Blue Orange Games 2010 Trends on Gobblet

admin on April 8th, 2010

Blue Orange Games celebrate 10th anniversary this year. The year of 2000 brought the world a very good game called Gobblet!. Its popularity has been growing for all these ten years. The game evolved and several new editions appeared during these years: Gobblet Juniour, Gobblet on the Go, Gobblet Gobblers and Gobblet X4.

This year company decided to showcase original Gobblet! and very attractive Gobblet Gobblers edition. These very games were chosen to represent the whole game family. So, no more words, just look and let the interest fill your thougts!

Here is classic Gobblet! video introduction:

And here is the Gobblet Gobblers video introduction:

Did you like one of these videos? Sure you do! OK, then check out Gobblet Store to get your own game shortly.

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Gobblet rules. Part One. The Beginning.

admin on January 24th, 2010

Today we’ll start a series of articles dedicated to Gobblet rules. You may ask why we should do this as the rules are pretty simple. Yes, publisher prints rules on a single piece of paper and everything seems to be very and very easy. And actually it is easy but… Interpretation of Gobblet rules varies and that’s what we’d like to bring the clarity.

We’re going to speak about original Gobblet (2001) and Gobblet X4 (2009) here, while Gobblet Junior (2003) and Gobblet Gobblers (2009) are the subject of another article.

Gobblet set is a board with 16 cells (4×4 square) and 24 playing pieces (12 of each color for 2 players). Playing pieces are called gobblets. There are gobblets of 4 sizes, so each player has 3 big, 3 medium, 3 small and 3 mini gobblets.

Gobblet goal is to build a line of 4 gobblets. To win you can build a line horizontally, vertically or diagonally – all variants are acceptable.

Prepare to play GobbletPreparation. Once players choose the color of gobblets they put all the gobblets one inside the other like Russian dolls. So before the game starts each player has 3 sets of gobblets. These sets are called external stacks and have 4 gobblets each. And, of course, we need the board to put gobblets on during the game.

Let the game begin! The first move is simple: you just put one of the gobblets from one of 3 stacks on any place on the board. Let’s name the stack we took a gobblet from – 1st stack. So other stacks will be 2nd and 3rd. Then the turn comes to an opponent. He places his gobblet to any cell (of course he can’t put it over 1st player gobblet). So now we can have something like this:

First round of playing Gobblet

Then the turn comes to 1st player again and here we face the first dilemma: what gobblet to choose? We can take another big gobblet from the second stack or put medium gobblet from the 1st stack. Both options do conform to the rules. So it’s up to player what way to choose and where to put this new gobblet.

Placing big gobblet on a second move Placing medium gobblet on the second turn

In theory, there is another move allowed by the rules here: player can move his 1st gobblet on another cell on board. But this move is irrelevant at the very beginning of the game as this is just a loss of turn.

Moving gobblet to a free cell

Gobble up on the second moveOnce a gobblet of a smaller size appears on the board (e.g. 1st player took a medium gobblet) another option is available for the opponent. He can gobble up (cover) 1st player gobblet with his own big gobblet that is already on the board. This is important: he can’t gobble up with external stack gobblet, but only with gobblet that is already on the board.

Recap of the beginning of the Gobblet game. Let’s summarize what we learnt.

  1. Set up gobblets in stacks
  2. Open the game with the gobblet on the top of the stack and always take the top gobblet if you play from external stack this turn
  3. Put gobblets from external stacks to a free cell only
  4. Gobble up opponent’s pieces with own one of a bigger size that is already on the board. There is a situation when you can gobble up from external stack and we’ll discuss it in the next article.

Get Gobblet or Gobblet X4 and gobble, gobble, gobble every day when you need to refresh your memory skills or just raise your mood up!

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Funny Gobblet GobblersGobblet Gobblers is a junior version of a famous Gobblet board game. This edition looks completely similar to tic-tac-toe as it has 3×3 board and the goal is to build a line of three pieces in a row. But, don’t let this likeness mislead you. Actually Gobblet is a game of real strategy that improves logic and memory. How is that possible, you may ask?

It’s all about Gobblet rules. They are quite simple, but have great improvements comparing with tic-tac-toe. I’m sure you know tic-tac-toe, and now imagine if you could occupy the cell that your opponent owns. Just this small change improves game ability greatly. And this is not the only one improvement that the game has.

Gobblet Gobblers blue pieceThe game doesn’t have a board in a usual sense. But, of course, Gobblet Gobblers is a board game by its mean. The trick is that the board is put together of four nice-colored wooden planks. It is not a big job to do this, but the process itself brings fun to the young players before they actually start playing already. Even more fun the playing pieces give. Just look at kids when they unpack small smiling gobblers (this is how the pieces are named). This is definitely worth seeing.

So, to start a game we need a board and twelve gobblers for both players. Each player has two sets of different-sized gobblers. And this fact brings the light on how we can occupy another player’s cell. To do this you just need to place your gobbler (of a larger size) over your opponent’s gobbler (of a smaller size). That’s it! Now you own a cell that wasn’t yours on previous move. But be aware that your opponent can do the same soon.

Another trick is that you can move your gobbler from one cell on another one. So you can change the placement and change the game situation with just one single move. But player should remember that another gobbler may appear under taken one. And revealing opponent’s gobbler may make him a winner at once without doing anything. So, the memory is as much important as the strategy of building a winning row.

And who is the winner? Laterally the goal is to build three gobblers in a row (horizontal, vertical or diagonal). But looking deeper we can see that developing logic, attention and memory is much more valuable win that parents should definitely rate. And Gobblet Gobblers will help you in much more effective way that usual tic-tac-toe.

Gobblet Gobblers recap. This is a board game for two players above 5. It takes about 5-15 minutes to play. Game set consists of four planks to build a board and 12 funny gobblers. Everything is made of brightly colored wood. But don’t worry about nature, because game publishes do it planting two trees for very one used. And what is more important Gobblet Gobblers develops your child’s intellectual faculties by the mean of a funny game.

Get Gobblet Gobblers and gobble, gobble, gobble every day with your kids!

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Introduction to Gobblet board game

admin on November 7th, 2009

GobbletThose who have ever seen Gobblet compared it with tic-tac-toe or connect four games. The goal of the game is to build a row of own color. So, yes, this is the first association that comes to the mind when you see the board and learn the goal. But don’t let this thought to mislead you. Perhaps the goal is the only thing that Gobblet has in common with other named games.

Once you start playing Gobblet you understand that a deep strategy game is hidden in this board and 24 playing pieces named gobblets. The rules of the game uncover its seeming simplicity. The main point here is that if you occupy the cell on the board it doesn’t actually matter that you’ll be there on the next move of your opponent. He can just cap (or gobble in the terms of the game) your gobblet with his own. So instead of winning the game on the next move you must think how to escape the defeat now. Interested? OK, let’s move forward.

The playing pieces remind Russian dolls that hide others inside. There are four sizes of gobblets. I’ve heard that people even use a special terminology when discussing game strategies, like: kings (the biggest pieces), queens, jacks and pawns (the smallest ones). So, once you need to name a piece, for example, to discuss the last game you can easily use this one. Or if you’re playing with a kid something like dad, mom, son and daughter will be more understandable. And for sure comprehension will bring additional fun.

At start each player has twelve gobblets hidden one inside other so they have three stacks where only biggest gobblets are available. On your turn you can do one of the following actions: place new gobblet on the free cell on the board, move the gobblet to another free cell or cap opponent’s gobblet of a smaller size with one of your gobblets on the board. There is one exception of these rules when you can gobble opponent directly from stack when he has three gobblets in a row already. And there are some really natural things that you can’t do: you can’t move a gobble covered by opponent’s one; you can’t cap opponent’s gobblet of a larger or equal size and you can’t put the gobblet back on board if you touch it – you must move it. Once you made your move, the turn comes to your opponent. Finally, when one of the players has four gobblets in a horizontal, vertical or diagonal row he wins.

Gobblet rules are quite simple, so a 5 year child can easily understand them. But to play meaningfully game rules suggest starting at 7. To my mind each kid is unique and it’s up to parents to decide when he is ready to play Gobblet. And of course if you being a parent enjoy this game you shouldn’t force your child to play. He’ll do it once he’s ready.

Enjoy the Gobblet!

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