As I’ve been playing it’s become more and more apparent that the vast majority of players are…human. According to ddoracle.com there are 196,408 humans. More than double that of the next most popular race, drow. An extra feat and 30% heal amp, how can you pass that up? In my most recent cleric life I decided not to play human for a change. And wow was I in for a big surprise, losing that healing amp has been killer.
Why don’t other races have healing amp enhancements? I think this is the main reason we don’t see much race diversity in DDO. I’m not saying they should all definitely have 30% racial healing amp but I do think they need some to be competitive going forward, 3 tiers of 5% or so. In a game where the hitpoints of characters is continuing to go up, losing healing amp is becoming more and more of a problem for any non-human race.
I’m finding that losing healing amp is so much of a deal breaker that I don’t find other races worth playing any longer, except if I’m going for flavor. That’s not even mentioning the extra feat. And for a melee human boosts neglect to a large extent the Horc enhancements if going melee. In most cases, the only viable option to Human is Helf but they get the 30% amp as well. And that’s a shame, since I think diversity would add to the game. It’s too bad that all I ever see is humans running around. Many of the other races need help.
It seems like unless I’m building a WF arti or arcane, human is the only way to go. If I’m building a tank with a huge number of hitpoints healing amp is crucial so my healthbar is filled up when I am healed. If I’m building a cleric it’s crucial to have lots of healing amp so my aura ticks for a larger number… vastly increasing my survivability. If I’m building a ranger, bard or rogue I want amp so my cure spells/heal scrolls fill up my redbar as much as possible, also increasing my survivability.
Am I in the minority or does anyone else feel the same way?