MONSTER LIST - BANDIT TO ZOMBIE
This is the longest section in the rulebook. The title is the same in the manuscript, meaning that the first and last monsters in the manuscript are the same as in the published rulebook.
But as we will see, the selection of monsters in between is not identical.
One omission from the manuscript and the first printing of the rulebook is a clear indication of what dice is used for monster hit dice. The Greyhawk Supplement presented an "Alternate Hit Dice and Hit Point Accumulation" (pg 10), which included changing monster hit dice from d6 to d8. Later printing of the Holmes Basic rulebook add a line in italics after the title, and before the entry for Bandit, that states "Monsters' hit dice are 8-sided". Later in the monster list we will find some clues that Holmes meant for the monsters to instead use d6 for hit dice.
The headings for the monster list entries generally follow the order of the manuscript, listing Move, Hit Dice, Armor Class, Treasure and Alignment. As an example, here are the headings for the first entry in the manuscript and the published rulebook:
|Published version, second printing|
Armor Class - It's not present in this example, but Holmes generally specifies the armor type (i.e., "CM + S, 4"). I won't list all of these changes.
Alignment - In the manuscript many monsters are missing an alignment. As noted in Part 19, Holmes wrote earlier in the manuscript that, "If the monster's alignment is not obviously evil and chaotic this is also given here". TSR changed this for a number of monsters, but not all, adding alignments where Holmes had none.
Attacks, Damage: Note that there are no "Attack" or "Damage" entries in the manuscript as Holmes earlier indicated (see Part 13) that monsters generally do 1d6 damage. TSR added these entries at the end of the headings to indicate variable multiple attacks and variable damage.
Bandits - As can be seen above, the published rulebook changes the title from plural to singular and adds a note to the armor class ("(typically AC 6)") as well as changing the alignment and adding attacks/damage.
The lengthy entry for Bandits is almost entirely unchanged from the manuscript to the published rulebook. The material is a condensation of the lengthy entry on Bandits in OD&D, Vol 2. The only change I note from the manuscript to the published rulebook is in the last line where the treasure is changed from 2-20 silver pieces per bandit to 3-18.
Basilisk - Holmes doesn't include an alignment for this monster, TSR adds "neutral". Holmes' entry has only three sentences that draw from the original in OD&D Vol 2; TSR adds the bit that "If it sees its own eyes in a mirror it must make a saving throw or be turned to to stone!".
I'm stopping there for tonight to get this post out and get this series back on track. Thanks for bearing with me.
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