I'm assembling an exciting new cookbook themed around the tabletop role-playing experience.
Now in Paypal flavor!
For everyone who requested it, there is now a little Paypal option here: Paypal page
Critical Success! (or, New Stretch Goal)
UPDATE #3: Just when I think you guys couldn't stun me any more, you continue to blow me away! (My poor exclamation mark button is so abused lately, but I don't even care.)
The new stretch goal is set for $10,500, which will go toward better promotional material, reviews, and marketing. Ok, I know, that's a big leap. However, getting the attention of booksellers on a national level isn't cheap when you are publishing on your own. You all have shown that, like me, you think this book is really something special. Now I want the world to know it, and sadly, that comes with a hefty price tag.
Even if we can't make this last goal in the time left, I thank everyone who've given their support so far. This book is your baby as much as it is mine, and I hope you all feel as proud as I do.
UPDATE #2: Look at that! All you brave folks helped us reach our initial stretch in a matter of days. Let's keep reaching for the stars! Our new goal of $7,000 will help pay for recipe testing ingredients, a professional food photographer, and a food stylist. At this point, it's go pro or go home!
(Ok not really, but it would be awesome to have pictures done by people with something better than a point-and-shoot. ^_^)
Update #1- We did it! In a full 10 days our goal was reached thanks to generous folks from all over the world; thank you, you're all amazing and deserving of virtual high-fives.
But we don't have to stop here! I'm setting a stretch goal of $5,000 in order to include full color art /and/ photographs. There is something about colorful pictures of food that turns the drool factor up to the max.
Also, if you popped by here via reddit, I will be doing an AMA next week to answer any and all questions you might have.
Please, continue to spread the word so we can take this book to the next level!
Once Upon A Social Media Page...
Back in late March of this year, I put up a thread on Google Plus asking if people ever used food to add an extra dimension to their games. This sparked a wonderful conversation between several different members of the gaming community from both people who loved to cook and people who wanted to bring something different to the gaming table, but weren't sure exactly how to execute it.
The responses really got me thinking, and I realized that there wasn't a viable cookbook specifically aimed to gamers. Having nutritious food at your gaming session can not only keep players from getting distracted due to hunger, but engaging the sense of taste can do wonders to really draw people deeper into the world you set out to create.
What is your quest?
My goal is to collect recipes, carefully judge them based on how well they can feed a crowd, the level of ease it takes to make, budget-friendliness, and how well they hold up in the danger zone of character sheets, maps, and miniatures. I will also include recipes and menu suggestions for special occasions, like in-character feasts, LARPS, birthday parties, or even DM appreciation day!
Gamers are an imaginative group by nature, therefore I want to foster that creativity with a few simple recipes that lay down a groundwork, like say, homemade pizza dough, and then spark the cooking muse with things like a random table of toppings. (For extra fun, dare yourself to roll and stick with what you got!)
Need more XP for that...
Money from this Kickstarter will go towards publishing, paying the artist for graphic work, and promotional materials. I do believe that there is a neglected market for this kind of book, and honestly, there is nothing quite as social as having a meal with friends or tabletop role-playing, so why not try to combine both and create something truly special?
I'm going to pledge 5% of the finished product profits back into other Kickstarter projects through Kicking It Foward; this has become such a community project that giving back to others trying to bring their dreams to light seems like the only sensible thing to do.
If you have the inclination to add an extra $10 to your donation to help with shipping, I would be grateful, but it isn't a requirement. ^_^
Will you collect any recipes for feeding gamers on vegetarian/vegan diets, or for gamers who have various food allergies?Yes, since I have a lot of vegan and vegetarian friends I planned on offering selections that they would love. As for allergies, when possible I will try to offer substitutions/ gluten-free alternatives.
Yes! Just use this handy link: http://stormbearproductions.weebly.com/
You're sweet, thank you! Just pledge an extra $15/book under the reward level of choice and send me a message about how many you need, and I will make a note next to your name.
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Jul 18, 2012 - Aug 17, 2012 (30 days)
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Level One: You walk into a tavern...and stay there. Your name will be added to the Heroes List on both our G+ page and in the book, and you will have our eternal gratitude.Estimated delivery: Aug 2012
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Level Two: You have a reserved table in a dark corner. Your name will be added to the Heroes List, and I will also send you a recipe from the book to help you start your culinary adventure.Estimated delivery: Aug 2012
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Secret Passage (New!): You gain everything from the previous levels, in addition to a pdf copy of the book and access to an exclusive +5 FoE tasting and gaming event in which Brian Vo will whip up an array of tantilizing dishes from the book for you to try before the book goes to print. (This is limited to Bay Area, CA residents only)Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
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Level Three: You hear rumors about a fantastic treasure... You'll be listed on the Heroes List and given a PDF copy of the book.Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
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Level Four: You've gathered your party, prepare for adventure! You gain everything from previous levels as well as a physical copy of the book.Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
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Level Five: You discover a cave with dark passages; don't forget to check for traps. You gain everything from previous levels, as well as a fridge magnet with the +5 Food Of Cooking logo.Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
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Level Six: Roll for initiative! You gain everything from previous levels, as well as an autographed poster of the upcoming cover art by Ashe Rhyder.Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
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Level Seven: Make a Skill check. You gain everything from the previous levels, as well as a recipe of your choosing to be added to the book and attributed to you.Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
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Level 7 (NEW): Consult your map, did you just come this way? You gain everything from the previous levels as well as a spiral notebook with the +5 FoE logo.Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
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Level Eight: You encounter a graven image that mysteriously resembles you; could you be the Chosen One? You gain everything from previous levels, as well as a custom B&W art commission by Ashe Rhyder.Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
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Level Nine: You find magical armor that gives you a +1 to your AC bonus! You gain everything from previous levels as well as a sweet apron with the +5 FoE logo.Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
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Level Ten: You discover a treasure chest full of wonders, ripe for the taking. You gain everything from the previous levels, as well as a +5 FoE stein, a personal phone call and letter of thanks from the writer, an autographed copy of the book, a B&W art piece by Ashe Rhyder of your character to be used as chapter art in the book, and a batch of homemade baked goods.Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
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Level Eleven: A feast is held in your honor! You gain everything in the previous levels, as well as a three course tasting menu of recipes from the book, followed by a one shot game of your choice run by Reynaldo Madrinan.* * Backers must have their own method of transportation if further than 20 miles from Owings Mills, MD and provide their own lodging.Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
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Level Twelve: All hail the conquering hero! You gain everything from the previous levels, as well as a prolific bard song and haiku in your honor written by Tiffany Simmons, a full color art commission by Ashe Rhyder, a fantastic meal at one of our great local restaurants, a big hug, a custom-made dice bag, and a year's worth of great parking karma.Estimated delivery: Sep 2012