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I occasionally buy a game and then realize, to my dismay, that it has no female characters, or there's only one and she's a pushover or seducer, or everyone ELSE in the village other than the protagonists just happens to be male.

I'm doing this geeklist to create the resource I wish I had: a list of games, described in terms of whether and how they represent gender.

This list is meant to inform, not persuade. It doesn't say that you should or shouldn't buy any particular game. It doesn't even answer every question I care about on the topic of gender! But it's nice to know what you're getting before you buy.

(The answer to what you should buy is: You should buy Space Alert. But not because of gender. Just because it's awesome.)

And while I've tried to be concrete about my criteria, they're partially subjective. This list is one person's viewpoint.

Format:

• How much gender does the game have? Do the players pick a gendered character to represent them? (There's no better or worse answer to this.)

• Are there female characters, and how many?
- None.
- Token female characters. ('The woman' is a character trait the way 'the tough one' is.)
- Several/substantial female presence.
- Half or more of characters are female.

• Are the female characters' looks or abilities dictated by gender roles? (This one is very subjective.)
- Female characters are all stereotypes. No character is female without a 'reason'.
- Some variation in gender roles.
- Gender roles varied, though some patterns remain.
- No particular gender roles.
N/A - No characters, or so few that 'variation' is meaningless.

(I have yet to run into a game that has strict gender roles for men but not for women. I will try to comment on how tightly controlled male characters are when it's salient, even if it's not part of the rating..)

• Does the game treat its players as all male in rulebook text, in game text, in examples...? (This one is simple; one star, good or bad.)

• How do I feel about this game when I put my gender hat on? (This is extra subjective and is not a summary of the other questions. Sometimes a game just feels okay or not okay to me.)

I don't think I've run into any game characters who fall outside the gender binary, so this list is in terms of "male" and "female". Real people's gender is more complicated than that.

And to be clear about my own biases, ideally my shelf would probably have some majority-female games, some majority-male games, some balanced (and a much, much wider range of genders and gender presentations than gaming has right now). Games aren't employers; there's no inherent injustice in one game being lopsided toward men. But there is a problem with nearly all of them being so.

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1. Board Game: 404: Law Not Found [Average Rating:6.02 Overall Rank:10000]
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How gendered is it? A little. Human characters are explicitly gendered; the players are ungendered robots and are encouraged not to identify with the human characters.

Are there female characters?
Five out of nine humans are female.

How are the gender roles?
There is no mechanical difference between men and women in the game; women are two of the three scientists, two of the three soldiers, and one of the three engineers.

How does it address players?
- The rules call players "they".
- In-game text refers to players as "it" or "they".
- Play examples never mention player gender -- there's a mix of male and female human characters.

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2. Board Game: Abyss [Average Rating:7.31 Overall Rank:323]
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How gendered is it? Some. The (non-depicted) players compete for various Lords, who are mostly gendered fish-people. There are also Places, which are mostly shown deserted, and less important Ally cards showing ungendered sea creatures.

Are there female characters?
Out of 35 Lords, about 2/3 read as male and 1/6 as female. The rest are either drawn in the far distance or are depicted without any human gender signifiers that I'm picking up on.

How are the gender roles?
The Lords as a whole look more non-human than you might expect for a game like this-- the society depicted often feels genuinely alien.

This makes it stand out (in a bad way) that many of the female characters look more like stereotypical attractive human women. But some don't, and the few female characters are spread out across the guilds with a variety of abilities. (There are also SOME male characters with the same build as most of the female ones-- lean and sinuous with somewhat-revealing armor. But that's the exception for male characters and the standard for female ones.)

How does it address players? ?
- The rules use "you" and singular "they" for players.
- In-game text uses singular "they" when necessary.
- Play examples attempt to use "they", but in one case use both "he" and "they" for the same player (editing mistake?).

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3. Board Game: Asgard [Average Rating:6.93 Overall Rank:1904]
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How gendered is it? Not much. The players compete for the favor of gendered Norse gods, but player markers are non-character "influence discs" and human warriors + citizens are represented by meeples or abstract illustrations.

Are there female characters?
Two of the 10 deities (Freyja and Hel) are female.

How are the gender roles?
Freyja is drawn in a "fantasy bikini" (i.e. implausible, as skimpy as possible, etc.) but the mechanics for each deity invoke no particular gender roles (beyond those encoded in the myths being referred to).

How does it address players?
- The rules call players "he" (mentioning in a footnote that they do this for simplicity and that "he/she" would be more correct, which is nice).
- No in-game text.
- Play examples use colors for names but male pronouns for all players.

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4. Board Game: BattleCON: Devastation of Indines [Average Rating:8.04 Overall Rank:199] [Average Rating:8.04 Unranked]
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How gendered is it? All the characters are gendered. Each player picks one to represent them.

Are there female characters?
13 out of 30 playable main character are female, as are 1 1/2 of the 4 bosses (one of the bosses is two characters fighting together). There aren't many support characters, but they have a similar ratio.

How are the gender roles?
Pretty good. The female fighters lean toward crafty rather than physical, but not overwhelmingly. Characters of both genders range from butch to femme. Gerard's team of war mercenaries is half women.

How does it address players?
- The rules call players "he" and "him".
- The in-game text uses character gender, but calls players "he".
- The rulebook examples do not name players, but do show a female fighter vs. a male fighter.

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5. Board Game: Battlestar Galactica: The Board Game [Average Rating:7.75 Overall Rank:62]
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How gendered is it? Substantially. Each player chooses a character to be their avatar, who can either be male or female.

Are there female characters?
Three of the ten playable characters are female (with all three expansions this becomes eight out of twenty six).

How are the gender roles?
The female characters are portrayed as being as powerful as their male counterparts. The character first in the line of succession for the presidency is a woman, and the other two are very competent fighters.
There are two characters who are more likely to be on the “evil” team that the others, and one of these is male, one female.

How does it address players?
- The rules use male pronouns exclusively.
- The in game text does not use gendered language.
- All play examples use male pronouns.

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6. Board Game: Blue Moon Legends [Average Rating:7.38 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.38 Unranked]
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How gendered is it? Substantially. While many cards show equipment or weapons, most are "characters", of which you have to play one per turn to stay in the game. Players do not pick avatars for themselves personally.

Are there female characters?
Each player plays one faction (out of 8 or 9 available). Most factions are overwhelmingly male, with one or two female characters. A single faction (Mimix) is the reverse; the Aqua and Khind decks are somewhere in the vicinity of balanced.

How are the gender roles?
The female Mimix (the one majority-female faction) are nearly all naked and in ridiculous stances, and most of the female characters in other factions are similar. Men are much less posed and exposed.

(Two exceptions: The male Terrah are also not wearing much, and the Buka are the only culture where female warriors seem to wear anything other than bikinis.)

The theme of Mimix characters is often "Virgin" or "Mother" or "Amazon" or some other explicitly feminine role. However, the female characters don't seem to be systematically weaker or more focused on protection than the male characters. The Mimix are in fact fierce warriors, as far as I can tell. Just... naked ones.

How does it address players?
- The rules call players "he" exclusively.
- In-game text uses "you" and (oddly) "I" for players.
- Play examples in the rulebook are all male players.

Overall feeling: shake
 
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7. Board Game: Bora Bora [Average Rating:7.58 Overall Rank:154]
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How gendered is it? Very, though in an odd way. Collecting "man" and "woman" tiles is a big part of the game, and the fact that men and women are two distinct groups features prominently in the mechanics. The players themselves are not really assigned genders (though see below).

Are there female characters?
There are 36 "man" tiles and 36 "woman" tiles. Each player also has four nondescript 'priest' pawns that are declared male in the rules, and each player board has a character in the corner-- two boards show women, one shows a man, and one shows a stone idol.

How are the gender roles?
All men (and no women) can get ritual tattoos (this advances players in the turn order) and all women (and no men) can collect shells (these are used to buy jewelry tiles). However, the person tiles also have substantial individual powers, and these are assorted identically between the genders, i.e. the "take one building material" tiles are half men and half women, and this is true for every other power, including "take an extra man tile" (3 men and 3 women have this power) and "take an extra woman tile" (likewise).

Plus, shells and tattoos are suggested to be equally valuable (there are exactly as many 4-tattoo man tiles as 4-shell woman tiles, etc.) even though they're not exchangeable for one another in the game.

At the same time, matching man tiles can be combined together in a single action, but man tiles can't cooperate in the same way with woman tiles. Overall, the message is "men and women are the same in almost every practical way but they are NOT THE SAME oh heavens no why would you think they were the same".

(Also note that while jewelry is mechanically associated with women in the game, the art makes it clear that the men *wear* as much or more jewelry than the women, so this reads differently from, say, a game set in present-day America where women are devoted to acquiring jewelry.)

How does it address players?
- The rules call players "he" in half the sections and "you" in the other half. So close!
- No in-game text.
- Play examples use "you", "Anna" and "Ben".

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8. Board Game: Bruges [Average Rating:7.47 Overall Rank:197]
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How gendered is it? Moderately. Players have no avatars, but the focus of the game is cards, each of which has a gendered person on it.

Are there female characters?
About 10% of the 165 character cards are women. A player will most likely draw two or three during a game.

That goes up to about 15% with the Bruges: The City on the Zwin expansion, which has 12 out of 40 female characters.

How are the gender roles?
Women are princesses, nuns, dancers... I wonder whether the illustrator was given a list of card names and only drew women when the title demanded it (such as "Muse", the only female character among the Artist cards).

Bruges: The City on the Zwin adds a Duchess, Fortune Teller and Model (plus a Glass Painter whose intended gender is unclear). However, 8 of the 17 new "Traveler" cards (whose names just denote nationality) are women. A painfully obvious example of the "45% rule", but a big improvement over the base game (call it ).

How does it address players? ?
- The rulebook is all over the place, with "he", "she" (less often than "he") and singular "they".
- In-game text is not gendered (I think-- might have missed some cards).
- Play examples are often "he" but sometimes "she".

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9. Board Game: Bunny Bunny Moose Moose [Average Rating:6.16 Overall Rank:3265]
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How gendered is it? Slightly. Players have no avatars, and the bunny and moose have no explicit gender (but are drawn neutral-to-male).

Are there female characters?
Nope! The only explicitly gendered character is a male hunter.

How does it address players?
- The rules call players "he or she".
- No in-game text.
- Play examples use unnamed illustrated players, both male and female.

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10. Board Game: California [Average Rating:6.26 Overall Rank:2458]
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How gendered is it? Only slightly. Most of the game is rooms and furniture; there are gendered guests who circulate between the houses belonging to the (unseen) players.

Are there female characters?
Three of six guests are female.

How are the gender roles?
Despite the game's abstractness, there's actually characterization of each of the guests via the images on the furniture tiles that attract that particular guest. Of the three women, one likes motorcycles, bicycles and rollerblades; one likes pets; one likes fitness (swimming pools, a tanning bed, a treadmill, but also a barbell and weight cage). The men like musical instruments, games, and fancy things respectively.

How does it address players?
- The rules call players "he".
- No in-game text.
- Play examples all use "he".

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11. Board Game: The Castles of Burgundy [Average Rating:8.12 Overall Rank:11]
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How gendered is it? Very minimally. One key resource in the game ("worker tokens") has a little male worker printed on each one. But, while these tokens are important, they're not what you're going to spend the game staring at or thinking about. They're more like a type of currency. Nothing else in the game depicts people at all.

Are there female characters?
No.

How does it address players?
- The rules call players "he" and state that they play as "princes".
- No in-game text once you've memorized the icons; initially, you'll be referring to the appendix a lot to decipher knowledge tokens, and that text uses "he".
- Play examples involve Anna, Benno, Carla and Dario.

Overall feeling: Does very little right, but is so gender-neutral that it's hard to care.
 
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12. Board Game: Citrus [Average Rating:7.05 Overall Rank:1659]
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How gendered is it? Almost zero. Most of the game is inanimate objects and parcels of land. The players put workers on the board, but those workers are not assigned genders (see below).

Are there female characters?
This is ambiguous. The only humans in the actual game are meeples with wide-brimmed hats and their hands on their hips. The hat and stance made me and my friends read them as male. However, the only gendered human depicted anywhere is a woman on the front cover, wearing a wide-brimmed hat and picking fruit.

How does it address players?
- The rules call players "you" most of the time, but also "he".
- No in-game text.
- Play examples are mostly men, with some women in the one example of a multiplayer game.

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13. Board Game: City of Iron [Average Rating:7.30 Overall Rank:824]
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How gendered is it? Some. Each player takes one faction, consisting of a few dozen cards. Most of those cards are buildings and vehicles, but a large minority (including your four starting cards) are human or humanoid characters.

Are there female characters?
I don't read any of the non-human characters as female, though I'm not sure of the intent. Among the humans, one faction has three women (out of six); another has one woman; the other two have zero.

How are the gender roles?
The main distinction in the game is between Citizens and Military, and none of the (few) women are military cards. They are mostly academics; one is an explorer.

[Note: Art posted on Kickstarter for the forthcoming Experts And Engines expansion shows female Sharpshooters added to some of the Military decks.]

How does it address players?
- The rules call players "he".
- In-game text has no gendered pronouns.
- Play examples feature two male names and two female names.

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14. Board Game: Codex: Card-Time Strategy – Deluxe Set [Average Rating:8.31 Overall Rank:888]
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How gendered is it? Moderately. Each player controls an army, including gendered 'heroes' that lead a player's forces, but a player can have multiple heroes or none at all. Other units in play are often gendered but just as often buildings or genderless animals.

Are there female characters?
Six out of twenty heroes appear to be female. (5 of the 6 three-hero factions have one female hero, as does the two-hero starter set.) The rest of the cards fall into twenty 12-card specializations and seven 10-card starting decks, of which most have zero or one female character.

How are the gender roles?
Some of the female heroes are illustrated in the same boob-centric style as Yomi, but not all. And among the other female characters scattered throughout the game, some are fragile and some are tough, etc.

How does it address players?
- The rules call players "you".
- In-game text avoids using pronouns for players except in the plural.
- Play examples use "you" too (the play example is addressed to each of the two example players in turn).

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15. Board Game: Cube Quest [Average Rating:6.86 Overall Rank:1286]
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How gendered is it? A little. Some characters are represented by symbols; other are masks or covered faces; a few are gendered faces. Each player is a whole team of cubes.

Are there female characters? yuk
Nope!

How are the gender roles? N/A
The few gendered characters are burly, bearded men fighting a war.

How does it address players?
- The rules call players "you" or occasionally "they".
- No in-game text.
- No play examples.

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16. Board Game: Cyclades [Average Rating:7.54 Overall Rank:129]
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How gendered is it? Substantially. Each player controls a small civilisation, represented by a different set of miniatures for each civilisation. The miniatures are gendered. Every turn players bid for favours from five Greek gods, all of whom are gendered. There are also a selection of the usual Greek mythological creatures present, with their usual genders, present in a deck of wandering monster cards.

Are there female characters?
One of the five civilisations are female. One of the five gods is female. Most of the gendered monsters are female.

How are the gender roles?
The female civilisation wears minimal clothing (although one of the other male civilisations technically wears less). These miniatures are also shown holding a bow, while all other civilisations are depicted with close combat weapons. The female god (Athena) is shown in a similarly commanding pose to the other gods.

This is subjective, but Athena is one of the more “boring” choices of worship, offering little in the way of actions, only acquisitions. The male gods give the player many more things to do. Also, the things that she gives you are also (on their own) completely useless. However, she is responsible for education, and without her it would be impossible to build any of the cities that the game requires to finish a game. The other, male, Gods could all technically be avoided.

Almost all the female monsters have their monstrous aspect emphasised over their feminine (especially in the case of Medusa, the only gendered female monster with a miniature).

How does it address players?
- The rules use male pronouns exclusively.
- There is no in-game text.
- All play examples use male pronouns.

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17. Board Game: Dice Town [Average Rating:6.85 Overall Rank:718]
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How gendered is it? A little. The players don't appear in the game, and there are no people on most of the cards. But there are a number of gendered characters representing the game's mechanics, and within the narrative all players are male.

Are there female characters?
There are "girls" at the Saloon. Everybody else in the game is male.

How are the gender roles?
You get access to the women by rolling Queens on your poker dice. If you roll enough, the women go and seduce an opponent to steal things for you.

Good grief. yuk

With Dice Town Extension, the game adds a deck of 12 Outlaw characters, of which 2 or 3 are female (one reads ambiguously to me). I would call this with the expansion.

How does it address players?
- The rules call players "he" and "they".
- No in-game references to players.
- In the play example, one of five players is female.

Overall feeling: yuk (Even with the expansion.)
 
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18. Board Game: Discworld: Ankh-Morpork [Average Rating:7.20 Overall Rank:397]
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How gendered is it? Substantially. Each player is given a hidden (gendered) “Personality” card as their character. “Player” cards are played every turn as the core mechanism of the game, and most depict gendered characters from the Discworld universe.

Are there female characters?
All of the “Personality” cards represent male characters. Many of the characters on the “Player” cards are female.

How are the gender roles?
The “Personality” cards represent the most powerful people in the city of Ankh Morpork and they are all male. The women on the “Player” cards inhabit a wide variety of roles, possess a wide range of abilities and are, on average, as powerful as the male gendered “Player” cards.

How does it address players?
- The rules refer to players as "you” or “his or her”.
- In-game text is gender neutral.
- Play examples do not mention gender.

Overall feeling:
 
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19. Board Game: Doomtown: Reloaded [Average Rating:7.28 Overall Rank:829]
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How gendered is it? Very. The game revolves around "dudes" (gendered characters, who can be male or female), and many of the other cards (locations, events, items, spells) show gendered characters. Moreover, the dudes have full names and flavor text, and that flavor text often references other dudes-- which is to say, they're *characters*, not just people who happen to be on the cards. The players themselves do not appear in the game, though.

Are there female characters?
This is really disappointing. The game has a female gunfighter on the front cover, and has enough varied female characters that when I checked before buying it to make sure 'dude' was a gender-neutral term here (weird but kind of funny), I had no trouble finding female police, criminals, performers, and more (see below). But in fact, only 9 out of 50 dudes in the game are women.

The "New Town, New Rules" expansion has 2 females dudes out of 10; "Double Dealin'" has 3 out of 10. It's nice that these are (barely) higher than the base game, but they're low numbers and it's disappointing.

The representation on non-dude cards is even worse, with 6 or 7 item/spell/event/etc. cards depicting solo men or all-male groups for every 1 that shows a female character. (I left cards with mixed-gender groups out of that count entirely, though most of those show several men and one woman.)

How are the gender roles?
Tough call here. Several of the female characters are presented as sex objects and essentially none of the male ones are, but the art itself is not generally saying "hey viewer, look at this hot chick" -- it's (just?) drawing on the consensus fiction that the wild west had lots of dancing girls and probably-sex-workers-but-it's-not-explicit hanging around bars.

AND the game pointedly includes women in a variety of other roles, with a range of power and influence. The Sloane Gang, one of the four factions, is led by a woman (the eponymous Sloane); there are female "law dogs" (and note that they didn't go with the easy "lawmen"!); and so on. Female gunfighters get equally swaggery flavor text as male ones. There's also a fair number of characters whose gender is not immediately obvious from the image (though it often is from card text), and female characters who aren't working in entertainment or hospitality are often dressed in men's clothes which, okay, that's kind of complicated, but in any case it's not something most games would do.

There's also an explicit concept of 'value' in the game (every card is also a poker card), though higher numbers are not *always* better. Still, the female dudes in the base game have almost exactly the same average value (6.44) as the male dudes.

How does it address players?
You know, I got so invested in counting cards-- there's a lot of them!-- that I wasn't paying attention to this. I'll come back later and check it out.

Overall feeling: soblue

You tried, Doomtown. You really tried. I think law enforcement in Gomorra actually has more women per capita than the modern-day US police force, and some of the people involved in your game's creative direction clearly feel like women are full-fledged members of the human race on a gut level, which shouldn't be rare but is, so: well done. But there just... aren't many female characters in the game, and the fact that non-dude cards have even fewer women on them suggests that when you aren't concentrating on being awesome and progressive, you kinda forget about women existing sometimes.

The good news is, you're releasing small expansions regularly. You can do better!
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20. Board Game: Dragonheart [Average Rating:6.59 Overall Rank:1309]
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How gendered is it? Some. The players don't appear in the game; about half of the characters in the game itself are (strongly) gendered.

Are there female characters?
The human characters are two women and one man. The game also includes some non-gendered monsters (dragons and trolls-- the troll is "it" in the rulebook) as well as dwarves (the only one of whom shown has a beard. I guess people argue about what that means for dwarves? whatever).

How are the gender roles?
The two women are a sorceress and an archer. The sorceress is slightly villainous and the archer is heroic. This is about as much variation as seems plausible between two characters in a high-fantasy game.

The rules mention that the reason knight cards capture sorceress cards is that the knights try to carry sorceresses to safety away from the trolls, which the sorceresses don't appreciate. I'm not sure if this bit of flavor text is cute or creepy, but anyway, now you know.

(I'm tempted to object that they use the over-gendered terms "sorceress" and "huntress", but, well, that's just the rulebook. Name them what you want.)

How does it address players?
- The rules call players "he".
- No in-game text.
- No play examples.

Overall feeling:
 
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21. Board Game: Drum Roll [Average Rating:6.98 Overall Rank:1094]
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Note: I got this on Kickstarter and mixed in the promos without noting which were which. I believe that the proportions and representation are roughly the same with just the retail version of the game.

How gendered is it? Some. The stars of the game are gendered circus performers, of which each player will hire several, but the players themselves are not pictured and the game is relatively abstract.

Are there female characters?
A quarter to a third of the circus performers are women. Only one (out of dozens) of the non-performing personnel you can hire is female.

How are the gender roles?
Most of the acrobats and many of the animal tamers are women. The clowns, magicians, and backstage staff are essentially never women, though many of the magicians have female assistants who they are throwing knives at or sawing in half.

There are also "bizarre" performers, none of whom are female, but I have to admit I think that's a plus-- no "bearded lady" or "fat woman" caricatures.

How does it address players?
- The rules use singular "they" for players.
- No in-game text.
- Minimal play examples, using "Sandra" and "Jim".

Overall feeling:
 
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22. Board Game: Dungeon Fighter [Average Rating:6.87 Overall Rank:768]
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How gendered is it? Quite. Each player picks one hero to play as; the heroes and nearly all monsters are gendered.

Are there female characters?
2 out of 9 playable characters are female. 5 out of 53 monsters are (not all of the monsters are gendered), and those 5 are all level 3 or 4 monsters, so in many games the heroes will not see any of them.

There are currently two expansion characters and two promo characters; in both cases, one is male and the other female.

How are the gender roles?
One of the two female characters is a princess in a flowing pink dress whose skills include healing and "seduction". The female monsters are "Mama Dragon", "Crazy Cat Lady", "Succubus", "Medusa" and "Sirens".

One of the two female heroes is androgynous. Consider this about 0.3 of a star.

(The expansion and promo characters are also both stereotypes.)

How does it address players?
- The rules call players "he".
- No in-game text.
- Play examples mostly use the male characters, but not entirely.

Overall feeling: yuk
 
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23. Board Game: Dungeon Petz [Average Rating:7.55 Overall Rank:137]
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How gendered is it? Some. The players do not have avatars in the game (you play a whole family of imps). The pet-buyers are gendered, but the imps and pets mostly aren't (except in the rulebook).

Are there female characters?
3 of 7 pet-buyers are female. The imps and pets aren't strongly gendered, but reading the rulebook suggests that they're intended to be almost all male.

How are the gender roles?
Two of the three female buyers wear dresses and want playful pets, which none of the male buyers do. The third (Dungeon Granny) looks more generically monstrous and wants hungry, sickly pets.

How does it address players?
- The rules call players "you", or when necessary "him or her".
- No in-game text.
- The examples have players named Blue and Green (etc.) The first player in an example is "he", the second player if one exists is "she".

Overall feeling:
 
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24. Board Game: Dungeon Twister: The Card Game [Average Rating:6.37 Overall Rank:3840]
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How gendered is it? Mostly. Each player has a team of characters, all of whom are gendered (except the Golem, when used).

Are there female characters?
8 of 24 characters are female.

How are the gender roles?
Of the 9 characters with above-average strength, only 1 is female. The women are dressed and posed in a sexualized way; that aside, they have a range of abilities and play styles.

How does it address players?
- The rules call players "he".
- No in-game text.
- Most play examples use male characters; however, the example of a skilled player using a handicap is that "Lisa" is better at the game than "John".

Overall feeling: shake
 
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25. Board Game: Eclipse [Average Rating:7.98 Overall Rank:30]
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How gendered is it? Lightly. Each player can choose a player board from twelve possible civilisations, on which the board shows a representative character. Eight of these characters are gendered (six of which are human).

Are there female characters?
Three of the eight gendered characters are female.

How are the gender roles?
The women are depicted on an equal footing to the men. There are no changes in abilities for female characters. There are young, middle aged and older women (their age is obviously a little ambiguous) depicted as military commanders.

How does it address players?
- The rules use male pronouns exclusively.
- There is no in-game text.
- All play examples use male names and pronouns.

Overall feeling:
 
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