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Publication numberUS1520011 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateDec 23, 1924
Filing dateJul 19, 1923
Priority dateJul 19, 1923
Publication numberUS 1520011 A, US 1520011A, US-A-1520011, US1520011 A, US1520011A
InventorsEdward A Clark
Original AssigneeCarl A Curtiss
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Parlor football game
US 1520011 A
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Description  (OCR text may contain errors)

Dec. 23, 1924 1,520,011

E. A CLARK PARLOR FOOTBALL GAME Filed-M15 19, 1923 05 I of ah I ab F 3 fig fl 3 If /E H II /0 f 5 /C Patented Dec. 23, 1924.




Application filed July 19, 1923. Serial No.. 652,634.

vented certain new and useful Improvements in Parlor Football Games, and declare the following to'be a full, clear, and exact description of the same, such as will enable others skilled in the art to which it pertains to make and use the same, reference being had to the -accompanying drawings, which form a part of this speci-- fication.

The object of my invention is to produce a parlor gamethat can be played by the use of a playing board and playing men, that will duplicate, or substitute .as nearly as possible. the plays and moves made in the field foot ball game now so commonly known.

A further object is to produce a playing board that is similar to the field used for foot ball, and

to substitute rules thereon.

A further object is to produce a parlor game that will teach and develop the scienfor making similar plays tific principles used in playing foot ball.

Theseseveral objects are secured in their preferred form by the construction and arrangement of the playing board and the rules governing the game more fully hereinafter set forth.

' Similar parts on all drawings are marked by similar letters.

Fig. 1, is a plan "iew of the playing board showing the field as divided into sectionsby yard lines.

Fig. 2, is an edge view of the playing board, showing the two sections hinged together at the center by means of acloth hinge for allowing the board to be closed to ether when not in use. i ig. 3, is aside view of the dice-ball showing the faces, nating the plays by figures or name thereon.

Fig. 4;, is an end view of the dice ball showing the twelve faces arranged around the circumference of the ball.

Fig. 5, is a plan view of the circular disc as used for playing men. Fig. 6, is an edge view of the disc.

I will now describe more fully the detailed construction, design and rules of my State of Michigan, have 1nwhich may be adaptable and the manner of desig game, referring to the drawing and the marks thereon.

The ame consists of a playing board as shown in Fig. 1, playing men as shown in Figs. 5 and 6, and a dice-ball as shown in Figs. 3 and 4. In playing the game, the playing men are lined along the center line of the board, taking the same arrangement as the alignment of the foot ball men 0.0-. cupying the field in the ordinary foot ball game. The movements of the playing men on the board are governed by rules, and the plays determined by rolling the dice-ball, as indicated by the number, or name, upon the top face when the ball stops rolling.

rules for the foot ball game as now played in the open field, and are designed to substitute theplays as nearly as possible when adapting same to a playing board. The game is played by two opponents, one at each end of the board, each opponent having eleven playing men forming the team under his control, and the movements are regulated by the numbers secured on the dice-ball and the rules of the game. The playing board as shown in Figs. 1 and2, is made of thin material forming the sections -A, preferably of a heavy card board, and of suitable size for holding in the laps of the two pla ers. The sections -'A- are hinged toget er at-the center b the cloth hinge -B- extending across the ace of the board on the upper surface thereof, for folding-the two halves together when not in use. The field is laid out on the surface of the pla ing board similar to the re ular foot ball eld,

11116 (J'- across each end having a goal field separated by the thereof, and the center line --D-. is divided into sections by transverse .lines -E, known as yard lines, and indicating the distance of the section 'The rules governing the game are similar to the.

Each half of the field from the goal line, and designated by the lines of figures along the edge of the board.

Each player has a team of eleven playing men, which may be of any design or shape, but for the purpose of illustrating the game the inventor chose to use fiat circular discs, as shown in Fig. 5. The playing men in each team are marked by numerals ranging from one to eleven, inclusive, as shown in position on the playing board, or may be marked by a name designating the position of a foot ball player on the field, as shown Y 1 ball is shaped similar to a foot ball, and havin Fig. 5. Each jopponent lines his-- men on opposite sides of the center line of the board, and in the order as indicated in Fig.

, the numbers, or both may be usedtogether.

For simplicity in describing the game and the rules govern'ingsame, the numbers only will hereafter be referred to, The diceing twelve fiat faces formed around the circumference thereof, for-retarding the ball when rolled, and stopping the same in a stable positionj On each'face is placed a figure, (or name), ranging from one to eleven inclusive, corresponding to numbers'on the laying men controlled by each opponent.

he figures on'the faces of the ball are, preferably, arranged so that no two consecutive figures are placed on adjacent faces of the ball stop:

bers ranging from 2 to 11 inclusive.

the ball. While eleven figures only are used. or required, it is desirable to form the ball with an even number of faces so when rolling, a: single face or surface, will positioned directly on top, otherwise, if an odd number of faces be used, two faces would be equally near the top of the ball when it stopped'rolling and would .be confusing to the, players. The inventor therefore chose twelve sides for the dice-ball and placed a duplicate figure on two opposite faces, using No. 1 for thatipurpose, while the rest of the faces bear nurii- 11 starting the game, eachopponent-rolls the dice ball once,"and the player receiving the highest number takes the ball and starts the game. The rules of the game provide for threeplays'the opponents may follow, as the end run or line buck, forward pass, or the punt. For the end run or line buck, the player has three trials or rolls of the dice-ball for a down, and must advance ten yards on the field in three downs'or forfeit the ball to'his opponent; in the forward pass he has only two trials or rolls-of the ball, and for the punt only one roll of the ball, each if successful; will gain fifteen yards. The player then rolls the dice ball twice, if necessary, and if in either roll he secures a numbercorresponding to any numberin his'opponents first line of men, he starts the game by the end run or line buck.

I If he fails to secure a number in his'opponents first line of'men, he has failed and counts'one down and no advance; He still has two more downs to make his ten yards time, and if he secures a number advance. -When successfuland he plays the secured by the dice ball, also having a man each'side of his guard man. Anyman from any row may be used to form this guard. The player then rolls the dice ball the third corresponding to any one of the three ard numbers of theopponents team, he galns a five yards advance, and moves? all men forward on the board accordingly. The player continues and the move counts a down, and he must advance ten yardsin three downs or forfeit the ball to his opponent. If the player should get No. l-when rolling the dice ball the first trial and secures'numbers on the remaining two trials corresponding to the two men directly back of No. 1 on 3 the playing board; he breaksthrough the line for a touchdown. Should the prospects appeardoubtful to the player as to his advancing ten yards in the three downs,

he may abandon the end run. and line buck move,

and adopt one of the other. plays, and in which case he calls shiftfl'and the opponent then arranges his. men to .meet the ,play chosen. If he tries .the forward pass" he places any two of his men in the opponents field, and the opponent must also place two of hismen with them as guards, but such guards must not bear numbers nearer than the third consecutive figure either side of the number on each of the players men, for example, if the player places two men in his opponents field bearing the numbers-5- and 9, the opponent cannot place a guard man beside the 5. nearer than the number 2- or 8- or a guard for the -9 nearer than -6 or -1. In other words, there must'be two intervening numbers between each'of the players men and the guard placed beside it; The player then rolls the dice ball twice, and. if he secures a number the first roll of the ball that is on either of his two men placed in the opponents field, or one of the next two consecutive numbers'either before or after the number on either of his two men, he may then roll the dice ball the second time, and if he secures a number on the remaining. man, or one of the next-two consecutive numbers on either side thereof, he has completed a successful forward pass and advances-1 his men fifteen yards accordingly." But should theplafiyer rst get a number from-the dice ball on the roll corresponding to a numberon'either of an intercepted pass. Should hefail to secure a number correspondingstov either his ball once and men or the opponents guard, it is a down and he has failed to make the ten yards in three downs and forfeits the ball to his opponent. Should the player choose to punt instead of the forward pass, he places any two (or more) men, preferably three men, in his opponents field, then rolls the dice if he secures a number corresponding to any' of the numbers on the men so placed, he gains fifteen yards, but in all cases forfeits the ball to his opponent. The game continues until one of the players succeeds in advancing his front line men over his opponents goal line, and which constitutes a touchdown, counting seven points for the player. The game continues for any pre-determined time the players may set, and the contestant having the highest score is the winner. Various plays may be added or substituted for the numerous moves and plays made in the field foot ball game.

- I do not wish to be confined to the exact construction of my playing board, playing men or dice-ball, as it is understood that the dice ball is a means for determining by chance, the plays to be made, and which could be equally as well determined by other devices as a revolving arrow over numbers, &c., or any other device, or confined to the exact rules for playing the game as set forth, but claim all games of this character and design that is substantially a substitution of parts and rules herein set forth.

Having fully described my parlor foot ball game, what I claim as my invention and desire to secure by Letters Patent is:

1. A parlon foot ball game of the character described comprising a playing board designed to represent the foot ball field, imitation playing men to represent the position of the foot 'ball players on said board, each of said imitation playing men being designated by a number, a dice ball having faces thereon, each of said faces bearing a number corresponding to numbers on the playing men.

2. A parlor foot ball game of the character described comprising a playing board designed to represent a foot ball field, having various positions designated thereon, imitation playing men to recordthe position on the board of'the foot ball players, each of said playing men marked by a designating character, a dice ball having eleven or more faces thereon, each face marked by a character similar to those in marking the playing men.

3. A parlor foot ball game of the character described comprising a playing board designed and divisioned similar to a foot ball field, having transverse lines across the face of the board dividing the field into sections, imitation playing men for recording the position of the foot ball players on the playing board, each of the playing men being designated by a character representing a'position in the foot ball team, a dice ball having numerous faces thereon, each designated by a character on some of the playing men, and all of the playing men being designated on said dice ball faces.

4. A parlor foot ball game of the character described to be played by two contestants, comprising a playing board designed to represent the field used in playing foot ball, and having goal lines at each end thereof extending across the board, the field extending between the said goal lines divided into twenty equal spaces by transverse lines across said playing board, imitation playing men having characters thereon for recording the position of the foot ball players on said playing board, a twelve faced dice ball having characters marked thereon representing all of the playing men, for determining the movements of certain men on the playing board.

5. A parlor foot ball game as set forth to be played by two contestants, comprising a playing board designed like a foot ball field, having a goal line at each end of the field, a center line equidistant between said goal lines, yard lines across said field dividing same into sections having figures to designate the distance from the goal line, eleven playing men for each of the two contestants to be placed on the field for recording the position of the men of the foot ball squad, each playing man having a designating character thereon, a twelve faced dice ball having. designating characters marked on said faces similar to those on the play ing men, and all of the playing men being designated on said dice ball.

In witness whereof I sign this specification.


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U.S. Classification273/247, 273/146
International ClassificationA63F3/00, A63F9/04
Cooperative ClassificationA63F9/0415, A63F3/00041
European ClassificationA63F3/00A4D