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Author Topic: Where are all the non-male mage wars players?  (Read 3357 times)

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Re: Where are all the non-male mage wars players?
« Reply #15 on: August 03, 2015, 10:50:06 PM »
.  MW has many elements to it. It is like chess, magic the gathering, fantasy miniatures war battles all combined. Each one of those element items are each very heavilly dominated by males. It would seem to follow that since this game combines all of those, then mw would also be heavilly dominated by males. I don't care whether my opponent is a girl or not. i have actually played against another mw players' wife. She played well too btw. I just want to play and have a great time with folks playing a great game. It just does not surprise me that there are not more women playing. Would definitely like to see more though.

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Re: Where are all the non-male mage wars players?
« Reply #16 on: August 04, 2015, 04:20:23 AM »
A bit of a divergent point here, but I'd just like to point out that the maturity displayed in discussions like this are why I read this forum daily. I would let my future children read this forum because the community is both excited to talk about the game and respectful. I have found nowhere else on the anonymous internet that displays this level of intelligence and courtesy.
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Re: Where are all the non-male mage wars players?
« Reply #17 on: August 05, 2015, 02:31:37 AM »
I'm surprised no one mentioned it, yet, so I'd like to point out that some of the artwork is quite clearly chosen to appeal to (teen?) males. I certainly know female players that would be somewhat put off by effectively nude female characters (Druid, I'm looking at you!). Personally, I find some of the Angels are bordering on the offensive, e.g. Valshalla, Lightning Angel, or Samandriel, Angel of Light. I'd definitely prefer a more reasonable outfit for them like Selesius, the East Wind.

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Re: Where are all the non-male mage wars players?
« Reply #18 on: August 05, 2015, 03:29:05 AM »
If you look at the newer editions, some art has been changed (such as Mind Control) to help reduce this. That said, I think Selesius is the coolest looking humanoid creature in the game and am looking forward to more like her. The upcoming female wizard is a pretty good example of how I think Arcane Wonders has an awareness of how female depictions can be awesome and appropriate. In the case of the Druid, I personally think her look fits thematically. I'd argue the Priestess makes a little less sense. The art in this game is amazing on average and I hope most avid gamers wouldn't be too bothered. That said, you make a good point about it being a possible turnoff and an indication of target audience.
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Re: Where are all the non-male mage wars players?
« Reply #19 on: August 05, 2015, 03:40:39 AM »
I'm surprised no one mentioned it, yet, so I'd like to point out that some of the artwork is quite clearly chosen to appeal to (teen?) males. I certainly know female players that would be somewhat put off by effectively nude female characters (Druid, I'm looking at you!).

This has been topic for a long time and has been discussed a lot and I mostly agree with you but I have yet to find someone who dislikes the game only because of sexist artwork. To me it is just a minor flaw

As for females: My girlfriend enjoys the game very much but as V10lentray or Halewijn mentioned she is not engaging in many community events such as this forum and so on. Besides that this topic is a minefield like women and (video)gaming in general. There are many ways to approach gender/sexual definitions (either by hormons, choice, socialisation, apperance) and I think not everyone reading the forum is on the same page there so that the bare definition of "female" is difficult. Furthermore there are many stereotypes against/regarding female gamers and that they are a minority and so on...

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Re: Where are all the non-male mage wars players?
« Reply #20 on: August 10, 2015, 07:25:24 AM »
We had two females play in the WBC tournament last week and several more attended the demo sessions.

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Re: Where are all the non-male mage wars players?
« Reply #21 on: August 13, 2015, 12:50:20 AM »
I'm surprised no one mentioned it, yet, so I'd like to point out that some of the artwork is quite clearly chosen to appeal to (teen?) males. I certainly know female players that would be somewhat put off by effectively nude female characters (Druid, I'm looking at you!). Personally, I find some of the Angels are bordering on the offensive, e.g. Valshalla, Lightning Angel, or Samandriel, Angel of Light. I'd definitely prefer a more reasonable outfit for them like Selesius, the East Wind.

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when my son (7) sees an add with a "not very covered girl" in the street, he sais that she's dressed like the priestress!

that said, i play RP, board games, mtg, etc. for 20 years, and i am used to see a lot more of men than women (i don't allways ask for their gender, but i assume that for the majority of them it matches with their sex). it's sure part because of our attitude (consciously and unconsciously), but the problème is a lot larger than games: women are minority in a lot of activities (and majority in a lot of others). politic, soccer, mechanic and games are (still?) part of them...

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Re: Where are all the non-male mage wars players?
« Reply #22 on: August 13, 2015, 03:36:48 AM »
when my son (7) sees an add with a "not very covered girl" in the street, he sais that she's dressed like the priestress!
Lol!
I suppose he's on the right track, given that the Priestess is dressed properly for a fertility cult... ;)