Another great episode! Also a crowded one as well! You could almost have run a game with that crowd.
You did. The Big Red Couch game. You should write up the rules and publish it.
Now, I've already posted what I would have done in that episode, so now I have to tackle your next pitch: Donut Tax Outrage!
Hmm, not a topic that lends itself readily to examination. Nope, time to put on the Silly Hat and go whole hog gonzo!Welcome to The Land of Cuisinaria!
In the land of Cuisinaria, food is both king and art! Chefs rule this land of food and fun! Where a good meal is just a step away and no one worries about getting fat or having high cholesterol! A land of milk and honey as well as chocolate and butter icing! A place of roast pork, wrapped in bacon, stuffed with pancetta!
Many small "Cafe Kingdoms" dot the land, and the largest of all is the Kingdom of Dinnerell. Ruled by the Chef-King Bo Radi, it is a prosperous kingdom, where the people cook and serve and enjoy themselves with big meals! Backed by his Knights Du Sous-Chef, Chef-King Radi serves dinner to his people everyday, buffet style!
Alas, this is the most expensive form of feasting, as not everything is eaten. So much so, that the hogs feast well afterwards. Chef-King Radi is finding that he can't operate the Royal Buffet just on tips alone! He realized that he either will have to charge for the buffet or... levy a tax.
But what could he tax? Not the crops, he himself has a large royal garden and the royal herb garden! And not serving food, as he does this as well. What could he tax?
While considering this, Cedric Procédé Narratif, the Royal Exchequer, visited the Chef-King, whilst the latter was in contemplation of a tax. "M'lord, your deliciousness, we are most desperately running low on funds to maintain the Knights and the servers for your Royal Buffet. Perhaps we should limit it to the noble chefs of the realm?"
"No," replied Bo, "once given, it cannot be taken back. My father served Swedish Meatballs for dinner, as did his father, and his father before him. We are honor bound to serve dinner to the people of Dinnerell... *sniff* Cedric, what's in that bag?"
Cedric held up the white paper bag with a round logo printed in red on it, with the words "Dunnikin Doughnuts" printed in brown across the logo. "Ah, it's from the Kingdom of Dunnies. A fried dough confectionary of sorts." He reaches into the bag an removes a ring of fried dough liberally dipped in sugar icing. "They are quite delicious M'lord. Care for one?"
Bo reached into the proffered bag and removed a fried dough ring topped with a chocolate ganache and rainbow sprinkles. Taking a bite, he nodded appreciatively. Swallowing, he said, "Yes, very tasty..." he paused in thought. "You say its a "foreign" food?" His eyes grew bright in greed.
Soon the people of Dinnerell were all a twitter. Their Chef-King had decreed a tax on all foods of foreign origin sold to the people of his Cafe Kingdom. "Foreign" was defined as a food not cooked by Chef-King Bo Radi himself. Since he cooked every dish in the kingdom save the aforementioned fried dough pastries, the tax was almost exclusively on the pastries served at the various Dunnikin Doughnut cafes.
This definitely raised the ire of the Dunnikins who had moved to Dinnerell seeking a better life.
And this is where the game begins. The players are either Dunnikins running one of these cafes or their loyal customers. Chef-King Radi isn't a bad man, just a man stuck with a duty he can't see a way to get out of. But taxing the consumption of the new pastry will cut into the profits of the Dunnikin chefs, and perhaps they might simply move out and that's that for Bo Radi.
So the game is about trying to find a way to lift the tax by any means, fair or foul. We're talking player characters here. I would either use the rules for Ryuutama (http://kotohi.com/ryuutama/
) or my go to system, FATE Accelerated. If I did use Ryuutama, I'd have to come up with a cook/chef archetype, but that shouldn't be a problem. Ryuutama would let me and the players build the Cafe Kingdom together and define how everything works. Within that framework, we would run the adventure.
(Yes, I'm well aware of what a Dunnie and a Dunnikin are. Why do you think I picked those names?
Obligatory Game Pitch:
Don't think about the White Elephant