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Board game for promoting hometown identity

Imported: 24 Feb '17 | Published: 06 Jan '04

Jeffrey S. Olsen, Jacqueline R. Olsen, Jentre J. Olsen

USPTO - Utility Patents

Abstract

A board game system for promoting hometown identity includes providing a game apparatus, rolling a die, and moving the player's game piece along the game path. The method also includes coloring, by a player, one of the stripe portions of the scoring sheet red or coloring the field portion of the scoring sheet blue, when a preset condition is satisfied. The game is won by the player having all of the stripe portions colored red and the field portion colored blue. The game apparatus may include a game board having a path for advancing game pieces of players along. Some spaces have sponsor indicia associated with a sponsoring entity located in a hometown local. The apparatus includes a scoring sheet having stripe portions and a field portion. The stripe portions and field portion are arranged on the scoring sheet in a configuration appearing as a United States flag.

Description

Other advantages of the invention, along with the various features of novelty which characterize the invention, are pointed out with particularity in the claims annexed to and forming a part of this disclosure. For a better understanding of the invention, its operating advantages and the specific objects attained by its uses, reference should be made to the accompanying drawings and descriptive matter in which there are illustrated preferred embodiments of the invention.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

The invention will be better understood and objects of the invention will become apparent when consideration is given to the following detailed description thereof. Such description makes reference to the annexed drawings wherein:

FIG. 1 is a schematic plan view of one embodiment of the game board of the new game system for promoting hometown identity according to the present invention.

FIG. 2 is a schematic plan view of a portion of the game board of the present invention having sponsor indicia marked on spaces of the path.

FIG. 3 is a schematic plan view of a score sheet of the game system of the present invention.

FIG. 4 is a schematic flow diagram of the method aspects of the present invention.

FIG. 5 is a schematic front view of a multiple choice trivia card of the present invention.

FIG. 6 is a schematic front view of a sponsor association card of the present invention.

FIG. 7 is a schematic front view of a “lose a turn” card of the present invention.

FIG. 8 is a schematic front view of a group favor redemption card of the present invention.

Claims

1. A method of playing a game, comprising:

2. The method of claim 1 additionally comprising providing a plurality of cards including a set associated with each of the trivia categories, and wherein one of the preset conditions for the coloring step comprises choosing one of the plurality of cards corresponding to the trivia category on which the player's game piece lands, and correctly answering a question from the selected card.

3. The method of claim 1 wherein one of the preset conditions comprises landing the player's game piece on a space and correctly naming a person associated with the sponsoring entity associated with the space on which the player's game piece lands.

4. The method of claim 1 wherein one of the plurality of spaces of the path of the game board has a red crayon indicium marked thereon and one of the plurality of spaces has a blue crayon indicium marked thereon, and wherein one of the preset conditions of the coloring step comprises landing on the space having the red crayon indicium marked thereon to color one of the stripe portions red or landing on the space having the blue crayon indicium marked thereon and coloring the field portion blue.

5. The method of claim 1 wherein the providing step comprises providing a plurality of sets of cards including:

6. The method of claim 1 wherein the plurality of spaces of the path of the game board includes a group of city services spaces, and wherein one of the preset conditions of the coloring step comprises and naming a person associated with the city service of the space on which the player's game piece lands.

7. The method of claim 6 wherein one of the group of city services spaces has “CITY HALL” indicium marked thereon, one of the group of city services spaces has “POLICE DEPT.” indicium marked thereon, and one of the group of city services spaces has “FIRE DEPT.” indicium marked thereon; and the naming step includes naming the mayor of the hometown when the player's game piece lands on the “CITY HALL” spaces, naming one of the members of the police department when the player's game piece lands on the “POLICE DEPT.” space, and naming one of the members of the fire department when the player's game piece lands on the “FIRE DEPT.” space.

8. The method of claim 1 wherein at least one of the plurality of spaces on the path on the game board comprises a “GROUP FAVOR” space, and additionally comprising performing a group favor by the player when the player lands on the “GROUP FAVOR” space on the game board unless the player holds a group favor redemption cards.

9. The method of claim 8 wherein the group favor comprises obtaining a snack for each of the other of the players playing the game.

10. The method of claim 8 wherein the group favor comprises obtaining a snack for each of the other of the players playing the game.

11. A game apparatus comprising:

12. The apparatus of claim 11 wherein the plurality of spaces includes a group of city services spaces, one of the group of city services spaces having “CITY HALL” indicium marked thereon, one of the group of city services spaces having “POLICE DEPT.” indicium marked thereon, and one of the group of city services spaces having “FIRE DEPT.” indicium marked thereon.

13. The apparatus of claim 11 wherein a perimeter portion of the path is positioned along a portion of a perimeter of the game board and a convoluted portion of the path is positioned substantially within the perimeter portion of the path.

14. The apparatus of claim 11 wherein one of the plurality of spaces comprises a start space.

15. The apparatus of claim 11 wherein at least one of the plurality of spaces has a directional arrow marked thereon.

16. The apparatus of claim 11 wherein the spaces associated with the first trivia category have a first indicium marked thereon, the spaces associated with the second trivia category have a second indicium marked thereon, the spaces associated with the third trivia category having a third indicium marked thereon, the spaces associated with the fourth trivia category having a fourth indicium marked thereon.

17. The apparatus of claim 16 wherein the first trivia category comprises an education theme and the first indicium comprises an apple, the second trivia category comprises a health theme and the second indicium comprises an “H” indicium, the third trivia category comprises a patriotic theme and the third indicium comprises a flag indicium, and the fourth trivia category comprises a religious theme and the fourth indicium comprises a cross indicium.

18. A method of playing a game, comprising:

19. A method of playing a game, comprising: