I'll preface with this: I'm a reader. Avidly so. Not to say I don't write, but I get in my own way so nothing gets done. With that said here is my pseudo rant; I hate humans. In nearly every LitRPG I've read, there are some arbitrary race options and then inevitably our hero decides to be human. Seriously?! In a place like 'Ready Player One' I kinda get it. In that world virtual and actual reality merge in the common consciousness. (plus 'race' is arbitrary there). Now to be fair I am an Elf. Or I would be if I wasn't human. So of course I'd love to see every hero be an awesome magic wielding Elf of some form. What I would like to see though is some serious worldbuilding done on the culture of the various races. I'd like the 'race' choice to be more than 'eh I'll just be human'. If human must be a choice let it have meaning! Like in "Dragon Seed". In fact "dragon seed" is the only novel I can think of in which you gain an actual 'history' with character creation. Meaning that you get another life downloaded to you based on your choices in character creation. It also impacts you when you learn skills (you suddenly remember how you learned the skill). It gave the race meaning (even if it was a type of human). So the question for my fellow enthusiasts: How would you implement lore and world building in the character creation process? can you make it matter? PS: I'm not saying you have to get particularly creative in races themselves.