Microlite75: the “Monster Mash” Edition

After months of “strong encouragement” by a couple of my players and a few people in the OSR blogsphere, I’ve started work on a new edition of Microlite75, with the working title of  the “Monster Mash Edition” or “M75-MME”. It will have a different name when it’s published. While “Microlite75” is a large enough game that it really stretches the idea of “microlite” well beyond where it should probably go, M75-MME will be a even larger book.

The first part of the book will be a revised version of the current standard and optional Microlite75 rules. They will — hopefully — be a bit better explained and will come with some examples of play. The second part of the book will be a complete write-up of M75 spells and monsters — not just the short one or two line descriptions in the current edition. Treasure will be covered as well, not just mentioned in passing. The third part of the book will include guidelines for wilderness and dungeon adventures. In other words, M75-MME is designed to be a complete set of rules and guidelines for M75 campaigns. There will be no need to refer to the SRD, old TSR manuals, or other OSR games to play — unless, of course, you want to.

The book will be available as a free PDF just as all my previous Microlite20 variants. However, it may also be available (at near cost) as a print on demand book from Lulu, Createspace or some other POD publisher. As this edition will not be pretending to be “microlite,” it will use larger type and therefore be easier to read.

As you might guess from the “Monster Mash” name, this edition will be a “mash up” of all the OGL material out there for the text of parts two and three — lightly (or heavily if needed) rewritten to fit the Microlite75 rules base. I’ve finally been convinced that enough people really want all this material in one volume to do this. Please note, however, that M75-MME is not the much requested “Swords and Wizardry rewritten with all the M75 house rules added.” I simply cannot do that to all the good people who produce Swords and Wizardry — no matter how legal it might be. I’m not a big corporation so I don’t see any need to screw others over just because it is convenient and not illegal to do so.

I plan to include a number of interesting OGL and other open content monsters, spells, and treasures that others in the OSR have created and published as well as a number of monsters and spells I have created over the years. I may also include a complete setting in the book, most likely a version of my Hidden Valley setting, but I am also considering other OGL campaign settings.

I’d really like to have this project done by Christmas 2011. That’s probably not realistic given my real life commitments, but it is my initial target date. I’ll try to keep everyone informed as to my progress. And I’m certainly open to your ideas and suggestions.

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4 Responses

  1. ADD Grognard says:

    Glad to see you back and as always looking forward to seeing the next step!

    At last, some positive news from the blogosphere 🙂

  2. Randall says:

    @ADD Grognard, it looks like I've missed at least two major blowups in the OSR blogsphere while I've been busy with the real world the last few months. I think I was lucky.

  3. Shane Mangus says:

    This is great news! Randall, you have released some great stuff under the Microlite banner, and I am sure this will live up to or even exceed your previous effort.

    I have a couple of questions, which you might be able to answer or it might be too early to comment. We will see. You said this release will have the largest page count of anything you have put out so far, so I am curious if you have a number in mind for the estimated number of pages the book will end up being? Also, what are your plans for artwork? Will we see some original artwork or will you be using public domain pieces? Either way, is cool with me. Just curious… 🙂

  4. Randall says:

    @Shane: I have no idea how long the final version will be. That's the nice thing about working with PDFs, the page count doesn't have to be decided in advance to keep the cost of production reasonable. That said, I don't want a 500 page book either.

    Artwork will likely be public domain as I have no budget for art. I can't justify one for a no profit project, at least not with all our medical bills. Any spare money should be spent paying those bills down not buying art for a Microlite7x project.