US 1655380 A Description (OCR text may contain errors) Paten1 ed Jan. 1928. UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE. GEORGE S. PARKER, OF PE'IERBORQ, NEW I-IAMPSHIRE, ASSIGNOR T IABKER IBROIIEERS, INC., OF- SALEMI, MASSACH'U'SE'ITS, A CORIPOIRATION' OB' MAINE. CARD OR CHAR'J. GAME. Application fl1ed April 28, 1927. Serial No. 187,189. Ths invention relates to card or chart games, and particularly to games adapted to be played by a group of players seated about a table. In order that the principe of the inventi0n may be readily understood, I have illustrated end shall describe the artcles or pieces which are preferably employed 1n playng the game, ami shall also desonbe the preferred manner of playing the game. Referring to che drawing: Fig. 1 is a p1an view representing a series of corde-or charts, the number depending upon the number of players; Fig. 2 is a similar v 1ew of a few of the playing peces, a relatively laige number of which are employed end -whch ma.y be a11 duplicates of each other; end Fig. 3 shoWs a few of the calling pieces bere represented as of disk like form end having 'upon a face thereof certain data, to be referred to. Any number of players may partcipat in playing the game. Obvously the greater number of players the greater the interest in the game. Therefore, a relatively large number of charts or cards are rovided, end in playing the' game each p ayer receives one of' the oha1ts or cards. Three such cha'rts or cards are indicated at 1,- 2, 3, ,respectively in Fig. 1. In additon, a, relatively large number of playing pieces are provided, as indica/(ed at 4 in F1g. 2, and also a relatively large number of calling pieces shown at 5 in Fig. 3. Each of the cards or charts has a number of spaces 6, bere shown as squares, which are uniform in size and arrangement throughout the entire series of cards. The said spaoes are arranged in suitable rows, end preferably so as to provide a plurality of horizontal rows Which, when arranged 'as shown, present vertical columns as well as diagonal sloping rows. In thatform of the invention shown, I have provided five. horizontal rows of spaces upon each card, and as the numbers upon each card ma, be arbitrary or according to some specie arrangement, and the invention s in no wise limted in this respect. If desired, I .may indicate upon the marg1n of each card the total of the numbers m euch row, including the horizontal rows, the vertical rows, and the two diagonal rows of five figures. Such totals are provided mainly as a, matter of conveniencb[ss Along one edge of each card or chart end in relation to che rows, I provide symbols of some sort. In that form of the invention shown, the symbols are placed at the to of each card, so as to be at the to of eac vertical IOW. In thai; form of t e invention shown, I have chosen letters for illustraton, end in this instance the letters spe1l the word Hokum Obvously any other sutable word may be employed, or instead the columns may be desgnated by such symbols as a moon, star, dagger, astersk, eagle, or some other bird or animal. Desirably one or more of the spaces or the numbers theren upon each chart shall be distinguished from the remainder 01' ma-' jority of such spaces by some special desi or color, so as to indicate a special s1gnificance or greater,value, such, 'for example, asthe number 37 upon the card 1, the 8! number 45 upon the card 2 and the number 41 upon the card 3. ' It will be observed. that in thedisclosed form of my invention the number of hori-' zontal rows is the same as the number of vertical rows, and there are also provided upon each card two oblique rows of the same number of spaces, and this is the preferred arrangement, though my invention is not limited thereto. I also provide a large number of playing pieces shown at 4 m Fig. 2, Whch may be a11 colored. the same and may consist of short cylinders of wood of a dimneter sufficiently large to cover the number or numbers upon any of the squares or spaces. There should be provided a sufficient number of these playing pieces furnish each of the players, no matter how many p1a-yers there may be, with a suite.- ble number of pieces, say, twenty-five. In addition, I also provide a number of callingf pieces on which I plaee certain data. In the present instance, such data consists ofa letter, Which is one of the letters in the word I-Iokum it being understood. thai. if ample, re erring to tbe card or cbert 1, one of, the calling pieces might beve tbereon tbe letter 0 and the number 24:, orv tbe letter K end the number 37 etc. There -sbould be provided celling pieces corresponding to the numbers on all the cerds together with the letter or symbol et the top of tbe verticel row or oolumn wberein sucb number eppears. 1 In pleying tbe eme, tbe pleyers are grouped about a teb e, end eecb one s provded by lot or otberwise with one of the cerds or cherts. sey, twenty-five pleying pieces. The celling pieces ere ell in charge of one of the pleyers, Who mey be celled tbe Master, end be may errenge tbe celling pieces fece down, so tbet the date tbereon mey not be known until t s celled, or suoli celling pieces mey be drawn rom e be or vessel one et e time. ' The ob ect of tbe game s to complete e row, wbetber borzontel, verticel or obli ue, before enyother leyer. H e row is rst completed Wbicb mclu'des some space tbet has e number of speciel significance or velue (such, for exemple, es the space 37 on card 1, space 45 on card 2, or spece 41 on card 8), the score or sum of the numbers in tbet row may be doubled or increesed eccording to some e steblished rule. In pleying tbe game, es tbe Master calls tbe letter or other symbol end tbe number eppeering upon each celling piece drawn, tbe pleyers repeet tbe data, end eny pleyer or pleyers, finding on bis cbert tbe number in the c0lumn headed by the symbol, covers tbat number with one of tbe pleyng pieces. The Master may, of course, else be provided wtb a card or chert end playing pieces. Wben e group s playng, one or more of tbe pleyers Wll find tbe called number witb symbol upon ther cerds, but otbers wll not. The pleyer to Wn tbe band s tbe one Wbo first places e fiftb piece so es to complete any row upon bis or ber card. Such pleyer immediately calls Game or Hokum, or 4 eny egreed upon word to signfy he has won the bend, end tbe otber players tbereupon ceese to ple The numbers in tbe completed row ci tbet band ere then edded, end sucb totel is given es bis or ber score. In case the wnning row on the card or cbert runs through some specially designated space, e. premium is added to tbe score, preferebly by doubling tbe seme. A new band isthen sterted, e11 tbe playing pieces having previously been removed from the cherts. The He is else furnisbed witb, Master tboroughly mix es tbe calling pieces end conceels tbe numbers thereon, end begins agein to drew tbe celling pieces end cell ofl the date, es before. The eme continues for e certain number of ben s, such as ten, or for e predetermined period of time, or until some single score (es, for exeniple, 1000) is obtained by some pleyer. I em well ecquainted with the geme known es Lotto, from Wbicb tbe present geme differs in meny mportent respects, some of which I Will refer te. In eccordence wth the present inventon, all of the speces ere neted by some letter or otber symbol, end one or more of the speces on each card ere colored or otberwise dstinguisbed from the mejority of the spaces, es elready described. Moreover, tbe object of the game s wbolly difi"erent in thet in my invention the object is to complete e row and not to cover e11 tbe speces heving numbers. Moreover, tbe counting or scoring in the present geme is wholly difie1entfrom thet of Lotto. Ihave in Fig. 1 of the drewng represented upon one verticel edge, es Well es at the ends of the two degonel rows of five figures, tbe sums of the figures in tbe various rows. I beve in tbe specification referred to tbe use of celling pieres. Such terne is one of broed significence, end includes cerds or the like; Insteed of employing dsks, es shown in the drewings, I mey employ e pack or set of cerds whicb would bear tbe seme date es elreedy referred t0 upon tbe disks. Sucb set of cerds mey be shuflled end beld by the Master, or mey be pleced fece down es e set upon tbe table and drawn one et e time by the Mester. Heving thus described tbe ertcles or pie-tes entering into tbe pleying of the game end the best mode known no me for pleying tbe game, I desire t to be understood tbe-t elthough specific terme ere cmployed, tbey ere used in a generic end descriptive senso, end not for purposes of limiteton, tbe scope of the invention being set fortb in the following claims. Cleims: 1. A geme comprislng e plurelity 0f cerds or charts, eecb heving a plurelty of rows of speces, eecb space beving e number, seid cerds or cherts beering elong appropriate edges tbe sums of tbe numbers in sed rows, eecb of seid cerds or cherts elso heving 1 series of symbols extending ecross a side thereof to designate tbe rows, e plurality of pleyng peces edepted to be pleced upon celled numbers upon seid cerds or cherts, end e plm.elity of celling devces, each bearing a number end e symbol perteining to e row on seid cerds or cberts. , 2. In a game, 9. plurelity of cerds or charts each having a plurality of rows of spaces, each space having a number, sacl cards or charts bearing along appropriate eclges che sums of the numbers in said rows, each of said cards or charts also having a series of symbols extending thereacross at the upper ends of the rows to designate the rows, a plurality of playing pieces adaptecl to be placecl upon called numbers upon 'said cards or charts, and. a plurality of calling devces, each bearing a number and a symbol per training to a row on said cards or charts. S. A game comprising a plurality of cards or charts, each having a plurality o rows of spaces, each space bearing a. number, whereby every space of' each card. or chart is numberecl, each of said carcls or charts having a series of symbols across a sicle tl1ereof to designate the rows, at least one of said numberecl spaces being distinguishecl from the other spaces otherwise than by merely the number thereof, thereby giving the space a special sgnificance, said cards or charts bearing along appropriate edge s the sums of the numbers in said rows, a plurality of playing pieces adapted to be placed upon called numbers up0n said .cards or charts, and a plurality of call-ng pieces each bearing a number and a symbol pertaining to a row on said carcls or charts. 4. A game comprising a plurality of cards or charts, each having a plurality of rows of spaces, each space bearing a number whiereby every spaceof each card or chartis numberd, each of said cards or charts having a series of symbols extending across a si e thereof to designate che rows, at least one of said numbered spaces beng distinguisl1ed from the other spaces by color, thereby givi'ng said space a special significance, sail cards or chats bearing along appropriate edges the sums of' the numbers in sacl rows, a plurality of playing pieces adapted to be placed upon called numbers upon said cards or charts, and a plurality of calling pieces, each bearing a number and a symbol pertaining to a row on said cards or charts. 5. A game comprising a plurality of cards or charts each having a plurality of rows of. spaces, each space bearing a number whereby every space of'each card o'r chart is humbered, each of said cards 01 charts having a series of symbols extending across a side thereof to designate the rows, the central space of said 'numbered spaces being distinguished from the otherspaces otherwise than merel by the number thereof, thereby giving sai space a special sgnificance, said cards,or charts bearing along appropriate edges the sums of the nmbers in said rows, a plurality of laying pieces adapted-to be placcd upon ca led numbers upon saiol cards or charts and a plurality of calling pieces each bearmg a number and a symbol pertaining to a row on said cards or charts. 6. A game comprising a pluralty of carcls or charts, each having a plurality of series of spaces, said spaces bearing respectve numbers, each of said cards or charts having a series of symbols across a sicle thereof to designate the rows, at least one of: said spaces beng distinguished from the other spaces otherwise than by merely the number thereof, thereby giving the space a special significance, said cards or charts bearing along appropriate ed es the sums of the numbers in the rows, a p urality of playing pieces adapted to be placed upon called numbers upon Sai( cards or charts, and a pluralit-y of calling pieces each bearing a number and a symbol pertaining to a row on saicl cards or charts. 7. A game comprising a plurality of cards 01 charts, each having a plurality ci series of spaces, each space bearing a number, each of said cardjs or charts having a series ci symbols extencling across the tops of the rows thereof to designate the rows, at least one of said numbered spaces being distinguished from the other spaces otherwise than by merely the number thereof, thereby giving the space a special significance, such cards or charts bearing along appropriate edges the sums of che numbers in the rows, a plurality of playing peces adapted to be placed upon called numbers upon said cards or charts, and a plurality of calling pieces es'1ch bearing a number al1d a symbol pert-aining to a row of said cards or charts. 8. A game comprising a plurality of carcls or charts, each having a plurality of rows of spaces, each space beari ng a .number, each of said cards or charts having a letter at the clge of each row to designate the rows, said letters spelling a word, at least one of said numbered spaces being distinguished from the other spaces otherwse than by merely the number thereof, thereby giving the space a special significance, such cards or cbarts bearing along appropriate edges the sums of the numbers in the rows, a plurality of playing p)ieces ,adapted to be placed upon called num ers upon sai d cards or charts, and a plurality of calling pieces each bearing a number end a symbol pertaining to a row of said cards or charts. In testimonywhereof, I have signed my name to this specification. Referenced by
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