It’s game night, finally. Your buddies are on their way over. Your wife finally let you off the hook (or maybe you picked a game she wants to play…or maybe you’re wife’s a gamer. Or maybe you are the wife. Or maybe… okay, whatever. Forget the wife thing) and you’re about to break into a few hours of board gaming bliss.
Of course, a key element of every game night, let’s not forget, is the snacks. Those yummy, delicious things that replace your normal blood with sugar and caffeine. Good snacks can elevate a great game night into an AWESOME game night.
So, what’s your favorite snack to have on hand for game night? Or do you like to keep the condition of your games so pristine that you have banned all forms of salt and grease from the gaming table?
My number one “snack” to have at the table is probably pop. Yes, I am from the north. You can call it soda or soda pop or coke or whatever. I’m just saying. Nothing gets you through three to four hours of gaming like a tasty, caffeine-loaded beverage. Yeah it’s unhealthy. Yeah my hobby is extremely sedentary. What of it? You know what tastes great? Vanilla Coke. That’s my favorite. I also recently discovered a non-caffeinated beverage in a can from the makers of Pepsi (yes, I have both Pepsi and Coke products in my house; get over it) called “Manzanita Sol.” That’s Spanish for Little Apple Sun (or maybe Baby Apple Sun? I dunno. I’m not Spanish). Anyway, like 90% of the population of my little town that is named for its location relative to Chicago is Spanish-speaking and/or of Latino descent, so there are a lot of special Latino-y products on the grocery store shelves. Like tasty carbonated apple-flavored drinks.
Incidentally, I had a roommate in college whose last name was Latino. He was a white boy, though. He draws comic books these days.
Anyways, my wife makes a mean homemade salsa that is both tasty and delicious, and it’s got quite a kick. I like scooping it with Ritz Crackers. Best snack in the world.
I’m not a no-snacks-at-the-table kind of gamer, but my favorite gaming snacks are those that don’t leave residue on the fingers. I’ve mentioned that I’m a sleever, and with good reason. My games don’t need to remain in “pristine” condition, but I prefer not to have card text obfuscated by fake Dorito cheese, nor do my cards need to carry the extra sheen that pizza grease brings to the table. For this reason, I think a good gaming snack is pretzels or, my personal favorite, Combos.
Also, I will say that snacks greatly improve a game night, especially if you’re playing a loooooooong game like Android. In fact, I don’t think I would have made it through the one game I played had I not had an ample supply of snacks at my elbow. Snacks are one of the antidotes to my grumpiness toward players suffering (or rather causing their fellow players to suffer) from Analysis Paralysis. I have made it an incontrovertible rule that there are always treats at my book clubs. Game nights should be no different.