I assume anything will be like a dying blue sun. But if we're getting that, I'd make the battle to the death just leaving Elves, Dwarves, and Humans as the only common ones.I am suggesting that if we move the halfling to exotic something will have to be moved to the common race slot and the flame wars will be like a dying blue sun.
A lot of the humanoid variants also exist because, until 3E and especially 5E, they were each tied to a narrow band of when they were a viable enemy.To be fair, perhaps you're applying a higher standard to halflings that to other species? Like sure, I would combine them with gnomes, but then again I would also get rid at least half of the other lineages too. Most of them just exist because there were many words on thesaurus or because someone managed to think yet another marginally different and absurdly specific elf subspecies. Are orcs, goliaths and bugbears actually conceptually that distinct form each other? Do we need water genasi, triton and merfolk to be separate things? Leonin and tabaxi? And all the bloody elves?
It depends on what your goal is. If, as with 5E, your goal is to have a big tent approach for fans of all editions, centering tieflings and dragonborn is a great way to chase off a lot of the Baby Boomer and Generation X players who made up the primary player base until recently.Probably, the default setting should feature the four most popular lineages as the foreground.
Maybe add Dwarf if a fifth.
It can be, yes, absolutely--and I went out of my way to explicitly acknowledge that multiple times. But players are all different. Some simply aren't going to find that to be particularly fun, even though they understand what makes it fun for others. It isn't indicative of a flaw in their perception; it's just not their thing.So my contention is that the fun of playing a nonhuman race is directly linked to its thematic limitations.
The surest way of getting someone in your campaign to want to play something is to declare that it's off-limits!The second you got rid of them, a bunch of people who didn't care one whit before will suddenly declare halflings to be their longtime favorite race
That's out of date, as someone pointed out earlier in this thread. Those figures from 2017. They've declined since then, now down to 4.7% combining subraces. They're doing badly for a PHB race - and the 2020 figures are presumably even worse because Half-Orcs are now in the top 5.
Out of date data - 2019 shows they're basically comparable (3.9% despite only one subrace vs 4.7% on combined subraces). I strongly suspect given the gain/fall rate between them Goliaths are now ahead, in 2021.There's no chance the PHB is going to have just four races in it. And based on the available data, goliaths are significantly less popular than halflings.
Are they? Is WotC now deciding to cut races from the PHB?Your people are in trouble.
Note also the Geeknative article brought up previously which said the top 5 in 2020 (presumably top 5 most generated/played) were: Human, Half-Elf, Dragonborn, Tiefling, and Half-Orc (I have to suspect something went wrong with elfs that they got left out).Probably, the default setting should feature the four most popular lineages as the foreground.
Maybe add Dwarf if a fifth.
These are the most popular D&D races according to DnDBeyond (2019).
• Standard 11.8%
• Variant 11%
• Half Elf 9.1%
• Wood Elf 6.1%
• High Elf 5.1%
• Eladrin 2.5%
• Drow (0.+%)
• Mountain Dwarf 3.6%
• Hill Dwarf 3.0%
• Half-Orc 4.7%
• Lightfoot Halfling 3.4%
• Stout Halfling 1.3%
• Rock Gnome 2.2%
• Deep Gnome 0.9%
• Forest Gnome (0.+%)
Notice, combining Halfling and Gnome into a single lineage potentially improves their clout (7.8%).
But it seems as if you literally dont know the history of the Hin in FR − because − the Hin are irrelevant to the FR setting.You literally could just read the history of the hin in FR.
Honestly I have no idea. The whole lineage thing means when a new PHB comes out things are likely to be shaken up for a lot of people, and without the stat modifiers in play, I bet a ton of races will get more or less popular. I think theme will become more important, relatively-speaking. I actually think the shake-up will probably save gnomes/halflings because WotC won't want to do too much change at once.Are they? Is WotC now deciding to cut races from the PHB?
I'm not really into 5e, but do they still do that stupid thing where Small races have to use suckier versions of weapons and thus have most martial classes but rogue backdoor barred to them?The only PHB race doing worse is Gnomes. Soz little guy. Your people are in trouble.
Halflings being there definitely contributes to the tone of the FR. That being silly and incoherent embarrassing mess.But it seems as if you literally dont know the history of the Hin in FR − because − the Hin are irrelevant to the FR setting.
I dont know their history either.
By contrast, I can tell you in detail the history of the Elf in the FR setting − because − they are central to the foreground of the FR setting, and contribute to the tone of the FR setting.
Sure, "its not their thing" - so they should play a human, no? Or perhaps ask their DM to make elves just like humans so they can play a prettier human with pointy ears .It can be, yes, absolutely--and I went out of my way to explicitly acknowledge that multiple times. But players are all different. Some simply aren't going to find that to be particularly fun, even though they understand what makes it fun for others. It isn't indicative of a flaw in their perception; it's just not their thing.
Let a thousand flowers bloom, and all that jazz.
Nah. Only weapons with the "Heavy" tag are penalized for them, which is relatively few of them. Broadly agree re: verisimilitude.I'm not really into 5e, but do they still do that stupid thing where Small races have to use suckier versions of weapons and thus have most martial classes but rogue backdoor barred to them?
That might explain it.
This is why you ignore anyone who talks about 'verisimilitude', people.
Brutal and yet disturbingly accurate.They're actual humans while D&D humans are coked out Vin Diesels at best, poster-boys for Slytherin at worst. Sometimes you don't want to be the ISO standard adventuerer.