Greene County game inventor passes away

By Ryne Turke on September 25, 2015 at 12:27pm

A Greene County inventor, responsible for creating the first card game on dice, has passed away.

Carmelyn “Tinker” Calvert, of Eldred, passed away this week at the age of 59. She was the inventor and CEO of the game “Square Shooters.”

According to the “Square Shooters” website, Calvert came up with the idea in 2007 when she realized 9 dice have 54 total surfaces. This would allow for a perfect match to a standard deck of cards and it was possible to achieve all of the hands needed to play poker, rummy, and most other card games.

Calvert signed a global licensing agreement with Heartland Consumer Products in 2010, the same company that produces the Vegas® brand of casino cards.

A memorial visitation will be held at Airsman- Hires Funeral Home in Carrollton on Sunday from 11-1 p.m. A celebration of her life and memorial service will follow.