LinkedIn of Monsters | Monster Matrix

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I’d like to know if there is some sort of online resource (wiki, database, webpage?) that shows which monsters are linked to which other monsters …

Let’s consider the curious case of the Hobgoblin and Carnivorous Ape, both of which are listed in the AD&D (1e) Monster Manual.

If you read the Hobgoblin entry you’ll see this (see highlighted passage):

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But, the Carnivorous Ape entry in the same book is silent on this interesting connection. Essentially, you could get some inspiration by reading the Hobgoblin monster entry, but not the other way round.

This is not the only example. Bullywugs and Froghemoth have a connection (mentioned in the ‘Expedition to the Barrier peak’), but this connection is missing from the FF and MM2. Ettercaps in the FF are mention to “get along well with all forms of spider”, but of course, the earlier MM1 makes no mention of this in the Giant Spider section.

Some of this can be explained by the difference in the dates the various books/modules were printed. There may have even be an editorial choice to save on space.

Either way, I would still like to see some resource that joins all these loose ends together, a LinkedIn of Monsters if you will.

If you know of any such resource, please post a link below!!

Goblin’s Henchman wrestling with the pressing issues of the day … 

This post was prompted by listening to the Monster Man podcast.

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1 thought on “LinkedIn of Monsters | Monster Matrix

  1. allan grohe

    I’m not aware of any index listing that connects the dots in the manner you describe, but it’s a worthwhile idea to pursue since there are quite a number of these “helper” relationships detailed, particularly among PC and humanoid races.

    You might ping Scot Hoover to see if there’s anything in the works for this for the OSRIC Dangerous Dungeons supplement, which is the only place I can think of offhand that may address this topic.

    Allan.

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