Monday, April 10, 2017

Microlite74 Ultimate Edition - Hanging Strong as a Best Seller at RPGNow

Its always nice to see games with the Old School vibe hang tough in the RPGNow sales rankings (currently sitting at #5 overall) Right now, that would be Microlite74 Ultimate Edition (PDF and EPUB versions) Now, Microlite74 and its various versions are an interesting experiment in sticking close to the 3x SRD while trying to stay true to the feel of the original rules. How well it does that is a matter of personal opinion. Suffice to say, Microlite74 Basic was one of my inspirations when I put together Swords & Wizardry Light - its not easy taking the 3x SRD down to 20 pages, which ML74 Basic did.

Needless to say, I'm surprised that Microlite74 Ultimate Edition goes far in the other direction - 384 pages. Holy shit.

Microlite74 comes in three other flavors - Basic, Standard and Extended. All are PWTW, so you can peek before plunking 10 bucks down for the Ultimate Edition.

From the Extended Rules blurb:
The Microlite74 Extended rules are based on the 1974 0e edition of the world’s most popular fantasy roleplaying game with its supplements and material from 0e magazine articles, some 0e third party material, some of the house rules the author used in the 1970s, and selected ideas from other roleplaying games. These rules are not intended to be a clone of the 0e rules, but rather a conversion of them to a rules-lite D20-based system that encourages old-school play without strictly old-school rules.


  1. Before I started into 5E, I spent a while reading on the various iterations of Microlite. It's a cool concept, and definitely lends itself to pickup games. However, I think that it's much cooler as a toolkit, ala GURPS--some of the best Microlite products are those which have taken the game in completely different directions than vanilla D&D of any edition.

  2. Thanks for mentioning Microlite74 Ultimate, Erik. I'm as surprised as you are that it's 384 pages. That's certainly not "microlite" (or even "lite") by any definition. It is, however, one of my most requested projects: the popular M74 Extended rules combined with the material from the first three companions with added help for new GMs in a format designed to be easy to read on tablets. Assuming I don't have to spend another day at the vet (we've been working with a very ill foster dog since Sunday), I should be able to put Microlite74 Ultimate on sale for Easter sometime today.


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