Microlite75: No Ransom but Cancer Donor Sponsors Accepted

Several people suggested have suggested over the last year that I publish my next game on a “ransom” model where I select a large cancer bill and hold up publication of the game until enough donations have been received to cover it. While this might be an excellent way to pay off a bill, it’s just not something I can do. In the first place, it sounds too much like blackmail to me. I know it isn’t really blackmail, but it is still not something I feel like I can do. In the second place, what would I do if I never received enough donations to cover the bill, never publish the game? Right, anyone who knows me at all knows that I would never be able to do that. I want the game out so people can enjoy it. I’d publish it eventually no matter if the ransom was met or not.

So I’ve decided that while I can’t ransom Microlite75, I can accept sponsors for it. Sponsors will not only get all the downloadable pdfs that all donors to the RetroRoleplaying Cancer Fund receive but will be listed as a sponsor in all version 1.x editions of the game — including upcoming playtest versions.

  • If you donate $25 or more you will also be listed as a Bronze Sponsor of Microlite75 in the final edition of the Microlite75 rulebook.
  • If you donate $50 or more you will also be listed as a Silver Sponsor of Microlite75 in the final edition of the Microlite75 rulebook.
  • If you donate $100 or more you will also be listed as a Gold Sponsor of Microlite75 in the final edition of the Microlite75 rulebook

Some of the currently available downloads include:

  • pdf copies of the two issues of The Grimoire I published in the late 1970s (which I blogged about here: The Grimoire #1 and The Grimoire #2
  • pdf copy of The Second Grimoire of Pharesm the Bright-Eyed, a set of house rules for a BECMI campaign I ran at a game shop in the mid-1980s.
  • Microlite74 2.0 Special Edition — a 60-page PDF designed to be printed in booklet format from Adobe Acrobat. Like the digest-sized version of Microlite74 1.1, the artwork is by Håkan Ackegård. (Visit Håkan Ackegård’s Fantasy Gallery to see more of Håkan Ackegård’s fantastic art.) Unlike that first attempt at a digest-sized edition, the pages in this edition are numbered and there is a table of contents. This Special Edition incorporates the rules from the first supplement, giving you all the rules currently available for Microlite74 in one booklet. The text has been reformatted into a single column in a large enough font to easily read.

When finished, a special edition of Microlite75 will be available for download as well. To get access to these downloads, send a donation in any amount — small or large — to the RetroRoleplaying Cancer Fund via Paypal at this link:

And during April and May (or until the final version of  Microlite75 is published), donations of $25 or more will be considered Microlite75 sponsors as described above. M75 already has two sponsors, hopefully more people will feel that it is something they can and want to do.

If you’d like to help in other ways, stay tuned this this blog as there will be other (money-free) ways to help sponsor Microlite75 related projects.

Special Note for those who have no idea what the RetroRoleplaying Cancer Fund is all about: my wife is recovering successfully from oral cancer. I worked on the original Microlite74 as way to cope during her recovery from 6 weeks of radiation treatment in 2008. We are some of the 40 to 50 million people in the US who do not have health insurance. Worse, we do not qualify for government aid as we live in Texas and have no children. The cancer treatments have cost over $110,000 so far. While some of this has been absorbed by hospital foundations and the like (and donors to the RetroRoleplaying Cancer Fund have chipped away at more of it), we still owe a lot of it. We accept donations to help us pay these bills.

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