I was unaware of the Kickstarter for Kingdom Death: Monster until after it was finished.
I do have issues with the pinup’s proportions, because I feel they are highly exaggerated and sexualized depictions of women’s bodies.
I’ve seen a lot of people already saying “Don’t like it, don’t buy it,” but the vote-with-your-dollars argument is a cheap way to shut down criticism—and neatly sidesteps the fact that sexism continues to be a problem in tabletop games.
Update, 1/10/13: I wanted to respond to the comments on this post.
I expressed my opinions about content I found problematic.
continue reading » In his responding email, the buyer explained: "I'm a collector of broken laser pointers." The frequently repeated story that e Bay was founded to help Omidyar's fiancée trade Pez candy dispensers was fabricated by a public relations manager, Mary Lou Song, in 1997 to interest the media, which were not interested in the company's previous explanation about wanting to create a "perfect market".…There were several compliants pertaining to my opinions and biases not constituting journalism. I mentioned in the article that I find genitals in monster imagery very disturbing, and it concerns me because I think that feeds into societal issues surrounding sex. The Wet Nurse suckles children, so its appearence at least makes sense, but it still squicks me out.My series is an opinion series, and newswriting is vastly different from opinion columns. A number of people seem to think that the issue is not that the pinups or game base minis are sexist, but there isn’t an equal ratio of scantily clad hot men to scantily clad hot women.Creator Adam Poots had set the funding goal at for ,000. While it’s important to remember that both Kickstarter and Amazon take a percentage of a Kickstarter campaign’s money in processing fees, it’s equally important to point out that 5,410 people are really, really excited about this game.is described as a “nightmare horror game” that “underscores the brutal physical and mental torment of surviving in a world where people are the struggling bottom of a monstrous ecology.” Though the examples of characters and monsters viewable online are not exhaustive, the thematic element that appears to recur is sexual organs.
Miniatures in general are rarely varied or diverse in their portrayal of women; they’re usually a tiny replica of the worst chainmail-bikini tropes. Sexualized portrayals of women abound in the game images available—some of them even called “pinups”—as do images of women in submissive positions.