Whose breasts are they anyway?

There’s a certain advantageĀ in being a female blogger. It means we can bring you this overview of the breasts in the WAR universe. So, here’s a screenshot of every female char’s breasts – clothed and unclothed (and rank 31, since we’re working with templates at the moment). There’s one from a rank 1 char in there, and I think I left out 1 set of high elf ‘naked’ breasts as the racial unclothed breasts all look pretty similar – showing clothes make all the difference.

Go on, see if you can tell which class each pic is from?

Many thanks to my husband who took all the screenshots while I was out at work and then with our visitors. He managed to capture this screenshot while working on the project – it made me laugh a lot, because the other player is clearly checking out the naked dark elf!

Keeping faith with the warhammer lore

Using an established setting/IP has worked brilliantly for MMORPG manufacturers. Star Wars Online, Lord of the Rings Online, Age of Conan, World of Warcraft — all of them have invited people to come play in a world which they already know from books, films, or other games. And rumour has it there’s another Star Wars MMO in the pipeline from Lucasarts/Bioware also.

Warhammer is an amazing IP. Mythic hit the ball out of the park (note: american idiom cos I is so cosmopolitan) when they cosied up with Games Workshop on the deal. It’s long-established, well-supported and the demographic is teenage boys, a lot of whom have gone on to play computer games but remember the setting fondly. It was designed for RPGs and wargames and provides lots of atmosphere and opportunity for player conflict. Or in other words, the main point of warhammer is to give flimsy excuses for large armies to fight each other. Warhammer and PvP were made for each other.

Working with an existing IP isn’t easy though. Everything you write has to be checked and OKed by the guys who own the setting. Everything takes a bit longer. Sometimes they will step in and say no. Sometimes they will surprise you by saying yes or making suggestions you hadn’t thought would fly. The games manufacturer needs a close relationship with the IP owner. They need lore nerds on the development staff! (I remember reading that Turbine had at least one staffer who spoke fluent elvish!!)

And sometimes, you have to go and ask nicely if the lore can be bent or twisted just a little bit. Why would you do it? Well, sometimes your players will want to do stuff that isn’t a big issue in the original media. In this case, the demographic for MMORPGs is different from the warhammer playerbase — it’s older, there are more women. Mythic also wanted more keep sieges and PvP set ups which would be difficult to reproduce on a tabletop.

So female dwarfs go in, and all over the community forums, you’ll see threads asking for more female options (I bet Games Workshop can count on one hand the number of times they’ve been asked for more female models). Keep sieges go in.

We need the lore nerds to keep us honest and tell us all about the amazing setting that we’re getting to go play in. But we need the developers to be listening to what the community wants and knowing when to stretch the old lore too.

Female White Lions?

So we know that the next grab bag is going to be about White Lions. Mythic are busy getting questions in from a couple of different community bboards around the web; war-rvr.net and freddyshouse

But what we really want to know is whether there are going to be female white lions (I mean the elves, not the actual lions because those would be white lionesses).

Dwarf Lore: Female Dwarfs in the front line?

Dwarfs are a patriarchal race, they are also an old race and a race that is dying out. Female dwarfs are rare, maybe one or two female births out of every ten. They do live longer than male dwarfs and are every bit as strong willed, but they are also are highly prized and tend to be closely guarded at home. Although they are trained to fight, they would not normally be found in the front line.

So how does this fit in with having them available as PCs in WAR?

Well … you have to bend the lore a bit to do it. But even in lore, there are Priestesses of Valaya so it’s easy to justify some healers, and engineers are eccentric enough that maybe a strong-willed lady dwarf could elbow her way in among the lads. As for ironbreakers and hammerers — unlikely but it’s just so damn cool that who cares?

Also, players usually prefer the prettier races so there’s a good chance that the actual online ratio of male dwarfs: female will probably be higher than 10:1 anyhow.

Mythic have put up screenshots with a female dwarf engineer so it looks right now as if female dwarfs are go. Hang onto your beards, boys, we’re gonna show you how a real dwarf goes to war! And if you thought you men knew how to hold a grudge, you ain’t seen nothing yet.

girls v spiky orcs

Without being in beta, a lot of the (official as opposed to leaked) information we get is pretty limited.

One thing that is clear already is that Destruction classes are more gender specific than Order ones. Greenskins technically don’t have a gender because they are a kind of fungus but they all look male to me. We don’t know if sorceresses and witch elves will be restricted to female but it sounds likely. We haven’t seen any pictures of female marauders or chosen. This is not leaving people with a lot of choice on the destruction side if they want to play a female character who doesn’t look like a tarty dominatrix.

Does this really matter? Idris and I have played both male and female characters and had fun with them. But a lot of people do like to play characters of the same gender as themselves. It’s easier to identify, people talk to you in a manner you are used to, you don’t have to worry about whether you should pretend to be the other gender in chat or not.

So I think a lot of female players will tend to order, and since a lot of us play in couples there will be a trend for the older married/coupled players to go order. I’ll be amazed if Order isn’t the higher population side, partly down to this.

There’s a long thread about this on the warhammer alliance forums.