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These Microlite74 Ultimate Edition 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. This book is the ultimate version of Microlite74 in one volume suitable for digest-sized printing or tablet viewing. This Ultimate Edition combines the rules from Microlite74 Extended with the additional rules from first, second, and third Microlite74 Companion volumes, full treasure listings, some new additional rules, a sample setting, and several short location-based adventures.

This book contains the complete rules for the Microlite74 Ultimate Edition, including:

  • Simple Character Creation Rules: Roll 4 attributes and select a race, class, background, and alignment.
  • Standard Classes: Fighter, Ranger, Paladin, Monk, Magic-User, Illusionist, Cleric, Druid, and Thief.
  • Many Optional Classes: Barbarians, Swashbucklers, Necromancers, Beastmasters, Monks, Shamans, Delvers, and many more.
  • All the standard races plus many optional races.
  • 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.
  • Rules for hirelings, monster reactions (not every monster wants to fight), morale (not every monster fights to the death), and more.
  • Many optional rules: use none, some, or all.
  • A complete list of spells, monsters and treasure.
  • Gamemaster section with setting design information, advice, and a small, ready-to-use hexcrawl setting and three simple location-based adventures ready to drop into the sample setting or use in your setting.
  • Compatible with most other 0e based games and adventures -- as well as many designed for B/X, BECMI, and 1e.

This is the tablet/ebook version of the Microlite74 Ultimate Edition. You receive three files: a standard pdf, an epub file, and a mobi file. The digest-sized pdf is suitable for printing or for easy reading on a tablet. Unlike the "Condensed Type" editions of Microlite74, this pdf is formated in a single column and uses a larger typeface to make it easier to use on a tablet.

Epub and mobi ebook versions of Microlite74 Ultimate Edition are also included. Note that this file contains tables and some ebook readers (especially 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. Note that the ebook file is not as "pretty" as the pdf version as the epub format was simply not designed for complex layouts, but it is usuable on devices able to display tables correctly.

Other versions of Microlite74 include Microlite74 Basic and Microlite74 Standard, both of which are closer to the the original 0e rules in that they do not include the author's house rules. Microlite74 Basic rules are complete but basic: There are only three classes (Fighter, Magic-User, and Cleric). Spells are limited and levels top out at 12 to 14. Microlite74 Standard includes many more classes and spells – all over those included in the original edition and its supplements. Microlite74 Companion volumes add even more options. The almost all of the contents of Companions I, II, and III are included in this Microlite74 Ultimate Edition.

These rules assume that the GM understands the basic concepts of roleplaying games, but provides information for both the GM and the players on the various “old school” styles of play. Microlite74 games can easily use adventures and material from early editions of the world’s most popular tabletop fantasy roleplaying game or modern clones.

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Tim R April 07, 2017 9:04 pm UTC
Randall, will there be a print version?
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Randall S April 07, 2017 10:07 pm UTC
Unfortunately, probably not -- at least not in the near future.
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George F April 05, 2017 2:33 pm UTC
Is this closer to 0e, B/X, or AD&D1e as far as the mechanics?
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Randall S April 05, 2017 2:53 pm UTC
Microlite74 games wrap the basic Microlite20 system around the 1974 (0e) edition. The Basic version of Microlite74 is the based on just the original three 0e booklets: three classes and spells stop at 5th/6th level. The Standard version is based on 0e with the supplements (and some house organ articles): all the 0e classes, spells to 7th/9th level. The Extended version is Standard with M20/M74 versions of the (best of) the house rules I used back in the late 1970s. There are all sorts of optional rules -- basically anything people have requested/created over the last 8 years or so.
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George F April 05, 2017 2:55 pm UTC
Thanks for the quick reply!
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