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Publication numberUS1534591 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateApr 21, 1925
Filing dateJan 30, 1923
Priority dateJan 30, 1923
Publication numberUS 1534591 A, US 1534591A, US-A-1534591, US1534591 A, US1534591A
InventorsHodges Arthur
Original AssigneeHodges Arthur
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Game apparatus
US 1534591 A
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' Apfil 21, 1925.

A HODGES GAME APPARATUSA FiledmJa-l. 50, 1925 Patented Apre. 21, 1925.



Application led January 30, 1923. Serial No. 615,824.

To all whom t may concern.: y

Be it known that ARTHUR Honoris. citizen of the United States, residing at Baltimore city and State of Maryland, has invented certain new and useful Improvements in Game Apparatus, of which the following is a specification.

This invention relates to certain new and novel improvements in game apparatus, and has for one of its principal objects the provision of a simple and entertainingapparatus vfor use in playing a game of which the purpose is to simulate the traveling through all the States of the Union and possessions of the United States by several players indicated by objects, which objects must be confined in their movements between stops or stations, and the extent or relative movements of the objects or players being determined by a suitable spinner, such as a dial, or the like.

A further object of the invention is to provide a game apparatus'including a surface having depicted thereon a circle divided into rectangles, each rectangle constituting a State, a second circle within the first circle also being'divided into rectangles and indicating the possessions of the United States, certain of said States being numbered and depicted in colors, and constituting the advancement or the retarding of the players according to the rules laid down.

With these and other objects in view the invention consists in certain novel features. combination and arrangement of parts as shown in the drawing and pointed out in the claims hereto appended.

Figure 1 is a plan view of a playing board constituting the main feature of the game apparatus.

Figure 2 is a transverse sectional view taken of the line 2 2 of Figure 1.

Figure 3 is a plan view of a dial or movement controlling device for the game apparatus.

Figure 4 is a plan view of the game pieces, and

Figure 5 is a perspective view of a modified form of the game board showing the same made of cardboard, so that it may be readily folded if desired.

Referring to the drawing, the numeral 10 indicates a game board which is of any suitable construction and has depicted thereon a pair of relatively spaced circular lines 11,

which circular lines are divided by transblue.A The surface board has also depicted thereon, a second pair of circular lines located within the first pairof lines and indicated by the numerals 13, which second pair of lines are divided by transverse lines 14, which lines 14 form divisions defining rectangular squares and constituting the possessions of the United States and have depicted thereon thevarious names.

I have provided a series of arrows constituting paths which extend Vfrom the inner circle of the first pair of circularlines, and these arrows extend in the direction of the outer circle of the inner pair of circular lines. The arrows are indicated by the numeral 15 and form paths whereby the players may advance from certain States in the outer circles to certain possessions in the inner circle and by required movements complete the circuit thereof, and then go back to certain States in therfirst pair of circular lines. i

. This is accomplished by certain movements on the dial, and should a player hit certain States such as Delaware or New York, he advances into the inner circles, either the Philippines or Panama, and completes a circuit of these various possessions and then goes back to certain of the States and starts his movements about the States over again.

The starting point is indicated by the letters W. C. T. U., and the finish is indicated by the words 18th Amendment, the object being to start from the letters W. C. T. U. and advancing around and touching each State, and necessarily traversing around the circle. The player advancing to any of the red stations, such as 1, 4, or the like, is retarded and either returns to W. C. T. U., or loses one or more spins. If he touches a blue station indicated by the numerals 2, 3, 7, or the like, he advances one or more stations, or has eXtra spins. In other Words, in traveling around the circumference of the circles indicated von the beard surface, the player 'is more or less governed by the number indicated by Vthe spinner and if it is 1 or 4 hemakes such a move, and should he rest upon numerals 1, 4, 5, 6, 10, 13, 17, 18, 20 or 21, he eitherreturns to W. C. T. U. or returns a certain number of States, orglQSBS a certain number of spins. vIn other Words, the red stations indicate retarding stations, and theblue stations indicate advancing stations, it being lund'e'rsto'od that the game is played in accordaneewvith a certainset of rules which are laid down for the guidance of the participants of the game.

4.lheindicators or objects representing the yplayersa're oi' the type such as are used in checkers or similar games, and one or more players may participate, the player reaching the `18th Amendment first, having traversed Ithe entire circumference of the game sur- -face, Wins-the game.

It Will be obvious that by adopting more or less restrictive rules of playthe game'may be made as diliicult as ldesired and Will at tord entertainment in the fact that thegame surface" is divided up into advancing and retardi-ngstations,which are reached according to the number depicted by the spinner, and when one reaches either an advancing or retarding station he must actaccording to the ruleslai'd doivn, it bei-ng understoodthat these advancing (fr retarding stations may ber varied like chess and other games, so as to make it necessary for the playerto calculate in advancethe moves which should be made in Lorder to accomplish the desired bject, that is, reaching the 18th Amendment. 'f Thespinner indicated in Figure 3 is designated` bythe numeral 1G and is of the usual type having depicted thereon several numbers 1T, over which travels a rotating arrow 18 andthe objects or playing pieces,

4in Figure 5, l form my game surface on a relatively heavy Vpiece of pliable material such as pasteboard, canvas, or the like, and is indicated by the numeral 20 and on one 'surfaceof this board is depicted the game surface 21.

t is to be understood that the modified form shown in Figure 5 may be folded centrally so as to be placed away in a small and convenient space.

Having thus described my invention, What l claim as new is:

1. A game apparatus having a playing surface for traverse by playing objects, said sui-'tace being divided by circular lines, which in turn are divi-ded vinto rectangular spaces constituting States, certain of said States being colored and numbered and constituting retarding or advancing stations, and means associated with said game surface to govern the movements of the objects totheV States, and the States governing their forwarder ret-ard movement.

2. A game apparatus having a play-ing surface. for traverse by playing objects and having depictedy thereon a pair of circular lines divided into rectangular spaces constituting States, a second pair of circular lines located within the first pair and divided into rectangular spaces to constitute Territories, arrows depicted on the surface` and constituting pathways from the outer circle t0 the inner circle, certain of said States being colored tofgovern the` retarding or advancing movements of the playing objects, and a dial or counter to regulate the movements ofthe objects,

1n testimony whereof l hereunto ailix my signature. f'


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U.S. Classification273/249, 273/251
International ClassificationA63F3/00
Cooperative ClassificationA63F3/00006, A63F3/00088
European ClassificationA63F3/00A12