Chance Device Controls Amount Or Direction Of Movement Of Piece Patents (Class 273/243)
  • Patent number: 10549185
    Abstract: A game using cards or virtual cards that are used by players during game play to dynamically create a board representing a territorial expanse. Game play takes place within the context of a narrative or story line for the characters playing the game wherein the narrative develops and unfolds according to explicit choices the player makes at multiple opportunities to choose among several options. The player choices that direct the game play and narrative are intended to ultimately resolve a goal-oriented quest or attain an objective assigned to the player's character. The game play and the assembly of the cards or virtual cards to form the territory arise from the characters' exploration of territory represented by a plurality of numbered cards and by the characters' interaction with other features of the cards and with the features of non-numbered cards.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Inventors: Ludovic Roudy, Bruno Sautter
  • Patent number: 10471338
    Abstract: This invention is a novel word forming board game that uses a unique combination of features that enables and rewards large word formation. In addition, chance is used to make the outcome less predictable and more fun for players of all skill levels. The game apparatus includes a larger number of board spaces, a large number of letter tiles, and chance components (multiplier, bonus word, swap card and swap tiles chance types). The method of play uses a large number of letter tiles per player hand, and the ability to exchange letter tiles at the end of each turn. The basis of the word points is the word length which rewards large word formation. The multiplier chance types amplify the impact of forming large words on the player score, with multiplier values as high as 10 and as low as ?10, distributed so lesser skilled players can win more often.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Inventor: Robert J. Gulotty, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10460619
    Abstract: A system, method, computer program, and on-line computer site is provided for customizing scripture study to enhance scriptural fluency. The method includes specifying a range of passages from a small assortment to a complete canon of scripture, then randomly generating a passage from within the range, optimizing a study to meet personal goals using interactive features, and producing a study report to save and share with peers for collaboration and feedback. Preferably, the invention is operated in conjunction with an interactive Web site or stand alone software program.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Inventor: Steven Thomas Mann
  • Patent number: 10410540
    Abstract: A kit of educational building blocks includes a first set of amino acid side chain building blocks, each amino acid side chain building block corresponding to a distinct one of 20 distinct amino acid side chains, a second set of identical amino end building blocks, each amino end building block having a first end configured to removably engage with the amino acid side chain building blocks to form an amino end-side chain block combination, and a third set of identical acid end building blocks, each acid end building block having a first end configured to removably engage with amino end-side chain block combination to produce an amino acid building block assembly. The first, second, and third set of blocks are configured so that a plurality of amino acid building block assemblies can be linked to one another so as to model a series of linked amino acids in a protein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Inventors: John Kim Vandiver, Kathleen M. Vandiver
  • Patent number: 10403169
    Abstract: An apparatus for negotiating a work role relationship between two participants, comprising a Dialog and Agreement Board with multiple in-dialog areas where participants place one or more cards representing elements or parts of the work role relationship or personal characteristics related to the work role, and with a commitment area upon which cards can be taken from the in-dialog areas and placed to represent agreed-upon commitments by the participants. An agreement between the participants may be documented manually or automatically, in whole or in part. Components marked with bar codes can be read for entry into a computer program for documenting agreements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Inventor: McCall Danny
  • Patent number: 10300367
    Abstract: A game set for a randomizable table game includes a game board and a plurality of game pieces. The game board holds a number of magnetic tiles, each said tile containing a predetermined number of coin magnets with the coin magnets serving as play spaces on the game board. The game pieces each include a transparent hollow body that has opposite generally flat faces and can be set onto a selected magnet or space on the game board. A coin magnet in the transparent hollow body can invert or be held in its original position depending on whether the polarities of the playing piece and tile magnets match. Players may attempt to achieve a row of three game pieces with indicia on the magnets being all X or all O.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Inventor: Johnny H Douglas, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10258866
    Abstract: The present invention includes a deck of playing cards for playing a card game comprising a plurality of spell cards and a plurality of trap cards. The spell cards are for offensive use by a player to inflict consequences to the player's opponent while the trap cards are for defensive use by a player to mitigate consequences of the spell cards. The spell cards and trap cards are intended to be combined and mixed into a single deck and then divided into player decks and distributed between the players. However, the use of spell cards is limited by a mana resource cost associated with each card and a corresponding mana resource availability of a spell caster desiring to use the spell cards. A plurality of cards in each player deck are removed from their respective player decks and used by each player to indicate available mana resources and exhausted mana resources.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Inventor: Joseph Luis Melendez
  • Patent number: 10195517
    Abstract: A method for playing a word-forming and word-guessing board game (10) between at least a first player and a second player includes (i) each of the players selecting a letter tile set (20), a card deck (22) and a dice set (26); (ii) each of the players utilizing a predetermined number of letter tiles (20) from their letter tile set (20) to form a word that is hidden from each of the other players; (iii) the first player utilizing their card deck (22) and their dice set (26) to win an opportunity to guess the word of any of the other players; and (iv) the first player making a guess of the word of any of the other players.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: THE UPPER DECK COMPANY
    Inventor: Ted J. Fechser
  • Patent number: 10121320
    Abstract: The present invention provides methods, systems and apparatus for promoting game play frequency of online games. Embodiments include displaying a plurality of positioned game elements, wherein each positioned game element is associated with a game time period; displaying a game indicia associated with a positioned game element if a player has acquired a game piece during the game time period associated with the positioned game element; selecting one or more positioned game elements after a game duration; and awarding one or more prizes if the selected positioned game elements are associated with a game indicia. Numerous additional aspects are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Gamesys Ltd.
    Inventors: Hans Elias, Alexander Sandford Todd Young, Thomas David James Aicken, Robeson Mandela Reeves
  • Patent number: 10102836
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to an apparatus, system, and method that allow non-musicians to compose and perform a musical composition. Although some existing electronic devices can provide a virtual environment to compose and play musical sound digitally, manipulating such a virtual environment can be difficult and may require specific software expertise, as well as knowledge of music theory. The present disclosure provides a platform that facilitates the creation of a musical composition without such software expertise or knowledge of music theory. The platform models a musical composition as a simultaneous playback of one or more musical contents. The platform allows players to control or modify one or more of the plurality of musical contents to generate or synthesize a musical composition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: HARMONIX MUSIC SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Jonathan Mintz, Eric J. Brosius, Paul Burrowes, Michael Fitzgerald, Alexander Rigopulos
  • Patent number: 10016684
    Abstract: Security in a geogame is maintained by implementing various security techniques. The various techniques provide specific advantages for different threat modes and attack styles against a geogame implemented via a mobile ad hoc network utilizing a geocast protocol. Jamming is detected by each player device listening for expected retransmissions of its own originated geocasts. If it fails to hear a retransmission, it concludes jamming. Network interdiction is detected by monitoring for received transmissions and/or periodically sending dummy transmissions to support other devices' detections. Location determination attacks are detected by recognizing “impossible” movements. Geogame interruption attacks are detected by detecting unauthorized requests to restart a geogame. Other security measures include utilizing cryptographic keys and/or pass phrases when geocasting. Various penalties within the context of a geogame are levied against a player if a security breach is detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Robert J. Hall
  • Patent number: 9908035
    Abstract: A board game, also embodied in two or three dimension electronic display, is based on one of China's greatest works of literature, Journey to the West or Monkey. The preferred embodiment of the game of the instant invention allows from two to four players to compete through a combination of chance rolls of dice, chance draw of randomly-sequenced instruction cards, and exercise of strategy. The initial “movement roll” of two six-sided dice by each player begins advance of their game pieces along spaces around a closed path. When all of the game pieces have completed one round, a separate central character game piece may advance along a separate path that ends at a final goal. This requires repetitive circuits of the players' game pieces around the closed path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Inventors: Kelly A Clark, Joshua L Clark
  • Patent number: 9779583
    Abstract: The present invention provides methods, systems and apparatus for promoting game play frequency of online games. Embodiments include displaying a plurality of positioned game elements, wherein each positioned game element is associated with a game time period; displaying a game indicia associated with a positioned game element if a player has acquired a game piece during the game time period associated with the positioned game element; selecting one or more positioned game elements after a game duration; and awarding one or more prizes if the selected positioned game elements are associated with a game indicia. Numerous additional aspects are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: Gamesys Ltd.
    Inventors: Hans Elias, Alexander Sandford Todd Young, Thomas David James Aicken, Robeson Mandela Reeves
  • Patent number: 9764232
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a system for showing an image, and more particularly, to a system for showing an image having a game function of performing an interactive game for viewers in a theater. To this end, the present invention provides a system for showing an image, including: a plurality of motion chair assemblies including a predetermined number of motion chairs; a center server configured to control the motion chair assembly; and a screen configured to display an image output from the center server, in which a signal generated in the motion chair assembly is transmitted to the center server according to an image displayed on the screen, and when the generated signal does not accord with a preset condition, the center server operates the motion chair assembly, and when the generated signal accords with the preset condition, the center server does not operate the motion chair assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: CJ 4D PLEX CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Sang Hee Park
  • Patent number: 9723005
    Abstract: Current CAPTCHA tests are designed to be difficult for a bot and simple for a human-user to answer; however, as artificial intelligence improves, bots are more capable of using techniques such as optical character recognition to resolve current CAPTCHAs in similar manners as human-users. By maintaining a library of security tests and/or questions based on products purchased by the human-user, and using those questions as a CAPTCHA challenge in order to determine if the user is a human-user on how the user responds, CAPTCHA challenges may be directed toward determining a human-user based on responses exhibiting humanity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael James McInerny, Mark Evans Brighton, Sevag Demirjian, Blair Livingstone Hotchkies
  • Patent number: 9595204
    Abstract: An apparatus for negotiating a work role relationship between two participants, comprising a Dialog and Agreement Board with multiple in-dialog areas where participants place one or more cards representing elements or parts of the work role relationship or personal characteristics related to the work role, and with a commitment area upon which cards can be taken from the in-dialog areas and placed to represent agreed-upon commitments by the participants. An agreement between the participants may be documented manually or automatically, in whole or in part. Components marked with bar codes can be read for entry into a computer program for documenting agreements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Inventor: Danny McCall
  • Patent number: 9511279
    Abstract: The present invention provides methods, systems and apparatus for promoting game play frequency of online games. Embodiments include displaying a plurality of positioned game elements, wherein each positioned game element is associated with a game time period; displaying a game indicia associated with a positioned game element if a player has acquired a game piece during the game time period associated with the positioned game element; selecting one or more positioned game elements after a game duration; and awarding one or more prizes if the selected positioned game elements are associated with a game indicia. Numerous additional aspects are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: Gamesys Ltd.
    Inventors: Hans Elias, Alexander Sandford Todd Young, Thomas David James Aicken, Robeson Mandela Reeves
  • Patent number: 9501897
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus are described relating to allowing authorized personnel to customize rake options for one or more electronic games. In one embodiment, a processor-readable media is described, comprising instructions for receiving an indication by a processor, from a user interface, of a desire to customize rake options associated with an electronic game by the authorized personnel, providing a selection of rake options available for customization to the authorized personnel by the processor via the user interface, receiving, by the processor, a selection of one or more rake option settings chosen by the authorized personnel from the user interface, and reducing an account balance of a game player in accordance with the rake option settings chosen by the authorized personnel as the electronic game is played by the game player.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: Integrated Systems Design, Inc.
    Inventor: Jonathan Khashayar Hafezi
  • Patent number: 9245258
    Abstract: A system and method of electronic interpersonal communication includes receiving a selection of a recipient for communication. A user profile for the selected recipient is accessed. The user profile includes a plurality of communication traits of the selected recipient. A graphical display presents at least one communication trait of the selected recipient from the user profile. An electronic communication to the selected recipient is received. The electronic communication is sent to the selected recipient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignee: Prophit Marketing, Inc.
    Inventor: Joseph M. Kiedinger
  • Patent number: 8936510
    Abstract: A method to operate game of chance using a map of sites as playing surface with moving pieces called movers. There are ruled movements. A random draw of ruled movements move movers from sites to sites. Players bet on own selected movers moving to own selected sits by one or several draws of movements. The holder of a hanging bet earns credit to place free make-up bets. Calculation of the hanging or winning probability of every bet together with its hanging credit or winning payoff will be provided. An automatic computer/video version of the game is included.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Inventor: Yi Chen
  • Publication number: 20140367914
    Abstract: A game apparatus to teach strong moral decision includes a foldable game board that includes a plurality of adjoining path segments. A plurality of colored playing pieces is individually assigned to each team so that each team is able to selectively position the assigned playing piece onto one of the plurality of adjoining path segments. Each team start form a starting segment of the plurality of adjoining path segments, and the first team to reach a winning segment of the plurality of adjoining path segments is recognized as the winning team. The movement of the plurality of colored playing pieces is controlled by a plurality of primary cards and a plurality of secondary cards as each of the plurality of primary cards and each of the plurality of secondary cards respectively relate to a corresponding outcome and a specific outcome within the game apparatus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 18, 2014
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Inventor: Ina M. YOUNG
  • Publication number: 20140367913
    Abstract: An educational board game has a plurality of segments positioned in a predetermined order and extending from a starting segment to an ending segment. The educational board game also has a plurality of participant identifiers, wherein each participant identifier represents a single individual playing the game. A random number generator selects a value which determines how many segments a participant is allowed to move on his or her turn. A first feedback stack includes cards describing episodes and which may result in an exchange or loss of points. A second feedback stack includes cards with instructions to read out loud educational content. The educational board game further has a third feedback stack with cards containing questions regarding the subject matter of the game. The educational content read during the game includes answers to the questions presented in the third feedback stack.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 13, 2013
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Inventors: Edwin Manuel Abreu, José Andres Gutiérrez Rivera
  • Patent number: 8833768
    Abstract: A method of play, wherein play emphasizes storytelling and story recounting abilities, and wherein the method comprises: (a) providing a gaming device which provides for: a plurality of subject elements, wherein each subject element from the plurality of subject elements comprises a topic for a particular story; and a plurality of situational elements, wherein each situational element from the plurality of situational elements qualifies the subject element; (b) pairing a subject element from the plurality of subject elements with a situational element from the plurality of situational elements; and (c) providing a story based on the paired subject element and selected situational element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Inventor: Jacob G. R. Kramlich
  • Publication number: 20140221082
    Abstract: A method to operate non-pari-mutuel game of chance using a map of sites as playing surface with moving pieces called movers. The game rules a plurality of movements. A random draw of ruled movements moves movers from sites to sites, one round after another. Calculation of any possible movement outcome probabilities is provided. Players can bet on any one or more possible movement outcomes. The holder of a hanging bet earns credit to place free make-up bets. House edge functions with outcome probability as variable are suggested. An automatic computer/video version of the game is included.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 7, 2013
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Inventor: Yi Chen
  • Patent number: 8740684
    Abstract: A plurality of first team player game pieces, a plurality of second team player game pieces, a football designation device, and a game board are provided for playing a football board game. At least one of the player game pieces may have an advantage over one or more of the other player game pieces. One or more of the player game pieces, may be allowed to move twice as fast as one or more other player game pieces, when a first designation is associated with the one or more player game pieces that are given the advantage. The player game pieces given the advantage may move from a “fast” space, marked with a graphic, to another “fast” space, marked with the same graphic, located a predetermined number of spaces away, such as two spaces away, in any direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Inventor: Walter J. Tencza, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8727885
    Abstract: A method to share challenges between users of a social game system is described. The method may include accessing relationship data reflecting a relationship between a first user and a second user, and accessing challenge data in a challenge database. Based on (1) the challenge data and (2) the relationship between the first user and the second user reflected by the relationship data, the challenge data is selectively communicated as part of a challenge about the first user to the second user, with the challenge forming part of a challenge game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan Berger, Edmund Wright Helmer, Michael Munie, Shailendra Ramineni Rao, Yoav Shoham, Thuc D. Vu
  • Patent number: 8727849
    Abstract: A board game includes a plurality of game pieces, a plurality of reward cards, and a game board, where the game board includes a travel path on the game board, said travel path including a plurality of instruction spaces, a plurality of hidden cache spaces, and a plurality of open cache spaces, where one of said plurality of hidden cache spaces and one of said plurality of open cache spaces are associated with one of said plurality of game pieces, and at least one instruction space includes directions to add one of said plurality of reward cards to one of said plurality of open cache spaces that is associated with one of said plurality of game pieces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Enviroquest Ltd.
    Inventor: Sherrene D. Kevan
  • Publication number: 20140091524
    Abstract: A game for a plurality of players is disclosed herein. The game may include a plurality of pieces for each player. The game may also include a polyhedron having a plurality of faces, wherein each face has a plurality of spaces for holding pieces. The game may further include a random number generator for indicating the number of spaces to move at least one of the pieces at each player's turn.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 16, 2012
    Publication date: April 3, 2014
    Inventor: Nicholas Metzler
  • Publication number: 20140062019
    Abstract: A board game is described in which players take on the role of actors who compete to get to an award show where their talents will be recognized. Along the way, they may encounter various situations that help or interfere with their successful attainment of their goal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 2, 2012
    Publication date: March 6, 2014
    Inventor: Pamela Gardner
  • Patent number: 8616957
    Abstract: Disclosed are two-player games, gaming machines, gaming systems and methods including one or more shared feature games. Each player has a respective base game, game board and a token movable on his game board in response to his base game outcomes. Certain combinations of token positions on the two game boards may trigger play of one or more feature games shared by the players.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: Bally Gaming, Inc.
    Inventors: David Schultz, Keith Kruczynski
  • Publication number: 20130341864
    Abstract: Disclosed is a multi-track type board game device. The disclosed multi-track type board game device is a board game device including a board plate having a plurality of spaces and representative tokens moving as many spaces as a numeral appeared by rolling a dice, in which the board plate includes: a side track, a section for moving the representative tokens therein, formed along the edge of the surface of the board plate and having a plurality of certificate purchase spaces, instruction spaces and instruction card acquisition spaces respectively formed and arranged in the shape of a square; and a center track, another section for moving the representative tokens therein, formed inside of the side track and having a plurality of certificate purchase spaces, instruction spaces, and instruction card acquisition spaces formed and arranged in the shape of a circle or a square.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 16, 2013
    Publication date: December 26, 2013
    Inventor: YONG CHUL KIM
  • Publication number: 20130341865
    Abstract: A board game for drug dealing sensitivity, which includes a playing board, a pair of dice, a plurality of chips/cards, and a plurality of playing pieces. The playing board has a path thereon. The path of the playing board is in a generally figure 8 configuration and is divided into a plurality of landing spaces. The plurality of landing spaces of the path of the playing board have instructional indicia thereon, respectively, instructing what to do if landed upon. The plurality of chips/cards have instructional indicia thereon, respectively. Each chip/card is disposed adjacent to a corresponding landing space and whose instructional indicia corresponds to the instructional indicia of the corresponding landing space of the path of the playing board. The pair of dice determine an amount of landing spaces of the path of the playing board that a respective playing piece moves along the path of the playing board.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 26, 2012
    Publication date: December 26, 2013
    Inventor: Jerry Lamar Mallett
  • Patent number: 8596640
    Abstract: A method of play, wherein play emphasizes storytelling and story recounting abilities, and wherein the method comprises: (a) providing a gaining device which provides for: a plurality of subject elements, wherein each subject element from the plurality of subject elements comprises a topic for a particular story; and a plurality of situational elements, wherein each situational element from the plurality of situational elements qualifies the subject element; (b) pairing a subject element from the plurality of subject elements with a situational element from the plurality of situational elements; and (c) providing a story based on the paired subject element and selected situational element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Inventor: Jacob G. R. Kramlich
  • Publication number: 20130277912
    Abstract: An interactive board game with a mystical appearance is disclosed and a method of playing the same. The interactive board game includes a game board with an internal mechanism, a plurality of position indicating markers for moving along a three dimensional path, a plurality of randomly selectable instruction cards, and a plurality of randomly selectable indicia. Players accumulate weapons, charms, and points throughout the game while attempting to slay a dragon.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 24, 2013
    Publication date: October 24, 2013
    Inventor: Richard Hart
  • Patent number: 8556693
    Abstract: Computer implemented gaming methods are provided that include the identifying a plurality of securities to participate in a race; computing odds at an open of the race for at least one type of bet for each of the plurality of the identified securities; publishing using at least one computing device details of the race; generating a visualization of the race, the visualization comprising a plurality of participants each representing an identified security; determining a price of each of the plurality of securities at a start of the race and at least once during a running of the race; and updating the visualization of the race to reflect a change in the price of at least one of the securities in the race.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Inventors: Robert Alan Berman, Stephen Ferrando, Richard Taylor, Leslie Whiteford, Jarrett Lilien
  • Patent number: 8556691
    Abstract: In various embodiments, a predetermined number of move numbers for one or more players or users of a game or application may be determined, e.g., using an indicator. For example, a first group of move numbers for a first player and a second group of move numbers for a second player may be determined. The players use the pre-established move numbers to advance according to the rules of the application or game. Move numbers within a group may be sequenced or non-sequenced. Move numbers may be replaced at each player's turn or when all or a subset of move numbers of a group are used. Move numbers may be established by any type of indicator such as dice, dominos, or a random number generator. In some embodiments, move numbers may be traded in. Move numbers may or may not be visible at predetermined times to one or more players.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Assignee: Cantor Gaming Limited
    Inventors: Fergus A. Leen, Sam B. Lawrence, David G. McNally, Clive Hetherington, David M. McDowell, Kevin R. O'Neal
  • Publication number: 20130241148
    Abstract: The board game that allows girls be the first one to complete the makeover of their chosen girl on the sketch pad. Players move around the board trying to land on the designated spots to color or apply make-up to their girl. The first one to finish (brows, eye shadow, blush, lips and earrings), and get tiara without having the facemask on wins the game.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 18, 2013
    Publication date: September 19, 2013
    Inventors: Debbie Decker, Lynn Enyart
  • Patent number: 8528906
    Abstract: A game board has a grid of playable points with some of the playable points bearing indicia. At least two tokens are provided for moving along the grid and at least two display panels are provided, each having areas for showing indicators of the indicia. If a token ends a move on one of the indicia bearing playable points, the player receives an indicator of the indicia and shows this indicator on one of the areas of said player's display panel. Movement may be along adjacent playable points in any available direction in either a straight line path or along a path that comprises two straight line segments that make an angle with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Inventor: William T. Heaslip
  • Patent number: 8506382
    Abstract: Disclosed are two-player games, gaming machines, gaming systems and methods including one or more shared feature games. Each player has a respective base game, game board and a token movable on his game board in response to his base game outcomes. Certain combinations of token positions on the two game boards may trigger play of one or more feature games shared by the players.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Assignee: Bally Gaming, Inc.
    Inventors: David Schultz, Keith Kruczynski
  • Publication number: 20130161907
    Abstract: An improved gammon game and method of play using unique game pieces is envisioned. The addition of unique playing pieces which are adapted to be used by players to designate movements throughout a game with rules similar to that of historic Takhteh complicates and makes for a more challenging and mentally stimulating gaming experience. Players both young and old will have their mental agility tested by the new rules created specifically for the improved gammon game and method of play.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 27, 2011
    Publication date: June 27, 2013
    Inventors: Javid Novinbakht, Edward Novinbakht
  • Patent number: 8469361
    Abstract: There is provided a game in which a first game piece has a first game piece level value, a second game piece has a second game piece level value, and a third game piece has a third game piece level value. The first game piece also has an attacking ability value such that the first game piece, when within an attacking range with respect to the second and third game pieces (i) is permitted to concurrently attack both of the second and third game pieces if a total of the second and third game piece level values is less than or equal to the attacking ability value, and (ii) is not permitted to concurrently attack both of the second and third game pieces if a total of the second and third game piece level values is greater than the attacking ability value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Inventor: Edmund Gress
  • Publication number: 20130154189
    Abstract: A toy figure including one or more appendages each made of a coil spring and a magnet disposed at an end portion of each of the one or more appendages. A plurality of such toy figures may be used in a board game that requires players to position a respective one of the toy figures relative to a game board.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2012
    Publication date: June 20, 2013
    Inventor: Peter Alan FISH
  • Patent number: 8454019
    Abstract: An educational board game that is comprised of authentic American government and newspaper article conspiracies involving the American people and culture. Play money, drug and oil stocks and gold, silver and platinum gold coin tokens are distributed and traded to acquire conspiracy files.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Inventor: Frank Stuempfl
  • Patent number: 8454417
    Abstract: The present invention includes a scent-based board game to challenge the olfactory sense of the player, and a method of play thereof, further including a game board having a start space, an end space and a set of spaces positioned between the start and end space; a scented card having a scent, the identity of the scent and an order; and positional markers. The players progress along the game path by following instructions on the game spaces, identifying the correct scent on the scented cards, and avoiding obstacles. The first player to arrive to the end space is declared as winner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Assignee: Unknown Games, LLC
    Inventors: Dale Ian Harris, Russell Pinto
  • Patent number: 8382111
    Abstract: Random value generation in a game is provided. A board game may include a random value generator capable of movement on a surface of a board. Such movement may be initiated at one location on the board and arrive at another location on the board before stopping. The random value generator may include a plurality of faces, each indicating a value in the game. When still or at rest, a face is exposed. The value displayed on the face is a first value in the game. In addition, the movement of the random value generator may also contact one or more game pieces standing on the board. The number of game pieces that are contacted by the moving random value generator may represent a second value in the game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2013
    Inventor: Daniel Flaster Siskin
  • Publication number: 20130026710
    Abstract: The present invention comprises a board game for teaching basic arithmetic and mathematical operations (such as addition, subtraction and multiplication) along with the order of operations to children in need of such skills. The game board includes a continuous playing path having a series of playing positions there along, with each of the positions requiring a player to roll combinations of polyhedral dice and using mathematical operations to achieve a score for each turn along the playing path. Play proceeds as described above until a predetermined total amount of points is achieved.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 28, 2011
    Publication date: January 31, 2013
    Inventor: Joseph Sambriski
  • Publication number: 20130020762
    Abstract: A question and answer board game to be played by at least two players having a game board, two dice, a timing device, a plurality of place markers, a plurality of question cards having questions, each question having a plurality of potential answers, one of which is correct, a card with answers and a plurality of answer tokens used to indicate a player's chosen answer or answers. The game tests a player's general knowledge or a player's knowledge of specific topics and rewards correct answers with points and bonus points in accordance with the rules of the game. The particular topic for each game is determined by the set of question cards chosen to play the game. The game rules encourage interaction among players and strategic play by allowing players to benefit from providing two answers to questions, one an honest answer and the second a strategic answer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 24, 2011
    Publication date: January 24, 2013
    Inventor: Garth Hope Taylor
  • Patent number: 8328196
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a board game with a start point, end point, and a path between. The object of the game is to advance all of one's pawns from the starting point to the end point before any other player. In various exemplary embodiments, the game also includes a sweeper arm that comes into play at the occurrence of an arbitrary and/or random event (e.g., a particular roll of a dice or die), but the direction of movement is selected by a player (e.g., the player during whose turn the sweeper arm will be moved). The sweeper arm moves about the playing board and effects the position of pieces thereon (e.g., sending them back to the start point or changing their location on the board). In various exemplary embodiments, the playing pawns are stackable on one another. Moreover, multiple pieces may become stacked and move as a group, including pawns belonging to any number of different players.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Inventors: Robert Kihslinger, Judy Kihslinger
  • Patent number: 8313102
    Abstract: A board game apparatus and method for entertaining people by supporting unlimited numbers of participation. Players chose a political party then proceed by rolling dice to navigate the quadruple arch-shaped, color-coded, time-stamped, spaces on the game board. The spaces direct players to a plurality of cards explaining presidential decisions to be made after which players refer to one or more of three devices. Device one is reference material provided to aid players in developing confidence, leadership and public speaking skills. Device two calculates the impact on the Federal Budget and determines how many of player's proposed bills are passed through congress. Device three assist in a majority-minority voting technique to achieve impact on Approval Rating scores which feeds into players goal of acquiring the highest score. Players showcase their personal knowledge of politics and people skills to sway voter opinions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2012
    Inventor: Yolanda Gail Thornton
  • Patent number: 8308164
    Abstract: An interactive pirate themed board game comprising: a pirate ship shaped game board; a plurality of spaces on the game board, where said plurality of spaces are arranged in a plurality of levels; a starting position, where said starting position is at a lowest level of the plurality of levels; and a finishing position, where said finishing position is at a highest level of the plurality of levels. A plurality of pirate related paraphernalia, pirate related activity or penalties may be associated with the plurality of spaces, where the plurality of pirate related paraphernalia includes at least swords, eye patch, telescope, scarf, markers, coins and earrings. The winning player of the interactive pirate themed board game may be awarded a captain's hat and a stuffed parrot after reaching the finishing position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Inventor: Marijayne Castillo