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D&D race ideas - building your own character

Updated: Mar 2

D&D character races, once long ago, were oh so simple. There were humans, dwarves, elves and halflings and that was that (I’m talking back in the days of the starter set in the mid 1980s by the way). There were no Tieflings, no Aasimar, no Warforged, not even gnomes.

Now we live in much more interesting times, not only has the range of available character races dramatically increased, but the homebrew culture within D&D means that homebrewing races is now much easier.

You don’t have to be a games designer or artist to bring a new type of adventuring being to life and this article is a handy step by step guide to help you.

Before we get started though, let’s quickly drive a stake through the term race. I’ve used it to start with because it’s a term that is part of D&D parlance (soon to be forever phased out, thank goodness).