Expanding the Monstrous Compendiums. Monstrous Compendiums were very popular during the early days of the AD&D 2e (1989-2000) line. Just two years after the line's inception, TSR had published ten of them! Though the first couple had featured generic monsters, later Monstrous Compendiums focused on TSR's many worlds. Then, MC7: "Monstrous Compendium Spelljammer Appendix" (1990) was the first Compendium to focus on one of the new campaign worlds of the 2e era; now the "Ravenloft Appendix" was following that same trend.
Monsters of Note. There are surprisingly few repeated monsters in the "Ravenloft Appendix". The shadow fiend is the classic shadow demon from the Fiend Folio (1981), made famous in the D&D cartoon (1983-1985), while the goblyn and greater wolfwere originated in RA1: "Feast of Goblyns" (1990). However, the rest of the monsters in the "Ravenloft Appendix" seem to have come straight from Connors' mind.
Some of the new monsters highlight the uniqueness of the Ravenloft setting. New elementals were made of blood, grave, mist, and pyre, while new constructs included bone golems, doll golems, gargoyles, and glass golems.
Just as there are few repeated monsters in the "Ravenloft Appendix", few have escaped into the wider world of D&D monsterdom. A half dozen or so reappeared in the AD&D 2.5e Monstrous Manual (1993), but most never made it outside of the Ravenloft line.
Future History. After the original looseleaf Ravenloft Monstrous Compendiums fell out of print, TSR reprinted the entirety of this book alongside its sequel in Ravenloft Monstrous Compendium Appendices I & II (1996). White Wolf later featured a number of the monsters in this book in their 3e and 3.5e Ravenloft monster manuals: Denizens of Darkness (2002) and Denizens of Dread (2004).
Terror stalks the nightmare realms of Revenloft. No one knows this batter than monster scholar Rudolph Van Richten To arm a new generation against the creatures of the night, Van Richten has compiled his correspondence and case files into this tome of eerie tales and chilling truths. 2b1af7f3a8