The new edition will combine the three core books - Monster Island, Esscape, and Invasion - plus selected material from later releases, like the extra monster powers. I'm also revising, updating, & polishing the entire ruleset & adding some new rules requested by fans, such as an advancement system for your kaiju.
Now that I fully support!
Monster Island has been going into obscurity, not much talked about anymore so far I can tell and the fan pages with really interesting bits seem outdated at best.
I think it doesn't help that the alternative system of Giant monster rampage has been pushing out new editions/revised editions a lot and even has a very recent one (3rd edition).
As it's up on rpgnow it has gotten much more exposure, and a new update or even simple revision with some new material could do wonders to bring new life in the system!
If there is still a lot of work done on this new deluxe version, or any other system within this company I would really suggest trying to at least LOOK more active.
Despite a new website etc. it still seems a little inactive and that's not just because of the forum.
The main problem for me is that the news page on the website doesn't show any enticing new things or previews of what to expect or what is worked on.
These days in which twitter has become ever more popular, you actually should consider using Twitter to quickly update with simple things at least informing people what the latest news or project is that is being worked on.
Might even be good for a quick bit of feedback or check for interest in something.
I'd hate to see a system with as much potential as this..just die out like this :\
Like Amigo, I feel that the lack of recent discussion and development of Monster Island is a crying shame.
However, I've only recently discovered this gem due to a rekindled interest in tabletop games. Considering the original came out in 2002, I do have to wonder how much can be expected by the consumer. After all, 8 years is an eternity these days.
If anything, I kick myself for not finding out about Firefly games much sooner than I did. As a parent (and generally decent person, I hope), I actually look forward to sharing Faery's Tale Deluxe and Monster Island with my daughters.
And in a world of iCarly, neopets, and video game parenting, that is saying a ton.
So... while I *wish* Firefly would continue producing and supporting Monster Island materials, I do understand that I am late to this particular party.
Well the last product was from 2006 monster island wise, the faery stuff I think somewhere 2007. Still 3 years, but can be quite a stretch as well.
Thing is though, even though this forum seems inactive, I found out that there still is a very big fandom behind it.
It's still being played at conventions in Boston every year apparently, and it keeps the yahoo group about monster island active.
The uploaded bits and bobs are also extremely helpful, along with the house-rules published that have some very good suggestions to improve things a bit.
You should really check it out:
Ofcourse you also have the monsterpocalypse wargame thing that is pretty popular despite the expense of buying the miniatures at random.
They do make good use for games like monster island though :p
In any case, more proof enough interest is there in the genre to keep it alive.
I don't think that the problem is that the fanbase is not there...but more that the website is pretty dead and no new products come into view.
People knowing of the new deluxe version will definitely have lurked around for a while, but no news or other updates gets to put down any motivation to keep checking the page pretty quick.
What also troubles me even more is the complete lack of activity of any staff member, moderator or otherwise, around here to answer any of the questions.
Particularly strange is that emails are not answered either, yet orders seem to be resolved just fine.
That orders are still resolved gives hope, but it would be great to see someone come out from behind the curtains and just tell us what is going on there!