Friday, April 5, 2013

Goodwill Gaming Week Day 5: Games... made of wood? I Guess?

Welcome to the fifth day of Goodwill Gaming features here on Goodwill Hunting 4 Geeks! 

Today I'm focusing on a couple of games that have a nice old-timey feel to them, even though one of them came out in 2001. Both are constructed from wood, so they get to share a post together. 

Gobble what?
First up we have the game "Gobblet" which is a sort of cross between checkers and connect four. I paid 2.99 for my copy at Goodwill after hearing rave reviews about it online.

Let's look under the lid.

Here's a shot of the inside of the box, and the under-side of the lid, which serves as the playing surface. I'm not entirely sure why they built a smaller box inside of the bigger box to contain the playing pawns, but it looks classy as hell. 

I want you inside me.
Here's a shot of what the pawns look like up close, and separated from each other. When not in use they rest inside each other like nesting dolls. The larger three pieces of each color are hollow for this purpose. 

Reading is for wusses. Just play the damn game already.
Here are the instructions. What it basically boils down to is that you move the pieces around on the board, jumping onto and "gobbling" your opponent's pieces until you have four of your own colored pieces in a row. I have yet to con anyone in my family into playing this game with me... though I'm DYING to try it out. I love checkers, and I love connect four. I love eating stuff too. I guess that is really neither here nor there.  

Just a box... not assuming anything.
Here is a rather unassuming box with a handle that I picked up for 1.99 at Goodwill. It looks like a little case for something really sophisticated like cigars or hummus. But when you open it and look inside you find:

Now I am assuming so many things!
It is a game called "Shut The Box"! My game didn't actually come with dice. I added those.  Those are some nice dice.

More reading. Wuss.
The object of the game is to roll dice and put down the numbers that match the rolls until all the number tiles are down. It's a pretty quick play, and a great time killer. You can count each individual die (if you roll a 1 and a 3 you can put down both of those numbers) or the total of the dice together (1 + 3 = 4, so you could put down the 4 instead). But as soon as you roll something that you can't flip over (let's say the 1, the 3, and the 4 are all already flipped) then you lose. The object is to get all 9 tiles flipped and then shut the box without having that happen.

And since I mentioned checkers above, and to just sort of fluff up the end of this post... I'm going to plop a link here to the post where I talked about this game: 

That's right, bitches. I'm back.
Blanket checkers. There was a whole story associated with these that I feel like NEEDS to be recounted now (you'll need to scroll down past the books to find it... but it's totally worth it).

If you'd like to check out what's been going on during the other 4 days of Goodwill Gaming Week here are some links to the other articles:

- Day 1 I checked out the MAD Magazine Board Game from Parker Brothers

- Day 2 I explore the bizarre world of Mexican BINGO!

- Day 3 I featured the Clarissa Explains It All Board Game! 

- Day 4 I sort of just phoned it in and re-blogged about some other games I've featured here before. "Hero Quest" and "Emperor's Challenge". 

I'll be back tomorrow with some more Geeky Goodwill Gaming Goodies! Until then, Happy Hunting! 

1 comment:

  1. This looks like a really cool game set. The woodwork is great!


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