reflavoring a weapon...


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just a quickie,
I have a character who might be using a halfling sling staff, is it PFS legal to reflavor it from a club with a sling to a baseball bat?

nothing crunchy would change as far as i can tell, but feel free to let me know if I am horribly wrong...

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So instead of short club, you have a short bat...I think that goes in line with the 'like for like' reflavoring rules. I mean, you won't be able to hide it as 'sports equipment' or anything, anyone who has such knowledge will be able to recognize it as a halfling sling staff.

Liberty's Edge 5/5

Todd Morgan wrote:
So instead of short club, you have a short bat...I think that goes in line with the 'like for like' reflavoring rules. I mean, you won't be able to hide it as 'sports equipment' or anything, anyone who has such knowledge will be able to recognize it as a halfling sling staff.

And oddly shaped one, but I agree.

The Exchange 5/5

The club portion would still be limited to being made of wood. Saying it is a bat wouldn't let you have a metal sling staff.


From the PFS FAQ:

Quote:
A player may not re-skin items to be something for which there are no specific rules, and any item a character uses for which there are no stats is considered an improvised weapon

No you may not have a baseball bat in Pathfinder unless there is one already in existence.

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Slingstaff wrote:
"Made from a specially designed sling attached to a short club

Clearly not a baseball bat. Way more like a Lacrosse stick. ;-)

5/5 5/55/55/5

A lacross stick would work.


wraithstrike wrote:

From the PFS FAQ:

Quote:
A player may not re-skin items to be something for which there are no specific rules, and any item a character uses for which there are no stats is considered an improvised weapon
No you may not have a baseball bat in Pathfinder unless there is one already in existence.

What's this baseball thing you speak of. This is just a club that I sanded down for aerodynamic, made wide at one end for good head bashing, and thin towards the other for easy gripping.

My issue is that you want to have a halfling sling be a baseball bat. It has to be a sling based weapon. You can not reflavor it as such that you play baseball with the ammo rather than using an actual sling mechanic.

Dark Archive

If there's no mechanical difference at all you could call it whatever you'd want at my table.


Wait, reskinning sounds backward.
If you reskin to something that already exists & has rules, that's not a change of "skin" that's to a different object.

Object A has rules, but you want a different flavor, so you can reskin it as object B which has different mechanics, but then ignore those mechanics because it's just a skin? But you can't do rule-less object C because...that would be misleading?
That makes little sense. If anything then you're fooling everybody with a B-looking object that's really an A. At least with C object then characters can guess it's mechanics because there's no baggage.

ETA: Can't we just be reasonable? For fun's sake.

3/5 5/5

Lab_Rat wrote:
wraithstrike wrote:

From the PFS FAQ:

Quote:
A player may not re-skin items to be something for which there are no specific rules, and any item a character uses for which there are no stats is considered an improvised weapon
No you may not have a baseball bat in Pathfinder unless there is one already in existence.

What's this baseball thing you speak of. This is just a club that I sanded down for aerodynamic, made wide at one end for good head bashing, and thin towards the other for easy gripping.

My issue is that you want to have a halfling sling be a baseball bat. It has to be a sling based weapon. You can not reflavor it as such that you play baseball with the ammo rather than using an actual sling mechanic.

Does this mean I can re-skin my Khepresh of Refuge to look like a jingasa or conical straw hat?


Castilliano wrote:

Wait, reskinning sounds backward.

If you reskin to something that already exists & has rules, that's not a change of "skin" that's to a different object.

Object A has rules, but you want a different flavor, so you can reskin it as object B which has different mechanics, but then ignore those mechanics because it's just a skin? But you can't do rule-less object C because...that would be misleading?
That makes little sense. If anything then you're fooling everybody with a B-looking object that's really an A. At least with C object then characters can guess it's mechanics because there's no baggage.

ETA: Can't we just be reasonable? For fun's sake.

PFS leadership has been pretty clear about reskinning. If a wolf can't be a pig, then a halfling sling staff probably can't be a baseball bat.

Some GMs will disagree with the leadership and allow it anyway but if you are a player who travels and sits at a variety of GM tables then your mileage will probably vary.

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