Sunday, April 1, 2018

Post-Combat Shakes for DF, expanded

Post-Combat Shakes [-5] isn't recommended for DF. But hey, with sufficient imagination, it could be.

Combat is tough, and can cost 1 + encumbrance in FP. Plus, wizards are always dropping you 5 more FP with Great Haste, undead enervate you with FP-draining touches, and GMs saying stuff like, "That felt long, everyone lose an extra FP!"

Plus, you want to get the most out of your combats. While you mostly want to rely on strength and agility potions pre-combat and healing potions peri-combat, post-combat, it's all about healing and those post-combat shakes.

Here are three of my favorite post-combat shakes. All three are meal-replacement style, with protein, fats, and starchy carbohydrates to provide a mix of satiety (protein), steady digestion (fats), and quickly accessible energy to replenish the stores of glycogen in your muscles (starchy carbohydrates). Pick something that won't bother your stomach before the next combat.

Blend and drink immediately! Remember a good, loud blender (like my Vitamix) will attract wandering monsters on a 9 or less. Consider a quieter blender if possible. All of these are available in the Felltower cafe on the fabled Tavern Level of Felltower for only 5 sp each. Guaranteed to restore 1 FP immediately (limit 1 shake per combat, SM+1 or larger require 1+SM shakes to gain back 1 FP).

Banana Milkshake
8-12 oz unsweetened almond milk or whole milk
4-6 ice cubes
1 large banana
1 serving vanilla protein powder*
1 tbsp honey
1 tsp cinnamon (I prefer ceylon cinnamon)
1 pinch of salt

Chocolate PBJ
8-12 oz almond milk or whole milk
4-6 ice cubes
1 tbsp grape jelly
1 tbsp peanut butter (almond butter, if you're allergic)
1 serving chocolate protein powder*
1 pinch of salt

Pumpkin Pie
12 oz almond milk or water
4-6 ice cubes
8 oz canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie mix)
1 scoop vanilla protein powder
1 tbsp honey
1 tsp cinnamon (I prefer ceylon cinnamon)
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp allspice
1 pinch of salt

(Warning - comes out very thick!)

If you need a shake you can carry into the dungeon warm, I recommend this one:

Cherry Chocolate Bomb
12 oz dark cherry juice (unsweetened)
1 serving chocolate protein powder*
40-50g of pure starchy carbs (50/50 maltodextrin/dexstrose mix, waxy maize, UCann starch, blackstrap molasses, or honey)

This one you can just shake and drink, no blending necessary! (Warning: mix with warm water, cold water will cause heavy clumping)

Optional adds to any of the above:
5g of Creatine Monohydrate
5-10g of L-Glutamine (especially after a long workout)
5-10g of 4:1:1 ratio BCAAs (warning: extremely bitter, probably not necessary unless your combat was very long or you spent a lot of time under Great Haste)
1 scoop Amazing Grass greens powder
1 cup of rolled oatmeal or granola (for I-framed/Ectomorphic delvers who burn carbohydrates like crazy during combat.)

* My top favorites are ON 100% Whey, LifeTime's line of proteins, and TrueNutrition's line of proteins (PDO111 gets 5% off) (especially pea and New Zealand grass-fed whey). FWIW I get a piece of any of those sales, but those are also the proteins I prefer the most. I wouldn't recommend stuff that sucks even if I got a piece of it.

So this started as just me channeling Gilda Radner as Emily Litella on SNL, but I may need to repost this on my S&C blog and send it to my clients.


  1. Now the idols in my dungeons will have incomplete kitchens needing a blender hidden on the fourth level.

  2. The Cook spell comes in mighty handy for these. Or, as I statted up as a magic item:

    Souper Bowl
    A stone bowl (really a Dewar flask of adamant) that turns raw ingredients placed within it into finished meals, in about a minute, at no energy cost to the user. Only simple fare (soups, stews, teas, tisanes, SHAKES, etc.) is produced, which is only as tasty, wholesome and nutritious as the ingredients. The standard souper bowl is good for preparing three human-sized meals daily and has a capacity of 1.5 pints. Its structure keeps the diner’s hands from being burnt while the food stays hot longer. It sports a convenient handle and a matching lid with strap.
    Creation: Enchant and Cook. The bowl (construction of which requires 4 different spells) is $600, 1 lb. Requires 90 energy (30/meal per day).
    Cost: $690 (Dungeon Fantasy).
    Use: 5 turns of Concentration to activate, 1 minute to produce a meal.
    Variants: More expensive versions can produce more meals per day, or are instead enchanted with Create Food to either convert anything into food or materialize it from nothing. Embellishments, decorations, carvings, painted designs, etc. are common mundane modifications.
    Notes: Adamant is +29 CF (p. F22). The bowl and lid are Essential Earth, shaped and hollowed with Shape Earth, and turned to adamant with Earth to Stone. Destroy Air is then cast to create a perfect vacuum inside. The bowl is DR 9 HP 24 and makes a good, durable one-handed brawling weapon.

  3. I know it's 4/1 but Mo would use these :)


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