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Old 11-13-2008, 07:10 PM   #1
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Drinking yerba mate

"It is normal to drink it in study sessions, role-playing game groups or any over-a-table friend meeting." (Sorry, don't know how to get rid of the formatting...)

I thought this was very interesting. Drinking yerba mate is like a sacred ritual in some parts of South America. I wonder if it could transform an ordinary roleplaying experience into an extraordinary experience?

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Old 11-14-2008, 09:42 AM   #2
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Re: Drinking yerba mate

I had to look up exactly what yerba mate was, and it looks like it's just a tea.

What are your thoughts in why it would turn an ordinary RP experience (if there are any!) into an extraordinary one? Just wanting to get on the same page before attempting to discuss.
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Old 11-14-2008, 05:33 PM   #3
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I had to look up exactly what yerba mate was, and it looks like it's just a tea.

What are your thoughts in why it would turn an ordinary RP experience (if there are any!) into an extraordinary one? Just wanting to get on the same page before attempting to discuss.
Hey, it's not just a tea! It really feels like it's much more. I brewed my first cup yesterday:

and it has a haunting quality to it. I can't wait for my next cup. It's not addictive or anything. I think it's knowing that this is a drink through which people bond and tell stories in Paraguay, for example - having a single cup of yerba mate go around in a circle around a campfire as people laugh and share a happy moment...

I thought it could be neat to drink this while roleplaying. I mean, how many of us are really mindful of what beverages we consume while mudding/RPing? Might the experience become richer if we were mindful of the goodness of the drink (or any other such drink) and its ability to bring us closer, its warming, nutritious quality coursing through the veins to let us know we're truly alive in the moment? Or could it be through the stimulus of the senses of taste and smell?...

from this article:
""yerba mate is more than a beverage when shared between two or more people. It is a ritual of friendship that can break the barriers of language and differences in culture. In essence, it creates and strengthens the bond of positive attitudes between people."

Am I even making sense? Lol

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Old 11-14-2008, 08:13 PM   #4
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Re: Drinking yerba mate

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Hey, it's not just a tea! It really feels like it's much more. I brewed my first cup yesterday:

and it has a haunting quality to it. I can't wait for my next cup. It's not addictive or anything.
I'll shamelessly quote from wikipedia:

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Maté contains xanthines, which are alkaloids in the same family as caffeine, theophylline, and theobromine, well-known stimulants also found in coffee and chocolate.

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Reasons for maté's unique physiological attributes are beginning to emerge in scientific research. Studies of maté, though very limited, have shown preliminary evidence that the maté xanthine cocktail is different from other plants containing caffeine most significantly in its effects on muscle tissue, as opposed to those on the central nervous system, which are similar to those of other natural stimulants. Mate has been shown to have a relaxing effect on smooth muscle tissue, and a stimulating effect on myocardial (heart) tissue.[14]

Mate's negative effects are anecdotally claimed to be of a lesser degree than those of coffee, though no explanation for this is offered or even credibly postulated, except for its potential as a placebo effect. Many users report that drinking yerba maté does not prevent them from being able to fall asleep, as is often the case with some more common stimulating beverages, while still enhancing their energy and ability to remain awake at will. However, the net amount of caffeine in one preparation of yerba maté is typically quite high, in large part because the repeated filling of the maté with hot water is able to extract the highly-soluble xanthines extremely effectively. It is for this reason that one maté may be shared among several people and yet produce the desired stimulating effect in all of them.

I admit I like it. It'd be interesting in an IC sense to somehow share an OOC ritual, I agree.
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Old 11-15-2008, 03:10 PM   #5
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Re: Drinking yerba mate

Well, I know a lot of people listen to specific music while roleplaying, and we even tested out sound effects for parts of our mud. It seemed to really make people enjoy things.

So, I will totally agree that stimulating other senses while roleplaying can enhance the feelings generated by the experience. You'll have to let us know how it goes.
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Old 11-26-2008, 02:05 PM   #6
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Re: Drinking yerba mate

Yerba, schmerba.
Dr. Pepper and Nacho Cheese Doritos.
They are a staple for builders and players. Dr. Pepper has enough caffeine to make grinding away at mobs seem interesting, and the dual benefit of cheesy chips is that it gives you an excuse to take breaks for long-forgotten chores, like peeing, and at the same time, encouraging you to wash your hands -before-.

A tertiary benefit can be derived when no online clock is available. Accurate measurements of the thickness of pseudo-cheese residue on oft-used keys is a reliable earmark for length of play time.
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