The reasons are two fold:
1. Now that I have defined some of the gods, my field of movement got narrower. I still have vacancies like: The Death Diety or The God of Magic, but can't rush things since those are important aspects of the world and the way I handle the gods responsible for them will influence to feeling of the whole setting.
While employing some ideas to fill out those empty spaces, I need to put them into connection with the existing gods. How do the religions interact, what are the relations between the deities in the mythology?
2. I had a shitty day and writing comes as a kind of struggle.
All this is not bad though, since it allows me to write about some rules, a thing I was ment to do for some time now.
To me it seems that there are three approaches to the problem of how to handle saving throws:
- The pre 3e. approach, which has been well analyzed by Jeff Rients on his blog.
- The 3.x e. approach, which employs three saving throws: Endurance, Reflex and Willpower, all are class and level dependent. Additionally each is modified by an Attribute, namely: Constitution, Dexterity and Wisdom.
- The Swords & Wizardry approach, here each class has one universal saving throw.
The first solution is most in touch with the flavor of the OD&D, yet strikes me as the least intuitive one, as well as being a bit rules heavy. I never understood why death rays and poison should fall into the same category, why staffs and wands should be two separate ones and what is the resistance to petrification dependent on?
The last solution is mechanically the polar opposite of the first one, yet it's equally in tune with the spirit of OSR and possesses some aesthetic allure. Still, I can't get completely convinced.
Perhaps, my uneasiness comes from the fact that I actually liked the 3e. saves. I think the division between the three categories is very clear, functional and most of all - logical. You avoid a fireball by dodging it, you are protected from poison by your body's endurance.
All that thinking that I've done, has led me to rethinking the single saving throw used by the S&W core rules. I think I'm gonna change it into 3 categories just like in 3.x e. D&D.
Still, I'm not exactly sure how to do it as I think there are two ways to introduce the triple saving throw mechanics to S&W:
1. Keep the original saving throw as a base value modified by an appropriate ability modifier like this:
END: Save + Con
REF: Save + Dex
WIL: Save + Wis
(of course the modifier is added to the d20 roll for save, not the save value itself)
2. Make a new save table for each class...
Now I'm really keen on the idea of keeping the original saves and just moding them with ability modifiers. Still I'm not sure, if it will work properly? Will it overpower the players?
And what about PCs with negative ability modifiers?
And finally, maybe I'm just a little bitch and should keep things as they are in the book?