This Is My Game: Ladybits Edition, ft. Damascus

Recently, I had an idea. Dangerous stuff, I know, but it happens and I made sure to pin it down and contain it before it got out of hand. Still, ideas can be infectious, and I admit this little bugger wouldn’t let go.

Regardless of whether you feel that there’s something rotten in the state of denmark with regards to how women in pop culture art are portrayed, I can tell you that for many women these representations aren’t particularly empowering. In fact, I’d hazard to guess that most of us just sort of roll our eyes and ignore it, or even ogle it ourselves and then choose to actually play cool, kick ass characters at the table that remain completely untethered to the art that’s meant to represent us. As much as I like to get an eyeful of T&A myself, I can tell you I’d be just as excited to see more representations of women where the first thing I think isn’t “nice cheesecake!”

I’ve heard the response of “Make your own, then!” As in, if you don’t like what you’re seeing, make something better. You know, not everyone has the time and talent to do that, but I do think everyone has the right to have access to characters they want to be. And while I’m by no means a highly experienced fantasy artist, I do have a penchant for doodling from time to time, so the idea of making my own appeals to me.

The last, and most key component of this idea, however, is all the kick-ass lady gamers I know, and everything I know about their kick-ass characters. I wanted an opportunity to showcase the characters ladies are actually playing, in high contrast to the character art we’re given by the designers of any given game.

 

These are your characters, ladies, and This Is Your Game.

Damascus

She’s often mistaken for a boy at first glance, which she uses to her advantage.  She’s got the heart of an angel, the strength of ten, and she likes to bite things to find out what they’re like.  She married a woman once because it kept that woman from having to be married to a “bad man.”  She fought off a dragon with toothpaste.  She jumped off a mast of a ship with a nine-month-old baby (not hers) strapped to her back, shouting, “For the tower!” in the middle of a battle with a sea serpent because, well, it had to be done.  She’s a priestess of her people, something even those close to her tend to forget because she doesn’t advertise.  When asked if she had a spare weapon, she looked at her fists and said, “Well, I have two of these, but I’m using them.”

Ladies, want to see your character featured on This Is My Game? Just go on and leave a comment here, or email me at vanitygames@gmail.com, or tweet me @vanitygames!


Part idiot. Part old man. All geek. Author and artist for the Vanity Games webcomic (www.vanitygames.com), a retro-futuristic post-apocalytpic romp through a land of broken science and corrputed magic. A lover of all games, tabletop, board, video, or otherwise, and an avid consumer of nerd / pop culture.


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About J. J. Sloane

Author and artist for the Vanity Games webcomic (www.vanitygames.com), a retro-futuristic post-apocalytpic romp through a land of broken science and corrputed magic. A lover of all games, tabletop, board, video, or otherwise, and an avid consumer of nerd / pop culture.
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  1. Hah, awesome idea!

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