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08 Sep 2017 3:27 p.m. PST
by Editor in Chief Bill

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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian08 Sep 2017 3:27 p.m. PST

True or false?

gavandjosh0208 Sep 2017 3:40 p.m. PST

Sorry but not for this diabetic.

rustymusket Supporting Member of TMP08 Sep 2017 3:42 p.m. PST

I love it, but greasy fingers and handling figs? No. Far from perfect, but I would choose it in anyway. Keep a damp cloth handy.

Winston Smith Supporting Member of TMP08 Sep 2017 3:45 p.m. PST

Chicken wings?

Lascaris08 Sep 2017 3:51 p.m. PST

You could have just said "pizza is the perfect food" and it would be correct.

Personal logo Zeelow Supporting Member of TMP08 Sep 2017 3:59 p.m. PST

No. Coffee.

cavcrazy08 Sep 2017 4:09 p.m. PST


LostPict Supporting Member of TMP08 Sep 2017 4:09 p.m. PST

Back in the day, I had a pile of 2 for 1 Pizza Inn coupons. My D&D group would each order 2 large pies. Eat one for supper, game all night, and the other for early morning breakfast. Those were the days. We rolled contentedly home dreaming of fearsome fights and righteous indigestion.

Personal logo Waco Joe Supporting Member of TMP08 Sep 2017 4:21 p.m. PST

Same here LostPict but you forgot the part with the nubile groupies placing laurel wreaths on our heads

Personal logo piper909 Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member08 Sep 2017 4:30 p.m. PST

No, beer and pretzels.

Personal logo 20thmaine Supporting Member of TMP08 Sep 2017 4:33 p.m. PST

Tofu salad, I think you meant to say.

JimDuncanUK08 Sep 2017 4:47 p.m. PST

Nope, no food on my table.

ZULUPAUL Supporting Member of TMP08 Sep 2017 4:54 p.m. PST

Not when I game. Don't eat pizza much any more, a "trigger food" for my overeating…sigh

Joes Shop Supporting Member of TMP08 Sep 2017 5:29 p.m. PST


Personal logo Bashytubits Supporting Member of TMP08 Sep 2017 5:58 p.m. PST

Yes, yes it is.

SultanSevy08 Sep 2017 6:00 p.m. PST

NOPE! Too greasy. Get your greasy pizza fingers off my figures pal!

Dynaman878908 Sep 2017 6:44 p.m. PST

You can shorten that down to "Pizza is the perfect food"

Sadly I can't have it like I used to, it causes me acid reflux at night. Waking up in the middle of the night feeling like I'm having a heart attack is no fun.

Frederick Supporting Member of TMP08 Sep 2017 7:19 p.m. PST

Great to eat but not so good to game with

Oberlindes Sol LIC08 Sep 2017 7:51 p.m. PST

Pizza is indeed the perfect food, and is therefore the perfect food for gamers, as well as everyone else, from accountants to zoologists.

That being said, I recommend taking a break from gaming to eat pizza, for reasons stated above.

If I'm hungry while I'm playing, I usually have cookies, crackers and cheese, raisins, or chips (potato, corn, or pita). None of those things tend to get messy.

VCarter Supporting Member of TMP08 Sep 2017 8:20 p.m. PST

Way back in my D&D days i ran 3D dungeons and somewhere in the dungeon I would alway put the break figured. There was a skeleton carring a pizza and another I converted from a raised dagger to a raised champagne bottle and a 6 pack of beer.

When those figures were uncovered we took a break.

Vigilant08 Sep 2017 11:54 p.m. PST

Chip shop run this lunchtime. The traditional food at the Yarkshire Gamer's secret HQ.

Gunfreak Supporting Member of TMP09 Sep 2017 1:23 a.m. PST

Pizza is the perfect food period!
It's true love, ecstasy, eternal happiness all in one.(unless it has pineapple on it, then it's a war crime)

skippy0001 Supporting Member of TMP09 Sep 2017 1:45 a.m. PST

With pizza you can take a break from gaming and discuss politics withoutit turning into a 1:1 scale battle. Pizza is the brain food of Think Tank Contingency Planners which is a government job we all should be payed for doing in this hobby.

Dwindling Gravitas Inactive Member09 Sep 2017 1:54 a.m. PST

VCarter wrote:

Way back in my D&D days i ran 3D dungeons and somewhere in the dungeon I would alway put the break figured. There was a skeleton carring a pizza and another I converted from a raised dagger to a raised champagne bottle and a 6 pack of beer.

When those figures were uncovered we took a break.

What a great idea :-)

With some judicious placement, that could be applied to most any tabletop wargame, i.e. hidden objective markers etc.

Green Tiger09 Sep 2017 2:29 a.m. PST

I don't eat during games.

GildasFacit Sponsoring Member of TMP09 Sep 2017 4:41 a.m. PST

Never much liked pizza, burgers or most of the English 'fast' food either. We tend to eat sarnies or salads in our tea break during a game. We do binge on cake though – even with 2 diabetics in the group.

With the group being mostly post 60, I suppose it is closer to the norm these days. Eating yourself into an early grave is less attractive when you get to the point where you have brought the plot and the headstone already !!!

Personal logo x42brown Supporting Member of TMP09 Sep 2017 8:46 a.m. PST

The bacon roll is necessary fuel for ant gamer.


Beowulf Supporting Member of TMP Fezian09 Sep 2017 10:14 a.m. PST


Ottoathome Inactive Member09 Sep 2017 4:21 p.m. PST


I prepare a full meal-- a full sit down dinner for my guests, sometimes with appetizers, but always with dessert, and WINE.

The last four dinners I gave at my last four games were.

Last dinner

Red pepper and mozzarella on wafers of French bread
drizzled with olive oil and chopped Proscuitti.

Chicken Tarragon over linguini White or red wine, your choice.

Icecream, make your own sunday for desert.

Before that

Pickled Herring or Rollmops.
Hungarian caraway Goulash with Spaetzel and asparagus. Beer and Rhinewine.

Home made Strudel with cognac

Before that.

Shrimp cocktail.

Marchin through Georgia Ham, (ham boiled in orange juice, cloves, and curacao. Candied Sweets, and onions and carrots. Iced Tea with bourbon or Sangria.

Strawberry Rhubarb Pie, Cherry Pie, and vanilla ice cream.

Before that

No appetizer.

Beef Stew with Juniper berries and nine vegetables. Corn bread / Good, heavy, cheap red wine or beer.

Hazelnusstorte, Pflammkuchenwith whipped cream.

Syllabubs for final course.

Gone Fishing09 Sep 2017 6:03 p.m. PST

I must say, Otto, I love your style. Very well done, sir!

Ottoathome Inactive Member10 Sep 2017 8:38 a.m. PST

Dear Gone Fishing

Thank you. Dining is a pleasure that goes well with gaming. Besides after a day of junk food, it's much more healthy and rewarding.

Besides, the fellowship and discussion is much more sprightly and convivial over a sit down dinner. People really do unwind, relax and let their minds fly free for the discussion over a dinner. We often have the type of discussion that Ush Cha longs for.
Oh yes, need I say that my primary area of interest is the 18th century?

ITALWARS11 Sep 2017 4:03 a.m. PST

Pizza during a wargame..well it's a good idea…we had it sometimes…but id depends on what kind of pizza do you have access guys?

in France and Germany: frankly unpresentabile
UK: well ..they dare once to give pizza with meat and pinneaple..i thought it was a joke..otherwise quite passable

in USA: they told me that it could be good

Argentina; quite good

ITALWARS11 Sep 2017 4:05 a.m. PST

Otto..i always thought you were the most snobish, elegant, viveur guy in this forum untill i read your menu:

"Red pepper and mozzarella on wafers of French bread
drizzled with olive oil and chopped Proscuitti."

Mozzarella is most delicate diary cheese normally made out not of cow milk but buffalo milk…and its delicate taste should never be contaminated with spicy/hot things like red pepper

"Chicken Tarragon over linguini White or red wine"

that's simply horible..kind of strange chicken sauce over Linguine?????? Linguine (not Linguini) are a very good type of pasta that call for a delicate fish or crab sauce..
your very rough receipt could'nt even had been served into a tourist restaurant near Colyseum or Piazza Navona in Rome to innocent Japanese tourist!
and you also dare to write red or white wine??…white whine with pasta is absurd ..but can be served only very cold and with pasta and fish/crabs/mussels..otherwise only red one!

Otto you destroyed the myth and admiration i had for you

Ottoathome Inactive Member11 Sep 2017 5:43 a.m. PST

I serve what my guests like. Some people like red wine, some like only white (like my wife).

I'm here to entertain them and give them what they like to eat, not to deliver a culinary correctness lesson.

The red peppers are not the hot peppers, like the flaked battery acid dyed red you sprinkle on pizza, but roased red peppers which are not hot at all.

They served it in Italian restaurants when I was over there.

The "Sauce" on the linguini is really butter and mushroom sauce flavored with the tarragon and the separated drippings from the chicken.

Out of forty years of wargaming this style I never had one complaint which was reinforced by the fact that I cook in battalion sized batches and the serving dishes were picked clean and the plates almost licked clean at the end of the meal.

As for your admiration -- o h stop. You had no admiration for me.

as for the wine, it's all American wine so I'm sure that to you Europeans any American wine red, white, Coca-Cola (the French call it American Beajolais,) or Quaker State motor oil, is all the same to you.

Don't worry you aren't on the invite list so you won't have to put up with the food.

ITALWARS11 Sep 2017 5:56 a.m. PST

not really i perfectly know, for ex, California wines.
..while , on the other hand, your total lack of sense of humour is a surprise
continue to season your Linguini, as you like to call them ,with your motor oil

Personal logo Bobgnar Supporting Member of TMP11 Sep 2017 6:53 a.m. PST

Ditto on the greasy fingers. Any food eating with hands in the miniatures war game is not good, even potato chips. Pretzels are margin. OK if no salt.

The perfectness of pizza depends on the topping.

Ottoathome Inactive Member11 Sep 2017 10:26 a.m. PST

Dear Ital Wars

A sense of humor on TMP is a precarious thing. Most compliments on TMP are merely someone [urinating] on your shoes and calling it rain.

I don't know you well enough to let my guard down.

ITALWARS11 Sep 2017 10:42 a.m. PST

"Most compliments on TMP are merely someone [urinating] on your shoes and calling it rain."
fun but terrible image

23rdFusilier Supporting Member of TMP11 Sep 2017 11:10 a.m. PST

No food at the table. We eat before, or take a break. Chinese is always popular. If I have anything at the table it's coffee, or a cup of tea.

Personal logo Lost Wolf Supporting Member of TMP11 Sep 2017 12:51 p.m. PST

That or Cinnabons

ITALWARS11 Sep 2017 2:08 p.m. PST

lasty year i set a TSATF game with Foreign Legion and Berbers
i prepared a Taboulé (Cous Cous salad) and Crepes au fromage et aux champignons …plus Italian/sicilian wine (after all we had Moorish domination in the South of Italy and some Legionaires were Italians) ..we had dinner break with Le Boudin music…Pizza with mozzarella and tomatoes was served as apetizer

Ottoathome Inactive Member11 Sep 2017 2:14 p.m. PST

By the Way Ital Wars, if you ever did get over to the US for a visit and were near me, I would always invite you over to a game simply for the support on the ACW board.

ITALWARS11 Sep 2017 2:44 p.m. PST would be a pleasure…but take into account that i'm really not , as you, good at 18 C. wargame. i..i'll not be a good partner to play with because…being a Colonial/Savage warfare fan i would never say "Messiers les Anglais tirez les premiers".
Anyway the support over ACW /Statues posting was overdue as you exposed yourself, together with very few others, against the professionals of disinformation

Ottoathome Inactive Member11 Sep 2017 4:39 p.m. PST

Dear Italwars

I also do American Civil War, Warfare Between the Wars which has native populations being slaughtered by modern weapons, and early WWII and between the ward. Ancients, Renaissance and the 17th century. My friend does sword and flame,so the opportunities are large.

Thanks again for the mention but we better leave off the ACW topic otherwise we will recreate it here and probably wind up in the dawghouse.

Retiarius915 Sep 2017 6:02 a.m. PST

not anywhere near my table, only if in another room and you wash your hands

GrenadierPartha Inactive Member15 Sep 2017 8:38 p.m. PST

Otto, that food sounds delicious. I feel that cooking for company is a precious tradition that needs to be protected against the temptation of ordering a greasy takeaway. Combining it with having guests over for war gaming is a great idea (which I shall be stealing).

For food to be eaten during games I recommend the use of chopsticks. They work great for eating popcorn (along with other snacks). For the truly paranoid there is always the possibility of two pairs of chopsticks: one pair for miniatures and one for food.

Ottoathome Inactive Member16 Sep 2017 6:32 a.m. PST

Eating at the wargame table is quite acceptable at my house.

1. I keep out small bowls and plates to pile snacks on, and have lots of plastic cups and a larger black magic marker which I mark the cups "DON," "JEFF" ETC., So each player knows his own.

2. My terrain is in hexagons, big geo-hex size, scratch built from 1/4 luan plywood papier mache and other wooden constructions and painted realistically. Nature is mottled everywhere and not a billiard table green sward so any drops and accidents become part of the "mottling" after being wiped off.

3. My troops are sturdy lead, painted with oil paints which dries a little glossy, but that makes an impervious barrier to any food or greasy fingers dropped on them. If someone drops his bowl of salsa on a unit-- no problem, a quick rinse under the tap and a moment with a hair-dryer and it's all fixed.

4. As for rules and rosters. The former are only 12 pages and like the manual to the toaster or the carving knife are in a drawer somewhere, and as for charts and rosters- there are none.

Patrick Sexton Supporting Member of TMP18 Sep 2017 10:33 a.m. PST

As to the issues of grease etc. I trust the folks I game with to wipe off their fingers before moving troops or turning doorknobs or picking up dice etc. etc. etc.

Rallynow Supporting Member of TMP19 Sep 2017 3:18 p.m. PST


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