I was told that race really didn't matter when starting out in XI and more or less that was true. Any short comings could be made up with gear selections. However we all saw the galka with the incredible HP and that taru smn with more mp than HP.
In XI I rolled a galka for my first character, nine levels later I rerolled as a mithra because she was better to watch run lol. I never regreted my decision but given a new chance to choose I am rethinking.
What are you thinking? Are you basing your decision on ffxi or what job you plan on playing or you just like the way they look?
Do we know how race will effect us yet at later levels?