Friday, August 31, 2012

What's Your Favorite Non-Classic Fantasy Race?

The discussions about halflings and gnomes has reinforced the idea that there is some push back against some of the "non-classic" fantasy races. I can understand why, even if I don't fully agree with it, but it got me thinking about my favorite "non-classic" fantasy race - Wolfen from the Palladium RPG.

Somehow the idea of wolflike humanoids that are organized enough to create their own empire strikes a cord in me. I really should write up a OSR styled conversion - Wulfs maybe, so big Kev doesn't get all up in arms ;)

What's your favorite?

What't your least favorite? (that would be Dragonborn for me - don't ask why, there is no rational reason)


  1. Octopi


    I'll see your Two-weapon fighting Halfling, and raise two more weapons.

  2. I rather dig on tieflings a bit. I also liked Lupins, back in the day.

  3. hackMaster Gnomelings. true, they mainly exist for comic effect, but I do have a soft spot for the little buggers.

  4. Tortles from "The Savage Coast" were interesting. Also dug the Lupines. In fact you could happily run a Savage Coast Campagne using classic D&D races, Humans only, or only Savage Coast races.

  5. The Phraints from Arduin have always seemed pretty cool to me. I've never had a chance to play one.

    I once played a Marshwiggle Cleric in a 3.5 campaign. My friend and I didn't have much idea of what we were doing when we were trying to patch that race together, but it was fun.

  6. I quite like warforged, although I'm not sure the idea has been explored as well as it could be. I also like Warhammer's halflings, creatures designed by ancient space frogs to be resistant to Chaos but are a bit rubbish at everything else. I do have to say that I am rather fond of RuneQuest's ducks, if only for the audacity.

  7. I have become quite found of insect-humanoid races, if only for the strangeness factor.

    Gnomes I have never managed to get a good handle on, though Pathfinder has managed to make them interesting.

  8. Given how much I liked both Planescape and Spelljammer, I've got a strong preference for tieflings and aasimar as well as the hippo-like giff and lizard men, who were the only additional race option in the original Spelljammer set. I've liked minotaurs as a playable option, too(sometimes).

  9. Monkeys. Any sort of ape race. The Hadozee, from spelljammer--gliding space apes trained on pirate ships.

  10. I'd have to answer with minotaurs - I think it's partially the Mediterranean flavor as opposed to the Northern taste of elves, dwarves, etc.

  11. Runequest Ducks are awesome. I've been partial to Lizardmen since I read Doomfarers of Coramonde...


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