Pimp my Meeple: Upgraded wooden components for games
Matt Musselman
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Burnaby
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Plastic bits, cardboard chips, and sometimes even wooden cubes or cylinders: these are standard elements in the Eurogame world.

However, to certain Euro connoisseurs, sometimes a wooden cube or a plastic figure isn't enough. Sometimes the snootiest of Euro fans demands nothing less than a wooden meeple to sate his gaming bit hunger.

I've created this list as a resource for game geeks, game publishers, game component manufacturers, or any other interested parties to provide links where other game geeks can acquire wooden meeple to replace components for a specific game. Each listing should include explicit instructions: either a URL to a website where the meeple can be purchased, or if a website is not available, the contact information and product name for the specific store where it can be purchased.

When possible, also list:
1. A picture of the purchasable components (where copyright allows)
2. Description of any modifications required
3. Description of any issues with the custom pieces (e.g. too big, too small, a style that doesn't quite match other components)

I'm hoping this will become a valuable resource for some time to come.

(NOTE: I reserve the right to edit or remove non-compliant submissions)
Edit: changed "custom components" to "purchasable components" to reduce confusion.
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1. Board Game: Agricola [Average Rating:8.03 Overall Rank:17]
Matt Musselman
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Perhaps one of the most hotly discussed custom meeple candidates, the Agricola animeeples.
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2. Board Game: Agricola [Average Rating:8.03 Overall Rank:17]
Drew Spencer
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Replacements for the family members in Agricola, which are boring cylinders.
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3. Board Game: Enchanted Forest [Average Rating:5.73 Overall Rank:5165]
George Husted
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The original pawns looked like little cowboys and cowboys don't quite fit the theme of the Enchanted Forest. shake So, I purchased some small wooden people pawns at Michael's Craft Store (I think they were $1.19 for 3), some small wooden disks, and a wooden dowl. I glued the disks to the pawns. I cut the dowl into pawn length pieces and sharpened one end. Then I glued the shortened and sharpened dowls to the other side of the little people pawns. Finally, I painted each pawn with regular model paint.

Now, my Enchanted Forest game has proper little warrior knights to play with instead of little cowboys. My world has returned to balance.
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4. Board Game: Goldbräu [Average Rating:6.42 Overall Rank:2140]
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What would make for a more thematic replacement for the "share" cubes in Goldbräu than these Keg meeple from boardgamebits.com:
http://boardgamebits.com/store/index.php?main_page=product_i...

Painting required to match the player colours.
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5. Board Game: Railways of the World [Average Rating:7.69 Overall Rank:97] [Average Rating:7.69 Unranked]
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Wooden replacements for the locomotives and empty city markers in Railroad Tycoon.
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6. Board Game: Trias [Average Rating:6.47 Overall Rank:1679]
Mark Saya
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In the first version of Trias, dinosaurs were represented by wooden cubes: functional, but hardly atmospheric. A later edition included the dino-meeples shown here, a nice improvement. Some BGGers have customized even nicer, more varied dinos. Those of us who already had the first edition were able to upgrade for only the cost of mailing if I remember correctly. Good game.

Not sure if the dino-meeps are still available separately; Gecko Games has re-released the game as Ciao Dino, apparently with "bronto"-type dinosaurs. http://geckogames.spieleck.de

Edit: The Brontosaurus is now known as the Apatosaurus. As the years pass my 1960s education becomes increasingly obsolete . . .
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7. Board Game: War to Axis: Warfare in Normandy [Average Rating:6.84 Overall Rank:8181]
Kent Reuber
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I occasionally upgrade components in wargames too. In the case of War to Axis, some of the status counters were produced on thin cardstock and were hard to handle. I got a bunch of wooden alphabet tiles from Michaels craft store and glued the markers. Now, these counters are much easier to handle. You can see one here in the center of the board:



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8. Board Game: Wood Wars: Fantasy Miniatures Game [Average Rating:6.95 Unranked]
George Husted
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The Wood Wars miniature game calls for rolling a marble through a tube held about 12" above the target area.

I decided that launching the marble with a catapult would be more fun.devil

Material needed:

- Flat wooden rectangle
- Clothespin with spring
- Toothpick (round, not flat)
- Wooden candle holder cup
- Elmer's glue

Cut of the tips of the jaw end of the clothespin so that one of the jaws is longer than the other and the shorter jaw tip fits into the little round cutout inside the mouth of the clothespin. The longer end is the top and the shorter end is the bottom of the catapult.

Glue the wood candle holder cup to the tail end of the top jaw (not the mouth end)

Glue the lower jaw to the flat wood rectangle.

Place the round toothpick between the upper and lower jaws and forward (toward the jaw opening) of the spring, and glue it in place.

Cut off the parts of the toothpick that hang out over the jaws.

Place marble into the cup, depress tail end of upper clothespin jaw, and release...letting loose the dogs of medieval warfare upon unsuspecting wooden pawns. Mmmhuhuhahahahaw!!!arrrh

Behold, a new engine of war is upon the earth. "Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds."sauron
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