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1,613,530 H. w. PETERSON GAME Filed May 29, 1926.
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i RABBI W, PETERSON, OF SPRINGFIELD, ILLINOIS. i
Application filed May 29,
This invention relates to games, and has more particular reference to an improved game which, when played, will have the atmosphere and many characteristics of the 6 well known game of foot ball, so as to pro; vide extremely interesting amusement to the playersof the game.
A further object is to provide a foot ball game which is extremely simple in character and capable of bein cheaply and easily manufactured as -wel as readily played without the employment of an excessive amount of skill; l
Specific objects will become apparent as the nature of the invention is better understood, and'thesa me consists in the novel form, combination and arrangementof parts hereinafter more fully described, shown in theaccompanying drawing'and claimed. In the drawing, wherein like reference characters indicate @corresponding parts throughout theseveral views, I Figure 1 's a top plan view of a game board constructed inaccordance with the present invention, withthe game pieces properly disposed upon the board in starting playing of the game;
Figure 2 is aperspective viewrof a conventional form of dice, two of which are provided for each player of the present game; M V
Figure 3 is a perspective view of one of the game pieces employed and shown in Figurelpmd Figure 4 is a top plan view of the game board with the game pieces removed.
' Referring more indetail to the drawing, the present "game includes. an elongated rectangular game board 5 of'fiber, card board or other suitable 'materia having its surface checkered-or divide into a number of 7 square game-piece rest s aces by the provision of intersecting uni ormly spared parand transverse lines 6- and parallel longitudinal lines 7 A's shown, only the outer longitudinal lines are extended ,to the end of the game boardg the remaining longitudi- 'ual lines terminating in spaced relation to the ends of the board so that a transversely V e o the dextending from side to side of the playing field represented} by the checkered f-l surface, for constituting a goal space. "For,
1 other": M51118, cont1 ted space 8 is-provided at each end of 1826. Serial No. 112,588.
sake of convenience the. word goal may be printed in each space 8 as shown at 9. The transverse lines are provided to denote the 5-yard lines of a foot ball pla g; field and for convenience in distinguis -'ng these transverse yard lines, they are consecutively numbered in multiples of 5 at opposite sides of the playing field or checkered surface, the numbering'progressing in one direction at one side and in the opposite direction at the other side so that the numbers may be read conveniently by both players of the game when said players are respectively seated at opposite ends of the board 5. To I accommodate the sideline numbers 10 for the transverse yard lines, the outer longitudinal'lines are provided at a slight distance inwardly from the side of longitudinal edges of the board5 as shown. The present game further embodies two sets of game pieces, respectively of different colors or otherwise distin ished, there being 11 game pieces, to eac set so that one.
game piece is provided to represent each player of a team represented-by that set. As shown, the game pieces arepreferably in the form of disks 11 of a size to be conveniently placed in the rest places defined between the intersecting lines 6 and 7.
The game ieces of each set include seven pieces utilized to represent the linesmen of a football team, and these sevn game pieces include one piece marked with xx for use a as the center, and. six, pieces consecutively numbered from'lto'6 inclusive and constituting the fiends, tackles and' guards of the team. The remaining four pieces of each setare respectively marked to represent the quarter back, full back and half back of the. team, and all of these four game pieces are provided with the .fnuv meral7, I v In practice, the surface of the game board is marked at each end in contiguous spaces defined between the 20 and 25 yard lines to; indicate the respectivef starting rest places for the linesmen game pieces of-one set. In p I ous'rest spaces between the '20lf-and 25'yar lin teach end offthe board, are respectively providedwith indi cations 13 corresponding to those on the inesmengame pieces so as to indicate the proper position for such game pieces when y starting the game. In a like manner, similar notations 13 are provided in further rest spaces at each end of the board between the goal space 8 at such end and the adjacent 20 yard line, for denoting the positions for the back field. game pieces when starting the game. These starting space indications are so arranged as to provide for positioning of the game pieces of each set at an end of the board in regular team formation. This involves positioning of the quarter back game piece directly behind the center game piece, the positioning of the full back game piece directly behind but two spaces from the quarter back game piece,and the halfback game pieces at opposite sides of I the quarter back and full back game pieces between said quarter back and full back game pieces as clearly shown in Figure 1. The playing field represented by the checkered surface is preferably of sufficient width to have 11 spaces transversely between each pair of yard lines, and .the linesmen game pieces of each set are originally positioned. when starting the game, so as to leave two blank rest spaces at the outer side of each end of the linesmen game pieces as shown. This allows for passage of the back field game pieces by the linesmen game pieces when found necessary when playing the game.
' The movement of the game pieces is in- V i tended to be entirely governed by chance,
and for this purpose, each player of the game is furnished with a pair of conventional dice to be thrown to determine the game piece to be moved and the number of spaces to which it is to be moved. is shown at 12 in Figure 2.
In playing the presentgame, each player is provided with one set of game pieces, and each player positions his game pieces at the adjacent end of the board as shown clearly in Figure 1. Each player is then entitled to throw a pair of dice, the players taking their turns in this, except under certain conditions to be presently made apparent.
When a player throws his pair of dice the number which turns up on one of the dice indicates the game piece to be moved, while the number which turns up on the other dice, indicates the number of spacesito be moved. In other words, the number on one die indicates that the game piece having that corresponding number is to be moved, while the number of spaces which said game piece is moved is determined by. the number .on the remaining die. The choice of which die isused to indicate the playerand which is used to indicate the number of spaces to he moved, is left to the player throwing the dice. 1 For example, the "numbers 3 and 5 may turn u 'on.the dice. This limits the movement 0 a man to either a man or game piece containing the number 3 or one 0011- One of such dice taining the number 5, as the player may choose. If number game piece 1s chosen,
it maybe moved five spaces in any direction with only one turn to the right or left during the move. If game piece number 5 is chosen, it may be moved only threev spaces in any direction with only one turn to the right or left during the move. The double Xx on the center game piece indicates that this game piece may only be moved when the number which turns up on one die is the same as the number which turns up on the other die. For example, the number 4 may turn up on both dice.
the xx or center game P1806 is to be moved This mdi'cates that four spaces in any direction with only one turn to the right or left 'during the move. Only onevof the back field game pieces may be moved for a single throw of the dice. 'lhe one moved is selected by the player, and it may be moved only seven spaces in any ;-direction making only one turn to the right or left during'the move. For exam ple. the number 5 may'turn up on onedie and the number 2 may turn up on another die, the sum of which equals 7.- The player may move number 5 game piece two spaces a game piece of the opposing player. This can only be done on the completion of a move. In other words, the space occupied by the opponents game piece is to be counted as one of. the spaces allowed in the move of a game piece being made. Any game piece on the teams may be tackled or may tackle. "A tackled back field game piece must be immediately returned to the nearest open starting snace to the goal space adja? cent the player whose game piece has been tackled. A tackled linesman or center game piece must be returned immediately to its starting point. To make a touch down the goal space is counted as one space of a'move. The player throwing the dice must throw the exact number-necessary to take a particular game piece into the goal space. A back field game piece does not have to be moved seven spaces at everythrow of a sev-. en total, but may take any one of the numbers thrown totaling, the seven and move only that number of spaces. In other words, it a number '5 turns up on one die and a number 2 turns up on the other, a player may move -a back field game piece either 2 or 5 spaces should he so desire'instea'd of thetotal of 7 spaces.
' The first player getting his four back field gamepieces into his opponents goal space wins the game. Another turn at throwing the diceds granted a player upon such player throwing a double, a seven, or upon the making of a touchdown or tackle.
From the foregoing description it is believed that the construction and-manner of playing the prerent game will beireadily understood and. appreciated by, those skilled in the art. y l
What I claim. as new is A d 1. A game comprising an elongated boar-d having the surface marked 'to represent a football playing field with a' goal space at ,each end and having-such field divided throughout into game piece rest spaces, and
two distinguishable sets of game pieces adapted to be moved over the surface of the board from one rest space to another for a number otspaces' as indicated. by chance controlled means, the game pieces of each set corresponding in number to the nu'mberot players on a football team, certain of the rest spaces at each end of the board'being marked to correspond to-themark'ing of :1 game piece, adapted to be positioned there on to. indicate the: startin points of the game piecesof a set where y the latter are arranged in regular team formation. in
ber of spaces, as'indicated by chance controlled means, the game pieces of each set corresponding in number to the number of latter are arranged in regular team forma players on a football team, and being re spectively marked to represent the respec tive team positions of such players, certain of the rest spaces at each end of the board being marked to correspond to said res ective markings to indicate the starting points of the gamefpiecesof each set, whereby the tion in starting the playing of the' ame.
3. A game comprising an elongate board having its surfac marked to represent a football playing eld with a goal s ace at each end'a'nd having such field ivided throughout into rectangular game piece rest spaces by intersectingparallel "transverse and para lel longitudinal lines, and two distinguishable sets of gamepieces adapted to be moved upon the surface of the board from spaces, as indicated by chance controlled means, the game piecp of each set cdrrecrsv on a football team, and being respectively -marked to represent the respective team positions of such players, certain of the rest spaces at each end of the board being marked to correspond with said respective markings to indicate the starting points of the game pieces ofeach set, whereby'the latter are arranged in regular team formation in starting the playing of the game, the game pieces ref each set which represent the linesmen of the team represented by that set having different identification marks for determining the particular game piece to be moved by said chance controlled means, and the game pieces of each setwhich represent the back. field players of the team represented by that. set, having similar identification marks dif ferent from those from the linesmen game pieces, whereby any. desired backfield piece may be moved when the identification mark of the backfield game piece is indicated by said chance controlled means.
4. A game comprising an elongated board having its surface marked to represent a football playing field, with a goal space at each end, and having such field divided throughout into rectangular game piece rest spaces by intersecting parallel transverse andlparallel longitudinal lines, and two distinguishable sets of game'pieces adapted to be moved over the surface of the board from one rest space to another for a-h-umber of spaces vas indicated by chance controlled means, the game pieces of each set corresponding in number to the number of play- .ers on a football team, and being respectively marked to represent the respective team posit-ions of such players, certain of the rest spaces at'each end of the board being .marked to correspond to said respective markings to indicate the starting pointsof the game pieces of each set,"whereby the latterare arranged in regular team formation in the starting of the playing of the game, 110
the identification marks of the linesmen game pieces consistingin the respective coni both members turning up on the die are the same.
5. In a game of the character described, a board having conventional designations thereon to "provide a checkered surface, two.
a jsets of team pieces having visual distinguishone rest space to the other for a number offi ing characteristics, said sets bein designed to be located atone end of said oa'rd'pre:
paratoryto starting a game and each mem- 5 spending in numbeiqt'o the number of playher ofeach set further havlng a distinguishing numeral, :1 pair of cubes having each meral indicated upon the uppermost face of time provided with a numeral corresponding the other cube, indicating the number of to the numeral of a team member, one of said spaces the team piece must bc-moved over 10 cubes indicating by the numeral uponvit-s upthe checkered surface. v
5 perlnost face, when coming to rest after the In testimony whereof I aifix my signapair have been thrown, the number of "a ture I team piece-to be moved, and the other nu-- HARRY W. PETERSON.