Cooking Geeky: Edible Games Cookbook Allows You To Play With Your Food!
Did you ever play the classic board game Candy Land and wish that you could eat the game board? Maybe break off a stick from the Peppermint Forest? Or scoop out a sundae from the Ice Cream Sea? With the new cookbook Edible Games, you actually can eat the game board… and the playing pieces too!
Edible Games is the creation of game designer and amateur baker Jenn Sandercock. Sandercock has been designing games for the past decade. Her work includes popular games such as L.A. Noire and Thimbleweed Park. For the last 5 years, Sandercock has crafting games made from edible pieces and winning numerous accolades. Now, the game designer feels it is the right time to start collecting those games in book form.
Sandercock is hoping to make the Edible Games: Cookbook: Play With Your Food a reality thanks to patrons on Kickstarter. Her goal is $80,000. As of press time of this article about 70% to that goal with just over two weeks remaining in the campaign. Sandercock explained that with her extensive team of professional food designers and photographers, her crowdfunding goal may seem huge but it’s necessary.
Before making her Kickstarter pitch, Sandercock researched other similar projects. “A lot of projects (the goals) were too low. They don’t take into account shipping from the publisher, shipping backer goals…” Sandercock explained that customs in also a financial burden on a Kickstarter campaign, especially for a book. “The printers are in China,” add the weight of a 300 page book times several hundred books and the shipping and import fees add up.
Not only has Sandercock done her research on the ins and outs of crowdfunding, she’s constantly developing ways to improve her games. “One of the games is called Flavor Roulette. Each person tastes something but one of them is not like the others. Some of the flavors were good. Some were not. So I started experimenting with different mediums like chocolate. Different flavors.” But before a game gets to the baking and cooking stage, Sandercock uses traditional mediums to create her games.
“Before I start cooking, I do demos with paper. I’m creating the game pieces out of paper and the board.” During this process, Sandercock crafts the rules of the game and determines the age appropriateness. In Edible Games, “some games can be modified for ages 6 and up. But some games, like Gingerbread Friends, are a bit more complex in their thinking. In Gingerbread Friends, you ask questions like would you rather only have one arm or one leg. For a six year old, that’s a concept that doesn’t make sense.”
Some of the Edible Games have a universally fun appeal such as Flip and Stick. In this game, Sandercock explains that you take a cardboard box and line it with tin foil. Afterwards you craft a grid and place edible items smeared with something sticky like peanut butter inside the grid. Then you use M&Ms to try to land on the cookies. If you succeed, you get to eat your target!
Those who play Edible Games will not have to worry about food allergies. Sandercock has done extensive research to create ways to modify her games for people with allergies and sensitivities to gluten, milk, egg, and even peanuts. For example, with Flip and Stick, you could use frosting or honey instead of peanut butter.
If Edible Games sounds like your cup of tea, you’ll need to act fast and head over to Kickstarter! Only by donating through the site will patrons be able to obtain the game. Though if popular enough, Sandercock is open to the possibility of a second edition or even a volume 2. If paper is not you thing, there’s also a digital version of Edible Games being developed. Regardless of which format you prefer, your going to work up an appetite playing the Edible Games Cookbook. But that’s okay, as long as you make plenty of playing pieces for everyone to snack on.
The crowdfunding campaign for Edible Games will conclude on July 20, 2018. Once completed, the paper version should ship to backers sometime after May of next year.