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Should I Move the Microlite74/78/81 Forum to a Google+ Community?

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Google+ Communities LogoMicrolite74 has a forum. You may not know this because it has not been very active the past couple of years. I've received several suggestions that I should just move it to a Google+ community -- from people who would prefer it to be a Google community, of course. While I hate to depend on a third party service that could disappear or be changed to something not useful on the whim of some corporate executive, I'm not necessarily opposed to the idea if people would actually use a Microlite74/78/81 community.

Please let me know what you would like? Keep the current forum or move discussions to a Google+ community? If you like the idea of a Google+ community, I'm open to ideas as to what to call it. I want one community to handle discussions of all my "old school" M20-based games (as I'd go nuts trying to keep up with one Community from Microlite74, one community for Microlite78, one community for Microlite81, one community for Gyphons & Gramarye, etc.) -- but that makes coming up with a name that covers all of them and is also recognizable enough so people will see the name and know what is covered hard. But then as anyone who has ever played in my games knows, I'm horrible at coming up with names off the cuff.


Swords and Glory Volume 1 BoxThe Lazy Days of Summer RetroRoleplaying Cancer Fund Drive is on. Every $10 donated gives you one chance to win a one of the many early D&D, Empire of the Petal Throne, and early TSR games items items described in the above-linked post. Multiple drawings will be held as described in the above linked post. The highest donors will have a separate chance to receive an Artists of TSR portfolio. These are in addition to the usual PDF downloads and other benefits of a donation to the RetroRoleplaying Cancer Fund. To get help us pay our medical bills (and to get access to some special downloads and possibly the above mentioned lazy days of summer items), send a donation in any amount -- small or large -- to me via Paypal. Thank you!

As of the time of this post $901 dollars have been donated. That's about 26% of our goal and about 19% of the way to the second $750 drawing trigger point.

RetroRoleplaying Summer Cancer Fund Drive: First Giveaway Winners!

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C1 - The Hidden Shrine of Tomoachan CoverI'm pleased to announce the results of the first of the five giveaway drawings for those donating to the Lazy Days of Summer RetroRoleplaying Cancer Fund Drive. This drawing was triggered by reaching the first goal of $750. The next drawing will be triggered when we reach $1500. Two of the eight groups of giveaway items were randomly selected by rolling a d8. Group 7 (TSR Early Historical Wargames) and Group 1 (TSR Early Modules) were selected. The lucky winners are:

The Group 1 Giveaway Items go to Dillon S. from El Paso, TX. This group included the following items: A2 - Secret of the Slavers Stockade, A3 - Assault of the Aerie of the Slave Lords, C1 - The Hidden Shrine of Tomoachan, D1 - Descent Into the Depths of the Earth, D2 - Shrine of the Kuo-Toa.

The Group 7 Giveaway items are going to an anonymous but frequent donor. This group includes the following items: TSR early historical wargames: Cavaliers and Roundheads, Cordite & Steel, Don't Give Up The Ship!, Fight in the Skies, Tractics, Tricolor.

I also had two $20 RPGNOW gift certificates to giveaway (thanks to Zachery B. for these). These are going to Bill R. and Keith N.

The next drawing for two of the remaining six groups of giveaway items will be held when we reach the $1500 point. The remaining six groups of giveaway items are:

Group 2: S1 - Tomb of Horrors, S2 - White Plume Mountain, S3 - Expedition to the Barrier Peaks, S4 - The Lost Caverns of Tsojcanth.

Group 3: All TSR Tekumel games: Empire of the Petal Throne, Legions of the Petal Throne, War of Wizards.

Group 4: Gamescience Tekumel Boxed Sets: Swords & Glory Volume 1, Swords & Glory Volume 2.

Group 5: Imperium Publishing Tekumel games: The Tekumel Journal #1 and #2, Book of Ebon Bindings, MISSUM!

Group 6: Adventure Games Teklumel material: Deeds of the Ever-Glorious, Tsolyani Language, Parts 1 and 2, Armies of Tekumel, Vol 1: Tsolyanu, Armies of Tekumel, Vol 2: Yan Kor and Allies.

Group 8: TSR early SF/F wargames: Star Probe, Star Empires, Warriors of Mars, Lankhmar, Divine Right.

For more information on this fund drive, please see this post: Lazy Days of Summer RetroRoleplaying Cancer Fund Drive Begins. Donations are much appreciated and I'd like to thank everyone who has donated or will donate!


Swords and Glory Volume 1 BoxThe Lazy Days of Summer RetroRoleplaying Cancer Fund Drive is on. Every $10 donated gives you one chance to win a one of the many early D&D, Empire of the Petal Throne, and early TSR games items items described in the above-linked post. Multiple drawings will be held as described in the above linked post. The highest donors will have a separate chance to receive an Artists of TSR portfolio. These are in addition to the usual PDF downloads and other benefits of a donation to the RetroRoleplaying Cancer Fund. To get help us pay our medical bills (and to get access to some special downloads and possibly the above mentioned lazy days of summer items), send a donation in any amount -- small or large -- to me via Paypal. Thank you!

As of the time of this post $887 dollars have been donated. That's about 25% of our goal and about 18% of the way to the second $750 drawing trigger point.

Microlite75 2.0 or Revisiting the Microlite74 4.0 Idea

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Microlite75 1st Edition CoverAfter mentioning the request I had received to produce a forth edition of Microlite74 (because the current edition is over four years old) in a blog post about six weeks ago, I have received a few emails about the idea -- mainly from people who really want a new edition. All of these presented better reasons for a fourth edition than the email that sparked the post mentioned above. The primary reason being that a fourth edition of Microlite74 could replace the Microlite20-based class and advancement rules with rules more like those of the original rule set -- like I did with Microlite81.

I'm fairly sure a good number of people would like such a revision as the very simple class system and the "encounter level" experience system are not much like the original 0e rules even though they capture the feel of 0e characters and 0e advancement fairly well. However, I also know that there are a good number of Microlite74 players who prefer the class and XP system as it currently is in the Microlite74 rules. Publishing an entire new edition to change the rules in a way that would probably upset as many players as it pleased just doesn't seem like a very good idea to me. In fact, I think some major game company tried that very thing with the fourth edition of their game and it did not work out all that well for either them or the players of their game. I see no reason to repeat history, so there is no Microlite74 4.0 in the works.

However, there still seems to be a sizable group of people who prefer the more structured classes and the more "old school" experience system I used in Microlite81. Frankly, I'm in that camp, which is why some of the Microlite74 variants have used versions of the system adopted for the Microlite81 games. So I've decided to produce a second edition of Microlite75 (the first edition of what became Microlite74 Extended 3.0) that will be 0e with what I've learned from writing all the Microlite74 companions and variants and from writing Microlite81. This project should move along much faster than Gyphons & Grammarie because -- unlike Gryphons & Grammarie -- it's not trying to design a new 0e-like game from scratch for a group of very hard to please playtesters. Work on Gyphons & Grammarie will continue, of course, as it is the game I'm running every Sunday. Work on Microlite75 2.0 will begin in earnest once I get Microlite81 Advanced finished. I still hope to have it finished in time for (US) Thanksgiving.

If you have anything you'd like to see (or like not to see) in Microlite75 2.0, the next few weeks would be a great time to speak up. Remember, however, that I intend it to be strongly in the 0e tradition, just like Microlite74.


Swords and Glory Volume 1 BoxThe Lazy Days of Summer RetroRoleplaying Cancer Fund Drive is on. Every $10 donated gives you one chance to win a one of the many early D&D, Empire of the Petal Throne, and early TSR games items items described in the above-linked post. Multiple drawings will be held as described in the above linked post. The highest donors will have a separate chance to receive an Artists of TSR portfolio. These are in addition to the usual PDF downloads and other benefits of a donation to the RetroRoleplaying Cancer Fund. To get help us pay our medical bills (and to get access to some special downloads and possibly the above mentioned lazy days of summer items), send a donation in any amount -- small or large -- to me via Paypal. Thank you!

As of the time of this post $786 dollars have been donated. That's about 22% of our goal and about 3% of the way to the second $750 drawing trigger point.

Microlite74 Extended Rules Now Available in a Free Tablet-Friendly PDF

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Microlite74 Extended Tablet Digest Edition coverAs I announced yesterday, the Lazy Days of Summer RetroRoleplaying Cancer Fund Drive hit its third $250 goal, so the third Microlite74 tablet version has been released for free public download.

For those who do not know, Microlite74 Extended emulates the 0e version of the world's most popular fantasy roleplaying game in its complete form: the original 3 little booklets in the 0e boxed set plus most of the material from the supplements and "official" material published in the early magazine articles and includes Microlite74 versions of most of the house rules I was using in the late 1970s. It includes everything Microlite74 Standard does and adds rules for character backgrounds (optional in Basic and Standard), alignment, spell casting with implements and rituals, Body Points (representing actual major wounds), a slightly more detailed combat system, more spells and monsters, and other minor rules changes. It is slightly more complex in play than Microlite74 Standard, but not considerably so. The original edition of Microlite74 Extended was called Microlite75.

The tablet digest version of Microlite74 Extended is designed to be easy to read and use on tablets. Pages are digest-sized, the text is in a single column with a relatively large font (10pt Verdana). There is nothing new in this edition: material has simply been reformatted for tablet use.

The Microlite74 Extended Tablet Digest Edition is now available for download in the Microlite20.org download area. Here is a direct link to the download: Click Here to Download: Microlite74-Extended-3.0-Tablet-Digest-Final.pdf.

The Microlite81 Tablet Digest Edition will be released when we hit $1000 in donations to the Lazy Days of Summer RetroRoleplaying Cancer Fund Drive.

I'd like to thank everyone who has donated to the Lazy Days of Summer RetroRoleplaying Cancer Fund Drive so far! Please keep those donations coming in.


Swords and Glory Volume 1 BoxThe Lazy Days of Summer RetroRoleplaying Cancer Fund Drive is on. Every $10 donated gives you one chance to win a one of the many early D&D, Empire of the Petal Throne, and early TSR games items items described in the above-linked post. Multiple drawings will be held as described in the above linked post. The highest donors will have a separate chance to receive an Artists of TSR portfolio. These are in addition to the usual PDF downloads and other benefits of a donation to the RetroRoleplaying Cancer Fund. To get help us pay our medical bills (and to get access to some special downloads and possibly the above mentioned lazy days of summer items), send a donation in any amount -- small or large -- to me via Paypal. Thank you!

As of the time of this post $786 dollars have been donated. That's about 22% of our goal and about 3% of the way to the second $750 drawing trigger point.

First RetroRoleplaying Cancer Fund Drawing Trigger Point Reached!

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I'm happy to announce that we reached the $750 trigger point for the first drawing last week -- and we are $27 toward the second drawing trigger point. Normally, I would have had the drawing for the first two giveaway items at my Sunday game yesterday. However, since I came down with a severe case of strep throat last week, the game was canceled as none of my players wanted to come get exposed to strep and even if they had wanted to, I couldn't talk. The drawing will be held next Sunday (which means you can donate now and still get a chance at the first drawing items.

Supposedly adult cases of strep throat are usually milder than child/teen cases. No one ever convinced my body of this. When I get strep, I can't swallow, I run a fever of 103+F, and am generally a miserable creature who might welcome a visit from the grim reaper. Strep throat is one of the major reason I stopped going to conventions. Going to a convention was almost always followed by a case of strep. What makes all of this worse is the cure (antibiotics) is almost (but not quite) as annoying as the disease -- 48 to 72 hours of diarrhea as the antibiotics do a number on the good bacteria in my stomach as well as the nasty strep bacteria. This is the first case of strep I've had since I got married in 2004 and my wife now believes the stories I've told her of mt post-con cases of strep. Where did I pick it up since I haven't been to any conventions? Probably at the hospital week before last when I took my wife over for an ultrasound on her legs. My body apparently attracts strep bacteria like it does mosquitoes. Worse, my wife had an appointment near downtown Dallas for a pain procedure last Friday -- and I had to drive, she spent a lot of time with her eyes closed hoping I was alert enough not to have an accident. Fortunately, this was about 6 hours before the antibiotics made leaving the immediate vicinity of a bathroom a bad idea.

I am finally beginning to feel somewhat human again. The pain in my throat is much duller and I no longer need to remain close to a toilet. However, I'm still not all here mentally. Reaching $750 means another Tablet Digest release. The third one should be the Microlite74 Extended Tablet Digest Edition. That one has been done for weeks. However, I somehow got it into my head that I was releasing the Microlite81 Tablet Digest Edition -- and it still had problems. So I spent what little free time and energy I had today working on it. Of course, all I really managed to do was create more problems. When I finally decided to quit and revert to what I started with, I realized that it was the Microlite74 Extended Tablet Digest Edition that was actually due for release -- and it was ready to print to PDF. Can you hear the sound of my head banging against my desk? So I printed it to PDF and it is up in the Microlite20.org download library. Unfortunately, I no longer have the energy to write up a release announcement. That will be tomorrow, but if you read though this stream of (un)consciousness posat, you don't have to wait until tomorrow, you can find it here.

To sum up:

1) The first drawing in the Lazy Days of Summer RetroRoleplaying Cancer Fund Drive will be held next Sunday (fate permitting). Thanks to all who have donated/will donate.
2) The Microlite74 Extended Tablet Digest Edition is ready for release.
3) Because I am still sick enough that I'm rambling a lot and making more silly mistakes than usual, said Microlite74 Extended Tablet Digest Edition will have a release announcement until tomorrow.
4) I hate strep throat.


Swords and Glory Volume 1 BoxThe Lazy Days of Summer RetroRoleplaying Cancer Fund Drive is on. Every $10 donated gives you one chance to win a one of the many early D&D, Empire of the Petal Throne, and early TSR games items items described in the above-linked post. Multiple drawings will be held as described in the above linked post. The highest donors will have a separate chance to receive an Artists of TSR portfolio. These are in addition to the usual PDF downloads and other benefits of a donation to the RetroRoleplaying Cancer Fund. To get help us pay our medical bills (and to get access to some special downloads and possibly the above mentioned lazy days of summer items), send a donation in any amount -- small or large -- to me via Paypal. Thank you!

As of the time of this post $777 dollars have been donated. That's about 22% of our goal and about 3% of the way to the second $750 drawing trigger point.