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Upgrade your board games by replacing boring pawns with amazing Character Meeples. We have 150 designs to choose from!
Upgrade your board games by replacing boring pawns with amazing Character Meeples. We have 150 designs to choose from!
Upgrade your board games by replacing boring pawns with amazing Character Meeples. We have 150 designs to choose from!
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Welcome to the wonderful world of Character Meeples!

We started making full-color, detailed Character Meeples in 2011.  While our current product line has slowly grown to include more than 30 Character Meeples, we have received tons of requests for more!  Rather than releasing only a few of the ideas at a time, slowly over the course of the next few years, we want to work together with you, our backers, to make far more characters available right away!

With your help, we can make all of this meeply awesomeness happen! We started this project with an amazing 50 characters, but the potential was there to unlock even more choices via our stretch goals, which is exactly what we did! As a backer, you've had a say in what some of those extra characters would be!

With rewards from simply one set of your absolute favorite character, all the way to levels that include a complete 8-piece set of EVERY character released in this Kickstarter project, we have something for everyone!

Down below are the Character Meeples that you can currently choose from, when filling out the backer survey at the end of the funded project. Any unlocked characters from the many stretch goals will give you even more to choose from. Or don’t choose. Just get ‘em all! :-)

This number DOES include the "Character Germs", but not the TEK tower token, as it is not part of the pledge level choices. Nor does it include meeples from our existing inventory, as they were released long before this Kickstarter.  Backers at the 1-of-each and 8-of-each pledge levels have seen their reward value go up with each unlocked stretch goal! :-D


What about the characters that already exist?

Check out Update #17 to see which Character Meeples from our existing stock can be chosen as your reward for this Kickstarter project.  There is also a list of which ones are not available in this way, due to limited stock.

PLEASE NOTE: As these Character Meeples were not released in this Kickstarter, they are not included in the "1-of-each" or "8-of-each" pledge levels.  If you want these as well, you can do an add-on based on which ones / how many you want. Thanks!

Can I add-on 1-of-each of these 25 Character Meeples from existing inventory?

Definitely! It is actually convenient to do so, as there are 25 of them, and we already offer an add-on for any 25 individual meeples. You will have an option in the backer survey to simply state "all 25 from MeepleSource.com", instead of having to name each one separately.

What are Character Meeples used for?

Anything you want! Our 8-piece sets are the most popular size because that is how many meeples each player needs for a standard game of Carcassonne. Our Character Meeples are used to upgrade pawns in countless other games, representing workers, warriors, and more! How many games do you have that have some kind of marker for each player?

Don’t be “green discs”, “yellow cylinders”, or “red tetrahedrons”. Be pirates and princesses! Be zombies or werewolves! Be anything you want. Also, I know that many of you already have Character Meeples lined up on your desk at work. Because you can.

How big are Character Meeples?

Similar in size to our "Mega Meeples", they are approximately 19mm tall. Characters do vary some, particularly those with hats, wings, etc. As we have stated on our website since the inception of the Character Meeples, we have no intention of offering these characters in the smaller, "standard size" (16mm) meeples. The level of detail that we are able to achieve on 19mm meeples is very difficult, but impossible at a 16mm size. Thanks for understanding!

  • Risk-Free Guarantee! 
    If for any reason you would like to return your Character Meeples, you’ll have 30 days after receiving them to do so and get a full refund. We are that confident that you’ll love ‘em!
  • You Can Influence Characters That Are Still Undecided/Locked!
    Although we could have selected every character ourselves, we didn’t, because we know how much you love to get involved in the process! As a backer you can vote on characters that are not yet determined, and be involved in other choices along the way.
  • More Pledges Help Everyone Unlock Even More Characters! Even after the project is funded, continued support will unlock more and more stretch goals, which will give all backers more Character Meeples to choose from. We will continue to add stretch goals as long as you continue to support us by pledging, spreading the word about this project, and participating by voting for our backer-chosen characters. We can’t thank you enough!
  • We Need You! We have worked very hard to get this far, and we couldn’t be more proud of our finished art. But we still need all of you to make this dream a reality!

Want to add on extras of one or more characters? These handy add-ons should do the trick! Simply click the “Manage Your Pledge” button and adjust your pledged amount to account for any add-ons from the list below. Remember that you do not need to change which backer level you are at (unless you want to do that as well), just the dollar amount of the pledge itself.

ALL pledge levels are also available as add-ons! To help you figure out how much to pledge to get all the goodies you want, please use our nifty...

A NOTE ABOUT INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING FOR ADD-ONS:

In an effort to simplify this crazy long project page, we have consolidated many of the pledge levels and add-ons, as secondary pledge levels can be added to ANY OTHER pledge level, if you wish.  Please use the pledge calculator to determine how much you should pledge for your desired combination.  The total that it will give you, including the appropriate international shipping, is correct.  Thanks!

SOME OTHER ADD-ONS:

$150  MEEPLE-IZE YOURSELF! (see FAQ for details)

$350  DESIGN AND MAKE YOUR OWN RESOURCE BIT! (see FAQ for details)

$800  DESIGN AND MAKE YOUR OWN CHARACTER MEEPLE! (see FAQ for details)

 

All stretch goals have now been reached, so every Character Meeple is available to backers at all pledge levels! Want to see each of the completed stretch goals? Click here!

Cynthia Landon and Chris Landon are the sibling duo that is MeepleSource, which was started after we discovered euro gaming. What began as a part-time hobby business has slowly developed into thriving endeavor in a community that we love. We are incredibly grateful to all of our fellow gamers who have helped us get this far, and we can’t wait to see what 2014 will bring!

BGG.CON 2013 (with our dad)
BGG.CON 2013 (with our dad)

This is our first Kickstarter project, hopefully the first of several. And although this one only deals with our much-loved Character Meeples, as a company we have even more to offer! To give you an idea of the wide range of our expertise, here are a few more of our other product lines:

Our goal is to provide the highest quality bits and best customer service in the industry. We regularly collaborate with our loyal customers, bringing to market their own ideas as well as our own. We want to take great games and upgrade the boring bits to impressive ones, enhancing the player experience.

 If you are not already familiar with our existing line of Character Meeples, you may be wondering how close to the original art (pictured above) will the actual wooden bits be? We elaborate on this question in the FAQ down at the bottom, but here are a few recent comparisons from our existing product line that can demonstrate this.

We had the pleasure of meeting many of you at BGG.CON this past November, and despite already having over 30 different Character Meeples, we received many requests for more! Once we added your suggestions to the growing list of our own ideas, we realized that there were way too many great concepts for us to release in a single year. Heck, maybe not even over several years.

This is what led us to our first Kickstarter project. Together we can make this meeple magic happen!

Want to make one of our new Character Meeples your avatar for Kickstarter, Facebook, Board Game Geek, or other sites?

Click here to see each one individually and pick YOUR favorite! Thank you for your support!

Want to find out more about the designer behind these amazing meeples?

Head on over to MeepleSource.com to read our artist bio!

Want Meeple Source to do artwork for your game?

If you love our work and would like us to work on graphics for your game, please let us know! You can always reach us at MeepleSource@gmail.com.

There are many threads on BoardGameGeek that mention our extensive selection of meeples, and we are proud to have earned a great reputation for product quality and customer service.

Also, please feel free to check out some videos, blog posts, and product reviews on our website.

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Kicking It Forward

Meeple Source supports the Kicking It Forward initiative and pledges to donate 5% of any profit from this project to help fund other KickStarter projects.  For more information about this initiative, visit http://www.kickingitforward.org/

Risks and challenges

We started making full-color, detailed Character Meeples in 2011. Bit by bit (ha!) we have learned the best way to create art that will translate well into small painted bits, reducing waste during our own quality control process, delivering (what we believe to be) the best quality bits anywhere.

That being said, printing delays are always possible. The overseas factories that we have used in the past are now very familiar with these type of pieces, as we have over 30 Character Meeples in our existing product line. Because of this history of successful projects, are very confident that we will not encounter substantial delays in manufacturing. Small delays in customs are always still possible, of course.

We, personally, perform all of the necessary quality control, package and ship all orders, and manage customer service inquiries. Our commitment to excellence will be no different here on Kickstarter. We (thankfully) do not have traditional day jobs, so we will be committing all of our time to you, our backers.

Lastly, if we do encounter any delays (or other problems), you will be the first to know. You certainly earned our transparency when you placed your trust in our project.

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