Sunday, October 2, 2011

10 from Tome of Horrors

Lots of people like being able to cut and paste stat blocks from the Swords & Wizardry Monster Book, and since Tome of Horrors doesn't have the summarized stat blocks I'm putting together (slowly) a pdf document that can be used for cutting and pasting when you're writing an adventure on computer. Here are stat blocks for the first 10 monsters in the Tome of Horrors (S&W).

  • Aberrant: HD 8; AC 4[15]; Atk 1 great club (2d8); Move 12; Save 8; AL C; CL/XP 9/1,00; Special: Physical deformity (various minor physical benefits)
  • Owlephant: HD 10; AC 4[15]; Atk Slam (2d6) and 2 claws (2d8) or gore (2d8); Move 12; Save 5; AL N; CL/XP 10/1400; Special: Trample
  • Tigrilla: HD 5; AC 5[14]; Atk 2 claws (1d8); Move 15/9 climb; Save 12; AL N; CL/XP 5/240; Special: Rake with claws
  • Abyssal Harvester (Fourth-Category Demon): HD 15; AC 1[18]; Atk 6 tentacles (2d6); Move 6; Save 3; AL C; CL/XP 17/3,500; Special: Constrict, harvest
  • Abyssal Larva: HD 3; AC 8[11]; Atk acidic bite (2d4); Move 6; Save 14; AL C; CL/XP 4/120; Special: maggot spray
  • Adherer: HD 4; AC 3[16]; Atk 2 slams (1d4); Move 12; Save 13; AL C; CL/XP 5/240; Special: Adhesive, double damage from fire, resistance to blunt weapons (50%), surprise on 1-3 on 1d6
  • Aerial Servant: HD 16; AC 3[16]; Atk Slam (4d4); Move 24/24 fly; Save 3; AL N; CL/XP 20/4400; Special: Throttle, invisibility, only harmed by magic weapons, wind blast
  • Afanc: HD 21; AC 2[17]; Atk 1 Bite (5d6), 2 claws (2d8); Move 3/30 swim; Save 3; AL C; CL/XP 23/5300; Special: Swallow whole, sea swell
  • Ahlinni (Cackle Bird): HD 4; AC 5[14]; Atk 1 bite (1d8) or impale (2d8), 2 claws (1d4); Move 15; Save 13; AL N; CL/XP 5/240; Special: Breath weapon, impale
  • Algoid: HD 5; AC 4[15]; Atk 2 slams (1d10); Move 9; Save 12; AL N; CL/XP 7/600; Special: Immunity to electricity and fire, resistance to blunt weapons (50%), mind blast, surprise on 1-3 on 1d6


  1. Are you changing any stats as you go along or are you keeping them all the way they are?

  2. I'm not changing any stats, but in some cases I might add a clarification to a special ability. Sometimes a bit of detail is useful in a monster's stat block that would be redundant in part of the actual monster description. But in general, I'm keeping them exactly the same since it's like a free supplement to the book itself. Then people can make changes however they want, and know they're not working from something that's already been tweaked.

  3. It strikes me that having all the monster entries in a database format would be handy for this sort of project. Once the fields are defined and all the data in place, you can just get the database app to squirt out the statblocks as and when required, and they could be ordered by dangerousness, environment, eye colour or whatever. MS Office has Access, and I know that OpenOffice includes a db app, but unfortunately I don't know enough about how to work one even to get started.

  4. I wrote a web page Battlesheet Generator ( that had all the monster stats in a database and then did something like that for Hackmaster Basic. Something like that might be awesome for Tome of Horrors (S&W version).

  5. That kind of thing is way too high-tech for me to organize! :)

    If anyone wants to, though, I'll help however I can!

  6. I'm happy to do the web portion, as it would just require minor tweaks to what I'd done for HMB. I'm just not keen on the data entry. If all the monster stats were in an Excel spreadsheet or something like that, it'd make it really easy for me to import it into a database, and then spit it back out on a web page.

    Looking at your stat blocks above, it's also possible I could parse those out as long as they're always in the same format and stat order, with semi-colons separating the stats.

  7. Derek, they will be in the same format - the only potential problem is that the entry for "Special" uses a colon (the info after the colon is part of the "Special" category.

  8. Looks good so far, Thanks for doing this Matt.

  9. From the examples you posted, "Special" seems like it would be fine.

  10. Razberry Ranid has actually done several more, so once I back those out of pdf format (won't take long, just haven't gotten to it) I should be able to post a longer list of stats.