by Moonburnt Studio
@moonburnt Thanks for explaining your thinking. I'm not sure I agree that a tale set in a world of oppression has to be driven principally by male characters, but it' makes me happy to see that you have put thought into having a gender balanced world, and that you are giving some genuine thought to these issues.
Thanks so much for the Lancelot's shout-out guys! I'm a bit fan of COLUMNAE! 25% already funded - sounds good!!!! :) Good luck guys! I'll defenitly keep an eye on your campaign :)
@b0nu5 Thanks so much for backing and spreading the word :)
Hey there Moonburnt Studio,
I backed you here and I voted for you on Greenlit. You are even a part of a video I made about kickstarter projects that need backing. I wish you all the best and hope, that you are going to hit that 40k marker! Good luck and best wishes,
b0nu5 / iCaT Gaming
@Christi Hi! We are so glad you asked this question, not just because we consider this topic to be extremely important in general, but also because it is actually one of the major themes of our story.
First, let me tell that our game will feature more than 50 characters that you will be able to talk and interact with, and the characters shown here are some of the most important to the particular story (or rather stories) that we are telling. If you are eager to see more of the female cast, here's an extra picture with a few of them (no text for now, sorry): http://i.imgur.com/C7umkn0.gif
A little bit more than 50% of total population in Columnae is female, just like IRL. But, the world of COLUMNAE is neither our world nor the one we would like to live in. It's an inherently unfair society (even more so than our own world), fictional but influenced by romanticized view of western Europe during early 20th century. This means many groups are heavily discriminated against, including but not limited to women. And being systematically discriminated against almost universally means also being vastly disadvantaged in acquiring positions of power within society. As our story is closely related to politics and power struggle, the most important characters tend to also be the richest and most powerful ones, although there ARE exceptions. That's why there is not so many women among these characters. For the same reason there are also no poor people, children, or people of colour (pun unintended) among them. In the same light, note that there might be a dozen unemployed protesters in front of Tywinson's factory, and only one president of Labour Union, but guess who have a better chance to strike a deal with him?
Among these eleven there are however: LGBT people, persons with reduced mobility, dwarfism and autism (warning: slurs may be used in the game instead), but these are not here to fill any quota!
Also, three women mentioned are all examples of strong and extremely independent characters with their own agendas: 1) talented and independent girl (btw also a skilled mechanic) who is actively opposing patriarchy; 8) Oil Baroness, possibly the most powerful person in the world of COLUMNAE; 10) a sage, possibly the most knowledgeable person in the world regarding history of Machina, Columnae and Deus. As a matter of fact, some of the eight mentioned males could be questioned much more easily in terms of character, moral and proficiency!
So to answer your question - no, because our goal is not to make COLUMANE a perfect, just world, nor it is to just appear "correct". When it comes to fiction, especially one intended for adults, we believe it's much more important to explore the existing injustices in order to understand them better, than it would be to "fix them" silently, ignore them, or pretend they don't exist.
I hope this answered your question, and would love to hear the opinions of other backers on this subject (just please please stay polite everybody) These are some very important subjects, and although it might be wiser (having campaign in mind) for us to avoid talking about them... it's just not our style :)
tl;dr - It's not fair at all, and that's exactly what our story is about.
8 male characters, 3 female characters? How disappointing. Might it be worth rethinking your gender balance?
Awww, crap - now I really wanna play this game... ;)
I've just started playing Lancelot demo ;-)
@Sverker Haha, well of course, Steve is a great guy :D
@Moonburnt You got me hooked, now I want to know everything about Steve (DEY TURK ERR JERBS!). I don't mind big chunks of text. ;)
@Sverker We might cover some more if it turns out our backers don't mind big chunks of text! :) These are some of (but not all) the characters that could be important in almost any path, that's why they were chosen for this update, but we have internal wiki with a LOT of stuff writen about many more characters so we could make several updates like this. The only worry is not to reveal too much about some of them!
As for Steve <3 there is not much to say about him really. ...or is there?? DUN DUN DUUUUN! :)
Thank you for the update! Great backstory of these characters, will you cover more of them in the future updates? E.g. Steve :D
I have already voted for you on Greenlight and now I'm trying to spread the word.