Friday, June 03, 2011

RPG Buffet 17 (Lord of the Rings Role Playing Game) (20:28)

Mags, Louis, and Kae of the RPG Buffet gather over skype to talk about their playing of Decipher's Lord of the Rings RPG.

Since we were playing Lord of the Rings, we decided it was time to eat like hobbits. Any fan of the series will tell you that hobbit fare is simple and rustic, with loads of flavor. So, Kae made a mushroom quiche, Brandon did a homemade cake, Louis did mashed potatoes seasoned with chili powder, Mags made gougeres (French cheese puffs traditionally served at French wine tastings), and John did a lentil stew. Steve supplied assorted Blue Moon beers, because of course hobbits do love their ale!

Hearty Lentil Stew
Ingredients:
2 cups dried lentils
8 cups water
1 1/2 tbsp. crumbled bacon or bacon bits
2 cups diced ham
1/2 c. chopped onion
1/2 c. chopped celery
1/4 c. chopped carrot
3 tbsp. snipped parsley
1 tbsp snipped cilantro
1 clove garlic, crushed
2 1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
1/2 tsp. dried leaf oregano
1 can (14.5 ounces) tomatoes
2 tbsp. wine vinegar

Preparation:
Rinse lentils; place in slow cooker. Add 8 cups water and remaining ingredients except tomatoes and vinegar. Cook on LOW for 8 to 10 hours. Add tomatoes and vinegar. Turn to HIGH and cook 15 minutes longer, until hot.


Gougeres (French cheese puffs)
From the book Saveur Cooks Authentic French by Saveur Magazine
8 tbsp. butter, cut into pieces
3/4 cup milk
Salt and freshly ground white pepper
1 cup flour
4 eggs, at room temperature
1 1/2 cups grated comté or gruyère cheese

1. Preheat oven to 400°. Combine butter, 1/2 cup milk, and 1/2 cup water in a medium saucepan over high heat. Season generously with salt and pepper. Bring to a boil; when butter has melted, remove pan from heat. Add flour all at once and stir vigorously with a wooden spoon until mixture forms a thick dough and pulls away from the sides of the pan, 1–2 minutes. Return pan to heat for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat.
2. Let dough cool to room temperature, then beat in eggs, one at a time, making sure each egg is completely incorporated into mixture and dough is smooth after each addition. Dough should be thick, shiny, and smooth. Add 1 cup of the cheese and beat in until well combined.
3. Spoon tablespoon-size mounds of dough on nonstick baking sheets, leaving about 1'' between each. Brush tops with remaining 1/4 cup milk, then sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup cheese. Working in batches, bake in lower third of oven until doubled in size and golden, 20–25 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature.


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Show links
Lord of the Rings Roleplaying Game (Wikipedia)

7 comments:

Bert Isla said...

Hey guys, bislab here with some info I thought you would like to know about. Most of the Decipher version of Lord of the Rings can be bought from Hill's wholesale for $35.00 as a 7 book lot, or the individual books for much less.

http://www.wholesalegaming.biz/rpg/

Computer King said...

When are you guys going to do a Dresden files episode?

Mark Kinney said...

You know, that reminds me we still have that one floating about somewhere... let me check and see if I still have it.

Vladimir said...

I played this game once several years ago. As far as I recall, I agree with your assessment that the game was intuitive and easy to understand. It had a similarity to D&D 3rd ed. rules, which we were also playing that time. This made the transition easy for our gaming group. I was hoping your review would also talk more about the combat, magic and skills mechanics but I don't recall that those rules were covered in the podcast.

I remember that we had a problem with the combat system where it took too long to end due to having to get a number of hits before the wound/vitality stats (sorry can't remember the proper term) start to go down. However, I liked that it tried to simulate a character's declining fighting skills as the vitality goes down despite the tedium. I was wondering if you guys experienced this as well.

Aside from that one negative thing that I disliked about the game, everything else I can recall was positive. Our game was set centuries into the 4th age of middle earth. By that time Aragron's descendants were in charge and a new "big bad evil lady (yes, female big baddie!)" was emerging. Sadly, it lasted only 1 game as our DM became busy with his medical profession.

Keep up the good work on the podcast!

Scott Woodard said...

I really like this line and the CODA system. If you're looking for books, check out the clearance prices at Miniature Market: http://www.miniaturemarket.com/lord_of_the_rings1

Low quantities of a few items, so act quick... And not sure if it's the early or latter printing of the core rulebook.

AGC Mags said...

Totally forgot to post Kae's Spinach Quiche recipe!


1 9 inch unbaked pie crust
4 eggs, slightly beaten
1/2 cup cream
2 cups cheese (can add more if wanted)
1/2 pound mushrooms sliced
1 package bacon cooked and drained

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Place pie crust in pie pan, preferrably glass pie pan.

Layer cheese, mushrooms, and bacon in pie crust.

Mix eggs and cream.

Pour into pie crust.

Bake for 30 minutes or until knife comes cleanly out of center.

AGC Mags said...

TOTALLY forgot to post Kae's Spinach Quiche recipe!

1 9 inch unbaked pie crust
4 eggs, slightly beaten
1/2 cup cream
2 cups cheese (can add more if wanted)
1/2 pound mushrooms sliced
1 package bacon cooked and drained

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Place pie crust in pie pan, preferrably glass pie pan.

Layer cheese, mushrooms, and bacon in pie crust.

Mix eggs and cream.

Pour into pie crust.

Bake for 30 minutes or until knife comes cleanly out of center.