June 21, 2013

Bolo vs. Bolas

I’ve found several RPGs that confuse the meaning of the word bolo with bolas, two very different weapons. I can’t tell if these are mere spelling mistakes or if the author really didn’t know the difference. But just to set things straight:

This is a Bolo. It’s a knife. It’s Asian, specifically the Philippines, though variants called parang are found in other parts of Southeast Asia.

These are Bolas. They’re an entangling weapon.  They’re used in South America.

So please, don’t ask me to cut my enemies with a bunch of balls on a string, or lasso a cow with a knife.

June 19, 2013

Weapons for Hari Ragat


I often talk about Forgotten Asia – the parts of Asia that don’t often make it into F&SF and video games, lost in favor of China and Japan. Well, these weapons came about due to that frustration, since I couldn’t find any to use in Mount and Blade. A week or so ago, during a lull between assignments, I downloaded Wings 3D and started playing around with it. Soon I was devouring tutorials like peanut butter sandwiches.  Looks like Wings is real easy to learn and use, since I was able to make these within a few days of starting. I didn’t realize the other value of the project until my partner Marc pointed them out to me: namely, that we can use these as art in the Hari Ragat book. Yep, sometimes I miss the most obvious things.



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