|randomwalker Goblin Squad Member|
(....)I don't see why it would be so hard for me to transfer the stats of my sword into my spear.
This is where we 50% disagree!If you want spear to be a viable (not 2nd rate) choice: yes!
If you want looks of weapon to be independent of function: no!
What I expect is simple:
* Crafting a tier X spear will not be harder than tier X sword/axe, so finding a spear with equally good base stats would be easy.
* The difference is keywords: Different types of weapons will have a different list of possible keywords. Dagger may be 'light' and 'sharp' while glaive may be 'heavy', '2handed' and possibly also 'sharp'
* Special abilities/attacks will require specific keywords, not specific weapons. "Power attack" will need the 'heavy' keyword, a hypothetic "bleeding cut" may require the 'sharp' keyword. The glaive might perform both but a quarterstaff or pike none.
* There may be some type of weapon proficiencies/specializations, but most of the weapon (and armor) mastery would come from having trained abilities to utilize all the keywords.