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Posted: Jan 13th 2011 4:07PM Audacious said

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@JoeH42

Emphasis on slowly. Especially the MMO industry.
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Posted: Jan 13th 2011 6:02PM SnarlingWolf said

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@JoeH42

Maybe some companies are slowly moving in that direction but you should give Turbine credit with doing AC 11 years ago ( and it is still running).

They created their own type of fantasy with Olthoi as the main bad guys. They came up with lots of races that are only in AC and do not reflect traditional fantasy. There are no elves, orcs, hobbits. There are drudges, niffis, olthoi, mosswarts, virindi (always a favorite), tumeroks, etc.

I think the big reason that the tradtional fantasy has be done to death in MMOs is that most MMO companies copy whichever games have made the most money. EQ was a bit bigger then AC (I'd say mostly due to the fact that AC didn't advertise at all and EQ did quite a bit). EQ was very classic fantasy. WoW came out and copied a lot from EQ (and AC2) and went traditional fantasy for the most part. Every MMO that has come after has copied the previous games so they tend to end up with traditional fantasy.

Ever since the early days of MMOs there have been companies doing things different.
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Posted: Jan 14th 2011 12:24PM Valdamar said

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@SnarlingWolf
Yeah Turbine do deserve a lot of credit for their originality with NPC races in Asheron's Call, even though for a long time there was basically no originality at all in its playable characters (basically just humans - albeit in Japanese, European or Arabian flavours).

So many MMORPG dev teams talking about building new worlds, but then just rehash what has gone before - at least Turbine made a stab at creating something original.
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Posted: Jan 13th 2011 4:06PM Dumac said

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"but even suggesting that in the Massively offices"

And then Eliot wonders why someone would think Massively has offices :)

Posted: Jan 13th 2011 4:15PM DemonXaphan said

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I'm surprised you didn't include Vanguard in the list.

Posted: Jan 13th 2011 4:25PM Muddleglum said

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Funny you are sick of the "stock races" but almost every fantasy MMO is represented in this list and in the comments, and for the most part they offer a lot of diverse choices. So what's the issue? hehe :)

Posted: Jan 13th 2011 4:33PM Justpotatoes said

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I'm partial to EQ2's frogloks, especially when they're monks. The ability to play a pink ninja frog is just awesome.

My second favorite non-standard race is probably Warhammer's goblins. They were so ugly they were cute.

Posted: Jan 13th 2011 4:37PM RunsWithSporks said

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Dark Age of Camelot has a number of races that do not fit the typical fantasy MMO mold. Kobolds for one as mentioned in the article but also

Sylvans - the first MMO that I know of to have tree people
Lurikeens - leprechauns
Trolls - Biggest race in game, stone skin
Shar - Creepy half reptile humanoids
Firbolgs - A race from Irish mythology



Posted: Jan 13th 2011 4:43PM Celestian said

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Hafling and hobbit are the same thing...

Posted: Jan 14th 2011 12:05PM Valdamar said

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@Celestian
Just don't let the Tolkien Eastate hear you say that, or they might start chucking a few lawsuits around ;)
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Posted: Jan 14th 2011 12:05PM Valdamar said

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@Celestian
Just don't let the Tolkien Estate hear you say that, or they might start chucking a few lawsuits around ;)
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Posted: Jan 14th 2011 12:06PM Valdamar said

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I hate this comment system :(
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Posted: Jan 14th 2011 12:12PM Celestian said

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@Valdamar Back in the old days thats why they changed the name in D&D from hobbit to halfling...the Tolkien estate ;)

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Posted: Jan 14th 2011 12:18PM Valdamar said

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@Celestian
Yeah I know - that's why I said it, hehe.
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Posted: Jan 13th 2011 4:55PM Seldra said

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When my bf used to play the EQ games weren't there playble Lizardmen in them? I thought that was rather unique. Don't see that much anymore in MMOs.

Posted: Jan 13th 2011 5:00PM Rihahn said

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Istaria also has Satyrs (goat folks), Dryads (fairy folks), Sslik (lizard folks), and Saris (cat folks) races as well as the Dragons.

Though, you don't really see too many things other than the Dragons - they get pretty *huge* and are hard to miss so it seems like there's a zillion of them.

And in response to the Shadowbane list; Istaria is still running. ;)

I jest, I really miss my centaur prelate... And my Aracoix thief was the terror of two servers.

Posted: Jan 13th 2011 5:38PM Balraw said

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This list needs more Galka (from FFXI) huge, hairy and they have tails what's not to love about them. Ok so maybe not to every ones taste but will always have a soft spot for them as my first character in my first ever mmo was a Galka :)

Posted: Jan 13th 2011 5:56PM Epiny said

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Why are Undead on the list? They are kind of common.

To me, Iksar should be on the list. When EQ came out with Iksar most people still religously adhered to the Tolkein races. It was the first race to really step away.

Posted: Jan 13th 2011 6:50PM VampireCactus said

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You put in DAOC's Kobolds, but not the Sylvan? The tree people? People with bark for skin? TREE PEOPLE.

Tree people are more deserving of that spot than Kobolds.

Posted: Jan 13th 2011 7:05PM Khalus said

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Oh come now, no Cat-Girl lovin!?:

"MIthra from FFXI, and Miqo'te from FFXIV"

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