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Publication numberUS20010050461 A1
Publication typeApplication
Application numberUS 09/878,057
Publication dateDec 13, 2001
Filing dateJun 7, 2001
Priority dateJun 8, 2000
Publication number09878057, 878057, US 2001/0050461 A1, US 2001/050461 A1, US 20010050461 A1, US 20010050461A1, US 2001050461 A1, US 2001050461A1, US-A1-20010050461, US-A1-2001050461, US2001/0050461A1, US2001/050461A1, US20010050461 A1, US20010050461A1, US2001050461 A1, US2001050461A1
InventorsDebra Tarbell
Original AssigneeTarbell Debra L.
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Board game improvement
US 20010050461 A1
Abstract
The present invention concerns that of a new and improved board game which would allow a user to easily and efficiently lift up and raise the game pieces associated with the game board. The present invention would comprise a magnetic wand, magnetic game pieces, and a game board. The magnet on the magnetic wand would be placed on the magnetic wand in such a manner that it would be able to pick up the game pieces from the top while the game pieces would be located on the game board of the present invention. The game board used with the present invention could be any one of a number of game boards currently in use on the market that are used with popular board games.
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Claims(4)
What I claim as my invention is:
1. An improvement for board games comprising:
(a) at least one game piece, each game piece including an embedded magnet,
(b) a game board having a plurality of places on which a game piece could be placed,
(c) means for removably attaching a game piece to a place on the game board, and
(d) means for picking up a game piece without direct use of a hand.
2. An improvement for board games according to
claim 1
wherein the means for removably attaching a game piece to a place on the game board further comprises:
(a) a plurality of magnets embedded within the game board, each magnet embedded within the game board under a place on the game board,
(b) whereby each magnet under a place on the game board would be attracted to a magnet embedded within a game piece.
3. An improvement for board games according to
claim 2
wherein the means for picking up a game piece without direct use of a hand further comprise
(a) a magnetic wand having two ends, a first end and a second end,
(b) a handle located at the first end of the magnetic wand,
(c) the second end of the magnetic wand ending in a flat surface,
(d) a magnet embedded within the magnetic wand immediately underneath flat face on the second end of magnetic wand, and
(e) a plastic covering to cover the magnet within the flat face of the magnetic wand.
4. An improvement for board games according to
claim 3
in combination with a board game, wherein the board game would be Scrabble®.
Description
    BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION
  • [0001]
    The present invention concerns that of a new and improved board game which would allow a user to easily and efficiently lift up and raise the game pieces associated with the game board.
  • DESCRIPTION OF THE PRIOR ART
  • [0002]
    U.S. Pat. No. 5,553,849, issued to Slone et al., discloses a combination of game pieces having a ferrous metal member on a peripheral edge or surrounding the periphery thereof, and a magnetic wand for lifting the pieces from a playing board or surface.
  • [0003]
    U.S. Pat. No. 5,337,501, issued to Amanze, discloses a plurality of magnetic alphanumeric characters having substantially the capability to be properly aligned to one another during display.
  • [0004]
    U.S. Pat. No. 5,026,071, issued to Miraglia, Jr., discloses a board game which has an adherent playing surface for players to competitively develop words from individual alphabetical letters formed by placing removable strips or ordered matrix patterns incorporated onto the surface of the board.
  • SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION
  • [0005]
    The present invention concerns that of a new and improved board game which would allow a user to easily and efficiently lift up and raise the game pieces associated with the game board. The present invention would comprise a magnetic wand, magnetic game pieces, and a game board. The magnet on the magnetic wand would be placed on the magnetic wand in such a manner that it would be able to pick up the game pieces from the top while the game pieces would be located on the game board of the present invention. The game board used with the present invention could be any one of a number of game boards currently in use on the market that are used with popular board games.
  • [0006]
    There has thus been outlined, rather broadly, the more important features of a board game in order that the detailed description thereof that follows may be better understood and in order that the present contribution to the art may be better appreciated. There are, of course, additional features of the board game that will be described hereinafter and which will form the subject matter of the claims appended hereto.
  • [0007]
    In this respect, before explaining at least one embodiment of the board game in detail, it is to be understood that the board game is not limited in its application to the details of construction and to the arrangements of the components set forth in the following description or illustrated in the drawings. The board game is capable of other embodiments and being practiced and carried out in various ways. Also, it is to be understood that the phraseology and terminology employed herein are for the purpose of descriptions and should not be regarded as limiting.
  • [0008]
    As such, those skilled in the art will appreciate that the conception, upon which this disclosure is based, may readily be utilized as a basis for the designing of other structures, methods and systems for carrying out the several purposes of the present board game. It is important, therefore, that the claims be regarded as including such equivalent constructions insofar as they do not depart from the spirit and scope of the present invention.
  • [0009]
    It is therefore an object of the present invention to provide a board game which has all of the advantages of the prior art and none of the disadvantages.
  • [0010]
    It is another object of the present invention to provide a board game which may be easily and efficiently manufactured and marketed.
  • [0011]
    It is another object of the present invention to provide a board game which is of durable and reliable construction.
  • [0012]
    It is yet another object of the present invention to provide a board game which is economically affordable and available for the purchasing public.
  • [0013]
    Other objects, features and advantages of the present invention will become more readily apparent from the following detailed description of the preferred embodiment when considered with the attached drawings and appended claims.
  • BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS
  • [0014]
    [0014]FIG. 1 shows a perspective view of the magnetic wand of the present invention.
  • [0015]
    [0015]FIG. 2 shows a perspective view of a game piece of the present invention.
  • [0016]
    [0016]FIG. 3 shows a perspective view of a game board of the present invention, with game pieces placed on top of the game board.
  • DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENT
  • [0017]
    [0017]FIG. 1 shows a perspective view of magnetic wand 2 of the present invention. Magnetic wand 2 has two ends, a first end and a second end. The first end of magnetic wand 2 has handle 4. The second end of magnetic wand 2 has flat face 6 attached to handle 4. Within flat face 6 is located magnet 8, with magnet 8 being covered by a plastic covering 10.
  • [0018]
    [0018]FIG. 2 shows a perspective view of game piece 12 of the present invention. Game piece 12 would appear to be a normal game piece, except for the fact that a magnet 14 would be embedded underneath the top surface of game piece 12. Magnet 14 within game piece 12 and magnet 8 within flat face 6 of magnetic wand 2 would be oriented such that when magnet 8 of flat face 6 of magnetic wand 2 would be placed on one or more magnets 14 within game pieces 12, game piece(s) 12 would be capable of being picked up. This unique combination of magnets would allow the present invention to save time for a user collecting game pieces and would allow handicapped and/or physically challenged persons to handle small game pieces more easily. The unique combination of magnets would also allow the present invention to easily be used while travelling.
  • [0019]
    [0019]FIG. 3 shows a perspective view of game board 16 of the present invention, with game board 16 having a plurality of squares 20 on which game pieces 12 can be placed. Under each square 20 would be an embedded magnet 18. A plurality of game pieces 12 placed on top of game board 16 can be seen. Game board 16 would be any one of a number of game boards for popular games currently on the market today, but would preferably be that of the game Scrabble®.
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Classifications
U.S. Classification273/239
International ClassificationA63F3/02, A63F3/00
Cooperative ClassificationA63F3/00694, A63F3/0423, A63F2003/0063, A63F2003/00927, A63F2003/00738, A63F3/00697
European ClassificationA63F3/00P, A63F3/00M