Then I actually got down to creating the character, and the racial stats just seem horrible. The Races of The Dragon supplement tries explaining it away with things like, "Well, if you cast Mage Armor, then you'd have an incredible AC!" or "if a Kobold barbarian rages, his Str is ALMOST NORMAL!" I compared it to Gnome and Halfling, and it almost seems like it should have a -1 level adjustment. Is there some redeeming factor that I'm missing here?
Alternatively, is there a race that is more fittingly underfoot and annoying (in a stupid way, not tricksy like Halflings)?
Halfling: +2 Dex, -2 Str
Kobold: +2 Dex, -2 Con, -4 Str
Advantage: Halfling, by FAR
Halfling: Speed 20
Kobold: Speed 30
Halfling: +2 on Climb, Jump, Move Silently, Listen
Kobold: +2 on Craft(Trap), Profession(Miner), Search
Advantage: Halfling - more skills, better skills
Halfling: +1 to all saves, +2 vs. Fear
Kobold: Darkvision, Light sensitivity
Advantage: Halfling - probably equal except for the Kobold's drawback
Halfling: +1 to Atk w/thrown wpns & slings
Kobold: +1 to AC