I now understand the groups that I have seen used to organize the monsters into families. The "monster definition file" in the game data (...\FATE\MONSTERS\monsters.dat) lists a "FAMILY" for each monster. These do not necessarily match the folders that contain the model data. For example, the monsters that use \BAT or \RAT models are both given a FAMILY value of "Rodent".
Which should we use for organizing the wiki? On the one hand, families are listed directly in monsters.dat and there are fewer families than model directories. On the other hand, model directories tell you what the monster will look like and won't make weird combinations like putting Wereboar in the Minotaur family.
I suggest a hybrid method that will organize the monsters by family first and model directory second, resembling what I did for sub-classes in weapons and armor. There can be separate categories for families and models. Each monster page will list the data for both. Here's an example of what the navigation box might look like:
|Goblin||Goblin · Goblin Scout · Goblin Shaman|
Bugbear · Bugbear Captain · Bugbear Necromancer
Orc · Orc Veteran
|Insect||Cave Beetle · Lava Beetle · Lightning Beetle · Frost Beetle · Armored Sharphorn|
Tunnel Crawler · Diseased Centipede
The issue of different monster names across different versions of FATE remains. I'm interested in what other people find in their game files.
Here's the list of families in my version of monsters.dat (some are duplicated because they are capitalized in some monster entries and not in others):
Gel, Fungus, RODENT, Spider, Insect, Goblin, Imp, REPTILE, UNDEAD, MIMIC, Reptile, Kobold, GHOST, Minotaur, WOLF, Jackal Fiend, CAT, GOLEM, HUMAN, Giant, DRAGON, BrainBeast, ABOMINATION, Horse, ELEMENTAL, Demon, Dragon, Dog (Pet), Cat (Pet), Human (Townsfolk), Stash (Storage Trunk), YETI, GRYPHON
Here's the list of folders in my version of the MOSTERS directory, minus languages:
ABOMINATION, BASILISK, BAT, BEETLE, BRAINBEAST, BUGBEAR, CAT, CRAWLER, DEMON, DEMON_LARGE, DOG, DRAGON, ELEMENTAL, FATE, GARGOYLE, GIANT, GOBLIN, GRYPHON, HAG, HILLOGRE, IMP, INNKEEPER, JACKALFIEND, JELLY, KOBOLD, LICH, LIZARDMAN, MAGICSWORD, MIMIC, MINOTAUR, MUMMY, MUSHROOMMAN, NAGA, OGRE, ORC, PENGUIN, RAT, SABRETOOTH, SHRIKE, SKELETON, SPECTRE, SPIDER2, UNICORN, VAMPIRE, WEREBOAR, WOLF, WYVERN, YETI, ZOMBIE