Several months ago I found a terrific Open Game License table-top RPG – Microlite20. An extremely abbreviated version of the Open Game License fantasy System Reference Document (OGL SRD). There are several versions, including some complete modifications to new settings and specific homebrew style rules. These are very inspiring to folks like me, who enjoy making new games as part of our hobby.
One thing lead to another and with DunDraCon quickly approaching I decided I might want to play a Microlite20 game at the con. As always, this means I have to break and change the rules to match my play style while GMing games. Microlite20 has no feats, I like feats, it also uses the standard magic systems and spell lists. I decided I would make a scalable powers list with ‘spell points’. I would also introduce a new skill or two to help slide it closer to RPGs that players are playing in video games these days. I added few funny mechanics like “Hell” and the fumble table along with a whole new experience points system meant to focus players on role-playing. Not killing things.
The rules came together quickly. I playtested it with friends from work. I refocused and re-jiggered the power rules and expanded the ‘Dungeoneer’ section for game masters. The rules started firming up and I found that players were enjoying the game. It feels like D&D, but without all the tactical rules and much more funny during play.
I released Dragoons20 today for free – I hope you all enjoy it. Please feedback with suggestions or concerns - my plans are to grow the game a bit more and then release a deluxe verison soon.