“Wizards of the Coast ,” in a calculated marketing move, offered up Drow as a playable race in “Living Forgotten Realms.” I am not going to even complain about the crass and obvious pandering to R.A. Salvatore’s fans to sell yet another set of “Forgotten Realms ” books. That is just business and I can live with it.
What drives me insane is the predictable influx of Drizzt wannabes that are sure to invade “LFR.” All these angst-ridden, dual-sword wielding dark heroes with a heart are pathetic cliches, shadows of an iconic “D&D” character. The players might have some backstory to justify the their Drow ranger. It might even sound plausible.
I do not care.
Role-playing is about originality and creativity. If you are such a fan-boy (or girl) that a Drizzt-copy is all you can come up with, turn in your geek card.
We must stand against this influx of Xeroxed-heroes. I doubt players can kill players during the campaign, but there is another option.
Heckle the player. Tease him (or her) about their “original” character. Make it known that his “homage ” is closer to a rip-off.
Point and laugh.
I am all for players creating whatever character they like. In fact, playing a Drow might be fun. I only ask that it be different, like a Drow rogue or fighter or a drunken proctologist.
You know, something original.
Trask, The Last Tyromancer