Thrift Treasure: Blokus Trigon
The collection is complete! Well, almost – keep reading and you’ll see what I mean. We’ve been trying to find a copy of each of the versions of Blokus for quite some time now. It began with the original Blokus back in 2016. Then we found the much rarer Blokus 3D a year later at our Goodwill store.
Two years would pass until we happened across a complete copy of Blokus Duo for only $1.88. Now the quartet is complete since we came across an almost-perfect copy of Blokus Trigon a few weeks ago! I find it ironic that we discovered them in the exact same order that they were issued by the original publisher. But I did say “almost-perfect”, didn’t I? That’s because this copy of Blokus Trigon was missing one piece and the rules (which I found here).
I decided to take the risk for two reasons. First, I had recently created the Facebook group, Bits & Pieces – A Card & Board Game Replacement Parts Group. I was hoping that someone would have the piece needed to make the game complete. The other reason I hinted about earlier – it was the last of the four original versions of Blokus that I needed for my collection, and incomplete was better than nothing!
Playing Blokus Trigon is exactly the same as the original. You’re trying to place as many of your pieces onto the board, connecting them only at the vertices of the shapes, not the sides. Having triangular-shaped polyominoes instead of square does make the game a little more challenging. However, the end result is still the same.
Once everyone can no longer play any more of their pieces, scores are tallied. Minus points for any leftover pieces equal to the number of triangles they’re made up of. Earn 15 points if you were able to place all of your pieces. Five bonus points if the last piece you played was the smallest piece (one triangle).
Special rules apply for three players (smaller board area) and two players (each person uses two colors). There is even a solo player challenge where you use all four colors and try to get all 88 pieces only the board legally!
What did we do to solve the problem of a missing piece? We turned to modern technology! A local friend had recently picked up a new 3D printer and had located files for replacement Blokus Trigon pieces online. He was able to quickly create a replacement piece in gray, which we will paint to match at a later time. Surprisingly, the new part fit to the board better than the original pieces!
Copies of Blokus Trigon can still be found new on Amazon currently offered by Mattel. If you know of anyone with a 3D printer (check with your local library), don’t hesitate to pick up a copy at thrift that is missing pieces. Replacement parts are only a click away!
What game pieces would you print with a 3D printer?