So, you know those links sitting over on my sidebar? With the separate house-rules docs for D&D and AD&D? Major overhaul to those this weekend. For my D&D rules, I incorporated those totally sweet new rules for prime requisites outlined in the previous post; I added my little fix to the Mentzer/RC clerical spell progression; and I took a hatchet to the rules for thieves and just simplified the ever-loving crap out of them. On the AD&D side, I applied the same revisions to thieving skills (simplifying across the board, to the extent possible for a game like AD&D) while also taking the opportunity to drastically reformat the document for length and readability. If you don't count the reversed attack and saving throw tables, my D&D house rules remain two pages long (which means that they fit neatly onto a single sheet of printer-paper), and I've condensed my AD&D house rules down to five pages. Not bad at all.
In other news, I've decided to go back and do something that I haven't done since I was in high school: I've started watching through all of the classic Universal monster movies, in chronological order. (I'm also trying to get my wife to watch them with me, since she pretty much hasn't seen any of them—not even the famous ones, never mind the schlocky "monster mash-ups" that came later). We've watched Dracula, Frankenstein, and The Mummy, and now it's time for The Invisible Man—after which we'll move onto one of my all-time favorites, Bride of Frankenstein, and then one that I've actually never seen before, Dracula's Daughter. There are more sequels after that (Son of Frankenstein, The Invisible Man Returns, and The Mummy's Hand) before we even get to the last of the "classics"—The Wolf Man—and something like a dozen schlocky B-movies before we close things out with the Creature from the Black Lagoon flicks.
I can't wait. ∎