The last few times I’ve been back to where I went to University to visit my friends they’ve all been massively enthusiastic about a game called Carcassonne. Players take turns placing cardboard tiles and claiming them with meeple (the little wooden people that come with the game) to build castles, roads and farms to score points. Their one problem with the game is the lack of available colours of meeple which limits the number of players. The original game comes with 5 colours, plus an extra one if you buy one of the extensions. With the amount of game tiles available when you have more of the extensions, there’s plenty of scope for extra players, but no extra colours of meeple.
These are a set of meeple I laser cut from 10mm clear acrylic. It includes the standard sized meeple and a mega meeple, builder and pig from two of the extensions. With all of the colours of acrylic available (over 20) there’d be plenty to choose from! I’m currently looking for somewhere that will sell me lots of colours in sheets less than 2 x 3m, then I can start making some different colours.
(More pictures and details after the break)
The outlines were made by scanning the game pieces. I then had a friend use Inkscape to turn the image from the scanner into outlines and save them as .dxf files. When imported into the laser cutter software they could be scaled to the correct size using the heights of the pieces I measured. They won’t be perfectly the same size as the originals, since they all vary by +/- 0.5mm anyway, but they come close. Those in the pictures are slightly undersized as I didn’t have a set of pieces with me when I laser cut them so guessed at 16mm, they should have been slightly larger to allow for twice the laser cutter’s kerf. Close! The sizes are as follows:
Normal Meeple: 16mm
Mega Meeple: 19mm
Here’s a preview of the outlines, I’ll upload the .dxf files for download when I post pictures of the multiple colour versions soon. If you know of somewhere I can buy small quantities of 10mm acrylic please let me know!
And a photo of one of my transparent meeple next to a standard meeple. A tiny bit shorter and a wee bit chubbier.
Want some? Leave me a comment or send me an email. What colours would you most like if you could choose ANY colour to have as your custom meeple colour?