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From:     RJPugh@???.com
Date:     Tue, 28 Feb 1995 17:22:16 -0500
Subject:  Re: Duplicate races
Hi gang.

When TSR designed Spelljammer, they certainly wanted to keep some kind of
consistency, if only for game mechanics.  But, the people in that fantasy
universe don't know that.

One of the explinations for the similar species all over the place is that
all the various races come from one source and were somehow spread around.
 Sounds like Star Trek if you ask me.

Another one is "parallel development," which says, in short, that the same
species evolved simultaneously in a number of different places, with only
local variations. (i.e. Kender instead of Halflings)

A variation on #2 is that the various dieties  made some sort of agreement to
use the same set of models, kind of like the Universal Standards Institute
Guidelines for Race Development. :)

It's up to GM's to create individual flavor for each world.  In my old
campaign there was a woman who wanted her character to have blue skin and
white hair, yet still be human.  Since the game mechanics were the same,
resulting in no chance of imballance, I allowed it.  As far as the game was
concerned the character was human, but as far as the players and NPC's were
concerned, she was a Rithalian: a human sub-race with blue skin and a very
exotic culture.  It was this exotic culture that made her unique.

Imagine if a player wanted to play one of the halflings from Anadia in
Realmspace.  In terms of game mechanics, they are just halflings with a
preference for high temperatures... and copper colored skin.  Mechanically,
they are halflings, but if you were to meet one, you would be hard pressed to
put them in exactly the same category as "typical" halflings.

Role-play the differences!  Aye, there's the rub.

Richard


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