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Microlite81 Is now Available for Free Download (Free Old School RPG)

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Microlite81 1.0 CoverMicrolite81 1.0 Silver is finally finished and ready for download. In case you've missed all the previous posts on Microlite81, Microlite81 is to the B/X edition of the world's best known tabletop RPG as Microlite74 is to the original 1974 edition of that game. That means that Microlite81 has taken the 1981 Basic and Expert boxed sets and converted the system to one based on Microlite20 -- a rules light version of the D20 system. You can use Microlite20 to play any published adventure you could use with the B/X version with only a few minor changes (like inverting AC). If you like Microlite20, Microlite74 or the 1981 Basic/Expert sets of the world's best known tabletop RPG, Microlite81 is probably worth looking at - especially since the price is right: absolutely FREE.

This is the "Silver" version of Microlite81 which includes rules as well as complete (but brief) descriptions of spells, monsters, and treasure. If you've ever played any version of the world's best known tabletop RPG, you should have no problem playing or running Microlite81. However, if you would like more complete information on spells, monsters, and treasure as well as a few examples of characters and combat, the upcoming Microlite81 Complete will probably serve you better. This is the "Silver" version because a final "Gold" version will be published when all the planned Microlite81 editions (Microlite81, Microlite81 Complete, Microlite81 Expanded, and Microlite81 Advanced) with any errata added and a complete list of Microlite81 sponsors but no other additions.

Sponsors? Yes, anyone donating at least $25 to the RetroRoleplaying Cancer Fund during the design period for Microlite81 games will be listed as a sponsor in Microlite81 (and also in Microlite81 Complete, Microlite81 Expanded, and Microlite81 Advanced). We already have a number of sponsors and can always use more.

Copper Donors: Those donating 25-50 dollars will be listed as Copper Donors.

Silver Donors: Those donating 51-100 dollars will be listed as Silver Donors. Silver donors may run a small text ad for their game, gaming related item, or game-related item on the main RetroRoleplaying web site.

Gold Donors: Those donating 101-250 dollars will be listed as Gold Donors. Gold donors may have a monster, spell, or magic item of their creation included in at least one version of Microlite81 (Expanded, Complete, or Advanced) and credited to the donor plus the benefits for Silver Donors.

Electrum Donors: Those donating 251-500 dollars will be listed as Eltectrum Donors. Electrum donors may opt to have character’s name and description used as one of the characters in the example of play planned for Microlite81 Complete and Microlite81 Advanced; plus the benefits for Silver and Gold donors – or they may have a half-page ad for their RPG product or web site included in the final (Gold) versions of all currently planned Microlite81 editions (Microlite81, Microlite81 Expanded, Microlite81 Complete, and Microlite81 Advanced)

Platinum Donors: Those donating over 500 dollars will be listed as Platinum Donors. Platinum donors may opt to have their names used as a player in the example of play planned for Microlite81 Complete and Microlite81 Advanced; plus the benefits for Silver, Gold, and Electrum donors – or they may have a full page ad for their RPG product or web site included in the final (Gold) versions of all currently planned Microlite81 editions (Microlite81, Microlite81 Expanded, Microlite81 Complete, and Microlite81 Advanced)

Donors are also entered in the current Holiday 2013 Cancer Fund Drive giveaway drawings mentioned below and have access to a number of special donor downloads, including "work-in-progress" versions of whatever I'm working on (Microlite81 Complete is my next project).

Download your FREE copy of Microlite81 1.0

You can download the "standard" version of Microlite81 1.0 Silver from the download area of our message board or from Mediafire. The download is a 1.7 meg PDF file.

Download Microlite81 from our message board.

You can also download it from Mediafire

Playtesters have enjoyed playing Microlite81 and I hope you will as well!


The Holiday 2013 Cancer Fund Drive on on. Every $10 donated gives you one chance to win one or more of more than 40 non-TSR D&D items published in the late 1970s and early 1980s. You can see the complete list of giveaway items and read more about this fund drive in this post: Holiday 2013 Cancer Fund Drive (with lots of Third Party D&D Giveaway Items). This is in addition to the usual PDF downloads and other benefits of a donation to the RetrpoRoleplaying Cancer Fund. All donations will be used to pay the property taxes on our house as we had to use the money saved for this to pay for more medical treatment for my wife's cancer and other medical problems treatment related bills (see the linked post above for more info), send a donation in any amount -- small or large -- to me via Paypal.Thank you!


We need to raise about $3400 by the end of January, so far this drive has raised $273. Thanks to everyone who donates, spreads the word, or thinks positive thoughts for us!


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