Today, June 20th 2015, is free RPG day. If you do not live near a participating game store, there are a lot of free RPGs available online. RetroRoleplaying.com's new sister site, Microlite20.org, currently hosts over 100 free Microlite20-based roleplaying games with more to come: the original tiny Microlite20 (and some very big and more complete "large" editions), many Microlite20 variants (including science fiction, western, superhero, and other non-fantasy variants and both "new school" and "old school" style games), and of course, my own Microlite74, Microlite78, and Microlite81.
Here are just a few of the games available in the Microlite20.org Download Library that you might want to check out:
- Microlite20 Tablet Digest Edition 1.0 - a new version of the core Microlite20 rules in a "digest-sized" pdf format designed for ease use on a tablet.
- Microlite20 Golden Edition - "This edition wants to transform the minimalist idea of the original Microlite20 in a full and complete Rulebook. While the original 'one page rulesheet' was mainly aimed to already experienced players, the Golden Edition wants to extend the original idea to both new and expert players, giving them a framework that permits to play quickly, freely and virtually everywhere having all the rules and manuals at hand."
- Microlite20 Ultimate Costumes - This is a super hero role playing game blend of Microlite 20, Mutants and Masterminds, ICONS and Marvel Super Heroes, for something a little bit like and a little bit different from each. This document only includes character creation rules. Game play rules are the same as in Microlite 20 Purest Essence. Last revised April 15, 2014
- Dark Heritage - A Microlite20 variant set in a dark world with Cthuthoid monsters where anyone can learn magic.
- Where No Man Has Gone Before - This is a game about a five year mission, a world where special effects never progressed beyond painted Styrofoam blocks and cheap double-exposures. The 70's were still The Future and Klingons had smooth foreheads. The idea of a Star Trek movie was a laughable proposition and nobody thought twice about planets full of Nazis and space hippies.
- Microlite20 Gunsmoke-n-Goblins - Microlite20 rules for a fantasy version of the old west. Magic, monsters, treasure, guns, and the old west.
- SpyLite - This game is to the spy genre what cotton candy is to your aching, rotten teeth. The goal is to take Greywulf's excellent Microlite system, beat it senseless, and create a game that will do one-tenth of what Spycraft does, but with only one-half the work. And also, world domination.
- Microlite20 Swords Against Sorcery - Swords against Sorcery ("SvS") is a distribution (mash-up, blend, whatever) of the Microlite20 game ("M20") aiming for "swords & sorcery" style settings.
- Microlite20 Fifth v0.3 - "This is a trimmed down, subminiature version of the Fifth Edition of the World’s Most Popular Roleplaying game that has been designed to be quick and easy to play. The goal was to create a simpler game, but one where all of the resources of the Fifth Edition (monsters, spells, adventures and equipment) could be used without conversion."
- Microlite 4e - An attempt to do a 4e version of Microlite20 in two pages.
Saturday, June 20, 2015 | 0 Comments
While I'm not much of a tablet (or smartphone for that matter) person, I was given an Acer A1-810. I don't really use it for much more than a fancy ereader to supplement my old nook. I have used it enough to know that using multi-column pdfs is a real pain, even using EBookDroid which can zoom to columns.
I was talking about Microlite20 and my new Microlite20.org unofficial website at my Sunday game a couple of weeks ago. One of my players mentioned that one of his friends runs a because game from his tablet and finds most of the Microlite20 PDFs a real pain to use they are two column. That got me thinking which is always a dangerous thing. Thinking got me to working on a new project. A tablet edition of Microlite20.
This was supposed to be a quick project. Take Microlite20 Purest Essence. Copy the text from it. Paste it into Word and reformat it to one column on a 5.5x8.5 (aka digest-sized) page. Naturally, it didn't work out quite that way. I decided to add quite a bit of the minor variant rules from the first section of the Microlite20 RPG Collection (2012 Edition). The end result is about 90 digest-sized pages and includes all the text from Microlite20 Purest Essence in the main section. This is followed by six appendixes: SRD Skills, Examples, Minor Rules Expansions and Variants, Microlite20 Martial Arts, Microlite20 Psionics, and Mass Combat Made Easy. The volume finishes with a Designer's Notes section with three of Greywulf's articles on Microlite20: "Everything you need to know about the Microlite20 Skill System", Microlite20 Monster Building" and "The Microlite Campaign."
The result, the Microlite20 Tablet Digest Edition 1.0 is now available for download in the Microlite20.org download area. Here is a direct link to the download: Microlite20-Tablet-Digest-Edition-1.0.
Microlite74/78/81 fans: Before you ask, I plan to do all of the Microlite74, Microlite78, and Microlite81 rules books and supplements in this format this year. Once finished, they will probably be released one at a time as various goals are meet in a Retro-Roleplaying Cancer Fund drive.
Sunday, June 14, 2015 | 4 Comments
As the official Microlite20 website (microlite20.net) has a history of disappearing or being non-functional for various (often long) periods of time, I have created a new (and very unofficial) home for Microlite20 (and all its variants): Microlite20.org.
At the moment, Microlite20.org is a small one page site that briefly explains what Microlite20 is, how to download a copy, how to find the library of supplements and variants, and how to find the Microlite20 group on Facebook. While not a lot, it does provide all the important info in one place that should soon be easy to find via Google. Microlite20.org is a Wordpress site so it should be easy to build up into a real site -- like Microlite20 used to have. It will probably even see the return of a Microlite20 fan forum in the future. Note that I have discussed this new unofficial Microlite20 home page with Seth Drebitko and he has no objections to the project.
Please pass the word to Microlite20 fans that a new unofficial home page for Microlite20 and its many variants is up and should remain up for a long time judging my my track record with other pages I maintain. The address is http://microlite20.org/.
Tuesday, June 02, 2015 | 0 Comments