Here's how out of touch I am with What The Kids Are Doing: it's actually easier for me to build a CAD reproduction of one of the chess variant pieces I've already built out of LEGO bricks, and then render it in Linux entirely with command-line applications
, than it is for me to figure out how the hell my cell phone camera works
. Then again, maybe it's Asperger Syndrome.
Here's a rendering of the chess pawn I designed. I've also built all the other usual Chess piece types out of LEGO bricks, as well as a few variant pieces, such as the Archbishop and Chancellor from Capablanca Chess
, and the Chameleon from Ultima
. All of my chess variant pieces are designed to use only the simplest and most common LEGO pieces, such as what you get in the Big Blue Tub. They are also designed to be small enough to be playable on a regular chessboard, and to be affordable to make. These last two features distinguish my pieces from all the other LEGO chess sets I've seen, some of which have king heights in the neighborhood of 18 inches, to judge from photos.
I'll upload more piece images later as I get the chance to render them.
I hear the LEGO people are quite touchy about fans posting original LEGO art, so let me say now that I have no connection whatsoever with The LEGO Group, LEGO.com, or any trigger-happy, clinical paranoids that, erm, just happen to work in the LEGO legal department. Not that I'm saying any do, you understand.
I don't expect this utter absence of connectivity to change in the near future or even geological time, but if it does, I'll let you know