I think there were always many female gamers in general. I remember back in the mid 90's there was poll taken by a show on video games (I think it was Movies, Games, and Videos, but it could have been the Games, Games, Games spinoff) that showed that around 40% of all gamers were girls, and that this stat has been around for quite some time even before then. The problem is that the media always makes it out to be that gamers are all boys... and even today that most gamers are teens or younger males even though the average age of a gamer is now officially over 30!
My younger sister loved sierra games when we were kids, and so did my brother, however I'm guessing that I'm the only guy in my family that still plays them.
I would LOVE to see an updated version of Dragon Fire (then again, the graphics are pretty good for 1998) but sadly it will never happen. If I had the money I'd rehire the entire programming team..
QFG 5 was intended to be much larger than it was. Punny Bones, for instance, was supposed to make an appearance as he said he would in QFG 4 (if you offer Gnome Ann the Hera Ring, however, she explains that he left because the place was 'deader than Mordavia'), along with other things. It has been so long since the long-since dead subject of the expansion pack was brought up that I forgot what else was supposed to be added to the game.
That being said, the game is over 13 years old, the problem with having a game released that far back is that even if you get together the original programming team, they would most likely have forgotten what they were doing at the time and it would take quite a while to get reorganized.
Till next time stay cool