Let's see those Mount & Blade 2 characters

(Image credit: TaleWorlds Entertainment)

The most important part of any RPG is the part where you nudge nose and chin sliders for an hour, and Mount & Blade 2 is blessedly full of those. Aside from being good in general, the medieval sandbox's character creator is quite powerful, offering enough flexibility to create a guy who could at least be Geralt's cousin, Meralt.

I especially appreciate that M&B2 includes asymmetry sliders so that you can add a little of the crookedness that gives characters their character. No one has perfectly identical features. Except Meralt, but he's special. 

My advice for making likenesses, if you want to take advice from the creator of a so-so Geralt, is to start with a reference image in a profile view (opens in new tab). Looking at a face from the side can help you get more of its basic proportions and topography right from the beginning. After you've matched the profile, switch to a front reference and focus on the spacing of the eyes and widths of the nose and mouth. Finally, reference an image with the character turned about a quarter of the way to the side and adjust the cheekbone height and width.

Or just make up a character who doesn't look like a popular silver-haired monster hunter. Likenesses can be a bit distracting.

They always look better in the character creator, don't they? (Image credit: TaleWorlds Entertainment)

Either way, it's always fun to appreciate the slider artistry of others, so if you've also been tweaking nostrils and eyelids, let's see it! To share, you can upload a screenshot of your M&B2 character to a site like Imgur (opens in new tab) and post a link in the comments of this article and/or in this forum thread (opens in new tab). Let's inspire each other to throw away all our progress and make new characters, and then again, and again, before eventually settling because we have to play the game eventually. (Or do we?)

If you're new to the M&B series, also check out our guide to how to play Mount & Blade 2 (opens in new tab), which I'm going to need after I'm done with more nose tweaks. Steven also has a list of tips (opens in new tab) from his first several hours playing. (After playing the tutorial,  the tip that tournaments are a great way to make money "if you're good at combat" feels like a kick in the gut. Meralt is more of a talker than a sword guy, it turns out.)

Tyler Wilde
Executive Editor

Tyler grew up in Silicon Valley during the rise of personal computers, playing games like Zork and Arkanoid on the early PCs his parents brought home. He was later captivated by Myst, SimCity, Civilization, Command & Conquer, Bushido Blade (yeah, he had Bleem!), and all the shooters they call "boomer shooters" now. In 2006, Tyler wrote his first professional review of a videogame: Super Dragon Ball Z for the PS2. He thought it was OK. In 2011, he joined PC Gamer, and today he's focused on the site's news coverage. His hobbies include amateur boxing and adding to his 1,200-plus hours in Rocket League.