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Publication numberUS3672680 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateJun 27, 1972
Filing dateSep 9, 1969
Priority dateSep 9, 1969
Publication numberUS 3672680 A, US 3672680A, US-A-3672680, US3672680 A, US3672680A
InventorsJoseph Michael Grey
Original AssigneeJoseph Michael Grey
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Board game with definitely movable game pieces
US 3672680 A
Abstract
Briefly, in carrying out the objects of this invention, a game apparatus is provided which includes a game board containing six equally spaced concentric circular lines divided up into spaces symmetrically located within the circles. Some of the aforesaid spaces are colored and some are numbered. The aforesaid game board also contains six rectangular shaped sections outside the aforesaid circles for the purpose of tallying certain captures during the course of the game. There is also provided with my invention 42 flat rectangular shaped pieces bearing numbers on only one surface, numbered consecutively from one to 42 inclusive. There is further provided a set of six pieces of a different shape than the aforesaid 42 rectangular flat pieces.
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United States Patent [15.1 3,672,680 Grey June 27, 1972 [541 BOARD GAME WITH DEFINITELY 3,223,420 12/1965 Turner ..273/134 AA MOVABLE GAME PIECES FOREIGN PATENTS OR APPLICATIONS [72] Inventor: Joseph Michael Grey, 3060 Ruth St., I

Philadelphia, 19134 645,661 11/1950 Great Britain ..273/134 AD 1 Filed: P 1969 Primary Examiner-Richard C. Pinkham [21] Appl' NO: 856,383 Assistant Examiner-Richard J. Apley [57] ABSTRACT [52] U.S.Cl. ..273/131AB [51] hm CL HA6 3/00 Briefly, in carrying out the ob ects of this invention, a game [58] Field of Search ..273/131, 134 aPParatus is P which includes a game board containing a six equally spaced concentric circular lines divided up into [55] References Cited spaces symmetrically located within the circles. Some of the aforesaid spaces are colored and some are numbered. The UNITED STATES PATENTS aforesaid game board also contains six rectangular shaped secl 240 756 9/1917 Moore 273/134 AB tions outside the aforesaid circles for the purpose of tallying 58288 /1925 Roman "273/134 AD certain captures during the course of the game. There is also 2O06176 6/1935 Quine ""273/134 AB provided with my invention 42 flat rectangular shaped pieces l2 4/1962 schar ""273/134 AD bearing numbers on only one surface, numbered consecutive. 3395922 8/1968 Garanp "273/134 AD 1y from one to 42 inclusive. There is further provided a set of 12/1968 Schribger 3: 34 AD six pieces ofa different shape than the aforesaid 42 rectangu- 3,433,483 3/1969 Ellis ....273/134 AD D1 14,812 5/1939 GTaef-m AB A thorough description of the colors of the pieces and the 1,572,254 2/1926 Tomes. ...273/134 AD finer points of the game are given in the specification which 2,194,854 3/1940 Howard... ....273/134 AD f ]1 2,244,921 6/1941 Roth ..273/131 AB 2,722,424 11/1955 Hum ..273/131 D 6 Claims, Drawing Figures 41 f 2 4 q 42 I C 43 LAsT PIECES iTAKEN LAST PIECESiTAKEN LAsT P1ECES)TAKEN L i fl L, 1 g3 "F 7 I Y T\ 2 NEUIVJ. S303ld1lSV'l NEDiVi SEIOElld .LSV'I N3 1Vli 33031:] .LSV'i 29 23 3| 42 I 2 32 33 25 34 av I 3 5 0V \v a Q 4 2 5 e 6 6 8 (5 H 3 9 6 g O 42 4 v I 3 3 v 3 L s 9 a I to 5 9a 4 17' 5 01 22 6 1:"; V (H l v q Q m L!) m A I? w 6 q (D ,4 m U, 01 (39 L O O 01 f? u 18 o 5 l u N 0 7 |O I I m m r a N m ,1 21 1'14 T m N m T w 5 v N o 9 lie-i4 o o 5 8 5 1 a] B a to 9 v 0 ,4 20 e t L 9 22 2\ 9 0 @e e a Z 6 \Q,

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PATENTEDJum x972 SHEET 3 0F 3 FIGURE 9 FIGURE u u n L FIGURE l2 1 "BOARD CAME WITH DEFINITELY MOVABLE GAME PIECES player.

Another object of my invention is to provide a game wherein the outcome is determined by the skilland strategy of the players ratherthan by chance. The present invention has no dice, spinners, or cards to determine the moves of the players.

Another object of my invention is to provide a game which is simple in construction and inexpensive to manufacture.

Still another object of this invention is to allow a plurality of players in excess of two. The present game can be played by two, three, or six players at one time. The game is just as mentally stimulating and challenging when three or six players participate, as when only two players compete.

Briefly, in carrying out the objects of this invention, a game apparatus is provided which includes a game board containing six equally spaced concentric circular lines divided up into spaces symmetrically located within the circles; some spaces are numbered, and some are colored, but the delineation of the spaces in the circles will be more fully and clearly ex-' plained later. The game board, aforementioned, also contains rectangular shaped sections outside the aforesaid circles for thepurpose of tallying certain captures in the course of the game. There is also provided with my invention one set of 42 flat rectangular shaped pieces distinguished by numbers on only one surface and of different colors. The numbers and colors of said pieces areidentical to the numbers and colors on said gameboard. The aforesaid pieces will hereinafter be referred to as the numberedpieces for purposes of clarity. There areseven numberedpieces of one color which are consecutively numbered fromone to seven, eachnumbered piece" having one number in two locations so that the numbers may be clearly seen all aroundthe board and to further avoid any possible confusion of numbers. Each set of seven consecutively numbered numbered pieces are of one color distinctly different from the five remaining sets of seven numbered pieces. There are also provided six pieces distinctly different in size and shape than the aforesaid numbered pieces, and these other six pieces are different from each other in color only and will hereinafter bereferred to as movers which are identical in color. to the numbered pieces and further identical in color to the colored spaceson said game board. The movers" are round and flat at the basewith an extruding member of uniform diameter attached to the base and smaller in diameter than the base with this extrusion pointing upward when in play on the aforesaid game board.

After the setup at the beginning of the game, the players move their movers" in the pursuit of removing their opponents and/or opponents numbered pieces from their identical numbered spaces in the aforesaid circles on the aforesaid game boarduln the course of the game, some numbered piecesmust be captured more than once in order to be removed from the board altogether. A player loses his mover" when the last numbered piece of the identical color of said mover" has been removed from the aforesaid game board. For instance, when 'the last of the seven green numbered pieces has been removed from the board altogether, then the green mover is removedfrom the board and out of play. Players may also temporarily protect" their numbered pieces from immediate capture under certain conditions. Each player has the choice of moving only one of his movers when two or three players participate, or each player, in a sixplayer game may move his only mover a choice of from one to five spaces on the aforesaid board.

The winner is determined by the player who has a numbered piece or numbered pieces of his own color or colors, respectively, and a mover or movers of his own color or colors, respectively, remaining on the numbered spaces and/or colored spaces inthe aforesaid circles on the aforesaid board after all the opponent's and/oropponeritfimovers and numbered pieces have been removed from the aforesaid board altogether.

The features of novelty which characterize my invention are pointed out with particularity in the claims-annexed to and forming apart of this specification. Forproper orientation to and a better understanding of the rules of play, a more detailed description is given in connection with the accompanying drawings in which:

FIG. 1 is a top plan view of thegame board used with my invention.

FIG. 2 is a front view of the game board used with my invention showing approximate thickness of said board.

FIG. 3 is a top view of the first set of seven numbered pieces being pink in color.

FIG. 4 is a top view of the second set of seven numbered pieces being gray in color.

FIG. 5 is a top view of the third set of seven numbered pieces being yellow in color.

FIG. 6 is a top view of the fourth set of seven numbered pieces being green in color.

FIG. 7 is a top view of the fifth set of seven numbered pieces being blue in color.

FIGQB is a top view of the sixth set of seven numbered pieces being brown in color.

FIG. 9 is a typical side view representing each one of the six sets of seven numbered pieces.

FIG. 10 is a typical bottom view representing each one of the six sets of seven numbered pieces.

FIG. 11 is a top plan view of the movers being different from each other in color only.

FIG. 12 is a front view of the movers.

FIG. 13 is a perspective view of a couple of numbered pieces in a typical starting position on the game board.

FIG. 14 is a perspective view of a couple of numbered pieces in a typical protected" position on the game board.

FIG. 15 is a perspective view of a couple of numbered pieces in a typical position of being, unprotected without the right to be placed in a protected position again as in FIG. 14.

Referring to FIG. 1, there is shown a game board 1 having six concentric circular lines 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7 having a common center. The circular path 8 is bounded by the concentric circular lines 2 and 3. The aforesaid circular path 8 will hereinafter be referred to as circle 1. The circular path 9, bounded by the concentric circular lines 4 and 5, will hereinafter be referred to as circle 2." The circular path 10, bounded by the concentric circular lines 6 and 7, will hereinafter be referred to as circle 3.

Circle 1 8 is divided up into 48 equally shaped and symmetrically located spaces of which 42 are numbered consecutively from oneto 42 inclusive, and six are colored as can be seen by the drawing. The former spaces will be referred to as the numbered spaces of circle I, andthe latter spaces will be referred to as the colored spaces of circle 1.

Circle 2 9 is divided up into 30 equally shaped and sym metrically located spaces of which 24 are numbered in an arithmetic progression repeating certain numbers in the numbered spacesof circle 1," as canbe seen by the drawing, and six are colored. The former spaces will hereinafter be referred to as the numbered spaces of circle 2, and the latter spaces will be referred to as the colored spaces of circle 2.,

Circle 3" 10 is divided up into 12 symmetrically located spaces of which six are numbered repeating certain numbers in the numbered spaces of circle I, as can beseen by the drawing, and theremaining six are colored. The former spaces will hereinafter be referred to as the numbered spaces of circle 3, and the latter spaces will hereinafter be referred to as the colored spaces of circle 3."

Between the concentric circular lines 3 and 4 there are six colored spaces 11,12, 13,14, 15, and 16 which connect circle l with circle 2 9 on the game board 1. Between the concentric circular lines 5 and 6 there are six spaces 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, and 22 which are also colored, connecting circle 2 9 with circle 3" 10.

There are six rectangular shaped sections 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, and 28 which are outside the concentric circular line 2 as can be seen by the drawing. Each one of the aforesaid rectangular shaped sections 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, and 28 differ from each other in that they contain centrally located circular colored spaces 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, and 46. The rectangular section 23 containing the brown centrally located circular colored space 41 will hereinafter be referred to as the brown box. The rectangular section 24 containing the pink centrally located circular colored space 42 will hereinafter be referred to as the pink box." The rectangular section 25 containing the gray centrally located circular colored space 43 will hereinafter be referred to as the gray box. The rectangular section 26 containing the centrally located circular colored space 44, which is blue, will hereinafter be referred to as the blue box. The rectangular section 27 containing the green centrally located circular colored space 45 will hereinafter be referred to as the green box." The rectangular section 28 containing the yellow centrally located circular colored space 46 will hereinafter be referred to as the yellow box.

Each of the numbered pieces 47, 48, 49, 50, 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56, 57, 58, 59, 60, 61, 62, 63, 64, 65, 66, 67, 68, 69, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74, 75, 76, 77, 78, 79, 80, 81, 82, 83, 84, 85, 86, 87, and 88, as shown in FIGS. 3 to 8 inclusive, is shown with the numbered side in an upward position and will hereinafter be referred to as numbered side up when in this position on the game board 1. When the unnumbered side 90 of any and/or all of the aforesaid 42 numbered pieces 47, 48, 49, 50, 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56, 57, 58, 59, 60, 61, 62, 63, 64, 65, 66, 67, 68, 69, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74, 75, 76, 77, 78, 79, 80, 81, 82, 83, 84, 85, 86, 87, and 88, is or are in an upward position on the game board 1, they will hereinafter be referred to as numbered side down.

FIGS. 9 and show a typical side view 89 and numbered side down view 90, respectively, of all the aforesaid numbered pieces in FIGS. 3 to 8 inclusive.

There are six movers 91, 92, 93, 94, 95, and 96 as shown in FIGS. 11 and 12. The player receiving the pink pieces acquires one mover 91 and seven numbered pieces 47, 48, 49, 50, 51, 52, and 53. The player receiving gray pieces acquires one mover 92 and seven numbered pieces 54, 55, 56, 57, 58, 59, and 60. The player receiving the yellow pieces acquires one mover 93 and seven numbered pieces 61, 62, 63, 64, 65, 66, and 67. The player receiving the green pieces acquires one mover 94 and seven numbered pieces 68, 69, 70, 71, 72, 73, and 74. The player receiving the blue pieces acquires one mover 95 and seven numbered pieces 75, 76, 77, 78, 79, 80, and 81. And finally, the player receiving brown pieces acquires one mover 96 and seven numbered pieces 82, 83, 84, 85, 86, 87, and 88.

Now, a thorough description of a game in play follows in:

RULES OF PLAY At the set-up, prior to the actual play of the game, the players place all the 42 numbered pieces 47, 48, 49, 50, 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56, 57, 58, 59, 60, 61, 62, 63, 64, 65, 66, 67, 68, 69, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74, 75, 76, 77, 78, 79, 80, 81, 82, 83, 84, 85, 86, 87, and 88 on the corresponding aforesaid numbered spaces of circle 1" and the six movers 91, 92, 93, 94, 95, and 96 on the corresponding aforesaid colored spaces of circle 1." For example, the pink mover 91 is placed on the colored space of circle 1 which is pink, etc., the pink numbered pieces 47, 48, 49, 50, 51, 52, and 53 are placed on the numbered spaces of circle 1 bearing the numerals 1" to 7 inclusive in a typical numbered side up" starting position, etc., all on the aforesaid game board 1. All the spaces of circle 1 8 on the game board 1 are occupied by all the numbered pieces 47 to 88 inclusive and all the movers 91 to 96 inclusive, regardless of the number of players participating.

In a two-player game, one player acquires 21 of the numbered pieces 47 to 67 inclusive and three of the movers 91, 92, and 93 being pink, gray, and yellow in color, and the other player acquires the remaining 21 numbered pieces 68 to 88 inclusive and the remaining three movers 94, 95, and 96 being green, blue, and brown in color. In a three-player game, one player acquires 14 of the numbered pieces 47 to 60 inclusive and two of the movers 91 and 92; another player acquires 14 of the numbered pieces 61 to 74 inclusive and two of the movers 93 and 94, and the other player acquires the remaining 14 of the numbered pieces 75 to 88 inclusive and the remaining two movers and 96; the colors of the players being pink and gray; yellow and green, and blue and brown, respectively. In a six-player game, one player acquires seven of the pink numbered pieces 47 to 53 inclusive and one pink mover 91; another player acquires seven of the gray numbered pieces 54 to 60 inclusive and one gray mover 92; another player acquires seven of the yellow numbered pieces 61 to 67 inclusive and one yellow mover 93; another player acquires seven of the green numbered pieces 68 to 74 inclusive and one green mover 94; another player acquires seven of the blue numbered pieces 75 to 81 inclusive and one blue mover 95, and the last player acquires seven of the numbered pieces 82 to 88 inclusive and the remaining brown mover 96.

After the set-up of the aforesaid pieces 47 to 88 inclusive and 91 to 96 inclusive on the game board 1, and after the players have determined their color and/or colors, the player having the first move may move his only mover 91, as in a sixplayer game, or one of his movers 91 or 92, as in a threeplayer game, or one of his three movers 91 or 92 or 93 in a clockwise or counterclockwise direction around and on the spaces in circle 1 8 not to exceed five spaces. The players have the option of moving their movers anywhere from one to five spaces inclusive at the beginning of play and throughout the entire course of the game. In a two or three-player game each player can only move one of his movers and not split the move between two or three of his movers. The turn to move for each player is determined in an adjacent clockwise direction. For instance, after the first player moves a mover, his opponent to the first players left makes a move, and the play continues for the next player to move who is at the left and in juxtaposition to the last player who moved. The players may not move their movers 91 to 96 inclusive into circle 2 9 from circle 1 8 or into circle 3 10 from circle 2 9 until certain captures have been accomplished, so that the opening part of the game restricts the movers 91 to 96 inclusive to move only in the colored and numbered spaces of circle 1 8.

In the course of play, when a mover 91 or 92 or 93 or 94 or 95 or 96 lands on a numbered piece situated on the numbered spaces of circle 1 on the game board 1, that numbered piece, being of an opposing color to the aforesaid mover landing thereon, that numbered piece, if it is numbered side up as in FIG. 13, is removed from the numbered space on circle 1 that it occupied and placed in one of the numbered spaces of circle 2 or one of the numbered spaces of circle 3 bearing the identical numeral as the numbered piece which was just removed from circle 1 8 by the aforesaid mover. In the way of example, assume that in a typical game, one player has the green mover 94 and the seven numbered pieces 68 to 74 inclusive bearing the numerals 22" to 28" inclusive and one of greens opponents mover 95, being blue in color, lands on.

greens numbered piece 70 bearing the numeral 24," the player using the blue mover 95 then removes the numbered piece 70 bearing the numeral 24 from its numbered side up" position on circle 1 8 and places it on the numbered space of circle 2, bearing the numeral 24 which is identical to the aforesaid numeral on the aforesaid numbered piece 70, in a numbered side up position on circle 2 9. In the previous example, assuming again that all the aforesaid conditions were present, except that the blue mover 95 landed, instead, on the green numbered piece 71 bearing the numeral 25 in a numbered side up position on circle 1 8, then that numbered piece 71 would be removed from circle 1 8 from the space that it occupied and placedwon the.numbered space of circle 3 bearing the numeral 25" in a numbered side up position as shown in FIG. 13. Again, as in the previous example, assuming that all the aforesaid conditions were present, except that the blue mover 95 landed, instead, on the green numbered piece 73 hearing. the numeral 27" in a numbered side up position on circle 1 8, then the player havingthe blue mover 95 would remove that numbered piece 73 from the space it occupied on circle 1 8 and place it of? the board 1 altogether, since the numeral 27 on the numbered piece 73 does not appear in any of the numbered spaces of circle 2" or in any of the numbered spaces of circle 3." It is furtherstated that any of the numbered pieces 47 to 88 inclusive, when in a position as shown by the position of the numbered pieces 49 and 50 on the gameboard 1, cut away, as in FIG. 15, is considered to be in a numbered side up position as well as the numbered pieces 49 and 50 on the game board 1 as shown in FIG. 13 as aforementioned. Thesame numerals of the numbered pieces 47, 49, 51, 53, 54, 56, 58, 60, 61, 63, 65, 67, 68, 70, 72, 74, 75, 77, 79; 81, 82, 84, 86 and 88 appear on the numbered spaces of circle 2, and those numbered pieces 47, 49, 51, 53, 54, 56, 58, 60, 61,63, 65, 67, 68,70, 72, 74, 75, 77, 79, 81, 82, 84, 86, and88; when landed on by an opponents mover 91 and/or 92 and/or 93 and/or 94 and/or 95 and/or 96 and in a numbered side up" position on circle 1 8, are then placed in a starting position numbered side up as in FIG. 13 in their respective spaces in the numbered spaces of circle 2. Likewise, the same numerals appearing. on the numbered pieces 50, 57, 64, 71, 78, and 85 appear on the numbered spaces of circle 3, and those numbered pieces 50, 57, 64, 71, 78, and 85, when landed on by an opponents mover 91 and/or 92 and/or 93 and/or 94 and/or 95 and/or 96 and in a numbered side up" position on circle 1 8, are then placed in a starting position numbered side up as in FIG. 13 in their respective spaces'in the numbered spaces of circle 3."

When a player moves his mover 91 or 92 or 93 or 94 or 95 or 96 a distance of from one to five spaces in the course of play on the game board 1 and lands on an identically colored numbered piece as his mover, and that numbered piece, being identical in color to his mover, isin a starting position.numbered side up as demonstrated by FIG. 13, then that aforesaid numbered piece is placed in a numbered side down position on the numbered space of circle 1 as shown in FIG. 14, and the identically colored mover is then replaced on topof the numbered side down" numbered piece 90. In the way of an example, assume that the blue mover 95 lands on one of the blue numbered pieces 33, and this blue numbered piece 33 is in a numbered side up starting position on circle 1 8 on the game board 1 as shown in FIG. 13, then the player using the blue pieces turns the numbered piece 33 of his own color over on its corresponding space on circle 1 8, so that the aforesaid numbered piece 33 is in a numbered side down" position 90 as shown by the typicallyfnumbered side down" numbered pieces 90 49 and 90 50 in FIG. 14, and the blue mover 95 is replaced on top of the numbered piece 90 33 being identical in color to the blue mover 95. When any of the 42 numbered pieces 47 to 88 inclusive are in a numbered side down" position 90, they are temporarily protected from immediate removal from the spaces on their respective numbered spaces of circle 1," numbered spaces of circle 2" or numbered spaces of circle 3 by oppoents movers. In the way of an example, assume that after a player has moved his mover 95 away from the numbered side down numbered piece 90 33 in the course of play on circle 1 8, so that the blue mover 95 is no longeron top of the numbered piece 90 33, and an opponents mover 91 lands on top of the numbered piece 90 33 in a subsequent turn so that the pink mover 91 occupies the same space on circle 1 8 as the numbered piece 90 33, then the player using the pink mover 91 may then turn the num* bered piece 90 33 over so that it is in a numbered side up" position as demonstrated by FIG. and not FIG. 14, so that the numbered piece 33 in this example is half on its numbered space of circle 1" where number is identical to the numeral of said space, namely, 33 in such a position as to allow one of the two numerals on the aforesaid "numbered space of circle 1" to be clearly uncovered as shown by the drawing, and the player with thepink mover 91 then replaces his mover 91 on top ofthe numbered piece 33 which is presently in a numbered side up" position and vulnerable to be removed by a player in opposition to the player using the blue mover after the pink mover 91 moves away from the space which it now occupies as per this present example. It

must be further stated that not more than one mover 91 to 96 inclusive may occupy the same space on the spaces of circle 1 8, circle 2 9, or circle 3 10 on the game board 1 at the same time in the course of play, however, a mover 91 or 92 or 93 or 94 or 95 or 96 can use the space occupied by another mover 91 or 92 or 93 or 94 or 95 or 96 to complete a move from one to five spaces as long as one of the numbers in the count of one to five does not place one of the movers 91 to 96 inclusive on the same space as any one of the other movers 91 to 96 inclusive. The foregoing rule also is applicable for not more than one of the movers 91 to 96 inclusive to occupy the same spaces at the same time on the colored spaces 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 2l,and 22, which connect the concentric circular paths, when moving in the course of play.

A player may move his respective mover 91 or 92 or 93 or 94 or 95 or 96 from circle 1 8 to circle 2 9 after that mover 91 or 92 or 93 or 94 or 95 or 96has removed the last numbered piece of only one color of his opponent's from circle 1 8. After a mover 91 or 92 or 93 or 94 or 95 or 96 has accomplished this, that mover can only move from circle 1 8 to circle 2 9 and/or back into circle 1 8 from circle 2 9 via the colored spaces of that mover which comprise three colored spaces in all between circle 1 8 and circle 2 9 only. In order to exhibit a last capture by a mover '91 and/or 92 and/or 93 and/or 94 and/or 95 and/or 96 on circle 1 8, the player making the last capture, as aforeexplained, takes a numbered piece of the color which was correspondingto the color of the last numbered piece removed from circle 1 8 which had been removed from the boar-d1 altogether and puts it in its appropriate space 29 and/or 31 and/or 33 and/or 35 and or 37 and or 39 in one of the six boxes 23 and/or 24 and/or 25 and/or 26 and/or 27 and/or 28 having the identically colored centrally located circular space 41 and or 42 and or 43 and or 44 and or 45 and or 46 as the color of the mover 91 and or 92 and or 93 and or 94 and or 95 and or 96 making the last capture on circle 1 8. The boxes 23 to 28 inclusive, therefore, all have the appropriate caption LAST PIECES TAKEN" therein, as can be seen by the drawing in FIG. 1. In the way of an example, assume that in the course of play a position results in which the yellow numbered pieces 61, 62, 64, 65, 66, 67 have been removed from their respective numbered spaces of circle 1 by any and/or all of yellows opponents and/or opponents movers 91, and/or 92, and/or 94 and/or 95 and/or 96, so that there is one remaining yellow numbered piece 63 left on circle 1 8, and the blue mover 95, being yellows opponent, is in a position to and lands on the space occupied by the yellow numbered piece 63, being in a numbered side up" position; then the player with the blue mover 95 removes the yellow numbered piece 63 from its identically numbered space on circle 1 8 and places it in a numbered side up" position as in FIG. 13 on the space in circle 2 9 bearing the numeral 17" which is identical to the numeral of the yellow numbered piece 63, and since that yellow numbered piece 63 was the last remaining numbered piece on circle 1 8 for yellow, and since the blue mover 95 captured it, then the blue mover 95 has the right to move into circle 2 9, and the player usingthe blue mover 95 then places one of the yellow numbered pieces 16 or 20, which have been removed from the game board 1 altogether, in the space 35 in the blue box" 26 in order to show that the blue mover 95 now has the right to move into circle 2 9 only via the blue colored space of circle 1, the blue space 15 connecting circle 1 8 with circle 2 9, and the blue colored space of circle 2" on which spaces the blue mover must land on and/or pass over in the count of from one space to five spaces inclusive which constitutes a move. The blue mover 95 in the foregoing example is not permitted to move between any of the circles 8, 9 and 10 via any colored spaces on the game'board 1 which are not blue.

In the course of the game, the pink mover 91 may never land on and/or pass over the colored spaces 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 18, 19, 20, 21, and 22 when moving between the concentric circular paths 8, 9 and 10; the gray mover 92 is prohibited from landing on and/or passing over the colored spaces 1 1, 13, 15, 16, 17, 19, 20, 21 and 22 and 14; the yellow mover 93 is prohibited from landing on and/or passing over the colored spaces 11, 12, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 20, 21 and 22; the green mover 94 is prohibited from landing on and/or passing over the colored spaces 11, 12, 13, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 21, and 22; the blue mover 95 is prohibited from landing on and/or passing over the colored spaces 11, 12, 13, 14, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, and 22; the brown mover 96 is prohibited from landing on and/or passing over the colored spaces 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 17, 18, 19, 20 and 21.

When a numbered piece and/or numbered pieces are replaced in circle 2 9 and/or circle 3 10 by an opponent's mover in the course of the game, then the rules concerning the protection and capture of said numbered piece and/or numbered pieces are applicable in the same manner as if they were in circle 1 8, except that they are removed from the board 1 altogether when landed on by an opponents mover when said numbered piece and/or numbered pieces are in either one of the two possible numbered side up" positions as in FIGS. 13 and 15, except that they are on the numbered spaces of circle 2" and/or the numbered spaces of circle 3." In the way of an example, assume that in the course of play the gray numbered piece 54, hearing the numeral 8, was previously removed from circle 1 8 and replaced on the numbered space of circle 2 bearing the numeral 8" as was afre-explained in the rules of capture from circle 1" 8, and the blue mover 95, which has captured a last piece from circle 1- 8 and, therefore, has the right to move into circle 2 9 as afore-explained, reaches and lands on the numbered space of circle 2" occupied by the gray numbered piece 54 in the present example, and the said numbered piece 54 is in a numbered side up" position in the present example, and further that blue is an opposition to gray in the present example, then the player using the blue mover 95 moves the numbered piece 54 from circle 2 9 and from the board 1 altogether.

When a player captures the last numbered piece of one color of an opponent in circle 2 9 with one of his movers and/or only mover, then the mover, making the last capture as aforesaid, places one of the numbered pieces of the color just captured in the appropriate space 30 or 32 or 34 or 36 or 38 or 40 in the appropriate box 23 or 24 or 25 or 26 or 27 or 28 containing the appropriately identical colored circular centrally located space 41 or 42 or 43 or 44 or 45 or 46 as the color of the mover 91 or 92 or 93 or 94 or 95 or 96 making the last capture in circle 2 9 as aforesaid; then the mover 91 or 92 or 93 or 94 or 95 or 96 making the last capture as aforesaid now has the right to move into circle 3 only via his own colored spaces. In the way of an example, assume that in the course of play there are three of the possible four numbered pieces 75, 77 and 79 occupying their identically numbered numbered spaces of circle 2 after being removed from their starting positions on circle 1 8, and two of these three numbered pieces 75 and 77 are removed from the board 1 altogether by one of blues opponents and or opponents movers 91 and/or 92 and/or 93 and/or 94 and/or 96, so that the numbered piece" 79 is left occupying its appropriate numbered space of circle 2 bearing the numeral 33, and the green mover 94, being blues opponent in the present example, lands on this last remaining numbered piece 79 of the blue color on circle 2 9 in its numbered side up position, then the player with the green mover 94 removes the blue numbered piece 79 from the board 1 altogether and places a captured blue numbered piece 75 or 76 or 77 or 78 or 79 or 80 (not 81, since it was not yet removed from circle 1 8 in the present example) on the space 38 in the green box 27, showing the participating players in the present example that the green mover 94 can now move into circle 3 10 only via the green colored spaces as afore-explained. As can be understood by the foregoing example, it is not compulsory that all the four numbered pieces 75, 77, 79 and 81, which are placed in circle 2 9 when removed from circle 1 8, need be present on circle 2 9 when a last capture is made by an opponents mover 91 or 92 or 93 or 94 or 96 (the foregoing example being a six-player game) in order for said opponents mover 94 to be eligible to move into circle 3 10.

When the last numbered piece either/or 47 to 88 inclusive of any one of the six colored sets of seven is removed from any of the numbered spaces of the concentric circular paths 8, 9 and 10, then the mover either/or 91 to 96 inclusive, being identical in color to the last numbered piece either/or 47 to 88 inclusive removed, is then removed from the board 1 altogether and out of play for the remainder of the game. The game is ended, and a winner is determined by the player who has a mover either/or 91 to 96 inclusive or two or three of the wining player's movers 91 to 96 inclusive with one or more of the wining players numbered pieces 47 to 88 inclusive depending on their distribution and number of players in the game at one time. There is very rarely a position which leads to a drawn game.

While the invention has been illustrated in connection with specific structural arrangements of the apparatus, various modifications such as colors, sizes, etc, and other applications will occur and become apparent to those skilled in the art. Therefore, it is not desired that the invention be limited to the details illustrated and described, and it is intended by the appended claims to cover all modifications and/or any other applications which fall within the spirit and scope of the invention.

I claim:

1. A board game comprising a game board having a plurality of concentric paths with indicia thereon, one of said concentric paths being an outermost path, said outermost path being divided into equally spaced and identically sized spaces, said spaces having indicia thereon representing consecutively numbered spaces and being interrupted at certain fixed intervals by differently colored spaces, said numbered spaces being numbered in a clockwise direction around said outermost path beginning with a first numeral, said numbered spaces being identical in shape to a plurality of identically numbered flat game pieces wherein the plurality of said numbered game pieces are divided into sets of equal quantity of numbered game pieces, the pieces within each set being identified by a similar color, each set being different in color from each other set, each set of numbered game pieces being consecutively numbered to identically correspond to their numbered spaces on said outermost path, the total quantity of said numbered game pieces identically equalling the total quantity of said numbered spaces on said outermost path, said colored spaces delineating the boundaries of said numbered spaces and their correspondingly numbered game pieces, each of said colored spaces corresponding identically in color to a set of said numbered game pieces, thereby establishing proper placement of the sets of numbered game pieces on their corresponding numbered spaces, said game further comprising a plurality of mover elements having a flat base portion and an upstanding hand gripping portion, the mover elements each having different indicia thereon, which indicia being a color identically corresponding to the color of a set of said numbered game pieces and the colored spaces, said mover elements further being equal in quantity to said colored spaces, said plurality of paths further including spaced apart middle and innermost paths also having numbered and colored spaces, each of said numbered spaces on said middle and innermost paths being identical in size to said numbered spaces on said outermost path and said numbered game pieces, said numbered spaces on the middle and innermost paths being delineated by the same colored spaces on said outermost path but having proportionately less numbered spaces, said middle path having its first numbered space adjacent to a colored space and identically numbered to the first numbered space adjacent to the same colored space on the outermost path, the ensuing numbered spaces on said middle path being consecutively numbered in a pattern of every other number on the outermost numbered space, said innermost path having identical colored spaces as said outermost and middle paths but having only one numbered space corresponding identically with a numbered space on said outermost path, the said space between said indicia paths having only said colored spaces identically located as on said indicia paths, said board further comprising a set of tally means, the quantity of tally means being equal to the quantity of said mover elements, each of said tally means containing a single colored space therein and being identical to each of the colors of said mover elements, each of said tally means further containing a quantity of spaces equal to one less the number of said indicia paths, said tally means spaces being identical in shape to said numbered game pieces.

2. The board game of claim 1 wherein said outermost path has 48 spaces, said 48 spaces having the pattern of one colored space, seven consecutively numbered spaces, a different colored space, seven consecutively numbered spaces beginning with the next higher number of the previous seventh space and so forth until said outermost path is numbered from one through 42 with six differently colored spaces therebetween, each of said sets of numbered game pieces comprising seven pieces of one color thereby totaling 42 numbered game pieces, said mover elements being six in quantity and being of the same color as each of said sets of numbered game pieces, said middle path has 30 spaces, said 30 spaces having the identical colored space locations as said outermost path but having only four consecutively numbered spaces within the boundaries of said colored spaces, said innermost path having 12 spaces, said 12 spaces also having the same lo cational proportions of said middle and outermost paths, where six of the said 12 spaces having the same location as the said colored spaces on the said middle and outermost paths, said six spaces being also colored as in said middle and outermost paths, the remaining six spaces of the said 12 spaces being numbered and each of said six numbered spaces being bounded by said colored spaces, each of said six numbered spaces being the fourth numbered space of said outermost path between two adjoining colored spaces.

3. The board game of claim 1 wherein said tally means comprise indicia on said game board outside the periphery of said concentric paths.

4. The board game of claim 1 wherein said concentric paths are circular.

5. The board game of claim 1 wherein said concentric paths are square.

6. The board game of claim 1 wherein said concentric paths are triangular.

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Classifications
U.S. Classification273/260, 273/242
International ClassificationA63F3/00
Cooperative ClassificationA63F3/00006
European ClassificationA63F3/00A2