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April 24, 1962
3,031,193
H. lJ. CHAPMAN
GAME APPARATUS
Filed NOV. 24, 1959
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3,031,193
GAME APPARATUS
Henry J. Chapman, 2631 Rantin Drive, East Point, Ga.
Filed Nov. 24, 1959, Ser. No. 855,198
6 Claims. (Cl. 273-136)
This invention relates to game boards, and more par
ticularly to a game board of the type adapted to receive
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Patented Apr'. 24, 1952
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Respective, generally rectangular horizontal panel ele~
ments 21 are secured in the transverse compartments 18,
the panel elements 21 being mounted on the intermediate
upstanding abutment member =19 and being provided at
their edges with depending peripheral ilanges 22 which
are secured to the adjacent surfaces of the upstanding
marginal elements of the insert member 15, as well as to ‘
respective vertical surfaces of the partition elements 17.
Designated at 23 is a horizontal top wall panel which
playing pieces representing the diiferent game competi
tors and being movable along designated paths toward 10 is secured in the upper portion of the tray-like main hori
zontal support member 12, for example, being fastened
deñnite objectives unless the game pieces of the respec
to the top surfaces of the forward and rear hollow up
tive players are intercepted by their opponents.
standing abutment members 16, 16 and to the top edges
A main object of the invention is to provide a novel
of the upstanding side flange members 20, 20. The top
and improved game apparatusA which is simple in con
struction, which provides a high degree of entertainment 15 wall member 23 is provided at one side with a trans»
parent portion 24 which overlies the left side portions of
to the players, and which enables a player to exert skill
the panel .members 21, as viewed in FIGURE 3, the right
and judgment in attempting to overcome his opponent.
side portions of said panel members being substantially
A further object of the invention is to provide an im
hidden by the opaque remaining portion of the top wall
proved game apparatus which is relatively inexpensive to
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fabricate, which is durable in construction, which is ar 20 member 23.
ranged to provide new and unusual types of playing ac
tions, and which provides a considerable amount of
The transparent left side portion 24 above the respec-v
tive compartments 18 is formed vwith vertical and hori
zontally arranged rows of game piece positioning apertures
amusement and entertainment by enabling the players
26, the apertures being suitably shaped and dimensioned
to exert skill and judgment in moving their playing pieces
and in manipulating the game board.
25 to receive the depending supporting stud portions 27 of
suitable game pieces 28, such as those illustrated in FIG-V
Further objects and advantages of the invention `will
URE 4.
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become apparent from the following description and
The panel members 21 beneath the apertured trans
claims, and from the accompanying drawings, wherein:
parent portion 24 of the top wall 23 are suitably inscribed
FIGURE 1 is a top plan view of an improved game
board constructed in accordance with the present in- 30 with circles 29 or similar indicia in vertical registry with
the apertures 26, defining the game piece positions, and
vention.
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FIGURE 2 is a vertical cross sectional view taken on
the line 2-2 of FIGURE l.
are further inscribed with lines 30 arranged to connect
certain of the position-defining elements 29 soas to in
dicate permissive paths 'of movement of game pieces on
FIGURE 3 is a transverse vertical cross sectional view
taken on the line 3_3 of FIGURE l.
35 the respective transparent top wall portions 24. Inscribed
FIGURE 4 is a perspective view showing typical game
board pieces which may be used on the game board of
FIGURE l.
adjacent certain of the game piece position-deñnìng in
dicia 29 are additional indicia 31, representing “traps,”
as will be presently described, and further inscribed on
the panels 21 are additional, suitably colored lines 32,
FIGURE 5 is a fragmentary top plan view of the game
board apparatus of FIGURE 1 with the upper panel re 40 representing “short cuts,” Vconnecting certain of the game
moved.
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FIGURE 6 is a fragmentary top plan view of the game
board apparatus of FIGURE 1 with the slidable game
piece position-deñning elements 29.
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The `forward margin of the top surface of the upper
Wall panel 23 is inscribed with starting position indicia '
34 Vconnected by lines 35 to points on the transparent
piece positioning panel shifted to a position underlying
the apertured transparent portion of the top wall of the 45 panel portion 24 in vertical registry with su-bjacent game
game board.
Referring to the drawings, 11 generally designates an
improved game board constructed in accordance with this
piece movement lines 30, as shown in FIGURE l, indi
eating a choice of game piece starting movements for
the players. The rear marginal portion of top wall panel
23 is similarly inscribed with the destination indicia 36,
invention. The game board 11 comprises a horizontal
bottom support member 12 which is shaped generally in 50 representing the intended destinations of the game pieces.
As will vbe presently explained, the game may be played
the form of a rectangular tray having the horizontal
by two players, one of the players having a game piece
bottom surface 13 and the upstanding peripheral walls
representing the “quarry,” and the other game piece repre
14 defining a rectangular, relatively shallow tray. Re
senting the “=wolf,” .the “wolf” game piece being maneu
movably mounted in the main supporting tray 12 is `a
>tray insert 15 of rigid sheet material, such as molded 55 vered by one player so- as to attempt to catch Athe “quarry”
game piece before the “quarry” ygame piece can reach
plastic material, or the like, the tray insert 15 being
one of the goal positions 36. According to the rules
formed with upstanding hollow abutment members 16, 16
of `a typical game, the “quarry” is caught when the “wolf”
at the front and rear margins thereof and being formed
can make one move and be in the same positioning aper
at its intermediate portions with spaced upstanding` par
tition members 17 extending transversely, as shown in 60 ture as the “quarry” thus capturing the “quarry” game
piece and taking its position. According to the typical
FIGURE l, and defining therebetween a plurality of
game rules, lthe “quarry” is allowed to make the firstV
transverse compartments 13. The insert member 15 is
move. 'Ilhe “quarry” must follow the lines 3d, whereas
integrally formed with a hollow upstanding longitudinally
the “wolf” game piece can be moved either along the
extending abutment element 19 which is located sub
32. The game
stantially midway between the opposite side walls 20, 20 65 lines 31B or ‘along the “short cut”
pieces can be moved in either direction, forward or back
of the insert member, as shown in FIGURE 3, and
wards, and also sideways, but only »from one positioning
which merges with the hollow front and rear opstanding
aperture 26 to another for each move.
marginal abutment members 16, 16. As shown in FIG
Slidably mounted’on the members Z1 in each of the
URES 2 and 3, the longitudinal hollow abutment mem
ber 19 is lower in height than the transversely extend 70 compartments 18 is a “shif ” panel 40, said panel being
movable laterally from a position normally hidden by
ing front and rear marginal upstanding abutment mem
bers 16, 16.
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the opaque right side portion of the top wall member 23
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to a position exposed beneath the transparent portion
24 at the left side of said top wall member. Each shift
panel 40 is inscribed with vertical and horizontal rows
of game piece position-deiining indicia 41 spaced in
the same manner las and being vertically registrable with
the game piece positioning apertures Z6 when the panels
40 are shifted »to positions> underlying the transparent
portion 24 of top wall 23, as illustrated in FIGURE 6.
The game piece position-designating indicia 41 are con
limitations be placed on the invention except as defined
by 'the scope of the appended claims.
What is claimed is:
1. A game board of the character described comprising
a horizontal support, a horizontal top wall member
secured on said support and having a transparent portion
overlying one side of the support and an opaque portion
overlying the remaining side of the support, means deiin
ing a plurality of rows of game piece positions on the
nected by lines 42, representing permissive paths of move
transparent portion extending perpendicular to each other,
ment of ythe game pieces, but being arranged in a dif
and lines on the support arranged to provide the visual
ferent pattern than the lines 30 on the subjacent portions
effect of connecting certain of said positions and arranged
of the horizontal panel elements 21. The non-trans
to indicate permissive paths of movement of the game
parent side port-ion of the top wall 23 is formed with re
pieces on said transparent portion, and a rigid auxiliary
spective transverse slots 43 through which extend up
board element slidably mounted between the support and
wardly projecting lug elements 44 formed on the right
the top wall member and being substantially wholly re
ends of t-he shift panels 40, as viewed in FIGURES l,
ceivable beneath said opaque portion, said auxiliary board
4, 5, and 6, the lugs 44 being slidable in the slots 43
element being formed to define game piece positions ver
to guide the shift panels in their «transverse movement.
tically registrable with the game piece positions on said
The lugs 44 also serve as tinger grip elements to enable 20 transparent portion and having çlines connecting the
the shift panels to be moved on the members 21.
second-named game piece positions and indicating per
As shown in FIGURES 5 and 6, the shi-ft panels 40
missive game piece paths of movement differing from the
are inscribed with “wolf traps” 45, corresponding to the
first-named game piece paths of movement.
“wolf traps” 31 previously described and with “short cut”
‘2. A game board of the character described comprising
lines 46, corresponding to the “short cut” lines 32 pre 25 a horizontal Support, a horizontal top wall member
viously described.
secured on said support and having a transparent portion
As previously mentioned, in a typical set of rules for
overlying one side of said support and an opaque portion
playing a game on the game board apparatus above de
overlying the remaining side of the support, said trans
scribed, a “quarry” game piece is moved by a player in
parent portion being formed with rows of spaced aper
a manner to reach a goal position 36 before it is caught 30 tures extending perpendicular to each other and deiining a
by a “wolf” game piece maneuvered by an opponent
plurality of game piece positions at the intersections of
player. According to such rules, each player is allowed
the rows on the transparent portion, said support being
one free “shift,” wherein at the player’s request -all the
inscribed with lines arranged to provide the visual eiîect
“shift” panels 40 are moved laterally before the request
connecting certain of said positions and arranged to indi
ing player makes his move. VThe requesting player thus 35 cate permissive paths of movement of game pieces on said
has an opportunity of using his judgment and to decide
transparent portion, and a rigid auxiliary board element
whether it is to his advantage to call for the “shift”
slidably mounted between the support and the top wall
According to such rules, each player can have as many
member and being substantially wholly receivable beneath
“penalty” shifts as he desires, by so requesting. In this
said opaque portion, said auxiliary board element being
case, the player must move’his game piece backwards 40 formed to define game piece positions vertically regis
one line before shifting, and is thereafter allowed to
trable with said apertures and having lines connecting
move in any direction (along a proper line). No player
said second-named game piece positions and indicating
can move his game piece through a “wolf trap” 31 or 45.
If «the game piece is caught in a “wolf trap” by shitting,
permissive game piece paths of movement differing from
the first-named game piece paths of movement.
the game piece must be moved backwards on its next
3. A game board of the character described comprising
move. According to further rules which may be in 45 a horizontal support, spaced transverse partition elements
corporated into the game, the iirst player that moves his
on said support defining a plurality of transverse com
game piece through a “shift line,” namely, across a par
partments, a horizontal top wall member secured on said
tition member 17 from one section into a new section,
support and having a transparent portion overlying one
must shift the trails «in the new section before entering.
side of each of said compartments and being otherwise
opaque, leaving the other side portion hidden, means on
to the iirst player that moves his game piece through a
the transparent portion of the top Wall formed to define a
“shift line.” The remaining players are not required
plurality
of rows of game piece positions extending per
to shift `the panels on entering this section, unless so re
pendicular
to each other and overlying the respective
questing, in accordance with the provisions of the rules
55 compartments, the support being inscribed with lines ar
above described.
ranged to provide the visual eiiect of connecting certain
As shown in FIGURE 4, game- pieces of various types
According to these rules, this requirement applies only
may be employed, for example, game pieces represent
ing animals, “Little Red Riding Hood,” a “Wo ” and a
“bunten” Various other representations may be em
of said positions, whereby to indicate permissive paths
of movement of game pieces on the transparent top wall
portion, and respective auxiliary rigid board elements slid
ployed for game pieces, in accordance with the spirit 60 ably mounted in the compartments and being at times
movable under said transparent portion, said auxiliary
board elements being formed to detine game piece posi
tions vertically registrable with the first-named game piece
hand corner of the game board assembly, as viewed in
positions and having lines connecting said second-named
FIGURE l, the compartment being provided with a suit
game piece positions and indicating permissive game piece
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able removable cover or hinged closure member.
paths of movement differing from the first-named game
It will be readily apparent that various types of games
piece paths of movement.
may be played, utilizing the game board apparatus above
4. A game board of the character described compris
described, and that the typical game described above is
ing a horizontal support, spaced transverse partition ele
of the present invention. The game pieces are normally
stored in a compartment 50 provided ‘at the lower right
only one example of such games which may be devised.
While a specific embodiment of an improved game
board apparatus has been disclosed in the foregoing de
ments on said support defining a plurality of transverse
compartments, a horizontal top wall member secured on
scription, it will be understood that various modifications
the side portions of said compartments and being other
wise opaque, leaving the other side portions hidden, said
transparent top wall portions being vformed with rows of
within the spirit of the invention may occur to those
skilled in the art. Therefore, it is intended that no
said support and having transparent portions overlying
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apertures extending perpendicular to each other and delin
ing a plurality of game piece positions at their intersec
tions, the undenlying surface of the support being in
inscribed with lines connecting said second-named game
piece positions and indicating permissive game piece paths
of movement diíîering from the first-named game piece
paths of movement, said top -wall member being formed
scribed -with lines arranged to provide the visual effect of
connecting certain of `said positions, whereby to indicate
permissive paths of movement of game pieces on the re
Awith respective transverse slots overlying the compart
spective transparent top wall portions, and respective
rigid auxiliary Í-board elements slidably mounted in the
or" the respective auxiliary board elements being provided
with upstanding lugs extending through said slots and
compartments and being at times movable under said
being slidable therein.
transparent portions, said auxiliary board elements being 10
6. A game board of the character described compris
ing a support, a top wall member secured on said support
and having a transparent portion overlying one side of the
~ formed to define game piece positions vertically regis
trable with said apertures and being inscribed with lines
connecting said second-named game piece positions and
indicating permissive game piece paths of movement dif
ments and located on the hidden sides thereof, the ends
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support and an opaque portion overlying the remaining
side of the support, means defining a plurality of rows of
fering from the first-named game piece paths of move 15 game piece positions on the transparent portion* extending
perpendicular to each other, lines on the support arranged
ment.
to provide the visual effect of connecting certain of said
5. A game board of the character described compris
positions and arranged to indicate permissive paths of
ing a horizontal support, spaced transverse partition ele- ’
movement of the game pieces on said transparent portion,
ments on, said support defining a plurality of transverse
compartments, _a horizontal top wall «member secured on 20 and rigid board means movably mounted between the
support and the top wall member and being formed to
said support and having transparent portions overlying
denne game piece positions vertically registrable with the y
one side of the compartments and being otherwise opaque,
game piece positions on said transparent portion and
leaving the lother sides of the compartments hidden, said
having lines connecting the second-named game pieceV
transparent top Wall portions being formed with a plu
rality of rows of apertures extending perpendicular to 25 positions and indicating permissive game piece paths of
movement differing from the ñrst-named game piece paths
each other and defining a plurality of game piece posi
tions at their intersections, the underlying surface of the
support being inscribed with ylines arranged to provide the
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visual eiïect of connecting certain of said positions,
whereby to indicate permissive paths of movement of 80
UNITED STATES PATENTS
game pieces’on the respective transparent top wall por
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ably mounted in the compartments and being at times .
movement.
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movable under said transparent portions, said' auxiliary
board elements being formed to define game piece posi 35 2,011,266
tions vertically registrable with said apertures and being
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Dingledine ___________ __ Nov. 29, 1932
Luhn _________________ __ Oct. 3, 1933
Boynton _____________ __ Aug. 13, 1935
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