|Bob Jonquet RPG Venture-Captain, Illinois—Decatur aka TwilightKnight|
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PLAYER: "My character has black skin, long white hair, and pupil-less eyes"
GM: "So you're playing a drow elf?"
PLAYER: "No, the rules say I can't so I just LOOK like a drow"
GM: "Okay, so you're an elf. Got it. Elves are extremely common in Golarion so I'll set the DC to identify them at DC 5, easy for any commoner with a take 10. You will be treated like any other elf (or human or whatever) with skin/hair color variations"
So, as a GM, I really don't care if you SAY your character looks like a drow, or an orc, or a carrot. You are what you are, and I get to decide what it takes to identify you as what you really are. I do this not to diminish your character concept, but to lessen the disruption an unusually exotic and typically evil creature will have on a campaign where I do not have complete control over the environment to react in a way I feel would be more appropriate. In a home-game, go for it. Just know that there will be times when it will certainly bite your character in the arse. However, in PFS, I do not have the time, nor the creative freedom to deal with your character's uniqueness.
It would be easy to call an elf that looks like a drow, a drow, and as a truly evil creature (commonfolk perspective) have the townsfolk rally the pitchforks. However, we also have nagaji, goblin, half-orcs, etc. that could, depending on circumstances, garner similar response. Those are explicitly acceptable for PFS so it would be poor form to punish a player for building a perfectly legal character.
OTOH, the intent of the no reskinning rule is fairly clear. You should not be attempting to play something that is banned by describing yourself as that item/race/etc. Sure, it does not specifically reference race in the rekinning rule, but we should know better. It borders on jerkish behavior because you are intentionally creating something that skirts the rules and more importantly will create a burden on the GM to adjudicate. Your intent may not be to disrupt the game, hell it would be an awesome character concept, but that is how it will often be perceived. You should work WITH the GM and the other players, not against them, to enhance the game. IMO, intentionally trying to play something that is essentially banned is working against that.
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