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Time for a new edition of the Microlite20 RPG Collection

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On April 4th, 2014 I made a post stating it was probably time for a new version of the free Microlite20 RPG Collection (see Time for the 2014 Edition of the Microlite20 RPG Collection) and that I hoped to have a new version out by the end of that month. When I made this post I had no idea that my life was about to be upended a few days later when my wife's mother passed away on April 10th after a sudden illness.

TThe next couple of years have been a blur: my mother-in-laws's funeral, moving to Dallas (first just to oversee repairs on my mother-in-law's house so it could be sold, then deciding to keep the house in Dallas) and sell the house in Waco, with almost ten months of remodeling in there, my wife being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, deciding to sell the house in Dallas so we could move to an area with less heat and humidty (my wife's MS made her very intolerant of high heat and high humidity), selling our house, my father-in-law passing away while we were selling the house, moving to Ohio, and setting up a new house (complete with some remodeling to make all the the house accessible to my disabled wife).

During all that time, I managed to produce and release a number of new games: Microlite78: First Edition Lite, some Microlite81 games, the new version of Microlite75, etc. The updated Microlite20 RPG Collection, however, fell through the cracks -- completely forgotten. I believe it is time to fix this broken promise and prepare and release a new version of the free Microlite20 RPG Collection.

While there have not been a large number of new Microlite20-based games released, there have been enough new and revised M20-based games to make the current collection from 2012 out of date. Adding the new and revised Microlite20 games I have found and collected will not be hard. The real question is what to do with all of my free Microlite7x and Microlite81 games. As they are all based on Microlite20, they probably belong in the collection. The the 2012 edition has the few that were available at the time: the three versions of Microlite74 3.0 (Basic, Standard, and Expanded) and the first Microlite74 Companion volume. Since then I've released 4 more Microlite74 Companion volumes, Microlite78: First Edition Lite, four versions of Microlite81 (Standard, Expanded, Complete, and Advanced), three versions of Microlite75 (Basic, Standard, and Extended), and several Microlite74 variants (Light vs Dark, Swords & Sorcery, 3d6 Edition).

Including all of these new Microlite7x and Microlite81 based games would probably add 800 to 1000 pages to the already large collection. I'm not sure this is a good idea. What I'm considering is including the Microlite74 Basic, Standard, and Extended games (which are in the current Microlite20 RPG Collection and Microlite81 and Microlite81 Extended. All the other Microlite7x and Microlite81 games would be simply descripted briefly and download links provided. This would make the collection less complete, but would avoid a huge increase in page count from including all of my generally large Microlite20-based games and would make the volumes less about my games and more about all the wonderful and interesting Microlite20-based games others have created. If have an opinion on this issue, I'd love to hear about it in comments.

Finally, if you know of any additional new Microlite20 games or variants (and their locations on the Net) please let me know. If you know of any updated versions of games included in the Microlite20 RPG Collection 2012 Edition, please let me know. Even if you believe I probably know about it, play it safe and tell me about it. Thank you.


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Many Interesting New Old School Games at RPGNow

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Forbidden Caverns CoverWhen I go out to RPGNow there's generally only one or two new games that get my attention, so I was surprised to discover a five such games this morning. Unfortunately, most are well above my PDF price limit of $10. However, I thought I would point them out on my blog as the Christmas season is approaching and my wife has been known to check my blogs for gift ideas.

The Forbidden Caverns of Archaia: This is a megadungeon by the author of Barrowmaze, Greg Gillespie. While I really would like to have this, at $35 for a PDF, I am unlikely to ever buy it as it is over 3 times the maximum I'm willing to pay for a PDF -- especially one I am unlikely to ever use more than pieces of. However, it sounds very interesting: "The lost city of Archaia - an ancient ruin sunken into the earth - lies deep in the badlands. In recent years, caravans from Eastdale have come under attack from orcs, goblins, and worse. Some say these blood-thirsty warbands have made lairs in the deep caves and ruins. Sill others say the ancient halls are filled with magnificent treasures left by the Archaians." Cover art is by Erol Otus and the interior art includes "special surprizes by former TSR artists". If you are willing to spend more money on PDFs than I am and would like what will (judging by Barrowmaze) probably be an excellent old school megadungeon, you may want to pick this up.

Astonishing Swordsmen & Sorcerers of Hyperborea -- Second Edition: This caught me by surprise as I didn't know a second edition was in the works. I found the first edition full of interesting ideas, if a bit rough around the edges. However, I liked it enough that I'm looking forward to eventually getting the second edition. According to the blurb, "AS&SH™ has been expanded to include new classes, news spells, new monsters, new magic items, and more! It also includes a new, full colour map, an introductory town and adventure, as well as hundreds of new illustrations!" All the stuff in the first sentence really makes me want a copy. The second sentence, not so much. I really don't need hundreds of illustrations, but I imagine I'm not really the target audience for that part.

Mighty Protectors: Mighty Protectors is the third edition of Villains and Vigilantes. And V&V is the only superhero game aside from TSR's excellent Marvel Superheros (aka FASERIP) that I would be willing to run these days. The first two editions of V&V were great old school superhero games and all I've heard about the third edition is good, so I'm looking forward to eventually getting a copy of this game. I might even be willing to pay a bit over my $10 PDF limit for it because it is something I stand a good chance of actually playing. I'm really happy to see V&V back and wish Jeff Dee and Jack Herman the best of luck with it.

Raiders of R’lyeh: I was really surprised to see this game as it is one of the very late kickstarters that a lot of backers apparently never expected to see. At just under $40 in PDF form, it's way outside my budget. It looks as interesting today as it did when I first heard the idea several years ago: pulpish style mythos adventures in the Edwardian age (1900-1913). Of course, as Pulp Cthuthlu has been out a while (and is an excellent game and one I already own), this game will probably not have the impact it might have had if it had come out when it was originally supposed to.

Fringeworthy d20 edition: I own the first two editions of Richard Tucholka's Fringeworthy. It was a fantastic interdimensional exploration setting saddled with a overly-complex game system. While D20 system versions of games are often square pegs driven into round holes, in this case the D20 system almost has to be an improvement over the original system -- at least for me. If you are unfamiliar with Fingeworthy, this post, "Obsolete Simulations Roundup: Fringeworthy" at Hereticwerks is a good review.

I also noticed that ZWEIHÄNDER Grim & Perilous RPG seems to have a new and much lower price than when it first came out. I was lucky enough to pick up a copy of this game at a very good sale price shortly after it came out. If you like either of the first two editions of the Warhammer RPG, you need this game.

As usual, all the links to RPGNow products in this post are affiliate links. If you purchase a copy through one of these links, I get a small percentage (5% or so, I believe) of the price. Like donations to the RetroRoleplaying Cancer Fund, money earned from these affiliate links helps pay medical expenses.


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Labor Sale: Microlite74 Ultimate Edition (and others) 25% Off

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Microlite74 Ultimate Edition CoverIt's Labor Day and that sounds like a great time for a sale. The Microlite74 Ultimate Edition is now 25% off on DrivethruRPG/RPGNow. All our other products (that are not already "pay what you want") are also on sale at 25% off.


This sale runs through Tuesday September 5th at 9am CDT.


Please Support BX Advanced with a Donation: If you would like to have access to the BX Advanced playtest rules (as well as other donor files -- like free copies of all the "for sale" Retroroleplaying publications), you can make a donation towards my wife's medical fund (old oral cancer bills and more current MS-related bills). Donations to the RetroRoleplaying Cancer Fund for $10 or more will also earn a listing as a sponsor in the BX Advanced rulebook. A donation of $10 gets a Bronze Donor listing. ($25+ earns a Copper Donor listing, $50+ Silver, $100+ Gold, 200+ Platinum, 300+ Electrum, $500+ Adamantine) -- see the sidebar for a list of donors so far. If you would like to sponsor BX Advanced with a donation, you can send a donation in any amount -- small or large -- to the RetroRoleplaying Cancer Fund via Paypal.