I was not at all interested in Misery Bubblegum. I wasn’t interested in it when Tony talked about how it was a game of, as I recall, manga-style high school drama. I wasn’t interested in it when Bret and Ellen came back from Dexcon raving about it.
I wasn’t interested in it at the Embassy Suites last Gen Con when Tony, Anna and Julie were sitting down to play it. But I really wanted to game with all three of those people and I remembered from Bret and Ellen’s frothings that it only took an hour or so to play it. So, thinking that an hour gone wouldn’t be so bad, I sat down.
Holy shit it is good.
It is a deck of cards with rules on them and it plays fast and heart-breaking. We played a game about a high school band called Microwave Poodle. The game broke my damned heart. We groaned as a table just how you groan when you watch a melodrama with a big, vocal group. People called me a bastard. I loved it.
I was ready to drop 20 bucks into Tony’s lap to walk away with the half-finished playtesting deck right there and then.
The art has all been done by Tony and it is stunning to see how far his drawing talent has come along. The pictures are amazing and having an inkling of how much hard work it was for him to get his drawing chops up to this level. I am in awe.