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veSQuj - Chess with 21st century armies. A highly tactical variant with a 21st-century-war theme. (6x6, Cells: 36) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Glenn Overby II wrote on 2005-07-08 UTC
Esperanto speakers still outnumber Klingon speakers by quite a lot.  With
Star Trek fandom no longer on the increase, I doubt that Klingon will grow
much more.  Esperanto may or may not grow in the future, but the dynamics
are different.

Just my $.02,

Glenn

Roberto Lavieri wrote on 2005-06-29 UTC
The number of Esperanto speakers has been estimated in around two million around the world, and it can be more or less right, but I think it includes many persons who has only basic knowledge of the language. Klingon speakers are growing fast, I don´t know the number, but I don´t think it is more than a few decens of thousands. The growth in popularity surprises me, Klingon is a sharp language, not very harmonious and of difficult construction. Esperanto, Loglan and similars are much more intelligently designed languages, and although Esperantists are so numerous that they can contitute a 'virtual nation', my personaal opinion is that all those languages are going to dissapear with time. English can be considered actually an universal language of convenience, but in the far future other new language can take the place, perhaps some evolutive product of various languages, like Esperanto, but with other roots and many artificial tools for making it an intelligent language in its design (In this aspect, English, Spanish, French and many others show strong design errors and troubles). For a while, I´ll continue my attempts of communication with people of other countries in my bad English, and I suspect I´ll do so for the rest of my life.

David Paulowich wrote on 2005-06-29 UTC
Roberto: a decade ago it was said that more people could speak 'Klingon' than Esperanto.

Roberto Lavieri wrote on 2005-06-29 UTC
The name of this game is in Klingon language. I am not sure whether it is a
very popular laguage or not, but, sy the way, if someone speaks Klingon,
some opportunities can come. I have found this offer, from 2003, as aaan
indicative:
Seen in the 'Offbeat News' section of the CNN web site. (
<http://www.cnn.com/2003/US/West/05/10/offbeat.klingon.interpreter/index.htm
l
<http://www.cnn.com/2003/US/West/05/10/offbeat.klingon.interpreter/index.htm
l> >)
Qapla'!
Hospital seeks Klingon speaker

PORTLAND, Oregon (AP) -- Position Available: Interpreter, must be fluent
in Klingon. 

The language created for the 'Star Trek' TV series and movies is one of
about 55 needed by the office that treats mental health patients in
metropolitan Multnomah County. 
'We have to provide information in all the languages our clients
speak,'
said Jerry Jelusich, a procurement specialist for the county Department
of
Human Services, which serves about 60,000 mental health clients.
Although created for works of fiction, Klingon was designed to have a
consistent grammar, syntax and vocabulary. 
And now Multnomah County research has found that many people -- and not
just fans -- consider it a complete language.
'There are some cases where we've had mental health patients where this
was all they would speak,' said the county's purchasing administrator,
Franna Hathaway. County officials said that obligates them to respond with
a Klingon-English interpreter, putting the language of starship Enterprise
officer Worf and other Klingon characters on a par with common languages
such as Russian and Vietnamese.
See also: Klingon Language Learning Institute, <http://www.kli.org
<http://www.kli.org> >

Glenn Overby II wrote on 2005-06-01 UTC
John, I suppose I could palm off the Halberdier reference as an
advertisement for my next design...which does use them.  But it's simply
a testimony to the malevolent powers of cut-and-paste.

Roberto Lavieri wrote on 2005-05-29 UTCGood ★★★★
Good game in a little board, very tactical, although very sensitive to clearly weak moves. I would try a version in 7x7 or 8x8, to see. I suppose the name is nice to hear, because it is in Klingon. The most similar to Klingon I have heard, apart from Star Trek, was a grabation of a mathematical conference by a japanese spokeman, running the grabation in reverse and slow velocity. Many people says it is a difficult-to-learn language. I am not sure, some babies months-aged speak something that can be, very probably, re-directed to Klingon by patient parents.

John Lawson wrote on 2005-05-29 UTC
Hey Glenn!  Glad you're back!  (Now if only I were.)
A small 'typo': In the equipment section, you refer to Halberdiers
instead of Sargents.  This would be OK if the President were Pope.

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