This is My Game: Ladybits Edition, ft Kenari Sanura

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 Kenari Sanura, by Emily Vitori, who describes her character as such:

My favorite character was Kenari Sanura, a Catfolk kidnapped as a child from Shu lands to be a slave in Mulhorand. She and her uncle were saved from a life of slavery by the Priests of Bast, so they dedicated their lives to the goddess until the Time of Troubles when she no longer answered the prayers of the people.

It was definitely fun to draw a character that a) was not strictly humanoid, and b) was culturally diverse. I think she makes a great example of exactly the characters we like to play at the table :)

 

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. Loving that I’m seeing more and more people talking about how women are represented in gaming. be it at the table or in the books themselves.

    http://shortymonster.wordpress.com/2012/06/19/women-in-gaming-tabletop-edition/

    • That’s probably what inspired this series, in no small part. There are plenty of people out there more capable of arguing / defending the issue, I figured I could add a little positivism to the mix and boost up what we’d like to see more of :)

  2. I like your take on it. The more we see women characters that aren’t defined by their sexuality the more natural it will be.

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