. Then, Pez mentioned in comments below that the d20 license forbids describing character advancement for covered works, and I realized that the SRD didn’t actually include experience advancement tables. Well, luckily for me I never distributed anything under the d20 license that described character advancement — but I’m sure I would have noticed that restriction of the d20 license if I did.

I want people who come to SOB looking for a D&D 3.5 experience chart to get something useful out of it. With luck, this entry will top the previous entry in Google results.

So, here’s a short list of options for checking on experience point advancement rates for D&D 3.5:

  • pfconv – Web Interface — While this doesn’t provide an XP advancement table, entering an experience total will give you the level of a character with that many experience points as part of the results. As such, the page to which the Google hit leads does provide a possibly useful result, though perhaps too limited for some people, by way of the link on the earlier SOB entry to the pfconv Web interface.

Here’s a slightly longer list of places you’d expect to find such information, if not for the licensing terms of the d20 license and the omission of experience tables from the SRD:

  • System Reference Document v3.5 at systemreferencedocuments.org — including Wizards of the Coast OGL materials for D&D 3.5 other than the core SRD itself

  • Hypertext d20 SRD at d20srd.org — another SRD site that includes WotC OGL materials for D&D 3.5 in addition to the core SRD itself

  • Wizards of the Coast Open Game Content at D&D Wiki — information from the D&D 3.5 SRD and Unearthed Arcana, with some non-core SRD materials mixed in with the SRD materials

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