The Daily Grind: Do you ever want to change your character’s race?

    
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We all whine and complain about MMO cash shop offerings, but you know what’s one item that I’m always glad to see? A race change option. Oh yes, that makes my heart so happy.

Why? Because there usually comes a point in my character’s career when I start to envy another race or realize that I’m deeply disatisfied with how my character looks — but I also don’t want to reroll and waste all of the hours I’ve poured into that toon, either. In RIFT, I used a race change token to switch from Dwarf to Human because the Dwarf animation for sword slashing was driving me up a wall.

Do you ever want to change your character’s race? Have you done so?

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Jeeshman
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Jeeshman

I’ve never done it.  My cousin did it in EQ2.  His second toon, created in 2005, was a Berzerker (tank class) gnome.  It was somewhat hilarious to have one of the smallest races in-game rushing in and picking fights with giant creatures.  But that was also the problem–after a couple years, so many people complained that they could never see his character during raid fights (where he was usually the Main Assist/off tank) that he changed race to Barbarian.

grimlock4h
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grimlock4h

Estranged Ducktales! Whoo-ooo!

On a less serious note, one of the best things about DDO is that you can Reincarnate your characters, the True or Heroic version allowing you to gain a minor past life bonus, and change race, class, and alignment as you start over from level 1. And you can do it for free, with a bit of a grind to get the tokens for a heart. You do have to reach level 20, though you can safely ignore the commoner levels past 20 unless you want to max your EDs (I guess whoever makes Viagra needs more business) or ETR.

My guild has a regular TR group, which goes through the entire game together. The last group, my main was a Half-Orc Druid. We’re in the planning stages of the next. I’m likely to TR my ancient Half-Elven Monk next, as she was built to farm the Shroud when it was endgame for mats, and currently is horribly outdated. Plus, I want to try out a Fighter Vanguard.

Saerain
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Saerain

Maybe in Eclipse Phase Online, in a universe where that exists.

Shienne
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Shienne

I considered it during the shift from Final Fantasy XIV’s Legacy version to A Realm Reborn because Roegadyn women are fucking gorgeous. However, I’m very set in my ways now. I am an Elvaan. I am an Elezen. I am a Castithan. Praise be to Altana, Nymeia, and Rayetso respectively.

ZenDadaist
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ZenDadaist

Very, very rarely. When I make a character I take my time to ensure it’s just right before I click the Start button. I have only wanted to change somethign post-creation if I discover that some very core aspect of the race is horrid, or if the game devs change something fundamental about the race after creation that ends up breaking the concept. What I do about it depends on how far I got along the character’s path before discovering the change or problem I hadn’t realised – if the character is still fairly new and if it has nothing particularly irreplaceable then I’ll just reroll it. If it’s a much more advanced character then I’ll just retire it until such time that it’s either no longer an issue for some reason, or I can change the race in terms agreeable to me.

The Rift animation example is spot on btw. Only one of my female Elves/Kelari wields a 2h weapon because their AoE 2h animation looks completely and utterly stupid. On the other hand male Dwarves have the best lute-playing action for a Bard :p

Greaterdivinity
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Greaterdivinity

Shamefully did it a few times in WoW years and years ago, and did it a few times in Rift when I was rolling in more credits than I knew what to do with after the F2P transition.
Honestly, I’d love a game that freely allowed full character recustomization. I get that it’s a fantastic monetization point for developers that doesn’t impact gameplay, but I’m also a dude that just loves to constantly change how my character looks, including race/gender, just because.

decompiler
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decompiler

Valkyriez Ah, min-maxers… well, I don’t really have much to say there.  I personally have more desire for my character to look the way I want than to eek out that 0.1% more damage/healing/whatever.  I’m not the type to smugly broadcast my damage meter superiority so much as the type to have fun – win or lose – with a group of people that I care about.

If guildies pressure you to play (or not play) a certain race because it’s not the “perfect” fit for your preferred role, I encourage you to find a new guild that will accept you for who you are and value your opinion.  You’ll never go back.  ;)

Valkyriez
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Valkyriez

Whilst I agree with you, it’s definitely a community perceived issue; the disparity in balance between racials.

Robert80
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Robert80

Valkyriez  That’s very odd… mostly because you NEED all three in some measure to be successful.  Granted, you focus on one of them usually, but the racials are such a tiny aspect of things that they are easily made up for by altering the rest of how you are set up.  A single skill using the other resource can be a great addition to what a person is doing (especially if they are running out of their primary resource.)
It sounds to me like people are inventing reasons to be elitist there.  These are probably the same people who have booted me or some of my guildies because we were ‘Not healers’ since we were not Templars on the character.  I always laughed when I saw those same groups still looking for a healer and had already healed the same run with another group.  Elitism for elitism’s sake is sad.
ESO is built on playing how you wish.  Racials are a minor issue at best.  Class is a minor issue at best.  Any of them in any combination can fill any role well.  For the example above, I have seen runs wipe because a healer had to roll out of bad stuff, and then couldn’t block when needed.  Of course, upon asking they had nothing at all to boost stamina (pre 1.6 champion system, which makes it even less an issue.  The champion points are far more important than the racials.)

Valkyriez
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Valkyriez

The main reason I dislike it is min-maxing. I’m not a min-maxer but some guildies are to the point that they won’t even consider playing a Magicka based healer for example on a race that has stamina based traits. The expectation that in Veteran mode content or in PvP one must be a certain race with a certain build is already there.
I play a Breton which is Magicka based. If I want to play a stam build dps I can, I know that. But others feel pressured to either pay for a race change to be “competitive” which bewilders me personally.