Games with awesome pictures/illustrations of FEMALE characters!
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I started a thread a while back:

Pictures!!! Post/link to you favourite illustrations/pics of female characters in games!

IMPORTANT: THIS LIST IS NOT ABOUT "HOT PICS OF ALMOST NUDE WOMEN"
(just incase you didn't bother to read the rest of the lists description)

I've often noticed that the discussion of the depiction of female characters in games/art often focuses on negative aspects and how women should NOT be depicted.
The idea here was to collect images that are positive examples, either for people to discuss and celebrate them or as reference for designers and artists.

The type of images i'm looking for here are pictures that don't sexualize women or just use them as decorative objects, catering exclusively to the gaze of heterosexual males. Instead, i'm looking for pictures of strong, tough, inspiring, relatable, real and mostly: amazing! women.

Feel free to contribute your own favourite images.
Please add them under the game they show up in and include the actual picture.
If the pic isn't in the database here, link to it however you wish.


Edit:
Clarification:
The term "sexualize" i used in the red part of the text for me implies it's about nudity and "sexyness" that objectifies.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sexualization

I'm not opposed to "showing skin" or "being sexy/showing women in a sexy way".

What i'm not looking for in this list though are pictures that show nudity/skin and "sexyness" just for the sake of it, in a purely decorative way without allowing the character to have any qualities beyond their sexual/physical appearance.

I'm also not saying that this is the only correct way to show women or that nobody is allowed to enjoy the depiction of nudity/skin and "sexyness".
This is just a list. One of many.
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1. Board Game: Magic: The Gathering [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:154] [Average Rating:7.46 Unranked]
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MtG has had some great and some terrible art over the years.
This image is one of my favourites from one of the more recent sets:

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2. Board Game: Boudicca: The Warrior Queen [Average Rating:7.19 Overall Rank:5646]
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When I saw this list this was the first game to come to my mind.
https://cf.geekdo-images.com/images/pic995892_md.jpg
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3. Board Game: Legends of Andor [Average Rating:7.29 Overall Rank:289] [Average Rating:7.29 Unranked]
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This game has multi-sided player boards and 2 sets of standees for each class (male and female)

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4. Board Game: Android: Netrunner [Average Rating:7.92 Overall Rank:42]
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Some of the Netrunner art seems to be quite good too:
(it was mentioned in the thread about images of female characters)






[ImageID=http://netrunnerdb.com/web/bundles/netrunnerdbcards/images/c...]
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5. Board Game: Love Letter [Average Rating:7.28 Overall Rank:216]
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I've always really liked the female guard in Love Letter

Never been much of a fan of the other female characters though...
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6. Board Game: Pandemic [Average Rating:7.65 Overall Rank:73]
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Pretty much any of the female roles, really.
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7. Board Game: Myth [Average Rating:6.69 Overall Rank:1884]
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The heroes in Myth have complementary male and female versions.

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8. Board Game: Robinson Crusoe: Adventures on the Cursed Island [Average Rating:7.95 Overall Rank:36]
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Robinson Crusoe gets it right.
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9. Board Game: Summoner Wars: Master Set [Average Rating:7.58 Overall Rank:147] [Average Rating:7.58 Unranked]
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Summoner Wars has a lot of female characters and succeeds in illustrating them in empowering images and not sexualized like many other fantasy-themed games do.



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10. Board Game: Dead of Winter: A Crossroads Game [Average Rating:7.74 Overall Rank:65] [Average Rating:7.74 Unranked]
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There aren't really any pictures of separate cards here on BGG (amazingly as I know how much the image guys love cheap GG from spamming thousands of separate card pictures...)

However I love the fact that in the game the male and female characters are equally skilled and you don't have the whole "males as heroes, females as damsels in distress/BOOBS!" approach.
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11. Board Game: Eldritch Horror [Average Rating:7.91 Overall Rank:47]
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All the Fantasy Flight Cthulhu games do a great job. The female characters have really important abilities in diverse roles in these games: scholars and warriors and adventurers and scientists and spellcasters. The artwork is uniformly amazing.



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12. Board Game: Mansions of Madness [Average Rating:7.35 Overall Rank:261] [Average Rating:7.35 Unranked]
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The only real problem with Eldritch Horror is not enough Jenny Barnes.
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13. Board Game: Fast Flowing Forest Fellers [Average Rating:6.52 Overall Rank:1795]
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Maura Kalusky's art is fantastic and he has a portfolio full of cool ladies of all shapes and styles.
The female lumberjack (lumberjane!) is a thoughtful addition as a character in Fast Flowing Forest Fellers and is also the focal character on the cover of the box.
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14. Board Game: Cuba [Average Rating:7.16 Overall Rank:417]
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Cuba's tradeswoman is the only woman on the character cards (the other four are all men), but she's independent and successful, and that counts for something.

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15. Board Game: Merchants & Marauders [Average Rating:7.44 Overall Rank:201]
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I've never gotten a chance to play this (and sadly suspect it wouldn't really be my type of game), but the kickass female pirates definitely show that this game has done something right.

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16. Board Game: Dungeon Roll [Average Rating:6.16 Overall Rank:2013]
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While admittedly a very light game. Dungeon Roll does a great job of providing female characters that are different and powerful. My daughter who isn't much of a boardgamer likes this game because she can choose from so many female characters. The art still has many of the standard fantasy woman art concerns, butthe sheer volume of women really helps it in my house.
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17. Board Game: Star Wars: Imperial Assault [Average Rating:8.13 Overall Rank:27]
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Imperial Assault has a few great female characters.

Jyn Odan:


Diala Passil:


Saska Teft in the upcoming expansion looks to be continuing this
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18. Board Game: Shadows of Brimstone: City of the Ancients [Average Rating:8.01 Overall Rank:276] [Average Rating:8.01 Unranked]
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Shadows of Brimstone has great female characters (each hero sheet has a male and female side).

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19. Board Game: Belle of the Ball [Average Rating:6.11 Overall Rank:4141]
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You want diverse, non-sexualized representation of males/females, differing races, ages, and body types?
Buckle up.
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20. Board Game: Battlestar Galactica: The Board Game [Average Rating:7.75 Overall Rank:62]
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Granted, its artwork is all based off of the show, but it does a good job of depicting strong female characters (even though the show did a lot of sexualizing with Caprica Six).



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21. Board Game: Imperial Settlers [Average Rating:7.51 Overall Rank:131]
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Imperial Settlers lets you play each civilization as male or female just by flipping player board.

Barbarian and Egyptian female leaders:


Japanese and Roman female leaders:

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22. Board Game: The Resistance [Average Rating:7.37 Overall Rank:181]
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Just took a pic of all the female characters i could find in my copy of Resistance (including the expansions):

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23. Board Game: Lyssan [Average Rating:6.87 Overall Rank:4904]
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I just thought about the rulebook cover from Lyssan
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24. Board Game: Duel of Ages II [Average Rating:7.50 Overall Rank:995]
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Duel of Ages II has a plethora of women in the game, from many different genres - and all of them are amazing to use.







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25. Board Game: Raiders of the North Sea [Average Rating:7.82 Overall Rank:125] [Average Rating:7.82 Unranked]
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There's probably some way to crop these images to only show the females but I think the comparison with the male pictures is great as there isn't a clear delineation between poses, equipment etc.



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