Day 2 Favorite Playable Race
I have only ever played a Halfling or a half-elf as a player. As a DM, I have watched people play all of the different races and played a few myself. My favorite would have to be the Gnome. I know you are thinking “The Gnome? ugh why?”. Well I will tell you why.
If you look at all the other races, most of them know gnome language (going on 3.5 edition information), that gives them a leg up already because my PC (player character for those new to this game) can speak to everyone in our party. They are tiny, not as tiny as halflings, but tiny enough to seem innocuous. They are considered to be 3-3.5 ft tall. They gain a size bonus on their armor class, attack rolls, and hide checks (as do halflings). They get a +4 to dodge when going against giant creatures. They also get spell-like abilities they can use 1 time per day to get away from their foes. Who needed a normal spell-caster in the party anyways?
Most of you may be saying, well the halfling is smaller than the gnome and has a lot of the perks you are giving it. Yes, that is true. What I like about the Gnome the most is the fact that, as a DM, I was able to pull the Gnome straight out of the Monster Manual and utilize it just as it is as an evil cannibalistic character. If I was still a regular player, and not a DM, I would always chose the gnome (if it’s available for the edition the DM is playing) to play. I just like the fact that they are so underestimated in battle because they are so small.
Think of this as a player ok. You come to a room that has a tiny door. A door that would be fit to a small child, 2 ft wide and 3 ft tall. Well you could climb on your hands and knees and go through that door. Whats on the other side? Is something going to come crashing down on you while you are climbing through the doorway? Do you have enough reflex to get away? Or you can let the gnome and halfling go in front of you. Now you must be thinking, “why would I, as a PC playing a gnome, want to send my player first through a random door that is so small it’s like it was made for us?”
Maybe there is treasure on the other side of that door. Maybe there is a monster that you can fight with your fellow small companion and you can get all the experience for yourselves.
Ok, Ok, maybe I just have a soft side for small races because I am tiny myself in reality. No joke. I am 4’10” (and 3/4). Life is a constant struggle for me being short. It’s like its own adventure on its own – but that’s a story for another time.
Back to Gnomes: don’t underestimate the little guy when choosing your race for your next PC. You may come to love playing the smaller or larger characters. Plus, if you have a DM like me and you are not happy with the race you have chosen, i will place you in a precarious situation that you may or may not come out of. All the while rubbing my hands together and laughing maniacally…..just kidding……maybe.
What’s your favorite playable race? Let me know in the comments section!