Throw in their taunt ability and a child-like innocence and you pretty much got it.Mercule said:What halflings were in the DragonLance setting. Short gypsy-like kleptomaniacs with no real concept of fear.
That's the nickel version. I was always indifferent to DL, but maybe a fan can give you something better.
The first time kenders were ever revealed to the public was in a DL short story in Dragon, before the release of any of the DL novels or modules (it was about Tasselhoff, naturally). And, in the preface to that story, IIRC, they did refer to them as DL's equivalent to halflings.Crothian said:I never say them as halfling like, but otherise I agree with above.
Kencyclopedia.com is a great site, run by Sean Macdonald, the cartographer for Tas' Map Pouch: The Age of Mortals. He did a fantastic job. If you're into Dragonlance maps, and especially the best map of Ansalon EVER, then check it out.Ogrork the Mighty said:
The problem comes, I think, when players focus solely on their handling, stealing things for no reason, and being purposefully annoying.SpringPlum said:No offense to anyone who can play one well but I've never seen it done.
I think they're technically some oddball variant of elf -- at least I've heard them called "kender elves". If you're coming from the PHB of any edition, though, they fill the "short, natural thief" role that halflings often occupy. It's a good shorthand way to draw a picture of kender for someone.Crothian said:I never say them as halfling like, but otherise I agree with above. Interesting concept that fails drastically on any real level.
No it can't, at least from my experience. The only time kender were fun to role-play with was when they were played as halflings. I've played in a few Dragonlance campaigns and the kender that have actually been played as kender (and I'm not talking Tas clones) have always added extra aggravation and party-conflict where it impeded the story and the fun of the game. Even those playing the kender would feel bad and just dump the character for something more workable.Dragonhelm said:It can be a rewarding role-playing experience.