A term used to delineate creatures encountered in a game world, often but not always sentient. Examples: Humans, orcs, green dragons, kzinti, griffins.

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Is a custom race with an armour bonus based on two ability score modifiers imbalanced?

I'm rolling my own races in D&D 5th Edition. As part of that I was thinking of introducing a racial trait modeled after the Monk's Unarmored Defense trait (with no shield bonus). The race is ...
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Can a Stone Child, Half Dragon, or Killoren be infected with lycanthropy?

My campaign is eldritch and fantasy and there is a werewolf clan currently near the party. My players have said that they're immune to lycanthropy because of their PCs' races: A Stone Child. He says ...
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How can I get around the drow's light sensitivity?

My friends and I are trying to come up with ways to get around the drow's sunlight limitations. We thought of using spells, but Darkness makes it impossible to see, which would defeat the purpose. ...
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Why do many guides say that a dwarf makes a lousy druid?

I made a dwarf druid for a campaign. It seems really good. The extra Constitution is awesome, and I don't need the Charisma, leaving the social interaction to other party members. Even the darkvision ...
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What is an appropriate RP value for this Flight modification?

I'm currently working on a bit of a custom pathfinder world built from the ground up. First step is the races and I really wanted to try and balance the three core races in terms of power. All in ...
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Can I have a character that's a soul bound onto a construct, without homebrew?

Is there a way to have a character who's a living construct, coming from a soul bound into a suit or a non-living construct? I'd like to use this as a player character. If there's a process by which ...
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Is a dragonborn arctic half-minotaur half-ogre water orc possible?

I am new to D&D and I am reading about races and templates. I read on reddit someone suggested a dragonborn arctic half-minotaur half-ogre water orc. I was wondering whether that could be a ...
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Where can I find NPC statistics for dragonborn and half elves?

I swear I've seen it in the Monster Manual, but I can't seem to find it anymore. Where can I find statistics for dragonborn and half elf NPCs?
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How could an elf PC disguise themselves as a human?

I am going to be playing in a Castlevania-based D&D 5e game. In this world there is strong racism against elves and a general fear of magic. I want to be an elf, but I think in this world I would ...
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What are Acceptable Small Mounts?

In my current Pathfinder campaign, I have been playing as a Gnome Cavalier that has earned enough experience to level up for the first time AND has successfully reared a wild Vulture. One of the feats ...
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Where in Golarion do ice gnomes (Barbegazi) come from?

I want to play an ice gnome (Barbegazi) in our new adventure path but I cannot find anything about where in Golarion they come from. I've already searched heaps of wikis without success. Where are ...
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Hobgoblin as a player character

On my last session as DM, a party of 5 level 3 players managed to make a Hobgoblin Captain become friendly with them and ultimately join them. There's a new player who'd love to take the character ...
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What Are All of the Changes Race Can Make to a Character? [closed]

In D&D 3.5e, what are all the changes that a race can make to a character? e.g., base attributes change for some races, but humans just give a bonus feat, and some races can add natural armor or ...
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Can I Write A Story Within The Forgotten Realms And Publish it? [duplicate]

If I were to use a character, say a Deva, and create a story using them can I publish it? For things like town names, God titles and small amounts of lore I can change them. But the real question is, ...
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Is this Orc and Hobgoblin hybrid well balanced?

I've been thinking on creating a very specific NPC for the E6 game I'm running. This NPC would be a male barbarian, a hybrid between an Orc and a Hobgoblin, perhaps with advanced age. There is no ...
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Is there a playable undead race?

Is there a playable race of undead in Dungeons and Dragons 3.5? I would prefer a race that isn't a vampire or lich. If possible, please share their stats.
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Hit Dice rules with odd racial type

I'm making a Tibbit character, who is a monstrous humanoid. So I went to look up the creature type on d20srd. A humanoid is listed as having an 8-sided hit dice or by class, meaning that class ...
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With the lifespan of elves, would you ever encounter a low-level elf?

Elves and other races have hundreds of years to get good at what they do — is the expectation that NPCs of these races would mostly be of high level? How do I build a campaign setting that makes ...
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3.5e rules on racial feats at character creation [closed]

Racial Feats. Depending on the creature type of the character’s race, he begins with a number of feats. These feats may be used however the character likes, provided he meets the prerequisites ...
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Does innate shapeshifting change your physical stats, and also give you the creatures innate abilities?

The Changling race from the Eberron Unearthed Arcana has the ability to innately shapeshift, polymorph itself into a humanoid creature of its size it has seen. My question is, do you get the physical ...
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Does the Lizardfolk NPC race's bonus to AC count for all armor

Me and a friend are arguing over whether or not the Lizardfolk NPC race in the DMG get a bonus to AC while wearing armor or a natural AC bonus. So my question is, does the Lizardfolk bonus to AC apply ...
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How could I play a Half-Dwarf Half-Elf?

Half-human half-elf is a race mentioned in the D&D handbook. Is there also a half-dwarf half-elf combination? And would that be common? If it doesn't exist, how could I create the stats for it ...
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Making a PC race that is ridable? [closed]

I've got a world I'm making with unique races that I'll be using to play with close friends that would like to be able to cooperate with each other more in game. I definitely am leaning towards ...
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Would modifying a races bonuses/penalties to ability scores be unbalanced?

I am thinking of making a Kineticist. They benefit from a high Con (most of their skills depend on it), and a high Dex (for better ranged accuracy). However, the only races I can find that have a ...
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Is there a tool for building races using point system? [closed]

I have a party. All players want exotic races. They know what they want and power level seems to be in line with or little above races found in SRD. We talked, and I agreed these races would exist in ...
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How does Flare affect a drow?

If you successfully cast flare at a Drow would they be blinded for one round by the bright light (due to being light sensitive) and then dazzled for the rest of the spell's duration (due to the ...
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How would drow react to players having/using/becoming spiders? [closed]

Since the drow worship a spider goddess, how would they react to: a party accompanied by a giant spider (actually a druid in wildshape) a party member wild shaping into a spider mid-combat a party ...
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What race is most similar to a cat?

I'm getting ready to start a D&D 3.5 game with my kids. When I asked them what characters wanted to play, my daughter said she wanted to be a cat. I told her I was pretty sure there is a race of ...
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Which are races, and which are species? [closed]

In all of the incarnations of D&D players can choose to be of different "races." Humans, Dwarves, Elves, and Halflings, from the beginning (putting on pause the race-as-class idea from ODD). In 1e ...
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How do I name a Half-Orc? [closed]

I'm part of a group of new players trying out DnD 5E. One of us is creating a half-orc, and would like help choosing a name. Of course picking a specific name is quite opinion-based, so I'm asking ...
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Racial advantages/disadvantages for a rules light system [closed]

I started a lunch break rpg with some of my coworkers last week, using Michael Wolf's Warrior, Rogue and Mage system. The first session was fun, with character creation and some explanation of what an ...
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Can other Shifters enter Weretouched Master?

The Weretouched Master is supposed to be designed for shifters of any bloodline right? So why are Bear, Boar, Rat, Tiger, Wolf and Wolverine the only bloodlines with listed info.? Shifters are ...
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How do level adjustment and racial levels work?

So we're starting a 3.5 game soon and I decided to roll my first non-core character. I'm usually the guy who sticks with Orcs/Elves/Humans etc. But this time I decided to be a Hound Archon. What I ...
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How are the Strength mod and LA of Savage Species' anthropomorphic animals determined?

Anthropomorphic animals from Savage species says that attribute modifiers from the race changes depending on size change. I looked up size change in MM1 and I do not see the connection, elephants with ...
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Can a centaur use a saddle pack?

Since a centaur has the body of a horse I thought it would make sense that they would be able to have a saddle pack since it covers the back of a horse and on the sides. With that in mind, can a ...
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Here is a D&D-5e race I made, is it mechanically balanced with other PC races currently available? [closed]

I recently had a Player Character of mine ask if he can play as a "Giant" if he dies. After asking specifically what he wanted this was his wish list: Able to carry "more" Able to reach "farther" ...
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How do you make new playable races?

I would like to create a new race which you can play as a PC without it being too overpowered for normal game settings. I would like one with wings, but are wings (even wings with clumsy ...
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How can I design a balanced hybrid race as the offspring of a gnome and halfling?

Assuming a gnome and a halfling could interbreed, what race would the child be? If a half-gnome/half-halfling instead of just one or the other, what traits would the child have? Are there any ...
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Playing a Firre Eladrin as a PC?

The Firre Eladrin is in the Book of Exalted Deeds, page 169. If someone wanted to make a character of this race, how would it work? Is there any way to reduce the +10 LA to something more realistic?
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Are the elf races really so bad?

Every popular charop class handbook I read seems to indicate that Elf is a terrible race choice, or at best "okay" (but sub-optimal) for some of the sub-types of elf. It seems to me that they actually ...
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Race Building: Endless legend Broken Lords as PF PCs [closed]

I've been thinking of running a Pathfinder game set on Auriga from Endless Legend (For those of you who don't know, it's a 4X by amplitude studios). I was building the various races of the game using ...
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What races can gnomes interbreed with?

I know that Tieflings and Aasimar can mate and have offspring with Gnomes. I know that most races native to Golarion (human, elf, dwarf, etc.) can't. Purely for flavor, I'm creating a Gnome academic ...
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Into what game-term classifications are half-elves put?

The half-elf has unique racial traits, but one of those racial traits is elven blood, which says For all effects related to race, a half-elf is considered an elf. Half-elves aren't available as ...
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Does D&D 4e have a Lizardfolk as a playable, PC race?

There are many entries in the Monster Manual for Lizardfolk, but I have yet to find a good piece of literature describing how to play them as a player race. If necessary I will create it from scratch, ...
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Are there any side effects of switching the attribute increases for a race?

Making a barbarian? Mountain dwarf or half-orc. Warlock? Half-elf is the obvious choice. Oh, wizard? You want to be a gnome or high elf. I'd rather my players choose the race they want rather than ...
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I'm Trying to Find the Race that's basically a Lizardfolk-Centaur?

I swear I've seen a drawing of what I can only describe as a Lizardfolk-Centaur. Where it's a Lizardfolk's near-term w/ 2 arms on top and what looks like a large monitor lizard's body w/ 4 clawed, ...
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Do Neraphim Get any Armor Proficiency?

Outsiders get what ever armor proficiency is "described" for their race. Only Description I've seen for Neraphim: Neraphim also prefer to wear strangely colorful body-covering bone spiked ...
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Extra cantrip for High Elf?

I read that High Elves could chose a cantrip from the wizard spells, but is it additional to your own class cantrips, or is it counted as one of them? For this instance, I want to make a Cleric which ...
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What are all the playable races and starting classes? [closed]

I'm about to start a Dungeons and Dragon 3.5 adventure, and the last time I created a character I didn't feel there were many options to choose from (unlike Dungeons and Dragons, 4th Edition). What ...
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Strategies for handling age of maturity dissonance for Aasimar (or other plane-touched) born to humans?

I find the fact that elves don’t reach adulthood until they are 110 relatively straightforward to work with, since the children and parents are aging at the same rate and their cultures are built ...