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What races do you favor? 
2nd-Dec-2005 09:32 am
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What D&D races do you find yourself playing most often? I tend to like half-orcs (even though they suck mechanically) because I like the whole outcast feel to the race. I also like gnomes, because I like clever trickster types. I like all the other races, too, except for elves (overdone) and humans (boring to me, since I'm already a human).

What favored races do the rest of you have, and why?
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2nd-Dec-2005 02:48 pm (UTC)
Minotaur. By far my favorite. I haven't played many others, and thsoe few have been human, but I've read enough and practiced enough to make an educated choice. Any race that is a combination of a beast realy.
2nd-Dec-2005 02:48 pm (UTC)
I tend to lick half-orcs

Can I just say...Best. Typo. Ever. Ok, now that I'm done giggling (thanks, I needed that today)!

I actually enjoy playing humans. I agree, though, that elves and half-elves are perhaps a bit overdone, although I might play one if I thought of a character concept I thought was fun. Dwarves can be fun, and I'd consider playing a halfling or gnome if I thought of a character concept I liked. Half-orcs don't particularly appeal to me. The outcast concept could be interesting, but it's not something I personally want to play. As a gamer geek, I'm something of an outcast anyway, and I game for escapism ;-).
2nd-Dec-2005 02:49 pm (UTC)
You lick half orcs?

I tend towards human, mostly for the powergaming aspects (extra feat and skill points)

I have on occasion played other races. If I don't play a human, I want to go with a race I haven't played yet.

Next on the list is either Golliath or Gnome. I really dug the write-up on Golliaths in races of stone I think they'd be cool to play from a roleplaying standpoint.
2nd-Dec-2005 02:54 pm (UTC)
Ugh, that was a bad typo.

Anyway, goliaths are cool, too, and I wouldn't mind playing one (perhaps a goliath cleric). Well worth the level adjustment, IMO.
2nd-Dec-2005 02:51 pm (UTC)
Humans.

There are other choices and other options, but I almost always come back to humans. This is mostly for the extra skill points, as most of my DMs enjoy throwing skill-check-situations at us, knowing that the fighter, wizard, and cleric have no chance in hell of making the jump, or climbing the rope, or spotting the dohickey, or riding the mount, or ...

For such a potentially skill-heavy game, there really aren't a lot of points to go around.
2nd-Dec-2005 02:57 pm (UTC)
I usually play humans. Because I find that being a demi-human doesn't add a lot to any of the characters I play, and that extra feat and skill points are always helpful.

I'm also a big fan of dwarven characters though. I'm not sure why, I just like dwarves. My favorite character in my 2e game was a Dwarven paladin. But of course, the -2cha really kills that character design in 3e (not to mention that 3e paladins kinda suck).

I have a couple character designs for crazy gnomes, but those don't usually go anywhere.
2nd-Dec-2005 03:02 pm (UTC) - Yeah, Humans for me too.
WIth the people I game with most, and just in general, we tend towards the more diverse races and charater types. last game we played we ended up with a half orc barbarian, a half-celestial magi, and an elven druid done the hard way (IE someone took level in cleric and barbarian alternately). I like human cause I can bew whoever, and dont have to worry about playing my race undersaid racial designs. that game by the way, was supposed to be a political intrigue.
2nd-Dec-2005 03:24 pm (UTC)
If the possibility is there, I play Genasi's most often. I love the air genesai (though I usually pronounce it "Gen-sai"). They are slightly different but give variety. I would love to play in a world completely populated by them.
2nd-Dec-2005 03:34 pm (UTC)
I like my Tiefling guy right now above all others. In general I also like Half orcs and gnomes.
2nd-Dec-2005 03:49 pm (UTC)
I'm a loser for Githyanki. Even if Githzerai got it better in the stats department (+6 dex? +6?), I like the Githyanki flavor better.

That, and humans. When in doubt, go human.
2nd-Dec-2005 04:38 pm (UTC) - Humans!

I tend to favor humans as well, although I've been known to slip into the guise of elf or assimar as well. :)

I play for the RP aspect, so I play races that I can somewhat "identify" with.
2nd-Dec-2005 04:46 pm (UTC)
I really really like exotic races, in theory. I would love to play an Adu'jas (Dragon Magazine, March 2004, pg. 23 - ancient, sheltered plant people) at some point in time. When it comes to actually writing up the character, though, I usually find out that the level adjustments inherent to most of them just kill it. So I end up taking human so I can get to the prestige class faster.
2nd-Dec-2005 05:29 pm (UTC)
I like half-elves. Low-light vision and a favored class of any. Just a good combo. Second up is human, as I really do like being able to multi-class if I feel the urge and I don't have to worry about a favored class anywhere along the line.

Tieflings are also fun, and I had a half-drow character I rather enjoyed (although it was more for the character than for the half-drow). I also recently played a pixie-- while that race has a level 4 adjustment, I think that may be a bit low-- Improved Invisibility at will is a *really* powerful ability.

I've never played one yet, but I've wanted to play a doppleganger spymaster for years.
2nd-Dec-2005 06:49 pm (UTC)
I'll play anything so long as it isn't entirely a gimmick race, which can really happen to all of the races if care isn't taken to focus on things other than abilities. To me, the only time a race can get overdone is if people make them too superficial. So I favor any race so long as I can make a character of good depth from them. Abilities I worry about second.
2nd-Dec-2005 07:04 pm (UTC)
Half vampire is my fave
2nd-Dec-2005 07:23 pm (UTC)
My minotaur character was by far my favorite, but I've been known to run with dwarves and humans. Half-elves are remarkably enjoyable in urban settings, too. I agree with you on elves being overdone.
2nd-Dec-2005 08:31 pm (UTC)
i usually play humans,,but i did have an ogre charictor we played in a mini campaign that was the most fun ever we rolled him up as a barbarian but he swore he was a master thief,,,and noone really argued the fact,,,they lived by the let the wookie win rule of thumb
2nd-Dec-2005 08:47 pm (UTC)
I'm a sucker for gnomes, specifically whisper gnomes from ROS. Speed of 30, silent as a spell like ability 1/day, and a +2 to con and dex at +0 LA? I'm so there.

I play a lot of half-elves too, just cuz they're fun to roleplay. They're definitely the most non-broken character out there though.
2nd-Dec-2005 09:57 pm (UTC)
Whisper gnomes are so wrong that it's beautiful. Especially with the ninja class, I had a hide bonus of +19 at level 3. We called him the gninja.
2nd-Dec-2005 09:28 pm (UTC)
LiveJournal ate my first post, so I'll be more to the point here (hey, just like a Dwarf!).

Dwarves are fantastic mechanically, with their bonus to Constitution (required by every class) and penalty to Charisma (a dump stat for most) as well as their nifty abilities (Darkvision, Stability, Stonecutting).

From a flavor perspective, they're a big hit with me. As an engineer, I can appreciate their love of craftsmanship, efficient constuction, and teamwork. They tend to get along great one with another in most settings, instantly bonding as brethren do, and they're usually depicted as rather curt and blunt, which I can relate to. They're big fans of tradition, but they're also open to innovation and personal decisions. They've got a real society, but can function individually as well. And if you play multiple Dwarves (across campaigns or even in the same one), it's easy to tie them together via bonds of kinship (no matter how different they are as individuals) in a way that isn't nearly as fulfilling with other races.

Dwarves are just a fantastic race.
2nd-Dec-2005 10:01 pm (UTC)
I prefer humans, or some variation, like a templated human. Bloodlined humans, half-vampire humans, I just can get over that free favored class. And the feat rocks too.

Also, I like gnomes. I was never wholly sold on halflings, and gnomes seems to be able to pull off so much with their spell-likes. I have a gnome in a game, who dries out his aprty members after they fall in a river, or cleans the blood off them after a battle with a simple Prestodiggy.
2nd-Dec-2005 10:04 pm (UTC)
I tend to play a lot of elves and bonus feats.
2nd-Dec-2005 10:05 pm (UTC)
Humans. I meant humans. With their delicious skill points...

Mmm... Skill points...
3rd-Dec-2005 12:15 am (UTC)
I'm a bit ashamed to admit I do play elves a lot.

I think one of the reasons elf characters are so annoying is because nobody ever does anything new with them!
Most of the time any depth they may have is canceled out by the whole beautiful, good, graceful thing. This is where facial disfigurements and psychological problems come in! :D

I usually wind up liking my horribly elitist and narcissistic or "my face was attacked by a porcupine on crack" elves...

The only races I really don't like are half-orcs (they make the creative part of my brain die, the only thing I can think of them as is barbarian) and halflings (lazy thieving blah)
8th-Dec-2005 08:46 am (UTC)
I also like to play elves, foogabooga, there is nothing to be ashamed of.
Im my campaigns I have a varion of elves, named "the Nightfolk".
The DMPC I often use is of that race.
11th-Dec-2005 01:06 am (UTC)
for standard races...probably halfling or human.

otherwise i really like the non-new psionic races (duergar, thri-kreen, half-giants, githzerai, githyanki) and aasimar.

drow are overused, but they are a good race, if a bit munchkiny.

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