Rules of the Game
Going Metric (Part Four)
By Skip Williams

General Equipment and Encumbrance

The final Going Metric installment converts general equipment as well as encumbrance and carrying capacity.

Adventuring Gear
Item Cost Weight
Backpack (empty) 2 gp 1 kg[1]
Barrel (empty) 2 gp 15 kg
Basket (empty) 4 sp 0.5 kg
Bedroll 1 sp 2.5 kg[1]
Bell 1 gp --
Blanket, winter 5 sp 1.5 kg[1]
Block and tackle 5 gp 2.5 kg
Bottle, wine, glass 2 gp --
Bucket (empty) 5 sp 1 kg
Caltrops 1 gp 1 kg
Candle 1 cp --
Canvas (sq. meter) 1 sp 0.5 kg
Case, map or scroll 1 gp 0.25 kg
Chain (4 m) 30 gp 1 kg
Chalk, 1 piece 1 cp --
Chest (empty) 2 gp 12.5 kg
Crowbar 2 gp 2.5 kg
Firewood (per day) 1 cp 10 kg
Fishhook 1 sp --
Fishing net, 4 sq. meters 4 gp 2.5 kg
Flask 3 cp --
Flint and steel 1 gp --
Grappling hook 1 gp 2 kg
Hammer 5 sp 1 kg
Ink (30 ml vial) 8 gp --
Inkpen 1 sp --
Jug, clay 3 cp 4.5 kg
Ladder, 4 meters 5 cp 10 kg
Lamp, common 1 sp 0.5 kg
Lantern, bullseye 12 gp 1.5 kg
Lantern, hooded 7 gp 1 kg
Lock 0.5 kg
Very simple 20 gp 0.5 kg
Average 40 gp 0.5 kg
Good 80 gp 0.5 kg
Amazing 150 gp 0.5 kg
Manacles 15 gp 1 kg
Manacles, masterwork 50 gp 1 kg
Mirror, small steel 10 gp 0.25 kg
Mug/tankard, clay 2 cp 0.5 kg
Oil (500 ml flask) 1 sp 0.5 kg
Paper (sheet) 4 sp --
Parchment (sheet) 2 sp --
Pick, miner's 3 gp 5 kg
Pitcher, clay 2 cp 2.5 kg
Piton 1 sp 0.25 kg
Pole, 4 meters 2 sp 4 kg
Pot, iron 5 sp 5 kg
Pouch, belt 1 gp 0.5 kg[1]
Ram, portable 10 gp 10 kg
Rations, trail (per day) 5 sp 0.5 kg[2]
Rope, hemp (20 m) 1 gp 5 kg
Rope, silk (20 m) 10 gp 2.5 kg
Sack (empty) 1 sp 0.25 kg[1]
Sealing wax 1 gp 0.5 kg
Sewing needle 5 sp --
Signal whistle 8 sp --
Signet ring 5 gp --
Sledge 1 gp 5 kg
Soap (per 0.5 kg ) 5 sp 0.5 kg
Spade or shovel 2 gp 4 kg
Spyglass 1,000 gp 0.5 kg
Tent 10 gp 10 kg[1]
Torch 1 cp 0.5 kg
Vial, ink or potion 1 gp --
Waterskin (empty) 1 gp --
Whetstone 2 cp 0.5 kg

Special Substances and Items
Item Cost Weight
Acid (flask) 10 gp 0.5 kg
Alchemist's fire (flask) 20 gp 0.5 kg
Antitoxin (vial) 50 gp --
Everburning torch 110 gp 0.5 kg
Holy water (flask) 25 gp 0.5 kg
Smokestick 20 gp 0.25 kg
Sunrod 2 gp 0.5 kg
Tanglefoot bag 50 gp 2 kg
Thunderstone 30 gp 0.5 kg
Tindertwig 1 gp --
Tools and Skill Kits
Item Cost Weight
Alchemist's lab 500 gp 20 kg
Artisan's tools 5 gp 2.5 kg
Artisan's tools, masterwork 55 gp 2.5 kg
Climber's kit 80 gp 2.5 kg[1]
Disguise kit 50 gp 8 lb. [1]
Healer's kit 50 gp 0.5 kg
Holly and mistletoe -- --
Holy symbol, wooden 1 gp --
Holy symbol, silver 25 gp 0.5 kg
Hourglass 25 gp 0.5 kg
Magnifying glass 100 gp --
Musical instrument, common 5 gp 1.5 kg[1]
Musical instrument, masterwork 100 gp 1.5 kg[1]
Scale, merchant's 2 gp 0.5 kg
Spell component pouch 5 gp 1 kg
Spellbook, wizard's (blank) 15 gp 1.5 kg
Thieves' tools 30 gp 0.5 kg
Thieves' tools, masterwork 100 gp 1kg
Tool, masterwork 50 gp 0.5 kg
Water clock 1,000 gp 100 kg
Clothing
Item Cost Weight
Artisan's outfit 1 gp 2 kg[1]
Cleric's vestments 5 gp 3 kg[1]
Cold weather outfit 8 gp 3.5 kg[1]
Courtier's outfit 30 gp 3 kg[1]
Entertainer's outfit 3 gp 2 kg[1]
Explorer's outfit 10 gp 4 kg[1]
Monk's outfit 5 gp 1 kg[1]
Noble's outfit 75 gp 5 kg[1]
Peasant's outfit 1 sp 1 kg[1]
Royal outfit 200 gp 12.5 kg[1]
Scholar's outfit 5 gp 3 kg[1]
Traveler's outfit 1 gp 2.5 kg[1]
Food, Drink, and Lodging
Item Cost Weight
Ale
2 liters 1 sp 2 kg
Mug 4 cp 0.5 kg
Banquet (per person) 10 gp --
Bread, per loaf 2 cp 0.25 kg
Cheese, hunk of 1 sp 0.25 kg
Inn stay (per day)[2]
Good 2 gp --
Common 5 sp --
Poor 2 sp --
Meals (per day)[2]
Good 5 sp --
Common 3 sp --
Poor 1 sp --
Meat, chunk of 3 sp 0.25 kg
Rations, trail (per day) 5 sp 0.5 kg[2]
Wine
Common (pitcher) 2 sp 3 kg
Fine (bottle) 10 gp 1.25 kg
Mounts and Related Gear
Item Cost Weight
Barding
Medium creature x2 x1
Large creature x4 x2
Bit and bridle 2 gp 0.5 kg
Dog, riding 150 gp --
Donkey or mule 8 gp --
Feed (per day) 5 cp 5 kg
Horse
Horse, heavy 200 gp --
Horse, light 75 gp --
Pony 30 gp --
Warhorse, heavy 400 gp --
Warhorse, light 150 gp --
Warpony 100 gp --
Saddle
Military 20 gp 15 kg
Pack 5 gp 7.5 kg
Riding 10 gp 12.5 kg
Saddle, Exotic
Military 60 gp 20 kg
Pack 15 gp 10 kg
Riding 30 gp 15 kg
Saddlebags 4 gp 4 kg
Stabling (per day) 5 sp --
Transport
Item Cost Weight
Carriage 100 gp 300 kg
Cart 15 gp 100 kg
Galley 30,000 gp --
Keelboat 3,000 gp --
Longship 10,000 gp --
Rowboat 50 gp 50 kg
Oar 2 gp 5 kg
Sailing ship 10,000 gp --
Sled 20 gp 150 kg
Wagon 35 gp 200 kg
Warship 25,000 gp --

-- No weight, or no weight worth mentioning.

1. When made for Medium characters. Weighs one-quarter the normal amount when made for Small characters. Weighs twice the normal amount when made for Large characters. Containers carry one-quarter the normal amount when made for Small characters.

2. Weight assumes rations for a Medium character. Rations for small characters weigh one-quarter as much, but also contain only one-quarter of the food and cost one-quarter as much.

Containers and Carriers

Hauling Vehicles
Item Cost Empty Weight
(English Units)
Holds or Carries
(English Units)
Empty Weight
(Metric Units)
Holds or Carries
(Metric Units)
Cart 15 gp 200 lb. 1/2 ton 100 kg 500 kg
Sled 20 gp 300 lb. 1 ton 150 kg 1,000 kg
Wagon 35 gp 400 lb. 2 tons 200 kg 2,000 kg
Dry Goods
Item Cost Empty Weight
(English Units)
Holds or Carries
(English Units)
Empty Weight
(Metric Units)
Holds or Carries
(Metric Units)
Backpack 2 gp 2 lb.[1] 1 cubic ft./60 lb.[1] 1 kg[1] 0.03 cubic meters/30 kg
Barrel 2 gp 30 lb. 10 cubic ft./650 lb.[2] 15 kg 0.3 cubic meters/300 kg[2]
Basket 4 sp 1 lb. 2 cubic ft./20 lb. 0.5 kg 0.06 cubic meters/10 kg
Bucket 5 sp 2 lb. 1 cubic ft./65 lb.[3] 1 kg 0.03 cubic meters/30 kg[3]
Chest 2 gp 25 lb. 2 cubic ft./200 lb. 12.5 kg 0.06 cubic meters/100 kg
Pouch, belt 1 gp 1/2 lb.[1] 1/5 cubic ft./10 lb.[1] 0.25 kg[1] 6,000 cubic centimeters/5 kg
Sack 1 sp 1/2 lb.[1] 1 cubic ft./60 lb.[1] 0.25 kg[1] 0.03 cubic meters/30 kg
Saddlebags 4 gp 8 lb. 5 cubic ft./250 lb. 4 kg 0.15 cubic meters/125 kg
Spell component pouch 5 gp 1/4 lb.[1] 1/8 cubic ft./2 lb. 0.125 kg[1] 3,750 cubic centimeters/1 kg
Liquids
Item Cost Empty Weight
(English Units)
Holds or Carries
(English Units)
Empty Weight
(Metric Units)
Holds or Carries
(Metric Units)
Bottle, wine, glass 2 gp -- 1 1/2 pints/1.5 lb. -- 0.33 liters/0.33 kg
Flask 3 cp -- 1 pint/1 lb. -- 0.25 liters/0.25 kg
Jug, clay 3 cp 1 lb. 1 gallon/8 lb. 0.5 kg 4 liters/4 kg
Mug/tankard, clay 2 cp -- 1 pint/1 lb. -- 0.25 liters/0.25 kg
Pitcher, clay 2 cp 1 lb. 1/2 gallon/4 lb. 0.5 kg 4 liters/4 kg
Pot, iron 5 sp 2 lb. 1 gallon/8 lb. 0.5 kg 4 liters/4 kg
Vial, ink or potion 1 gp -- 1 ounce/-- -- 30 ml/--
Waterskin 1 gp -- 1/2 gallon/4 lb. [1] -- 2 liters/2 kg

-- No weight worth mentioning

1. When made for Medium characters. Weighs one-quarter the normal amount when made for Small characters. Weighs twice the normal amount when made for Large characters. Containers carry one-quarter the normal amount when made for Small characters.

2. A barrel filled with liquid holds about 75 gallons or about 300 liters.

3. A bucket filled with liquid holds about 7 gallons or about 30 liters.

Converting Encumbrance and Carrying Capacity

A character's ability to carry a load under the metric system can be converted directly from pounds to kilograms. The numbers given below use the same rounding methods used to convert the weight of equipment in the previous sections, so that a character can carry about the same weight no matter what system of weights and measures is in use.

Strength Light
Load
Medium
Load
Heavy
Load
1 Up to 1.5 kg 1.6-3 kg 4-5 kg
2 Up to 3 kg 4-6 kg 7-10 kg
3 Up to 5 kg 6-10 kg 11-15 kg
4 Up to 7 kg 8-13 kg 14-20 kg
5 Up to 8 kg 9-16 kg 17-25 kg
6 Up to 10 kg 11-20 kg 21-30 kg
7 Up to 11 kg 12-23 kg 24-35 kg
8 Up to 13 kg 14-26 kg 27-40 kg
9 Up to 15 kg 16-30 kg 31-45 kg
10 Up to 17 kg 18-33 kg 34-50 kg
11 Up to 19 kg 20-38 kg 39-58 kg
12 Up to 21 kg 22-43 kg 44-65 kg
13 Up to 25 kg 26-50 kg 51-75 kg
14 Up to 29 kg 30-58 kg 59-88 kg
15 Up to 33 kg 34-67 kg 68-100 kg
16 Up to 38 kg 39-77 kg 78-115 kg
17 Up to 43 kg 44-87 kg 88-130 kg
18 Up to 50 kg 51-100 kg 101-150 kg
19 Up to 58 kg 59-117 kg 118-175 kg
20 Up to 67 kg 68-133 kg 134-200 kg
21 Up to 77 kg 78-153 kg 154-230 kg
22 Up to 87 kg 88-173 kg 174-260 kg
23 Up to 100 kg 101-200 kg 201-300 kg
24 Up to 117 kg 118-233 kg 234-350 kg
25 Up to 133 kg 134-267 kg 268-400 kg
26 Up to 153 kg 154-307 kg 308-460 kg
27 Up to 173 kg 174-347 kg 348-520 kg
28 Up to 200 kg 201-400 kg 401-600 kg
29 Up to 233 kg 234-467 kg 468-700 kg
+10 x4 x4 x4

About the Author

Skip Williams keeps busy with freelance projects for several different game companies and has been the Sage of Dragon Magazine since 1986. Skip is a co-designer of the D&D 3rd Edition game and the chief architect of the Monster Manual. When not devising swift and cruel deaths for player characters, Skip putters in his kitchen or garden (his borscht gets rave reviews).


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