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The revised second edition of Microlite74 Swords & Sorcery is designed for low level play in swords & sorcery settings. If the fantasy stories of Robert E. Howard, Fritz Lieber, Clark Ashton Smith, C.L. Moore, Karl Edward Wagner, and David Gemell are more to your taste that those of Tolkein or Eddings, this version of Microlite74 may be just what you are looking for. Microlite74 Swords & Sorcery is based on Microlite74 Extended 3.0 but with many special rules designed for swords & sorcery style campaigns. For example, there are only two classes (Adventurer and Sorcerer) and 6 levels, magic is limited and casting certain spells can corrupt the caster, and many 0e style magic items are relics of dead civilizations from long ago. Humans are assumed to dominate the world and most enemies are other humans and animals. True monsters certainly exist but they are assumed to be rare. Unlike most Microlite74 games which use a Microlite20-based experience system, this version uses a more standard experience point system.

The revised second edition of Microlite74 Swords & Sorcery adds rules for allegiances (which replace alignments), expands the rules for corruption -- using black magic effects the world (e.g weather, chance of wandering monsters, etc.), adds a few new spells to the spell lists, adds rules for mounted combat, expands the section on adventuring (including adding a section on ocean exploration), adds demons and lovecraftian monsters, etc. Second Edition also adds a section of optional rules including several that have not been in any other versions Microlite74 (e.g. player-defined feats, rules for corrupt and/or tainted locations).

Microlite74 Swords & Sorcery includes:

  • Simple Character Creation Rules: Roll 4 attributes and select a class, a background, and allegiances.
  • Two Classes: Adventurer and Sorcerer, both limited to sixth level – but advancements continues even after reaching sixth level.
  • Backgrounds provide a simple and fast way to factor in a character's culture and non-class-related abilities.
  • Simple and fast-playing combat system that tracks physical damage (aka body points) separately from luck/skill/fatigue (aka hit point) damage.
  • Hit points recover with a night’s rest. Spells cost hit points to cast. Actual wounds recover more slowly.
  • Spells are divided into white, grey, and black magic. Using black magic eventually corrupts the caster and has strange effects on reality. Only first and second level spells can normally be memorized and cast directly. Other spells must be cast with lengthy rituals.
  • Rules for hirelings, monster reactions (not every monster wants to fight), morale (not every monster fights to the death), and more.
  • A complete list of spells, monsters, and treasure.
  • Compatible with most other 0e based games and adventures.

This is the tablet/epub version of the second edition of Microlite74 Swords & Sorcery. You receive two files: a standard pdf and an epub file. The digest-sized pdf is suitable for printing or for easy reading on a tablet as it is formatted in a single column and uses a large typeface.

The epub version of Microlite74 Swords & Sorcery contains tables and many epub readers display tables in a single column unreadable mess. Epub reader software designed to display epub3 files usually have no problem with the tables. Calibre displays this epub file well on Windows PCs and Gitden reader displays it fine (if slowly) on android. There is an IOS version of Gitden Reader for Apple devices, but it has not been tested. Note that tables in epub files do not adapt well to small screen devices.

Microlite74 games are trimmed-down miniature versions of the Primary Fantasy SRD rules designed to be quick and easy to play, especially when compared to modern incarnations of the game. The goal of Microlite74 games is to recreate the style and feel of that very first (“0e”) fantasy roleplaying game published back in 1974 without giving up all of the clearer mechanics of modern D20-based versions.

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Matt M April 07, 2016 4:36 pm UTC
When I clicked on the link for the full-sized preview, I received the following message:

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The requested URL /pdf_previews/179974-sample.pdf was not found on this server.
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Randall S April 07, 2016 5:54 pm UTC
It seems to be working now. I had the site regenerate the pdf preview.
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Matt M April 07, 2016 9:52 pm UTC
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Randall S April 07, 2016 12:37 pm UTC
Yes, there will be a pay-what-you-want "condensed type" (aka two-column, letter sized, smaller type) version of Microlite74 Swords & Sorcery. Unfortunately, the best ETA I can give for this is "later this year". Due to real life, prior commitments, and the fact that I have discovered it is much harder to go from the digest version to the condensed type version than it is going the other way around, a condensed type edition might come out in a week or two -- or it might not come out until late in the fall. I'm doing the ultimate edition as digest first, but any new projects will be done the old condensed type version first way so that I can release both versions at about the same time.
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Timothy B April 07, 2016 8:47 pm UTC
That's very helpful. Thanks for the quick reply and for the insight into your process. I'll be happy to contribute to the condensed type version as soon as it becomes available. If you happen to think of it, please update this thread so I'll receive an email when it's ready.
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Randall S April 09, 2016 5:52 pm UTC
I have a no-art pay-what-you-want standard version up now. Note: this is a rush job because you asked for it. Chances are there are still errors that I did not notice in reformatting. They will be fixed with updates. At least all the tables have contents now. Moving from digest-sized to standard sized left them all empty -- something that never happens moving the other way.
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Timothy B April 10, 2016 2:09 am UTC
Thank you! I didn't mean to rush you, but I'm happy to grab it, now that the draft version is available. Thanks again.
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Timothy B April 07, 2016 12:50 am UTC
Are there plans to update the standard, two-column version of Microlite74 Swords & Sorcery? I'm happy to purchase a 2nd Edition, but I prefer the non-digest formatting.
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