Dungeon Expo is biggest and best show for adventurers and this year, like every year, I find myself with a huge list of all the gear I can’t wait to wield. Would that my budget and bag of holding could stretch to buying it all. With this year’s expo having 35% more to explore , I needed all three days to see everything.
Let’s start with something that’s close to our hearts; our stomachs. It’s not glorious or valuable, but adventures don’t happen without food. My three top food pick from the Year of the Angry Lynx’s Highmoor Dungeon Expo are:
The best and hottest new magic items from this year’s Highmoor Dungeon Expo chosen by our reporter Aurora Valentine
Say your baggage has been stolen and you’re lost in the mountains. It’s been days since you last ate and you don’t care what it taste like as long as you can eat it. With a few drops of this enchanted vinegar anything can become a nutritious meal. If you can stand the powerful vinegary taste. Clarica Whethertop says it’s an unfortunate side effect of the ingredients and magics interacting. A mild acid is needed to keep all the components bound correctly. Clarica also cautions that the vinegar only makes things edible and doesn’t make them safe to eat. Strange rocks and rotten meats will still make you unwell.
When I first came across the crowd of people looking apathetic in the food court, I thought that perhaps one of the premier panels had been cancelled. Instead they were all “enjoying” Sistel’s Flat Bread. It’s a simple bread recipe flavoured with crushed Tixede and Leaf of Toadwort. Sistel’s premier baker Lulsun took the time to tell me about the arduous experiments the company had done to get a mix so that each slice provokes the right amount apathy. “We’re looking to position the loaf as an edible alternative to running in fear from tomb lords,” Lulsun said as we emotionlessly chewed on the sample product.
The Lunch Box of Forever
Inside this one foot wooden box is food, exactly as it was when served in the box. Judging by a lack of food poisoning in the days after the expo, The Thornhold Family’s claims hold for at least month old fish. The box is made of a laminate of wooden strips, each only as thick as your thumbnail and stained with spells of preservation. With the sides at two inches thick the box is sturdy but quite heavy. When I asked about the weight Becca Thornhold, the company’s spokesperson, told me that the spells affect the mass of the wood. The longer the food is kept in the lunch box, the heavier it becomes. Becca said their predictions indicate the mass of the box doubles every thirty seven days. Which would explain the small crane needed to open the early prototypes on display.
Aurora Valentine is a staff and features writer for Adventurer’s Monthly. She wields the great sword Requiem, detests oozes and plays the lute badly.