I recently got sucked back into playing Aion, an MMORPG that was released in Korea then ported to the USA a few years back. It went free to play awhile back so I decided to pick it up again. It's a lovely game and the gameplay is fun. However, the guy I live with noted that my favorite part seems to be making characters. You can make some truly lovely characters of all shapes, sizes, and persuasions - and ethnicities, which is truly rare in MMO character design. Want a beautiful Caucasian girl? You can do it. Want a lovely Asian girl? Here you go. How about a gorgeous African-American girl? You got it. For those of us who want something that's not particularly real-world, we've got that, too.
After the jump, I display a few of the loveliest ladies I made - and I used by no means even close to all the options.
This first set is an example of the lovely Elyos (the 'good' guys in the war for Atreia). They look mostly human, and could be any supermodel-next-door.
This second set is a brace of Asmodians (the 'bad' guys). They don't look nearly as human, though you can get them there with a bit of work. I say why would you? If you can be a little outlandish, why not? The third gal in this set looks more cartoonish than the others. You can get really anime-y if you want to.
This is just a random mix of ones I like - the first one is Elyos, the second two are Asmodian.
And, just to be an equal opportunity ogler, here's a set of male Elyos toons.
And here we have the more monstrous Asmodian males. (Yeah, I have a weakness for the bad boys. I love building Asmodians.)
Unlike some of the other Free to Play MMOs (EverQuest2, I am looking at you) you can actually play the whole game of Aion for free. The North American server is Tiamat, but I didn't know that and ended up on Siel with what appears to be the entirety of Serbia. Which is actually pretty cool to see a bunch of Cyrillic script hovering above ultra-Asian toons.
If you're looking for a fun MMO to play this summer - or maybe just a really detailed character creator to play with - Aion is a great option. You can find me as Nimadi on the Asmodian side on the Siel server.
Oh, I almost forgot to show you my lovely toon, Nimadi the Assassin. She's the simplest design I've ever gone with, but I wanted a female Lothaire. I think she came out pretty well.