RAW, since a Small Race can’t wield a 2H weapon properly, they can’t utilize the feat to its full extent. This is frustrating to me, since while I understand the weapon size limitation, it seems to make sense to me to allow a Small Race to benefit from the Feat if using a Versatile Weapon with two hands.
Did this factor into the design consideration at all? TL; DR Why won’t you let me Gnome Barbarian?!
mikemearls24 points21 days ago
It’s purely a flavor issue. You can ignore it and nothing breaks, probably the kind of thing that would disappear if we were building the game today. from discussion AMA: Mike Mearls, D&D Creative Director.