Judge: Order… I will have order in this courtroom! Please settle down everyone, the court recognizes this is a big case, and we need to take this seriously. We are here to come up with a ruling in the case Mini V Meeple. Is the defense ready?
Carcasonne: Yes your honor, we have a fool proof argument, that meeples always have been, and always will be, the go to table top gaming component.
Judge: And the challenging plaintiff, miniatures are you prepared to proceed with your challenge?
Blood Rage: BLOOD RAGE!!!!!
Mice and Mystics: Dammit man, calm down. You said you could keep it together.
Blood Rage: blood rage…
Mice and Mystics: We are ready your honor. With amazing artists, and 3d printing technology, we are here to prove that little wooden carvings are a thing of the past. They will soon go the way of those old timey hoops that kids used to chase down the street with sticks.
Agricola: You son of a….
Judge: Order! I will have order in this courtroom!
Judge: Challenging plaintiff, make your case… but please keep your co-counsel on task. Defense… please keep your comments to yourself.
Mice and Mystics: No promises your honor… but we will try
Blood Rage: (turning red… shaking…)
Rising Sun: I told you it was a bad idea to bring him…
Mice and Mystics: Your honor. We appreciate what the meeple has brought to the world of tabletop gaming. Everyone here remembers the ruling that changed the world in Meeple V Thimble, Dog, and Top Hat; but today is a new day. Why use a little piece of painted wood that vaguely resembles a person, when you can have an incredibly detailed plastic miniature. All of the cool kids are now using minis instead of meeples, just look at some of the most recent kickstarters hits: Hate, Nemesis, and Rising Sun. What do these games have in common? They all have amazing bigger than life plastic minis. We can either fight the future of tabletop gaming, or embrace it. We believe the tabletop gaming community needs to embrace miniatures, and move on from the meeple.
Judge: You make a compelling argument, now for the defense… what do you have to say?
Carcassonne: Thank you your honor, we have a lot to say. While a detailed samurai warrior can work for one specific game… the humble meeple can represent any number of things. Do we really want to take imagination out of everything? Meeples can provide variety. Who are we to forget the animeeple. Meeples help to keep game production costs under control. Do we want to live in a world where all new games cost over 100 dollars? That is not a gaming world I want to live in.
Judge: Thank you. I will retire to my chamber and return with a ruling soon. Before I go, does anyone else have anything of substance to add?
Blood Rage: Blood Rage!!!
Judge: Bailiff… remove Blood rage from the premises… Anyone else…
(The back door flies open…. and slowly a large figure walks into the courtroom…)
Judge: Is that who I think it is?
Scythe: Yes… it is I… Scythe… I come to you today to share the wisdom that there is room for both meeples and minis in the board gaming world. You don’t need to choose just one.
Judge: It is true… Scythe has found a way to use both minis and meeples hand in hand. I am ready to make my ruling. There are no winners or losers. Both minis and meeples have a place in the table top community.
Carcasonne: Really? But there are literally always winners and losers in the table top community.
Mice and Mystics: I hate to agree with Carcasonne… but yeah Judge, this seems like a cop-out.
Judge: See, you are working together already… court is adjourned!
At Nonstop Tabletop, we are a democracy. We are bringing the argument to the people. Which is the superior gaming component, meeples or minis? Vote below.