From Publisher's website, describing "1972 Original Rules":
Mazes & Minotaurs is what the first fantasy roleplaying game could have been if its authors had taken their inspiration from Jason & the Argonauts (yes, the 1963 movie with all the cool Ray Harryhausen monsters) and Homer’s Odyssey rather than from Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings or Poul Anderson’s Three Hearts & Three Lions. In other words, Mazes & Minotaurs is:
- a nostalgic pastiche of early fantasy roleplaying games
- a tongue-in-cheek tribute to old-school gaming
- a complete and fully playable roleplaying game !