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Etymology

Apparently from a stem-form of lese.

Pronunciation

  • a UK: /ˈləʊzəl/, /"l@Uz@l/
  • a US: , /ˈloʊzəl/, /"loUz@l/

Noun

losel
  1. someone who loses a lot of money, a profligate; a worthless or despicable person
    • 1964: ‘Come on, you losel,’ he said to Spatchcock, ‘you privy calligrapher, you. You can carry his bottles. I’ll carry him.’ — Anthony Burgess, The Eve of St Venus

Extensive Definition

TSR 2102 - MC1 - Monstrous Compendium Volume One (1989)

This was the initial volume in the Monstrous Compendium series, for the second edition of the Advanced Dungeons & Dragons game, published in 1989. Most of the monsters for Volume One were taken from previous first edition AD&D books; the monster entries were greatly expanded and in most cases each monster now filled an entire page and had an all-new illustration. The Monstrous Compendium series consisted of a pack of 5-hole punched loose-leaf pages rather than an actual book, designed to be arranged to the player's preference. Volume One of the Monstrous Compendium was packaged in a box, which contained the pack of monster sheets as well as a binder intended to store the sheets for Volumes One, Two, and Three. The pack consisted of 144 pages, unnumbered, and included a "How To Use This Book" page, with an alphabetical index to Volume One on the back, 4 pages of monster summoning and random encounter charts, and a blank monster sheet to be photocopied, with the remainder consisting of the monster descriptions. Also included were 8 full-page illustrations on heavier card stock.
ISBN 0-88038-738-6

TSR 2103 - MC2 - Monstrous Compendium Volume Two (1989)

This was the second volume in the Monstrous Compendium series, for the second edition of Advanced Dungeons & Dragons, published in 1989. As with Volume One, most of the monsters for Volume Two were taken from previous first edition AD&D books, with greatly expanded entries that now filled an entire page and had an all-new illustration. Volume Two was packaged in a wraparound cover, and the pages were designed to fit in the binder that came with Volume One of the Monstrous Compendium. The pack consisted of 144 pages, unnumbered, and included a 2-page alphabetical index to Volume One and Volume Two, 10 pages of monster summoning and random encounter charts, and a blank monster sheet to be photocopied with a sheet of instructions for the blank monster form, with the remainder consisting of the monster descriptions. Also included were 8 full-page illustrations on heavier card stock.
ISBN 0-88038-753-X

TSR 2116 - MC6 - Monstrous Compendium Kara-Tur Appendix (1990)

This appendix to the Monstrous Compendium series was designed for use with the Oriental Adventures campaign setting called Kara-Tur for the second edition of the Advanced Dungeons & Dragons game. The pack consisted of 64 5-hole punched loose-leaf pages, unnumbered, and included a "How To Use This Book" page with an alphabetical index and 4 pages of random encounter charts, with the remainder consisting of the descriptions of the fictional monsters. Also included were 4 full-page illustrations on heavier card stock.
ISBN 0-88038-851-X

TSR 2129 - MC13 - Monstrous Compendium Al-Qadim Appendix (1992)

This appendix to the Monstrous Compendium series was designed for use with the Arabian Nights-themed Al-Qadim campaign setting for the second edition of the Advanced Dungeons & Dragons game. The pack consisted of 64 5-hole punched loose-leaf pages, unnumbered, and included a "How To Use This Book" page with an alphabetical index, a one-page index of appropriate monsters for the Al-Qadim setting from other books of the Monstrous Compendium-series, 2 pages of random encounter charts, and a sheet with the compiled game statistics, with the remainder consisting of the descriptions of the fictional monsters. Also included were 4 full-page illustrations on heavier card stock.
ISBN 1-56076-370-1

TSR 2140 - Monstrous Manual (1993)

The Monstrous Manual was printed after the completion of the loose-leaf Monstrous Compendium series, in 1993. This book was "created in response to the many requests to gather monsters into a single, durable volume which would be convenient to carry." The Monstrous Manual compiled all of the monsters from Monstrous Compendium Volumes One and Two, as well as many creatures from subsequent volumes, and revised and updated the entries; however, some entries were condensed from previous Monstrous Compendium entries. The book is 384 pages; pages 3-4 contain the "How To Use This Book" section, pages 5-374 contain the monster descriptions, page 375 contains the instructions for the blank monster form and 376 is the blank monster form itself, pages 377-379 contain various monster summoning tables and randomly generated encounters involving non-player characters, and pages 380-384 contain an index for the book.
ISBN 1-56076-619-0

TSR 2145 - Monstrous Compendium Annual Volume One (1994)

This 64-page unnumbered soft-bound book contains most monster descriptions published in TSR's products for the Advanced Dungeons & Dragons second edition game in 1993, as well as fictional monsters of the same year from magazines affiliated with the game. It also includes a two pages How to Use This Book section, a revised table for calculating experience points and two pages of tips how to use monsters in the game Beyond Random Encounters.
ISBN 1-56076-838-X
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