Here's an example: take your standard fantasy #rpg setting, with humans, elves, dwarves, orcs, giants, dragons, whatever other sophonts you may have. Remove the "humans". How does that change things?
@acodispo I don't think so, but that sounds promising.
I know of RPGs in which humans do exist, but you're playing while they all sleep, does it count? :)
@Yoric That sounds fun, what game is that? :o) But no, not what I was thinking of. Last year I ran a couple adventures in a fantasy settings with no single human analogue, and I'm curious whether others have done this & what their experience was.
@acodispo Tiny (the heroes are toys, they wake up when humans are asleep). I also think Fate of Cats but I haven't played it.
I feel like I'd be fine with it. I've been in some campaigns where there was a 'humans only' limitation, and it felt like part of the fantasy was just missing. Sometimes half the fun of escapism is being something other than human.
Also, I feel like a 'no humans' anywhere limit would help to build an attitude of racial equality, since there's no humans in the world to have as a baseline for comparison.
@BenKramer Yes, I think this question came up in my mind in response to a blog post about a "humans-only" campaign. Interestingly, I'm running a campaign now where "human" is the default for newly created characters, but new bloodlines & ancestries have been "unlocked" as the party discovers (meets) representatives of these groups in their explorations.
@BenKramer I guess once I started thinking about it it began to seem exceedingly strange to me that humans should be included in most fantasy worlds at all. What purpose does it serve? what is the rationale? And I do rather like the feeling of "no baseline" that comes about if you remove humans.
@nono I've not played it. Are there humans in Toon? Another way of asking might be: is there a baseline species choice?
@acodispo IIRC species is purely cosmetic. I only played it once or twice 25 years ago, I can't remember if there were humans but I'm pretty sure it didn't matter.
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