Five years back, I returned a copy of the AD&D Players Handbook to the uncle of mine who helped get me into gaming.
Today we're celebrating his 70th birthday.
Thinking about that, I pulled down his gaming binder off of my shelf - this one, covered with Monster Manual rub-on stickers:
Plus Snoopy, of course.
In it are the Basic Set, the Expert Set, a few choice pages and tables from the Holmes Basic Set, and chart after chart from Arm Law by Iron Crown Enterprises.
I don't recall using them that often, but I know he did use them.
I also found this neatly printed sheet:
It has some very interesting rules. First, the Dexterity in Melee rules. Instead of applying your Dex bonus to AC, you can apply some or all of it to offense. Second, you can apply some of your levels to apply a penalty to hit you, but then you attack at a lower level.
Second, you have a D&D-compatible way to use Arms Law.
I have no idea where these are from. My copy of Arms Law/Claw Law doesn't have it, and I'm not sure where he got his - they're copies, not originals. Maybe it was in the first edition.
Does anyone know? I copied them clearly enough to use them, but I have no idea where they're from. I'd really like to know. They're very clever rules, especially the Dexterity in Melee rules . . .