Disclaimer: The game developers provided a free digital copy of this game for us to review.
For those who don’t follow me on Twitter, I’m obsessed with Drag, so when Crymson was looking for a reviewer for Drags 2 Riches, I volunteered immediately. Before I get into the review, let me give a little background on Drag. Drag is the act of performing gender. You can be a man dressing as a woman, or vice versa, and people can dress up as the gender with which they identify. I’m what’s known as a Trans King, as I’m a transgender man performing masculinity. There are bioKings, too: cis men who perform masculinity. Queens have the same categories, despite what Ru Paul thinks. Drag is popular in the LGBTQIA+ community as it allows us to explore and express different aspects of our queerness.
Drags 2 Riches is a drag competition at its heart, think Drag Race, but can be played with just 2 players. Actually, no, it’s more like ballroom than Drag Race, though Drag Race does pull quite heavily from ballroom. It’s a deck building game and your goal is to gain the most prestige points by competing in Events (read: categories). You win an event by having the most points at the end of the round – each Look card that you play has a numerical value assigned to it.
The game itself is well designed. The drag Queens on the player cards are reminiscent of real Drag Queens, including Shangela Laquifa Wadley, my favorite, and Bob the Drag Queen. This instantly made me more excited about playing. The artwork is gorgeous, and I love how the boards are dressing rooms set up to accommodate a full outfit, including heels, makeup, clothing, hair, and accessories. Don’t forget, enter the room PURSE first! A queen needs her accessories.
The rules could use a little more clarification regarding buying things in the market. We eventually figured it out, but it took us several minutes to do so.
Once we were confident in the rules, the gameplay went smoothly. We quickly got into a rhythm with it and were on the last event before we knew it. I played the game with my sister, who also loves drag. We both agreed that the game was fun. Another note was that the rounds weren’t all the same. There were shopping spree rounds and even a round where you could buy from the market and put the new card directly into your Look. These special rounds gave the game variety, so it wasn’t monotonous.
Both of us agreed that the majority of our dislikes fell on Tabletop Simulator, which is difficult to maneuver and can make card games more difficult to play. TTS glitched and my sister couldn’t see her dressing room board.
TTS problems aside, Drags 2 Riches is a well done game with lots of replayability. Put together fierce drag looks with this deck-builder by supporting the game on KickStarter here. The campaign ends at the end of June. It’s the perfect Pride month investment!