B/X Monster Reference Index

B/X Monster Reference Index -- Kicktraq Mini

Friday, 2 October 2015

B/X Monster Reference Kickstarter Final 48 Hours!

There's just under 2 days left to run for the B/X Monster Reference Index Kickstarter. The project is also closing on the next Stretch Goal with just £90 to go. If you've not already seen it, then please check out the project page here:


If we can hit the Stretch Goal, which adds 4 extra pages, it will make this a reference with a whole lot more than the 500 monsters it contains. Backers that pledge for 2 copies or more also get extra loot in the form of B/X bookmarks and Business Card Character Sheets.

Friday, 25 September 2015

B/X Bookmarks

I designed a B/X Bookmark several months ago and went ahead and ordered a test print-run of them. They are really intended for a future Kickstarter project, but as I'll need to print them in larger quantities for that, I've decided to add them to my current B/X Monster Reference Index Kickstarter as a little bonus item along with some of my B/X Business Card Character Sheets.

If you would like to get one or more of them, take a look at the Kickstarter page for more details:


Monster Index: C is for...

...Camel and 30 others.

Here's a list of all the C entries in my B/X Monster Reference Index. I plan to add a list for each letter of the alphabet between now and the end of the Kickstarter campaign.

Camel, Carbuncle, Carcass Scavenger, Caryatid Column, Cat (Cheetah), Cat (Lion), Cat (Mountain Lion), Cat (Panther), Cat (Sabre-tooth Tiger), Cat (Tiger), Cave Fisher, Cave Moray, Centaur, Centipede (Giant), Centipede (Megalo-), Centipede (Stega-), Chimera, Clubneck, Cockatrice, Coffer Corpse, Cooshee, Couatl, Crab (Giant), Crabman, Crayfish (Giant), Crocodile, Crocodile (Large), Crocodile (Giant), Crypt Thing, Crystal Ooze, Cyclops.

Thursday, 24 September 2015

Monster Index: B is for...

...Babbler and 37 others.

Here's a list of all the B entries in my B/X Monster Reference Index. I plan to add a list for each letter of the alphabet between now and the end of the Kickstarter campaign.

Babbler, Baboon, Baboon (Higher), Badger, Badger (Giant), Banderlog, Basalisk, Basalisk (Greater), Bat, Bat (Giant), Bat (Mobat), Bear (Black), Bear (Grizzly), Bear (Polar), Bear (Cave), Bee (Giant Killer), Beetle (Gt.Boring), Beetle (Gt.Carnivorous), Beetle (Gt.Deathwatch), Beetle (Gt.Fire), Beetle (Gt. Rhinoceros), Beetle (Gt.Slicer), Beetle (Gt.Spitting), Beetle (Gt.Stag), Beetle (Gt.Water), Black Pudding, Blindheim, Blink Dog, Blood Hawk, Boalisk, Boar, Boar (Giant), Boar (Warthog), Boggart, Bonesnapper, Brownie, Bugbear, Bulette.

Wednesday, 23 September 2015

Monster Index: A is for...

...Aboleth and 16 others.

Here's a list of all the A entries in my B/X Monster Reference Index. I plan to add a list for each letter of the alphabet between now and the end of the Kickstarter campaign.

Aboleth, Adherer, Aerial Servant, Afanc, Algoid, Ankheg, Ant (Giant), Ant Lion, Ape (Albino), Ape (Chimpanzee), Ape (Gorilla), Ape (Man-Eating), Apparition, Archer Bush, Ascomoid, Assassin Bug (Giant), and Axe Beak.

The index has only had minimal proofing so far, but if you spot something that is mispelled or out of alphabetical order, feel free to let me know.

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Revised Monster Index Sample Page

I've been tweaking the page layout for the B/X Monster Reference Index. Each entry now includes a superscript 2 character reference to help identify the books the monsters come from. I've also added ascending AC values in brackets after the descending AC value.

Here's the reworked layout:

B/X Monster Reference Index Sources

My Monster Index Kickstarter had a great first 24 hours and has now passed double the initial goal amount. Today I wanted to explain the approach I've followed for selecting monsters to include in the index. My main collection of books with monsters looks like this:

For the index I've used the 300ish monsters in the two Labyrinth Lord books as a base. I've then worked through my copy of Tome of Horrors Complete adding all the monsters from it that also appear in any of the First Edition monster books. The end result is list of just over 500 monsters. Ideally they should cover 90%+ of all the B/X and 1st Edition Monsters that are easily identified as Open Content. I've resisted adding some animals, and limited the dinosaur entries to those found in the Labyrinth Lord books.

The index will include a reference to show which book one should look at for the full entry of a monster.

  • L1 = Labyrinth Lord
  • L2 = Labyrinth Lord Advanced Edition Companion
  • M1 = 1st Edition AD&D Monster Manual
  • M2 = 1st Edition AD&D Monster Manual 2
  • FF = 1st Edition AD&D Fiend Folio
  • CC = D&D Creature Catalog
  • TH = Tome of Horrors Complete Swords & Wizardy Edition

From tomorrow, I'll start posting lists of monsters by letter with a view to getting through them all before the end of the campaign. I'll add a link here from the Kickstarter main page and post links in the Kicstarter comments to the lists of monsters here as I post them.