Andrew (of the &PG team) has repeatedly mentioned the site lomion. It’s a 2nd Edition AD&D site from which he pulls things from for his AD&D game — it appears to have the entire 2E Monstrous Manual online.
Last night I finally checked out the site. He suggested a monster to me for use in an upcoming adventure I’m writing for my campaign. I googled it, found the site, and evaluated the monster. His suggestion was spot-on for my need. My players will meet a new foe in the very near future!
A lot of folks who play OD&D (in its many forms) or AD&D are against 2E. Some very vocally. Regardless of criticism, IMO a large volume of materials published for 2E are applicable to AD&D. Some complain the monsters are overpowered for AD&D. No problem – each DM decides what is appropriate for their campaign and choose what they consider to be the right monsters for their party’s level. A monster might not be a good foil for a 3rd level party, but may be the ticket for a 5th level party.
Monsters are listed in both a table of Contents and an Index. These pages appear to be the same information with different arrangements. Both contain clickable links that navigate to a page containing a description of the monster, including full 2E stat blocks and a picture. In the Monstrous Manual quite a few monsters are listed in groups, for instance the Elemental Vermin — the description includes all 4 types. The site duplicates this structure, e.g., this page has 4 monsters. Each monster has a separate link in the Contents and Index, which navigate to the same page. This works nicely as we can see all the monsters and easily navigate to the write-up.
Overall, this site is VERY useful. I will make making use of it in the future. I should have checked it out sooner.
The bottom of the Contents page has a Random Monster link that randomly selects a monster and displays its page. I have no idea how the link works — I right-clicked on it and selected Open Link in New Tab (I’m currently using Firefox), doing this three times to see what I’d get. I got the same monster 3 times. I’m not sure what good a random selection across all monsters is — for my designing style it doesn’t help me. But some may find it interesting and/or useful.
There are other non-functional links on the bottom of the page. The site has not be updated in 2 years so it may be that the author lost interest or was out of free time. Unfortunate either way, as this site has real value to old school gamers.
Does anyone know of an index for the Monstrous Manual that lists the monsters by classification? It would be handy to know which monsters hail from the lower outer planes, which are sylvan, etc.