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Jan. 8, 1963
L. s. OLSON
3,072,407
GAME APPARATUS
Filed Nov. 2, 1959
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Patented Jan. 8, 1963
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3,072,407
GAME APPARATUS
Lea S. Olson, 707 Ave. A, Bismarck, N. Dak.
Filed Nov. 2, 1959, Ser. No. 850,262
1 Claim. (Cl. 273-130)
This invention relates to a game apparatus particularly
adapted for use by two players in playing the game of
ticktacktoe.
It is an object of this invention to provide game playing
apparatus for playing the game of ticktacktoe.
It is another object to provide such apparatus particu
larly adapted for use by small children and by handi
capped and blind persons.
It is also an object to provide such apparatus having a 15
playing surface upon which the nine playing compart
ments are respectively physically separated by two pairs of
raised parallel ridges extending upwardly from the playing
surface and intersecting at generally right angles.
It is a further object to provide such apparatus having
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intersect so that each of said ridges is divided into three
equal sections, the central section of which forms one of
the walls de?ning a central compartment 160 and separat
ing said central compartment 16a from the exterior com
partments.
Two sets of ?ve playing pieces are provided, designed
to be used respectively by each of tWo opponents playing
a game upon the board 12.
Pieces of one of said sets,
designated as 20, are shaped into the letter “O.” The
other set contains ?ve playing pieces, designated as 22,
each having the shape of the letter “X.” In the form illus
trated, the playing pieces 20 and 22 are thicker in vertical
dimension than the height of the ridges 16a and 16b to
facilitate manipulation thereof by the players.
In playing ticktacktoe with the game apparatus, one of
the sets of playing pieces is assigned respectively to each of
two opponents, who in turn places one of his playing
pieces into one of the playing compartments not pre
viously occupied. The game is won by the ?rst player to
align three of his playing pieces in a row, either trans
two sets of differently formed playing pieces for use re
versely, longitudinally or diagonally.
spectively by each of the players of the game.
players has placed ?ve playing pieces upon the board, he
It is an additional object to provide a game playing
apparatus for use by two players or two teams of players
will have won the game or will have blocked all possible
When one of the
rows from being ?lled in by his opponent. If neither
having two sets of playing pieces having respectively the 25 player has been able to place three of his playing pieces in
shape of the letters “0” and “X,” and a playing surface
a row, the game is then won by the “cat.”
having nine physically separated playing compartments
In the form of the invention illustrated, the scoreboard
arranged in three parallel rows into which the playing
14 is extended upwardly from the playing surface 12 and
pieces are placed by each player in his turn, and which are
has a rounded surface extending to one edge of the board
readily removable when the game is over.
30 10 to permit easy reading of the score by the players and
It is a further object to provide such game apparatus
kibitzers.
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having a scoreboard incorporated ‘therein for keeping
The scoreboard 14 is divided into three columns 14a for
score of the number of ticktacktoe games won by each of
keeping score respectively of the games that have been
the players or teams of players and the games won by
won by each of the opponents and the games won by the
neither of them.
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“cat.” Each of the columns 14a has a plurality of cylin
These and other objects and advantages of my invention
' drical holes 30 of similar diameter extending an equal dis
will more fully appear from the following description
tance into the playing board and normal to the surface of
made in connection with the accompanying drawings
the scoreboard.
wherein like reference characters refer to the same or sim
A generally cylindrical scoreke-eping peg 32 of slightly
ilar parts throughout the several views, in which:
smaller diameter than the holes 30 is provided for each of
FIG. 1 is a perspective view of the game apparatus em
the scorekeeping columns. The pegs 32 are longer than
bodying my invention showing one of each of the two sets
the depth of the holes 30 and when inserted into the holes
of playing pieces placed to the side thereof;
protrude therefrom above the surface of the scoreboard.
FIG. 2 is a cross sectional view of the playing board
The protruding portion of each of the pegs 32 is thickened
45 in diameter for easy handling by the players. Each hole
taken along the line 2—2 in FIG. 1;
FIG. 3 is a cross sectional view of the playing board
in the scoreboard corresponds to a certain number of
taken along the line 3—3 in FIG. 1; and
games which is easily ascertained by counting the number
FIG. 4 is a side view of one of the scorekeeping pegs
and a top view of one of each of the two different playing
of holes to the left and above each hole.
It will be seen that I have provided a game apparatus
which may easily be used by small children and by per
sons with crippled hands or who are totally blind.
pieces.
In the form of the invention shown in the accompanying
drawing a game board, designated generally by the num
ber 10, is provided having a generally ?at bottom adapted
It will, of course, be understood that various changes
may be made in the form, details, arrangement and pro
portions of the parts without departing from the scope of
to rest upon a table top and an upper surface comprising
a generally ?at horizontal playing surface 12 and a score 55 my invention which, generally stated, consists in the mat
board 14. The playing surface 12 is divided into 9 play
ing compartments 16 by two pairs of spaced apart parallel
ridges, designated respectively as 16a and 16b, intersecting
at respective intermediate portions thereof as shown, to
provide three parallel rows of playing compartments 16 in
both transverse and longitudinal directions.
In the form illustrated, the ridges 16a‘ and 16b are gen
erally equal in length and height and are positioned to
ter set forth in the appended claim.
What is claimed is:
Game apparatus particularly constructed and arranged
for playing and scoring the game of ticktacktoe compris
ing a unitary playing and scoring board divided into two
sections, a playing section and a scoring section, said play~
ing section having a generally ?at playing surface with two
pairs of raised ridges extending upwardly from the surface
thereof, the ridges of each pair being spaced apart and
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disposed to intersect the ridges
3 of the other pair at right
the games won by the respective players as Well as the
angles to form raised separators for three parallel rows of
games Won by the “cat.”
playing spaces de?ned thereby, two sets of playing pieces,
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one set being in the shape of the letter “O,” the other set
being in the shape of the letter “X,” the letters of each set 5
being thicker than the depth of the ridges and being
smaller
?t therewithin,
in outside
saiddimensions
scoring section
than said
being
playing
elevated
spaces
from
to
the playing surface and being provided with three indi~
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UNITED STATES PATENTS
2’313’473
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vidual scoring areas with at least one row of holes in each 10
area, and three pegs insertable into said holes to indicate
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References {med m tbs ?le of thls Patent
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FOREIGN PATENTS
667,737
Great Britain __________ __ Mar. 5, 1952
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