Game Night Snacks

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Posted by:
Andrew Birkett
Date Published:
Mar 3, 2019

It’s game night. You’re fortunate enough to have the games and the players to play them. You have your game night all setup. Though, you want to be a good host and have been conditioned into providing food at social gatherings. However, you cannot afford to see your precious games ruined by a careless spill or a greasy hand. You need to provide snacks that won’t harm your games and will also be enjoyed by all of your players, including those with dietary restrictions. Or maybe you don’t mind taking the risk with your games as long as you have a great game night experience (you monster!).

First, let us talk about some common limitations or dietary restrictions.

    Vegans:

Vegans have an incredibly restrictive diets. Like vegetarians, vegans do not eat meat. However, vegans also will not eat any animal byproducts. This is tough as most commercially bought food includes some form of animal byproduct, even products we’d not expect. Apart from the usual honeys, milks, meats, etc. There are several other products that use animal products such as Jell-O and even some candies!

If there is a vegan gamer in your group, it’s important to be sensitive to their restrictions and include snacks that they’ll be able to enjoy, too. Fortunately, major grocery chains are carrying more vegan friendly options than ever so you’ll surely be able to find something for your vegan friends.

    Lactose Intolerant/food allergies:

Lactose intolerant folks are less restrictive than vegans, though can become ill if they eat anything with lactose in it. There are also a multitude of people who suffer from more severe food allergies. It’s important to check your friend’s food allergies before you host your game night to ensure not to make anyone sick. There are also a rare few who face gluten allergies, which can be restrictive on the types of foods they can enjoy. And of course some face severe peanut allergies.

Once we understand all of our player’s food allergies now we can determine the potential options to include. There are several ways we’ve seen gamers work through how they offer snacks at their game night.

Some Options on How You May Handle Snacks:

  1. You can provide food/snacks before gaming at a separate table, free from spilling or otherwise ruining your games
  2. You can provide snacks that are safe to eat at the table while gaming
  3. You can stack greasy snacks directly on your gaming table – maybe even on the game box – with a reckless disregard for your games

We’d never recommend #3, but hey, we won’t stop you from running your game night how you see fit.

It also should be noted that spilling drinks, even water, can damage a game just as much, if not more, than food products. Most gaming groups banish drinks to another area where they cannot wreck havoc on their beautiful cardboard obsessions. Also, if gamers are drinking at their table this may impair their ability to not sling chip dip all over your brand new game. You’ve been warned.

How a gamer decides which of the three options is best for them will be determined by which type of gamer they are.

Gamers fall loosely into three categories:

    Relaxed Rachel  

The relaxed owner sees games as experiences. They’re willing to see some wear on their games. They don’t mind a little box ding or a sticky card here and there. They trust their game will stay in good enough condition. It’s meant to be played and enjoyed anyways, right? Who cares if someone spreads peanut butter all over the cards or spills beer all over the box? It will add character.

    Guardian Gary

The guardian owner sees games a bit differently. They’re more restrictive. They might not outright ban all food, but will be selective about which food/drinks are allowed around the table. They want to ensure their investment stays clean, but they can handle a bit of wear. The guardian would allow all players to pickup all food with chopsticks, because that sounds like a fun dexterity game in-it-of-itself and the guardian appreciates that.

    Protector Paul

The protector owner sees their games strictly as beautiful cardboard art. They are meant to be displayed and must stay in new condition for their entire life. Their cards are sleeved. There will be no food or drinks on the table and players aren’t even allowed to eat before they go to gaming night. They must sanitize their hands when they get into the house and again before the game comes out. Their couch is also covered in plastic – not like that’s uncomfortable, or anything.

Conclusion

It’s important to ensure you check into your gamers dietary restrictions. It’s hard enough to assemble a gaming group as is and will only be more difficult if you kill one of your players. We’d recommend avoiding that at all costs. Once you know everyone’s dietary needs you can assemble the best snacks for your group and determine how to handle them. Whether you place them on another table, have snacks safe for your gaming table or have an utter disregard for how your snacks will affect your games will depend on if you’re a Relaxed Rachel, Guardian Gary or Protector Paul. So which are you? Let us know with #RelaxedRachel, #GuardianGary or #ProtectorPaul and tag us @atherisgames.

Game Night Snacks

Article

It’s game night. You’re fortunate enough to have the games and the players to play them. You have your game night all setup. Though, you want to be a good host and have been conditioned into providing food at social gatherings. However, you cannot afford to see your precious games ruined by a careless spill or a greasy hand. You need to provide snacks that won’t harm your games and will also be enjoyed by all of your players, including those with dietary restrictions. Or maybe you don’t mind taking the risk with your games as long as you have a great game night experience (you monster!).

First, let us talk about some common limitations or dietary restrictions.

    Vegans:

Vegans have an incredibly restrictive diets. Like vegetarians, vegans do not eat meat. However, vegans also will not eat any animal byproducts. This is tough as most commercially bought food includes some form of animal byproduct, even products we’d not expect. Apart from the usual honeys, milks, meats, etc. There are several other products that use animal products such as Jell-O and even some candies!

If there is a vegan gamer in your group, it’s important to be sensitive to their restrictions and include snacks that they’ll be able to enjoy, too. Fortunately, major grocery chains are carrying more vegan friendly options than ever so you’ll surely be able to find something for your vegan friends.

    Lactose Intolerant/food allergies:

Lactose intolerant folks are less restrictive than vegans, though can become ill if they eat anything with lactose in it. There are also a multitude of people who suffer from more severe food allergies. It’s important to check your friend’s food allergies before you host your game night to ensure not to make anyone sick. There are also a rare few who face gluten allergies, which can be restrictive on the types of foods they can enjoy. And of course some face severe peanut allergies.

Once we understand all of our player’s food allergies now we can determine the potential options to include. There are several ways we’ve seen gamers work through how they offer snacks at their game night.

Some Options on How You May Handle Snacks:

  1. You can provide food/snacks before gaming at a separate table, free from spilling or otherwise ruining your games
  2. You can provide snacks that are safe to eat at the table while gaming
  3. You can stack greasy snacks directly on your gaming table – maybe even on the game box – with a reckless disregard for your games

We’d never recommend #3, but hey, we won’t stop you from running your game night how you see fit.

It also should be noted that spilling drinks, even water, can damage a game just as much, if not more, than food products. Most gaming groups banish drinks to another area where they cannot wreck havoc on their beautiful cardboard obsessions. Also, if gamers are drinking at their table this may impair their ability to not sling chip dip all over your brand new game. You’ve been warned.

How a gamer decides which of the three options is best for them will be determined by which type of gamer they are.

Gamers fall loosely into three categories:

    Relaxed Rachel  

The relaxed owner sees games as experiences. They’re willing to see some wear on their games. They don’t mind a little box ding or a sticky card here and there. They trust their game will stay in good enough condition. It’s meant to be played and enjoyed anyways, right? Who cares if someone spreads peanut butter all over the cards or spills beer all over the box? It will add character.

    Guardian Gary

The guardian owner sees games a bit differently. They’re more restrictive. They might not outright ban all food, but will be selective about which food/drinks are allowed around the table. They want to ensure their investment stays clean, but they can handle a bit of wear. The guardian would allow all players to pickup all food with chopsticks, because that sounds like a fun dexterity game in-it-of-itself and the guardian appreciates that.

    Protector Paul

The protector owner sees their games strictly as beautiful cardboard art. They are meant to be displayed and must stay in new condition for their entire life. Their cards are sleeved. There will be no food or drinks on the table and players aren’t even allowed to eat before they go to gaming night. They must sanitize their hands when they get into the house and again before the game comes out. Their couch is also covered in plastic – not like that’s uncomfortable, or anything.

Conclusion

It’s important to ensure you check into your gamers dietary restrictions. It’s hard enough to assemble a gaming group as is and will only be more difficult if you kill one of your players. We’d recommend avoiding that at all costs. Once you know everyone’s dietary needs you can assemble the best snacks for your group and determine how to handle them. Whether you place them on another table, have snacks safe for your gaming table or have an utter disregard for how your snacks will affect your games will depend on if you’re a Relaxed Rachel, Guardian Gary or Protector Paul. So which are you? Let us know with #RelaxedRachel, #GuardianGary or #ProtectorPaul and tag us @atherisgames.