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!

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On Facebook: Time for a new edition of the Microlite20 RPG Collection

Back in 2012 I published the free (and at 1400 pages or so, huge) Microlite20 RPG Collection — with all the then available Microlite20 rules and variants collected into two pdf volumes. In 2014 I posted about starting work on a revised version with the new Microlite20 variants and revisions people had created. Less than a week later my world fell apart when my wife’s mother passed away after a sudden illness (which triggered a lot of other stuff as mentioned in the linked blog post). While I’ve managed to publish a number of my own games during all the upheavals of the last three years of my life, revising the Microlite20 RPG Collection completely slipped my mind.

It’s time to remedy that and produce a 2017 edition of the free Microlite20 RPG Collection. See my blog post for my thoughts on how to handle all my M20-based games and a request for links to any new or revised Microlite20-based games that have been released since the publication of the 2012 edition of the Microlite20 RPG Collection — to reduce the chances of any being missed. Thanks!

Time for a new edition of the Microlite20 RPG Collection

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 20…

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On Facebook: M20 Fifth – Version 0.9.pdf

M20 Fifth version 0.9.

Changelog from 0.8:
– Added appendix for adding Legendary actions/resistance to monsters.
– Added appendix about scaling monsters up and down.
– Added appendix with some additional combat options (surprise, opportunity attacks, etc.)
– Added appendix with three new classes (Barbarian, Monk and Ranger.) The ranger takes more inspiration from the Revised Ranger and Spell-less rangers from UA, and not the ranger from the PHB.
– Updated OGL (with source of Legendary actions/resistance rules)

M20 Fifth – Version 0.9.pdf

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