A bunch or random thoughts:
My first thoughts when I saw half Ogres: "You can play as a Super mutant in this game? Sweet!" Still haven't done so, but sweet nonetheless.
this makes Gnomes for me a better pick for a mage than Elves.
I like the concept of great power in a little body ever since I first saw Freeza.
On the other hand, superior longevity is why I prefer to play as an elf when I'm a mage. Being a powerful wizard goes well with being a member of the master race.
Another cool thing about elves: portraits. What can I say, they're sexy, and who doesn't like being sexy?
Oh, and of course sprites. Whatever they wear, be it a fancy suit, a robe or a leather armor, they look better in it than any other race. They just look great no matter what they wear (except chainmail. No one
looks good in chainmail). Oh, and those noodz. Did I mention sexy?
who enjoys playing a gruff humourless arsehole?!
I didn't like dwarves at first, but that changed after my conversation with Loghaire in my first game. The king's charismatic description about things dwarven made me want to play one, though I still haven't managed to do so.
I really like some of the muscular dwarven sprites, too, especially the nice suit (more like coat in their case) and the suede jacket.
Never really liked them. When I want to play a human, I play a human, when I want to play an elf, I play an elf. Half Elves, being a mixture of halves of both concepts never really seemed attractive to me. I plan to play one in my future technomage playthrough, though, since they seem to fit this character better than any other race.
I generally stay away from those repulsive creatures. I'll admit that I did enjoy my female half orc raised by orcs playthrough, but the hateful comments I got on every step became tiresome quickly.
their is not a single niche they are best at in terms of character builds in comparison to the other races.
They have some nice backgrounds unavailable to other races, though.
Different thought: When I first played Arcanum, I couldn't stand how unimpressingly humans looked in any given armor compared to elves, and therefore couldn't understand how someone would actually want to play as a human. I got used to it over the years and actually got to like the look of humans in some of the armors.
I don't play turnbased