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0d- 15, 1946-
o. MAUTNER any.
Filed June 19, ‘1944
Patented Oct. 15, 1946
Oscar Mautner, Crestwood, and Mark K.
Lebworth, New York, N. Y.
Application June 19, 1944, Serial No. 540,962
5 Claims.
(01. 273-113)
This invention relates to a gameboard device.
Fig. l is a plan view of a gameboard embodying
_ It is an object of the invention to provide a de
features of the invention;
vice for playing a gamewhich will incorporate
a high degree of skill and dexterity in manipula
Fig. 2 is a vertical cross-sectional view, taken
along the longitudinal axis of the gameboard
shown in Fig. 1;
interest of the participants, in order that the par
Fig. 3 is a perspective view of a playing piece
ticipants will be induced continuously to apply
to be used together with the gameboard shown in
themselves, particularly as the game is designed
Fig. 1:
for exercising the muscles of the ?ngers, hands
Fig. 4 is an elevational view of another type of
and arms of injury or partial paralysis cases.
10 playing piece for the same purpose;
It is an object of the invention to provide a
Fig. 5 is a view of another type of playing piece
gameboard for a game wherein is incorporated
for that purpose; and
the interest of ?tting a “square peg into a round
Fig. 6 is a cross-sectional view, taken trans
versely and longitudinally of the playing piece
It is an object of the invention to provide, for 15 shown in Fig. 3, the ball being shown in eleva
a game of the type indicated, a gameboard having
a plurality of recesses or depressions, wherein a
Gameboard I0, shown on the drawing, may
distinctive contouring is- imparted to the various
' comprise a slab I2 of any desired material. For
recesses, or groups of recesses, and one or more
instance, slab I2 may be formed by being cut out
playing pieces, wherein the various pieces, ‘or 20 of plywood, or it may be molded from plastic.
groups of pieces, have distinctive shaping, so that
Any suitable design may be utilized in determin
each playing piece mayinter?t with and become
ing the outer bounds of the board. The dimen
tion. and also will provide means for holding the
nested in one or more of the recesses in the
sions of the slab, such as thickness and total ex
board. Thus, this cooperation of playing piece
tent, are determined by factors such as the weight
of the particular material from which the slab is
nipulation of ‘the board to bring the playing piece
made, in relation to bulkiness, for proper ma
nipulation. Slab I: may have a handle it for
to vrest with one of its contours inter?tted with
one of the recesses.
control of the slab during the various manipula
Other objects of this invention will be set forth
tions necessary for the game, when played in
hereinafter, or will be apparent from the descrip 30 the manner to be described. A wall I5 may be
and recess gives rise to a game of skill in ma
tion and the drawing, in which are illustrated > ‘ ‘ provided to de?ne the limits of the playing area
embodiments of apparatus exemplifying the in
l8. Wall It may comprise an integral part of
slab l2, or it may be constructed'from a strip 2!!
of metal, suitably secured against and to the pe
ripheral face 22 of slab l2. A groove 24 may be
’ Theinvention, however, is not intended to be
restricted to any particular construction, or any
particular application of such construction or ar
rangement of parts, or any speci?c method of op
‘ cut in slab l2 so that strip 20 may extend con
tinuously across handle l4. Strip 20, seated and
retained in groove 24, thus provides a substan
tially continuous wall around playing area I8.
eration, or any of various details thereof, even
where speci?cally shown and described herein, as
the same may be modi?ed in various particulars,
or may beapplied in many varied relations, with
outdeparting from the spirit and scope of the
claimed invention, practical constructions em
bodying certain details of the invention being il
Area [8 may be divided into a plurality of di?er
I ent ?elds; in the structure shown, two different
lustrated and described, but only for the purpose
of complying with the requirements of the statues
for the disclosure of operative embodiments, but
without attempting to disclose all of the various
forms and modi?cationsin which the invention
might be embodiedQ
On'the drawing, in which the same reference
characters refer to‘the same parts throughout,
and in which aredisclosed such operative ‘em
bodiments, ' ' " ,
surfaces 26 and 28 are shown. These surfaces,
as shown in Fig. 2, are at two different levels.
Surface 26 may be above surface 28, with a ledge
30 between the two surfaces.
Surface 26 may be provided with a plurality of
different types of depressed areas. For purposes
of illustration, ?ve types of 'such depressions or
recesses 32, 34, 35, 38 and 4!] are shown; that is,
many of the recesses may be identical in form,
but, those here designated are taken to be repre
sentative. Such various representative recesses
may be dispersed throughout the extent of surface
26 according to any desired plan. Associated with
each recess may be an indication 42 ofv the nutri
her of points awarded to a player when he attains
produce many other motions, some capable of
control, and some incapable of prediction. As
ball 10 rolls through cavity 68, and changes the
center of gravity of the whole unit, the piece will
tend to rise, ?rst to rest upon the hemispherical
a result such as to be described further herein.
The recesses may be formed or provided in the
gameboard by being molded simultaneously with
the formation of slab E2; or, as, for instance,
where the slab is made from material such as
plywood, the recesses may be produced by proper
manipulation of wood turning or working tools.
portion, and then to rest upon the cubical por
tion. Because of the greater length of end 56
and extension 64, the ballwill .be prevented from
maintaining piece 50 with-the ball permanently
Some of the recesses may be similar to recesses
32. Such recess may be substantially hemispheri 10 in that end of the cavity at end 58.
The manipulator will try to move the board and
cal in shape. Some of the recesses may take they
form of recess 34, which, as appears from Figs. 1'
and 2, is substantially square in plan. The mouth
44 of recess 34 may be tapered, as illustrated in
Figs. 1 and 2, to facilitate cooperation .w-ith2the:
playing piece, in the course of the game to be
described. Recesses 34 and 36 may be 'substan.-.
the piece so that end 58 will come to rest in
recesses: 34 and 36, for which a substantially
higherscore maybe allowed, by the rules of the
game;_than when the piece comes to rest with
end 56 ‘in a recess 32.
Likewise, different scores
may-:beeallcwedwhen end 58 of the piece inter?ts
with terminal portions 48 of recesses 38 and 40.
tially identical in plan and other structural dee
If any ‘of the pieces should pass oil? over ledge 30
tails. However, as appears from Fig. 1, the di'l
agonal of the square, in the case of recess 34, may 20 from surface 26 onto surface 28, a penalty may
be» imposed;
be‘ substantially parallel to the» longitudinal'a-Xis
Pieces ;52 and 54 ilik'ewise may ‘be’ formed with
cavities; and imay'l-have members similar to balls
10 for-changingtheirvcenters of-Tgravity. In these
longitudinal axis.
cases, however, the cross-‘section‘of thepiece‘ is
As for recesses 38 and 40, a different effect is
substantially uniform. In the case-of-piece-52,
produced. Each of these recesses‘ includes a sub
both ends are hemispherical, being connected ‘by
stantially hemispherical portion 46 opening‘ at
a portionllwhich'may be cylindrical ‘and sub
surface 26. Extending downwardly from and
opening into the contour of ‘the hemispherical
stantially ofthe'same diameter as the- ends, or it
portion 46 is a terminal portion '43 for each recess 30 may belof ‘reduced diameter. In’ the caseof piece
38 and 40. This terminal'portion is square in
54, the ends are similar to ends 53, being substan
tially square‘ in cross-section, and ‘having- a con
plan, as are recesses 34 and 35. Furthermore, just
necting body l4liof"substantially thesame cross
as the diagonals of recesses 34'and ‘363were dis
posed in different angular relations to the axis
section throughout. Diiierent scoring may" be
arranged and allowed when. either of ‘these pieces
of the gamebcard, so are the diagonals of recesses
nests'in' the-particular‘recesses-32,v 34, 35,-‘ 38'
38 and 48 arranged in different angular relations
to the axis of the gameboard.
In Fig. 3,-a playing piece '50, intended to be
Pieces 5!], 52'and 54imaylbe made-inanydeslred
of gameboard it. In the caseof recess 36; the
diagonal of the recess may be diagonal to that
placed on surfaces 26 and 23, is shown. More
manner; The same‘plan of -' construction may be‘
than one of these pieces may be disposed on sur 40 followed in all'cases. For instance; piece 5ll'may
face 26 at any one time. Also, piece 50' may be
be'formed'of two sections 16 and‘TB, andboth
used with or without the presence of otherpieces,
sections may be molded from plastic. One sec
for instance, pieces 52 and 54 such as shown in
tion 16, at the open end 80, may have a collar"
Figs. 4 and 5.
v'I‘he ends 56 and'Eii of piece 55 may have differ;
ent contours. For instance, end'56 maybe sub
stantially a hemisphere; end 58 may be substanr
tially cubical. Of course, the intersections ' of
corners 58 with bottom 62 of end 58 and bottom
82, and a shoulder 84 disposed outside the collar."
Section ‘l8'would-then have a’ reverse formation,
portions‘are-so designed that ?ange 88"will'?t
around collar 82. By means of aplastic 'solvent
such as acetone, the parts may; be cemented‘to
62 itself may be rounded off, as shown, but merely 50 gether ‘after aball’ll'li has‘b‘een positioned with
to'facilitate rolling of piece 5'll'on end 58in the
in'the cavity.
manner to be described. Beyond'the hemisphere
The participants " in such ' a‘ game ‘are induced"
of end 55, the bodyof piece 58 may take the form
todevelop a high degree of dexterityv and’skill
of a cylindrical extension 64 ofthe- hemisphere,
as they manipulate the, gameboard‘to' keep." the
that is, the body may be of substantially circular 55 playing pieces out of area'28; while manipulat
cross-section, the cross-section being of a diam
ing them to'stand'up‘and'seat'within the desired
eter substantially the same as that of vthe hemi
scoring-recesses; Of course, such manipulation‘
sphere. A ?llet or shoulder 55 may b‘e‘formed
necessarily induces desired exercising of muscles
between extension 64 and the body of‘ end 58?; The
of ?ngers, hand and arm. Of 'course,as~the pieces
length of end 55 and extension 64 is greater than
60 roll over surface 26,’ it will be the endeavor ofithe
the total length of end 58, for a purpose to be
playerv to ?t a square‘ peg ‘intoa‘ square . hole;
Piece50 is hollow, and has a cavity68 in which
a ball 10 may be disposed. Cavity 68 extends
between ends 55 and 58, so that ball "i0 maymove
freely from end to end in the cavity. The effec
of ball 10, which is of predetermined weight and
heavier than the material of which the piece is
formed, is to transfer the center of gravity from
end'to end as it moves through the cavity, causing 70
for. the best'score, and to‘ avoid?ttingiaround
piece 50 to stand up, ?rst on one end, and then on
the‘ other. Thus, as the one playing the game
holds slab [2 by handle I4, and‘vibrates th'e‘slab
peg'zintov 'a' square hole:
Many :other; changes could be effected'inzthe
particular apparatus, and in theparticular -prod-;
ucts, and in the vmethods of'operation,‘ .useand,
construction, and in speci?c details thereof, hereinbefore set forth, without substantially depart--v
ing from the invention-de?ned'in the claims, the
speci?c description being merely ofembodiments.
capable of , illustrating, certain principles of, the
What isclaimed as newrand useful» is 1.
thereby,‘ tipping and tiltingjit at 'the'same time,
1. In a gameboard device, a gameboard _inc1u_d=
piece 5?'will sway, turn end'over end,"roll, and’ 75 ing a substantially ?at playing surface, ‘a playing
piece for disposition upon the playing surface,
the surface having a plurality of indentations
formed therein, means for manipulating the V
gameboard to cause the piece to move over the
playing surface, and means for retaining the
piece against movement oif the surface, the piece
including portions each of a distinctly different
contour from that of another portion, and cer
tain of the indentations having a form distinct
iy different from ‘the form of others of the in-’
dentatio-ns, each contour of a portion of the piece
Ibeing complementary to at least one of the forms
of the indentations.
2. In a gameboard device, a gameboard includ
said indentation so that the piece may come to
rest and nest in said indentation but only in
association with the complementary contour.
4. In a gameboard device, a gamehoard in
cluding aplaying surface, a playing piece for
disposition upon the playing surface, the surface
having a plurality of indentations formed there
in, and means for manipulating the gameboard
to cause the piece to move over the playing, sur
face, the piece having a pair of ends and in
cluding means for controlling the center of grav
ityof the piece so that the piece will come to
rest substantially on one of its ends, each end
of the piece having a contouring distinctively dif
ing a substantially ?at playing surface, a play 15 ferent from the contouring of the other end, and
ing piece for disposition upon the playing sur
certain of the indentations having a form dis
face, the surface having a plurality of indenta
tinctively diiferent from the form of other inden
tions formed therein, means for manipulating
tations, each end of the piece being designed to
the gameboard to cause the piece to move over
inter?t with at least one of the distinctively
the playing surface, and means for retaining the 20 different contourings of the indentations.
piece against movement off the surface, certain
5. In a garneboard device, a gam-eboard in
of the indentations having a form distinctly dif
cluding a playing surface, a playing piece for
ferent from the form of others of the indenta
disposition upon the playing surface, the surface
tions, at least one of the indentations being of
having a plurality of indentations formed there
a spherical form, one end of the piece having a 25 in, and means for manipulating the gameboard
non-spherical contour complementary to the form
to cause the piece to move over the playing sur
of at least one of the indentations so that the
face, the piece comprising a hollow body and hav
piece may come to rest and nest in at least one
ing a pair of ends, and means within, the hollow
of the indentations, the other end of the piece
of the body for controlling the ‘center of grav
having a substantially spherical contour.
30 ity of the piece so that the piece will come to
3. In a gameboard device, a gameboard in
cluding‘ a substantially ?at playing surface, a
depressed area beyond the flat surface, the play
ing surface providing a shoulder between the
surface and the area, a playing piece for disposi 35
tion upon the playing surface, the substantially
flat playing surface. having a plurality of in~
rest substantially on one of the ends, each end
of the piece having a contouring distinctively
different ‘from the contouring of the other end,
and at least one of the indentations comprising
a recess of‘one form, and another recess of I a
different formopening from the ?rst mentioned
recess, the contouring of one of the ends of the
dentations formed therein, and means for ma
piece being complementary to and designed to
nipulating the gameboard to cause the piece to
interfit with one of said recess and the contour
move over the playing surface, at least one of 40 ing of the other end of the piece being comple
the indentations having its contour made up of
mentary to and designed to inter?t with the other
portions of a plurality of distinctly different
of the recesses.
forms, one portion of the piece having a con
tour complementary to only one of the forms of
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