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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

News: Meeple's Choice Winners!


This week, the Spielfrieks jury voted and came up with the Meeple's Choice awards.  This year's winners are:

Small World
Hans Tuetonica

Like the Spiel des Jahres, Meeples' Choice is a prestigious game award that is given to well designed games that are fun to play.  A "Meeple" is short for "My People" and comes from the little wooden men in Carcassonne.  The term has since come to be applied to any wooden disc representing a player or their workers.  If a wooden disc or cube represents an animal, you'll often see talk of the animeeples. 

Past winners include some of my favorites: Le Havre, Brass, and Agricola.  Looking over the awards for the past three or so years, I also see that it overlaps nicely with much of my wishlist.  And I do have a birthday just around the corner....


  1. I just learned a new word! Now when I play carcassonne I can talk about meeples, hehe!

    Maybe I'll have to look into one of these.


  2. Am I the only one that thinks Small World isn't that good? It's not bad... just... not that good...

  3. You just might be :). I haven't played it at all, but I only hear good things about it.

    It's good to know that bad, though. What don't you like about it?

  4. It feels like there aren't many decisions. I like the simplicity of just moving and removing pieces, but it feels like that is all you do. I also like the permutations of the races and abilities, but for some reason I feel they don't play into the game enough. If you get fortified amazons everyone knows they can't beat you... so they just go around you. No big whup. Keep in mind, I have only played it twice, and I may have missed the subtleties of the system, but with the plays under my belt I can't justify saying it is anywhere NEAR Le Havre or Brass caliber.