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: Ok folks I need a little advice. My group of characters som

Ok folks I need a little advice. My group of characters sometimes likes to fight over loot. So after vanquishing the enemy, there's a big rush to seize the treasure. I need help adjudicating this kind of thing. Would I have them all roll initiative to see who gets the first grab? Or would I poll everyone to find out what they're doing, and then resolve it? For example, Characters A and B want to take all the loot, C pleads for a fair share, D wants to sneak in and snatch something while A and B are taking the loot, and character E wants to draw his sword and fight A and B.

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On Facebook: Hey folks! I just ran my first game of Microlite Purset Ess

Hey folks! I just ran my first game of Microlite Purset Essence and it was a blast. I made a bunch of pre-generated characters, including some that were not in the rules like the Barbarian and Monk. The player who picked the Monk envisioned more of a devout cleric type than a martial artist. So I offered him the cleric, but he said he wanted to be monk. He tried praying to his god for miracles, and I felt a little bad not being able to accommodate him. I tried explaining that clerical spells are miracles. He wished his god to strike down a rat warrior, which is way beyond the kind of effect I would allow. On the other hand, he knew what he was getting into, having played a D&D monk before.

I'm trying to find some way of adding clericalness to his monk without stepping too much on the party cleric's niche. Perhaps gaining clerical spells at, say, 1/3 the rate of the cleric. Or perhaps select clerical spells that fit his archetype. Any suggestions?


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On Facebook: It looks like I am going to be revamping the "unofficia

It looks like I am going to be revamping the "unofficial" Microlite20 web page. The forum has been having problems for ages — which is why it is dead and new registrations are disabled. The downloads section of the forum works and provides all the Microlite20 game downloads.

To get the actual forum working, I need to scrap what is there and create a new forum. However, I haven't wanted to do that because all the downloads would go away. Having the downloads available is the main point of the site, so this would obviously be a bad idea.

I finally had an ah-ha moment and realized that I could just create a new forum and leave the broken form up — or at least the downloads section of it. After all, it's not like my VPS is going to be overburdened by doing that.

So revamping Microlite20.org is now on the agenda for July. We should have a WORKING forum soon.


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On Facebook: Around the Horn – Giff

https://boddynock-te.blogspot.com/…/07/around-horn-giff.html 'Around the Horn' is when I take a concept (in this case the Giff race) and convert it to multiple rules. In this case we are going Giff & D20 with AtH: Giff. Rules included are 3.5 (this variant allows for Giff to be played at 1st level with relative balance to 1st level characters), M20, and M74.

Around the Horn – Giff

Giff Giff: Giff are bestial humanoids with thick dark grey or light blue hide and a head in the shape of a river dwelling hippopota…
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