360° Chess Symbols & Counter Pieces

360° Wooden Chess Counters by Jepps
These 360° Chess Counters by Simon Jepps are made from wooden base discs for craft models, which were then hand painted freely with Indian ink. They are only the simplest improvised creation, yet so easy to replace and make again.
This is a personal project I undertook in order to remedy the Chess industry’s apparent inability to manufacture sensible, useable counter Chess pieces.

This project is also a secondary hobby to accompany my Chess variant creation, Genie Of The Lamp.

There are many Chess sets featuring counter pieces, yet for some unknown reason they are always designed featuring standard Chess symbols.

Of course you would ask, “Why, whatever else?”

Aye, if studying a Chess problem, or correspondence position, or indeed teaching strategies to a classroom, of course you would make sure a universally accepted symbol is employed.

However, a problem is encountered when employing the universal symbols into a face to face match, over a real board.

This problem is the inevitable fact that standard Chess symbols are only recognisable if they only face one direction.

Granted, people can play with these symbols, but in reality they are very disorientating and “counter-productive” when trying to study a position… upside down.

It occured to me that since nobody has yet decided to design specific “360 degree” symbols for counter piece Chess sets, that I should publish a public template for such a concept.

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Xiao ~ Ancient Chinese Flute

Simon Jepps' Xiao Flute
Simon Jepps’ Xiao Flute
A good piece of bamboo and eight good holes are all thou needs to transcend nirvana.

Aye, even the existence of God can be found within the endless caverns of the Chinese Xiao.

Time has called me herewith to write about this ancient Chinese instrument.

Of course, the reasons why I write about any instrument are only of the utmost profundity. The Chinese Xiao is of no exception. In fact, whilst there will be many more flutes and musical curiosities to come from this good blog, I can proclaim to you now, that, the Xiao, is beyond all of these, both in time and in space.

There are flutes. There are flutes that command the falling of rain and the roaring of thunder. There are more flutes to behold in Heaven than there are Stars to worship in the sky.

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Suo Gân ~ National Anthem Of Panceltainia

Flag Of Panceltainia
Flag Of Panceltainia
“Suo Gân” is a traditional Welsh lullaby written by an anonymous composer.

It was first recorded in print around 1800 and the lyrics were notably captured by the Welsh folklorist Robert Bryan (1858–1920). The song’s title simply means lullaby (suo = lull; cân = song).

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Panceltainia ~ The United Sovereign Nations & The Capital Of Stormont

Flag Of Panceltainia
The Flag Of Panceltainia is composed of the five shared colours of all Celtic nations embracing together the symbol of Panceltic unity and peace.

Herewith we proclaim with good will, with righteousness and with sacred belonging, the sovereign unity of all Celtic lands and the immortal undying creation of Panceltainia.

YllwChlk has blogged acutely to this day about Celtic independence from Englaend, specifically addressing the concept of South West autonomy under the rule of Truro, Cornwall and the Country of Cornissia.

Here then I would like to publish my own personally favoured political viewpoint of Pancelticism, and what, whilst it may seem a more radical stance on national unity, is grandly the most suitable answer to the ever growing dissident outlook of Englaesh rule.

Whilst this blog actively promotes Celtic independence, it is though more closely aligned with the Panceltic alternative longterm aspiration, to establish a “United States Of Celtic Lands”, as such the devotedly named, Panceltainia.

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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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