Here Comes the Brute Squad (Champions Online)

Brute Squad Main Banner

Speaking of Bara friendly guilds, we’d like to highlight one from Champions Online. The Brute Squad is one such guild comprised of hunky men who chat and role-play on two separate channels.

If you happen to be in the neighborhood, be sure to ask for an invite into the group by joining the [Brutes] chat channel. Now, before you join, please be sure to have a Bara character. Once accepted, you can opt-in to their lite roleplaying channel [Bearbar].

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Show Your Roe: Bara Gallery

A few weeks after FFXIV came out, I unearthed a thread aptly titled “Show You Roe.” It was pretty straight forward, just upload a picture of your Roegadyn and be on your merry way. Until you dig deeper and realize certain people with certain preferences posted their characters in more.. provocative poses.

So I tried to do something in a similar vein to Orctober; create a month long event called Roevember to celebrate the most underappreciated race in the game. Just look at the statistics, 7% of all players play as a Roegadyn. Unfortunately Roevember fell apart as everyone is spread out on different servers. Trying to get a group together was quite challenging. But I’ll try again next year, firstly by promoting several groups.

Bara / Bear Linkshells and Free Companies

(Be sure to contact the group masters to join the Linkshell/Free Company)

Just keep in mind that it’s not a requirement to play as a Roe in any of these groups.  Since my characters exist across several servers, it would be super swell to assemble a group of people for a photoshoot in the summer. If you’d like to add your group to the list, please comment, and I’ll try to meet up with you during the summer event.

With that squared away, on to the pictures!

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Jonah Maiava Raiding the Rule 34

Jonah

Prior to Tomb Raider’s release we couldn’t help but notice this stocky supporting character who seemingly came from nowhere. His design is just—I don’t know but it just hits all the right buttons. It makes us wonder if someone from Crystal Dynamics is playing for our team.

With the lack of Jonah fan art out there, Kibura stepped up to the plate to add to the rule 34 pile. You can see it after the jump.

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Phantastical Speedos Online

This week we take a brief look at a year since PSO2′s release to see how things are shaping up for male outfits. To give some perspective, initially during PSO2′s summer release, females were given a titillating sexy bikini while males were confined to these bulky summer shorts. It was very perplexing — how could they squander on such an obvious opportunity?

A few weeks later Sega released a player survey allowing one to request their desires for the game. Me and a few others took advantage of this, leapt forth to our keyboards and in a huff wrote an angry— er.. calm rational request demanding bikinis for all. Several months later our prayers were answered…

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Saints Row 4: Body Hair Mod

Saints Row 4 Body Hair mod

While Saints Row 4 has massive amounts of character customization, it’s somewhat strange to see an aspect like body hair missing from male characters. This small mod intends to fix this problem by giving the male boss thick and rich body hair to proudly show off.

Maintained by Guest Contributor: Arioh

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Saints Row 4: Nude Mod (Mosaic Blur Removal)

Saints Row 4 Mosaic Blur Mod

This is the Saints Row 4 version of the Public Nudity and Nude Mod. It removes the mosaic blur from the player character and several slime covered NPCs, including Shaundi, Matt Miller, and Gat.

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Saints Row 3: Male Stripper Mod

Providing equal fanservice to the Saints Row community comes a new mod that places men in the strip club. Now when you head downtown, or enter a strip club and hangout, the game will generate a select pool of male NPCs who will dance provocatively for your viewing pleasure. This mod is slightly more explicit than the video suggests and it is recommended that you download the nude mod before installing.

Male Strip Club Saints Row 3

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Bara Game: See No Evil

See No Evil

See No Evil

Bara Game: See No Evil
Creator: Captain Gerbear
Price: $12 CAD

See No Evil Ciz 2

(Warning: Contains Minor Spoilers)

It’s been quite a long time since I’ve played an adventure game. The last one I recall was Escape from Monkey Island which released what… 13 years ago? See No Evil strives to revive that genre with a pixelated art style reminiscent of games from the DOS generation.

You play as Orsino who wakes up after a night of drinking and finds himself trapped in limbo. With his house in ruins, engulfed in ominous black flames, he decides to investigate by entering a strange palace off in the distance. Inside he meets Lord Barrod, a demon who taunts Orsino into a life of servitude by suggesting our poor hero submits to him. Orsino can freely submit to Lord Barrod at any time he pleases, but once this happens, it’s game over from here!

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Bara FFXIV: ARR Beta Gallery: Homoerotic Edition

FFXIV Gay Cuddle

Continuing on from where we left off, we had the pleasure of meeting this interesting fellow who liked to “hump” guys in their underwear.  He sat down on one of the railings and everyone joined in for a cuddle party.

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Bara Gaming with FFXIV: A Realm Reborn (Phase 3 Beta)

FFXIV RR

So I had the pleasure of playing Final Fantasy XIV Phase 3 beta these past two weekends. Though it may have gorgeous graphics and dialogue rich in style and eloquence, there were still parts of it that felt… dated.

 

Character Creation Process

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We’re mainly going to focus on two races, the Hyur (the run of the mill humans in the world of Eorzea) and the Roegadyn (a hulking beast; the Galka’s spiritual successor.)

Roegadyn Clan Differences

After choosing a race and gender you must decide between two clans, each with distinct features. For Roegadyns, the Sea Wolves clan have green/blue tinged bodies, while the Hellguards have shades of brown and red.

Hyur Clan Differences

Hyurs on the other hand have dramatic differences in face and body structure. Midlanders are thinner, with boyish features; Highlanders are older, with bushy mustaches and beards.

Hyur Highlander Hairstyle Options

Highlander Hairstyle Options

Each race has a wide assortment of hairstyles to choose from; some modern, some unique, with the usual over emphasized anime hair.

Ryog Face B

Facial customization options includes scars, beards, mustaches, bandages, and beauty marks. Unfortunately, some features are only available to a specific face type.

Roegadyn

Once your character is finalized, you have to choose a class which also determines the starting city. This means you’ll have to coordinate both the server and class to join up with your friends. That’s not to say you can’t visit them in other cities, just that you’ll have to be strong enough to survive the perilous trek of high level areas.

Quests and Battle System

Roegadyn Shirtless

There’s no doubt about it, Square-Enix once again hits the nail in the graphics department! Each area feels unique, bursting with high amounts of detail. However, the lack of skin texture is unsettling, especially at night.

FFXOV RR Crpss Hotbar

But alas the combat system, the weakest area of the game. You are basically locked onto one enemy who can still hit you even outside of its attack range. This combat style—which was all the rage in the last two decades—seems a bit dated now.  Most of the action is performed through “weaponskills” you can chain to unleash devastating combos.  For instance, certain weaponskills in the Puglist class are only available during a specific stance,  (the game refers to stances as “forms.”) Transitioning through each form allows the player the option to activate the next skill in the chain. Most of the time you’ll be performing the same three chain combos over and over until you level high enough to unlock a new skill.

There’s hardly a reason to move during combat, you can essential stay in position and mash the same skillset combos all day. Thankfully, at higher levels, enemies will perform AOE skills, making the battle system more challenging.

AOE attack

AOE enemy skills are a nice change of pace!

You only have a few seconds to move outside of the ring before all hell breaks loose and a status effect added for good measure. Unfortunately my time in the beta was short and I was unable to experience other unique forms of enemy skills.

Roegadyn Bara

Fetch quests, fetch quests everywhere!  Your life in Eorzea is that of a servant who must gather and deliver items to NPCs in the most obscure locations. Even then, once you’re out on the field, you still must travel for miles and miles to a new NPC who’ll happily point you in another direction.

FATE

FATES are another type of quest that players can join instantly by traveling to certain locations on the map. A FATE, or Full Active Time Event, lets players collectively fight against a common enemy but only for a limited time. While these may be the most entertaining, their random appearances across the map makes it sometimes difficult to join.

Gil Turtle

Instanced quests are the most rewarding among all. The Duty Finder sets you up with three other randomly selected players to battle monsters in an enclosed field. Though most of the quests are straightforward, there was one particular case where you had to lure a giant turtle to sleep by burning some herbs. This is probably the best way to gain exorbitant amounts of money and EXP in a short amount of time.

Crafting and Clothing

Crafting System Leatherworker

I dabbled a bit in the crafting system to see what all the fuss was about. My party took a detour to Gildania to join the Leatherworker’s Guild. Leatherworkers, like other crafting specialties, are a class in of themselves. When joining the guild, you’ll receive an item that when equipped will reset your character back to level 1. Don’t worry, since weapons are tied to the class level, you can switch back to where you left off.

Crafting Menu

In the leatherworker class, you can tailor an article of clothing using store bought materials. Unfortunately, the monotonous crafting system makes it more of a chore more than anything. At higher levels, you get additional skills that can improve the quality and durability of said item. But then it will still take quite a bit of time before you reach a level high enough to craft products suitable for the main class.

FFXIV Hard Leather Subligar Black

As for the outfits themselves, there’s a few clothing options I recommend for the more fanservicey characters. I highly suggest getting the Hard Leather Subligar, which is equippable at level 12. You can find them in the shops or as a quest reward.

Hempen Undershirt and Underpants

During my party’s travels, we met a peculiar fellow who you’ll meet a bit in the next post. He showed us that by dyeing the Hempen Undershirt and Hempen Underpants, we could unintentionally create some BDSM gear.

But as with most of the quests in this game, learning how to dye was a bit of a pain. You have to be level 15, purchase some orange juice from Katherine in Ul’dah, then go all the way to Western Thanalan to complete a quest. The fact that this is the only place in the entire game to initiate said quest seems quite odd to me personally.

Roegadyn and Hyur Shirtless

Well aside from its flaws, FFXIV was still engaging. I don’t believe its worth the monthly subscription at this point, but at least it has plenty of content to keep players busy for months to come. In the next post we’ll explore the steamier side of FFXIV, until next time…

[Some Photos Courtesy of Kenneth]