Meeples Together: How and Why Cooperative Board Games Work

Created by Jeff Tidball

A new book from the publisher of The White Box for people who play, discuss, critique, design, and love cooperative board games.

Latest Updates from Our Project:

We've Gone to Press
4 days ago – Fri, Jan 18, 2019 at 01:30:41 AM

Print Edition: At Press

We just sent the print edition files to press. Everything’s on schedule for a timely delivery.

Backer Surveys

We're at 93% backer response to our survey. The deadline to complete your survey is February 1. If you haven't responded by then, you may not receive your rewards on the promised timeline, and your shipping charges may increase, especially if you're outside the United States.

To fill out your survey, visit

Digital Editions: Being Proofread Now

All three digital editions (PDF, EPUB, and Kindle) went to our proofreader earlier this week. They were delivered to her a few days later than our internal schedule calls for, but our schedule has about three weeks of padding built in, so there’s no reason to suspect we’ll be late in our promised February delivery for digital editions.

The Joy of Kindle

The Kindle edition has been something of a nightmare to prepare. Kindle hardware, software, support, and documentation are pretty much a disaster. We’ll do the best we can to produce excellent files for your use within the format specs and using the tools available. That said, we’ll be using the PDF and EPUB editions here at Meeples Together Headquarters for our own reference and reading.

Preview Chapter 4!

To give you backers an early preview, we’re sharing a PDF of the print edition of Chapter 4 with you today. You can download it now!

(For maximum confusion, this is a PDF file, but it isn’t the PDF edition. The PDF edition is hyperlinked, bookmarked, and optimized for digital devices. This PDF file is of the print (i.e., "dead tree" edition, and shows how the physical edition will look.)

More Meeples Together Blog Content

Christopher and Shannon continue to post new case studies at their Meeples Together blog. Make sure to visit regularly!

We're Rolling Along
about 1 month ago – Tue, Dec 18, 2018 at 10:52:19 PM

Lockdowns and Charges

We’ve started locking down orders for those who’ve completed their surveys.

We’ve also started charging backers whose rewards contains digital files that are available now. That way you can download available files right away. You should get an email from BackerKit with a download link if this describes you.

If your order only contains physical books and/or digital copies of Meeples Together, we’ll wait to charge your card until just after February 1. No sense charging you if we’re not sending you anything yet.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to email jeff at gameplaywright dot net.

No Rush

If you’re going to be moving, want to put off a credit card charge, or have any other mundane or nefarious reason, there’s no rush for you to complete your survey as long as you do it before the February 1 deadline. (But! Do plan to do it by then. If you wait until after February 1, your shipment may be delayed, and shipping costs may go up.)

Helpful Links

You can access the BackerKit page for our campaign here: <>.

If you know folks who didn’t back the campaign but want to pre-order Meeples Together, send them here: <>.

Nikki Valens Interview

Meeples Together co-author Shannon Appelcline has posted an interview with co-op designer Nikki Valens (Eldritch Horror, Mansions of Madness 2e) at his Mechanics and Meeples blog. Check it out!

We’re Set to Survey
about 1 month ago – Tue, Dec 11, 2018 at 01:43:43 AM

BackerKit Surveys

Our BackerKit set-up is done and approved. A small number of backers will receive surveys today, in a first wave that tests to make sure there are no issues with our configuration. Once it’s clear that nothing’s wrong, the balance of surveys will go out. If you haven’t received a survey by the end of the week, feel free to send a Kickstarter message or email jeff at gameplaywright dot net.

As soon as you complete your survey and pay any balance for shipping or add-ons, we’ll lock down your order and you’ll have access to any digital downloads in your order. (Except, of course, for the not-yet-finished digital edition of Meeples Together.) We’ll make a lockdown pass at least daily, and probably more often in the first few days of surveying.

There’s no rush to complete your survey, but there is a deadline: Please complete your survey by February 1 to receive your rewards on time and at the anticipated shipping cost. We’ll send physical books to our foreign distribution centers in Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom around that time. If you don’t give us your address by then, your shipment may be delayed and we may have to increase your shipping cost to account for the fact that rewards from surveys completed after that date may have to ship from the United States.

Shipping Costs

Our campaign was successful enough (thank you!) that we were able to work with shipping partners in all of the regions we hoped. Shipping costs stayed inside our projected windows except in the UK, where they are substantially lower than our estimates for Europe generally. US shipping prices are in the projected ranges in spite of a rate increase that goes into effect on January 27th.

Pathfinder ACG Case Study

There’s a new case study on the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game at Check it out!

Production Update

Our editorial progress on Meeples Together is on track. There’s been a modest four-day slip on the print edition redlines, which is unlikely to have any effect past using up a small amount of the padding built in to our schedule.

Thanks again, Meeples Together backers! We remain grateful for your support.

We Did It!
2 months ago – Wed, Nov 21, 2018 at 09:43:56 PM

From everyone on the Meeples Together team, thank you. There’s something fitting and wonderful about crowdfunding a book about cooperation.

Next Steps

Meeples Together is already through primary layout for the print edition. Once proofreading and indexing are done, we’ll send that edition to press and start preparing the digital editions. Adapting a print layout to interactive PDF, Epub, and Kindle formats is not trivial do do well, but we think it’s worth it.

Now that we know how many backers we have, we can sort out which global shipping hubs make sense and finalize shipping costs.

We’re aiming to have BackerKit live on December 4 — about the same time we receive funds from Kickstarter — so you can give us your shipping addresses and choose add-ons. That’s when we’ll issue $2 credits to “Digital Designer” backers.

Long story short: everything’s on track for delivery of digital and physical editions on the timeline we promised.

Contacting Us

If you ever have a question about your Meeples Together pledge, don’t hesitate to email jeff at gameplaywright dot net. We’re always happy to help as best we can.

Thanks Again For Backing!

We’re in the Home Stretch
2 months ago – Sun, Nov 18, 2018 at 02:42:59 AM

We’re Three Days Out!

As of this writing, that's just one backer shy of 700. Thanks for joining us, co-op fans!

Interview Companion Updates

The last three days of a campaign often see as much activity as the first three, so we’re still solidly in the running to make our $24,000 stretch goal. It’ll be close, though, so if you’re excited to see our companion volume of co-op interviews come to life, please help us by spreading the word:

We can now tell you that an interview with Matt Leacock is one of the two we couldn’t yet confirm in update #4.

Sub Terra on the Meeples Together Blog

The latest case study to be released at is for Sub Terra. Check it out!

Digital Designer Credits

Last week yours truly realized that the “Digital Designer” tier is a bad deal. I’ll explain: The ebook for The White Box Essays normally retails for $8, and the MSRP for the digital editions of Meeples Together is $10. So, at $20, that tier is two dollars above the sensible price for it.

Since there’s no reasonable way to change a tier's details mid-campaign, we’ll fix this by giving every “Digital Designer” a $2 credit in BackerKit, after the campaign ends. You can use it toward add-ons, shipping, or request that they be refunded.

My apologies.

Thanks for backing, co-op fans!