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Why are tieflings so popular? How did they manage to outcompete all the other wacky races to win their place in mainstream D&D?


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Immortal Sun

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No, I'm pretty sure that Bilbo got that during the adventure. Maybe you mean Frodo?

And it was also a cursed item that contained a fragment of the soul of a dark god that when worn would draw the dark god's and his minions to your location.

So it's not like you were just throwing the thing on any time you wanted to peep in the girls room.
 

CleverNickName

Limit Break Dancing
Because of the sad truth of the world.

Stated preference:

I like things that are cool, and hate things that suck.

Revealed preference:

I like things that suck, and hate things that are cool.


See also, paladins.
Or maybe it's really this:

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CleverNickName

Limit Break Dancing
Those are fighting words.
My apologies; I didn't mean to imply that you have, or ever shall, like paladins. Only that some people tend to like things until they "get popular" or whatever.

Anyway. Perhaps this one is more relevant for you?

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Goblyn

Explorer
Hellboy
Nightcrawler
Anti-heroes are cool

Mebbe add Draenei from WoW to that list. I know they don't share that demonic heritage, but they are aesthetically similar I think. Also I imagine they are a big reason many people assume/decide tieflings have hooves.
 

Maxperson

Morkus from Orkus
2E planescape, migrated to 3.0 FRCS, into 4E core. Gotta appeal to edgelords. Not sure if them, Drow or Kender are the biggest problem races as they tend to appeal to special types of players.

2e Planescape saw the 1st and final edition where I liked tieflings. They were ruined after that for me. I've also seen very few of them played compared to all of the other races. Tieflings, gnomes and Dragonborn are the bottom three races in the groups that I've played in and run.
 

Staffan

Adventurer
Mebbe add Draenei from WoW to that list. I know they don't share that demonic heritage, but they are aesthetically similar I think. Also I imagine they are a big reason many people assume/decide tieflings have hooves.

Well, in WoW it's the other way around. The Draenei are what remains of the Eredar after most of them decided that this Sargeras fella sounded like a swell guy and became demons.
 


2e Planescape saw the 1st and final edition where I liked tieflings. They were ruined after that for me. I've also seen very few of them played compared to all of the other races. Tieflings, gnomes and Dragonborn are the bottom three races in the groups that I've played in and run.

I have to agree, I've seen far more tieflings in CRPGs than in PnP games. Actually, I have seen zero tiefling (or dragonborn) player characters in PnP games. I have seen the odd gnome though.
 

Azzy

Newtype
I have to agree, I've seen far more tieflings in CRPGs than in PnP games. Actually, I have seen zero tiefling (or dragonborn) player characters in PnP games. I have seen the odd gnome though.

My group is on its 4th 5e campaign right now, so far we've had 5 humans (one was a DMPC-cum-PC), 3 elves (2 high, 1 shadar-kai), 3 half elves, 2 gnomes (both forest), 2 genasi (1 fire, 1 air DMPC), 1 dragonborn (copper), 1 aasimar (DMG variant), 1 tiefling (standard—I played that one), 1 half-orc.
 


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