Why it's Important to Eat in the First Place
During the weekend, you're going to be doing a lot of hiking, running, and fighting, so your activity level is likely to be much higher than you're used to. To make sure you’re able to enjoy all that activity, it's important to stay well-fed and hydrated during your Dystopia Rising event. Remember these important safety tips:
- Drink water. Dehydration can cause exhaustion and pain (among other things), which will really interfere with your weekend experience. It's also important to drink water, not just soft drinks. Most non-water beverages are diuretics, which means you aren’t getting as much water as you think you are.
- Eat real food. Snack foods like candy and chips can lack the necessary nutrients to compensate for your increased activity levels during the weekend. Make sure you’re eating fruits, vegetables, grains, and proteins to maintain your energy levels throughout the entire weekend. Raw fruits, veggies and trail mix are quick, portable foods, as is cheese and jerky.
- Eat healthy food. Make sure your body is getting all the vitamins and nutrients it needs to stay healthy. If you can’t get fresh fruit and veggies into your face, then consider a multi-vitamin. Zinc (found in nuts and seeds) is important for preventing colds and other gamer plagues. Potassium helps prevent muscle cramps. Good sources of potassium include bananas, bell peppers, apricots, and papaya. Dried apricots and papaya can be added to your trail mix, along with raisins (for extra energy) and Brazil nuts (for added protein), to get your energy up quickly between horde attacks without sugar crash.
- Eat regularly. Skipping meals is very hard on the body. Though you’ll be on the run a fair bit during the weekend, try to make sure to eat regularly. Even smaller, more frequent meals are better than skipping meals outright.
Use of the Kitchen
The Florida Bible Camp has a kitchen available on site starting Saturday morning, if you would like to cook for yourself or for your group. If you are interested in using it, here is some important information:
- Everyone has permission to use the microwave and the dish sink.
- If you want to make something more involved, contact the Coordinator Staff to schedule a cooking time. You should indicate what time you'd like to cook, how much you'll be cooking, and what equipment you'll be using to cook it.
- Check in with the Coordinator Staff both when you begin to cook and when you've finished cleaning up.
- All dishes and equipment should be cleaned, dried, and put away after your cooking time.
- The kitchen has a stove, a microwave, sink, two large refrigerators, a freezer, and a number of other appliances. Please do not use any equipment that you do not know how to use, and especially do not use any equipment that you do not know how to properly clean.
- The kitchen is an in-game area. This means you should stay in character while using the kitchen. It can be very difficult to maintain immersion while you're cooking, but do the best you can.
- Because there are a number of potential safety hazards in the kitchen (i.e. the grill, knives, pots), the kitchen is a non-combat zone. This does not mean you should hide in the kitchen to get away from combat.
- Do not walk through the kitchen, and do not loiter in the kitchen if you are not actively cooking or cleaning.
Genre Appropriate Food
At Dystopia Rising, we've worked very hard to create a grim setting and we continue to work hard to maintain your immersion in the world for the whole weekend. That immersion can be ruined very quickly and modern food packages are one of the most common offenders. Here's some tips on how to enjoy your meal while keeping everyone’s immersion intact:
- Several generations have passed since the Fall. Pre-packaged, pre-Fall food is very rare. Try not to eat foods that look very modern or processed (Doritos, Pop Tarts), and at the very least, try not to eat anything directly out of the bag or package. Cans should have the labels torn off.
- Consider your character's background when choosing genre-appropriate food. Is he a proud Natural One Hunter? Then it's likely he'd be eating food he hunted down and killed with his bare hands. Is he a foppish wealthy Pure Blood with Deep Pockets? It's more likely he might be able to afford “old world delicacies” (such as canned foods, sodas, and other rarities.)
- Try to place any food or drink into a genre-appropriate container when eating it. Wood and steel bowls (especially if dented) are the sort of thing that might survive the apocalypse.
- Consider what's available in the world. The global market of the modern age is gone: farmers, hunters, scavengers, and fishmongers provide the town almost all the food they have available. Exotic ingredients and spices that we take for granted may not exist in the post-apocalyptic wasteland.
- Keep your cabins clean! Nothing is more disruptive than modern cans and candy wrappers strewn about a person's sleeping area. Clean it up and hide the evidence, and everybody will have a better experience.
- Try to find appropriate ways to refer to the food you're eating. Instead of drinking 'sports drink' say 'watered down hooch' or 'fruit juice'.