What Meeples would YOU use to play ... Manila?
Kevin Shanahan
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Manila uses 3 or 4 conical-hat meeples per player, but there are a few things about Manila that would make a player want to use different meeples instead of the ones in the box. The selection of colors in Manila is limited -- Red, Blue, Black, Yellow, Orange. Yellow and Orange are pretty close in hue, and there are no Green meeples (my favorite color). All the meeples are identical and there are no \"special\" meeples with different effects on the game. There\'s plenty of room to use pretty large meeples. Anything with a base up to the size of a nickel will fit on a boat.

So what would YOU use to play Manila (if you would play Manila at all)? Let\'s say it\'s a 4-player game, so all you need is 3 pieces that\'ll fit on the boats. I\'ll start by listing the ones we\'ve actually used in games along with ones that I wish we had.
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Solves my one color issue right quick, 'cuz there's Green Meeples Galore in ol' Carcassonne.

You can be staid and boring and just use 3 normal meeps, or get wacky and whip out the Dragon-Fairy-Count combo platter.

Now that Abbey and Mayor is around, I went with Builder-Big Meeple-Mayor in my last Manila session and won it by one peso. Score one for Mayor HammerPants! Can't Touch This!
 
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Ok, so maybe everyone else is using custom meeples... vanilla is still a solid flavor.
 
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Well, you could go with the very-similar Street Sellers from Dragon Parade! You get 'em in five very distinct colours, including a nice deep purple, and your favourite green!

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