Examining the Microlite

Posted on January 14, 2010

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Over the past couple years, the phenomenon of “microlite” gaming has grown considerably. Starting with Microlite20, the trend of boiling systems down to their barest essential elements has taken on a life of its own, including Microlite74 (and the upcoming Microlite75) and the new Mini-Six from AntiPaladin Games. I’ve been a fan of Microlite20 for some time, admiring both its simplicity and the ease with which it can be modified while still remaining true to its core principles. Mini-Six looks to do the same for the d6 System.

I’m playing around with the idea of investigating the microlite phenomenon a little more closely. I’m going to try to ask a few interview-style questions of the guys at AntiPaladin as well as Robin Stacey (the creator of Microlite20 and the gentleman responsible for starting this whole thing) to see what the people at the core of the movement feel and think. Are the core principles applicable in general? Can any game or system be condensed into a microlite version? Is there any system out there just begging for the treatment? Let’s find out.

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