A race is a group of organisms of common descent. It can mean:

  • A species
  • A sub-species
  • A geographically and physically distinct ethnic group
  • A class of creatures of a common origin and similar nature, such as angels or half-elves
  • Sometimes, it is simply used to denote common lineage

Most commmonly, race is identified as a character trait, especially in fantasy settings. In science-fiction games, race probably denotes a variation or sub-species.

Connotations of the word Race Edit

Because real-world racism exists, the term race should be considered carefully in an RPG context. Thoughtlessly, someone might post a discussion thread titled, "What Race Do You Hate?" While intended to express opinions about character types, that title immediately suggests real-world racial hatred, bigotry, and even genocide.

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