Hello everyone! Welcome to a new segment of my blog, “From One Dungeon to Another.” These articles will have me discussing a variety of my personal opinions on various D&D topics, as well as various memorable moments. The particularly cool thing about this segment is that Christina, who wrote a guest article on beginning to DM, will also be blogging about the same topic. We will include links to each other’s post within our articles, seeing the contrast between opinions and experiences should be really interesting!
Well without further explanation onto the topic…
Top 3 Playable Player Races
I don’t get to talk (or think) much about myself as a player, so this should be fun. In no particular order here we go! Also, here is a link to Christina’s blog to hear her thoughts (this link will also be at the end of my post 🙂 )
Yup Elves! I am guessing several people are nodding in agreement, and many others are thinking BLEH Elves, really!
Well hear me out. I have always gravitated towards more dexterous, witty, and brain over brawn characters, which Elves do very well. I also really enjoyed their racial proficiency in Longbows in 3rd Edition, it made several other classes a bit more fun at lower levels.
Plus, as a huge fan of Tolkien, it is tough not to have at least somewhat of a soft spot in my heart for these people.
Finally, there is a great deal of nostalgia in this race for me, as growing up they were always my favorite to play as. While a fledgling player of 9 I imagined myself as a valiant elf lord like Glorfindel or Elrond. Into my pre-teen and teen years I identified a lot with Tanis Half-Elven, despite, or maybe because, of all his angsty whining, but since half-elves were pretty dull player races in 3rd edition I just played an elf and thought of myself as Tanis.
The dour, staunch, and doughty dwarf has really captured my imagination in the past few years. Dwarf NPCs are some of my favorite to roleplay, and they are often the race I find myself thinking about character concepts for.
A drastic change from the frail but nimble Elf, I really like how I imagine Dwarves feel as a race. They have a lot of layers which could be a blast to roleplay as. A annoyed and grouchy dwarf, which slowly reveals a kinder heard, while definitely a cliche, can create a ton of really fun moments. I also really like the craftsmanship and devotion this race usually has, as that can provide really interesting spins on a character.
Finally, I have really begun to appreciate the value a lot of hitpoints and toughness brings to a character. Few Dwarf characters have to worry about goblin or kobold attacks nearly as much as say Elves, after all Dwarves will most likely be encased in armor and have a high Constitution score, I like that.
Before I move into my final top 3 playable races I wanted to give two honorable mentions (Sorry Christina I cheated 🙂 ). The Halfling and Dragonborn, both of which I really enjoy. Halflings for the ability to because I have a softspot for the idea of a Hobbit and Dragonborn because I think they are awesome!
Yup, the average, and in some peoples’ opinions boring Human, is one of my favorite races to play as. Some people may wonder, why play a Human, when you have so many other more exciting races to choose from?
Well Humans, over any other race, I think offer a depth and variety of archetypes to roleplay. We are Humans, so we know that Humans are a diverse and unique bunch. Many people will view Elf characters and Dwarf characters as usually possessing certain similar traits and interests. If you want to move away from these tropes it can be hard work, you have to establish your uniqueness to the party, often with an explanation in mind. Not for Humans!
My two favorite characers, Sir Edmund De Le Guile the obnoxious Paladin and Chamon my illiterate Favored Soul posing as a Cleric, were Humans. I think this is because when choosing Humans as a race, I at least start with a blank slate. I can explore unusual concepts and personalities without wondering why I differ from the many others of my particular race. This is not to say I don’t think other races can be used in unusual or unique ways, for my own roleplaying I just have found I can roleplay unique Humans easier.
Finally, back in 3rd Edition every race came with a negative stat penalty, not Humans. Humans were the best way to create a well rounded and balanced character with a blend of good stats, rather then one really great stat and one poor one.
Well those are my top 3 playable character races (and two honorable mentions), please take some time and check out Christina’s blog post here and find out what her top 3 are :).