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D&D 5E What Races for the 5E PHB

What Races for the 5E PHB

  • Aarakocra

    Votes: 5 3.0%
  • Aasimar

    Votes: 19 11.2%
  • Bugbear

    Votes: 6 3.6%
  • Catfolk

    Votes: 23 13.6%
  • Centaur

    Votes: 10 5.9%
  • Changling

    Votes: 17 10.1%
  • Deva

    Votes: 14 8.3%
  • Dragonborn

    Votes: 74 43.8%
  • Drow

    Votes: 39 23.1%
  • Eladrin

    Votes: 69 40.8%
  • Elf (High/Gray/Wild)

    Votes: 156 92.3%
  • Gith (yanki/zeri)

    Votes: 12 7.1%
  • Gnoll

    Votes: 8 4.7%
  • Gnome

    Votes: 104 61.5%
  • Goblin

    Votes: 21 12.4%
  • Goliath

    Votes: 28 16.6%
  • Hadozee

    Votes: 3 1.8%
  • Half-Giant/Half-Ogre

    Votes: 19 11.2%
  • Halfling

    Votes: 146 86.4%
  • Half-Orc/Orc

    Votes: 112 66.3%
  • Human

    Votes: 164 97.0%
  • Illumian

    Votes: 2 1.2%
  • Kalshaltar

    Votes: 2 1.2%
  • Kobold

    Votes: 18 10.7%
  • Lizardman

    Votes: 21 12.4%
  • Minotaur

    Votes: 20 11.8%
  • Pixie

    Votes: 16 9.5%
  • Raptorian

    Votes: 2 1.2%
  • Saurial

    Votes: 2 1.2%
  • Shardmind

    Votes: 4 2.4%
  • Shifter

    Votes: 31 18.3%
  • Spellscale

    Votes: 3 1.8%
  • Tiefling

    Votes: 67 39.6%
  • Vampire

    Votes: 8 4.7%
  • Warforged

    Votes: 30 17.8%
  • Wilden

    Votes: 7 4.1%
  • Other

    Votes: 104 61.5%

  • Poll closed .

Ahnehnois

First Post
Still need to se to believe that all Halfling votes are for people who really play it or just want them in, for the sake of tradition.
I've played halflings. Others in my group occasionally do. Not as popular as elves or dwarves, but easily in fourth place and certainly deserving of inclusion.
 

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Dausuul

Legend
I voted deva, dragonborn, dwarf (other), elf, eladrin, drow, halfling, gnome, half-orc, human, tiefling, and vampire.

My reasoning:

1. Any race that has been in a PHB1 should be available, same as with classes. This goes even for the races like dragonborn that I personally loathe.
2. People love playing drow. Bite the bullet and put them in. However, I think they should be an elf subrace, along with eladrin. Elf = wood elf, eladrin = high elf, drow = dark elf.
3. If there are tieflings, there ought to be aasimar/devas as well. I like the name "deva" better than "aasimar."
4. People love playing vampires. Might as well get 'em in there from the start.

I also believe the "common/uncommon/rare" scheme should be applied to races:

Common (assumed to be in almost all campaigns): Human
Uncommon (expected to be in most campaigns, DM will tell you if not): Elf, dwarf, halfling
Rare (not expected to be in most campaigns, DM will tell you if they are): Everything else
 

am181d

Adventurer
I can't imagine that the standard races will be anything but:

Human, Dwarf, Elf, Gnome, Halfling, 1/2-Orc, 1/2-Elf, Dragonborn + maybe Tiefling + maybe Drow

While there are a few other races I really like (Changeling, Shifter, Warforged, plus Goblin, Kobold, Orc) I don't think that any of those can/would go in the PHB.
 

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Sunseeker

Guest
I can't imagine that the standard races will be anything but:

Human, Dwarf, Elf, Gnome, Halfling, 1/2-Orc, 1/2-Elf, Dragonborn + maybe Tiefling + maybe Drow

While there are a few other races I really like (Changeling, Shifter, Warforged, plus Goblin, Kobold, Orc) I don't think that any of those can/would go in the PHB.

I really wish they could consolidate the ever growing list of elf variants(Eladrin, Sun, Moon, Avriel, Drow, ect...) into something simple like they do in the 4e character builder. Minor variation to bonuses/penalties, different racial ability, but not enough to warrant a whole different write-up on them.
 

dangerous jack

First Post
I group them into a few levels, but I'd personally like about a dozen races at the start. Give them 1 page each (except humans, which I prefer to be the baseline / no special rules) of compact bullet-point basic description, abilities, and optional abilities.

Level 1: Human - If they decided to go all human, I'd respect that, but it wouldn't really be D&D.
Level 2: Elf, Dwarf - I don't consider halflings on the same level as these 2, despite their history. I'd be happy with humans and these ones.
Level 3: Halfling, Drow, Dragonborn, Eladrin, Warforged - the popular crowd, reproducing Essentials but replacing Half-Elves & Half-Orcs with Warforged
Level 4: Half-Elf, Half-Giant/Goliath, Shifter, Half-Orc, Tiefling - this group on its own would make for a cool campaign of mostly-humans
Level 5: Changling, Gnome, Genasi, Deva - a grab bag of interesting ones... the last ones I'd consider for core
 


Ratinyourwalls

First Post
Human
Tiefling
Dwarf
Halfling
Elf (As in Eladrin/Elf. Not separate races.)
Dragonborn
Gnome
Half-Orc

Yeah I'd take out the Half Elf from the PHB1. It just ends up too much of the other "I don't quite fit in anywhere" races thunder.
 

Ichneumon

First Post
Assuming there's 12 races
Human, Elf, Halfling, Dwarf, Gnome, Dragonborn, Half-Elf, Tiefling, Eladrin, Half-Orc, Goliath, Shifter.

If there's only ten, but WotC let me choose them, they'd be Human, Elf, Halfling, Dwarf, Gnome, Dragonborn, Eladrin, Tiefling, Goliath, and Rakshasa.
 


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