Monday, December 12, 2016

Edible Props

I stumbled across this on Reddit and thought it was pretty cool. Wats6831 jazzed up his tabletop game with some authentic "trail rations" to serve as snacks.

Homemade artisan herb bread, home grown and dried apples and prunes, uncured beef sausage, munster cheese. Made a small bag from cheesecloth and tied it closed. Going to try some other variations like a dwarf variety with black bread and blood sausage, and a halfling variety with waybread and honeycomb.


We've touched on food as an immersive game element before, primarily in regards to iron rations and pemmican.  There's nothing wrong with the traditional menu of chips and soda for tabletop snacking, but for the same price you can get something far more lore-friendly.  I'm a big fan of nuts, dried fruit, landj√§ger, and biltong. Which, surprisingly enough, is what I eat when I'm actually hiking.

3 comments:

Ministry Minion said...

Don't forget the Dwarf Bread in the dwarf version. Though do check the weapons policy first.

CoastConFan said...

Rather than rehash comments from the previous linked posts from Propnomicon, let me suggest looking eastward for ideas on travel food such as on caravans. Dates travel well and uncooked rice was carried and then boiled when at a camping spot. Breads were also travel fare in the east as they were in the west. Caravans could stop at caravanserai or khans on established routes. Some research about caravanserai can yield up some great floor plans and game ideas. Don’t forget that North Africa had some epic caravan treks as well when you Google.

Check out the food listed on a mideastern caravan/camel train some time. Some of the descriptions might help GMs and players get some new input from the Tolkien standard.

Some info about caravans, most specifically about the Silk Road http://factsanddetails.com/world/cat52/sub331/item1182.html and http://apcentral.collegeboard.com/apc/members/courses/teachers_corner/26547.html and http://www.historytoday.com/blog/2014/08/cumin-camels-and-caravans-spice-odyssey suggests locusts as travel food.

Zero Mostel said...

Has anyone written a book on this? Might be a market.