D&D General what is the worst race in dnd?


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Oh yeah, I mean, they have Walrus-men. Is there anyone who ever said to themselves, "man, I wish I could play an anthropomorphic Walrus in D&D"?
1. I guarantee you the answer is yes.
2. WoW has also done walrus-men.
3. I know at least one video game critic (Josh "Strife" Hayes) who appreciated the existence of walrus-people in one of the MMOs he's reviewed.

So while it is certainly out there, it's not as bizarro as you might think. This is one of several reasons why I have such a dim view of things like the infuriatingly official phrase "the true exotics" and other ghettoizing terms for fantastical creatures.

World of Warcraft made orcs, minotaurs, and trolls core, playable races, while eschewing halflings of any form. The Elder Scrolls made lizardfolk and catfolk core, playable races, while eschewing halflings and explicitly making it so dwarves do not exist...at least, not anymore.

Doing something a little different or divergent is how you build new traditions. Sometimes it won't work. Sometimes it will.
 

Shadowdweller00

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World of Warcraft made orcs, minotaurs, and trolls core, playable races, while eschewing halflings of any form. The Elder Scrolls made lizardfolk and catfolk core, playable races, while eschewing halflings and explicitly making it so dwarves do not exist...at least, not anymore.
I do wish the dwemer and all of their things would just GO AWAY, for all of their vaunted "no longer existing" :p
 
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Believe me, they don't fulfill the dragon people aesthetic either, and I see all the appeal of. How we got scaly, tailless, wingless dwarves from the cat-based dragons of 3-4e, I will never know.
the scaly makes sense, wings would get them banned at most tables, the lack of tails you are absolutely right on.

races who are cat-like tend to either be cats or elves for some reason plus a social dragon is going to need to be rather different from the giant solitary predators that true dragons are if only to build a society.
1. I guarantee you the answer is yes.
2. WoW has also done walrus-men.
3. I know at least one video game critic (Josh "Strife" Hayes) who appreciated the existence of walrus-people in one of the MMOs he's reviewed.

So while it is certainly out there, it's not as bizarro as you might think. This is one of several reasons why I have such a dim view of things like the infuriatingly official phrase "the true exotics" and other ghettoizing terms for fantastical creatures.

World of Warcraft made orcs, minotaurs, and trolls core, playable races, while eschewing halflings of any form. The Elder Scrolls made lizardfolk and catfolk core, playable races, while eschewing halflings and explicitly making it so dwarves do not exist...at least, not anymore.

Doing something a little different or divergent is how you build new traditions. Sometimes it won't work. Sometimes it will.
how are walrus people even exotic they are just anthropomorphic animals not exotic, now a singular gestalt race would be exotic like the hunters from halo or the modular people(warning do not look up if body horror scares you)
 




Tales and Chronicles

Jewel of the North, formerly know as vincegetorix
Oh yeah, I mean, they have Walrus-men. Is there anyone who ever said to themselves, "man, I wish I could play an anthropomorphic Walrus in D&D"?
I actually do.

If prefer my furry races to avoid the cutesy (or worse...) tropes, so a Walrus-men is not that bad, same with the Loxos from FR/Ravnica or Thri-kreen. Not that furries wont find a way to turn even those into creepy sexy monstrosities.

Never.Ever. google '' X animal-men '' on google. You wont find anything D&D related and your soul will be swallowed whole :p
 

Tales and Chronicles

Jewel of the North, formerly know as vincegetorix
Scaly is what sets them apart from dwarves, fear of flying is a blight on our culture.
I think Dragonborn would be more interesting if they were more centaur-shaped, like a drake lower body a human torso and their usual dragonish face. Add a tail there and you are set. And that unusual body shape gives some kind of reason to avoid flight, cause you'd need 2 pairs of wing to lift them. Oh, and give them also the cool specific crests all dragons have.

Because, as of now, they do indeed look more like lizard-folk-men (half-human/half-lizardfolk) rather than anything draconic.

Something like this, evidently with a scaled body and shorter, clawed legs.
 

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From a 5e mechanical point of view, it’s hard to go past goblins though. The iconic goblin pc would be a rogue, but goblin racial abilities duplicate rogue abilities so you gain little, and their only other ability of note is a teeny tiny damage boost a couple of times a day. For a race that should be one of the most obvious ‘monster pc’ options, it’s a dud.
Volo’s 5e Orc is worse though. One of two races with a stat penalty, and a racial ability that is extremely situational, they were just bad.
 

I think Dragonborn would be more interesting if they were more centaur-shaped, like a drake lower body a human torso and their usual dragonish face. Add a tail there and you are set. And that unusual body shape gives some kind of reason to avoid flight, cause you'd need 2 pairs of wing to lift them. Oh, and give them also the cool specific crests all dragons have.
Yeah, Dracons were pretty cool, wish they had made their way into nuSpelljammer.

dracon.jpg
 

Do you expect all dwarves to be grumpy curmudgeons and half elves to be whiny and conflicted? Cos that’s from the same novel.

There’s be plenty of mender in Dragonlance who are quite different to Tasslehoff
Before Flint, there were quite a few dwarven characters that players could take as their inspiration. Tasselhoff was not only the first kender most people were exposed to, he went on to star in a large number of Dragonlance novels.

He was also hardly the only kender portrayed that way in Dragonlance. In Kendermore, his Uncle Trapspringer is similarly obnoxious.

Also, I remember seeing the Dragonlance write-up for kender and it definitely encouraged bad behaviour on the part of players.
 
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