While there are Pathfinder character generators out there, I haven't tried them yet. This post or more likely series of posts will walk through manually converting from D&D 3.0 to Pathfinder.
Useful ToolsSince I've been playing off of my tablet, I've saved the D&D 3.0 Character Sheet (eTools) as a PDF and then used Acrobat Reader's new editing capabilities to make notes on the document. The Pathfinder character sheet is included in the PDF version of the core rules, and is also freely available from Piazo. Piazo also has a nice downloadable PDF of Conversion Rules from D&D3.5. I haven't found any discontinuities in those conversion rules while working with 3.0.
Piazo Links (as of 11/09/2012)
There is also a PDF on Character Traits available from Piazo. These have the flavor of the Regional Feats from the Forgotten Realms source books. Our DM, Mike has not indicated that we can have these, so I'll ignore them for now.
Another very good link to online information on Pathfinder is the Pathfinder_OGC web site.
And if you don't have it already, go out to Adobe and download the latest version of Acrobat Reader
Starting the Conversion
|eTools Ability Scores|
|Pathfinder Ability Scores|
Do a straight transfer of the ability scores to the Pathfinder sheet. Notice that the character's wisdom has jumped two points. This is a new racial modification in Pathfinder for dwarves. The modifier progression is the same in both systems.
Hit Points, Speed, Armor Class, Initiative and Saving Throws
|eTools Hit Points|
|Pathfinder Hit Points|
As I've advanced to Level 3, my hit points are now 21 + 1/2(8)+1+4 = 30.
Note that Hit Die sizes have increased for Bards, Rangers, Rogues, Sorcerors and Wizards. They receive an extra 2 HP at first level and 1 HP at every succeeding level.
Speed, not a statistic we usually worry about. eTools gave us a very minimalist box. Pathfinder expands it considerably.
I believe that the SQ in the Pathfinder boxes stands for 5 foot squares, but I haven't found the reference yet. Notice that my speed has gone up from 15 to 20 in Pathfinder. There's a reason for that: a new Dwarven Racial Trait - Slow and Steady, dwarves' speed is never modified by armor or encumbrance.
|eTools Armor Class|
|Pathfinder Armor Class|
Notice in the eTools format where it's been edited to reflect the suit of Plate Armor I picked up during the last adventure? Now notice that my Armor Class in Pathfinder is lower than the Full Plate value in eTools, yet higher than the crossed out Chainmail value. Pathfinder Clerics no longer have the Heavy Armor feat. I've had to change back into my Medium Armor chainmail. Good thing I haven't had a chance to sell it. That's why it's lowered, but Pathfinder adds one to most armor classes, so my chainmail is now a +6 instead of a +5. Pathfinder also adds a convenient box for AC Modifiers.
|Pathfinder Spell Resistance|
Way at the tail end of the eTools stat block lives Spell resistance, which doesn't necessarily have anything to do with the armor you're wearing. Pathfinder has broken it out into a separate block.
That's enough for one post. My next post will feature Attacks, Weapons and Armor.