US 2390458 A
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DCC. 4, 1945. N PEDERSEN 2,390,458
Filed May 3, 1944 l 1 DI llll'll IN VEN TOR.
,playing manual dexterity,
'and which can be sold at Patented Dec. 4, 1945 I GAME i Hayes N. Pedersen, Racine, Wis.
L Application May 3, 1944, Serial No. 533,891
' 1 Claim.
I The present invention interesting and intriguing type involving in its good judgment and luck, one primary aim of the invention being the `provisionof a game of that character, which is` simple in structure, inexpensive to produce, un-
likely to` become damaged in ordinary service a relatively low figure. The novel game includes a rockable apertured or `recessed memberlequipped with a number of movable spherical bodies, obect being to cause the marbles to become lodged in such pockets or cavities which have different count values.
A current preferred embodiment of the invention in physical form has been illustrated in the accompanying drawing, forming a part of this specification, in order to enable those skilled in this art to become acquainted with its structural and functional betterments and advantages, and in the views of this drawing like parts or elements have been supplied with 'the same reference numerals for the sake of simplicity.
In this drawing:
Figure 1 is a plan view of the game; and
Figure 2 is a cross-section through the same on line 22 of Figure 1.
Referring to this drawing, it will be noted that the game-board, made of sheet-metal, plastic or other suitable thin material is, in this particular case, square in shape, although it may be of other appropriate form such as round, hexagonal, etc.
It includes a main, central portion II for the most part flat, except for a middle conical section I2 open or apertured at its top at I3, this part II of the board being divided as to values into zones, such conical section I2 having a value of 600, the surrounding annular zone I 4 having value 300, the next larger circular zone I 5 having value 200, and an outer zone I6, square externally and round interally, having a value 100, these zones or areas being defined by three concentric circles II, I8 and I9.
Each of such domains has a plurality of holes, apertures or recesses, some 2| without Y colors around them, and others dened by different colored rings encircling them thus: 22 green, 23 blue, 24 red, and 25 black.
Around the margin of the centralplate portion I I is an upstanding wall 26 having at its top a square, outwardly-projecting, at rim or ledge 21 provided along each of its four portions with a like number of apertures or holes 28, 29, 30 and 3|, each set being adapted, initially before the game is begun to be played, to accommodate the relates to games lof thatl such as marbles, thew in the present case) of slightmarbles 32 green, 33 blue, 34 red same number (five ly-larger, colored and 35 black.
All apertures in vated aperture I3 are slightly smaller than the size of the marbles, so that the latter may become lodged and Aretained therein without passing therethrough( Fastened to the underside of the center of the plate II is a hemilspherical member 36 adapted to rest, and support the game-board, on any stationary support 31, such as a table or comparable object, whereby the operator having hold of'the rim 21 may readily rock the whole game-board in any direction.
Rim 2l may be equipped with a tally-chart 38 Afor each player, the latter having a pin 39 adapted to t in any one of the holes, the and M of the chart standing for plus and minus respectively.
The game is played as follows, the outstanding aim of each-player being to land one Yof his.
colored marbles in the central hole I3 of largest value (6Go), but as will be readily appreciated there are many hazards which must be avoided, or overcome to accomplish that desirable result.
Assuming that all in their proper holes or recesses in the rim as illustrated in Figure 1, the first blue-marble player, for example, while grasping the rim of the game-board, releases one of his blue marbles from the rim by the use of one of his iingers below the rim or ledge pushing the marble up enough to free it from the wall of the aperture which it occupies.
The marble falls on the plate II and the player by rocking the game-board endeavors to guide the marble into aperture I3, but it may enter and be retained in any one of the other numerous holes.
Then thev next player, say the red--marble player, dislodges one of his marbles and the same course of procedure until Ahis marble is captured and held captive by any one of the apertures.
Whereupon, the black-marble player releases ,one of his black marbles and rocks the board until his marble enters one of the holes and is held therein.
Next, the fourth player does likewise, and then the players in sequence operate their second marbles, and then their other marbles in order until all have been actuated or played'.
Of course, while the marble of one ,player is plate Il and the` middieeleof the marbles are retained `of any present player may 'understand xhat 'the invention v:appended claim .is not'necessarily limitedA to the travelling on the board, it may dislodge one or more previously played marbles from its hole or their holes and one or more of them may be relodged in other holes, and, in fact, the marble be later dislodged and nd itself in some other hole.
Thus, because of the uncertainty referred to, the game holds ones interest and earnest attention until all marbles have been played.
Then .an acco'unt'ing'is had". Alllmarkles inithe holes designated 2l, require their owners 'to reduce their scores amounts depending on the zones in which such holes are located. All holes 22, `23, 24 and 254 occupied by marbles of the same color afford their owners plus values according to the zones in which such occupied holes reside ual manipulation of said All color-ringed apertures occupied bymarbles of diierent colors give the owners of suchmarbles no values.
.Of course, there are'other ways of playing v-tgan'les "wi'thfsuch 'game-'board and marbles 'but y'they need not `be detailed here. `After, the aggregate scores of the players Y'have beenthus .determined .and tallied, the game is` continuadas 'before untilthe"predetermined maxi- ',mum'score 's V'credited Ato 'the 'rst 'player to merit it, and he is 4considered "as the winner of the fgame.
Those :acquainted Awith vthis art will readily 'asdefmed by the exact .details .of structure set forth and vthat these may be `rn'odiiied lwithin reasonable limits the game-board and without departure of the heart and essence of invention and without the loss or sacrice of any of its substantial benets.
For example, instead of having apertures in its associated ledge for remarbles in place, mere depressions satisfactorily performing taining the could be employed for the sarne functions.
A'In "a Yfgarn'e 'including fa .game-#board having a number `roi distributed cavities in its :surface and companion spherical game-pieces each adapted to be received in any one of said cavities by manboard, the latter having a marginal ledge adjacent to, higher than,
-faan'd voutstanding from said board and having a ,plurality .of spaced-apart apertures therethrough 'each `of smaller size than and each adapted to hold 'one of said game-pieces, the novel improvement being that said ledge is divided into a plurality "df lsections corresponding yto "the number of possible 4players,-eacl'1 player having 'the same 'number of 'said apertures, each player having fa plurality of said game-pieces of like color 'but different from Ythose of yall other players, som'e 'oi 'said cavities vo'l 'said lgame-board being designated by the color of 'the ygame-'pieces of `ea'clrplayer whereby any Vplayer while grasping- Vsaid ledge may Yrelease his lgamep`ieces Sindividu'ally by Y engaging it `'from below .the 'ledge y'to 'feed it on to vthe game-board.
*HAYES vN. JP-EDEIRSEIN.