I've read many articles on alignment in D&D, tracking alignment in D&D, and the equivalent systems in many other RPGs. I've written this article that incorporates all I've learned in over 40 years of play. It:
- * has the players pick objectives for their characters, so they get to say what their alignment means to them,
- * divides the 3x3 alignment grid into finer steps,
- * provides mechanisms for moving among those steps according to how your character behaves,
- * includes a nature component for druids and similar classes, and
- * includes a circumstance bonus to saves and skill checks for playing your character's alignment well.
I'm posting here to share it and get feedback. I don't expect this to end all discussion about alignment, but I hope it'll help some people avoid some arguments.