From the introduction:
Many pen and paper role playing games on today’s market are known to be very heavy with rules and regulations. Character creation alone can take up to an hour or more for some of these games. Many games even incorporate heavy board game elements such as tactical maps, tokens, and movement. Well, Micro RPG Basic—along with other games in the Micro RPG line—focus more on the creative element of storytelling rather than number crunching or lengthy rulebooks. In Micro RPG Basic character creation should take no longer than 5 to 7 minutes for all players. Learning the game system and explaining it to players should be simple and straightforward. The rules in this game act more like guidelines to facilitate good gameplay and storytelling. For many fans of pen and paper RPGs, it is simply too much work and time to play a full blown “rules heavy” game. Micro RPG Basic and other Micro RPGs should facilitate a fast-paced game that is easy to pick up for gamers who are on the go. You could play a half hour session during your lunch break at work, squeeze in a round during the baby’s nap, or even play while you are in the car during a road trip! That is the ease and leisure of Micro RPG Basic and other Micro RPGs. This particular book includes just the bare bones rules of the game. It gives complete creativity to the GM and the players. A GM can choose to create any world he or she desires around the rules. Other books in the Micro RPG line will have a specific theme or genre. Feel free to pick up other books in the line to get many different types of weapons, items, character options, and enemies to use in your game. All Micro RPG game books are standalone but may also be used together. This way you can create any world or crossover genre of your choosing—horror western, sci-fi horror, fantasy noire, and more as new books are released over time.