Game Board Having Interchangeable, Variable, Or Plural Distinct Playing Patterns Patents (Class 273/284)
  • Patent number: 9463374
    Abstract: A casino gaming table having interchangeable layouts includes a table base and a planar tabletop supported on the base. The tabletop has an upper surface and a peripheral edge, at least a portion of which is arcuately shaped. An arcuately shaped rail is mounted to the tabletop adjacent the arcuately shaped peripheral edge but is spaced from the upper surface of the table. A plurality of game layout pads are provided with arcuate peripheral edges. The pads are adapted to rest on the tabletop with their arcuate peripheral edges fitting under the rail in the space between the rail and the table surface. The game layout pads are rigid enough to substantially maintain their planar shape when being moved into and out of position but can be flexed in order to insert their arcuate peripheral edges into the space between said lower surface of the rail and the upper surface of the tabletop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Inventor: William H. Florence
  • Publication number: 20150028544
    Abstract: A board game is provided that includes a game board, game board enhancement pieces, game pieces and a rule set. The game board has a plurality of similarly shaped pieces configurable for connection to construct a variety of game playing surfaces. The game board enhancement pieces are configured to alter the game board through rule modifications or changes, physical barriers, elevated surfaces, depressed surfaces, or a combination thereof. The game pieces rest on the playing surface. The rule set is supplied either in print or via digital application or internet connection, and is modular to alter the game board and/or play of the board game.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 15, 2014
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Inventor: Christopher Brian Schroeck
  • Publication number: 20140374989
    Abstract: A casino gaming table having interchangeable layouts includes a table base and a planar tabletop supported on the base. The tabletop has an upper surface and a peripheral edge, at least a portion of which is arcuately shaped. An arcuately shaped rail is mounted to the tabletop adjacent the arcuately shaped peripheral edge but is spaced from the upper surface of the table. A plurality of game layout pads are provided with arcuate peripheral edges. The pads are adapted to rest on the tabletop with their arcuate peripheral edges fitting under the rail in the space between the rail and the table surface. The game layout pads are rigid enough to substantially maintain their planar shape when being moved into and out of position but can be flexed in order to insert their arcuate peripheral edges into the space between said lower surface of the rail and the upper surface of the tabletop.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 24, 2013
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Inventor: WILLIAM H. FLORENCE
  • Patent number: 8888102
    Abstract: A gaming table comprises a table top having a top and a bottom surface adapted to receive an exchangeable insert. For instance, the top surface is configured to receive gaming accessories and defines an exchangeable insert bed. A base is connected to and configured to support the table top. A table top exchangeable insert is configured to be located within the exchangeable insert bed, wherein the insert includes a securing structure, for releasably securing the table top exchangeable insert to the table top to provide the ability to conveniently change the insert as desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Gaming Partners International Corporation
    Inventors: Emmanuel Gelinotte, Francisco Javier Moreno, Gregory Gronau
  • Patent number: 8827270
    Abstract: A modular game board system includes a game board housing. The game board housing includes a transparent top wall that is configured to allow viewing of a media insert removably positioned in the game board housing. Each of plurality of pawn housings has a front wall, a rear wall and an intermediate wall that is attached to the front and rear walls. The front wall is transparent and each of the pawn housings has an opening therein configured for slidably receiving a media insert. A plurality of bases is provided and each of the pawn housings has one of the bases attached thereto. The media inserts may be removed and replaced to alter game play.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Inventor: Brian Fiore
  • Patent number: 8783688
    Abstract: A gaming table comprises a table top having a top and a bottom surface adapted to receive an exchangeable insert. For instance, the top surface is configured to receive gaming accessories and defines an exchangeable insert bed. A base is connected to and configured to support the table top. A table top exchangeable insert is configured to be located within the exchangeable insert bed, wherein the insert includes a securing structure, for releasably securing the table top exchangeable insert to the table top to provide the ability to conveniently change the insert as desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Gaming Partners International USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Emmanuel Gelinotte, Francisco Javier Moreno, Gregory Gronau
  • Patent number: 8590898
    Abstract: A system and method of the inventive concept presents a casino game that is a table based card game that is generally played with a dealer, who deals the cards, and with players whom make the wagers. The game consists of multiple rounds and a player can wager and win on individual rounds or multiple rounds to make a “poker” hand. Additionally, there may be a progressive jackpot offered on the “poker” hands for players to wager upon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Inventor: Donald E. Buza
  • Patent number: 8585055
    Abstract: The present invention comprises a racing table game and method for playing. Game components include, but are not limited to: a table gaming surface having a plurality of lanes with start and finish lines; a plurality of racers; at least two dice; and a plurality of race tickets each corresponding to a racer. In one embodiment of a method of play, game setup and dealer selection occurs. The dealer then randomizes and distributes the race tickets. A player rolls the dice and acts either by paying chip(s) into a purse or moving a racer, as instructed by the dice. Play continues with each player rolling the dice and acting, until a winner is determined with a racer crossing the finish line. That race is over and the purse is divided into shares and distributed to winning ticket holders. When the role of the dealer is transferred, the next race commences.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Inventors: Leonard P. Pardo, Ramona Pardo
  • Patent number: 8556265
    Abstract: A combination game table having a plurality of games therein includes a mechanism for scrolling a sheet having different game surfaces thereon. The combination game table includes a table frame assembly having side members and a bottom surface, and a cavity located in the table frame assembly. The mechanism is positioned in the cavity and in contact with the sheet to translate the sheet from one position to a next position. In this regard, an operator is able to view a desired game surface by translating the sheet via the mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Inventor: Justin L. Voden
  • Publication number: 20130020763
    Abstract: A customizable game board adaptable for display on a horizontal or vertical surface, such that the customizable components remain in their appropriate locations on the game board regardless of the orientation with respect to the direction force of gravity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 20, 2012
    Publication date: January 24, 2013
    Inventor: Zachary Scott Sullivan
  • Publication number: 20120074649
    Abstract: A board game and method of playing a game for two to four players by introducing a new playing surface which consisting two-hundred and twenty-five squares, an base zones in various shapes, a target zone in various shapes, and playing sets with nine playing pieces numbered from one to nine, Players start the game by define base and target zone, the players start to assign their game piece in their base zone to setup the game, the players take turns, moving one of their playing pieces each turn with the objective of moving all their playing pieces to the target zone, the game ends when the first player moves all his playing pieces into the target zone.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 14, 2010
    Publication date: March 29, 2012
    Inventor: Chris WANG
  • Patent number: 8132814
    Abstract: An apparatus to solve Sudoku puzzles, wherein each one of the 81 single-squares has nine sub-area squares, each having one of the 1 through 9 digits, with all digits set to ‘at-display’ at start, and by selectively setting to ‘no-display’ 8 digits at each one of the initially given number's single-square location of a given puzzle so as to set up the puzzle, followed by logically setting other digits to ‘no-display’ at other single-squares needing solutions, the process of ‘no-display’ setting can be continued until all the single-squares have for each one only one digit ‘at-display’ as per Sudoku rules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2012
    Inventor: Sastry Ganti
  • Publication number: 20110074106
    Abstract: A game table assembly comprises a game table having a game-playing surface, two parallel and opposing ends extending parallel to a width axis, and two parallel and opposing longitudinal edges extending parallel to a longitudinal axis. The ends of the game table are shorter in length than the longitudinal edges. The game table assembly additionally includes two side support members positioned adjacent the longitudinal edges and a rotating mechanism defining a central width axis parallel to the shorter width ends. The rotating mechanism rotatably engages the game table with the side support members at opposing engagement positions along the longitudinal edges. The game table is configured to pivot about the rotating mechanism so that the game table is rotatable about the central width axis. Additionally, the game table is selectively lockable in at least one position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2009
    Publication date: March 31, 2011
    Inventor: James R. Allshouse
  • Patent number: 7692630
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus includes the following elements. An image data acquisition unit acquires image data of a captured image including a code having a fixed area in which a predetermined fixed area code is formed and a variable area in which a variable area code formed by a combination of a plurality of codes is formed. A fixed area code recognition unit analyzes the captured image to recognize the predetermined fixed area code of the fixed area. A variable area code default value setting unit sets the default value of the variable area code based on the predetermined fixed area code. A variable area code recognition unit analyzes the captured image to recognize the variable area code. A comparator compares the variable area code with the default value to determine the difference therebetween. A command designation unit designates a command to be executed based on the difference.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2010
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Tetsu Natsume, Yuji Ayatsuka, Junichi Rekimoto
  • Patent number: 7651094
    Abstract: A multi-level board game comprises a base assembly, a plurality of vertical support assemblies disposed substantially on a top surface of the base assembly, at least one elevated planar surface disposed substantially within a boundary formed by a configuration of the plurality of vertical support assemblies and positioned above the base assembly, a plurality of first tab assemblies, a plurality of second tab assemblies and plurality of elongated members coupled to a top surface of the base assembly and projecting substantially upward from the base assembly. The at least one elevated planar surface further comprises at least one slot formed within a lateral edge the elevated planar surface and each of the first tab assemblies and the second tab assemblies are suitable for insertion into the at least one slot formed within the at least one elevated planar surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2010
    Inventor: Teal Hart
  • Patent number: 7553236
    Abstract: A casino gaming station includes a free standing gaming table and a free standing canopy which can be positioned above the gaming table where the canopy is supported by a pedestal positioned adjacent to the table. The gaming table has an upper surface with markings thereon for use in the playing of one of the games of chance of a casino. The pedestal supports an upwardly extending vertical post with the upper end of the post extending horizontally outward of the pedestal and over the table. At the outer end of the vertical extension is the canopy having a motion video camera therein directed downward towards the surface of the table.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2009
    Inventors: Anthony C. Parra, Debra L. Parra
  • Patent number: 7472909
    Abstract: A card game tabletop used for playing various types of card games. The tabletop includes a circular felt covered panel. The felt covered panel is adapted for receiving playing cards and betting chips thereon. A circular, transparent advertising cover is mounted on a lower panel. The advertising cover is disposed next to and around a perimeter of the felt covered panel. The felt covered panel is also received on top of the lower panel. An advertising space is provided between a bottom of the advertising cover and a portion of the lower panel. The advertising space is used for receiving advertising therein. The advertising can be permanently installed or mounted on removable cards or blocks for inserting into the advertising space. A raised padded rail can be disposed around the perimeter of the advertising cover and mounted to a side of the lower panel. The padded rail is used for players to rest their lower arms and hands thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2009
    Inventor: Jarrett Gordon
  • Publication number: 20080296841
    Abstract: A container constructed from a blank of foldable sheet material is provided. The container includes an interactive board game. The container further includes a top wall and an opposing bottom wall, a back wall and an opposing front wall, and a pair of opposing side walls. A game board is included on at least one of the walls, and at least one game piece is removably defined within one of the walls. The game piece is removable from the wall and is movable on the game board. The container further includes a game event indicator included on one of the walls. The game event indicator indicates an event occurring within the board game.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 29, 2007
    Publication date: December 4, 2008
    Inventors: Rodney Allen Goudreau, Stefan Edward Gulyas, Gayle Katherine Martinez, David Anthony Bergeron, Douglas Lavern Zerlaut, Paul Michael Connolly, JR., Jose Martin Serrano
  • Patent number: 7243920
    Abstract: A gaming table for supporting cards and gaming pieces such as dominos. The gaming table has game boards that include first and second major surfaces and first and second sets of slots. The first set of slots is sized and configured for supporting gaming pieces like dominos and is disposed within the first major surface of the game board. The second set of slots is sized and configured for supporting playing cards. The second set of slots is disposed on the first major surface of the game board but within the first set of slots to form a set of compound slots.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2007
    Inventor: Louis F. Braun
  • Patent number: 7156395
    Abstract: A table game has a center piece and a plurality of end pieces that removably attach to the center piece. Each player has chips and takes turns depositing the chips in the end pieces around the board. When the last deposit made by a player makes a special color combination with previous deposits in an end piece, the player may continue his or her turn in the opposite direction. This is a round trip. If the player deposits a single chip in his or her end piece at the end of a turn, the player may capture that chip. This is a trap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2007
    Inventor: Juan Rosado-Galarza
  • Patent number: 6926278
    Abstract: A game table for playing different types of games. The game table includes a frame section having a centrally-located opening with a rotatable table section mounted therein. The game table further includes a pair of pivot pins for rotating the table section being cooperatively mounted on the table section and the frame section for rotating the table section up to 360° relative to the frame section. The table section includes a first playing surface on the top surface thereof and a second playing surface on the bottom surface thereof; wherein the first and second playing surfaces include a first game board and a second and different game board, respectively, thereon. The frame section and the table section include a pull-out stop pin for retaining the table section in a horizontal plane relative to the frame section. The pull-out stop pin is movable between a retaining position and a non-retaining position for allowing the table section to rotate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2005
    Inventor: Reuben Bibi
  • Patent number: 6857633
    Abstract: A game for children has buildable structures, movement measurement devices for measuring game piece movement and projectile range values, structural unit guides to aid in construction of the buildable structures, and movable game pieces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2005
    Assignee: DaGoom, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas J. Mackey
  • Patent number: 6837493
    Abstract: A mountain and cave game, using a game board which depicts both a cave and a mountain, played by two teams who can either explore the cave or climb the mountain with the goal of exiting the cave or reaching the top of the mountain. Each team has a team marker which is moved along the spaces of paths toward the goal. Obstacle, helper, guide, and hope playing cards are provided in various decks. The teams alternate play, wherein obtaining one of the various obstacle cards can prevent a team from moving during their turn. Obtaining a helper card specifically matched to the specific obstacle can overcome that obstacle to allow the team to resume movement. Hope cards can overcome any obstacle but can be used a limited number of times. Guide cards allow movement of the team during their turn through the cave or mountain path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2005
    Inventors: Kenneth Cotton, Fred Cotton
  • Patent number: 6776414
    Abstract: A universal game board having a plurality of pieces to configure various game boards accordingly for the game to be played. Stacked plates are used to vary the elevation of the playing surface as needed. Board bases are maintained by table frame assemblies and are configured to allow board bases to be secured adjacently for doubling, tripling or quadrupling the area of the playing surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2004
    Inventor: Paule Messac
  • Publication number: 20040155403
    Abstract: A game board system including a bottom portion with a cup centered on its surface, a rotatable member provided on the bottom portion and including game piece apertures, an outer top portion provided on the bottom portion, and an inner stationary top portion superposed on the rotatable frame and including second game piece apertures. Portions of the game board system may be exchanged to form a new game board system. Additionally, the game board system may be played according to several versions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 10, 2004
    Publication date: August 12, 2004
    Applicant: Cactus Marketing Services, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Nevin P. Carr, David P. Maurer
  • Patent number: 6736398
    Abstract: A modular board game apparatus has a segmental playing surface comprising pairs of segments which are variously configured to provides a surface whose shape and playing area may be changed according to the requirements of a particular game. The segments facilitate versions of games normally only played between two players (such as chess and draughts) to be played by two, three or four people (Configurations II, III and IV). The board shapes described are each proportional in area to the number of players, are symmetrical, and may be variously patterned (6,7). A preferred embodiment comprising eight quadrilateral segments (3) that may be arranged in differing orientations, assembled and secured about a central point by means of a restraining ring (2) is illustrated. Segment sets comprising variously shaped segments of differing thickness can be assembled to simulate undulating terrain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2004
    Inventor: Jaan Peter Charles Stanton
  • Publication number: 20040051248
    Abstract: A game board for providing both long and short play is disclosed. To convert the game board from long play to short play, the endmost sections of the game board are lifted up and placed next to each other on top of the intermediate sections of the game board. A path circumnavigates the game board and appears to be continuous in both long and short play modes. The begin and end regions reside at least partially on an endmost section and appear as unbroken shapes when configured for both long and short play.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 13, 2003
    Publication date: March 18, 2004
    Applicant: Screenlife, LLC.
    Inventors: Mathew J. Griesse, Michael J. Ausich
  • Patent number: 6679494
    Abstract: A checkerboard confectionary game that includes a box with a checkerboard pattern disposed on one surface to form a game board and a checkerboard pattern formed on a side surface such that multiple boxes can be positioned to form stacks of boxes with a checkerboard appearance, playing pieces that may be individually wrapped cookies of two designs with unique moves, and unique capture and winning rules for the game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2004
    Inventor: Joseph P. Scovel
  • Patent number: 6634646
    Abstract: A portable game table having a protective outer surface when in the closed position. The portable game table includes a game table having an outer surface and a case configured to attach to the game table. A portion of the outer surface of the game table includes a portion of the protective outer surface. The game table may be configured to have a game played thereon, such as football, billiards and air hockey.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2003
    Inventors: Richard Wolpert, Raymond Wolpert
  • Patent number: 6620063
    Abstract: A portable hop scotch game board has a single game board of hop scotch on one side and on the opposite side of the same board a double game of hop scotch is laid out. There are also pockets, used for the scotch throwing piece, attached to the corners and pockets are provided over each numbered block.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2003
    Inventor: Gregory Benjamin
  • Publication number: 20030127799
    Abstract: Game apparatus is shown, in its preferred form, as including a main structure, secondary structure, base supports, playing pieces thereof interconnected through “neutral” portions, and playing pieces for interconnecting previous said playing pieces to “neutral” portions. Further included is a linguistic structure unique in design and in application to game apparatus in conjunction with method of play.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2001
    Publication date: July 10, 2003
    Inventors: Richard Scott, Tyrone Maurice Pettiford
  • Patent number: 6578848
    Abstract: A game with moveable play space. The invention allows any user playing the game to modify the play space at any number of given times and in response to any number of different conditions. Certain spaces (tiles or blocks) within the play space are wildcard spaces that independently initiates modification of the game play space. Any game play space can benefit from the invention, including conventional game boards including chess and checker boards. The modifications of the game play space include any number of manipulations including column shuffling, rotating, flip-flopping, and other types of manipulation. The selection of which portion of the game play space is made by the players of the game. If desired, the selection of which portion of the game play space is governed by the space on which a game piece resides, or the particular type of game piece that is being moved or used in that game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2003
    Assignee: Team Smartypants!, Inc.
    Inventors: Mario M. Champion, Mark Christopher Zatopek, Frank Matthew Champion
  • Publication number: 20030094757
    Abstract: The present invention provides method and apparatus for acting out a themed story using a set of play set style games, wherein each play set/game allows the user to act out a portion of the story. Accordingly, the game set may incorporate elements from a particular theme or popular cultural phenomenon, such as a book or movie. For example, each play set/game may be based on a chapter of a children's book or novel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 1, 2002
    Publication date: May 22, 2003
    Inventor: Jonathan Bedford
  • Patent number: 6485019
    Abstract: Multiple playing levels in a stacked multilevel game, appear with unique indicia on different playing levels, and these indicia provide different pathways of movement for game pieces between multiple apertures which extend through the multiple playing levels. By switching the playing level relative to the game pieces, the situations and events faced by different players is altered. In a “book” format, switching playing levels is achieved simply by turning the pages forward or backward. Other formats include a “map” style, wherein different playing levels are secured to adjacent levels by folds in the game board, and a “stacked layer” style, wherein a plurality of playing levels are achieved by stacked layers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2002
    Inventors: Tom Braunlich, Rollie Tesh, Jim Winslow
  • Patent number: 6471207
    Abstract: A method is provided for allowing an active player and a plurality of opposing players to play a game by taking turns in an alternating manner. The method includes the step of providing a question to be answered by an active player. The opposing players the wager desired amounts on the active player's ability to answer said question. The active player then answers the question and the wagers are paid off or collected based upon the accuracy of the active player's answer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2002
    Assignee: Odd's R Network, Inc.
    Inventor: Roger L. Schlaifer
  • Patent number: 6431548
    Abstract: A compact game playing apparatus that is easy to carry and use when traveling. The apparatus contains an elongate sheet coupled to two spindles. A plurality of game playing surfaces are printed on the elongate sheet, and rotation of the spindles operate to align a selected one of these game playing surfaces with a window in the apparatus housing. A magnet attracting metal surface is positioned below the exposed game playing surface so that game pieces, which include magnets, may be placed on the game playing surface without being inadvertently displaced. The housing further contains an integral die throwing apparatus, and an integral drawer for holding game pieces when not in use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2002
    Assignee: Fundex Games, Ltd.
    Inventors: Carl E. Voigt, IV, Cheung King Chow
  • Publication number: 20020089121
    Abstract: A rotating maze board game including a random chance unit, a plurality of game piece tokens, and a plurality of game board units wherein each of the game board units includes a generally flat rectangular game board segment having a playing surface provided with a plurality of interconnected pathways having both numbered squares and blank squares wherein the interconnected pathways further include connecting squares formed at the midpoint of all four sides of each game board segment, such that all of the game board segments, etc., may be rotated in any direction relative to one another during the course of the board game.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 8, 2001
    Publication date: July 11, 2002
    Inventor: Alvin L. Bjornson
  • Patent number: 6402143
    Abstract: A board game apparatus for a game that requires exercise of both judgement and ability to solve problems, simulates a capitalist system and provides players with opportunity to trade off potential reward against risk according to their ability to solve problems. The apparatus includes a board marked with a series of spaces in a loop, including an event space and territory spaces, player pieces, tokens and property pieces for placing on territory spaces. An event affecting the standing of one or more players arises when a player piece lands on an event space. When a player piece lands on a territory space, the outcome depends upon the ability of a player to solve a problem and the player's judgement on whether to trade off potential reward against risk according to their perceived ability to solve the problem. When a player is defeated, that player may join the side of the victorious player, and assist in solving problems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2002
    Inventor: Warwick John Brindley
  • Patent number: 6367798
    Abstract: A word game and method of playing the word game. The word game has a plurality of letter indicator members, each having a letter indicia corresponding to a selected letter or choice of letter, each letter indicia being assigned a predetermined point value for use in calculating an initial score value of a word formed from a random selection of the letter indicia. The game further includes a plurality of score manipulation members, each having a scoring indicia for manipulating the initial score value and determining a final score of the word. The score manipulation members are arrangeable in a random order from one game to the next.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2002
    Inventor: Robert A. Lawal
  • Patent number: 6361048
    Abstract: A game board requiring strategy and providing the element of chance includes a playing surface having a fixed path section and a path altering section providing a route from at least one area to at least one finishing area and including a plurality of game piece positions along route determining placement of a number of game pieces. The playing surface overlies a king section having at least one actuator for moving the path altering section to a determined position based upon the outcome of a random number generator. A method for playing a game using the game board is also described herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2002
    Inventor: James Lynn
  • Patent number: 6332613
    Abstract: Apparatus for playing a game comprises a board and plurality of playing pieces for placement on the board during play of the game for tracking the progress of the game. The board is demarcated into a number of playing areas. Each playing area is subdivided into a plurality of abutting playing spaces. The playing areas are arranged in partially overlapping relationship so that the playing areas have at least some of the playing spaces in common. A set of cards for playing a game is also provided. Each card has a number of items selected from a predetermined category printed thereon. The category is identified on the card. The items are arranged in subgroups according to different degrees of difficulty regarding their perceived recognizability as being members of a set falling within the category.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2000
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2001
    Assignee: Peter J. Reese Architect Ltd.
    Inventor: Peter J. Reese
  • Patent number: 6257575
    Abstract: A plurality of vertically adjustable squares on a game board assembly having 1) a game board frame assembly provided with a bottom wall section and side wall sections defining an open cavity therebetween; and 2) a plurality of actuator square assemblies mounted within the open cavity of the support base assembly of the game board frame assembly. The bottom wall section has a plurality of actuator support openings therein to receive and support a respective one of the actuator square assemblies therein. Each actuator square assembly includes 1) a stationary block support assembly with a stationary tube member having a lower end anchored in the respective actuator support openings in the bottom wall section; 2) a movable support tube assembly mounted about the stationary tube member and being vertically movable thereof; and 3) a movable game square member secured to and supported on a respective one of the movable support tube assemblies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2001
    Inventor: Herbert A. Ortega
  • Patent number: 6164650
    Abstract: An add-on board game is disclosed which permits transitions between new and existing boards based on random factors. The game includes a variety of new features including travel cards, random penalties and bonuses, and different mechanisms for traveling around the board. The add-on board game may be adapted for use with the MONOPOLY board game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 1995
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2000
    Assignee: McLellan & McMahon, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert F. Wilkins, David B. Beffa-Negrini, David M. Hall
  • Patent number: 6120030
    Abstract: A tabletop having multiple indoor game layouts includes a base member and a cover member. The base member has a bottom wall provided with a first indoor game layout thereon, and a surrounding wall extending upwardly from a periphery of the bottom wall. The cover member is mounted detachably on the surrounding wall and has one side provided with a second indoor game layout. The tabletop further includes a board member disposed horizontally and removably inside the base member and provided with a third indoor game layout.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2000
    Inventor: Taylor Chien-Tai Chou
  • Patent number: 6102397
    Abstract: A device and method for interconnecting a computer or similar central processing unit with the physical structure of an amusement device so that the computer can participate during play. The device can be embodied within the amusement device or can be used in conjunction with an inlay that simulates a board game. In either scenario, a plurality of identification units are positioned in the amusement device at points where game pieces are used. The identification units sense the presence of a game piece as the game is played and the game pieces are moved. If an identification unit detects the presence of a game piece, the identification unit produces an output signal that is read by the computer. The output signal identifies both the location of the game piece and the type of game piece. As a result, the computer is informed as to the location and identity of all the game pieces used in the game. The computer can use this information to monitor the play of the game or participate in the play of the game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2000
    Inventors: Dennis H Lee, Jie Huang
  • Patent number: 5988636
    Abstract: A new multi-game table top system for providing a table top which converts into a multi-game recreational area allowing multiple people to utilize said table top for recreational purposes such as golf, soccer, or hockey, and thereafter reverting to the table top's original purpose. The inventive device includes a reticulated table top, a golf transparent board, a soccer transparent board, and a hockey transparent board where said boards are removably securable to the upper surface of the reticulated table top by a plurality of securing magnets around the edges. The reticulated table top is constructed from steel coated with a permanently bonded plastisol coating approximately one-quarter of an inch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 23, 1999
    Inventor: James A Kilmer
  • Patent number: 5913517
    Abstract: A chess board/box housing having a top wall of a chess board pattern with a prehistoric scene superimposed over 64 alternately colored white and dark green playing squares, arranged to selectively receive groupings of specific dinosaur chess pieces. The prehistoric scene includes continents and land masses as they are perceived to have existed (i.e. Jurassic or Triassic period). The underside of the playing board will have a raised and landscaped terrain with mountains, volcanoes, ponds, palm trees, etc., for the use in "imaginary" dinosaur play. The game is housed in a square (14".times.14"), 6"-8" deep box, with a 1/8" to 1/4" lip to store or house the game pieces when not in use, or for use when playing the Board Game side of Tyrannosaurs Chess. Conversely, the same "housing" apparatus may be used, if desired, to keep in place the terrain/landscaped inverted board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 1998
    Date of Patent: June 22, 1999
    Inventors: Eileen Gaffney, Frederick Wayne Atzrodt, Erin Danielle Gaffney
  • Patent number: 5839960
    Abstract: A table for the playing of a game of chance includes an upper transparent leaf including designations which upon illumination delineate areas for the playing of a selected game of chance, and a lower leaf disposed below the upper leaf having a plurality of lamps disposed thereon for illuminating the designations. The upper and lower leaves define an interchangeable top portion of the table which is configured to be removeably replaceable so that a different selected game of chance is provided by replacing the upper and lower leaves with upper and lower leaves having different designations and lamps respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 24, 1998
    Inventors: Anthony C. Parra, Debra L. Parra
  • Patent number: 5803458
    Abstract: A maze game, comprising a game board having a grid that defines a plurality of spaces. The spaces each have a colored dot, each dot either white, black, or red. The dots are covered by a playing piece during normal game play. The playing pieces each have a square base and a conical handle. Game play commences by having one player lift one of the playing pieces to reveal the dot beneath. If a black dot is revealed, the player replaces the playing piece and lifts another. If a white dot is revealed, the player replaces the playing piece and another player lifts one of the playing pieces. If a red dot is revealed, the player has won.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 8, 1998
    Inventor: Scott P. Snyder
  • Patent number: 5749583
    Abstract: A new Apparatus and Method of Playing An Expanded Chess Game for adding new challenges to the traditional game of chess and increasing the interest in the game of chess.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 1997
    Date of Patent: May 12, 1998
    Inventors: Tengiz Sadounichvili, Larisa Sadounichvili