I'm producing notes for myself as I learn more about D&D system offspring and cousins with Microlite material consuming the bulk of my attention ATM. My hope here is to start a Q&A so we can collaborate, clarify and build community.
I'll start with a quote from the beginning of the standard M20 documentation:
This is a trimmed-down, sub-miniature version of the Primary Fantasy SRD rules (see license for more info) 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.
I already have some things catching my attention in the first couple sentences... like, what is "The Primary Fantasy SRD" and is there anywhere people can find a copy?
After following all the leads I can, It appears "The Primary Fantasy SRD" is an indirect reference to the 3.5e d20 SRD. As such I assume it's safe to say M20 is “a trimmed-down, sub-miniature version” of the d20 mechanics, that is “a simpler game… one where all the resources could be used without conversion."
Would anyone care to confirm?
Also, does this seem like a good idea to anyone else? I love learning this way and am a former academic researcher so this sort of thing is my bag. I expect questions to range from incredibly basic to highly specialized but that shouldn't be a problem until we amass a considerable number of posts which we can deal with in due course if it becomes an issue... the real challenge will be sustained engagement.
Thanks in advance for any participation. I certainly appreciate it.