The (Incremental) Return of the Creature Catalog!

freyar

Extradimensional Explorer
With many thanks to EN World admin [MENTION=52905]darjr[/MENTION], we now have a temporary home for the Creature Catalog. That means you can find CC conversions on-line again! Please note that this is a test site, so there might be some issues --- please report them here, so we can let darjr know about any problems to be addressed. It's also static, so we don't have a simple way to make corrections/updates to existing critters or add new monsters. As darjr has time, Cleon and I will figure out the best way to put that kind of ability back in the CC.

EDIT:
As Cleon says below, the updated Creature Catalog is at the following links:
Creature Catalog Conversions Index
Creature Crypt


The following are the old "test" links that are no longer updated, just for posterity's sake:
Overall site http://www.enworld.org/cctest/newcc/
Conversion index http://www.enworld.org/cctest/newcc/Conversions/%5B%20CreatureCatalog%20%5D.htm
Creature Crypt index http://www.enworld.org/cctest/newcc/Crypt/%5B%20Crypt%20%5D.htm
 
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Cleon

Adventurer
[EDIT]Most of the following links are broken.

A zip folder of Creature Catalog completed conversions can be found in Enworld Resources.
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With many thanks to EN World admin @darjr, we now have a temporary home for the Creature Catalog. That means you can find CC conversions on-line again! Please note that this is a test site, so there might be some issues --- please report them here, so we can let darjr know about any problems to be addressed. It's also static, so we don't have a simple way to make corrections/updates to existing critters or add new monsters. As darjr has time, Cleon and I will figure out the best way to put that kind of ability back in the CC.

Without further ado, here are the links!
Overall site http://www.enworld.org/cctest/newcc/
Conversion index http://www.enworld.org/cctest/newcc/Conversions/[ CreatureCatalog ].htm
Creature Crypt index http://www.enworld.org/cctest/newcc/Crypt/[ Crypt ].htm
Great!

I was wondering when Darjr was going to say we were clear to unveil this.

It seems appropriate to add a word of explanation.

This archive contains most of the monsters from the old Creature Catalog from just before it went down. It's missing a few of the creature files, but most of the missing files are PDF versions of a monster there's an HTML version of - e.g. the Creature Crypt Xvart has an HTML (Xvart.htm) version but its PDF version (which would be at http://www.enworld.org/creaturecatalog.enworld.org/cc/converted/crypt/xvart.pdf if it wasn't missing) simply wasn't there when I archived the CC.

As well as the individual monsters files, the archive includes:

Creature Catalog Index
Creature Catalog Files List

Crypt Index
Crypt File List


The two Indexes are tables containing all the monsters in each category, alphabetically ordered under the names the original CC used. These indexes include all the information the CC had (CR, posting date, and so forth).

The monster's names in the Indexes don't always match the filename of the monster in the archive, because I edited them a bit for consistency - for example, the CC had a bunch of dragons with the naming format "Dragon, Type" as well as a bunch with the naming format "Type Dragon". In the archive, all the dragons use the "Dragon, Type" format for their filename.

The two Files Lists include a list of every archived file in each category. This includes a few monsters that didn't appear in the actual CC index, mostly slightly different older versions of a monster plus a few prestige classes. All the alternative/obsolete monsters have filenames starting with + or 0.

Since many of the monsters filenames have commas (e.g. the aforementioned "Dragon, Type"), the Lists also include shortcuts with the name the "right way round". All these shortcuts have names ending in ".lnk".

Thus, if you're looking for the "Dragon, Phase" you can also find it by searching the Creature Catalog Files List for the text "Phase Dragon", which wouldn't work in the Creature Catalog Index because the old CC only used the former name.
 
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Cleon

Adventurer
Going forward the old version will stay up while any new is being evaluated.
Thanks Darjr, your labours are really appreciated!

I'm thinking that when we you get something more permanent up it'd be a good idea to add a "sticky thread" to the top of this forum who's first post includes links to the new CC.

Even if the new CC ends up using the web address of the old one, it'll still be nice to have a direct link to it from the head of the General Monsters Talk forum.
 

Cleon

Adventurer
As you may have noticed, enworld had a major database hiccup recently and had to revert to a backup from roughly 5 months ago.

Fortunately, this hasn't affected the temp Creature Catalog unveiled here since the current version predates the calamity.

Unfortunately we've lost a fair bit of work on the most recent of the conversions that hadn't been added to the CC yet.

Freyar and I are in the process of recovering as much of the recent conversions as we can find in google caches and our personal archive and we'll add them to the main forum in due course.

Once this is done I'll update the Creatures Awaiting Upload & Current Conversions with links to the recovered Working Drafts.
 

Cleon

Adventurer
Once this is done I'll update the Creatures Awaiting Upload & Current Conversions with links to the recovered Working Drafts.
I've updated the master Current Conversions List on the aforementioned thread with all the monsters that we had completed or were working on after the Great Database Hiccup.

Said monsters are marked [RESTORATION NEEDED] on the list and will be restored as much as I can from various personal and online caches.

EDIT:
I've restored all the completed conversions. Hopefully creatures we were in the middle of converting will have their working drafts restored or part-restored over the next few days.
 
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Cleon

Adventurer
I've updated the master Current Conversions List on the aforementioned thread with all the monsters that we had completed or were working on after the Great Database Hiccup.

Said monsters are marked [RESTORATION NEEDED] on the list and will be restored as much as I can from various personal and online caches.

EDIT:
I've restored all the completed conversions. Hopefully creatures we were in the middle of converting will have their working drafts restored or part-restored over the next few days.
Update: all the working drafts that were mid-conversion have been restored as close to their previous state as I could contrive and we've started to continue them.

There are a few of the "original stat" post missing for said conversions which I haven't got around restoring yet. I'll repost them as necessary when we resume work on that particular conversion.

Finally, we're starting new conversions again! The first of them will be the Kyton variants on the Converting monsters from Tales From The Infinite Staircase thread.
 

Cleon

Adventurer
Darjr has created what will hopefully be a permanent home for the Creature Catalog and uploaded an updated version of the CC I've sent him.

It contains all the monsters that we converted before the Great Database Hiccup. There are a few monsters we've finished since then that should get added in the next update.

Relevant links are:

Creature Catalog Index
[FONT=&quot]Crypt Index[/FONT]
 

freyar

Extradimensional Explorer
I can't help but ask, are there plans to convert this full list of 3e monsters to 5e? I would love that!

http://www.enworld.org/creaturecatalog/Conversions/( CCIndex ).htm
Well, the Creature Catalog's goal is to get every prior-edition D&D monster converted to 3.X (and eventually all to 3.5). And we've been working on that since 3.0 first came out! (Well, really, there's been a lot of turn-over in the people involved, but Cleon and I have been here for a while.) So no plans for 5e yet, even leaving aside any possible intellectual property issues (the CC founders made an agreement with WOTC long ago).
 

Cleon

Adventurer
Well, the Creature Catalog's goal is to get every prior-edition D&D monster converted to 3.X (and eventually all to 3.5). And we've been working on that since 3.0 first came out! (Well, really, there's been a lot of turn-over in the people involved, but Cleon and I have been here for a while.) So no plans for 5e yet, even leaving aside any possible intellectual property issues (the CC founders made an agreement with WOTC long ago).
Yes, I have no plans and little interest in converting the CC into 5th edition.

We've got enough to do with the remaining unconverted 3E monsters!

There were a few 5E conversions on the Monsters Homebrew forum but they all went AWOL when we had that database crash. Most of them are still scattered around elsewhere in the enworld forums but it'd be hard to track them down.
 

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