Something I’ve noticed is that when someone is interested in being/writing about a certain fantasy or sci-fi race, and you tell that the race is good at “A” and bad at “B”, the very first request people tend to make is to be that race and do “B”. This doesn’t just concern classes or skills either. If you give a man a race that holds certain traditions sacred, there is a good chance that the character he creates will be the one exception who actively defies those traditions. I have no interest in badmouthing the people who do this. After all, I can’t say that I’m entirely innocent of it myself, but it still tends to baffle me how many people try to play against the race they choose. It confuses me even more when people do it with completely original races where it would seem to me like there is little yet to deconstruct.
The reason I’m talking about this is because I want to understand why people do it so that I can avoid having people feel as if they need to play against their race in my own work. Do you think that people do it because of a desire to make themselves feel “special”, or because it serves as a sort of rebellion against the overused tropes of an all warrior or all evil race? Maybe it is because we are trying to make a unique story that other people haven’t made? That is usually my reason when I do this.
Also, do you have any ideas on how you think people can avoid having people play against race, or do you think that isn’t something that should warrant attention.
I’m interested in hearing opinions from the people who have played against their race, the people who have made/making world were they believe people will do this, and the people who have just seen other people doing it.
I probably don’t have to say this in this forum, but please take care not to insult others. I want to hear honest opinions, but I don’t want a flamewar.