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CC1 Creature Compendium
Publisher: New Big Dragon Games Unlimited
by Customer Name Withheld [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 12/07/2016 17:06:13

Seriously, I can’t say enough good things about this book. Without a doubt this is the best pub I have picked up here on DriveThruRPG. This manual is professional-looking, absolutely functional, and nails the old school flavor. I am running Keep on the Borderlands, and I am stocking the hills and caves with the critters in CC1. PC’s beware!



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CC1 Creature Compendium
Publisher: New Big Dragon Games Unlimited
by Customer Name Withheld [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 10/29/2016 08:49:57

This is a very good product and I definitely feel I got more than my money's worth. It's well laid out with an easy to read font with quality drawings, and as a bonus it includes stats for 0e,1e and BX variations. It has drawings for nearly all of the monsters (so far only found 1 missing), which helps a great deal when quickly scanning all the unfamiliar creatures and you are looking for just the right one.

I do wish publishers would include an index based on HD or challenge rating or similar to help the poor DM quickly find an appropriate monster, but hunting through the book is fun and really not a chore.

As a point of interest, I came back to pay for this because I thought maybe I had "paid what I want" of $0 to preview it first, but found I had bought it and decided to review it instead. Now I want a print copy.



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Thanks for the review. For those interested in print copies, they're available from Lulu.com: http://www.lulu.com/us/en/shop/product-22133783.html
CC1 Creature Compendium
Publisher: New Big Dragon Games Unlimited
by Eric F. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 05/21/2015 10:02:39

Do you need monsters fast for tonight's game or shall we say something unique to torment your adventurers? Something to slip in between the cracks of your ruin or sci fi base? Well,the Creature Compendium has you covered. There are monster books and then there are those monster catalogs that include stuff you wished you'd thought of as a DM. Well, the Creature Compendium is one of those. And if your thinking that this book can't be used with your AD&D 1st edition or OSRIC games then think again. According to the company's website: Creature Compendium for OD&D, AD&D, and B/X D&D. This 92 page supplement has a host of new creatures to harass your players with. This thing is wall to wall artwork by Richard Leblanc Jr. And its very well done, this is a dual statted book and I know what your thinking, so what big deal? Well it means that you can use any of these critters right out of the gate upon your adventurers. Each monster is "dual" stated for 0e/1e and BX. Sometimes there is no difference. For example an AC of 3 in AD&D is roughly an AC 3 in BX and the monsters will either list 3 or some other close number. Movement rates are easy to convert of course and alignments are different systems & edition, but all in all it is still easy to convert. The Pdf clocks in at about 92 pages for two dollars and the monsters are well worth the pdf and man these things could easily be incorporated into a wide variety of games or campaigns. And all of these monsters are perfectly suited for a wide variety of dungeon environs but that's not all. Many of these horrors are straight up generic enough yet weird enough to go right into a post apocalyptic wasteland or better yet your favorite space based dungeon. Seriously there is a ton of potential and I love the way that you get your money's worth out of this product. Using these with White Star or Swords and Wizardry would be a snap as these monsters have a very old world pulp quality to them. Look this is exactly the sort of book that I need for tonight's game, monsters pulpy enough to fit into any environment but different enough to give the PC's pause and make them come up with a plan for the horror's demise. And these monster's are not going to go down easily, they're capable of taking out an entire party of adventurers with relative easy if the party isn't careful. There's a lot of potential here for TPK's if the players' are not paying attention to the monster's patterns,behaviors, and attacks. These horrors don't follow the usual monster biology BS that so many writers slip into the background. The author knows his stuff and keeps things busy and interesting in the background of the design of the critter's. Several of these horrors could be mini adventures into themselves and here's where I mentioned White Star or one of the sci fi retroclones being very useful for a quick night's one shot using these things. With the revive on the post apocalyptic front these horrors could easily be slipped into the back drop of an advanced Mutants and Maze's game of Mutant Future. Of particular use is Appendix A gives the DM Treasure Types by Edition. 0e, 1e, HB and BX. There are subtle differences in each, but it's easy to convert between each. Appendix B gives us the monster XP totals for various editions as well. 0e, S&W, BX/BEDMI, LL, 1e and OSRIC. These are essential elements that I wish, wish other retroclone systems would incorporate as well. The bottom line is this grab the damn book right now and don't wait, for the price this is really a no brainer. Five out of five because its so well done and I can't find fault with it.



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CC1 Creature Compendium
Publisher: New Big Dragon Games Unlimited
by Dominique C. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 05/02/2015 10:28:59

Excellent product, I love it! Except for the relatively mediocre cover, it's like the old Fiend Folio done right! That is, a Fiend Folio with more interesting monsters. The layout is top notch, and the art reminds of old school monster books. Excellent, I love it. It's one of the very few OSR books that I later intend to buy in printed form (POD). If only it could be released in hardcover (I only saw it in softcover at Lulu), that would be great...

I only have a minor bad point with this book: It is dual-stated, but for games that are very similar (i.e. 1e/Osric and basic/Labyrinth-Lord). Personally I could use a monster book that has 1e/Osric stat-blocks with both games; for me the basic/LL stat-block are useless.



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CC1 Creature Compendium
Publisher: New Big Dragon Games Unlimited
by James M. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 04/19/2015 20:18:13

Every page of the Creature Compendium is filled with pure awesome. And at less than a penny per fully-illustrated creature, New Big Dragon's Creature Compendium delivers value like no other product on the market today.

Whatever your flavor of Old School, the new Creature Compendium supports it, with bells and fireballs on...

Whatever your campaign style, you will find a plenitude of creatures in this volume to populate your campaign. Or you might even be inspired to create a whole new campaign setting based merely on the monsters found in this volume.

The art is gorgeous Old School style black and white line art, and would fit in nicely along with the works of Sutherland, Dee, Otus, Roslof, and Willingham. With the layout style, I felt like I was reading a supplement for the old Moldvay/Cook edition published by TSR in their heyday.

The only way this product could have been better is if it had even more creatures! But now, that would be greedy, wouldn't it? As it is, this is among the best ways you will ever spend $2 for a game product... it would be a deal even at the full retail of $5.95.



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CC1 Creature Compendium
Publisher: New Big Dragon Games Unlimited
by Timothy B. [Featured Reviewer]
Date Added: 04/10/2015 16:43:29

"Remember those flashes of inspiration that electrified your brain when you first picked up that hardback volume of monsters all those years ago?" Richard LeBlanc begins this new monster book right where I need to, reminding me of the absolute JOY I had holding the 1st Ed. Monster Manual in my hands for the first time.

This book doesn't quite fill me with that joy (that is a TOUGH act to follow) but it does come close and for the price it is a damn fine book.

So what does this book have? Well it is 94 pages total and over 200 new monster for your Old-School game. Which system? All of them, or nearly enough. Each monster is "dual" stated for 0e/1e and BX. Simply read the stats that work the best for you and take what you need from the other. Sometimes there is no difference. For example an AC of 3 in AD&D is roughly an AC 3 in BX and the monsters will either list 3 or some other close number. Movement rates are easy to convert of course and alignments are different systems, but all in all it is still nice to have.

There are a lot of fun monsters here too. A mix that reminds me of the old Fiend Folio to be honest. Even the art, which is good, reminds me of the FF a lot. Every monster is illustrated, or if they are not I didn't see it. So a lot of art.

Of particular use are the two appendices. Appendix A gives us Treasure Types by Edition. 0e, 1e, HB and BX. Subtle differences in each, but best to line up what you are doing. Appendix B gives us the monster XP totals for various editions as well. 0e, S&W, BX/BEDMI, LL, 1e and OSRIC. Great to have.

If they wanted to capture the feel of reading the old MM then they were successful. If you love old school games and monsters then this really is a must buy.



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