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Monster Island Cover Up

posted Nov 10, 2012 23:03:46 by lawrence.whitaker
On the News page.

Its a Jon Hodgson special... lots of lovely hidden detail in there.
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Dreameister said Nov 12, 2012 07:20:46
Gorgeous cover. I look forward to picking the book.
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Akrasia said Nov 13, 2012 18:32:34
As I said in the other thread, I'm delighted that Russ Nicholson will be providing some of the art. An inspired choice!
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JasonMorris said Nov 13, 2012 21:26:56
I checked out Hodgson's webpage.. I think Jon Hodgson is my new favorite artist.
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EricHaste said Jan 06, 2013 05:17:27
Cover looks great.
Is this coming out sometime in January or is it a Feb/March release like the Book of Quests?
Looking forward to both books.
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lawrence.whitaker said Jan 06, 2013 13:34:23
Feb/March
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RudyBoe said Jan 09, 2013 19:36:54
Alright!!! That's the one I'm waiting for! Timing is gonna be spot on! And I love the cover!
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David Gran_Orco said Feb 10, 2013 16:44:25
Is monster Island a remake of Griffin Mountain, or is it a book plenty of generic monsters?
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lawrence.whitaker said Feb 10, 2013 17:15:28
Is monster Island a remake of Griffin Mountain, or is it a book plenty of generic monsters?


Neither. Pete can explain it better, but its a complete campaign setting that is similar in style to Griffin Mountain. And it has lots of new monsters too.
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PeteNash said Feb 10, 2013 20:34:53
Hmm...

Monster Island is a sandbox campaign setting which incidentally adds lots of new monsters. Its our tribute to Griffin Mountain, but in the light of Burroughs,Smith, Howard, Toho studios, b&w movies from the 40's, and the feats of great explorers from the 17th-19th C. The atmosphere is both weird fantasy and sword & Sorcery, with a soupçon of pulp. It is full of exotically alien cultures, overgrown ruined cities, thick creepy-crawly filled jungle valleys, strange gateways from which weird monsters migrate, giant kaiju worshipped by reptilian natives, and ancient brooding sorceries. Oh, and gold. Lots of gold.

Structure-wise it details geography, native cultures, a handful of the settlements, a myriad of cults and new spells, several dozen places of interest to adventure to, is liberally scattered with plot hooks and ideas of how to use the island - whether you just want to kill stuff and take its loot, or have a more in-depth shades of grey culture clash - and last but by no means least, includes a large amount of frightening creatures and plants. Best of all, being an island it can be placed in almost any setting or time with only minimal effort from a Game Master.

Its nothing which hasn't been done before, but hopefully this regurgitation has just a little bit more depth and atmosphere to make it somewhat unique.
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Dreameister said Feb 10, 2013 20:53:06
Sounds like a delightfully nasty place to get stranded on :)

Also, from all the things you've said, Pete, it sounds like a vast place. Can you tell us how large the island is?

I really look forward to it!
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Thalaba said Feb 10, 2013 20:54:23
Its nothing which hasn't been done before


Oh no? I'm willing to bet it's the first English-language RPG product to use the word 'soupçon' in the product description. ;)

Sounds good though, all-new or not.
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PeteNash said Feb 10, 2013 22:41:56
"Also, from all the things you've said, Pete, it sounds like a vast place. Can you tell us how large the island is?"

The island is oddly shaped, three volcanic calderas which have partially collapsed or sunk, the largest of which is a crescent about 100km across. Lots of towering mountains which drop down into jungle. So there's a lot packed onto quite a small region, but the ancient sorceries keep everything going.
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SergioMascarenhas said Feb 11, 2013 10:51:36
"The island is oddly shaped, three volcanic calderas which have partially collapsed or sunk, the largest of which is a crescent about 100km across. Lots of towering mountains which drop down into jungle"

Hmm, I may be mistaken but I have a soupçon that's actually an excellent Réunion of ingredients...
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lawrence.whitaker said Feb 11, 2013 15:15:19
Its nothing which hasn't been done before, but hopefully this regurgitation has just a little bit more depth and atmosphere to make it somewhat unique.


Pete's being way too modest. Its a terrific book with a very unique atmosphere and implementation of the RQ rules. Its genius lies in its subtlety and flexibility. You can easily plonk contemporary characters on Monster Island and it'll be huge fun to play through. Think 'Land That Time Forgot', 'The Lost World' or any of those great pulp adventure stories and you're on the right track. Plus its a straight fantasy setting too.
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David Gran_Orco said Feb 11, 2013 23:15:27
It sounds fantastic!
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