I am continuing to add games to those available on DrivethruRPG/RPGNow. Today, the first two Microlite81 games are available on DrivethruRPG/RPGNow as “Pay What You Want” games: Microlite81 and Microlite81 Extended.
For those not familiar with these games, they are trimmed-down miniature versions of the Primary Fantasy SRD rules designed to be quick and easy to play, especially when compared to modern incarnations of the game. The goal of Microlite81 games is to recreate the style and feel of the B/X versions of the world’s best known fantasy roleplaying game published back in 1981 without giving up all of the clearer mechanics of modern D20-based versions. Microlite81 games are not intended to be a clone of the B/X rules, but rather a conversion of them to a rules-lite D20-based system that encourages old-school play without strictly old-school rules.
Microlite81: The rules are about 14 pages, including detailed class descriptions for clerics, fighters, magic-users, thieves, dwarves, elves, and halflings. The rules cover combat, adventuring, building strongholds, magical research and more. Optional rules are included to make the game less like its Microlite20 base and more like the original B/X. Spell, monster, and treasure descriptions are also included. Microlite81 comes together in a mere 46 pages.
Microlite81 Extended: This version includes everything in the standard version of Microlite81 with the author’s house rules from the 1977-1983 era modified as needed to work with a system based on B/X instead of one based on 0e. A number of optional classes (Assassin, Barbarian, Bard, Druid, Illusionist, Paladin, Ranger, Warlord, Dragonborn, Tiefling, and Warforged) and more optional rules, including a psionics system, are included. Like the standard version of Microlite81, Microlite81 Extended includes everything one needs to play except dice and paper in 60 pages.
These two games are free and is still available in all the usual places, they are now also available on DrivethruRPG/RPGNow as “Pay What You Want” games. (If you are wondering if it is better to “donate” via paying what you want on DriveTruRPG/RPGNow or directly to my Paypal account, I see much more of the money if you donate directly to my Paypal account — and you also get access to donor goodies.)