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  • #57877

    Hi all

    Just a question what’s your favourite fantasy race and why ?

    Mine is dwarfs although not released any yet as I’m worried I won’t do them justice , but they are in the pipeline , I like the lore sorrounding them and there stubbornness , also the crazy steam contraptions , slayers have always been my favourites,

    Looking forward to hearing yours

    Richard

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    #57883
    Anonymous
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    Back from my FRPG days, Dwarf adventurers and armies, Human adventurers (generic,) Gnomes (when played by my wife,) and Goblin armies.

     

    I  the underestimation of Dwarf armies/PCs by many players.

    it is a pleasant challenge under most rules for Dwarf armies for victory.

    #57895
    Rhoderic
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    Sticking to Tolkienesque definitions, I like dwarves and elves in equal measure and couldn’t really pick one over the other. The mythicness of them both is pleasantly immersive. It’s difficult to put in words, but I just feel cozy whenever I immerse myself in the “myth” (or “pseudo-myth” or whatever you want to call it) of Tolkienesque dwarves and elves.

    #57898
    Patrice
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    Goblins. 

    You can imagine interesting scenarios with Goblins NPCs: they are certainly not so stupid as some people think, they are less aggressive than Orks, they live in the wild with animals so they must be effective ecologically, they have a tribal system (or so I believe) which certainly relies on solidarity (because everyone else wants them harm); and IMHO their skin colour is not green (the old AD&D monster manual says it can be yellow ochre to brick red).

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    #57901

    Yes love goblins to , never looked at them in the way mentioned always seen them as allies of orks , but I like your view point, down troden tribal creatures just trying to survive

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    #57911
    Mike Headden
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    The Nac Mac Feegle aka The Wee Free Men aka The Pictsies

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    #57912
    Stroezie
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    Yall sound like you never heard of the Goblins web comic. If you like goblins and d&d be prepared to lose several hours Link

    Back on topic
    Deamons! Hordes of weird and wonderfully wacky deamons.

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    #57916

    Oh will look at that after I’ve lost a few hours in warhammer total war , pc game

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    #57924
    shelldrake
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    elves  – graceful archers that live in forests.

    #57929

    The Borribles.

     

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    #57931
    Rod Robertson
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    Stepping beyond the boundaries of pure D&D races the Ahoggya from Tekumel and Gloranthan Trolls are favorites of mine. For bad guy antagonists Gnolls, Shen, Broo and Krarshtkids are tops.

    Cheers and good gaming.

    Rod Robertson.

     

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    Hi rob do you have a link for a pic not seen these before

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    #57939
    Etranger
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    Ducks!

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    #57941
    MartinR
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    I was always fascinated by Orcs, they seem to so full of contradictions. But for D&D I was generally human.

     

     

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    #57947
    Stroezie
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    Those Tekumel Ahoggya are real interesting.
    I’ve been toying with an idea for some 6mm sculpts of a tri-symetrical alien race and seeing these has given me an idea how I might go about it.
    Thanks for pointing them out.

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    #57964
    Rhoderic
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    On the subject of orcs and goblins, while my favourite races remain dwarves and elves due simply to the moods and themes they convey, I think orcs and goblins are some of the most interesting races to contemplate from a quasi-academic world-building point of view. I especially like the way they’re such a “malleable” element from that perspective. From one setting to another, they can be very different things, while nevertheless always corresponding to their general archetype. For instance:

    • In Tolkien’s legendarium, they’re minions and foot-soldiers of a Dark Lord (one of several from different points of the timeline). Even though it’s pretty much stated that they’re miserable wretches who hate themselves and their Lord above anything else, it’s quite clear within the framework of the legendarium that they’re evil aberrations and ought to be eradicated from the face of the earth.
    • In Warhammer, they’re just crazy tribal wildlings who infest every part of the world and don’t get along well with anyone else. They’re more an expression of primitive tribalism and sheer brash moxie than of pure evil, so they could be viewed as relatable in their own way.
    • In Warcraft (at least the early RTS games) they’re a relatively well-developed, if brutish and somewhat alien-seeming, warrior-culture civilisation that’s invading the human/dwarf/elf world from another world of their own through a magic portal, making for a “clash of civilisations” type deal. Again their evilness is highly debatable. IIRC, at one point in the grand Warcraft storyline, orcs are completely defeated and enslaved by humans. Later they regain their freedom and self-worth through an uprising led by a Moses-cum-Spartacus-like hero, becoming a separate competing civilisation again.
    • In many other settings, they’re more “integrated” so that orc/goblin mercenaries, labourers and adventurers may be tolerated in human lands, and humans in turn may dare to visit as guests among orc/goblin tribes, allowing for mixed adventuring parties and the like. I played a campaign in one PC strategy game where a few bold, forward-thinking polities of orcs, goblins, dwarves and humans cohabiting a wild, wartorn region had formed an alliance in an effort to usher in a Camelot-like age of stability and prosperity despite their old enmities.

    All these things and more can be done with orcs and goblins, depending on the specifics of the setting. Really, if I was designing my own pseudo-Tolkienesque fantasy setting, one of the first things I’d ask myself is: “What are orcs and goblins in this world?”.

    Also, to strike off on a tangent, another interesting thing to look at is this: If a fantasy setting is stripped of orcs and goblins, who has their place instead? For instance, in the Dark Sun setting (where orcs and goblins are extinct), the thri-kreen have filled that void.

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    #57969

    They have become the goto bad guy race , and fit perfectly into almost any fantasy setting , in the wheel of time series by Robert Jordan, they use trollocs as the enslaved bad guy race , always seen these as the orcs of this particular fantasy world.

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    #57973
    Rod Robertson
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    Perfect Six Scenics:

    Ahoggya:

    http://shadowking-shadowkings.blogspot.ca/2014/03/tekumel-ahoggya-painted.html

    Gloranthan Trolls:

    Broo:

    Shen:

    Krashtkids:

    I can’t find a picture or drawing of one. Imagine a spiny, disc-like, central body with a large, inferior and ventral mouth capable of chewing through soft sedimentary rock and six crab-like legs projecting radially from that body.

    And finally Scorpion Folk:

    https://ksr-ugc.imgix.net/assets/002/727/172/0701ba4ce4b0372a997269ed0f8d2eb9_original.jpg?w=680&fit=max&v=1413101636&auto=format&q=92&s=41301ded85079d7566b1ec2552cb4e84

    Cheers and good gaming.

    Rod Robertson.

     

    #57975
    Mike
    Keymaster

    Orcs I think.
    They were my first which is one thing, but also they (based on the GW ones) are very clearly the bad guys, and a fair match for humans, being tougher physically but less reliable mentally.

     

     

     

    #57979
    Darkest Star Games
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    Don’t really have a favorite, but I always had a soft spot for D&D Orcs and Goblins.  And Lizardmen.

     

    I can tell you, however, that there are 2 races in D&D that I hate dealing with (especially at low level): Planar Trolls and Githyanki.  I’m no fan of Aboliths or Slaan either…

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    #57980
    Rod Robertson
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    Etranger:

    Druzul? How odd. Ridiculous brigands and river/swamp folk but thoroughly unpleasant and cantankerous little blighters. However, to each their own or as the ducks say, “Whatever floats your boat.”.

    Cheers and good gaming.

    Rod Robertson.

    #57981
    TwoGunBob
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    I guess I was tragically gothicke in my love of undead but they’re not really a race, right? In AD&D I had a soft spot for half-orcs as I also preferred the angst of trying to live outside the shadow of the father and be a lawful being. Still feeling the single orb of Gruumsh always at their back but trying to carry on in a world that forever despises them. Cue the lone swordsman theme and misunderstood wanderer.

    Funny for all the fantasy roleplaying games I played over the years I just now dipped my toe into fantasy officially last year.

    #57982

    I like the Glorantha trolls, too.

     

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    #57987
    PatG
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    Halflings.

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