OSRIC - Monsters of Myth: anyone checked it out?
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Post Posted: Thu Jun 28, 2007 11:18 am 
 

Has anyone checked out the OSRIC Monsters of Myth book?  It's a print book via Lulu, full of monsters for use in your games....

Links:  http://stores.lulu.com/firsteditionsociety and http://knights-n-knaves.com/osric/mom.html


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Post Posted: Thu Jul 05, 2007 12:54 pm 
 

I purchased this in hardback form and am very pleased. It has the look and feel of a 1st edition monster manual. The creatures are varied and interesting . I am sure I will have a lot of fun using many of the monsters in the book for my own adventures.


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Post Posted: Thu Jul 05, 2007 12:56 pm 
 

What monsters does it contain different from the MM?

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Post Posted: Thu Jul 05, 2007 12:57 pm 
 

All of them are original monsters. There are no re-treads of existing MM monsters.


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Post Posted: Thu Jul 05, 2007 1:09 pm 
 

Does it contain a good sampling of unique monsters for low-level characters?

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Post Posted: Thu Jul 05, 2007 1:17 pm 
 

From what I can remember without cracking the book open and scouring every page, it had a good mix of low level to high level creatures. Also, the artwork is very much in the style of the original monster books. It really feels like you have a brand new monster manual from the 80s hot off the presses. I highly recommend this book to all old-schoolers.


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Post Posted: Thu Jul 05, 2007 7:24 pm 
 

Independent reviews and a clear listing of contents here:

http://www.dragonsfoot.org/forums/viewtopic.php?t=20457

  


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Post Posted: Thu Jul 05, 2007 7:37 pm 
 

Keith the Thief wrote:Does it contain a good sampling of unique monsters for low-level characters?


Level 1 monsters:

Bewailing Cicada
Crawling Corpse
Ghoul Monkey
Grimling
Inkling
Monkey
Nightcreeper (1HD version)
Scuttler
Snake, Javelin
Spiny Horror
Tunnel Prawn
Wishing Carp

Level 2 monsters:

Atlaca
Aviant
Caladrius
Centipedes, Nest of
Crab, Giant Fiddler
Crows, Murder of
Hawktoad
Iacca (3HD version)
Nightcreeper (2HD version)
Piranha
Sand Newt
Stonefish
Troglodyte, Hominid
Verminvine

These are on the usual scale of monster levels 1-10.

  

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Post Posted: Fri Jul 06, 2007 7:56 am 
 

My copy just arrived two days ago (an earlier LULU order swallowed whole by the holiday rush or postal fiat), and it is damn impressive - probably the only modern monster book that has the in-game utility and aesthetics of TSR's Monster Manual I. The contributions and art of Matt Finch (posts as Mythmere) are especially pleasing, although that doesn't mean the others are bad or mediocre at all! A major plus is venturing outside the "evil humanoid - undead - demon" circle that makes up 80% of other tomes; there are a lot of creepy-crawlies which look interesting, from fungoid horrors to plain weird - but not at all useless - stuff.

Unfortunately, LULU's production process is hardly perfect: in my copy, there were two pages which were each included in triplicate.  8O I intend to write a full review once I become more familiar with the content and probably use a few creatures in my game. Until then, I urge everyone to buy a copy. It is really surprising how good it is.

  


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Post Posted: Fri Jul 06, 2007 4:51 pm 
 

tomjscott wrote:I purchased this in hardback form and am very pleased. It has the look and feel of a 1st edition monster manual. The creatures are varied and interesting . I am sure I will have a lot of fun using many of the monsters in the book for my own adventures.


I'm looking forward to a hardback copy myself.


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Post Posted: Fri Jul 06, 2007 5:08 pm 
 

Did a complimentary copy not arrive in the mail for you, Steve?

It certainly should have done!

(Edited to explain:  Steve was the author of a significant number of the creatures in the book.)

  

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Post Posted: Fri Jul 06, 2007 5:24 pm 
 

PapersAndPaychecks wrote:
Wishing Carp



What's a Wishing Carp?

(Alas, the only RPG store in town closed a few months ago, so I can't go and browse books like this.)

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Post Posted: Fri Jul 06, 2007 5:53 pm 
 

It's a creature by Bill "Dungeon Delver" Silvey.  It's good-aligned, very small and weak, and has an ... unexpected ability.  ;)

  

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Post Posted: Fri Jul 06, 2007 9:13 pm 
 

PapersAndPaychecks wrote:It's a creature by Bill "Dungeon Delver" Silvey.  It's good-aligned, very small and weak, and has an ... unexpected ability.  ;)


That's pretty amusing.  

Thanks for posting the monster list, BTW.

Always fun to talk about new creepy crawlies.


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Post Posted: Fri Jul 06, 2007 10:25 pm 
 

PapersAndPaychecks wrote:Did a complimentary copy not arrive in the mail for you, Steve?

It certainly should have done!

(Edited to explain:  Steve was the author of a significant number of the creatures in the book.)


It should be shipping soon.  It was ordered after Steve gave me his shipping info. (Of course the HC takes about 10 extra days)

  
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