Game Bites: In a Pickle

In Game Bites we talk about fun food themed games, related recipes, and accessibility in gaming. My co-author is my son, Jacob, a non-nuerotypical aspiring chef. Every other week we try a new game, he cooks a delicious related dish and shares a recipe, and we talk about the pros and cons of what we’ve played. So sit back, tuck your napkin in, and have a bite with us!

“There’s a speck on the tail on the frog On the bump on the branch on the log In the hole in the bottom of the sea.”

What can fit in a pickle? And what will a pickle fit into? Today we explore these burning questions with Gamewright’s In a Pickle – as well as enjoy some great pickled dishes!

Pickle (v) – preserve (food or other perishable items) in vinegar, brine, or a similar solution. (n) – a difficult or messy situation

To start the game, each player is dealt five cards and four cards are placed face up in the shape of a cross in the table’s center. On their turn, a player takes a card from their hand and places it either under the card if that object fits INSIDE the card or on top of the card if the card on the table will fit inside it. For example, ‘pickle’ would be placed under of ‘jar’ (as the pickle is IN the jar) but ‘shelf ‘would be on top of ‘jar’, as the ‘jar’ fits in the ‘shelf’. Cards only have to relate directly to the card they touch in the standard game. Once the fourth card is placed in any of the stacks, a “pickle round” begins. Focus shifts entirely to that pile, and each player gets an opportunity to place a new card ‘in’ (on top of) the card before. The owner of the final card able to be placed is the winner of the round. They claim that stack, the card is replaced, and play continues until one player has claimed four stacks.

Players are encouraged to be creative! Explore alternative meanings of words and come up with zany explanations to defend your choices! Think outside the Pickle Jar!

Jacob’s Quick Pickled Radish

Pickling is a great preservation method that will work with many things, particularly firm vegetables. We like pickled radish to add to ramen or bulgoggi.

1 bunch of red radishes or one daikon radish
2/3 cup white or apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup water
1/2 tsp. ground black pepper
2 bay leaf
1 tsp. mustard seeds
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. dried crushed red pepper (or more to taste)

Chop radish into bite size pieces and place in a plastic container with a lid. Bring vinegar, sugar, water, and your spice to a boil in a saucepan. Ladle hot pickling liquid over radishes. Allow to cool then place in fridge for 2-3 hours.

Tips – – It may smell (depending on the composition of the veg used), don’t let that turn you off though; sometimes the smell will be amazing and in the end, it will always taste great as long as you used something you like. – This as a quick and easy way to make tasty sweet and sour toppings or sides for other dishes, or just for something to snack on that won’t go bad for a long time.

Jacob’s Thoughts

The game is a fun and quick party game, even with three people disagreeing with each other about the the creativity of their answers! The instructions were relatively easy to read and I had no problem with going over them quickly. Having an alternative way to play (with all the cards in the stack related) is good for keeping the game fresh. For non-neurotypical people it may be hard for to understand how certain words could be related, or on the other hand it could result in stretching the definition of something a bit far so that other players have a hard time making the connection.

AnnaMaria’s Thoughts

We were able to quickly breakdown the rules – they’re well written, concise, and have good examples. I did notice there was a little struggle interpreting the order of the accordion style rule book. And oh, the flights of fancy that the explanations will inspire! More than half the fun of the game is listening to the far-fetched justifications for an object, from shoes in the fridge to frying pans in whales. Words are quite large and can be seen across the table. Final Bite

A fun party word game for the whole family, In a Pickle will get your creative juices flowing!

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