Mazes and Minotaurs is a free role playing game of heroic adventure in ancient Greece.
Scooby v Cthulhu. I wonder which one is going to have to make the sanity check?
I am a huge fan of the old Metagaming series “The Fantasy Trip”, which included Melee and Wizard. I remember first seeing them in a hobby shop in Fort Collins, Colorado, and still get a warm fuzzy feeling when I get out my little plastic bags.
Sentimentality aside, they’re also great games. I’ve used them for both role playing, and miniatures skirmish games. Sadly, they are long out of print. Metagaming folded and inventor Steve Jackson went on to found Steve Jackson Games. You can find .pdf files of the games in various plaes on the internet, but I am sure that they are in violation of copyright. I’d love to host copies here on MiniatureWargaming, but have no idea who does hold the copyright.
Until then, there is a legal and FREE alternative: Dark City Games’ Legends RPG. It uses the same mechanics and has the same light tactical feel.
Middle Earth Adventure game is a well-done free RPG for games set in JRR Tolkien’s Middle Earth. The system is able to be adapted to many of the existing commercial Middle Earth RPG supplements, such as ICE’s MERP.
Shawn Garbett has written GEM — the Generic Easy Miniatures Rules — which seem to be aimed at larget miniatures in a skirmish scenario. Garbett writes:
GEM is specifically for those who are sick of having new revisions of their favorite rule system leave out those great new miniatures they just finished painting. If all the commercial miniature systems have flaws which you really don’t like, then GEM may be just what you’ve been looking for. If you’ve ever been bogged down in rolling and rolling with no resolution in sight, GEM is probably for you. Several other play options exist, for customization to a gaming groups own tastes.