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Offline GrandAlf

Online Fantasy Encyclopedia?
« on: February 13, 2018, 10:22:23 AM »
Hey guys, I was wondering if any of you bright minds are aware of any online fantasy encyclopedia?

I'm thinking specifically of an online database where it's possible to look up information about fantasy humanoid species (e.g. dwarves, vampires etc.), fantasy/mythical creatures (e.g. dragons, phoenix etc.), and perhaps even magic systems and worlds.

Offline Skip

Re: Online Fantasy Encyclopedia?
« Reply #1 on: February 13, 2018, 02:19:24 PM »
Nothing that  covers everything, but here are a few from my bookmark list

https://pantheon.org/
http://www.medievalwarfare.info/
http://www.lizaphoenix.com/encyclopedia/ (fantasy creatures)
Monstropedia seems to have gone offline, alas, as as the Mythical Creatures list. I used to have D&D references as text files, but those appear to be gone too.

The problem, of course, is that there are so many different versions of everything, gathering it all together would be a monumental task, which would likely not happen for free, and too few would pay to have it.

Offline GrandAlf

Re: Online Fantasy Encyclopedia?
« Reply #2 on: February 16, 2018, 05:00:46 PM »
Yeah it was kind of in a world building capacity (much like your D&D reference list). I guess the closest thing to such an all-encompassing database would be Wikipedia, but I was thinking of a more user friendly interface where it is easy to find what you need, even if you don't know what you're looking for. A bit similar to lizaphoenix.com.

I was actually thinking about creating such a database myself as a side project. Not including all the different myths and variations of a specific type of creature, but just the most general traits, yet enough to stimulate one's imagination. If nothing else I get to learn more about all the different beings (and maybe magic systems) myself and I get to practice my backend and frontend coding as well :P

Offline Skip

Re: Online Fantasy Encyclopedia?
« Reply #3 on: February 16, 2018, 05:53:32 PM »
Sounds like a good undertaking. And feasible.

You might consider grabbing a few outdated gamer manuals--AD&D, GURPS, Harn, whatever you can find cheap.
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And then I thought, there ought to be something like this online. Et voilà!
http://paizo.com/pathfinderRPG/prd/bestiary/monsterIndex.html
http://gurpswiki.wikidot.com/monsters

I started with searching on "rpg monster list" got further with "rpg bestiary" and finished by searching on specific game environments--that's how I got the GURPS one. In any case, you should find plenty to work with.

Offline Althalus

Re: Online Fantasy Encyclopedia?
« Reply #4 on: February 19, 2018, 08:29:59 AM »
It depends on what I am looking up, but I tend to try and find sources that explain the mythology behind the creature so I take bits from here and bits from there... I have never found one site that has a mostly comprehensive list or information yet.
“If this has been done to language, I fear to know the fate of all else.” - Michael J. Sullivan

“Fantasy is hardly an escape from reality. It's a way of understanding it.” - Lloyd Alexander

Offline GrandAlf

Re: Online Fantasy Encyclopedia?
« Reply #5 on: February 20, 2018, 10:52:45 AM »
Sounds like a good undertaking. And feasible.

You might consider grabbing a few outdated gamer manuals--AD&D, GURPS, Harn, whatever you can find cheap.
...
And then I thought, there ought to be something like this online. Et voilà!
http://paizo.com/pathfinderRPG/prd/bestiary/monsterIndex.html
http://gurpswiki.wikidot.com/monsters

I started with searching on "rpg monster list" got further with "rpg bestiary" and finished by searching on specific game environments--that's how I got the GURPS one. In any case, you should find plenty to work with.

Thanks! Even though the sites you linked to are mainly pen and paper related, the concise ecology section in the bestiary page on paizo.com is exactly what I was thinking of in terms of description!

Offline GrandAlf

Re: Online Fantasy Encyclopedia?
« Reply #6 on: February 20, 2018, 11:08:00 AM »
It depends on what I am looking up, but I tend to try and find sources that explain the mythology behind the creature so I take bits from here and bits from there... I have never found one site that has a mostly comprehensive list or information yet.
Yeah including a bit of mythology would be nice and give more to work with, but only superficial information I think. Otherwise all the variations in different stories concerning a specific being would end up being too complicated in my opinion :P