Sources of Symbols


(Important Note: I have only uploaded the glyphs I have used in practice sentences and sample constructions. Therefore, not every glyph indicated on these "source" pages is available on my website at the moment. Instead, you'll probably see a lot of these little guys, , indicating that the image can't be loaded.)

Some games have developed their own shorthand for recording clever strategies, titanic struggles and bitter defeats. Since most of these symbols are named after something real, we can use them to indicate more than simply the game pieces.


Western Europe English Class Symbol Italian Central Europe
Spades Nobility [leaf]
Hearts Clergy
Diamonds Merchants
Clubs Peasants [baton]



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