Me: I'm running a game of Vampire. Who wants to play?Players don't want to play "one of the races". They want to play "whatever race you've not included."
Player: Can I be a werewolf?
Sure. But I've never participated in a D&D game where one of the main races from the PHB wasn't available as a player choice. I would personally find it odd if someone told me I couldn't play a dwarf in a D&D game.My thinking is that just because a race or class or option is in a book, that doesn't mean it's necessarily allowed in a game. The people crafting the game world should only add the classes, races, etc that fit the game world, and no more.