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General Has anyone tried removing humans from the game?

While reading threads on removing ability score bonuses, or adding penalties, all in the goal of making other species on par with humans, I wondered, could we just remove humans?

What would be the effect of running the PHB as is, leaving in the ability score bonuses for other species, except for deleting the entire human section (and possibly the half-elf and half-orc sections, but that might be another discussion)?

Has anyne tried this?
 

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X13Phantom

Explorer
We had a gamemaster ban humans, the result everybody chose different races. Just let everyone know before characters are thought about what are the options and as long as everyone is reasonable it will work. D&D is very resilient.
 

ccs

40th lv DM
Does inadvertently count?

About a year & a half ago I was in a 5e game where there were no humans being played. The party consisted of:
a High Elf Rogue,
a Shadir-Kai Elf Cleric,
a 1/2elf Sorcerer/Warlock (High elf/dark skinned human with dark skin & white hair - really, he wasn't a Drow. Or so he claimed....) - he got replaced with a 1/2orc Fighter part way through.
a High Elf Ranger
a 1/2elf (High?) Wizard
and my own Halfling Barbarian
very briefly we also had a Dragonborn Fighter 2/3 through.

The DM shrugged and switched all Human NPCs & Human references in the modules to Elf. Any Elf NPCs he swapped to Human.
So it was an Elven party + 1 Halfling adventuring through an Elven version of The Desert of Desolation.

Racial stats were NOT a factor for picking 6/7 of these characters races.
The 1/2 Elf Sorc/Warlock & the 1/2ling Barbarian were previously existing characters of the correct levels.
The Cleric I'm sure was picked for mechanics.
The Dragonborn was rolled randomly for its race.
The 1/2orc was because that's the extra mini the player had on hand when he suddenly needed a replacement PC.
The Ranger? The player 99% always plays Elves. It's not a stat thing, just an Elf fetish I think. The only real question is ever class.
The Wizard? I don't know, but judging the player, I doubt any great understanding of mechanics was involved.....

Game worked just fine.
 

I like the idea of either removing all other races or removing humans. Personally, I don't think humans mix well with other races. By including humans, other races become humans with silly faces. By removing humans, culture becomes an extended phenotype of a species (dwarves carve our mines the same way beavers make dams), which is a wonderfully provoking proposition.
 
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reelo

Explorer
The game "Astonishing Swordsmen & Sorcerers of Hyperborea" (which is based on 1E) has it the other way around: you can pretty much only play humans from different cultures (Vikings, Celts, Kimmerians, Picts, Amazons, Esquimaux, etc) and there's no "demi-human" races. (Well, there are the Atlanteans and the native Hyperboreans, but they're supposed to be rare). Makes for a great game.
 

I played in a 3E campaign where the DM's world had humans killed off and replaced by orcs. In addition, the drow won the kinslayer wars, replacing the other elves. It was definitely an interesting setting!
 

doctorbadwolf

Heretic of The Seventh Circle
While reading threads on removing ability score bonuses, or adding penalties, all in the goal of making other species on par with humans, I wondered, could we just remove humans?

What would be the effect of running the PHB as is, leaving in the ability score bonuses for other species, except for deleting the entire human section (and possibly the half-elf and half-orc sections, but that might be another discussion)?

Has anyne tried this?
I mean, nothing in the game relies on humans being there. The setting I’m kicking around for when my Eberron game is over has no humans, and I’ve run campaigns where human wasn’t an option. Doesn’t really change the game at all, IME.
 


MechaTarrasque

Adventurer
Occasionally I try to convince my party that, due to human's ability to successfully have offspring with other sentient races, there aren't any "human" humans anymore, but all humans have a little bit of some other race/type of creature in them (usually a lot of little bits, but only one manifests at a time), so tieflings, aasimar, half-elves half-orcs, and genasi make up humans. Sometimes it works for a while....

As for humans and stat boosts, I hope if they make a 5.5 or 6e, that races get advantages of saves and checks instead of stat boosts. So the half-orc really doesn't hit any harder, but he/she is better at carrying stuff.....
 

dnd4vr

The Smurfiest Wizard Ever!
In a campaign I ran, all humans disappeared from the world, and the end-game was to defeat the power that banished humans and restore them.

Otherwise, as a general course, I think it would be horrible. Just as bad as removing any other race from the PHB for pretty much any reason IMO.
 

I've run a 5e rules Gamma World/Fallout-esque mini campaign.
The PC were limited to mutated animal themed races...aarakocra, kenku, loxodon, tabaxi, minotaurs, etc and the like.

Humans did exist, but were in power armor and the big bad, and a secret to be discovered. Humanoids in general were hostile to mutated animals. Pure strain humans were hostile to anyone and everyone.

It worked fine. In 1e, it was often rare to have a single Human in our party. Unless someone wanted to play a Paladin or Cavalier, being a multiclass demi-human was almost de rigueur.
 



Lowkey 13 is dead, long live the new joke king: Fenris-77!
Fenris-77, who gave you my Laugh Shield Prefix codes?
Your post photon torpedoes just took out my spleen.🤫
 




Voadam

Hero
I did try once. I sprayed, I laid traps, I financed bounties, but every time I thought I was finally free didnt another one of those filthy buggers crawl out from under the bed. They're like cockroaches, I tell ya.
Beat me to it.

I was going to go with:

I tried, but those pesky PCs kept foiling my plots!
 

Fenris-77

Small God of the Dozens
Supporter
Lowkey 13 is dead, long live the new joke king: Fenris-77!
Fenris-77, who gave you my Laugh Shield Prefix codes?
Your post photon torpedoes just took out my spleen.🤫
Lowkey and I had a quiet ceremony in an undisclosed location where he formally handed over the torch of the Laughing God and I swore a blood oath to uphold the faith. Is was very moving. I may have gotten a little misty.
 


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