Here’s to you, former owner of this Monster Manual for first edition AD&D…

§ November 18th, 2011 § Filed under gelatinous cube § 15 Comments

…who felt that the lack of an accompanying image for the Gelatinous Cube entry was an omission that could not be overlooked:

Also appreciated: the clarification that the 2-8 hit point damage it can inflict is caused by “digestive fluids” and not by, say, the Cube hitting you with a polearm.

15 Responses to “Here’s to you, former owner of this Monster Manual for first edition AD&D…”

  • MRPRSN says:

    Look at the speed lines on that thing. That cube is hauling ass!

  • Andrew Weiss says:

    I, too, used that blank space to render my own image of the Greatest Monster Ever. So did most of my roleplay pals, come to think of it.

    Nature abhors a non-gelatinous vacuum.

  • William Sims says:

    Is that a fish at the skeleton’s feet? Where’d a fish come from?

  • pell says:

    The gelatinous cube’s frequency is uncommon unless you spend a lot of time in dungeons where it’s not uncommon. But then who would expect to find themselves in a dungeon in a game called Dungeons and Dragons.

  • IvoryTower says:


    The above quote was from a player in our 4e game, who dramatically (and in a somewhat paranoid fashion) declared that there would be a gelatinous cube. One could argue he gave the DM ideas, but our DM was running a module, and said, ‘now before we start this encounter…’ and showed just the entry to the player.


    We all had a good laugh. Particularly when he couldn’t get out of the cube and nearly died.

  • Teresa says:

    I’m glad I checked these comments. I had overlooked the speed lines and yet they contribute so much.

  • Dawgwindu says:

    That’s not a fish it’s a poorly made club,apparently tis’ the skeleton of a Jell-o obsessed Berzerker.

  • Sarah says:

    Just looking at the font here is giving me powerful flashbacks.

  • Rootfish says:

    Knowing 1st edition D&D I thought that was official artwork at first…

  • Geoff says:

    Heh. Don’t remember anyone drawing in a pic of a monster in a blank entry, but man we used to color in everything with coloring pencils. The Dave Trampier illustrations were the best!

  • Agate says:

    You COLOURED IN David Trampier? Remind me never to let you borrow my copy of Gray’s Anatomy.

  • Grag says:

    One of my favorite experiences with a library book was all the notes various readers had scribbled in the margins.

    It was a book concerning some masonic/illuminati conspiracy business and readers were debating and discussing the contents. It was all very respectful and interesting to read alongside the text.

  • zark169 says:

    Awesome, speed lines on a creature that moves at like 2 miles an hour :)

    Also, I would not be surprised at all if the owner wrote the (digestive juices) in because some wannabe rules lawyer argued about the damage type and how his character was immune. Jeez, 1st Ed had so many areas without rules it was essentially a rules argument waiting to happen, and is the main reason why “The GM Is Always Right” became such a popular slogan.

  • Dan Latta says:

    Stupid blogger — Gelatinous Cubes aren’t proficient with polearms!

  • xero says:

    @Dan Latta if you are serious you make me sad