Creatures & Caverns, 2nd edition, is free if you want to go download it. There’s been a lot of free downloads for games lately. I certainly don’t mind that.
From the release:
Game designer Peter Schweighofer (griffonpubstudio.com) recently released the second edition of the Creatures & Caverns roleplaying game as a free PDF available from the Griffon Publishing Studio electronic storefront at DriveThruRPG.
A very basic, dungeon-crawl roleplaying game suitable for kids, Creatures & Caverns is based on a game Schweig created way back in 1982 inspired by watching his first Dungeons & Dragons session (and before he himself immersed himself that game). “We gave it a modest revision of rules and layout to serve as something we’ve dubbed a ‘ludological curiosity’…my very first attempt 30 years ago at creating a roleplaying game based on my original limited exposure to Dungeons & Dragons,” Schweighofer said. “We’ve revised it to provide a game experience for younger players looking to transition from board games to something like a roleplaying game.
“I’d say about 10 is the right age for kids to comprehend the game, with or without some adult guidance. With an adult, kids age 8 or so could probably grasp it, but Creatures & Caverns isn’t meant to be something to introduce to little children,” Schweighofer said. “A 13-year old created it and ran it for his peers, so 10 years old is probably about the right age group.”
The second edition has some corrections, additions, new public-domain illustrations, and four original character illustrations — two knights and two wizards, male and female of each — created by Khairul Hisham of Hishgraphics (www.hishgraphics.com).
Peter Schweighofer is a writer, editor, and game developer with more than 20 years’ experience in the publishing field, including time working for many companies in the adventure gaming hobby. While best-known for his contributions to various iterations of the Star Wars Roleplaying Game, he’s also the author of period sourcebooks Pulp Egypt and Heroes of Rura-Tonga, as well as numerous other works for various roleplaying games. He pursues his game-publishing activities through Griffon Publishing Studio.