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Publication numberUS866447 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateSep 17, 1907
Filing dateJan 28, 1907
Priority dateJan 28, 1907
Publication numberUS 866447 A, US 866447A, US-A-866447, US866447 A, US866447A
InventorsOttilia Falkenberg
Original AssigneeOttilia Falkenberg
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
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No. 866,447. PATENTED SEPT. 17, 1907.





A TTORNE Y8 No. 866,447. PATENTED. SEPT. 17, 1907.


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Be it known that I, Ornma FALKENBERG, a citizen of the United States, and a resident of the city of Baltimore, in the State of Maryland, have invented a newv and Improved Game-Board, of which the following is a full, clear, and exact description. 1

' This invention relates to parlor games, and the object of the invention is to produce a game board for playing a game which will afford amusement and instruction to the players. The game. involves the use of a map upon which routes of travel are indicated, and involves also the element of chance, brought into the game by the useof dice.

Theinvention consists in the construction and combination of parts, to be more fully described hereinafter and particularly set forth in the claims.

' Reference is to be had to the accompanying drawings 4 and 5 represent perspective views of dice which are adapted to be thrown or shaken by the players in carrying on the game.

Referring more particularly to the parts, 1 represents a board upon which the game isplayed. Upon the face of this board'a map is formed, and this map represents the continents of the earth, and seasQas shown. Upon the face of the map routes of travel are indicated lead.-

ing across the continents and seas and passing through a number of cities or places of interest. These routes of travel are indicated by slots 2 which are cut in the face of the board, as indicated in Figs. 2 and 3. For this purpose, the board is preferably formed of two sheets 3 and 4 superposed upon each other, and held apart at the 'routes 2 by distance blocks, or posts 5. At the cities,

enlargements or cut-outs 6,.are formedwhich extend laterally from the routes of travel or slots, for a purpose which will appear more fully hereinafter. In these 1 slots two pins or men 7, which represent travelers,

are loosely held, said pins being provided with T-heads 8 which are adapted to be inserted in the slots, as indicated in Fig. 3. It should be understood that these men are adapted to beapplied in the channels sons to represent travelers moving along a route of travel, and they will be advanced from place to place as the a game progresses.-

Bpeciflcation of Letters Patent,

Application filed January 28,1907. Serial No. 354.443.

' ress.

Patented Sept. 17, 1907.

Upon the board, as indicated in Fig. 2, near the slot which represents a route pf travel, a legend is inscribed, such as the word caravan, indicating that at this pointof the route a traveler would travel by caravan.

Where theroute crosses the ocean, the word steamer" indicates that the passenger would go by this means. In this way, according to the country through which the traveler is passing, the usual means of progress will be indicated on the map. Thus, if the route led into the arctic regions, the mode of travel would be indicated by the wor sled or similarly. If the route lay through India, where at a certain point it would be necessary to travel by means of elephants, it would be indicated upon the route at this point. If the route was to be covered by means ofan automobile, this would be indicated at the appropriate point on the route.

In order to play the game, I provide the dice illus- I trated in Figs. 4 and .5. These dice are simply cubical blocks, upon the faces of which pictures or illustrations are placed, indicating the different means of travel.

Thus on the block represented in Fig. 4 there is illustrated a caravan on one face and a sail boat on an adjacent-face; on the block shown in Fig. 5 an elephant is represented on one face, a sled on another and an automobile on the third'face. Each of the dice is formed with a blank face, as indicated in Fig. 4, for a purpose which will appear hereinafter.

In playing the game,-the travelers or pins are eripected to travel from the same point and return. The player whose man returns before the others wins the game. The moves to which the different players are entitled are determined by throwing the dice shown in Figs. 4 and 5. Suppose that the traveler belonging to a v I certain player is located at Bagdad, from which point a travelerrnay pass onlyby caravan. The player throws the dice, and should a caravan be thrown, that is, should the caravan come face up on the die the player may advance his man to the next stopping place. -If, however, the player should be unluckyandthrow the sail boat uppermost when the die is cast, he would not be able to advance his man and the throw of the dice would passto the next player.

The different routes on the map would be indicatedby different colors, corresponding to the means of prog- Thus the caravan routes would be indicated in red, steamers or sailing vessels in blue, and so on. The

cubes or dice have faces representing the modes of travel corresponding to the different countries.

If the player should throw a blank he, of course, loses his turn and the throw of the dice passes as before. If one of the men overtakes that of an opponent in another city he is entitled to an extra move. The

players may play as partners or as individuals. In this way a very interesting and instructive game may be played having the element of chance.

Having thus described my invention, I claim as new and desire to secure by Letters Patent:

said routes, .the moves of said men being suggested by the said chance device.

2. A board having a map with routes of travel indicated thereupon, and ditferent means of travel indicated respectively adjacent to said routes and connecting certain of the cities on said routes, men adapted to be advanced along said routes, and dice having faces representing the means of travel indicated on diiferent routes, said dice being adapted to be'thrown to determine the means of travel which may be given to said men.

3. A board having a map with routes of travel indicated thereupon, means of travel indicated adjacent to said routes respectively, said routes being formed by slots in said board, men running in said slots and'adapted to be advanced therein, and dice adapted to be thrown and having faces corresponding to the means of travel indicated on said routes, the throw of said dice determining the amount of advancement to be given to said men In testimony whereof I have signed myname to this specification in the presence-of two subscribing witnesses.


Amius'r i FALKuNnERG.

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Cooperative ClassificationA63F3/00006