This is something that I just have to say. I see people on here and in game talking about Wizards not worrying about elemental powers and focus on force, dc, and negative spells. I see people telling new players that they absolutely have to have elementals as a favored enemy if they are playing ranger. I see others saying that drow are the worst race to play, and I just have to slap myself in the face to remove the shock of it all.
First, I've played lots of wizards both before and after prestige classes and before the newest cool things came out. Never in that six years have I ever had to give my drow wizard or any other wizard for that matter a friggin great axe! Nor have I ever eliminated any type of elemental damage spells from any of my spellboks.
Second, I'm almost a dedicated Ranger in this game. I have more of them than any other class. I've never had elementals as a favored enemy, simply because there are enough weapons in the game to do a boatload of damage to them already. My choices are nearly always undead, goblinoids, giants, aberrations, outsiders. Switching out either giants or goblinoids when I get to Eveningstar for Elf.
Lastly is the drow ****. All of my characters are drow, all of them are great in groups or solo. I have never felt gimped by the race and there have been many times I've had to carry others from the "Better Races" back to a shrine. Even in the higher levels, these guys can hold their own.
In conclusion, I see lots of people talking smack about how the game should be played, what should be played, and what is or isn't viable to play in the game. Most of which is bunk because I've played pretty much every which way you can in this game and seeing post like these just make me laugh. It also upsets me because when new players come into the game or forum and are wanting to play a specific way, a way they have chosen, they are almost immediately shunned or just outright chastised for their choices. Remember when you were the noob and didn't know how to do anything (for some of these posters that was like six months ago). Let the new people learn to play without your prejudices and help them with these as well.