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1. (WO2019033152) GAMING APPARATUS AND METHOD
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REPRESENTATIVE CLAIMS

1. Gaming apparatus for playing a game, said gaming apparatus comprising:

a plurality of player pieces each comprising a body coupled with a handling member;

a playing surface denoting an inner zone and a peripheral zone about said inner zone, said inner zone for operatively receiving the bodies of the player pieces so that respective handling members extend beyond the peripheral zone ;

a plurality of tokens categorisable into distinct categories ;

a token die having a plurality of surfaces each with a distinct token indicium indicative of a particular category of token;

an action die having a plurality of surfaces each with a distinct indicium indicative of a particular player action; and

a cover configured for operatively covering at least the inner zone to capture player pieces when a particular player action is rolled via the action die, wherein, in use, a competitive game of reaction speed is playable by players through interaction between the playing surface, player pieces, tokens, token and action dice and the cover.

2. The gaming apparatus of claim 1, wherein the body of a player piece comprises a toroidal volume.

3. The gaming apparatus of claim 2, wherein the handling member of a player piece comprises a piece of string coupled to a player piece via a central aperture of the toroidal volume .

4. The gaming apparatus of claim 1, wherein the playing surface comprises a rectangular surface with the inner and peripheral zones located at a central position thereof.

5. The gaming apparatus of claim 1, wherein the inner zone comprises a circular area sized and dimensioned for operatively receiving the bodies of the player pieces.

6. The gaming apparatus of claim 1, wherein the peripheral zone is configured about said inner zone to delimit or demarcate a boundary of such inner zone.

7. The gaming apparatus of claim 1, wherein the inner and/or peripheral zone comprises a particular colour and/or texture .

8. The gaming apparatus of claim 1, wherein the token die comprises a die with the token indicium comprising colours indicative of similarly-coloured token categories.

9. The gaming apparatus of claim 1, wherein the action die comprises a conventional die having dot indicia on respective die surfaces indicative of a particular player action.

10. The gaming apparatus of claim 1, wherein the particular player action is selected from a group comprising catching player pieces in the inner and/or peripheral zones, changing players responsible for catching, and collecting a particular token .

11. The gaming apparatus of claim 1, wherein the plurality of tokens is selected from a group consisting of rubber bands, coins, cards, marbles, matchsticks, toothpicks, bottle caps, foods, snacks, and beverages.

12. The gaming apparatus of claim 1, wherein the distinct categories of token are selected from a group consisting of colours, shapes, sizes, dimensions, types and flavours.

13. The gaming apparatus of claim 1, wherein the cover comprises any suitable cover whereby player pieces are coverable .

14. A method of playing a game using apparatus in accordance with any of claims 1 to 13, said method comprising the steps of:

a plurality of players each place a player piece body within the inner zone of the playing surface so the handling member extends beyond the peripheral zone;

a catching player holds the cover on the playing surface distal from the peripheral zone;

the catching player rolls the action die; and

if the action die lands on a xcatch' player action, the catching player attempts to catch the bodies in the inner and/or peripheral zones with the cover whilst each other player simultaneously attempts to remove their playing piece body from the inner zone via the handling member.

15. The method of claim 14, which includes the step of, where a player successfully removes their playing piece, said player rolls the token die and is rewarded with a particular category of token.

16. The method of claim 14, which includes the step of, where the catching player successfully captures all of the playing pieces, said catching player rolls the token die and is rewarded with a particular category of token.

17. The method of claim 14, which includes the step of, where the catching player successfully captures a playing piece, a player associated with said piece loses a reward token .