0d- 15, 1946- o. MAUTNER any. ' ' 2,409,373 GAMEBOABD DEVICE Filed June 19, ‘1944 s 34 64 .88 82 86 56 _ v v 80 ' "8 , BY 7 - ' INVENTORS. OSCAR MAUTNER MARK K-LEBWORTH. . Patented Oct. 15, 1946 2,409,373 UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE GAME BOARD DEVICE Oscar Mautner, Crestwood, and Mark K. ‘ Lebworth, New York, N. Y. Application June 19, 1944, Serial No. 540,962 v '‘ 5 Claims. (01. 273-113) 2 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 hole.” 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 tion. 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 vention. ' 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 i ’ 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 , V On'the drawing, in which the same reference characters refer to‘the same parts throughout, and in which aredisclosed such operative ‘em bodiments, ' ' " , f 55. 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 2,409,373 3 4 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; described. 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 invention. 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 5 2,409,373 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 > OSCAR MAUTNER. tour complementary to only one of the forms of MARK K. LEBWORTH.