Thrift Treasure: Gobblet

Thrift Treasure: Gobblet

It’s Sunday and you know what that means! Another fun game we found at our local thrift store! And sure enough, it’s another abstract title! Of course there are plenty of copies of Trivial Pursuit and Scene It for cheap, but you can only have so many trivia-type games in your collection. Nearly every one of these abstract games has unique pieces and win conditions – I don’t think I’ll ever tire of them!

Another fun game we found at our local thrift store, and yes, it's another abstract! Check out Gobblet by Blue Orange Games! - SahmReviews.com

A couple months ago, a friend brought his copy of Gobblet by Blue Orange Games to our weekly game night, and my youngest daughter fell in love with it. Of course at that time we had no idea we’d find our own copy for a couple bucks, but once we saw it on the shelf we knew it would be coming home with us.

Another fun game we found at our local thrift store, and yes, it's another abstract! Check out Gobblet by Blue Orange Games! - SahmReviews.com

Gobblet is yet another example of a four-in-a-row game, just like last week’s feature. Turncoat uniquely used magnets to flip the color of the piece in play, requiring you to memorize the position of these randomly seeded underlying magnets. To win at Gobblet you must also line your color up in a row, but instead of flipping, you change the color of a square by placing a larger pawn over one of your opponent’s smaller ones!

Another fun game we found at our local thrift store, and yes, it's another abstract! Check out Gobblet by Blue Orange Games! - SahmReviews.com

Each player receives three nested stacks of four wooden pieces. On your turn you play one off the top of your three stacks to any free space on the board. Or you might choose to move one of your pieces already on the board one space in any direction, even diagonally.

Another fun game we found at our local thrift store, and yes, it's another abstract! Check out Gobblet by Blue Orange Games! - SahmReviews.com

You can ‘capture’ any smaller piece (even your own) by moving a larger piece on top of it. Remembering what is underneath can be critical, because when you move that piece again, it will become instantly revealed. Players take turns placing and moving their own pawns until one person manages to line up four in a row. A quick game, but still quite a bit more advanced than tic-tac-toe.

Another fun game we found at our local thrift store, and yes, it's another abstract! Check out Gobblet by Blue Orange Games! - SahmReviews.com

Gobblet is currently available in two versions – the wooden one we’ve shown here and a slightly cheaper plastic version designed to appeal to kids. Both copies play the same, with the plastic one having alternate rules that only require three in row to win. Considering my preference for wooden games (Quarto!, Wonky, Kulami), this one was the right one for me!

Scott

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A former manufacturing executive, Scott now balances his family life with ownership and backend administration of websites such as SahmReviews.com, GiftCardCollector.com and a number of other online properties. He also is an occasional writer and full-time board game fanatic.

12 comments on «Thrift Treasure: Gobblet»

  1. I’m going to have to keep an eye out for this one at our local thrift shops. I love games that are made of wood because that last forever for decades of fun. Thanks for sharing it. It’s one I’ve never seen.

  2. You always have the most awesome looking games on here- this looks awesome!

  3. Nicole B says:

    This is one of the games I want to get for my kids. I had no idea there was a wooden version. You always find the coolest games at the thrift stores. 🙂 I love hearing about them.

  4. Ana says:

    This game sounds fun for the kids. Thanks for sharing it with us!

  5. diane says:

    This is such a unique looking game! I definitely would prefer the wooden one if I could find it. Always choose wood over plastic when I can!

  6. Nicole B says:

    Do you prefer the wood version over the plastic? I’m wondering which one I should buy for my kids. The wood version may be harder to find but I could try eBay or somewhere (possibly our thrift stores, too!) I would like to make a lucky find like this one.

  7. Aubrey says:

    You always have the most original games. They all look so fun.

  8. Michele says:

    This does sound like an interesting game. I think I might even be able to win a hand or so (in my dreams lol). Really though I do think I would enjoy this one.

  9. You always find the coolest games! Gobblet sounds really fun. Good to know you can still find the game online. Thanks for sharing another great find.

  10. Janel says:

    Oooh! Those pieces look so nice, love the wood pawns!! I’ve gotten quite a few treasures at thrift shops before.

  11. tsoin says:

    Hey ! its a Blue Orange game ! The wooden version is still available but with a new look ! You can find it pretty easy 😀 good luck !

    The story of this game is also very interesting : 2 french guys going in an american trip and showing there first game : goblet. It was a success, then they made Bue orange.

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