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Baku : Cultural Curiosity

Posted: October 10, 2013 by Kane Blaireau in Kane, Minatures, Television, Video Games

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As per usual, I’m following several Kickstarters at once. Current one that really has me excited is Chibi Asian Adventurers by Impact! Miniatures. Check that out here: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/674003445/chibi-asian-adventurers-miniatures-w-ninjas-and-mo

So, I was digging through each and every mini checking out the 3D renders and full details and finally got down to the last Stretch Goal: Baku. It looked familiar. Something about it sounded familiar so I started doing some reasearch. What I found was interesting to say the least.

First, I looked it up and plopped down to the Wikipedia listing: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baku_(spirit). Still looks familiar. Definitely have seen it in traditional art. This has a mention of Bakumon from Digimon which is inspired by the mythical Baku. Which is translated as Tapirmon in the English games. Wait, WHAT?!

Continuing the Wikipedia article, apparently, the Baku was no longer portrayed as a supernatural beast after sometime in 1980 when 2 and 2 became two too many and its a Tapir. Seriously, A TAPIR. From the outside, it looks like an entire culture said “ooooooh, THAT’S what that was” and retconned the whole damn thing. Its still a Baku, but it looks just like a Tapir. Of course, the supernatural aspects are still there, its just no longer presented in the traditional manner.

Funny enough, the Baku also inspired the Pokémon Drowzee and Munna/Musharna. The Tapir resemblance is VERY evident even there.

Funny how culture can shift with our understanding of the natural world!

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Golem Arcana

Posted: September 25, 2013 by Kane Blaireau in Board games, Interwebs, Kane, Minatures
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Just wanted to give a quick shout-out about this Kickstarter. Mostly because I REALLY want to see it succeed!

Golem Arcana is a tabletop miniature war game that uses a bluetooth enabled device to track the battlefield as well as damage. I got to demo this at Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) and was supremely impressed. If you like miniatures games or tech toys, you need to check this game out! Brought to you by the minds behind Shadowrun Returns, I can’t begin to tell you how much promise I see in this game. Go check it out and share it with your friends!

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1613260297/golem-arcana

They are also running a series of demos if you are not already sold. Here are the Seattle area locations:

Card Kingdom – Seattle
Thursday Sept 26 6-10pm

Olympic Cards & Games – Lacey
Saturday Sept 28 1-5pm

Fantasium Comics and Games – Federal Way
Saturday Oct 5 1-6pm