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Ken Dozier
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Ever since my formal introduction to Carcassonne et al., I have heard the player bits referred to as "meeples." The rules refer to them as "followers," but we all call them meeples. Does anyone know where this name came from, or is it just one of those gaming mysteries of the universe?
 
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Erik Swedlund
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Here's one possible answer (http://thegamebistro.com/credits.htm), pointed to from Wikipedia:


"Alison Hansel coined the term. It's short for "My People" as she felt the little meeples were uber-cute. Local Massachusetts gamers started to use the term Meeple in numerous session reports that appeared on the 'net, and caught on over time. I've even heard Jay Tummelson use the term. (I'm still waiting for an official Rio Grande Games translation that uses the term.) It was said at an SSG session back in November of 2000. So it is written so let it be known...

"I've seen people refute this and claim that it was used far earlier for some other game... In any event, if the term was used before, it was not known to Alison. In any event, the usage with Carcassonne followers has a very specific origin." - David Bernazzani



The GeekList "The Official Favorite Game List of the Five Guys" at http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist.php3?action=view&listi... retells the same origin.
 
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Fraser
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Back in the days when there were less maps we played every map back to back
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Ooh a little higher, now a bit to the left, a little more, a little more, just a bit more. Oooh yes, that's the spot!
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I was told a similar story when asking the same question. I saved the link to the geeklist, but the geeklist has since been deleted

Oh and in our house the big meeple is known as "Bubba".
 
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