US 1623881 A
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1,623,881 Aprll 5, 1927- LMAYER GAME Filed June 19. 1925 Patented Apr. 5, 1927.
.UNITED STATES JOHN' MAYBE, 0F SCHIENECTADY, NEW YORK.'
Application led June 19, 1925.` Serial No. 38,308.
This invention relates to a game, the general object of the invention being to provide a board made up ot' triangles and upon which are used. pieces or men which are moved along the sides otl the triangles with certain objects in View, the attainment of which are opposed by the pieces or nien of the other player, so that considerable thought must Vlie/given to the game to successfully play it.
This invention also consists in certain other features of construction and in the combination and arrangement of the several. pars, to be hereinafter fully described,.illus trated in the accompanying drawings and specifically pointed out in the appended claims.
In describing my invention in detail, rei:-
erence will be had to the accompanying drawings, wherein like characters denote like or corresponding parts throughout the several views, and in which Figure 1 is a View of the board.
Figure 2 is a view of one of the pieces or men, with the top or crown removed.
Figure 3 is a view with the crown on the piece.
Figure 4 is a sectional view through Figure 3. v
Figure 5 is a view of a modied form of piece. f
As shown in Figure 1, I provide a board 1 which is made of two triangles with their bases connected together, a heavy line 2 separating the bases. The board is divided into small triangles by the diagonal lines 3 and the cross lines 4. Alternate triangles on each side of the board are preferably left uncovered or are of light color, as shown at 5, while the other triangles are of dark color, the dark triangles on one side of the board being preferably ot' red color, as shown at 6, while those on the other side are of black color, as shown at 7. Each white triangle 5 carries a spot or small circle 8 which are of black color on the red side of the board and of red color on the black Side of the board. The playen pieces are made up of two sets of fifteen each, each set being of a color distinct from the other set so that the pieces of the two sets can be Jfold apart. Each piece comprises a base 9 and a top or crown 10 which has a reduced part 11 which is adapted to fit in a recess 12 in the base. Figures 2, 3 and 4 show the-crown as provided with a spherical upper end, while vFigure 5 shows a simple form of iiat crown 10 on the base 9. This-latter piece can be manufactured to sell at less expense than the first piece. These pieces can be made of wood or any other suitable material and the board lcan be made of cardboard or wood or any suitable material with the triangles painted thereon or arranged thereon in any suitable manner. f v
The game may be played as follows ln starting the game, thecrown or top is removed from each ofthe men or pieces and then the men are placed upon the first fifteen points on the board, beginning from the extreme point of the board and counting towards the center line. The red men are placed on the black side of the board and the black men on the red side of the board. The men are moved by turns along the lines or edges of the small triangles from point to point. The men are called serfs until they reach the center line, whereupon the crown or top is inserted. They are then termed nobles, The sert may move forward only, until he reaches the center line. The noble may move in any direction along the lines, forward, backward, and laterally on either side of the center line; also along the center line.l If a man is' caught unguarded upon the center line', he maybe jumped as in checkers, and taken from the board; if a Serf makes the capture, he becomes a noble. In this form of the game, jumping is ,allowed only across the center line, and then only over an opponents man, who, unguarded, blocks the line.
The main objects are to form triads and triple alliances. These can only be made around the triangular spaces of your own color on your opponents side of the board and, of course, your opponents men will be there to interfere. A triad is made by covering the three points ot' any one of these spaces with three of your men. Upon conlpleting a triad, you [irst confiscate any one of your opponents men on the board; then remove the three men forming the triad from the board and re-enter them as nobles, through the first points on your own side of the board.
The triple alliance is made by enclosing three of the triangles with six of your men, but the center must be vacant, the triple alliance wins the game.
A triad must be announced at once, and removed from the board; if a player fails to announce his triad, either throughoversight or intentionally, his opponent may, before making his next move, coniscate any; one of the three men formin the triad; failing to do, this, the triad may re-opened by a subsequent move.
If a player closes two triads wlth one move, one triad only is allowed, but he may choose either one for removal.
If a player is blocked'so that he cannot move, he loses the game.
When'a playeris reduced to two men, lie loses the game.
In re-entering the nobles upon the board, they may be placed upon the rst three points at once, if, or as soon as, these points are vacant.
There are several variations ofthe game,
l This is one of the simplest.
A triad is shown on the black side ot' the board and a triple alliance is shown on the red side of the board. Figure 1 shows the board placed on a supporting member A which may be formed of cardboard or any other suitable material.
It'is thought from the `foregoing description that the advantages and novel features of my invention will be readily apparent'.
I desire' it to be understood that I may l make changes in the construction and in the combination and arrangement of the several parts, provided that such changes fall within the scope of the appended claim` What I claim is A game of the class described comprising a board having a pair of large trlangles thereon with their bases `abutting and separated by av heavy line, each triangle being divided into a plurality of small triangles, the alternate small triangles of both -sets being white and the remaining triangles of one set being black and those of the other set `being red, with' the bases of the colored 'triangles facing toward the ends of the board andthe bases ot the center rows ofthe white triangles abuttmg each other, dots of red colr in the white triangles which are associated with the black triangles, black dots in the white triangles which are associated with the red triangles, player pieces divided into two sets and adapted to be moved along the lines forming the small triangles.
In testimony whereof I alli; my Signat-ure.
i JOHN ,MAYER