Decisions and Progress on Microlite81

Microlite81 Playtest Draft CoverMy Sunday game group is more enthusiastic about Microlite81 than I expected them to be. In fact, they suggested when I finish Microlite81, I use it to base a draft of Lords & Wizards on, then when we are fairly happy with it, expand that draft into the real version of Lords & Wizards. I tentatively think that would be a good way to do it as it takes far less work to make major changes to Microlite7x/81 rules (as they are brief and cut out most of the friendly explanation that new gamers need).

After some discussion, my players convinced me to base the Microlite81 experience progression on the system used by ACKS. It’s not that different of a progression from the original B/X version, but if Microlite81 uses the ACKS progression, it will make it easy for people who own a copy of ACKS to add new classes to Microlite81. I’ve also tentatively decided to (that is, I’ve been convinced to) use a variant of the single saving throw system from Swords & Wizardry for Microlite81 instead of the system I used in Microlite74 or the original B/X system. A B/X like system will probably be included as an optional rule as I know many people prefer it.

B/X has a very lumpy to-hit chart. For example, in B/X the Fighter’s hit chart (converted to a BAB system) looks like this:

+0…Level 1-3
+2…Level 4-6
+5…Level 7-9
+7…Level 10-12
+8…Level 13-14

After a bit of discussion, I decided to use a smoother BAB progression similar to that of Labyrinth Lord. This means that BAB the fighter (and all classes) will progress in units of +1, giving a smoother advancement with fewer levels where the BAB does not change.

The latest version draft of the rules (Playtest Version 0.15) includes these changes as well as more complete class descriptions, magic system changes, monster updates (A-C), experience and advancement changes, and probably a number of minor changes I’ve forgotten about.

RetroRoleplaying Cancer Fund Donors can download a copy of Microlite81 Playtest Draft 0.15 from the link below using the usual donor password:

Download Microlite81 Playtest Draft 0.15. (1.3 meg PDF)

cover scanThe second Sponsor Lords & Wizards (and Microlite81) Mini-Drive for RetroRoleplaying Cancer Fund is running now. The goals is only $250 with the following giveaway items: The Necromican, Judges Guild Dungeon Tac Cards, The Iron Wind (1st Edition) and Starstone. Each $10 donated gives you one chance at one of these items. This is in addition to the usual PDF downloads and other benefits of a donation to the RetroRoleplaying Cancer Fund and sponsorship listings in the upcoming Lords & Wizards game. To get help us pay our cancer treatment related bills (and to get access to some special downloads and a chance at the above-mentioned items), send a donation in any amount — small or large — to me via Paypal. Thank you!
As of 15 July 2013, $135 has been donated in this mini-drive, an additional $115 in donations is needed to trigger the drawing for the items mentioned above.

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2 Responses

  1. Silver Fox says:

    Randall, these are all great choices for the direction of the game's design! I'm really excited for M81!

  2. Randall says:

    Silver fox: The players in my Sunday game do a good job of helping me make good Microlite design choices — often booing loudly when they don't like something.