I like the idea of the undead being treated differently, with respect. That made a nice change.
No criticism as such, except for that part where you used "Deeper in," as a sentence starter twice in a row. That irked me for some reason. The second sentence could perhaps have been differently worded. Maybe; "Delving even further into the catacombs..." or something like it?
Gaming can indeed be quite an expensive hobby. I don't have any manuals or rule books myself. If I needed one I would go to my local library and ask if they have it, if they didn't they were usually able to order it in, free of charge :)
Dice are expensive as well. Which reminds me, I need to get in contact with Strolen about that pair >.<
A good article, I'm sure that this will prove useful to people.