Something about the little races in MMORPGs gives me this unshakeable youthful, innocent, and joyful feeling. I’ve played a tiny race since the days of the original EverQuest back in 1999. I’ve had Goblins, Gnomes, Halflings, Dwarves, Lurikeens, Inconnu, Kobolds, Hobbits, Raki, Gibberlings, Lalafell, Tarutaru, Asura, and soon I’ll play a Chua. It’s safe to say if there’s a tiny race, I’ll be playing one.
Short races in MMOs are always either incredibly cute with a gleeful disposition, or bat$h!t crazy with a psychotic blood-lust. Either way, how can you go wrong? They always look the best, and for some reason give me the best feeling while playing. I love being tiny and having everything loom over me. Everything is bigger and perceived as more impressive. Monsters are also scarier. When playing a big Ogre, a normal rat isn’t that scary; When the rat is three times your size, suddenly it becomes a terrible monster with fangs the size of your face.
I always feel happy-go-lucky while playing a smaller race. It’s weird, but I think my state of mind changes. I fall back into the “hiyas!” and “/wave” mentality. Yeah, I have this uncontrollable roleplay persona that comes out. When I play a larger race, or a bland and boring race like humans, I’m just another person out in the world. When I’m one of the small races, I’m special — even if all of it is entirely in my mind.
Maybe it’s the uncontrollable urge to hug a Tarutaru, the fact that Gibberlings come in threes and bounce like Gummy Bears, or Dwarves drink too much beer and speak with ridiculous scottish accents, but I love them all. Graev is watching over my shoulder telling me I’m starting to sound like a creeper, which may be entirely accurate, but I can’t help it! I am genuinely less interested in a MMO if there’s not a little race. Do you have a particular type of character that just draws you in? Maybe you’re the ogre whose lap I sit in, or the ankles I’ve bitten.