I posted (a version) of this in the Vote Topic but decided to repost as a seperate topic for potential discussion.
In the I don’t really have a horse in voting race from the prespective of playing any of the races but I think that Catfolk are likely to result in the best overall game (and they seem to not have the fanbase of the others so being a contrarian is sometimes fun).
This will be split into three sections:
- Voting against Kitsune.
- Voting against Ratfolk.
- Voting for Catfolk.
Voting against Kitsune:
While Shapechange sounds like an interesting power - in practice it is likely to be meaningless in a primary combat game, with the exception that when some NPC reveals themselves to be ‘gasp’ a Kitsune it will result in you going “god damn it, I have met them with trueseeing active … why the hell don’t the spells work as they should!” or “unless they have the non-existant disguise skill in max ranks for a level higher then they are I should have auto-spotted through that with perception”.
Effectively Kitsune sounds cool but they have some items that are likely to merely detract from play and make it so your MC was a fool for not seeing through their disguise.
Alternatively it means a lot of work will be done on the Kitsune to be perfect … work that could be done somewhere else that may offer greater gameplay to a wider audience - including you if you don’t intend to actually play as a Kitsune.
Voting against Ratfolk:
It is true that Ratfolk do not have the same gameplay/development issues as Kitsune, whoever they are basically inferiour Halflings from the pure race mechanics offering effectively nothing new.
Now they could have the swarming mechanic - which is interesting, but would then result in a decent amount of development to allow for two characters to stand in the same place with issues for targeting etc.
Voting for Catkolk:
Catfolk offer two primary benefits, firstly they should not have any obviously annoying elements from a ‘but I should have noticed that’ stance and secondly they offer something a little different in terms of racial abilities without them being the type of things that need entirely new mechanics to implement properly.
So in conslusion if you don’t particularly care about Kitsune, Ratfolk or Catfolk then Catfolk would seem to be the likeliest to require the least updates to mechanics and thereby time cost of the team which could be used for other work that you may find preferable.
Also please note that if you have voted but wish to change your vote (whichever way) you can click ‘Show Vote’ under the results and change is as you like, you are seemingly not tied until the vote closes.