Episode 37! The Other Side

In this episode, we discuss playing characters of the opposite gender.

Show Notes

  • 00:32 Intro
  • 00:58 News
  • 05:16 Geek-Out: Favorite Characters of the Opposite Gender
  • 11:27 Playing Across Gender
  • 59:02 Wrap-Up and Request for Feedback
  • 59:50 Outro


A note from Robert: As Gina said on the show, using “it” for a genderless / agendered character in a game can come off insulting to the character – not to mention that it gets pretty confusing! Having written such a character myself a couple times on MUXes, you don’t realize how many times you write a sentence with two pronouns: “He took it” until you’re writing those sentences as “It took it,” which just gets confusing beyond belief. There are a lot of options, but for my part I ended up choosing what are referred to as the “Newer Spivak Pronouns,” or, according to the article I’ve linked to above, the Elverson Spivak pronouns, which work to replace the standard pronouns according to the list below:

  • he/she: ey (Ey rides the bike.)
  • him/her: em (It doesn’t matter to em.)
  • his/her: eir (Ey takes eir spear.)
  • his/hers: eirs (The spear is eirs.)
  • himself/herself: emself (Ey risked emself to save others.)

I found these easy to use because they actually use quite a simple rule: take the plural (they, them, their, theirs, themselves–as themself, mind) and cut off the “th.” Effectively, you just take the “singular they” concept and twist it slightly to make words with their own identity. Simple to remember. I also found some of the other options, like “ze,” were likely to be mistaken for trying to write an accent at times, which these weren’t. These quickly became my go-to words for this sort of character.

Justin – @Twisted_Gnome
Aaron – @MacStainless
Kaitlyn -@ ThatOneDM
Zac – @Rattannah
Matt -@zeromusic
Robert -@Matjaza
Miki -@MikiTracey