Over the years, during an AD&D session, we've needed to find a bit of information that we had remembered seeing at some point. But with dozens of modules, over 24 books, hundreds of magazine issues, a handful of boxed sets, and various other materials, finding that information sometimes proved frustratingly difficult - especially when in the middle of a battle. I mean no disrespect to the fine folks at TSR, but often the indexes in the back of their published materials were little better than a table of contents. Obviously the larger the index, the more expensive were the print copies and they wanted to keep the prices reasonable. But even if they were exhaustive and error-free (which, sadly, they often weren't), the fact is that they would only be useful if you knew which book to look at in the first place. Those experiences were the genesis of this index, which has been in the works for many years (including a several-year hiatus).

This is a work-in-progress. The end goal is to have all official published material related to AD&D indexed. I don't have a lot of time to work on this, so it progresses slowly. If you don't find what you are looking for, give it a week or two (which is how often it is updated) and see if the relevant material has been indexed. I'm currently working on the second-edition compendiums. These tend to take a lot of time, so I also process modules and other, smaller, works in parallel so that there is visible progress every couple of weeks. These updates include not only additional material, but ongoing corrections and clarifications.

The index is fairly large - if formatted with the same font, margins, and layout of the second edition core rulebooks, it would exceed 250 pages in print. Some of this is because I try to include alternate entries to make items easier to find. I don't index things that only have passing references to them (unless that is the only reference to be found anywhere). But if there is even a little bit of information, I'll include a page reference. The reason for this is that not everyone will have all of the reference material available to them. By including references to abbreviated information, most people ought to be able to find at least some useful information among the resources they have. However, I don't include every reference to NPCs or monsters, even though they often have base statistics listed. But if there is further information about the monster or NPC (such as background), then I'll include a reference even if there is a more detailed description elsewhere.

In the end, what makes it into the index is sometimes a value judgment on my part. Hopefully, my judgment calls have resulted in a useful resource with a good signal-to-noise ratio.

Other than acroynms, all items are in lowercase. This was to help with automated sorting of the entries in the early days and I haven't gone back to change it. There are two types of entries: primary and "see other". The latter case is used for synonyms and alternate names. In these cases, the item is followed by a parenthesized reference to a primary entry in the index. I had originally included page references for these entries as well as the primary reference. But, as the index grew, it became harder to make sure I had updated each reference, leading to different entries for the same topic having different page references. Using the "see other" construct may require you to make two lookups to find page references, but at least you will see all of the page references for it rather than only some.

Regarding the inclusion of Dragon Magazine, I only include references to articles that are about D&D, or articles which make significant reference to D&D. Thus, this index cannot be construed as a complete index to Dragon Magazine. I'm sure such an index exists somewhere, but you won't find it here, and I have little interest in providing one in the future.

Finally, several printings and print editions of some books have resulted in a shifting of information between the editions in regard to page numbers. When information was available, I included the printing/edition of the book on the line after the book's name in the key at the top of the index. If the edition you have available to you differs from what is listed, the index may only get you to the general area of the book where the information is located. Most likely, the information is within a few pages, forward or backward, from what the index says. For cases where there are significant differences between printings/editions, I may have to add another set of entries. But, for now, I index what I have at hand. Note: "print edition" is different than "game edition".

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