September 4, 2013

Confessions of a Jaded Geek: 2/30

Day 2 of the 30-Day D&D Challenge asks for your favorite PC race.

That’s easy: Human, always and all too human. My approach to D&D was always more from the Howardian, pulp S&S end of Appendix N’s spectrum than from Tolkien’s end, and the idea of a human with no special supernatural advantages rising to heroism despite these limitations was always more appealing to me.

This preference though led me to one of D&D’s early blind spots: Humans are most interesting if they can be from different cultures, but the core rules had nothing to support this.

The BECMI elf race/class was a close second choice though, for the role-playing potential of being a stranger in a strange land. LOTR geeks that we were, we always assumed D&D’s elves were clones from Tolkien, and we tended to give them names cobbled together from online Quenya dictionaries.

No comments:

Post a Comment

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...