Wimwick over at Dungeon’s Master.com recently wrote a post called “Dwarves Are the Best Race” in which he (very convincingly) explaned how Dwarves are the very best race to play in D&D 4e.
Sir, I challenge you on that point of contention.
I say, Humans are the best race!
Now, I don’t have any fancy tables like Mr. Wick, but I do have a Player’s Handbook at hand, and a few quick minutes.
Humans recieve a +2 to any one ability score of their choice. Now, you may see this as a disadvantage to the other races who recieve a +2 to two different attributes, but I don’t. For the other races, you have to take the bonuses in those spots. For a human, you have much more versatility. You can choose ANYTHING!
Humans get an additional skill from their class skill list. That’s not too shoddy. When you’re trying to decide which skills to take as you put together your character, you’re going to get a lot more choice, and a lot more freedom to make your character to your liking.
Humans get a plethora of abilities: An extra At-Will, an extra feat, and defense bonuses to Fortitude, Reflex AND Will. That extra At-Will makes your choice of actions each round more interesting. Instead of switching between two, you’ve got three different actions. No more are you wringing your hands, wondering which At-Will to choose between: Cleave or Wall of Steel? Take both! Why not?
That extra feat is going to get you one step closer to the build you want to go with that requires a ton of feats, and also allows you to start of with some nice combos.
You really have any class open to you with the Attribute choice as well as the bonuses to your defenses.
More important than all this crunch is the flavor. What race are you going to be most familiar with than any other? Human. Which race is the easiest to RP? Human. What race is the most prominent in Fantasy? Human.
It bothers me a bit when I end up in a party with no humans. It doesn’t feel right. In almost any fantasy book, you’ve got at least half the party made up of humans. But not in the case of my games. We’ll have one and only one human, if we’re lucky.
How about you? Do you find a lack of humans in your games? What race do you think is best?