Work Begins on Microlite81

Microlite81 Playtest Draft CoverI have decided to begin work on Microlite81. Microlite74 is a Microlite20-based version of the 0e edition of the world’s most popular fantasy roleplaying game. Microlite81 will be a Microlite20-based version of the B/X version of the world’s most popular fantasy roleplaying game — the two boxed sets that were published in 1981. No, I am not abandoning work on Lords & Wizards, but as I dig into the the B/X edition for my work on Lords & Wizards I’ve thought it would be fun to do a “microlite” version of the B/X system — especially as progress is slow on actually writing Lords & Wizards (as playtesting is changing things faster than I can write them up). I’ve tried to talk myself out of it for the last two weeks, but finally gave in and did about 30 minutes of work on Microlite81 last night. RetroRoleplaying Cancer Fund donors should find an early draft of Microlite81 in the usual place by the end of the week. I’ll announce it here when the first work-in-process draft is available for donors.

Speaking of donors, anyone who has donated $25 or more in the first or second Sponsor Lords and Wizards Mini-Drive will also be listed as a sponsor for Microlite81. In fact, these mini-drives will be renamed to “Sponsor Lords & Wizards and Microlite81” mini-drive. Donate $25 or more today and get listed in the first WIP draft.

I plan two versions of Microlite81: the basic Microlite81 which will try to remain as close as possible (in a Microlite20-based game) to B/X just as Microlite74 Basic and Microlite74 Standard tried to remain close to 0e. Microlite81 Extended will include both my standard house rules and the special house rules I used for B/X (and for BECMI later). These games will both be complete. That is, they will include the rules as well as lists of monsters, spells, and treasure. Maximum level will be 14, just as it is in B/X. While 36 levels for human classes were mentioned in passing, the B/X books topped out at level 14. Race as Class will be used. Microlite81 should be compatible with all published adventures published for B/X or for B/X retroclones (e.g. Labyrinth Lord).

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 10 July 2013, $60 has been donated in this mini-drive, an additional $190 in donations is needed to trigger the drawing for the items mentioned above.

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  1. Rachel Ghoul says:

    Spiffy! My favorite designer tackling my favorite edition– a match made in… I dunno, one of the nicer outer planes. Those all kind of blur together for me except the nine Hells and the Abyss.