Brian, who found out about our Busan gaming group by discovering this here blog, is gonna start up a Pathfinder game two Sundays from now. I never got a chance to play a Paladin before, and I've had a few ideas about what could make for an interesting (and hopefully not cliche) one.
So I've rolled up a Human Paladin. I almost went with a Half-Orc, as I've got a soft spot for the ugly ones. But I thought about the character I really wanted to play, and decided he should be a human. Named Elwood. On a mission from God. Probably with a healthy helping of Johnny Cash wisdom thrown in.
And I'm now encountering one of the things that made me want to drop 3E in any form as a DM and return to Classic D&D.
I may well be not only the only human character in the group, but the only character with a race from the standard Tolkienesque racial lineup!
Jeremy wants to play a warforged fighter. Robbie wants to play a kobold sorcerer (although he did consider a halfling ninja). Greg wants to play something called a 'stonegrunt' and while I have no idea what they are exactly, I can guess.
Now, I'm not passing any value judgements. One of the big selling points of 3E-based games is the whole openness of any race+any class, no level limits, blah blah blah. And veteran players like to try out things they've never done before (like myself, who's never played a paladin before, although Gwydion my old Fighter considered the option before becoming a land-holder and moving up the ranks of the nobility).
I guess it's just a different perspective. I take a stock character type and try to breathe a unique and hopefully fun personality into that archetype. Everyone else is trying to be unique through their 'build.'
As a DM, it used to drive me nuts. Players always asking to be the weirdest things they could imagine, just because they could. As a player, I'm more mellow about it. Sure, you're some freaky Rock-beast Fighter. Just be sure to do something with the character to make it an interesting rock-beast Fighter, rather than just the same as if he were a Dwarf, only with different numbers on the sheet. :)