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Why have in-game treats for your tabletop RPG?
When I’m playing tabletop RPGs with my kid, I will often incorporate a little snack into the game. Maybe the game pieces are goldfish crackers or we are questing for a magical apple that he gets to eat at the end for snack time. This does a few things:
- Adds sensory aspect (tactile + taste) to keep interest
- Introduces real-world incentive to keep focus
- Creates a tangible reward
And this can be used in games for any age (even with adults) to great success. Now though… for special holiday games, I’ll try to put an extra treat in there. This is the time to have the not-so-healthy snacks at the special holiday games so they feel like part of the celebration, and here are a few suggestions.
Candy creatures as game minis
You can also make your own candy or chocolate monster tokens with a fun chocolate mold too, like this one here with a bunch of skulls! I’m thinking of doing this for an upcoming Halloween game I’m running and just wrapping them in plastic wrap or a wax paper sleeve so they stay clean.
Crawlspaces and Critters has also been making gummy minis! I thought these looked really fun, and I know both my kid and my whole adult D&D table would be all over this. You defeat the creature, you get to eat the gummy mini!
Candy holder monsters and loot chests!
Either as game favors or to use as treat minis (if your map has big squares), I thought these cute little monsters could also be a cool way to incorporate any kind of snack into your game. They are little creatures crocheted around an open and close egg, so you can hide goodies inside. These could be used for candies or for healthier snacks (blueberries, grapes, goldfish crackers, etc).
Candy dice as a sweet treat at the game table
Now, first off, if your kids are young and won’t be able to tell the difference between real dice and candy dice, it is probably not a good idea to give them candy dice and encourage them to put those in their mouths. Don’t want to instill that idea.
However, if your kids are older or you’re using these for grown ups, these can be a lot of fun! You can still roll the dice regularly, but then you get to eat them at the end!
Tabletop RPG cookies (and other baked goods)
If you want some snacks on the side, you can get a tabletop RPG themed cookie cutter and get baking! I like making themed cookies for parties and holidays, and a lot of the custom cookie cutters will work with either homemade or store bought cookie dough (so it doesn’t HAVE to take a long time to make them).
Tabletop RPG sweets and treats ideas from the grocery store
If you prefer to get your treats from the grocery store, they probably won’t have as much tabletop RPG flair, but they can definitely work. Especially around Halloween, a few ideas I’ve considered for my games that aren’t just 100% candy (or are at least easy to portion control) are:
- Halloween yogurt pretzels
- Pieces of Count Chocula cereal
- Scooby Snacks (either gummies or graham crackers)
- Halloween cookies (like Oreos)
- Individually wrapped small candies
I’ve used scooby snacks and cereal pieces with kiddo, and if you’re concerned about germs and crumbs, wrapping them in plastic wrap or wax paper helps too!
I hope this article helps you add some cool tabletop RPG treats to your game sessions, and that you have great adventure (and snack)!
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