Dungeons and Dinner Night: Bring people to the game

For the last year or so I have been toying with the idea of throwing parties at my house and inviting everyone I know to come play D&D, eat good food, drink good drink and generally have a good time. Well here is the rub, most of my friends don’t play Dungeons and Dragons. Most of my friends have never played role playing games, or blog or do any of the geekier things in which I like to participate. So this mixture of friends and nerdity has been on my mind for a while but I was not sure about how the execution would look.

What is it: Playing a session of Dungeons and Dragons is a commitment of both time and energy. Trying to get people who have never played before or have never really been interested in playing can be hard. For Dungeons and Dinner night I set up a quick adventure that could be played through in 2 hours or so. I designed extra content in case the players wanted to go longer but I figured 2 hours was a good sweet spot.

I based my initial adventure off of Alice in Wonderland since I wanted something the players could all relate to but was also heavily based in fantasy. The characters were trying to help the town of Downhole the habitants of which have been driven mad by the the evil Redheart and his young black dragon Snickersnack

I designed the adventure with pregen characters since character creation can take a long ass time for new players. I decided to go with all players hand book 1 classes. I’m not a huge fan of Essentials builds so I skipped them.

Who is it for: As previously stated  The group ended up being my girlfriend Stephanie, 4 of her friends and one of their boy friends who had actually played an earlier edition of D&D. I had actually run into one of the girls earlier in the week and she couldn’t stop talking about how excited she was about getting to play. I have to say it’s really easy to get excited about running a game for people this excited.

The food: Dinner is in the name of the game so it’s pretty important for the whole night to work out. I thought about going for pizza Doritos and Mt. Dew to poke fun at the stereo types we all know and love. I thought about it but then I came to my senses.  For this session Stephanie made dinner. She served Greek Salad and Chickpea mini burgers with grilled red bell peppers. I’ll post the full recipes at the bottom of this article.

Reception: All the feedback has been positive. Everyone got into the game at some level. At the end of the night everyone was talking about setting a date for our next game. I would call it a success.

The Future: The group was so excited about the experience that we all decided to do it again. Because of the excitement in the group and the amount of laughs we had the first time through I decided to record the next session. Right now there is a good chance that Dungeons and Dinner night might be a regular occurring video cast here on the site. If we video and not audio we will split it up into 15 minute episodes with a little cooking lesson as the beginning or the end.

What ever happens I am calling Dungeons and Dinner night a huge win for us gamers. If anyone out there feels like throwing a DnDN for their friends feel free to take pictures and write about it, I would love to publish more peoples experiences with this format.

Recipes:

Greek Salad : 2 large tomato chopped, 1/2 chopped onion, 1 chopped cucumber, 1 chopped red bell pepper, 1 chopped green bell pepper, 1/2 cup chopped kalamata olives, crumbled feta cheese to taste.

Directions: Mix all ingreedients in a bowl and add dressing (recipe to follow).

Greek Salad Dressing: 2 parts olive oil, 1 part red wine vinegar, 1 part lemon juice, add salt and pepper to taste, 1/4 cup combined mint and fresh basil chopped.

Directions: Mix it all together in a small bowl, done.

Chickpea Burgers: 1 8oz Red Potato, 3 tablespoons olive oil, 1 teaspoon minced garlic, 1 (15.5 – ounce ) can chickpeas rinsed drained and divided, 1 tablespoon chapped fresh parsley, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon rind, 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika, 1/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper, 2 large egg whites lightly beaten.

Directions: Place potato in a saucepan; cover with water. Bring to a boil; cook 20 min or until very tender. Drain. Cool slightly. Coarsely chop, and place in a medium bowl. Add 1 tablespoon oil and garlic to bowl; mash potato mixture with a potato masher until slightly chunky. Remove 3 tablespoons chickpeas; place in a small bowl. Add remaining chickpeas to potato mixture; mash until well blended. Stir in reserved 3 tablespoons whole chickpeas, parsley, and next 5 ingredients. With moistened hands, divide mixture into 6 equal portions,  shaping each into a 3-inch patty. Next heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add 3 patties to pan; reduce heat to medium, and cook 4 minutes or until the bottoms are golden. Carefully turn parries over; cook 3 minutes or until bottoms are golden and patties are set. Repeat procedure with remaining 1 tablespoon oil and 3 patties.

Grill additional red bell peppers to add to your burgers if desired, along with fresh pesto sauce and gilled eggplant.

 

 


Part idiot. Part old man. All geek. Thadeous can't think of anything interesting about him self right now. Know this though if he could it would be creative and funny as well as thought provoking.


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