Back-in-the-Day ™ when we got together to play D&D, we did so with the requisite heavily caffeinated drinks, "Nacho Cheez" flavored orange day-glo chips, and pizza. I hate to say that we were the stereotypical gamer geeks, but the fact is, we were playing D&D in our friend's mom's basement. Granted, we were still in Junior High School, so that's not as bad as saying that we were doing so in our 30's. But, still, it paints quite the picture. Anyone observing us from a distance and not knowing who we were what exactly we were doing could pretty much guess where we fell in the social status at our school.
The thing is, back then, I didn't get that we were just eating the same kind of food that almost every kid our age was eating. I didn't eat like this at home, so I associated these types of foods specifically with playing D&D. It was just part of the culture, like wearing faded black heavy-metal concert t-shirts from concerts that we'd never been to, or talking about our characters as though they were real people.
Fast forward some 20+ years, and the state of the snacks at our D&D sessions has changed dramatically. Catch us on any of our typical Saturday or Sunday afternoon sessions, and you'll see a table arrayed with cherry tomatoes, grapes, carrots, pita chips and hummus, homemade salsa, various artisanal cheeses, and any number of different micro-brews. If we're really lucky, the wife of one of our friends will make this really awesome homemade oatmeal chocolate chip bread (HINT HINT). If not, another guy in our group makes cookies, which consists of heating up Nestle Toll House pre-made cookie dough in the oven (not that there's anything wrong with that).
If you find us on any of our all-day "one-shot" games, you'll typically see a BYO lunch followed by copious amounts of Guinness, Anchor Steam, or any other number of good beers. That is then followed by a homemade dinner, which could be simple yet very tasty grilled burgers with dozens of assorted toppings (carmelized onions, blue cheese, bacon, heirloom tomatoes, sauteed mushrooms, etc.) and the most awesome mac-n-cheese ever, or maybe spaghetti and meat sauce, or a vegetable lasagna with roasted asparagus, Swiss chard, and fennel. All of this would be served with the best wines you've ever had. If you don't know anything about wine, then just skip this next part. If you do know something about wine - we once had a Saxum syrah while gaming. Just let that sink in for a second. We played Saxum & Sorcerers.
I'm really looking forward to this Sunday's game. Not only do I get to spend time with my best friends and continue running through my campaign world, but I also get to enjoy some tasty (and relatively healthy) snacks and drinks, and relax and forget about work and life and everything else that might be bothering me.
That is, all until a few weeks from now, when I get to stay up late and eat pizza again at my Friday night AD&D game. The more things change, the more they stay the same.
If only homes in California had basements.
What are your snacks like? Have they changed over the years?