Board Game Spotlight: Happy Meeple
Wow! Where do I start? There is a lot going on here. This is a bit different from my normal spotlight. Happymeeple.com is a website, but it is also a game and it also has games. Let's break it down a bit.
I will start with the board games. They currently have 11 board games to play digitally on their site, for free. Each starts with a tutorial. If you beat the tutorial or play it twice, you get a white meeple and can play with bots or actual humans. I played a game of Lost Cities today with a woman from the UK. How cool is that? The graphics are beautiful and the games function great. It feels like playing an app, especially when I play on my tablet. I like that they are sorted by player count (1 or 2) and by difficulty of play.
The community at Happy Meeple is fantastic. When you select a game to play, it opens a table at the inn. Others can join you, you can play with a bot, or you can send an invite link to a friend. As you play you can chat with your fellow player and also chat with the inn as a whole. It is very engaging and helps you feel like you are playing with actual people, which you are!
This is a great way to connect with friends and family that are far away, because of distance or quarantine. I am going to be playing with my mom this weekend. She lives half a continent away. I was supposed to go visit her in a couple of weeks, so, distance and quarantine. That won't be happening now but we can still play games, something we would have done, thanks to Happy Meeple. I am really excited to have something I can actually do with her because holding a long conversation with nothing to do (via Skype) is hard for us.
Then there is the game you play while you are playing the games. This meta game gives you experience as you play games on the site. You can build your village, level up, and earn coveted black meeples. Happy Meeple is absolutely worth a look. Check it out here!