I will be offline pretty much from now until Monday, off camping in the woods with a couple hundred other drunken Heathens.
Please take the opportunity to read through the posts thusfar, and expound on your reactions to the various topics I've posted on in the last week and a half. My intention is to make a second pass on the various topics, and hopefully come up with a synthesis based on the feedback, and a more refined look at each of the topics.
Also, I am forced to wonder... Have my musings taken me beyond the very pale of D&D itself? No PC demi-humans, non-Vancian magic (well... sorta), a new combat system, no alignment, and so forth? Are the changes I'm pondering taking me outside the D&D umbrella, or can it stretch in the direction I'm moving? Bearing in mind that I'm just musing on these topics, and trying to suss out the depth underlying the common wisdom.