Patents Examined by Scott Brown
  • Patent number: 4573688
    Abstract: The invention comprises a plurality of playing fields across each of which particular plateaus or levels are mounted, in parallel relationship to one another and having on each thereof a series of stations therealong. The fields are disposed in a three-dimensional environment and the levels or plateaus in each field is traversed by a marker for each player so that upon the marker's return to a finish point in its corresponding field first, its player can be declared the winner of a game or competition played with or on the apparata. Means are provided to climb from one level or plateau to the next. A novel gamepiece or element is utilized to advance each player's marker, in turn, across the plateaus' stations and playing fields. This element itself separates at different times in its use into two members. And it also is itself a basis for self-use in a game played with it in contrast to use with a gameboard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 1983
    Date of Patent: March 4, 1986
    Inventor: John T. Grimes
  • Patent number: 4569527
    Abstract: A game in which the players construct a mansion during the course of play using a series of separate pieces representing rooms on different levels of the mansion. Each piece has a number of doorway connections one of which must be aligned with a doorway connection of another piece to interface the pieces. In addition, each piece contains a number of locations which the player must investigate to acquire assistance in obtaining the objective of the game which is to locate a treasure and escape from the mansion with the treasure. Frames of different height are provided to support the room pieces at different levels and step pieces are also provided to innerconnect rooms at different levels. Secret passages are provided to move from one room to another without having to move through the connecting doorways.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 1983
    Date of Patent: February 11, 1986
    Assignee: Marvin Glass & Associates
    Inventors: Donald A. Rosenwinkel, Jeffrey D. Breslow, John V. Zaruba
  • Patent number: 4568086
    Abstract: An educational game system wherein a random selector of mathematical problems is used in playing various popular board games, simultaneously providing drill in the multiplication tables. Players must determine missing answer numbers which then dictate game piece movements. Appropriately formulated problem sets, together with dice doubles indicia, permit the random selector device to substitute for dice, spinners, and other random selection means normally used in these games. Changeable problem sets provide drill in particular multiplication tables. Usage procedure facilitates table memorization. The problems each have a missing number in which the majority are not full two digit numbers but the first or second digit of the product or one of the factors. The average value of the missing numbers for a set being less than ten. Five embodiments are disclosed, employing different random selection devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 1984
    Date of Patent: February 4, 1986
    Inventor: Kris K. Krogh
  • Patent number: 4563011
    Abstract: A board game with a board is divided into a grid work of road and off-road rough terrain spaces. Each player is provided with a colored paired "BIG FOOT" truck and a crushable car. The object of the game is to land on opponents' crushable cars with the truck. A shift lever on the truck indicates whether it is in "Two-Wheel Drive" for road moves, or "Four-Wheel Drive" for rough terrain or landing on an opponent's crushable car. Each turn may include any combination of truck and/or crushable car moves plus shifting of the truck between "Two-Wheel" and "Four-Wheel". The number of moves to be made by a player is determined by rolling dice.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 1983
    Date of Patent: January 7, 1986
    Assignee: Marvin Glass & Associates
    Inventors: Michael J. Ferris, Wayne A. Kuna
  • Patent number: 4557486
    Abstract: A farm game having a price board, dice silo, money, farm record sheets, homestead plats and various commodities. The dice silo displays a chance selected die with a marked subdivision of the silo face plate, and the price board is divided into sections equal in number to the dice in the silo. The dice set a price or quote marked on the price board from which the players conduct transactions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 1984
    Date of Patent: December 10, 1985
    Inventor: Jack Stuckmayer
  • Patent number: 4535994
    Abstract: This invention relates to board games, and more particularly to the apparatus for such a game which combines the elements of strategic skill, chance and knowledge of corporate finance and the business world to provide entertainment for two or more players. The game includes a track with industry segments further subdivided into corporation spaces. Ten corporate shares corresponding to each corporation space are utilized with a pair of dice. The dice are numbered from zero to five and direct the movement of the playing pieces as well as the maximum number of corporate shares a player may buy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 1983
    Date of Patent: August 20, 1985
    Inventor: William P. Cowan
  • Patent number: 4530504
    Abstract: A manual video game controller having a joy stick or equivalent is stabilized by a surrounding structure which supports the same. The transverse dimensions of the stabilizer are substantially greater than the height thereof. Filler material is inserted into the stabilizer shell to add weight to the stabilizer. Flowable hardenable glue is also inserted to compensate for shrinkage of the fill material and plug the fill hole in the stabilizer shell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 1983
    Date of Patent: July 23, 1985
    Inventor: Charles A. Long, Jr.
  • Patent number: 4524975
    Abstract: A football type game board utilizing specially designed, dice-like casting solids to represent the various plays used in the game of football. Each solid has a plurality of sides with markings denoting a particular outcome to that play. The number of sides and their markings are chosen to reflect real football game statistics. Also provided is a penalty card system organized into four categories, to produce a realistic penalty for particular types of plays, and a first down marker system with a down indicator sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 1983
    Date of Patent: June 25, 1985
    Inventors: Keith E. Caughie, Kenneth L. Caughie
  • Patent number: 4516777
    Abstract: A mobile self-contained video gaming system. The system internally stores a plurality of standard video game cartridges simultaneously and provides instantaneous external user selection of any game cartridge without power sequencing of the console electronics or physical extraction/insertion of the cartridges. The system includes a video monitor for viewing either color or monochrome game images, a video game console electronics unit, a cartridge storage and switching apparatus, a plurality of video game cartridges, multiple hand-held game controllers for providing player control inputs to the console electronics, audio separator and amplification circuits, a choice of speaker or earphone audio devices, an externally activated and lockable power switch, an audio device selector to disable conventional speaker use in "quiet" environments. The system is enclosed in a mobile housing which includes a height adjustment mechanism and a power cord take-up apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 1983
    Date of Patent: May 14, 1985
    Inventor: Robert J. Nikora
  • Patent number: 4509758
    Abstract: A cryptographic game and apparatus therefor, including an encrypting box with a plurality alphabetically labeled compartments, a plurality of alphabetically labeled members adapted to be randomly placed in the compartments, a first pad of sheets containing messages to be encrypted, and a second pad of sheets employed by players to decipher the message.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 1983
    Date of Patent: April 9, 1985
    Inventor: Joycene L. Cole
  • Patent number: 4508351
    Abstract: A board game apparatus, played by one or more adult players, who, each play on their own individual, two-part playing board, while cooperatively, each player shares a supplementary game board that provides storage and additional playing areas for other supportive ingredients, such as markers, cards, playing pieces and spinners used in correlation with their own playing boards. One of a few ways to win this game is to complete a simulated karmic and reincarnational life's journey that is tied to hereditary and environmental factors chosen by a random method. First, each player must almost completely cover one section of their two-part playing board's playing area with markers, keyed to spinners from the supplementary game board. Having almost completely covered the one section, then the player proceeds, with a playing piece, through the second section, which is composed of paths, divided into spaces, some of which are obsticled and keyed to cards with information that may alter advancement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 1983
    Date of Patent: April 2, 1985
    Inventor: Marilyn Fitzgerald
  • Patent number: 4498674
    Abstract: A board game for two to four players in which each player is assigned an individual, flippable, playing piece that is used to chase an exchangable general playing piece which is able to earn points. The players move their pieces on a board having a number of paths of spaced indicia with reversible and collectable markers positioned atop the indicia. Initially one of the players is determined to be the one using the exchangable playing piece. The exchangable piece carries a spinner for determining its advancability. The other players, using another spinner, chase and try to catch the exchangable piece with the aggressive character of their assigned pieces facing upwardly. When an encounter between the general piece and one of the assigned pieces occurs, the outcome is determined by which side of the assigned piece faces upwardly. The character of the assigned pieces may be changed either by the spinner or by returning to the starting position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 1983
    Date of Patent: February 12, 1985
    Assignee: Marvin Glass & Associates
    Inventors: Michael J. Ferris, Paul H. Wise, Jeffrey D. Breslow
  • Patent number: 4496327
    Abstract: An educational game is provided wherein a random path from a start position to a goal position is divided into at least twenty-six spaces and such spaces are labelled with the letters of the alphabet in proper sequence. Playing cards containing numbers are provided and the drawing of a card permits the child to move his marker to a space on the path by advancing the number of spaces indicated on the card drawn. Cards bearing letters are also incorporated to permit the advance or backward movement of the marker to the letter displayed on the card drawn. Thus, the child learns both letters of the alphabet and numbers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 1982
    Date of Patent: January 29, 1985
    Inventor: Robert A. Bennett
  • Patent number: 4487417
    Abstract: An amusement device for selectively interchanging or transferring coded pieces from one storage element to a second adjacent storage element is disclosed. The two storage elements are connected to each other for relative rotation. The coded pieces are transferred by aligning one or more storage space or cavity containing a coded piece, in one storage element with like storage spaces or cavities in the adjacent storage element and inverting the device. The storage cavities are configured to allow a prearranged relationship between coded pieces upon rotational alignment of storage cavities lying on the same radius from the axis of rotation. Self-contained games and multiple puzzle configurations are achievable by sequential rotation, alignment and inversion of storage cavities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 1982
    Date of Patent: December 11, 1984
    Inventor: Douglas A. Engel
  • Patent number: 4480837
    Abstract: Maritime board game involving competing ship/marker playing pieces, each carrying removable cargo units and moved from respective home ports about a closed circuit cruise route comprising various event positions variously labeled "card", "mine", collision", and "missile", with certain positions left blank, and with each "missile" position being connected by a missile flight path line to a generally opposite blank position, the play of the game involving a "hit" being scored, with loss of a cargo unit from a given ship/marker, in the event the ship/marker stops on a "mine" position, or is on a blank position connected by a missile flight path line to a "missile" position occupied by a competing ship/marker, unless a respective "mine sweeper" or "intercept" card has been previously drawn by the owner of the ship/marker from a deck of event cards, which event cards are drawn upon the ship/marker stopping at a "card" position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 1983
    Date of Patent: November 6, 1984
    Inventor: Kerry L. Poirier
  • Patent number: 4480838
    Abstract: This game entitled "Born Again" employs a board having a path on it formed by a sequence of divisions in which each division represents a period of a life-cycle beginning with birth. The life-cycle path is disposed within another path which is endless and contains blocks representing real estate or other property. Each player is given parents who are represented by tokens that move along the life-cycle track. Each player is represented by a Born Again token which is movable along the life-cycle path. The player is Born Again when the player throws the correct combination of chromosome symbols on a pair of chromosome dice. The player's family is represented by a family traveler token which is movable along the endless path in accordance with throws of standard dice. The game permits a player to acquire a spouse and raise a family. The spouse and other members of the family are represented by appropriate tokens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 1983
    Date of Patent: November 6, 1984
    Inventor: Aharon G. Aharonian
  • Patent number: 4477081
    Abstract: A board game in which the board contains a map of the United States. A track extending from New York to Los Angeles is drawn across the map. Spaces along the track include instructions which apply to each player whose game piece lands on such spaces. These instructions may be to the player's advantage or disadvantage and may, for example, advance or retard the player's movement along the track. The winner must be the first player to complete the round trip from New York to Los Angeles. A novel number selection device, for determining postage and the number of spaces a player advances, comprises in part a funnelform chute with deflection rods to randomly deflect a specially marked, miniature letter into one of several numbered mail bins. The number of the bin into which the letter falls determining the selected number.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 1983
    Date of Patent: October 16, 1984
    Inventor: Walter R. Crosby
  • Patent number: 4468035
    Abstract: A word forming game apparatus including a game board, game cards, game pieces and a plurality of dice. The game board contains a plurality of spaces defining columns or lanes, the extreme edges of which are bounded by a starting row and a finish row, respectively. The starting row has a plurality of adjacent spaces that are consecutively numbered, whereas the finish row has a plurality of adjacent spaces in alignment with the numbered spaces of the starting row; each space of which containing a letter of the alphabet that corresponds to the title word(s) of the game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 1983
    Date of Patent: August 28, 1984
    Inventor: Joel M. Slepian
  • Patent number: 4466515
    Abstract: A stock exchange game is disclosed. A circular playing board is divided into forty spaces at the outer periphery with some spaces representing companies, color coded states of the economy, taxes due, collect dividends, etc. Each company space has a stock price window. There is one state of the economy window. An information board is rotatably mounted under the playing board. The information board has color coded states of the economy and corresponding color coded stock prices. When a state of the economy aligns with the respective window in the playing board, related stock prices align with their respective company windows in the playing board. Players move tokens around the board in response to dice rolls. The state of the economy changes and in turn the stock prices of the companies change when a player lands on an economy condition space. This information board is rotated accordingly and the stock prices change. Stocks are bought and sold during the game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 1981
    Date of Patent: August 21, 1984
    Inventors: Joseph R. D'Aurora, David F. Specht
  • Patent number: 4456260
    Abstract: A theme-oriented parlor game and method comprising a game board assembly, title indicia, tokens and movement intiators. The game board assembly has a peripheral region and a central region both subdivided into a plurality of locations. The locations of the peripheral region are grouped into company locations, draw card locations and street locations. The locations of the central region are grouped into an option area and a gridded central business area. As the game progresses, each participant advances his or his player piece from location-to-location about the game board from the peripheral region through the central region and back to the peripheral region. During such travels, the participants purchase companies and tokens representing the companies which are selectively positioned on the gridded central business area. When a player's piece lands on an opponent's token, that player pays a fee for services.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 1982
    Date of Patent: June 26, 1984
    Inventor: Allen L. Hilton