Favorite Non-Binary ROs or MCs?

Hi everyone! I just recently discovered I’m Nonbinary (Fingender) and I’m looking for some recs for best nonbinary ros or games where the option to play a nonbinary mc is best portrayed! ^^

Go ahead and include gender selectable ros here since I know there aren’t very many that are exclusively nonbinary (but please label them as such). Special mention to gender selectable ros with a lot of flavor text if you select nonbinary.

Please let me know your recs for games that allow pronouns other than he/she/they. Feel free to highlight games by nonbinary authors as well!

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Heart of the House has a non-binary RO, and the general sentiment on the forum has been pretty positive I think. The game also allows you to play as non-binary, but I don’t know if there’s a lot of associated flavor text or how it handles pronouns.

I seem to remember Blood Money having a non-binary RO too, but maybe someone with a better memory could add more detail (or refute me completely!)?

ETA: the author of Blood Money also wrote Crème de la Crème, and all the ROs in that game are gender selectable (non-binary inclusive). I personally recommend the game but can’t really comment on how much associated flavor text there is.

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Perry Cole from Blackstone Academy is always my main choice as LI, they’re my first NB locked LI. Also Syd from Body Count, they’re fun.

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One of my personal favorite ROs (just, overall) is Min from Heroes of Myth, who is nonbinary! You can play a nonbinary MC in that game as well.

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I normally only pick male ROs in games, so for me to pick a NB one is pretty rare. I guess it can count as a suggestion for what I think is a great NB character though, considering I would have picked a male one, normally!

So, my best pick, though the game is a WIP, is Sailor, from Checkmate in Three Moves. And yeah, they are locked NB!

I know the MC of the first Balance of Superpower is NB locked, and in the sequel currently in the making, you can either play as the same MC, or a new one, and have the one from the first game as rival. I can’t judge the quality of the story though, since I only play the second game, considering I only make male MCs in text based IF (I feel unconfortable with high-customization and / or second person narrative with MCs that are not male). Now, I like the second game, so yeah, I guess the first one is fun too!
Also, the MC you didn’t pick for the second game is a RO, so that makes the MC of the first game a NB locked RO, if you pick the new MC.

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There is a non-binary romantic option in “Heart of the House” by Nissa Campbell who I found compelling. Ordinarily, I don’t explore those options, but I did an additional playthrough specifically for this.

EDIT: I just realized that @sviyagin wrote exactly this! So, take my post as a +1.

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Your rec means a lot @dwsnee! (are there any in Shire? it’s been a while since I’ve played)

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One of my fav ro’s of all time, who happens to be NB is Pan in DIASPORA Diaspora (WIP) - Updated 16 April 2021

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Panegyris Vetranio from Diaspora is one of my absolute favorite characters of all time.

Charon from Fields of Asphodel is at the top of my favorite characters list too.

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Not precisely. In my WiP, the MC can be NB, but the ROs are all gender-swappable (male/female) and player-sexual. There is a fairly prominent NB general, and one of the ROs can be a male sharing a body with his dead wife’s spirit. I guess this all a very long way of saying, “no,” which makes me feel badly. I’m not finished, so maybe I should write one in.

Glad to see you out and about and making discoveries! Wishing you well from my corner of the world/web/grand illusion. Cheers! :beers:

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I either go for male or NB ros, for published cog games I really like the NB ro in Mask of the Plague doctor. There’s one in Heart of the House and one in Blood Money who have already been mentioned.

The northern passage wip has my favourite NB RO Clementine. And there is also a second RO who is gender selectable (NB inclusive). Also if you select Leah to be male then he is trans…dont know if hes still a trans character if you choose the female option.

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If you did, I would throw confetti! P. S. Yester is on the list of new names I’m considering for myself!

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One of my all-time favourite ROs is the Evertree saga’s Captain Hayden Winter, who seems to have decided that ‘gender is boring and I don’t need it’. Winter is a changeling, and will occasionally take on a more masculine or feminine appearance for characters who prefer that, but defaults to androgynous and doesn’t use pronouns at all (instead the writer only uses epithets and other tricks to refer to the captain, like I’m trying to demonstrate here).

I’d also second the endorsements for Min, Pan, and Charon.

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Thank you all so much for all the recommendations so far!

I can easily check for myself when I get the chance to try these, but does anyone know offhand if these games all allow for nb mcs and if any have customizable pronouns/a range of pronouns?

I don’t know off the top of my head for most of these, but 180 Files and Blackstone Academy do at least. As does Battlemage, although I don’t think there were any NB NPCs (including ROs) in that one. Creatures Such As We also allows for gender and pronoun customization, but without NB NPCs, and without ever referring to the MC in third person.

Anecdotally, you’re more likely to find customizable pronouns in WIPs and more recent games, as well as more NB NPCs, if you’re ever browsing on your own and want a rough guideline for your hunting.

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Thank you so much!

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i second the Heart of the House and Heroes of Myth recs!!

not a COG/HOS game, but on itch.io, the game: A Tale of Crowns, has a lot of customization for the mc, pronouns and gender included. in general, its approach to gender and pronouns is amazing!! while none of the ROs are nonbinary (they’re player selectable and there is a lot of care and varriation taken to the differences) there are quite a few nonbinary characters in the story and they are all lovely. (it’s also just, wonderfully written and one of the best fleshed out romances in interactive fiction that i’ve read, thus far, espcially with care to queerness and gender).

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