How to Play TriadCity

The TriadCity Players' Guide

Genders

TriadCity follows the TinyMUD tradition in making quite a number of gender choices available to your characters. Currently these are: Female, Hermaphrodite, Male, Neuter, Plural, Random, Spivak, and Splat.

Female. Sugar and spice and everything nice: that's what little girls are made of. Well...you know...sometimes. When females are referenced by the game system the pronouns used are "she", "her", "hers", and "herself".

Hermaphrodite. Combines characteristics common to both polar genders. When hermaphrodites are referenced by the game system the pronouns used are "s/he", "her/him", "hers/his", and "herself/himself".

Male. Frogs and snails and puppydog tails: that's what little boys are made of. When males are referenced by the game system the pronouns used are "he", "him", "his", and "himself".

Neuter. Partakes of neither polar gender. When neuters are referenced by the game system the pronouns used are "it", "its", and "itself".

Plural. Multiple or collective organisms: flights of birds, schools of fish, reefs of coral. When plurals are referenced by the game system the pronouns used are "they", "them", "their", and "themselves".

Random. Shifts between characteristics common to both polar genders, from one moment to the next. When randoms are referenced by the game system the pronouns used are either "she" or "he", "her" or "him", "hers" or "his", "herself" or "himself", and these change from reference to reference.

Spivak. A third gender alternative; or, perhaps, the absence of gender in the common sense. When spivaks are referenced by the game system the pronouns used are "e", "em", "eir", "eirs", and "emself".

Splat. A noncommittal gender posture, at least typographically. When splats are referenced by the game system the pronouns used are "*e", "h*", "h*s", and "h*self".

Genders are not immutable. You can change yours by visiting the for-profit surgical business "Gender Benders" in the Southern Third. Usually the procedure works just fine.

Gender may have an impact on character subjectivity. We do some of that in TriadCity, but frankly not that much: we go to some length to avoid sexist "Men are from Mars women are from Venus" gender stereotyping. Movement can be gender-restricted though and is when intuitive: we don't want creepy male characters hanging around in the women's bathrooms. Unless we do.

TriadCity has more women players than men. This was unheard-of when TriadCity went public in 2001. It's still unusual today. We work to avoid gender stereotyping throughout the game world: we think this is at least part of the reason.