Microlite74 Released — Download Your Copy Here!

Microlite74 has been released!

Microlite74, like its parent game, Microlite20, is a trimmed down, sub-miniature version of the Primary Fantasy SRD rules that has been designed to be quick and easy to play. The goal of Microlite74, however, is to recreate the style and feel of that very first (“0e”) fantasy roleplaying game published back in 1974.

This five page PDF includes variant rules based on Microlite20, a complete spell list and monster list, and a short designer’s note section touching on the differences in style between “old school” and the usual style of play encountered today. Microlite74’s rules were written to support the “old school” style, while retaining many of the more modern rules features of OGL games based on the 3.5 SRD. Microlite20 trimmed the fat from the 3.5 SRD, paring the game down to a fast-moving and easy to learn two-page system. Microlite74 takes the M20 system and modifies it for a 1974 style, but leaves most of the basic Microlite20 rules in place.

Those looking for a retroclone of that 0e Fantasy RPG from 1974 will be disappointed in Microlite74 as it makes no attempt to be a clone of the 0e rules, only of the feel and style of Oe play. Those looking for a 0e retroclone should take a look at Swords & Wizardry. Those looking for a way to play 0e adventures and campaigns with rules based on the popular SRD-based Microlite20 system will probably find Microlite 74 well worth the download. It’s only 100K or so, what do you have to lose?

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4 Responses

  1. Jeff Rients says:

    Thanks for all the work you put into this project!

  2. Randall says:

    You're welcome, Jeff. As long as even a few people enjoy it, M74 will have been worth all the work. Between this and Swords & Wizardry, anyone who wants to try old school should be able to do so at no cost. I think that's a good thing.

  3. Talysman says:

    I made a comment on RPGnet, but it may get buried, and I thought you’d want to see this.

    I’m thinking of running a set of three connected games at a convention, probably ConQuest Sac. The theme is “old school dungeon crawl” and all three games will share the same dungeon, but will occur several years apart, and each game will use a different set of rules, mainly so I can get a feel for how the rules change things. I’m planning on using Microlite74 for the first return to the dungeon (second session,) but might change it to the first session, depending on which systems I decide to use for other sessions.

  4. Randall says:


    If you get a chance, please let me know how it goes — and any player feedback on the M74 system. There might be a “second edition” someday, you know.