Patent application title: BOARD GAME WITH DROPPED WEIGHTED GAME PIECES
Gary Gugliotti (New Rochelle, NY, US)
IPC8 Class: AA63F300FI
Class name: Amusement devices: games board games, pieces, or boards therefor alignment games (e.g., tic-tac-toe, go-moko)
Publication date: 2011-09-01
Patent application number: 20110210511
A target game with, for example, weighted game pieces or unweighted game
pieces and game boards onto which the weighted or unweighted game pieces
are dropped is disclosed, The elements of the game may include, for
example, playing surface, targets and playing pieces. The target areas
may be used to progress throughout the game using one or more game
1. An apparatus comprising: a game board having an upper surface and a
lower surface, the upper surface having a target area; and one or more
game pieces, each having a first end and a second end, wherein the
diameter of the first end is greater than the diameter of the second end.
2. The apparatus of claim 1 wherein the game pieces are each weighted in the same portion of the game piece,
3. The apparatus of claim 1 wherein at least one game piece is weighted in a different portion of the game piece than the other game pieces.
4. The apparatus of claim 1 wherein the game board is configured to resemble a golf course.
5. The apparatus of claim 1 wherein the game board is configured to resemble a pool table.
6. The apparatus of claim 1 wherein the game board is configured to resemble a playing card table.
7. The apparatus of claim 1 wherein the game board is configured to resemble a baseball field.
8. The apparatus of claim 1 wherein the game board is configured to resemble a space capsule,
9. The apparatus of claim 1 wherein the game board is configured to resemble tic-tac-toe.
10. An apparatus comprising: a game board having an upper surface and a lower surface, the upper surface having a target area; and one or more game pieces, each having a first end and a second end, wherein the game pieces are weighted on the second end.
 This application is related to and claims priority, under 35 U.S.C. §119, of U.S. Provisional Patent Application Ser. No. 61/338,984, entitled Game--"Corque" AKA Classic Corque, filed on Mar. 1, 2010, which is incorporated herein by reference in its entirety.
TECHNICAL FIELD AND BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION
 The present invention generally relates, for example, to games, and more particularly, to games with weighted game pieces and game boards onto which the weighted pieces are dropped.
 Games to improve manual skills involving game boards with targets have long existed and have been produced in many forms. The conventional, modern dart game, for example, typically employs a board which is separated by radial extending rays and circumferential rings at which players may aim when throwing projectiles from a predetermined distance. There are also numerous games where a player throws or bounces a ball, disk, or the like onto a horizontal board or other target with the intention of having the ball or disk be seated at rest in either an aperture or depression, as disclosed in, for example, U.S. Pat. Nos. 6,866,268 and 7,207,565, which are incorporated herein by reference in their entirety.
 As indicated above, games having projectiles, balls, disks or the like thrown at target or game boards exist in the prior art. However, none disclose, for example, a game hoard onto which weighted pieces are dropped to stand vertically, in targeted areas, depending on the board design.
SUMMARY OF INVENTION
 The present invention relates to, for example, weighted game pieces and game boards onto which the weighted game pieces can be dropped. One embodiment of the present invention includes, for example, a game board having an upper surface and a lower surface, the upper surface having one or more target areas, and one or more game pieces having a first end having a diameter and a second end having a diameter greater than the diameter of the first end. Another embodiment of the present invention includes, for example, a game board having an upper surface and a lower surface, the upper surface configured having one or more target areas, and one or more game pieces having a first end having a diameter and a second end having a diameter greater than the diameter of the first end, wherein the game pieces are weighted.
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF DRAWING
 Some features and advantages of the various embodiments of the invention are described with reference to the drawings of certain preferred embodiments, which are intended to illustrate and exemplify and not to limit the invention.
 The accompanying drawings, which are included to provide a further understanding of the invention and are incorporated in and constitute a part of this specification, illustrate exemplary embodiments of the invention that together with the description serve to explain the principles of the invention:
 FIG. 1 is an exploded view of an embodiment of the present invention.
 FIGS. 2A-2D are perspective views of an embodiment of a tossing game piece.
 FIGS. 3A 3D are perspective views of an embodiment of a tossing game piece.
 FIGS. 4A-4D are perspective views of an embodiment of a tossing game piece.
 FIGS. 5A-5D are perspective views of an embodiment of a tossing game piece.
 FIG. 6 depicts various embodiments of a tossing game piece.
 FIG. 7 is an embodiment of the invention, wherein the playing surface depicts a basketball court.
 FIG. 8 is an embodiment of the present invention, wherein the playing surface depicts a billiards table.
DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF PREFERRED EMBODIMENTS
 It is to be understood that the present invention is not limited to the particular methodology, compounds, materials, manufacturing techniques, uses, and applications described herein, as these may vary. It is also to be understood that the terminology used herein is used for the purpose of describing particular embodiments only, and is not intended to limit the scope of the present invention. It must be noted that as used herein and in the appended claims, the singular forms "a," "an," and "the" include the plural reference unless the context clearly dictates otherwise. Thus, for example, a reference to "an element" is a reference to one or more elements, and includes equivalents thereof known to those skilled in the art. Similarly, for another example, a reference to "a step" or "a means" is a reference to one or more steps or means and may include sub-steps or subservient means. All conjunctions used are to be understood in the most inclusive sense possible. Thus, the word "or" should be understood as having the definition of a logical "or" rather than that of a logical "exclusive or" unless the context clearly necessitates otherwise. Structures described herein are to be understood also to refer to functional equivalents of such structures. Language that may be construed to express approximation should be so understood unless the context clearly dictates otherwise.
 Unless defined otherwise, all technical and scientific terms used herein have the same meanings as commonly understood by one of ordinary skill in the art to which this invention belongs. Preferred methods, techniques, devices and materials are described although any methods, techniques, devices, or materials similar or equivalent to those described may be used in the practice or testing of the present invention. Structures described herein are to be understood also to refer to functional equivalents of such structures.
 All patents and other publications are incorporated herein by reference for the purpose of describing and disclosing, for example, the methodologies described in such publications that might be useful in connection with the present invention. These publications are provided solely for their disclosure prior to the filing date of the present application, Nothing in this regard should be construed as an admission that the inventors are not entitled to antedate such disclosure by virtue of prior invention or for any other reason.
 The game is played, for example, by dropping a weighted game piece onto a game board such that the weighted game piece stands upright, on either of its ends, and flush in one of the targets of the game board. The percentage of times that the weighted game piece will stand upright will depend on where in the game piece a weight is placed. Game pieces standing 95% of the time will take less skill to drop in the desired position than one that stands only 75% of the time. Such varying difficulties motivates players to repeatedly play the game in order to develop a higher skill level.
 The weighted game pieces may be constructed of, for example, cork, a foam composite, rubber, plastic, or one or more of any of various other materials. The game pieces are generally cork-like in shape, with one end having a diameter larger than the other.
 FIG. 1 depicts an exploded embodiment of the present invention. The elements of the game include, for example, a support element 100, playing surface 120, self-contained, interlocking box 130 and game pieces 200, 300, 400 and 500.
 In some embodiments, the weighted game pieces may have embedded in them pellet-like weights which will affect difficultly and required skill level. For example, as shown in FIGS. 2A-5D, game piece 200 may contain one or more pellets 210 placed on or within the game piece near one end, for example the end with the smaller diameter ("tapered end" of the game piece). Game piece 300 may contain one or more pellets 310 placed on or within game piece 300 at a position in the game piece away from the tapered end of the game piece. Game piece 400 may contain a single pellet 410 placed within game piece 400. Finally, game piece 500 may not contain an interior weighting pellet. The varying use of pellets and their placement within the game pieces may, for example, create varying levels of difficulty in the game. Alternatively, game pieces may include composite structures having, for example, materials of varied densities, mass, aerodynamic shape or geometry, or other material properties or geometric shapes causing one end or portion to have a greater weight or otherwise assume an orientation because of the nature of the composite structure. For example, instead of a pellet, a fluid could be applied, or a metal portion could be affixed at one location or another on a piece that is made of cork or wood and therefore not as dense or heavy as the metal element. The term "weighted" in this instance is intended to include that the game piece or pieces include a greater or added weight in a particular portion or aspect of the game piece.
 The game boards include targets that are slightly larger than the standing surface of one end of the game piece. As shown in FIG. 7, the top of the playing surface may resemble basketball court 700 with baskets 720 and player spots 710. FIG. 8 depicts another embodiment of rectangular playing surface 800 in which, for example, games based on billiards may be played. The configuration in FIG. 8 allows for utilization of the rules of eight-ball billiards, for example, modified as follows. For example, each player may drop their game piece on the low (1-7) or high (9-15) balls 810 before taking a drop shot at the eight ball 820. Additional shots may be given if a player successfully drops their game piece on the bumpers 830. In another embodiment, the target may be in the form of one or more bulls eyes in the center of playing surface. In another embodiment, a playing surface may include multiple targets arranged in a tic-tac-toe grid. Once the player has hit a target, he or she may proceed to play until he or she achieves a tic-tac-toe. In yet another embodiment, the targets may be arranged to resemble a baseball diamond. In yet another embodiment, the targets may be arranged to resemble the solar system. In yet another embodiment, the game board may be designed to resemble a golf course. In some embodiments, the game board may be electronic and light up when a target is hit. These possible embodiments represent only non-limiting examples of the various playing surface and target configurations that are possible within the scope of this invention.
 The weighted game pieces may also be designed according to the game being played, as shown, for example, in FIG. 6. For example, the weighted game piece may include a stitching design resembling that of playing cards, a baseball, or other designs that resemble the game being played by the users. In another embodiment of the present invention, the weighted game pieces may have a white rough exterior simulating the surface of a golf ball. In another embodiment of the present invention, when played with the game board resembling the solar system, the weighted game piece may be designed to resemble a space capsule. FIG. 6 depicts various example embodiments of game piece, including, for example, a game piece with card suits for use in conjunction with a blackjack table element on the playing surface.
 This invention has been described herein in several embodiments, It is evident that there are many alternatives and variations that can embrace the performance of ceramics enhanced by the present invention in its various embodiments without departing from the intended spirit and scope thereof. The embodiments described above are exemplary only. One skilled in the art may recognize variations from the embodiments specifically described here, which are intended to be within the scope of this disclosure. As such, the invention is limited only by the following claims. Thus it is intended that the present invention cover the modifications of this invention provided they come within the scope of the appended claims and their equivalents.
Patent applications in class Alignment games (e.g., tic-tac-toe, go-moko)
Patent applications in all subclasses Alignment games (e.g., tic-tac-toe, go-moko)