Enhancing the gaming experience with food.
Now there is pre-food, during food, and after-food gaming. Why? It depends on the event and the DM. Not all DMs like food on their tables or cheese colored thumb prints in their books. Books must not be touched with hands that have food particles on them. Sacred work rules, you know.
This leads to pre-gaming food. Usually heavy in sugars and carbs for marathon gaming sessions. While post-gaming food is usually break times for when the pizza finally is delivered or the timer went off in the kitchen.
Often, major junk food leads to other problems like cardiac problems, swelling feet, hypertension, and more. What can a DM do to improve the gaming food?
King’s Feast! Sure! What about going traditional? More paleo type? Like serving soup in bread bowls, turkey with the trimmings, or fruit from the orchard? And anyone sitting below the salt might need to move or they won’t get any?
What about really feasting or LARPing the meal? Perhaps a fine vintage wine with a wedge of cheese? Bread torn by hand and dipped in sauce? And who wouldn’t want a turkey leg with a pint of ale in newly carved out wooden cups? Wow! Hardcore DM stuff, making your players carve out their own cups.
Okay, if you are going with junk food chips, why not make them over an open fire outside? What about a steaming pot of beverage to go with baked potatoes? Really drive home the feel of what your characters’ empty stomachs? Or what assassin might had access to the pot to due in a character? A true visual experience.
What about a real pig over the fire? The ideas are endless and there are many ancient recipes out there that might be better to fix and eat than hitting the junk food area before gaming. Just another idea to enhance the gaming experience and create memories.
Article for Dwarven Tavern author by Dr. Lisa Goins. Dr. Goins is the co-author of "Dwarven Tavern Story Ideas and Quick Start Story Ideas". Dr. Goins new book "CEO Business Objectives: Health, Wealth, and Success" will be release in April 2015.