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About Microlite20 Nexus

Microlite20 Nexus is the current home of the Microlite20 tabletop RPG and its many supplements and variants. Microlite20 and most of Microlite20-based variants are free games and can be downloaded from the download section of this site. We’ve recently (Summer 2019) added a message board and a wiki. We hope to return to the sense of community and fun that the long gone original Microlite20 site had.

We are also expanding this site to include other rules-lite games such as The Black Hack, GLOG, Searchers of the Unknown, Swords & Wizardry Whitebox, etc.

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 free 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 this web site. You can talk with other Microlite20 fans in the Discussion area of this web site or in the Microlite20 group on Facebook: Microlite20 Fans. The official Microlite20 home page was Microlite20.net — unfortunately, it went down some time ago.

Latest News and Information

On Facebook: Hey guys, I was thinking of running a Warhammer 40k One-Shot

Hey guys, I was thinking of running a Warhammer 40k One-Shot, Dark Heresy or Deathwatch, but reading the full rules got my eyes glazing over. This led me to head over here to ask if there are any Microlite Warhammer type rules written up. Or if there are any ways to adapt the existing rule sets you guys have into a game with deadlier combat that would reflect the dark grimness of the future that may be rather far.


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On Facebook: Microlite2020? – Page 3 – Microlite20 Nexus Discussions

The 4th draft of Microlite2020 is available. Major changes:

1) Each class now has three "class abilities" (previously called "class powers" ) instead of a different number for each class.

2) Fighters lose their multiple attacks (which are generally a pain in play) but gain adding their level to weapon damage. This with their new "cleave" class ability should more than make up for losing extra attacks at high level.

3) Initiative is now more or less as described in my September 29 post on the message board. There are optional rules with other methods.

4) Combat rules reorganized.

5) Optional (very simple) rules for using minis.

Microlite2020? – Page 3 – Microlite20 Nexus Discussions

It's been about 10 years since the original Microlite20 was released. I'm thinking that it might be time to revise the base game a bit — a Microlite20 2.0 (o..
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