A large part of it is personal choice but mana is pretty much the driving force behind a Sampire and thus most will recommend being an elf.Does the 20 extra Mana make the Elf better for a Sampire, or does it come down to personal choice?
Yes females have more options.Is that because Female Elf has more clothing options?
It's possible to go above 300 dmg increase "cap" with 100 LJ.Yes, and females also take less damage from Semidar.
Also note that 20 lumberjacking from JOAT allows you to reach the 300 damage increase cap that you cannot reach with max tactics / anatomy / strength and DI from items as claimed in another thread here on stratics.
That having said, my sampire is an elf due to the mana bonus and the fact that night sight frees up a mod or even slot, but I did test human on test center first and liked JOAT bonuses such as being able to cast some spellweaving spells and being able to convert the sampire into a wammy with JOAT as I mentioned above.
Been there done that, in some nastier placed too..Alright, I switched my Sampire to an Elf. I’ve been down in Shame fighting UEV for the Crystal’s with my Human Sampire and couldn’t wait to get back down there as an Elf. Normally I don’t have any problem with several UEV’s at the same time. There w as only one around, so I Honored it and started fighting. First thing I noticed was that I wasn’t Healing as much as usual. Then mana started dropping along with stamina, which I have never experienced with the Human. As I’m trying to stay alive, my thoughts were, hum, where did I go wrong? I start going over my template analyzing each item, and everything looked correct. So, in final desperation, I dig out my Sampire for Dummies book. Wow, there was my answer on the very first page. “ Remember to switch into Vampiric form before fighting”.
This pretty much nails it... it took me a while to figure this out by myself (JOAT in LJ/Anatomy/Etc will give a slight boost)Interesting topic!
My sampire is an elf for the +5 energy resist cap and 20 extra mana. As others have pointed out, without the additional mana from elf passive, you will either have low mana as a human - or have to sacrifice another stat or mod in your gear.
While the +2 HPR on a human is nice, if you're having trouble leaching back enough life to say alive, chances are you're having an issue somewhere else in your template, gear or weapons as opposed to being elf versus human.
One of the few benefits of human sampire is JOAT. You will have slightly better mana regen due to focus and mediation, and some minor benefits of passive spirit speak and anatomy (depending on your skill setup). In my opinion, this is not a significant enough factor to justify being a human over an elf.