Art Direction in ZWEIHÄNDER & Race/Gender Inclusivity

Our art director Dejan is about to wrap up the remaining four pieces of art this week. In the meanwhile, I wanted to share our philosophical vision to art direction in ZWEIHÄNDER Grim & Perilous RPG. zweihander warhammer fantasy roleplay retroclone

Inclusivity & Race
Our personal values strongly guided the writing process and art direction. On the outset of the project, Dejan, Tanner and I made the joint decision to include representation of all real-world races and genders throughout the book. In addition, these races are expressed in the art using female and male genders. This includes instances of transgendered and intersex characters and creatures.

Nudity & Sexuality
We also use nudity and sexuality throughout the book. In most cases, nudity is represented as the natural state of creatures, and at other times, we use it in tandem with sexuality. We hope you won’t be dissuaded from enjoying ZWEIHÄNDER Grim & Perilous RPG because of this.

Now… with that out of the way, I wanted to give you a taste of some of the new illustrations from our bestiary. Follow the link below (warning: NSFW)!

Glad to hear everyone’s opinions on these items (particularly on nudity). We’ve always aimed for contextual appropriateness in the artwork. For fans of Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay, the context is readily apparent. For others that are unfamiliar with the work, you have to read into the creature’s descriptions to get a good feel for why a handful of creatures have their naughty bits exposed.

For clarification, however, the only nudity we have up to this point is restricted to the bestiary.

While I can concede to the ‘inappropriateness’ of sexualized nudity in the book for those who wish to expose their little ones to ZWEIHÄNDER, I personally believe that it’s no different than having a discussion with them about emulated violence in a game that’s intended to be violent. Frankly, ZWEIHÄNDER – and Warhammer in general – is and has always been for mature audiences.

Hey gang, we had a long, hard talk internally last night. While we can concede that some of the artwork needs to be changed, we also want to keep the integrity of our artistic vision intact regarding nudity. Our first step is to ‘desexualize’ the artwork, and address the penises and breasts in a more natural way. Some may be tactfully changed, whereas others may disappear entirely. However, we intend to keep a few creatures in their ‘natural’ state (such as the Nephilim & Skrzzak Broodmother). We are also going to readdress the Carnal Demon (daemonette) in a way that’s less fetishized and offensive to our transgendered fans. I’ll post another update once we make the changes. And, as before, if you are dissatisfied with our approach, we’ll give you a refund, no questions asked. Thanks!