People kept saying no one would play them
Generally when someone says "no one" they don't actually mean absolutely not one single person. They mean not enough people would want to play it to warrant the effort to create it. Hence, a single person wanting to play a female galka doesn't really prove your point, nor would 10, 100 or 1000 really.
However, I can see a female galka doing well if they did something similar to the draenei in WoW. The male version was big and muscular but the female version was feminine, slender. Or perhaps if you went the way of spiders and made the female bigger and hairier than the male...that would be interesting.
I mean, since you referenced WoW... I dunno, let's grab some statistics from that game...
What female races would be likely draw a similar audience as those who would play female Galkas? I'd say, Female Dwarves, Female Tauren, and Female Orcs, all generally hold that "tougher female" design.
The dwarves and orcs are quite rare, but female taurens are surprisingly high. In fact, female taurens nowadays typically outnumber male taurens on most servers... placing them at roughly 5% of all played races/sexes... In other words, around 1/20 players... in a game that has 10 races. Now, FFXI and FFXIV only have 5 races... but ****, we could still use it for a fair guess. On the same note, we could look at the "feminine male" race, the blood elves. Which is around 8-9% of all played characters currently. Male Mithras anyone?
I don't see why similar proportions wouldn't hold true in FFXIV if Female Galkas and male Mithras were in the game. Probably around 5% of players would be female galka, and around 8-9% of players would be male mithras. In a game where if all races/sexes had equal representation, each race/*** would have 5% of the pie!
Now, I don't know about you, but that doesn't seem that far out there into the realm of not being worth it, not by a long shot
For some comparison to FFXI? (2008 census)
7.08% played female Elvaan
7.48% played Galkas
In a game with 8 total race/class combinations. AKA 12.5% would have been an equal distribution.
It seems like male mithra and female galkas DEFINITELY not outside of the range of what is already in FFXI, since Female Elvaan and Galkas already had a lower playing population than a hypothetical "feminine male" and "tough female" Edited, Nov 17th 2009 7:32pm by Karelyn