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The following entries are copied from Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Ultimate Equipment ​(for the sake of brevity I'm omitting the special game elements assigned to regular consumption of these meals):


Dwarven Trail Rations

Price 2 gp; Weight 1-1/2 lbs.

Dwarven trail rations consist of smoked sausages and salted meat, rounded out with hard biscuits and dried vegetables.


Elven Trail Rations

Price 2 gp; Weight 1 lb.

Elves favor soft trail bread made of oats mixed with other grains, berries, and nuts and sweetened with honey. They supplement this trail bread with dried fruits and nuts.


Gnome Trail Rations

Price 2 gp; Weight 1 lb.

Almost any preserved food can be found in gnome trail rations, which are designed to keep a wandering gnome from needing to dine on the same meal twice in a week.


Halfling Trail Rations

Price 1 sp; Weight 1/2 lb.

A day's worth of halfling trail rations is actually more than what a typical adventuring halfling eats in a day—a full belly strengthens a halfling's resolve. Common foods include sweetened dried fruit, aged sausage, hard sharp cheese, honey cakes, and a mixture of roasted grains, nuts, and molasses.


Orc Trail Rations

Price 1 gp; Weight 1 lb.

A typical orc trail ration consists of coarse black bread, thin sausages as hard as leather that must be chewed slowly to soften them, dried meat of uncertain origin, and pungent peppers.

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Its just okay as systems go. Pathfinder's main advantage is the sheer amount of material published for it (literally tens of thousands of pages of first-party material). However I like to reference Ultimate Equipment in particular because it is freely available (via the Pathfinder Reference Document website) it contains fairly usable price lists/economy for mundane items that you can steal for use in a generic Fantasy Hero Game if you don't have access to a better list/economy elsewhere.

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Many campaigns I've participated in don't bother to track things like Encumbrance and Sustenance. However I feel like it is an important part of the Dungeon Crawling/Adventuring experience to tackle these issues. I fear GMs might be doing their players a disservice by letting them get away with not tracking food, water, and weight. As such I always track these elements in my games (although I rarely make acquiring sustenance an overwhelming obstacle).


In my last pathfinder campaign one of the players took ranks in Survival (to find food), and Profession (Cook) (to make food), and it was a lot of fun describing the things they found to eat and what the character made from them.

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My last few Fantasy campaigns (both D&D and FH) mhaven't involved much wilderness travel, so it hasn't come up.


The campaign I'm prepping now is urban, so the question won't be how much trail rations the PCs can carry, it'll be which lunch counter, restaurant or tavern they prefer.


Dean Shomshak

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