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They Invented What? (No. 57)

Posted in They Invented What? by Jake Ward on July 25, 2007

U.S. Pat. No. 6,352,259:  Pet lover’s board game.

 dog game

What is claimed is:

1. A pet lover’s board game, which comprises:

(a) a playing board having a predetermined continuous path with spaces for movement of pieces therealong in accordance with rules, said playing board including:
(i) marked breed spaces designating a specified dog, said breed spaces identifying its specified breed by name, pictorial representation or combinations thereof, and having a specified action of a player when a piece lands thereon;
(ii) marked action spaces, each designated so as to require a specified action of a player when a piece lands thereon wherein said marked action spaces are disparate corner spaces on said playing board and wherein at least one said corner marked action space is labeled “Take A Nap” wherein a player must skip exactly one turn before resuming playing after landing thereon after collecting accumulated play money from a middle of said board accumulated from payments made on dog spa and dog boarding spaces; and
(iii) marked event spaces, each designated so as to represent an event which may initiate a payment or other event of a player when a piece lands thereon;
(b) a random movement means for randomly determining numbers of spaces to be moved by players in accordance with rules;
(c) a set of dog ownership papers for marked breed spaces provided to a player in exchange for payment of play money if a player qualifies to purchase and elects to purchase in accordance with rules;
(d) a set of event cards corresponding to at least one marked event space to be read and acted upon by a player when a piece lands on a corresponding event space;
(e) a plurality of different icon pieces for use by a plurality of players wherein said icon pieces have a topographical shape of a dog;
(f) play money in predetermined denominations;
(g) a play money holding tray having at least one compartment sized and shaped for holding said play money and having a dog bone topographical shape; and
(h) rules defining use of the aforesaid by order of play, use of said random movement means, movement of pieces, acquisition of ownership papers, sale of ownership papers, action apace play, event space play, use of event cards, payments of landing fees, and how games may be won or lost.

2. The pet lover’s board game of claim 1 wherein said playing board is rectangular.

3. The pet lover’s board game of claim 2 wherein said event spaces include at least one event space requiring a player to take an event card and act upon it when that player’s piece lands upon it.

4. The pet lover’s board game of claim 1 wherein said event spaces include at least one event space requiring a player to take an event card and act upon it when that player’s piece lands upon it.

5. The pet lover’s board game of claim 1 wherein there are at least two different event spaces, and two different collections of event cards, and each of said at least two different event spaces require a player to take and act upon an event card from a specific one of said at least two different collections of event cards.

6. The pet lover’s board game of claim 5 wherein said at least two different collections of event cards includes opportunity cards and chance cards.

7. The pet lover’s board game of claim 1 wherein said board game further comprises:

(i) a plurality of dog housing unit structures available for purchase to players owning marked breed spaces wherein other players having a piece land on a marked breed space with at least one dog housing unit will pay increased landing fees in relationship to the number of dog housing units on that space landed upon.

8. The pet lover’s board game of claim 7 wherein said board game further comprises:

(j) a plurality of macro-dog housing unit structures for purchase or conversion, being equal in value to a specified number of dog housing unit structures and requiring a greater landing fee.

9. The pet lover’s board game of claim 1 wherein said set of ownership papers are individual cards corresponding to individual marked board spaces and include breed identification, cost of ownership and landing fees.

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