It makes no sense whatsoever, but Wendy’s– yes, the fast-food restaurant– has unleashed ‘Feast of Legends’ a full-blown ‘Dungeons & Dragons’-flavored table-top roleplaying game, and it’s actually pretty damn impressive! The free-to-download book is a
whopper whopping 100 pages and it works on a d20 system. (That means 20-sided die, non-nerds.) ‘Feast of Legends’ was developed in partnership with Fandom and Critical Role.
Adventures are set in the land of Beef’s Keep:
“Beef’s Keep is a wide open world waiting for you to explore it. make the world your own,expand your adventure, and most importantly, buy Wendy’s. Wait, we meant to say have fun. Also, buy Wendy’s.”
The setting is further described:
The nation of Freshtovia has been the lone beacon of hope in the land of Beef’s Keep for decades. However, the Ice Jester and his rogues gallery of frozen fiends threaten Queen Wendy’s reign of prosperity. Prepare your heroes for adventure.
Hmmm, a jester is a type of clown… that’s probably just a coincidence, right?
If you follow one fast-food chain on Twitter, it needs to be Wendy’s, professedly written by Wendy the mascot herself. Wendy’s tweets pull no punches and flat out slam its competitors like Chik-Fil-A, McDonald’s, Burger King and more, all in a snarky way.
Wendy herself is a character in the game, and her online reputation is alluded to: “As queen of Freshtovia, Wendy has clapped back at all attacks on her borders.”
The names of places and missions are obviously food-connected and very pun-y, not to mention more than a little reminiscent of Candy Land. Will your exploits take you to the French Fry Forest or Top Bun Mountains? In a ‘Game of Thrones’-like nod, the Ice Jester and his forces are gathered in the Deep Freeze. You’ll need to use your skills, such as the Applewood Smoke Bomb and Upsized Combo to defeat them.
Characters can hail from a variety of orders, like Order of the Spicy Chicken Sandwich, or Order of the Baconator Fries, which despite their goofy names, correspond to similar Orders and Classifications from other RPGs. Instead of swords and staffs, players arm themselves with Spoons, Whisks, “Straw Shots,” Toothpicks, and Sporks.
You get bonuses for eating Wendy’s food in real life and debuffs for eating food from a competitor. Eating food from “Frozen Burger Joints” results in your character taking +1 damage from all ice-based attacks. Pizza results in -2 in all Charm rolls, while sub sandwiches take 2 points off strength. Perhaps funniest of all, “Gas Station Food” takes 2 points off your intelligence.
“If you roll a 20 on an attack or skill roll, you go into FEAST MODE. You do the maximum amount of attack damage, plus an additional roll of the normal attack dice.”
Despite the tongue-in-cheek puns, those that have tried out the game have been impressed with just how fully-realized (or “meaty” if you will) ‘Feast of Legends’ is. It really is a solid tabletop RPG on par with commercially sold games.
You can download the whole thing at Wendy’s Feast of Legends.