I’m about to start GMing my first BW campaign, and I’m super stoked.
Some people in my group want to play humans, others want to play dwarves, and one wants to play an elf. I know there are differences in “potency” among the different stocks, in terms of lifepaths (e.g., a four lifepath human is in some way “less potent” than a four lifepath elf because of Grief and open-ended skill songs and such). I want to satisfy my group’s creativity without one or two characters being way more potent than the others.
What have folk found is a good balance of number of lifepaths in groups with multiple stocks? I recall that there is advice on this topic somewhere in one of the books (I can’t find it, so if someone has a reference, I’d be grateful), but in addition to that, what has worked at people’s tables and what hasn’t?