A little something before the weekend starts. I tried very hard to be old school and force my players to roll 3d6 in a row for stats. There was much whining and threatening, but I stayed undeterred. For a while. When we started a new setting not long ago, new characters were in order and we discussed (again!) how it had to be done.
So here is the compromise: A player might roll six times 3d6, but he notes every single number. This is what he gets, no more, no less. He might combine them how ever he sees fit, though. Three digits make an ability score.
It's still harsh, but now my players have the option to build the characters they want, with the crap they rolled.*
There was less whining and almost no threatening. I'm happy.
*It's scary how bad the results were, no kidding. I had to invent a new class for cases like this, the Pilgrim. But that's for another post.