Fantasy worlds without humans?

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Fantasy worlds without humans?

Post by Angel of the Night » Tue Jul 22, 2014 11:09 pm

I am starting to out on putting together a homebrew campaign system based around Pathfinder and it dawns on me that I do not think I want humans as a player race. What is the point RPing in a fantasy world if players are more inclined to play humans?

Also, are there any published campaign settings that do not have humans as a player race?
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Re: Fantasy worlds without humans?

Post by ripvanwormer » Tue Jul 22, 2014 11:37 pm

Talislanta. Some of the races are more humanlike than others, but technically none of them are human.

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The Dark Crystal (this rpg is not yet published, but there's plenty of books about the setting, and of course a movie)

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Re: Fantasy worlds without humans?

Post by willpell » Fri Mar 09, 2018 8:20 pm

The Magic the Gathering setting also includes the world of Lorwyn (later renamed Shadowmoor), which also has no humans. Of significance, Lorwyn is a world made of dreams, so it would be logical to assume that the dreamers are human, and that they invariably apparate in the setting as giants or mermaids or goblins, exaggerating their personalities so they have a more dreamlike reality to them.

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Re: Fantasy worlds without humans?

Post by Coronoides » Mon Jun 25, 2018 10:58 am

Council of Wryms!
AD&D 2e setting where humans were unwanted feral savages who want to destroy the dragons that rule the Isles. Long ago they were a invading army of crusaders from a distant continent but the survivors have descended into savagery. In short in Council of Wryms humans are not available as PCs, rather they fill the niche of a nasty sort of orc.
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Re: Fantasy worlds without humans?

Post by timemrick » Tue Jun 26, 2018 4:53 am

In Faery's Tale, the PCs are all faeries who largely try to avoid being noticed by humans.

In Epyllion, the PCs begin play as very young dragons learning about the wider world. At least in the core book, there is no mention of humans, only other dragons and a few other magical beings. My general impression of the game is that it's very much like My Little Pony, but with dragons. (There's now a MLP RPG, which also lacks human characters, but I don't own that one.)

Notably, both of these games are designed for younger players. Maybe younger kids have more flexible imaginations than their more humanocentric elders? ;)
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Post by Coronoides » Tue Jun 26, 2018 12:12 pm

Puppetland.
Everyone is a puppet inside a giant model world. The only human was the Maker but Mr Punch killed him and made a mask from the Maker’s skin. Messed up.
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Post by Yaztromo » Tue Jun 26, 2018 8:53 pm

ripvanwormer wrote:
Tue Jul 22, 2014 11:37 pm
Talislanta. Some of the races are more humanlike than others, but technically none of them are human.
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Post by Yaztromo » Tue Jun 26, 2018 8:54 pm

Double post. Please Mods delete it.
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