Why did I make a male character in Guild Wars?

So I created this nifty gaming blog dedicated to female gamers, and what did I do? I made a male character in Guild Wars, and for right now, he’s the only character I’ve made in the game. Why on earth did I do it? I’m a “girl” so I should make a girl character, right?

I almost made a girl character. When I start up new games, I tend to recreate characters I’ve played in previous games so I can continue filling out their stories. Many of my characters are Planewalkers (term gotten from Planescape RPG campaign) and tromp around multiple worlds, sometimes all at once. One of my characters, Sabine, has been with me in many worlds. She started out as an assassin in Diablo 2, ventured into Asherons Call 2 as a…erm…hmmm…I forgot what her class was called there. It was the fighter type that also healed a lot.  How embarrassing! Anyway, she was my main character there and I played her for quite some time. Enough time for me to create this whole planewalking backstory.

She briefly appeared again as a blue, fiendish type in my short stint with Horizons and then later appeared in Everquest 2 as my Sabinerak character. (Sometimes I have to change her name somewhat due to other characters having the same name, so in EQ2 I just added on a part of one of her other names.)

When I started up Guild Wars, I was planning to create her there, too, but alas! The assassin class isn’t available as a starting class with Prophecies, and since that’s the original Guild Wars campaign, I wanted to start there from the beginning. I put aside the decision to recreate Sabine there until the time comes to start a new character with the Factions campaign, and so I recreated Malakai instead.

Malakai was the alternate character I created in Asheron’s 2. He was a follower of Shadow, the faction that supported the philosophy of Chaos. He also used the bow and liked to wander about on his own a lot when he wasn’t in one of the towns debating with someone who disagreed with his ideals. At a later point, I returned to Dark Age of Camelot and recreated him there as a Reaver. So now in Guild Wars, he has emerged again as a Ranger/Necromancer.

It has been my experience that most women gamers do choose to play mostly female characters, but certainly not always. I think more males choose to regularly play female characters than women tend to regularly play male characters, but even women who mostly play female characters often have a male alt or two hidden away in a closet. I tend to play both genders depending on the roleplaying idea I have for a character. When I was looking through the Prophecies classes in Guild Wars after realizing I couldn’t yet play Sabine, the ranger class combined with Necro just seemed perfect for bringing back Malakai. No other character would do, male or female.

Playing a male main character can be really fun. If people are doubtful that the female characters they meet are females in real life, they practically never suspect it of the male characters. It can really mess up some people’s minds!

So what kinds of characters do you make in your games? Do you always play the same gender?

13 Responses to Why did I make a male character in Guild Wars?
  1. Gwendolyn
    October 9, 2010 | 6:42 pm

    I usually play female. Varnor was my male, but the name is taken on our EQ2 server. I have a Varnor elsewhere at the moment.

    In UO I found that the d00dz were a bit crude when speaking to my male character, which made me feel pretty blah about playing them.

  2. a.girl.IRL (Rebecca)
    October 9, 2010 | 6:58 pm

    Someone else took Varnor? Wow! Wouldn’t have thought anyone would have just come up with that one.

    It’s funny that your reason for choosing a female main in UO was my reason for choosing a male main in UO. It seemed the d00dz were particularly obnoxious when I played Beauty or other female characters there. Nowadays, it seems so much different!

  3. ThatShortGuy
    October 21, 2010 | 4:43 pm

    Great post!

    But I don’t want Malakai to go out into the world of Guild Wars without some guidance!

    Check out these Wikis to keep you on your toes (a R/N may want to take some new friends instead of going on alone):

    http://wiki.guildwars.com/wiki/Main_Page (mission help, collector guids, etc..)
    http://pvx.wikia.com/wiki/Main_Page (builds that can get you on your way in tough situations)

    As for debating with those that disagree with his ideals, well, have at it!

    Cheers! 🙂

    • a.girl.IRL (Rebecca)
      October 22, 2010 | 10:08 am

      Thank you! I have found the wikis to be very useful, particularly when it comes to figuring out those timed quests. I hate timed quests!

  4. Guild Wars Exclusive
    October 22, 2010 | 12:20 pm

    I cannot believe it! That Short guy suggested the two links thta I meant to put here… before me 🙂

    Brilliant post! Enjoyed every single sentence and it made me laugh and thought of a new perspective for characters! I will use the same philosophy you use for characters and worlds. Guildwars is my first MMORPG so my 15 characters in Guildwars (yes its not a typo) have a hell of a lot of exploring to do outside the Guildwars world :D.

    If you need any help with Guildwars, do not hesitate to contact me or anyone in the community! Hope you enjoy every part of the game. I did and still do 😀

    All the best 😀

    • a.girl.IRL (Rebecca)
      October 22, 2010 | 1:47 pm

      Guild Wars if your first mmorpg? Oh wow, you are in for a real treat as you explore the many other worlds that are out there! It’s so exciting! I only have the one character in Guild Wars (for now), but my stable of EQ2 characters is getting comparable to your 15. I have about 10 right now, soon to be 11. I remember having a bunch of characters in DAOC too, and had two accounts in UO full of various characters, and….well, I’m definitely an altaholic! 🙂

      Thanks for your suggestions. I am very much enjoying Guild Wars so far, and it’s just so much fun being new and having everything seeming so fresh!

    • ThatShortGuy
      October 22, 2010 | 3:43 pm

      Lol! I didn’t mean to take anyone’s thunder! To keep it fair you did point me towards this blog with your tweet!

      Love following gamers! Keep up the great work Rebecca!

  5. Guild Wars Exclusive
    October 22, 2010 | 7:42 pm

    @ThatShortGuy not at all, I am glad you mentioned the links as I do have a short memory and might have forgotten to post them!

    @a.girl.IRL Guildwars is indeed my first and prior to that I hated MMORPG or equivalents. I got into Guildwars via a dare from a counterstrike clan member and got hooked so badly! Its been two years and I have not really looked back. I started the game absolutely clueless of what to do 😀 just running around killing things and enjoying the artwork and dying alot LOL! Somehow wondered out of presearing and wondered why eveywhere was burnt! HAHA! I really enjoyed exploring the game and still do. If you buy Factions, Nightfall and Eye of the North, you have different aspects of the game to thrill you (no I am not a Guildwars salesperson :S ).

    It is possible to complete 99% of the game alone. I have done it but you going to the ring of fire with just one hero??? Crazy stuff! Keep us updated with your progress!


    • a.girl.IRL (Rebecca)
      October 23, 2010 | 9:32 am

      Hah! That’s funny about wandering out of pre-searing. It’s fun being clueless!

      I have the whole Trilogy and Eye of the North already, but I decided I would try doing them all in order of release. If Mox hadn’t been put into Prophecies, I’d still have just henchies. 🙂

  6. Hunter
    October 22, 2010 | 11:08 pm

    to be honest i usually play male characters with the odd female character, but I’ve never met a woman who played a male character.

    And i’ve been sort of keeping track since I noticed the disparity.

    • a.girl.IRL (Rebecca)
      October 23, 2010 | 9:51 am

      Maybe it’s because I don’t view my characters as myself, but instead as if they are part of a story that I’m creating. Sometimes I’ll just pick the one that has better clothing options, or I like their hair, or… . 🙂

      It’s possible you may have met women with male characters, but they just never told you they were female. There were games I’d played in the past where I never revealed my RL gender because I didn’t want to get the “woman treatment” or be harassed by boatloads of guys wanting to cyb0r. It seemed to happen every time I’d play one of my female characters, so I’d get tired of it and go back to my males. Seems a lot different nowadays though, but I still end up playing a lot of both genders.

  7. ecovarr7
    May 7, 2011 | 1:36 am

    For the longest time I normally made a girl character. Ever since I played UO and the guild that my friends were in gave Women Character power over the men. After I had a very disturbing experience playing FFXI I decided no more girl characters ever again. So now I’m a male playing as a male character.

    • a.girl.IRL (Rebecca)
      May 7, 2011 | 12:15 pm

      Every so often, I’ll still have a disturbing experience crop up, but having multiple characters of both genders and different races has helped. What I’ll do is play a different character that’s not too much like the one that got “disturbed” for a couple of days or so while the problem goes away and then it’s usually safe to go back to the other one. I still haven’t yet made any alts in Guild Wars though as I haven’t wanted to lose too much focus going through the campaigns.

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