In this episode, we take a look a game that you’ll want to know about if you’re tired of playing tic-tac-toe… Gobblet Gobblers!
Gobblet Gobblers is a 2003 game published by Blue Orange Games, and it turns tic-tac-toe into a genuinely fun game. In the box, you’ll find four long wood pieces that you fit together like a tic-tac-toe board, along with twelve player pieces, each of which has a goofy smile and a little feather on top of its head. I guess they’re meant to be turkeys? Gobble gobble, and all that. The player pieces come in small, medium, and large sizes, and they can stack on top of each other, a bit like Russian nesting dolls.
Each player takes six player pieces, two small, two medium, and two large. It’s a Blue Orange game, so one player gets all blue pieces and one player gets all orange pieces. Then you take turns placing those pieces on the tic-tac-toe board, trying to get three-in-a-row for the win. Here’s the twist: Instead of placing your piece in an empty square, you stack your piece on top of a smaller piece that’s already on the board! This turns tic-tac-toe on its head and makes the game way more interesting, while being just as accessible to little kids.
Check out this episode for more on Gobblet Gobblers, as well as another spin on traditional tic-tac-toe: Ultimate Tic-Tac-Toe! Listen here or search for “First Player Token” on your favorite podcast app!
Learn how to play Ultimate Tic-Tac-Toe, by Ben Orlin.
Music: “Open Road,” https://www.purple-planet.com/.