Microlite20 is a free role-playing game containing character generation, combat and rules for magic, monsters and level advancement. We have ripped the guts out of d20 leaving just the essence of the game. Skills are much simplified, there are no feats and combat is as simple as it gets.

If you want a fast and light game that is small enough to print off and stick inside the cover of Dungeon magazine for your next session, read the Core Rules or download d20 Microlite and give it a try.

Open Game License applies.

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Welcome to Microlite20

Do you remember when the gaming table was full of pizza and soda, not rulebooks, miniatures and dungeon tiles? Do you yearn for a role-playing game that doesn’t require weight training to carry all the books? Do you want to be able to hold all the rules in your head - or in your back pocket? And do you still want to use all those lovely monsters, adventures and game worlds too?

So do we!!

Microlite20 is a minimalist role-playing game designed to be usable with the majority of d20 supplements, rules and adventures with little or no advance preparation. The rules for character generation, combat, magic and level advancement take up a single sheet of paper, meaning it is perfect for introducing role-playing to new players, gaming one-shot adventures or tailoring into your own game system. Downloads PDF editions of the rules, supplements, adventures, including pocketbook editions. These use the PocketMod folding technique to create miniature books of the rules, spell lists, monsters and more – true backpocket gaming! Core Rules This is the real thing. Also available from the download section as a PDF. The Macropedia Everything else: User-contributed House Rules, suggestions and expansions. Here you will find alternative magic systems, mass combat, and more.

Spammers or anyone found to be abusing the open nature of this project will be shot on sight. Thank you for your co-operation.

Microlite20 Psionics!

From the pen of San Kim comes Microlite20 Psionics, a 'litified rendition of the SRD Psionics rules complete with the Psion and Psychic Warrior classes, Powers, Items and Monsters!

Download it here.

UPDATE: San has revised this document further, making it even smaller (in the best Microlite tradition), added additional credits and a shiny updated layout and logo. If you've already downloaded it, grab it again for the update!

UPDATE 2: Now available in handy pocketmod format!

Download the Psionics Pocketmod
Download the Powers Pocketmod


M20: Apocrypha

From bal3000 comes Apocrypha containing Cleric Spell Lists from 1st to 8th level in a 6 page (141k) pdf.

Merry Christmas!


Expanded Monster List

Weighing in at 22 pages covering everything from Aboleths to Colossal Zomibes with appendices of Animals, Vermin and Lycanthropes, here's the Expanded Monster List by copycat042.



Microlite20 VERMIN

Tooth and claw in the streets!

"Could you be just a little more quiet, Barkhead," growled Trom, the rat. "It's not like we're begging to get noticed or anything."

Barkhead snickered, "Sure... like there's anything awake in this alley in the middle of the night. Let's just go in, grab the ham and get out. I don't even know why I'm helping you guys. I don't even eat ham."

"Because, you, you, you're our friend," squeaked the little mouse sneak Keiter. "And, and, we smelled pine nuts. Promise."

Barkhead scrambled up the wall unto the windowsill. "Ok... grab this rope and get up here," he said, concentrating for a moment. "... ... ...," he appeared to scream. "... ... ...

Get the pdf here, by copycat042.


Spanish Translation

Gonzalo has kindly provided a Spanish translation of the Microlite20 Core Rules and well as a Spanish conversion of Dirk Remmecke's Character Sheet.

Download the Spanish Core Rules here.

Download the Spanish Character Sheet here.


Microlite20, purest essence

Paul Lessack has kindly contributed a beautifully laid-out version of Microlite20. Weighing in at 17 pages, it's a 1.4Mb pdf that's as close to my vision of a complete professional Edition of Microlite20 as I've seen to date. It includes Character Generation, Combat, Advancement, Monsters, Equipment, Spells and the full Expert rules and GM Guide too!

Download it here.


Oooo! Shiny new look!

.... and that's not all. Microlite20 has had a make-over under the hood (a make-under?) too, upgrading to the latest and greatest version of Drupal along the way. What this means, along with tighter internal security, is access to Yet More addons, modules, themes and other cool stuff I'll be introducing over the next few weeks.

First on the list is the ability to customize the look and feel, not only of this site, but your individual blogspace on it. Just go to your user profile to change your blog's theme and the overall look-and-feel on the site. If there's any themes you particularly like, or any you find for Drupal that you'd like adding into the mix, just let me know in the comments below.

Don't have a blog here on Microlite20 but want one? Make a donation in support of Microlite20 (at least a dollar makes me smile), mail me (greywulf (at) gmail.com) your preferred username and password and all this and more, dear boy, will be yours.

As with everything techie, there might well be some hiccoughs following the upgrade. If you spot any bugs or problems, please let me know asap. Thanks!

In the meantime, to coin a phrase, Make Mine Microlite!

Proposal for Vancian Magic

Despite the definite lack of love for Vancian magicks in the game that we love to play, it remains a part of the lore and history of D&D and the SRD/D20 system that microlite20 and microlite74 are based from.

Greywulf's original vision of using an abstraction of HP to represent "life force" and using that life force to control and project the mystical forces for spells is an excellent mechanic. I did miss the concept of Vancian magic, though, and decided to incorporate Vancian magic into my own house rules for microlite74. I think this is easily extended to microlite20 as well, as it doesn't involve anything specific beyond magic being part of the setting.



It pretty much does what it says on the cover. Guns and zombies, done micro.
-- Slortar

Presenting Zombiepocalypse by Slortar, available for free download here as an expansion to SpyLite or Microlite20 Modern.