Gobblet Is Enhanced Tic Tac Toe
Gobblet is a simple board game you’ll probably want to play several times in a row. Gobblet is reminiscent of tic-tac-toe, but has more depth to it.
The Gobblet board is a 4-by-4 square on which you place tokens of 4 different sizes. Both for play and for storage, these tokens nest inside each other much like Russian nesting dolls.
Your goal is to get 4 tokens of your color in a row – vertically, horizontally, or along one of the two longest diagonals. The catch – and this is the fun of the game – is that you can cover your opponent’s token with a larger token of your own.
On your turn, you can either bring a new token onto the board or move one already on the board. Moves need not be to adjacent squares; they can be to any other available location.
Following the rules strictly, once you touch a piece, you must use that one on your turn. When playing with younger children, you may want to modify or eliminate that rule entirely.
Again much like tic-tac-toe, you will attempt to setup a situation where you have three tokens in a row in more than one place thus preventing your opponent from stopping your completing both goals at the same time.
While Gobblet usually plays quickly, accomplishing this special setup can be harder than you might think at first, and draws are possible, especially between skilled players of nearly equal experience.
Since there is virtually no preparation time in the abstract board game, you can easily play one or two games of Gobblet while waiting for others to finish a longer game or whenever you have a few minutes to spare. Gobblet’s accessibility for children makes it a great family board game as well.
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