Wendy’s Presents: Feast of Legends (a Late Night Review)

I have to be honest. I have a lot of adult responsibilities going on. What Stephen King calls stark raving reality. So when Wendy’s (yes the hamburger joint) released an art and map filled 93 page RPG called Feast of Legends in PDF and in print at New York Comic Con I had to dive in (PDF for me).

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Even Critical Role is going to give it a spin. You can judge me if you want. But Feast of Legends builds on a d20 chassis and comes complete with a world, classes, monsters, magic items, rules, and an adventure. And I think we can agree that frozen beef is akin to necromancy, a dark art of cold and death that brings gloom and heartache to all.

What do you do in Feast of Legends? Fight the Deep Freeze of course. You are adventurers in Beef ’s Keep where the nations have been splintered over major disagreements. Creepingvale and the United Clown Nations have led their people into a collective darkness known as The Deep Freeze. The PCs reside in the one nation that remains a true beacon of hope: Freshtovia. Freshtovia is known for its lush fields; signature dishes; and redheaded queen, Queen Wendy. Wendy has clapped back at all attacks on her borders.

You choose an order (more on that below) and roll for stats. You roll 4d4 for your stats The author (currently unknown) is quite proud to call this roll the 4 for $4. You also need to pick a super dope name.

If you have read this far you might think this is going to lead to nonsense. But no. Combat is fairly robust, following D&D 5E in many ways. Characters can move and do an action. There is advantage and disadvantage and feast mode (crits) and big oops (fumbles). The game even has buffs if you eat Wendy’s food which grants in game bonuses while eating all other food, debuffs, gives penalties.

The heart of the game for players will be the fourteen orders they can choose from. Yes the orders are named after food. The Order of the Spicy Chicken Sandwich has five levels with skills at each level giving heat based powers, smoke abilities, and a crispy outer shell for protection. On the other hand, the Order of the Chicken Nuggets is all about sneaking around and sneak attacking. Many of the Chicken Orders can heal.

The Order of the Baconator excels at multiple attacks and even has a smoke bomb for diversions. The Order of the Frosty is about misdirection and charm while the Order of the French Fries is all about teamwork, even being to work with the Order of the Frosty to get advantage on all skill rolls through the Frosty Dip skill.

The GM is provided with a campaign adventure that will take PCs from level 1 to level 5. The main threat to the land is the Ice Jester of the United Clown Nations. No I’m not making that up. The Ice Jester has been sending frozen minions across the realm to spread icy havoc. Rumor has it that he has found a powerful magic device capable of throwing all of Beef ’s Keep into a new frozen age. The fate of the realm rests in the hands of a few fresh, never frozen heroes.

At this point I would have happily paid a few dollars for this PDF. It is RPG gold. And free? This is amazing.

There are five parts to the adventure. There is the Creepy King With the Paper Crown who has locked himself away, keeps his supplies of beef frozen, and then casts the icy pucks into the fires of the mountains. There is a world map and a nation map. Dungeons and villages. There are sixteen magic items including The Ancestral Spoon of Biggie Vale. There are seventeen creatures like the beef bandit who can give a Swift Kick in the Pants.

Because everything is fairly close to D&D in design Feast of Legends should be easy to run and enjoy a modicum of balance. It is fun. It has a whole campaign to explore and various Orders for players to try. And it is free. What’s not to like? Will I try to run it at the next Gen Con if I can go? Yes. Yes I will.

Speaking of enjoy, now I’m craving a double stack. Like Feast of Legends it should be delicious. Download the PDF and grab a Frosty. The fight for fresh beef lies in your hands.
 
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Mistwell

Hero
A truly unfortunate product of Late Capitalism. Hopefully people see this as the shallow advertisement that It is.
Um yes, it's an advertisement for Wendys. Which is also hilarious, with high production value, and free. I don't see this as unfortunate at all. I see it as a very good thing in fact. Of course it's shallow - it's a parody advertising product and not intended to be deep. Not all fun, good things need to be deep and meaningful. This is a one-shot party game or convention game purely for entertainment. It's OK to just play something, for fun, sometimes.
 

aramis erak

Explorer
There have been discussions elsewhere implying that the cash grab element isn't on Wendy's part, per se, but the designer's part. On the other hand, the free press from major papers with online articles has also been essentially very cheap advertising for Wendy's - even if they paid 10% of a typical advert run on the design and layout (which would be a rather impressive payout for the designer)... and 20% for some ad team to come up with the idea and find a designer.... the exposure is probably 10x what the standard budget would pay for.

The mechanics are reasonably close to D&D 5... tho' the att scale looks to be 3d4 for normal people and 4d4 for the PCs... (assuming +0 mod = normal person attribute)...
It lacks the skill and proficiency modifier subsystem, using the term "Skill" for what would be "class abilities" in 5E.

D&D players familiar with 3.x, 4.x, or 5 will find it familiar enough.
 

Mistwell

Hero
There have been discussions elsewhere implying that the cash grab element isn't on Wendy's part, per se, but the designer's part. On the other hand, the free press from major papers with online articles has also been essentially very cheap advertising for Wendy's - even if they paid 10% of a typical advert run on the design and layout (which would be a rather impressive payout for the designer)... and 20% for some ad team to come up with the idea and find a designer.... the exposure is probably 10x what the standard budget would pay for.
The designer IS the advertising agency (Tony Marin and his group at VMLY&R). It was mentioned by Daniel Fox on Twitter who the primary author was, and it's the ad agency and some other employees at that ad agency. Apparently they opted to not give themselves credit on this one since normally ad agencies don't give credit to themselves in their ads.
 

Ratskinner

Adventurer
I knew a guy who once ran one of the mecha games (I don't recall which one). He had forgone the original factions in the game and painted all his minis themed for corporate competition in the grimdark future. The Cola Wars were particularly interesting to me, but the Ford and Chevy mechs were precious.
 

Tonguez

Adventurer
Thats a suprisingly solid game and adventure and easily converted too!

I love how they managed to give the Orders some flavoursome skills, though Im suprised they didnt give each one a casting cost so you can purchase from the menu.

Give me Double Cheese!
 

Henry

Autoexreginated
You see me now a veteran of a thousand Franchise wars
I've been asking ‘where’s the beef’ so long
Amid the Limbo of Fast Food Stores.
And I'm fresh enough to look at
And too frozen cold to see
All the grease that’s on the inside
I'm not sure that there's anything left healthy
 

mips42

Explorer
This might sound heretical but, really, what is there about this "plot" that is weirder or sillier than most? It's reasonbly standard fantasy type stuff that's been "wendy-ized" to promote their products. I have no issues with it and might just borrow a few things from it.
 

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