: Revised Apocalypse World Playbooks
Hey, any Apocalypse World players who aren't closely following the ecretsay ogblay, there's a new post there you might want to check out. I've uploaded a new full revision of the character playbooks.
I am looking forward to this game, but I have a reservation that makes me not want to buy or play it at a con.
I'm a butch dyke (i.e. "ambiguous," "concealed" or "transgressive"), and, like most people, I gravitate towards playing characters of roughly my own gender. I also like seeing queer characters in games. So I was at first happy to see some interesting gender options on the character books. But for several classes, there are only the two usual options, which is weird because I see queers filling these roles in fiction. This is kinda worse than just limiting the options to male and female overall, as it implies that the gender-bent are not to be found in these roles. It makes me want to avoid this at a con for fear of some MC saying, "sorry, no dykes on bikes, dapper butch operators, andro-lesbian community matriarchs, etcetera; so femme it up or leave." Why's it written like that? Would you consider opening things up a bit?
If you want examples, I recommend reading Doc and Fluff for a good queer apocalypse.
Your comment shows that I've missed communicating the implications I was shooting for. Without ever thinking very hard about it, I just figured that listing man and woman under "looks" would imply an available baseline of casual transgression. No reason you couldn't choose "looks: man" for a female character, for instance.
But making it explicit will mean that it won't rely upon people reading my mind. Consider it done.