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  1. So CMON has begun US fulfillment of Rising Sun, which is set in a mythical feudal Japan, and in typical CMON fashion, features minis of various monsters, demi-gods, and the like. While the game should perhaps be viewed as a very loose interpretation of the setting and mythology, e.g. Blood Rage, some backers have taken issue with the inaccurate and inconsistent conventions used to name the map regions, and discussions regarding cultural appropriation have sprung up on BGG. However, there is one particular instance of inattention to detail that is much, much funnier. One of the KS Exclusive stretch goals was for a mythical creature named Kotahi. Recently, one Japanese speaking BGG user posted saying despite his best efforts he couldn't find any history related to this character. It turns out CMON used Wikipedia for their research and didn't verify their sources! Kotahi is actually the first name of a 19-year-old farmer from New Zealand, and is a Maori word meaning "unity". Kotahi's mate in Australia made up the Wikipedia entry to poke fun at his buddy, and it seems that CMON used that page to create their character. Kotahi is not a board gamer, but joined BGG to participate in the thread. CMON owned up to their mistake and it sounds like they will be sending him and his buddy copies of the game. BGG Thread New Zealand News Article Has anyone else come across similar board game-related anecdotes?
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