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I’m thinking about only one race for ArchaicQuest, Humans. The reason is, if I try to quickly add in elves / dwarfs / gnomes etc (backstory, locations, etc etc) I think it will end up half-assed done. I want races to be noticeably different not just a name/stat change.
Pro’s to only Humans:
Humans get all the attention
This means I can concentrate on the world building just around one group of species, as a human myself this should make my life easier. I also want my game to have deep lore and history. I don’t want too many throw away NPCs that are just there to be killed. I want the majority of them to have a story, weather they tell it to you or you stumble across it in a book. Which may enable dialogue with them, once your character knows what to say. It’s that sort of oh wow moment I want to keep recreating for players who connect the dots after discovering something.
Streamlined character creation
So race selection gets dropped, So players are 1 step closer to getting in to the game. That’s a good thing.
Quicker to build the world, I don’t need to worry about making places for different races.
I touched on this in the 1st point, If I want deep lore and history for every race I’ll be writing for months! By sticking to humans I don’t need to worry about elves and fairies and anything else a player wants to be. Those interested these are the races I want eventually:
- Different types of Humans
- Dark Elf
- High Elf
- Wood Elf
- Hob Goblin
- Bug Bear
- Avian (has wings)
- Cat-like (no name yet, something for the furry fans)
- Wolf-like (no name yet, something for the furry fans)
Cons to only Humans:
No other races or integration.
This might turn people off (dark elves are the most picked race on my test server). I’m not sure but this is why i’m writing this I want to know how you feel about having no choice of race to play. Of course this is not forever but will be for awhile.
Hard to add new races
It will be hard to magically add new races in to the world. Unless there is some sort of magical cataclysm that takes place, a breaking of the world that forces a restart. Like the biblical great flood.
Or maybe the new races just get discovered ?