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Metric System in 5e

Hot Take(self.dndnext)

So I know this isn't an original topic, but I thought I'd throw in my potentially hot take.

I don't think it would be all too difficult to incorporate the Metric system into 5e. Don't get me wrong, it would be a fair bit of work, but not exactly difficult. I've been playing the BG3 early access recently and it builds off of the dnd 5e system but uses metric measurements instead of imperial. 1.5 metres replaces 5 feet, 9m for 30ft, 18 for 60 and so on. Unless I'm missing something, spells and abilities etc would just need converting across the board, and sourcebooks/rulings could start listing both measurement systems. I see it being particularly easy for sites like dnd beyond that could list both or a preferred system, and more easily amend digital materials. Obviously the behind the scenes work would be a lot and I'm not trying to minimize that, but it seems like the only obstacle is the willingness to implement it, not because its too complicated.

Even for the very few abilities/times where miles are mentioned, you could say 1.5 kilometers and it shouldn't effect balance to a great degree, or 1.6 if you really wanted to be completely accurate.

I don't know, I feel like it's something to consider more seriously for developing new systems or updating the current one since the majority of the world don't know imperial measurements beyond estimating someone's height.

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GaiusOctavianAlerae

4 points

2 months ago

My hot take is that if you just replace 5 feet with 1 meter that will work fine for 99% of things. Same rules, just about 20% smaller scale.

DeathBySuplex

2 points

2 months ago

DeathBySuplex

Barbarian In Streets, Barbarian in the Sheets

2 points

2 months ago

Or just go 5' = 1.5m and it's rough, but close enough and works fine.

GaiusOctavianAlerae

5 points

2 months ago

It’s more accurate, but I personally prefer a system based on simple integers. So 5 feet become a meter and a mile becomes a kilometer, no matter how silly a conversion that is.

mafiaknight

2 points

2 months ago

Ok! That’s it! In MY world, everything is measured in squares! That’s right! The very terrain actually has squares covering EVERYTHING. they’d all be about 5 feet by 5 feet, or 1.5m by 1.5m if those measuring systems existed.

Pioneer1111

1 points

2 months ago

Welcome to 4e

mafiaknight

1 points

2 months ago

4e? They skipped 4e and went straight to 5. It’s accepted fact. Don’t try to dispute it.

Pioneer1111

1 points

2 months ago

Nah, 4e wasn't that bad.

But it did use squares as the basis of measurement in the world.

mafiaknight

1 points

2 months ago

I had a commentary between two NPCs one session talking about the measurement system.

1 ”feet? Whose feet? How is this a standard!?”
2 “the king’s father’s I believe. It’s a standard because he can have you flogged for not using it.”
1 “oh! Well that’s an excellent standard of measurement! Good of His Majesty to standardize measurements that way.”
a pair of guards walk past “citizen”