...because I disliked the concentration of "facts"....
Y'know, it wasn't what I started out talking about, but you've touched on something that sticks in my craw a little.... The one thing I can't recreate from the time I first started playing D&D (and other RPGs), is that no one knew what anything was! You described some weird thing (or had it described to you) and no one knew what to expect from the beast.
It might be futile, but I keep trying to engineer such an encounter. Sometimes I get halfway there....
And when I play, I try to draw upon a little improv skill and react as if my character has no idea what a basilisk or a rust monster or a wraith can do, whenever he shouldn't! But sometimes this puts me behind the curve on what other people are doing, since most other folks will just say, hey, they're CR 3 -- they can't hurt us!
But thanks for the links.... I'll have to check those out.