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|"Su un piccolo tavolo vicino al letto c'era una
scacchiera klin zha. Le pedine erano di pietra verde scuro e
ambra - giada e quarzo,
Vrenn suppose, avendo sentito di questi materiale. La scacchiera era di
enamel nero, con striscie di ottone intarsiati che delimitano le
caselle- Vrenn lo guardò per lungo tempo, non toccandolo,
poi aprì la sua busta marrone e fece scivolare il contenuto
fuori sul tavolo: un pezzo di cartone triangolare, e alcuni
dischetti di legno soffice."
"The Final Reflection" (pg 58)
||This is Korath's original Klin Zha board. Made
of wood with tape to mark the edges of the spaces, it is covered with
protective glass and framed. The pieces are painted wood cabinet knobs,
yellow, green and a combination of colors for the Reflective game. The
spindles are painted pencils with gold-painted notches cut in them to
represent the rolls.
|This is my first board. It is made of foam board 19
inches across a side with pieces a touch over an inch in diameter. The
board is cut in thirds for easier transportation.
||This board is shown hanging in front of my garage.
(Don't mind the mess.) It's made from some sort of curtain material
salvaged from Skibo Hall on Carnegie-Mellon's campus before it was
demolished. It stands nearly 7 feet high and the the triangles are
painted on. The pieces are each 5 inches across and made of foam board
with velcro on the back to hold them to the board. Ihave used it for
teaching a classroom and would make the championship game in a Klin
Zha tournament visible to the spectating masses.
||These are some very nice sculpted pieces by Niese
iisemeishin-ahn. They are made from a material called Granitex or
Sculpey III. It's worked like clay and then baked to hardness.
Click here for full image.
|This is a very attractive set with pieces made of
turned wood made by DloraH. The tribble-skin carrying pouch is very
fashionable. The third picture shows a combination leather board and
||This is a set by Kveld Q'Kadrak sutai-Azhir. It
was featured in the original "Agonizer: Klin Zha" supplement of Spring
of 1992. The pieces are finely detailed and hand painted pewter,
approximately 2 inches on a side. Even the undersides of the pieces
have details. There were only a limited number of sets produced. This
particular set was presented to John M. Ford in 1998 as a gift at the
Year Games. I have received some pictures from her and have made a
separate page for them. Click here or click
on the picture to the left.
This board is made of three, slightly irregular pieces that interlock
without interrupting the spaces. It is made of stained wood, 20 inches
on a side with the spaces engraved and painted.
The pieces are cast aluminum, an inch and a quarter across and just
under half an inch thick, hand-painted with the piece symbols. The
pattern for the pieces were plaster "cargo pods" for miniature wargames
from a company called Stoneweyrks.
||This set is from Citadel's Warhammer 40,000 line of
miniatures. Mostly Eldar, to the left are: Fencer/ Warlock w/
Witchblade (although the Dire Avenger Exarch would be better), Lancer/
Fire Dragon Exarch, Vanguard/ Fire Dragon and Blockader/ Warp Spider.
To the right are: Swift/ Callidus Assassin and Flier/ Swooping Hawk. I
have both a Gold and a Green set.
|This is a travel set of Klin Zha. The board is
only 8 inches on a side and the pieces are hand painted golf tees. One
problem, though, is that the paint doesn't like to stick to the tees
and has a tendancy to flake off. If I were to make another (or if you
want to try) I would use a primer first or the plastic tees.
||This miniature set is made of Space Ranger figures. All
the figures, excepting the Fencer, were identical with different
weapons and packs that plug on. I modified the Swift to have a much
smaller weapon and lighter armor, I cut the fliers off the base and
raised them up a half an inch using a nail, and I dremmeled and puttied
the head of the Fencer to make it distinctly Klingon.
||Lex Kraaijeveld of the British Chess Variants Society
wrote an article for the society's spring 1999 issue of "Variant
Chess". He says of the game, "Klin Zha has several things to
offer the chess variant enthusiast. Although fictional in origin, it is
undoubtedly a playable chess variant in its own right; in my opinion
even more so that the most famous fictional chess variant, Jetan (from Edgar Rice Burrough's
"Chessmen of Mars")".
||I have yet another set (my 7th!) made of Tyranid
Warhammer 40,000 figures from Citadel. I call it my "Kinshaya" set.
Each nasty alien is distinctive and clearly recognizable for the Klin
Zha piece it represents. A Ripper Swarm are Vanguards, a Biovore
Cannon is the Blockader, winged Gargoyles are Fliers, a Hormagaunt is
the Fencer. The only possible confusion are between the Lancer and
Swift, each made of Termagants but the Lancer with a longer Fleshborer
rifle. This set is red to compliment the blue Space Rangers.
|Lazarus of Mystic
Moldwyrks, the one who originally designed the hexagonal "cargo
pods" I used for my first metal klin zha board, has designed
his own klin zha set. Though it is a prototype, it is looking
The board is made of hydrostone and is very sturdy. I believe the
pieces are also in hydrostone with a coloring added to the mixture to
produce the marbling effect.
||I really like this one. The pieces are (clockwise from
the top) Flier, Fencer, Blockader, Lancer, Vanguard and Swift with the
Goal clearly in the center. One veQma sent me a picture saying she had
received it as a gift. You can see that the movements of each piece are
clearly marked and the carrier pieces can easily "carry" the Goal.
veQma, says she got it as a gift from someone who got it from someone
in Germany. I wasn't able to find out who the person is who originally
designed this but veSbe', coincidentally in Germany, saw them on this
website and has made a copy. One of which she sent me. From Germany to
the US, back to Germany and then back to the US.
|veSbe' made this very nice travel set using those glass
"dollups" commonly found in craft stores. Each piece is less than 2 cm
across and with the board folded up it all fits in a box not much
larger than a deck of playing cards.
Click here for full image.
|I have yet another set of pieces using Warhammer 40,000
miniatures. These will be using the Battle Sisters from the Imperium
line. From left to right: the Callidus Assassin as the Swift, Battle
Sister Icon Bearer as the Lancer, Seraphim Battle Sisters as Fliers,
the Sister Superior w/ sword will be the Fencer, Battle Sisters at
Vanguards and the Battle Sister with the Heavy Flamer as the Blockader.
I'm really not very good at painting with shading and flesh tones so I
hired a friend of mine to paint them for me.
|I am in the early conceptual stages of designing a
board for Klin Zha in three-dimensions. The board will be 20
inches across and at least this high made of clear Lexan. Each higher
level will be smaller than the one below and will be set on an arm that
runs up one edge of the triangular pyramid. Each level will swing out
to allow access to the spaces in the difficult to reach middle. Of
course, rules for such a version will need to be developed, much like
the klin zha kinta game presented in the opening scene of "The
||But, klin zha players in Europe have beat me to
it. veSbe' of the Khemorex Klinzhai sent me this picture of their
playtesting a 3-D board at a qepHom in Saarbrücken,
Luxembourg. Once they have worked out the variation rules, they will
send them and I will post them.
|Here is Karn at BayCon 2002 with a traditional set
consisting of a leather board and wooden disks.
||La Italian Klin Zha Society ha una scacchiera composta
da miniature di piombodi navi originariamente del FASA Star Trek Role
|E qui un altra scacchiera della Italian Klin Zha