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Offline Windekind

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What is the difference between 'followers' and 'meeples'?
« on: June 30, 2019, 07:04:41 AM »
Is there a difference in follower and meeple?
 :white-meeple: <--> :yellow-meeple:
Especially in the 1st editions of Carcassonne, followers were used and in the new edition, meeples.

If it means completely the same, why this name change (and when?). What is the historical story behind this?


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Re: What is the difference between 'followers' and 'meeples'?
« Reply #1 on: June 30, 2019, 02:59:22 PM »
Hi Windekind!

There is no difference between follower and meeple as of today. You can check how the terms are used identically in the same context in Bigbox 4 (Caracassonne I) and Big Box 6 (Carcassonne II). Please check the images the figures included in each Big Box. Notes:
* Big Box 6 includes the new abbot in the follower/meeple category.
* The term pawn was later replaced by figure

HiG started to use it instead of follower in the German base game rules, after indicating the equivalence of the terms Gefolgesleute (followers) and Meeple. This renaming has been used extensively in Carcassonne II both in German and English. However publishers such as Devir (for Spain, Portugal and Latin America) have maintained the Carcassonne I naming convention still using followers (seguidores in Spanish and Portuguese) in their translations of the Carcassonne II rules.

I haven't found anything on the reason for the change yet. My guess: Maybe just an additional resource to renew the image of the game leveraging the wide-spread iconic term meeple, coined by Alison Hansel during a Carcassonne game back in 2000.   

« Last Edit: July 01, 2019, 04:13:49 AM by Meepledrone »

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Re: What is the difference between 'followers' and 'meeples'?
« Reply #2 on: July 01, 2019, 05:30:20 AM »
In Dutch it is referred to as 'Horige'. If I translate this correctly it would be "Serfdom" in English. I think this is a better name because it has a more medieval character.

I can understand why they chose 'Meeples' because of the different forms they can take in Carcassonne and its Spin-offs.
But it is nice to have different names. The latest Spin-off versions all have the same name: Meeples. (Star Wars, Amazonas, Safari)

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