Keytoy ~ Custom Styling By Jepps

Keytoy ~ Custom Styling By Jepps
Theatre grade glow in the dark tape applied to sharps and flats, whilst black electrician tape softened surrounding case appearance.
I simply adore my Hohner Superforce 37. In fact I adore it so much I decided it was time to give it a manicure and custom artistic makeover.

The result? A finely tuned and responsive, totally radioactive Keytoy.

It had been begging me to do it. In fact the day it arrived the first thing it said was, “Please don’t call me a Superforce 37…”

Damn right. Whilst my favourite Keytoy, or Melodica, or whatever you want to call it, the name SUPERFORCE 37 has never settled with me on any particularly personal level, at all.

Hence, in addition to the reed adjustments I spent a good couple of hours undertaking, the abominable logo has now gone from its now most graciously decorated face.

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Jeppscotch ~ The Roll & Scratch Dice Game

Jeppscotch Roll & Scratch Dice Game
Jeppscotch Roll & Scratch Dice Game
Jeppscotch is a mesmerizing strategical dice game for 2-3 players, best played with three.

There are traditionally two kinds of modern standalone strategic dice games and they are:

  • Roll & Write
  • Roll & Draw

These kinds of games require the basic equipment of some dice, some paper or marking cards and some coloured pens or pencils.

Jeppscotch is a new third kind I have developed for this particular genre and it is known as:

  • Roll & Scratch

This third kind, Roll & Scratch, is actually the oldest of all dice genres, yet bizarrely it has never yet been awarded true status. So hereby, it is my duty to enthrone the oldest of pastimes with this, my monumental debut game, Jeppscotch.

Roll & Scratch does not use pens or paper, but:

  • Chalk and a chalkable surface, or;
  • Sticks and a scratchable surface

So for example, you could play this in a playground, on a beach or even in the streets.

If keeping score is awkward given your particular environment, then a pencil and paper may be used for this one element. The game in proper however, should still nevertheless be played with either chalks or sticks.

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Stranded In Sweethaven

This is a song I wrote for Blues Harp, composed to the tune of Popeye. It is completely Ad Libitum, as most blues harmonica songs are.

Chorus

Well I’m stranded and I’ve got the blues,
Well I’m stranded and I’ve got the blues,
Can somebody ship me over to Sidney,
‘Cos I’m stranded and I’ve got the blues.

~ 4 bar harp solo ~

Vrs 1

Well I’ve met Dwongo d’Orangutan,
Well I’ve met Dwongo d’Orangutan,
He don’t need pyjamas ‘cos he eats bananas,
Yeah I’ve met Dwongo d’Orangutan,

~ 2 bar harp solo ~

Well I’ve met Isac The Third the Parrot,
Well I’ve met Isac The Third the Parrot,
He keeps all his feathers whatevers the weathers,
Yeah I’ve met Isac The Third the Parrot.

~ 2 bar harp solo ~

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Time Lords

Time Lords Dice Game By Simon JeppsA strategy dice game for 2-4 players, by Simon Edward Jepps.

Hitherto my good peacekeepers and sacred guardians of all cronospace, prepare ye selves for righteous battle!

The game of Time Lords is not purely a game, but an adventure in time and space. To undertake this quest, you will need a heart of gold, an undying determined spirit and a very special fondness for all that is wondrous and infinite.

You will also need the following equipment.

  • Four 20 sided dice.
  • A multi coloured pen.
  • A pad of paper.
  • A calculator.
  • A table clock.

Different coloured individual pens may be used instead, these are to distinguish each player’s markings on the board.

The board can easily be drawn onto a piece of paper. Thus, these here listed items are all your necessary equipment.

You will require one RED, one GREEN, one BLACK and one WHITE twenty sided die.

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Sweet Garibaldi

Sweet GaribaldiDo you love Italian food? Well here’s a treat of mine I expect you will absolutely adore.

I invented this recipe in 2009 and it just came into being all by itself. I honestly cannot describe to you the thought processes which brought it into existence… it just happened.

  • Parmigiano Reggiano ~ Italian hard Cheese.
  • Prosciutto Crudo ~ Italian uncooked Ham.
  • Pineapple Chunks ~ Del Monte recommended.
  • Vino Di Rosso ~ Italian Red Wine

Parmigiano Reggiano is traditionally used for grating over pasta since it is very hard in comparison to other cheeses. It is also extremely mature and has a kick like a mule.

Sweet GaribaldiThe alternative, which I often substitute myself, is any good vintage Cheddar, which has been wrapped in tin foil and left to mature in the fridge for a couple of days or so.

Take a slice of Prosciutto and place inside it a piece of Cheese and a piece of Pineapple.

Wrap the Cheese and Pineapple up within the Prosciutto.

Now… take a mange on that.

Follow it through with a sip of Red Wine and…

… take another mange on that.

Sweet GaribaldiRepeat these steps as continuously as you like, or until you fall into a deep and heavenly sleep.

Et Walla. This recipe, “Sweet Garibaldi”, got its name in much the same way its ingredients, in that it was simply the first thing I said out loud when I first tasted it.

“Sweet Garibaldi!”

Giuseppe Garibaldi ~ Wikipedia

The Wizard’s Dwelling ~ Unto The Sacred Folly

Wizard's Dwelling ~ Philodor Opening
Wizardry in the Philodor Opening
The Law Of The Folly is described in detail and studied extensively throughout this blog. Yet whilst the articles contained here are comprehensive, there is one element of this new practise of Classical Chess which I have decided to publish only as a separate thesis, or to say, only as an accompanying element.

Granted this thesis is designed to be compatible and even a good spouse to Follying, but it is of course always up to the individual player what rules to employ in their gameplay.

This additional element to Follying, hereby known and referred to as The Wizard’s Dwelling, is indeed a fabulous work of Chess variantism. Yet it is important to mention that I have not created this element of the game to be compulsory within the rules.

For it does touch closely… with magic.

Nevertheless, as has always been the case with the evolution of Chess, throughout history controversial rules were invented which even today people maintain their reservations about.

These rules, such as En-Passant, Castling, Double Queens or various promotion enhancements, are no different to the concepts you are about to discover within The Wizard’s Dwelling, yet, these rules are today the standard of international competition Chess.

It would only therefore be prudent to consider the tremendous entertainment value of this well crafted wizardy you are about to read.

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Egyptian Grandmaster

Egyptian Grandmaster by Simon Jepps
Egyptian Grandmaster by Simon Jepps (©2004)
When I was in my twenties I started making minimalist ink sketches, with black ink on white canvas.

I still have a few in my collection, including a Certificate Of Sacred Art, awarded to me by Armando Farina, an Italian art instructor who happens to have known and even painted with Picasso.

The ink sketch which won the 1st place award is now lost somewhere amongst the art institution’s endless archives. However I can tell you it portrayed an eternal connundrum, of an artist drawing himself in an Italian park, drawing himself in an Italian park, drawing himself… etc.

Whilst I may never get that one particular picture back, here is one of the first drawings I ever made, titled ‘Egyptian Grandmaster’.

You can find all artworks from this collection under the category: sejink.

Zploj

Zploj Ingredients By Simon JeppsHere is an old timer recipe of mine which has served its dues for many years.

Ingredients:

  • 1 can of Baked Beans
  • 1 can of Chicken Korma
  • 3 large free range eggs

Cook the Baked Beans and Chicken Korma in separate pots until they are all sloppy and ready. This takes 5-10 minutes.

Be sure to wet the empty Korma can with some water and to swoosh it around inside. Do this with your hand cupped over the top of the can for a thorough swoosh.

This is important in order to retrieve left over residue and to provide the Korma with some moist sauciness.

Finally towards the end, get three Eggs frying in a saucepan, best fried in butter. Traditionally the Eggs should be sunnyside up and somewhat runny.

To serve, basically “zploj” the cooked inventory onto your plate, but in separate places so you can pick and taste the different flavours as you “mange”.

Best served with a side helping of fresh buttered bread and Coca-Cola.

I hope you enjoy!

Jengaagain

Jengaagain By Simon Jepps
Jengaagain ~ The next evolution of Jenga
You thought Jenga was cool… now YllwChlk brings you Jengaagain!

After playing Jenga for many years I did nevertheless become rather tired of its limitations in design.

Oh I agree that its purpose is to bring a minimalistic forte of recreational entertainment into the home… but that was just it, the game was too basic.

Eventually, following a small tantrum involving a swooping arm and a very disappointed stuffed monkey on the other side of the room, I started about designing the next evolution of the game Jenga.

I experimented with many different kinds of constructions and building algorithms, even multiple towers and installations.

Yet in the end, I believe quite strongly, to have hit the jackpot.

So here it is… Jengaagain.

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Jepps Comic #1

Jepps Comic #1
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Here is the first ever edition of the Jepps Comic, a short newspaper type strip I created some years ago. It is about two like-minded but variably friendly identical twins.

You will get to know them and discover their personalities. Mostly, whilst the guy on the right is often the maturest, the guy on the left is more often on the correct side of the Moon!

I will post the subsequent episodes as time goes on. I made a total of 18 originally, but if the mood captures me and I feel I could improve the humour, I might start making more again.

You can find all episodes of this comic at the following category: comic.