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What is a Meeple?
A meeple is the little wooden character that represents the player in a board game. Over time, a culture has developed around the meeple and it's place in gaming as a whole. The origin of the term "meeple" is a little apocryphal, but is often attributed to Alison Hansel in 2000, when she combined the terms "my" and "people" while playing Carcassone.
To Power to the Meeple, the meeple represents you--the player. Without the meeple, without YOU, there is no board gaming hobby.
Putting People First
At Power to the Meeple we promise to always put people first. To us that means three things:
1. Responsive Communication
Our store exists to serve you. Have a question about a product? Want to place a special order? Need a recommendation for a game? Have a question about a policy or practice? Contact us. Message us on FB, DM us on Instagram, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. All messages to our store go right to a person, we won't hide behind a blind inbox and the buck stops with me.
2. Fair & Transparent Pricing
Power to the Meeple is a business, so we have to make some profit or the whole thing goes away, but our prices will always be fair & transparent. When pricing our products we compare with other online retailers and always try to price as competitively as we can without losing our shirts.
When you pay shipping to Power to the Meeple you are paying for the shipping cost at the rate that we pay to our shipping provider and the box that the product will ship out in. We are not trying to mark up shipping to generate a profit center (and at this point we are not pricing in time to prepare shipments in our shipping costs--I'll let you know if we make a change there).
3. Community Building
Community building encompasses a lot of things. First, we want to form authentic community with our customers. We want to engage with you on social media, we want to see your pictures of enjoying our games, and we want to have conversations with you on our Board Game Geek Guild.
Second, we don't want to create competition with the Friendly Local Game Store (FLGS). To grow this hobby, publishers, distributors, brick & mortar stores, direct online stores, and game board players all need to work together to keep gaming accessible and approachable to new players. FLGS' provide an opportunity for in-store play and events that online stores can't replicate. We WANT you to support where you game...and we want you to buy from us :) (I don't think these things are mutually exclusive). There are many board game players who live long distances from the nearest game store, or can't afford MSRP pricing, or don't have a "good" board game store in their town. Everyone deserves the opportunity to join in this fantastic hobby of ours and we want to play our role in helping make that possible.
Our commitment to impacting the greater community extends beyond some "feel good" talk about community building. To put our money where our mouth is, a portion of our proceeds are donated to The Spiel Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides quality board & card games to children's hospitals and senior citizen's centers.