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Jennifer

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I printed out some on my 3D printer.. an STL model I downloaded from thingiverse.com (carcassonne meeples.. 8 per plate).

They printed out very nicely but I noticed they were pretty thin.

Are carcassonne meeples relatively thin?

The wooden ones I bought from a print & play supplier are about 50% thicker.

I notice the 3D printed "carcassonne" ones tip over easier because they are thinner.

I can easily print them out thicker by changing the scale on the Z axis is Cura.

My question is, what is the ideal thickness? How many millimeters (if you don't mind).

Thanks!
 
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James
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The ones in my South Seas Carc are 9.5mm (3/8")
 
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Jennifer

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Thanks,the wooden meeple I got from print & play outfit was 10mm as well.

The ones I printed were 6.5 mm and look thinner than images of the meeples I've seen in carcassonne.

So I just rescaled z axis and now printing a set of 8 at 10mm

Thanks a bunch!
 
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Carcassonne Central has more sizing information than you could possibly ever need

Sizing Info

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Shalom Craimer
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boardgamegeekess wrote:
My question is, what is the ideal thickness? How many millimeters (if you don't mind).


I bet there's a study about this somewhere. I just can't find the right keywords to find it, I suppose.

Basically, the ergonomics relating to a meeple are all about lifting it off the board and moving it around. So the minimum thickness would be one that allows you to grip the meeple (or any item, such as cubes or discs) between thumb and finger. Better still, you want the players to succeed in lifting it on the first attempt.

Imagine how frustrating it would be to play a game and have pieces keep slipping through your fingers! On second thought, that happens to me most times when I play games with cardboard chits on a hard surface. It's easy to lift them off a soft felt cover, but from a flat wooden table? Sometime I resort to using something else to lever them up. Ugh.

I guess you could try placing your thumb on a table, like you're making a "thumbs down" gesture at the table thumbsdown. If you then rotating around the point where your thumb just touches the table, you should get an idea of how close you can really get it to the surface.

Next, place your thumb and forefinger on the table. Like a "pincer grip". Notice the gap? Ugh, I can't even think of how to describe it. Here's a picture:



So if a meeple is thinner than that gap, the pads of your fingers can't grip it reliably - you'd have to change the angle of your fingers, and actually have to think about lifting it. So lame! So while I expect the real minimum for most adults is about 6mm, it's not as nice as 8mm or even 10mm.
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Jeff Chunko
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Wait. You lay all your meeples down? Are they sleeping?
 
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Mauricio Montoya
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I usually line them standing up until they are needed, but when you are just setting up the game you just you drop all your meeples (and other peices) from the bag, and chances are most of them are gonna land flat. If they are inconvenient to pick up and organize even at that point, it will affect the experience...

Ergonomics! (amazing that those crazy germans took that little detail into consideration, but it doesn't really surprise me).
 
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