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    Orc in the Playground
     
    MindFlayer

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    Default The Monster Compendium

    I recently finished a project that I've been working on for a while now, and I wanted to share it with the Playground. It's an Excel database of nearly all 3.0 and 3.5 monsters, from the default campaign setting, Forgotten Realms, Eberron, Dragonlance, Kingdoms of Kalamar, Dragon Magazine, and Web content. I think it should be okay to post here, since it doesn't contain enough information to actually use any of the creatures in play without also owning the book (for instance, it lists what special attacks they have, but doesn't say what they do, save DCs, etc.) It's available for download here. A version without the graphs (much smaller file size) is available here. (If anyone knows a better way to host this let me know please.)

    If this isn't okay, if the amount of information contained is considered infringment on the copyrights or what-have-you, please, Mods, I invite the thread's deletion. Otherwise, please let me know if there are any errors, incompleteness (aside from the omissions noted inside the DB), or questions you have about the project!
    Last edited by ezkajii; 2015-03-09 at 01:28 PM.
    Behold! The Monster Compendium

    My Homebrew.

    78% of DM's started their first campaign in a tavern. If you're one of the 22% that didn't, copy and paste this into your signature.
    Mine started with the intrepid heroes whisked away to a battle gauntlet in the sky by a mystery deity! It was meant to be strictly a playtest but quickly devolved.

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    Default Re: The Monster Compendium

    So far, looks like you did a nice job. Thanks for all your work.
    I reserve the right to be wrong and will use that right whenever it happens

    78% of DM's started their first campaign in a tavern. If you're one of the 22% that didn't, copy and paste this into your signature.

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    Orc in the Playground
     
    MindFlayer

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    Default Re: The Monster Compendium

    Thanks! And, you're welcome!
    Behold! The Monster Compendium

    My Homebrew.

    78% of DM's started their first campaign in a tavern. If you're one of the 22% that didn't, copy and paste this into your signature.
    Mine started with the intrepid heroes whisked away to a battle gauntlet in the sky by a mystery deity! It was meant to be strictly a playtest but quickly devolved.

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    Orc in the Playground
     
    MindFlayer

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    Default Re: The Monster Compendium

    So I've realized that the file preview the site generates makes it look, just, horrendous. I promise the actual file is way better. Also includes templates, and customizable bar graphs representing the relative frequency of occurence of various stat values.
    Behold! The Monster Compendium

    My Homebrew.

    78% of DM's started their first campaign in a tavern. If you're one of the 22% that didn't, copy and paste this into your signature.
    Mine started with the intrepid heroes whisked away to a battle gauntlet in the sky by a mystery deity! It was meant to be strictly a playtest but quickly devolved.

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    Bugbear in the Playground
     
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    Default Re: The Monster Compendium

    I actually ended up saving a version without all the graphs because while they are sometimes nice, I don't always want all that memory dedicated to those graphs when I'm using this.
    I reserve the right to be wrong and will use that right whenever it happens

    78% of DM's started their first campaign in a tavern. If you're one of the 22% that didn't, copy and paste this into your signature.

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    Orc in the Playground
     
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    Oh, that makes sense. Do you think I should upload a second version that doesn't have all the graphs?
    Behold! The Monster Compendium

    My Homebrew.

    78% of DM's started their first campaign in a tavern. If you're one of the 22% that didn't, copy and paste this into your signature.
    Mine started with the intrepid heroes whisked away to a battle gauntlet in the sky by a mystery deity! It was meant to be strictly a playtest but quickly devolved.

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    yes please :)

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    Orc in the Playground
     
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    Graphless version is up! Link edited into OP.
    Behold! The Monster Compendium

    My Homebrew.

    78% of DM's started their first campaign in a tavern. If you're one of the 22% that didn't, copy and paste this into your signature.
    Mine started with the intrepid heroes whisked away to a battle gauntlet in the sky by a mystery deity! It was meant to be strictly a playtest but quickly devolved.

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    Super useful utility. I keep it on my desktop now and trawl it for monsters (put in weird sorting parameters, etc.) when I'm drawing a blank on encounters.
    Currently running: Shackled City!

    Characters I've played for more than three sessions:
    [3.5] Ephraim Therele (CG gray elf focused transmuter 4/Master Specialist 3/Loremaster 2)
    [3.5] Gandrin "Thunderfingers" Melifar (LG gnome illusionist 3/Master Specialist 3/Shadowcraft Mage 5)
    [PF] Reglay Pent (N human conjurer 15 + Archmage 2)

    Campaigns I've run: Mummy's Mask, Age of Worms, Red Hand of Doom, Kingmaker, Guardians, Rising Dawn

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    great job man! i just want to ask, what are the book listed as number? dragon magazine issue?

    EDIT: founded the answer, i didn't see the column after the grey one XD
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    It would have been handy to have each ability labeled (Ex), (Su) and the like. I was looking for a good enemy with extraordinary abilities, and can't find a good list of what abilities even ARE (Ex) anywhere.

    Probably too late. But otherwise, this is a pretty sweet table. Huge. But useful.

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    Orc in the Playground
     
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    Default Re: The Monster Compendium

    Quote Originally Posted by Ephemeral_Being View Post
    It would have been handy to have each ability labeled (Ex), (Su) and the like. I was looking for a good enemy with extraordinary abilities, and can't find a good list of what abilities even ARE (Ex) anywhere.

    Probably too late. But otherwise, this is a pretty sweet table. Huge. But useful.
    Oh! That would've been handy. Well, I'm planning to go back over it at some point and add in keywords at some point (I'd love to be able to sort spider-like creatures, for instance, or things with an antimagic theme). when I do I think I'll add keywords for "has great Ex ability", for instance (but with a catchier name lol). Not exactly the same thing, but I think it would serve a similar purpose.
    The question is, should I make keywording this database my next project? Or move onto making a similar index but for spells? I intend to do that at some point, and probably a few others like this.
    Behold! The Monster Compendium

    My Homebrew.

    78% of DM's started their first campaign in a tavern. If you're one of the 22% that didn't, copy and paste this into your signature.
    Mine started with the intrepid heroes whisked away to a battle gauntlet in the sky by a mystery deity! It was meant to be strictly a playtest but quickly devolved.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ezkajii View Post
    Oh! That would've been handy. Well, I'm planning to go back over it at some point and add in keywords at some point (I'd love to be able to sort spider-like creatures, for instance, or things with an antimagic theme). when I do I think I'll add keywords for "has great Ex ability", for instance (but with a catchier name lol). Not exactly the same thing, but I think it would serve a similar purpose.
    The question is, should I make keywording this database my next project? Or move onto making a similar index but for spells? I intend to do that at some point, and probably a few others like this.
    If you decide to do spells, the same group that made heroforge have a massive spell book started that might be useful.
    I reserve the right to be wrong and will use that right whenever it happens

    78% of DM's started their first campaign in a tavern. If you're one of the 22% that didn't, copy and paste this into your signature.

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    Orc in the Playground
     
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    Awesome! Do you know what the name of that group is? I looked up heroforge and it didn't give me any information like that.
    Behold! The Monster Compendium

    My Homebrew.

    78% of DM's started their first campaign in a tavern. If you're one of the 22% that didn't, copy and paste this into your signature.
    Mine started with the intrepid heroes whisked away to a battle gauntlet in the sky by a mystery deity! It was meant to be strictly a playtest but quickly devolved.

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    Default Re: The Monster Compendium

    Heroforge has been slightly updated since 2015 and can be found here HeroForge Anew

    the Spells list that was mentioned is called Spellforge and it needs alot of work (there's maybe a one-sixth of the books listed that are fully implemented, maybe two-sixths that are partially implemented, and the rest that are just listed) can be found here SpellForge Anew
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