Jeff Rients once blogged about - wouldn't it be cool if you could go to a website, go through a list of D&D rules, mark check boxes of your preferred version of that rule and then click a button and have your customized D&D rules spit out as a PDF. Of course, the answer is - yes, that would be quite cool. But it also got me thinking about what my customized game might look like. Here goes ...
COVER - Tough choice, but it would either be Erol Otus or Wayne Reynolds. I know, I know ...
ABILITY SCORES - Molvay D&D
RACES - 3rd Edition - I like the way they handle the stats - probably the most rules lite portion of those rules
CLASSES - Either Swords & Wizardry - simple, to the point, very little need to check out the rules during play - or Castles & Crusades - more choices, but still pretty streamlined - love that single saving throw though
EQUIPMENT - Moldvay D&D, including those encumbrance rules (or maybe my own from Pars Fortuna)
COMBAT - BFRPG - really, my answer is Moldvay but with ascending AC and attack bonuses instead of charts, but I think BFRPG gets the closest to that
SPELLS - Moldvay rules with 3rd edition's breadth
MONSTERS - AD&D
So, what would your customized D&D look like?