The crowdsourcing gave me a good starting point for my quest for a quick and dirty fantasy system. After having followed some of the leads I was given, I have dismissed a few, and marked a couple for further research.
The first system I checked out was Microlite20. The pros here were that it was free, and that it offered compatibility with the slew of 3.X material in the house. The con, and what made me dismiss it after about ten minutes with the PDF, is that the writing is a bit heavy, and the editing is poor. The PDF clocked in at well above 600 pages, and while it contained a bakers dozen of individual supplements, it just made the process of getting under the skin of the system too inconvenient. While this may be construed as judging the book by it's formatting, it was enough for me.
The reviews I read about Green Ronin's Dragon Age tickled me, but I'm not ready to purchase another system just yet - there are cheaper options that must be explored first. Among these is Barbarians of Lemuria. I can't really say why, but after having skimmed the PDF there was nothing there that made me want to penetrate deeper into that particular subject matter.
The next system I checked out was Labyrinth Lord. As with the rest of the them, I first googled it, and where possible I would read the Wiki before looking at websites, reviews and blogs. The LL Wiki-entry had the following quote from The Escapist:
"Labyrinth Lord feels like a Vietnam War movie, where the dungeons are dark, wet, and terrifying goblins murder all your friends with spiked-pit traps and crossbow bolts from the shadows, and you start to develop a thousand yard infravision stare from the spell shock."This had me hooked. As I went deeper into the search I became even more convinced, and having skimmed the PDF I am ready to prep for play test. First I will have to actually read the system though, and I haven't taught myself a new system in a decade now.
Once more into the breach, dear friends, once more.
[Picture source: A Characther for Every Game]