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THE bottle opener for GEEKS & GAMERS with a super strong magnet for cap catching powers.
THE bottle opener for GEEKS & GAMERS with a super strong magnet for cap catching powers.
191 backers pledged $5,235 to help bring this project to life.

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Meeple Mate Bottle Opener

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Watch the magnet snatch the cap!
Watch the magnet snatch the cap!

Hey, you guuuys!

Introducing (for the 2nd time) the Meeple Mate bottle opener. A sturdy, easy-to-use bottle opener for board game geeks, that’s not only functional, but also amazing to behold!

Super Sturdy Steel

The Meeple Mate is laser cut from 14 gauge hot rolled steel, which is then de-burred, washed, and powder coated. Made in the USA.

Super Strong Magnet

A super strong neodymium magnet is attached in just the right spot to snatch the cap as you open a bottle. This same magnet also makes it convenient to place the Meeple Mate on your refrigerator for quick access and beautiful decor!

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Why are you making this?

I pretty much love anything that has to do with board games! The meeple has become iconic in my mind as it reminds me of the past-time I love (Table Top Gaming). I'm creating this because of my personal passion but I also want to share it with the world!

Behold! The glorious Meeple Mate!
Behold! The glorious Meeple Mate!

What colors will be available?

The initial minimum order will consist of:

ULTIMATELY we'd LOVE to have 8 color versions available:

Red, Green, Orange, Purple, Yellow, Blue, Black & Steel.

If we reach our first stretch goal, that will allow us to manufacture 2 new colors which will be determined by YOU!  If we reach our second stretch goal, that will allow us to crank out the remaining colors!  :)

lo-fi renditions...
lo-fi renditions...

Can the Meeple Mate fight off zombies?

Yes indeed. If (or when...) the zombie apocalypse happens, the Meeple Mate only needs a few slight modifications and it becomes... a Meeple ninja throwing star (I may or may not have tried this).

Can the Meeple Mate open twist off caps?

Yes.
Yes.

"It's a twist off, you don't need the Meeple Mate" - No One Evar

Why Kickstarter?

We need your help raising enough money to have our first minimum order of Meeple Mates. We're starting with 2 colors and a plain steel color. Our panacea would be to get enough funding to be able to manufacture every meeple color (see stretch goals below)!

MSRP = $19.99 each  (get it on Kickstarter for $16 or less total!)

STRETCH GOALS

$5,800 = Two new colors unlocked (community votes!)

$8,500 = All three remaining colors unlocked!

It would be amazing to have every color!

Another lo-fi rendition...
Another lo-fi rendition...

SHIPPING INFO:

We'll ship Meeple Mates in bulk to fulfillment centers around the world. This will help reduce customs fees & VAT and keep shipping prices as low as possible.  Shipping is already included in your pledges! (Yes we will have to pay more out of pocket for our friends in harder to ship to locations)

Credits:

I'd like to give a huge thank you to my friends and crew that help me get this project off the ground:

  • My wonderful wife Jenny who always supports my ideas no matter how crazy they are!
  • Board Game T-Shirts from Meeple Shirts
  • My good friend Jeff Shane who can make photography come alive!
  • Jamey Stegmaier for all his super helpful information that I'm still trying to wrap my brain around.
  • Brandon from Analog Gamer for being willing to contribute to the 1st Meeple Mate campaign.
  • Backer JurassicMatt for all the great feedback and insight regarding my initial Meeple Mate campaign.
  • My wonderful daughters Joy & Valerie.

Special guest appearances:

  • LuLu (my cat who hates acting) & Nixie (my dog who doesn't have a clue what's going on in life)
  • My Red Meepillow for all the supervision and production direction (even though he can be bossy sometimes)
  • My amazing son Luke Farr! (aka Luke the Lion) Who's always willing to play a board game with daddy!

Quotes:

"You shouldn’t like things just because people tell you you’re supposed to... unless it's the Meeple Mate"

"Meeple Mates never say die."

"It's a twist off, you don't need the Meeple Mate" - No One Evar

Meepillow Overlord...
Meepillow Overlord...

 

Risks and challenges

I'd be naive to think there weren't any risks to a project, however, I do think the risks for this project are minimal. We have a great relationship with our local experienced manufacturers with a proven track record for excellence. The turn around time for the Meeple Mate is estimated at 2 weeks once the initial order is placed.

That being said, we are pushing to have all the Meeple Mates shipped in time for Christmas 2016, however, as we all know, shipping around the holidays can get congested. So we're keeping that in mind too (this is why were only doing a 15 day campaign instead of a 25-30 day campaign).

All the resources are ready for a green light... back with confidence my friends!

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    One Dollar Backer!

    If you like this idea but don't open bottles... ever... this is for you! Thank you for stopping by checking out the Meeple Mate!

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    1 Meeple Mate

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    2 Meeple Mates

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    3 Meeple Mates

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    5 Meeple Mates

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    (Add additional Meeple Mates for $13.50 each)

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    8 Meeple Mates

    // Worldwide Shipping Included! //

    This is for 8 Meeple Mate Bottle Openers

    (Add additional Meeple Mates for $13.00 each)

    If we reach all of our stretch goals, this is the perfect pledge level to get one of each color!

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    FLGS Special - Meeple Mate Package

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    This is for 24 Meeple Mate Bottle Openers

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Funding period

- (17 days)