This Is My Game: Ladybits Edition, ft. Plura

It all started here: http://www.myrpgame.com/2012/05/25/this-is-my-game-ladybits-edition-ft-damascus/

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!”

 The last and most key components of this are all the kick-ass lady gamers I know, and everything I know about their awesome 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

Today I bring you Plura, played by Maggie McNeill. I enjoyed this character because she’s actually meant to be sexy, but on top of that, she’s a full-on person as well. So often we conflate sexy with sex object, and I relished the opportunity to draw a character whose sex was part of her personality, but not the sum of it.

You can find Maggie McNeill at The Honest Courtesan, http://maggiemcneill.wordpress.com/

The description, from Maggie: Plura:  A priestess of the love-goddess and sacred prostitute in a medieval-type culture.  Kind of athletic, not super-busty (typically curvy); her people were of mixed race so she has dark hair and eyes, sort of Hispanic or Middle-Eastern looking.  The climate is a chilly one, not icebound but she couldn’t go around with almost nothing on either.  Wears her hair long.


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. Nicely done, J.J. and Maggie. I’ve been playing RPGS for literally decades, and in that time, I’ve played a lot of different characters in an number of different games. I’ve had all types of characters, but very few of them have been cover art pretty.

    One of my fave characters was from RuneQuest. Merosel Manyroads was a priestess of the god of trade, movement and communication, Issaries. She wore a dress, split on the sides up to her hips, and breeches. The gown had a square neckline, framed by the ‘Trade’ rune (line an ‘H’ whose cross bar overflowed the vertical bars). She was a big, earthy woman. She was of moderate height and bountiful proportions (think toned down Venus of Willendorf). Her hair was red but constant exposure tanned her skin. She wore it long but out of the way. She wielded a double-bitted axe with gleeful abandon, and scolded any who dared to attack her caravan. Before she started lopping off limbs.

    You know those jokes about the farmer’s daughter and the traveling salesman? Yeah, Merry had a fondness for bed sport, and while she preferred women, she wasn’t adverse to the occasional man in her bed.

    She ran caravans and tried to avoid church politics. She ended up married to a minor earth deity her current ‘employers’ (people who wanted a caravan as cover and they pretended to be caravan guards) had resurrected. She was the first woman of anything like marriagable age he had seen (barring his own sister). However, since the earth deity was trapped in place he made sure she also married her oathed bodyguard (initiate in the death/warrior god’s cult; he became a runelord in his cult).

  2. Beautiful. I’ll add you to the list :)

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