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YOU ARE ONE OF AT LEAST 23.5 MILLION AMERICANS LIVING IN A FOOD DESERT. You don't have a car. Each time your stomach growls (approximately six times per day), you must choose between satisfying hunger, strengthening health, saving money, and sparing time. You're just trying to make it to the next day. How long can you live like this?

Discomfort Food is a GM-less, one-page, 1d6, print-and-play TTRPG, with a simple objective: don't die. Every three (in-game) hours or so,  you get to choose which one of five locations you will visit: 

  • the nearby Corner Store
  • a local Pizza Place where you work
  • the distant Food Bank
  • a far-off Grocery Mart, or 
  • the Park in the next town over

Each place has a unique impact on your money, your hunger, your health, and your time. How many days will you survive before you end up dead broke, or just plain dead?


The following sources were consulted during the creation of this game:

Food Empowerment Project. (n.d.). Food Deserts*. Retrieved October 31, 2020, from https://foodispower.org/access-health/food-deserts/

Karpyn, A. E., Riser, D., Tracy, T., Wang, R., & Shen, Y. E. (2019). The changing landscape of food deserts. UNSCN nutrition44, 46–53. Retrieved October 30, 2020, from  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7299236/

Reed, E. (2020, April 3). The Average Household Cost of Food in America. Retrieved October 30, 2020, from https://www.thestreet.com/personal-finance/average-cost-of-food-14845479

School of Social Work - Tulane University. (2019, December 16). Food Deserts in America (Infographic). Retrieved October 30, 2020, from https://socialwork.tulane.edu/blog/food-deserts-in-america


Discomfort Food is licensed under a CC BY-NC-SA 4.0 license: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/4.0/


Plus Initiative is the digital umbrella for games and simulators created/co-created by Ashanti Anderson (@ashanticreates). Plus Initiative uses interactive games and collaborative storytelling as a social practice model in order to explore barriers to health equity and social justice. Play more at https://plus-initiative.itch.io/.


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