If you have followed this blog for a long time, you are probably aware that many of the players in my Sunday game never carefully read the Microlite74/Microlite81 rules. I have a couple of players who admit they have never even skimmed the free copies I give them. One of the nice things about old school gaming is that mastering the rules does not really help much in the game as the game is not about using the rules to the best effect. This also means that players who aren't interested in "system mastery" don't handicap themselves or the other players in the game -- even those players so uninterested in "system mastery" that they can't be bothered to read the rules at all.
While this is very nice and is one of the things I want in any game I'm going to GM, there are players who enjoy reading (and sometimes studying) the rules -- even if that will not give them the advantage it does in games based around "system mastery". While I have a couple of players who never read the rules, I also have players who want to read the rules. Last Sunday, at our last game of the year, one of those players told me that the best Christmas present I could give him was to finish putting the Microlite81 Expanded rules (which is what we are using at the moment) down on paper -- at least to the "public beta" point.
I'm been mainly working on Microlite81 Complete the last few weeks because working on it covers lots of "new ground" and is therefore more interesting for me to work on. For those who are wondering about Microlite81 Advanced and why I haven't even produced an early draft, this is why. Microlite81 Advanced covers a huge amount of new ground. If I started working on it, I'd likely only move back to working on other versions of Microlite81 if held at gun point.
However, I have taken up this Microlite81 Expanded challenge. I'm going to put Microlite81 Complete on the back burner for the rest of December and work on the Microlite81 Expanded rules. The plan is to have a version suitable for public beta (and use by the players in my Sunday game) around the new year. Even with the holiday season, this should be something I can actually do (if I push myself) because after today, my wife has no further doctor or physical therapy appointments until after the first of the year. As she has been having three (or more) a week for most of the last four weeks (and I'm her transportation), this means I will have more free time to work on Microlite81. The more donations the Holiday 2013 Cancer Fund Drive gets during this period, the less my wife will object to me spending extra time on Microlite81 work, so if you are interesting in seeing more work done on Microlite81 and have spare cash, your donation will help give me more time to work on Microlite as well as help us keep our house. (BTW, donors get to see pre-beta copies from the donor download area.)
BTW, this afternoon my wife has another steroid shot to the spinal cord to help relieve her back pain. Even with the local they give her, it's fairly uncomfortable. (Okay, my wife says "painful.") Prayers and good thoughts for her this afternoon would be welcome. Thanks.
The Holiday 2013 Cancer Fund Drive is 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 RetroRoleplaying 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, as of this post this drive has raised $785. Thanks to everyone who donates, spreads the word, or thinks positive thoughts for us!