"I am sorry to hear that you do not feel we give enough coverage to the game of Gobstones. The reason for this is that most wizards find it deeply boring."
-- Editor's reply to a letter in the Daily Prophet (DP1)
Gobstones are playing pieces for the game of the same name – spit a disgusting fluid at players when they lose.
According to Pottermore: “Players start the game with fifteen small, round Gobstones each (Gobstones are sold in sets of thirty) and the winner must capture all of his opponent’s stones. Though most commonly (as the name implies) made of stone, Gobstones may also be made of precious metals” (Pm).
A solid gold set is available to purchase on Diagon Alley (PA4).
In a letter to the Daily Prophet, Grugwyn Rufford complained that the paper had more coverage of a Quidditch team’s new flying bus than of the Welsh National Gobstones team international victory over the team from Hungary (DP1).
Minister for Magic Cornelius Fudge belonged to a Gobstones Club (DP2). It is not specified whether the Official Gobstones Club located on Level 7 of the Ministry of Magic is just for Ministry employees who play Gobstones or denotes a entity that oversees the national game (OP7).
Although the dates printed on the Daily Prophet Newsletters are:
the timeframe for these events is 1992-1993.