Decision Time: Microlite74 vs Swords & Wizardry

As of 6pm this evening, the final vote from my players is in. They’ve been debating since early April whether to continue the current campaign under Swords & Wizardry or convert it to Microlite74. (For background see Microlite74 is "better" than Swords & Wizardry? and Small Things In Rules Apparently Do Matter.) The deadline for voting was 6pm today and all the players voted. The result was four votes for Microlite74 to one vote for Swords & Wizardry. One player abstained — like me, he can’t see that it matters as both games are basically OD&D.

So we’ll be switching to Microlite74 2.0 with house rules from Swords & Wizardry with house rules this weekend. I’ll probably put together a “Microlite74 Special Edition” rulebook for my players with all the house rules soon, but that will not be done in time for this week’s game. I’m glad this is finally settled because the whole discussion was making my mind spin.

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3 Responses

  1. Joseph says:

    Might I ask why OD&D wasn't an option?

    I mean, why play a near-clone when you have the original?

  2. Spike Page says:

    For many gamers, getting an affordable, legible and above all legal copy of the original D&D little books is next to impossible. I have two copies of that game. One was bought last November from a site that no longer offers that PDF or any other WoTC PDFs. The other copy is an ancient Xerox copy made back when my husband was in college more than 30 years ago.

  3. Randall says:

    Joseph said: "I mean, why play a near-clone when you have the original?"

    I have a copy of OD&D and a reading copy printed from the PDFs. None of the players have a copy — and no legal way to get one without wasting time and money looking for an affordable used copy. My group did look though my reading copy and found it confusing and hard to understand. The retro-clones are easier to understand.