Preferred Player Token?

Wooden "Meeplelike" TokenPlastic Miniature

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3 points by Skyw3rd - updated 8 months ago | 17 comments | report | subscribe

R0land1199 Supporter8 months ago | 2 points[-]

I paint miniatures as a hobby so any game with minis has double value for me!  That said, I don’t typically buy games for miniatures (mostly because I kickstart reaper bones so I have enough minis for a long while. )

In the end it depends on the theme and game style. Big Trouble in Little China?  Doom 2016?  Scythe? Anachrony?  I think the miniatures definitely enhance the games and bring out their character.

For most euros individual meeples don’t really have character so good old wood is fine.  And for most non character elements wood or plastic work depending on what is being represented  

I voted plastic miniature because when they are well done they can really make a game magical but really the answer is depends  

Skyw3rd 8 months ago | 2 points[-]

My buddy is the same way. He paints miniatures, so he loves them. I'm looking to get into it, but I'm a little intimidated. I've got The Lord of the Rings: Journeys in Middle-earth showing up today,so that might inspire me to start.

R0land1199 Supporter8 months ago | 1 point[-]

I'd suggest maybe buying one or two other miniatures that really speak to you and start with those.  That way you can practice a bit and learn some technique before you start on your game miniatures.

Skyw3rd 8 months ago | 2 points[-]

I think that's my plan. Buy a few WizKids or Reaper minis from the local Warhammer place and give it a try.

sdirrane Supporter8 months ago | 2 points[-]

I voted for Wooden Meeples, but like many others I'm sure a large part is dependent on the game.  Having said that my top two games right now are Root and Viticulture which are both Wooden Meeples.  However, Scythe is close to my top and utilizes both quite well.

I think for me the problem with minis is many games and Kickstarters seem to laud the amount of minis that it comes with.  As if minis were the most important thing.  I think even sometimes the game play may be lacking but hoping to be made up for with cool minis.

  But with games like Imperial Assault you want to see Darth Vadar and Luke Skywalker running around.

Skyw3rd 8 months ago | 1 point[-]

I'm eagerly anticipating the end of the mega kickstarter with a hundred miniatures. It seems like bloat disguised as value.

sdirrane Supporter8 months ago | 1 point[-]

Totally, I'm actually backing off backing for a while.  Most of the extras I've found to really be minimal and the price points are so high that I've decided to just use patience and wait for retail and then to be out on retail.  Unless it's something I just really want to support.  For example, I have a young family and I'm really excited to back Quest Kids.  But others are making me crazy.  Moonrakers looks so good, but $70 after shipping for a game that is basically cards.  Take out all the frilly extras and make it affordable.  As much as I like the idea of Metal Coins I'd rather have $30 to spend on another game.

Skyw3rd 8 months ago | 1 point[-]

For sure. I love metal coins, but I can live. Also, there's so many "Kickstarter Versions" in the secondary market that you can save a bundle and still get the frills.

I do tend to back Leder Games stuff as I enjoy their games, but also they're local to me so it's a bit of helping out the home team.

sdirrane Supporter8 months ago | 1 point[-]

Nice, yeah I did back the Underground Expansion for Root.  But that also is one of my favorite games so I felt very good about it.

I'd love premium add ons, if I had all the money in the world.  But every premium add on is money spent that could be used to add games to my collection.  Maybe someday.

nealkfrank 8 months ago | 2 points[-]

To me it depends on the type of game, Great Western Trail? Makes sense to have wood. Gaia Project? Makes sense to be plastic, with it being all futurey and what not!

Skyw3rd 8 months ago | 2 points[-]

That's a very good point.

Skyw3rd 8 months ago | 2 points[-]

I'd love to be able to just put this comment in the body of the poll, but this works too.

I've been thinking of this a bit. I've played games like Imperial Assault and Descent and the miniatures are really nice. Paint them and they're even better. Unpainted and they're a bit...drab. My first game of Carcassone and I loved the meeples. I like screen printed meeples. They're all good in my mind. A big part of the charm of Root comes from those meeples.

What's your preference?

philryuh Supporter8 months ago | 2 points[-]

You know I had the same exact thought, but wasn't sure what would look the best in the end haha. I think it would be nice to include the "description" within the post so that it doesn't get buried if the comment thread got really long or something.

I voted for wood while thinking of Root. It just has that satisfying feel and charm to it and I typically like chunkier components (like the chunky food dice in Wingspan).

Skyw3rd 8 months ago | 1 point[-]

Those dice? Oh good.

Skurvy5 Supporter8 months ago | 1 point[-]

I’d say both have their place! Especially depending upon the type and style of game that you are playing. Scythe mixes both types and it’s absolutely gorgeous. 

Skyw3rd 8 months ago | 1 point[-]

I totally agree.

BenjaminK 8 months ago | 1 point[-]

I like all, but miniatures are just "nicer," so I like those. But I'm not a "minis" person who must have all minis, painted, etc. I'll enjoy a game just as much with wooden pawns as I will with minis, but the minis do look better :)