You know what I love just as much as games, though? Food.
Food is interesting and weird. Remember that question I asked a few minutes ago, wondering who’s hungry? There’s a good chance that you’re hungry right now, or you were earlier, or that you’re probably going to eat at some point today. You might chow down on a bag of Doritos alone in front of your computer, or you might go out to a swanky restaurant for steak and lobster. Moreover, all sorts of things happen to us because of food: food can cause sickness and health, and meals can make or break families, jobs, and relationships. Food is at the very core of our society and how we function!
So why do we forget about food at the gaming table?
No, no, not the pizza and the chips and the Mountain Dew, the real food. The gruel served up at the local tavern, the rations we insist on picking up at the start of every character creation even though we’re probably going to run out or abandon the idea by the time the second session rolls around. We forget about the rations, the bootlegging, the farms, and every step in between. Sure, it makes an appearance sometimes, but by and large food and food culture are conspicuously absent from the gaming table. I hope to change that.
In this series, I plan to dig into some fun and interesting ways we can work in food culture at the gaming table. No matter what the genre or edition, food culture can serve as a tasty backdrop for entire campaigns, small twists to keep things interesting, and fill gaps in your game that you didn’t even know were there. Oh, and I guess we might talk a little about what to serve up at the gaming table too from time to time. You know, if you’re into that.
To get us started today, I just have one question: when was the last time food or food culture played an important role in your game? Moreover, do you keep track of your rations in the dungeon, or do you conveniently forget about them? Let’s talk about food in your games in the comments below, and I’ll be back soon to kick the conversation up a notch!