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In real life, a character's race is determined by their parents' genetics.  In the Bard's Tale, you can choose the races for your characters when you create them.  In real life, characters from a different race may have genetic advantages.  For example, African athletes are generally better basketball players than Chinese athletes.  So it is in the Bard's Tale.  Hobbits generally make better Rogues, because they are more dextrous, and Dwarves are stronger and make better fighters.  Gnomes are more intelligent and make better magic users.  Humans are pretty average at everything.

Some classes cannot be from certain races.  I mean, who ever heard of a Half-Orc Paladin?  Or a Dwarf Magician?

Other than the race restrictions and starting statistic bonuses, race really doesn't affect game play much.

Race Class RestrictionsEdit

Race Allowed Classes Restricted Races
Human

Warrior

Paladin

Rogue

Bard

Hunter

Monk

Conjurer

Magician

Elf

Warrior

Paladin

Rogue

Bard

Monk

Conjurer

Magician

Hunter
Dwarf

Warrior

Paladin

Rogue

Hunter

Bard

Monk

Conjurer

Magician

Hobbit

Warrior

Rogue

Bard

Monk

Conjurer

Magician

Paladin

Hunter

Half-Elf

Warrior

Rogue

Bard

Monk

Conjurer

Magician

Paladin

Hunter

Half-Orc

Warrior

Rogue

Hunter

Conjurer

Magician

Paladin

Bard

Monk

Gnome

Warrior

Rogue

Hunter

Monk

Conjurer

Magician

Paladin

Bard


Race Starting AttributesEdit

The attributes of each character are influence by their race. The five attributes are strengthintelligencedexterityconstitution, and luck.

Starting Attribute Minimums
ST IQ DX CN LK
Human 10-17 6-13 8-15 8-15 5-12
Elf 8-15 9-16 9-16 6-13 6-13
Dwarf 12-18 6-13 7-14 10-17 3-10
Hobbit 4-11 6-13 12-18 5-12 10-17
Half-Elf 9-16 8-15 9-16 7-14 6-13
Half-Orc 11-18 3-10 8-15 11-18 4-11
Gnome 9-16 10-17 7-14 3-10 4-11

Apple IIGS/iOS versions may be higher.

MSDOS characters are skewed toward higher attributes.  It's more likely you'll get higher stats than lower stats.

An attribute is increased by +1 each time a level is gained.  Attribute maximum is 18.

References:

 The Adventurer's Guild : Developer's Heaven : msdos dissasembly

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