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Oldskull Game Expansions Book II - 1977 Bestiary

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Wonderland Imprints is proud to present the second volume of the Oldskull Game Expansion series, providing exciting and inspirational materials for players and Game Masters who prefer to play the Original (OSR), First Edition (1E), and Second Edition (2E) versions of the world’s greatest role-playing game. If you’re looking for universal and directly compatible old school materials to bridge the original game editions created by Arneson and Gygax (1974-1985), Holmes (1977), Moldvay and Cook (1981), Mentzer (1983-1986), and other luminaries of TSR (1974-1989), you’ve come to the right place. Players of Fifth Edition will also discover much of resourceful interest here, because these historically-informed systems are rules-light and concept-heavy, ready for quick conversion to the ruleset of your choice.

This is my first supplement in the requested 1977 Bestiary sequence, fulfilling a design goal which I’ve wanted to tackle for decades: a comprehensive page-by-page revision and full expansion of the game’s 1977 monstrous bestiary, the famous hardcover tome wherein E. Gary Gygax first bridged the Basic and Advanced editions long ago.

In this book you will find over 130 OGL-compliant monsters (beginning with the letter A) for your campaigns and projects, including iconic beasties such as aerial servants, anhkhegs, ants and beetles, bugbear variants, bulettes, demon lords, the horrific Evil Eyes of Yog-Sothoth, and much more.

The primary goal of the 1977 Bestiary project is to unify the Basic, Expert, and Advanced games with a universally compatible monster resource. The second goal is to bring classic Gygaxian monsters into your Basic campaigns, with clarified stat templates of many Advanced monsters that never crossed into Basic territory. Thirdly, if you’re well-versed in the Advanced game, you will note that this book addresses hundreds of vagaries and ambiguities in the 1977 bestiary, bringing forth many implied or half-developed subtypes of monsters alluded to in the original tome, such as chieftains, sub-adults and young, large and huge creatures, orders (such as clerical, magical, and sacred couatls), Balor tiers, evil eye hierarchies, and much more.

Chronic issues such as ambiguity in proportional treasure assignment, the exact meaning of the term “lair” (and its implications for treasure generation), incidental treasure, inconsistent numbers appearing, humanoid weapon selections, psionics, unstated morale levels, varying XP values for subtypes (such as varying-power anhkhegs of 3 to 8 hit dice), and other nettlesome technicalities have been corrected and clarified in this tome, and these improvements will carry their way throughout the 1977 Bestiary series. All monsters are presented with clean and updated stat blocks (check out the preview), with an easy-to-use quick reference format that is perfect for use at the game table.

The improved and profusely illustrated monster stat blocks will also give you immediate details on rarity, monster type (elemental, undead, etc.), average hit points, attack accuracy, average damage, vulnerabilities, clarified special abilities (such as demonic gating), clearer special attack mechanics (for charges, catoblepas gazes, evil eye rays, etc.), average treasure type values, and many other pieces of information that the original books never fully provided, all in a single master resource. Whatever your interest in old school monsters, you will find much to love herein.

I hope you enjoy this celebration of the old school TSR tradition. Be sure to watch for future volumes in this series which will detail character classes, races, equipment, domains, spells, treasures, and more. Another fine gaming supplement from Kent David Kelly and Wonderland Imprints, Only the Finest Works of Fantasy. (164 pages, 53,700 words.)

Requires Old-School Essentials Core Rules.

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To view the entire library of available titles for Castle Oldskull, Hawk & Moor, Old School Essentials compatible supplements, and more, please visit Kent David Kelly's Wonderland Imprints publisher page.

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Code

Supplement Title

Primary Game Topics

CO1

The Classic Dungeon Design Guide I

Dungeons / Lore / Random Tables

CO2

The Classic Dungeon Design Guide II

Dungeons / Lore / Random Tables

CO3

The Classic Dungeon Design Guide III

Dungeons / Lore / Random Tables

CO4

Oldskull Dungeon Generator

Dungeons / Solo Gaming Tools

CO5

The Book of Dungeon Traps

Dungeons / Random Tables

CO6

Oldskull Dungeon Tools

Generators / Solo Gaming Tools

CO7

Game World Generator – Deluxe Edition

Game World / Random Tables

CO8

Oldskull Adventure Generator

Game World / Random Tables

CO9

Chaotic Descriptor Table

Generators / Random Tables

CO10

Dungeon Delver Enhancer

Characters / Lore / Random Tables

CO11

Oldskull Warriors

Characters / Classes / Lore

CO12

Oldskull Knights

Characters / Classes / Lore

CO13

Oldskull Anti-Paladins

Characters / Classes / Lore

CO14

Oldskull Plague Doctors

Characters / Classes / Lore

CO15

Oldskull Gonneslingers

Characters / Classes / Lore

CO16

Serpentine

Characters / Races

CO17

Oldskull Half-Ogres

Characters / Races

CO18

Oldskull D100 NPC Generator

Characters / Generators

CO19

Character Tables

Gameplay / Tabletop Reference

CO20

Combat Tables

Gameplay / Tabletop Reference

CO21

Dungeon Monsters & Treasures Level 1

Monsters / Treasure

CO22

Oldskull Dungeon Encounters

Lore / Monsters / Treasure

CO23

Oldskull Dungeon Bestiary

Monsters / Random Tables

CO24

Oldskull Dragons

Monsters / Treasure

CO25

Oldskull Trolls

Lore / Monsters / Races

CO26

Oldskull Monster Generator

Generators / Lore / Monsters

CO27

Oldskull Treasure Trove

Random Tables / Treasure

CO28

The Oldskull Deck of Strangest Things

Lore / Random Tables / Treasure

CO29

City State Encounters

Random Tables / Urban Adventures

CO30

The Order of the Scarlet Tabard

Characters / Lore / Random Tables

CO31

Captains of the Scarlet Tabard

Characters / Lore

CO32

Oldskull Tyrrhenia Map Pack

Game World / Lore / Realm Maps

CO33

333 Realms of Entropy

Game World / Lore / Monsters

CO34

1,000 Rooms of Chaos

Dungeons / Solo Gaming Tools

CO35

1,000 Rooms of Chaos II

Dungeons / Solo Gaming Tools

CO36

The Pegana Mythos

Characters / Game World / Lore

CO37

The Oldskull Necronomicon

Characters / Game World / Lore

CO38

Lords of Oldskull: Krampus

Classes / Lore / Monsters

OSE1

Character Creation

Basic / Expert (B/X) Characters

OSE2

1977 Bestiary

Basic / Expert (B/X) Monsters

OSE3

Adventurer’s Arsenal

Basic / Expert (B/X) Equipment

OSE4

Turn Tracker

Basic / Expert (B/X) Gameplay

OSE5

Oldskull Grid War

Basic / Expert (B/X) Gameplay

HM1

Hawk & Moor Book I

TSR / Gary Gygax History 1973

HM2

Hawk & Moor Book II

TSR / Gary Gygax History 1974

HM3

Hawk & Moor Book III

TSR / Gary Gygax History 1975

HM4

Hawk & Moor Book IV

TSR / Gary Gygax History 1976

HM5

Hawk & Moor Book V

TSR / Gary Gygax History 1977

HM6

The Steam Tunnel Incident

TSR History / 1980s

 

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