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    It's a way to turn your kitchen into an adventure zone!

    Cooking with Dice is like a traditional tabletop role playing game, but it comes with a delicious twist. You take on the role of a chef-adventurer, and cook your way out of trouble... in real life... in your own kitchen. 

    Whether you're looking for a way to make your friendly game night more delicious, or a way to make your family dinnertime more fun... we've got you covered. 

Neither have we! That's why we created it!

Cooking with Dice combines the best parts of an RPG with real-life cooking. You're presented with a set of character sheets, a scenario, a selection of formulas, roll tables, and a scoring system that allows you to level up your characters. You can play solo, cooperatively, or competitively with friends and family. 

On the contrary - The Acid Test is all ABOUT appetizers. It's the first book in the Cooking with Dice series, and includes at least 140 pages of scrumptious content by Jennifer Howlett and delectable illustrations by Yuribelle. We're hoping you'll love it and will beg us to create more books. 

You could say that this book will be the ACID TEST for the whole Cooking with Dice concept. 

Hehe. 

Sorry. Puns are my weakness. 

We'd like to use the Cooking with Dice series to break some of the basic assumptions about cooking. In this case, the assumption is, "Cooking requires heat." 

In The Acid Test, you're tasked with helping a pair of acid dragons to impress their friends and neighbors with a legendary cocktail party. But there's a catch: they want to feature appetizers cooked with acid, rather than fire. 

No need for an oven or stove - you'll be using acidic ingredients like vinegar and lemon juice to take the place of heat (though you might use the microwave here or there to speed things up a bit.)

You'll be using acid to 'cook' a variety of foods, and will be learning a bit about food chemistry along the way!

Your goal is to use your superlative cooking skills to blow the socks off of the dragons that hired you. It's going to take some effort, though. These dragons aren't easy to please.

 

 To help you on your quest, you're equipped with ten easy-to-follow formulas (click for photos):

No No No... not ten recipes - ten FORMULAS! 

Each of the ten formulas comes with multiple roll charts to help you create your own unique recipes. You can use our roll charts to swap out key ingredients to make THOUSANDS of dishes from each formula. 

Each formula includes information about the time to complete the dish, the quantity created, the equipment required, the components needed, steps to completing the dish, tips for success, and rolling tables to substitute key ingredients.  

Check out our Quickles formula (click to enlarge image):

 

This is the simplest formula in the book - they get more complex as you go up in levels. 

Yes! And eating it too! There are lots of 'tabletop' games that incorporate food themes. This is not that. Cooking with Dice is a 'kitchen' game that incorporates RPG elements. 

Think of it as a Counter-top Role Playing Game. Or maybe a LERP - a Live Eating Role Playing game.

That's not really part of this game, but if it helps you get into character, we fully support you. Please send videos. 

There are eight base characters in the book, each based classic RPG character types, combined with the traditional Brigade de Cuisine in a French kitchen. (click to enlarge image)

 

From left to right:

  • The Saucier is a human wizard that specializes in sauces.
  • The Rotissier is a human knight that roasts, broils, and fries meat.
  • The Boucher is a gnome rogue that butchers meat and fish.
  • The Entremetier is an elf ranger that prepares vegetable dishes.
  • The Garde Manger is an ogre warrior who is in charge of the pantry.
  • The Patissier is a halfling cleric who focuses on pastries.
  • The Sommelier is a feline bard that acts as a wine steward.
  • The Glacier is a dark elf frost mage that makes icy desserts.

The Book includes a character sheet for each one of them. (click to enlarge image)

 

 Each character's description and special ability is shown on the character sheet, along with places to record your progress in the story. 

Each time you cook a recipe using one of the formulas, you earn points that help you move from the rank of Plongeur (dishwasher) to Chef de Cuisine (the head chef). The more adventurous you are with your recipes, the faster you climb the kitchen ladder. 

 

It's up to you to score your dishes and to determine whether they were a success. If you're playing the competitive version of the game, you can also vote on a favorite dish. 

After each dish, depending on how you do, you might be awarded with a chest of gold, or be chased to the edge of the world by an angry she-dragon.

Each formula contains a new challenge, with more opportunities to level up your character. Eventually, when you reach the status of Chef de Cuisine, you'll feel the innate satisfaction of mastering a skill. 

More importantly, you can rub your success in the face of your friends and loved ones. 

Cooking with Dice is a perfect family-friendly activity. You can compete or work together to achieve your goals. 

If you've been looking for a way to get your kids excited about cooking, this could be your answer. With just a few game sessions, we absolutely guarantee* that anyone who plays Cooking with Dice will become highly skilled master chef with their own TV cooking show. 

*absolutely not a guarantee. 

The game mechanics and formulas have been created and tested, and the book has been written and illustrated, but we need some help to pay for layout and printing costs. We've also budgeted for marketing costs, including showing off the book at conventions. If the Kickstarter goes really well, we'd love to add extra content to the book, and print it in color instead of black and white. It would also be awesome to create some Cooking with Dice themed accessories!

As Head Gnome-Master for Adventure Scents, Jennifer Howlett has put most of this project together, but she's gotten help from her husband and two gnome-younglings. They've gotten to do a LOT of play-tasting, which can be both a blessing and a curse. 

We've also gotten some help from our friends over at Battlebards, who offered to donate some of their fantastic audio tracks. Their tavern keeper voice-overs are hilarious!

If you have a game- or cooking-related company and would like to support us with merchandise donations, please message us.  

We're pretty sure that no one has done anything like this before. But we like doing things that no one has done before. That's why we Kickstarted Adventure Scents two years ago. 

 Remember? Smell-o-vision for games? You can find more information on the Adventure Scents webpage.

Yep! People like you helped us to launch our business. We've been growing ever since, and now have over 60 scent special effects to enhance your games.

You're welcome! 

Now that we've made games more fun for your nose, we thought we'd give your taste buds some action.

The first cookbook has been written, illustrated, and 'play-tasted' by a group of adventure-chefs. It's ready to publish, but we need help printing and marketing it. That's where you come in! You can help by backing our project. 

In return, we'd offer these fabulous rewards packages:

...and as we reach our stretch goals, you'll get even more with your reward packages!

We like your enthusiasm! Any funds beyond the initial $2,500 will be funneled into creating more books in the series. In addition, we've set the following stretch goals:  

The fog of war will clear as we explore the stretch goals together!

We'll get your books printed out and shipped out to you ASAP. (Shipping is free within the USA!) We've built in some time to add in backer recipes and upgrade to color if necessary before we go to press. 

Once we've shipped all of the rewards, we'll be able to get to work on the SECOND book in the series. We're hoping our backers will help us to choose the most delicious theme. 

You can check out the Cooking with Dice website, or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram

You can find more whimsical illustrations from Yuribelle on her Instagram page

You should also check out the other fantastic games created by folks at the Indie Game Alliance!

 

Risks and challenges

The black and white version of the book has already been written, illustrated, playtested, and formatted, so we're in great shape to start a print run. We'll just need to design, test, and add any new backer recipes to the book, and we'll be ready to go! If we meet our stretch goal to upgrade to color printing, we'll spend a little time beautifying the color version and then will go to press.

We'll be self-publishing this book using a Print on Demand service (CreateSpace, IngramSpark, etc.).

We anticipate that fulfillment will go smoothly, as it did for our previous Kickstarter project, but have built slack into the schedule to accommodate any delays in production.

We'd love to have the problem of too many backers, since, as with all publishing products, the more orders we get, the more bang from our buck we can get via the printers!

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    Plongeur

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    A sous chef is second in command in a traditional French kitchen, and can do some pretty fancy stuff. To honor them, we're offering an extra-fancy luxury book package that will appeal to all of your senses! (Free shipping within the USA).

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    The Chef de Cuisine is the head chef of a French kitchen, with a lifetime of valuable expertise. They don't just READ cookbooks - they WRITE them.

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