Continuing the 30 Day Challenge from Polar Bear Dreams and Stranger Things we come up to:
2. Favorite Playable Race
The short answer is, I don’t have one. Or rather, it changes constantly. At the moment I have a major itch to play a dwarf.
I suppose that if you had to pin me down on my overall favorite I’d say “human”. Humans in D&D have the most flexibility to pick a class, most games are set in a human-centric world, and they’re the easiest to identify with. But I like all the playable races D&D has offered over the years. One of the reasons I loved the often criticized (and justifiably so) Unearthed Arcana book was that it greatly expanded the list of non-human races by giving us different elven and dwarven options to try. And try them we did. Grey elves, wild elves, deep dwarves, and of course everyone had to try a tripple-class female drow at least once.
And we didn’t stop there, as we poured over our Dragon Magazines for other options to try, official or otherwise. We played Thri-Kreen warriors long before official rules for it were ever published. I remember one campaign where we all played sprites, pixies, and brownies. It was a fun, short, gonzo game where we fought against goblins and other evil fairy folk.
But when it all comes down to basics, I greatly enjoy the main D&D races of humans, dwarves, and elves. Though I must admit, it takes a special mood for me to pick halfling.