About Microlite20

Do you remember when the gaming table was full of pizza and soda, not rulebooks, miniatures and dungeon tiles? Do you yearn for a role-playing game that doesn’t require weight training to carry all the books? Do you want to be able to hold all the rules in your head - or in your back pocket? And do you still want to use all those lovely monsters, adventures and game worlds too?

So do we!!

Microlite20 pocketbooks

Microlite20 pocketbooks

Microlite20 is a free role-playing game containing character generation, combat and rules for magic, monsters and level advancement. We have ripped the guts out of d20 leaving just the essence of the game. Skills are much simplified, there are no feats and combat is as simple as it gets. The original Microlite20 is a trimmed-down, subminiature version of the Primary Fantasy Tabletop RPG SRD rules 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 Primary Fantasy SRD (monsters, spells, adventures and equipment) could be used without conversion. It was designed for the 3.5 SRD but will work with the 3.0 SRD or even the PF SRD. The rules for character generation, combat, magic and level advancement take up a single sheet of paper, meaning it is perfect for introducing role-playing to new players, gaming one-shot adventures or tailoring into your own game system (and judging by the number of Microlite20 variants available, tailoring Microlite20 into your own game system is very popular). You can download a PDF copy of the original Microlite20 rules or a PDF copy of the more complete Microlite20 Purest Essence rules or you can browse through the library of Microlite20 supplements and variants in the Microlite20 section of the download area of the RetroRoleplaying web site.

You can talk with other Microlite20 fans in the Microlite20 group on Facebook: Microlite20 Fans. The official Microlite20 home page is Microlite20.net -- and after months of being down, the official site is slowly coming back!

Latest News and Information

Microluxe20 Now Available

A new Microlite20 variant is available in the download area: Microluxe20.

Microluxe20 is an open source project aiming to rework the core microlite20 ruleset and some of its various expansions into a single rulebook that doesn’t require players or GMs to reference the SRD. It also aims to remain compatible with a majority of available d20 supplements, rules, and adventures.

Microlite81 Advanced 1.0 Final is Available for Download

Microlite81 Advanced is intended to be standard Microlite81 with the spell lists, monsters and treasure from the 1e (Advanced) version of the world’s most popular fantasy RPG. A large number of optional rules (psionics, mutations, etc.) are included. Microlite81 Advanced allows the GM to select which version of the “core game rules” to use (the standard B/X-like rules from Microlite81 or the B/X-like rules with the author’s house rules from the early 1980s added as in Microlite81 Extended).

This is the final 1.0 “silver” release version of Microlite81 Advanced. It is a 206 page pdf file. It is a large (14.2 meg) file due to all the art in this edition.

Microlite81 Advanced is now available for free download in PDF format in our download area. Here is direct download link: Click Here to Download: Microlite81-Advanced-1.0-Silver.pdf.

Microlite81 Complete 1.0 Final is Available for Download

Microlite81 Complete is intended to be standard Microlite81 with more complete descriptions of spells, monsters, and magic items and a few extras like an example of play and instructions for GMs which will hopefully make the game more friendly to players with less experience with old school gaming. Microlite81 Complete allows the GM to select which version of the “core game rules” to use (the standard B/X-like rules from Microlite81 or the B/X-like rules with the author’s house rules from the early 1980s added as in Microlite81 Extended).

This is the final “silver” release version of Microlite81. It is a 128 page pdf file. It is a large (17.2 meg) file due to all the art in this edition. Over 15 megs of the file size is artwork.

Microlite81 Complete is now available for download in PDF format in our download area. Here is direct download link: Click Here to Download: Microlite81-Complete-1.0-Silver.pdf.

Microlite81Complete Public Beta Available for Download

Microlite81 Complete is intended to be standard Microlite81 with more complete descriptions of spells, monsters, and magic items and a few extras like an example of play and instructions for GMs which will hopefully make the game more friendly to players with less experience with old school gaming. Microlite81 Complete allows the GM to select which version of the “core game rules” to use (the standard B/X-like rules from Microlite81 or the B/X-like rules with the author’s house rules from the early 1980s added as in Microlite81 Extended).

This is a public beta version which the author beliefs to be feature complete. It needs (at a minimum) proofreading, layout and artwork before it will be ready for formal release. If you notice typos, missing material, or the like, please let the author know.

Microlite81 Complete is now available for download in PDF format in our download area. Here is direct download link: Click Here to Download: Microlite81-Complete-Public-Beta.pdf.

Pathfinder Lite Available for Download

The latest version of Morgan Mains’ Pathfinder LITE is now available for download in PDF format in our download area. Mains says this about Pathfinder LITE: “I really liked much of what Pathfinder brought to the game table. However I still wanted the sleek, robust, ruleset of Microlite20. What I did was take the core rules of Microlite20 and added in key features that I thought truly defined Pathfinder; the things that really set it apart from 3.5. Then I smelted down those features and incorporated them in to the Microlite20 core rules which resulted in Pathfinder LITE – Players Compendium. I’ve continued development and now Pathfinder LITE has all of it’s own core documents with out any reference back to Microlite20.”

The are two versions available for download. The first is letter-sized and is suitable for printing. The second is digest-sized, suitable for reading on tablets. Here is direct download link to the full-sized version: PathfinderLITE-full-size.pdf. Here is direct download link to the tablet version: PathfinderLITE-tablet-size.pdf.