Case Study: Dragonlance
- Genre: High Fantasy
- Races: the usual D&D lineup sans orcs, half-orcs and halflings but adding kender, draconians, minotaurs, gully dwarves, high ogres and more to the mix
- Main Setting: the World of Krynn, namely the continent of Ansalon and the surrounding islands
- Setup: Based on the traditional AD&D concepts, these high-fantasy adventures span the multiple, varied nations of Ansalon. Pretty much any mission seems fair game.
Complex is the word that comes to mind, said mind still reeling from trying to puzzle through the various nations, races and so forth of the Dragonlance campaign. Holy cats! No wonder there are dozens of novels and expansions and who knows what all–there’s a lot in there.
Reading through the story that weaves through the Player’s Guide I was amused by the gadgets and inventions the gnomes of Gavin were hustling. In fact, they remind me of the Sparks in the Foglio’s Girl Genius comics–inventive, if somewhat overkill, and not always what was intended or very effective. It could be a fun diversion for your group to have a contest to see who can find the most outrageous kitchen gadget (trust me, there are some doozies out there) or even channel your inner Rube Goldbergs and create your own!
Onto the food.
There is a companion book (one of many!) to this campaign that is actually part cookbook, so the whole question of what to feed… could be answered therein. After flipping through it, though, I wasn’t incredibly impressed with many of the recipes. Still, the Qualinesti Feast Vegetable Confetti looks promising–though I’d probably use white wine instead of red, personal preference for use with the veggies–as well as the Dwarven Tide-Me-Overs. Essentially mini-meatballs, the recipe makes 200 which might be overkill for your family or gaming group but meatballs freeze very well so an afternoon spent balling them up would yeild food for several smaller gatherings.
Off book I’d probably stick with the fantasy-medieval vibe and serve a hearty stew in bread bowls, roasted vegetables with a few well-chosen spices (hint: nutmeg goes great with brussels sprouts) and fruit pies or turnovers. Several places in Ansalon boast apple, plum and pear trees that to NOT make some sort of pies just seems wrong! Individual pies might take a little more prep time but are so simple to store and serve that it’s worth it, in my book. Of course, since said trees seem to flourish more in elven lands, wrapping the pies in phyllo dough or puff pastry might seem more elvish than just regular pie crust (plus, you can get those pre-made, saving a bit of time after all).