From the article, "... After a while, I realized that some races were better for beginners than others. Yes, every race has its pros and cons. I couldn't help feeling that I would have been a bit more comfortable knowing that certain races were sturdier, with better innate skills, than others and that some majors were more useful when just beginning the game.
There are three races every beginner should lock on to - Drakes, Celestians and Erdgeists. Felpiers, Elves and Sprites aren't without their charms as well. (I found a Felpier thief worked well as a front-line character, as did a Sprite wizard.) However, the first three races are some of the best starters..."