Actual Play – Bubblegumshoe (9/3/2017)

GM: Shervyn von Hoerl
Players: Stras Acimovic, Banana Chan, Dev Purkayastha, Sean Nittner
System: Bubblegumshoe

Note: I fell way behind on my AP reports so these are written many moons later based off my notes. The accuracy will likely vary greatly! Also, this is just transcribed from my notes. Things may be out of order!

I had wanted to play BGS for a while, in part because I’m fond of the genre, in part because Lisa, Emily, and Ken make amazing games, and in part because it seems smart for me to play everything Evil Hat publishes, at least once!

Shervyn provided a stupendous first experience. Not only did the characters we encounter have reasons to cover up their actions, deceive us, and justify their atrocities, but the mystery itself was extremely poignant to our current political climate.

I played Alexandra Hinojosa (Alex), a honor society student and cheerleader. The kid who had it all except that she was hiding from everyone that she had an abortion at the end of last year. The combination of her fears and shame regarding that, as well as the fact that making her appointment meant she left a friend (Stras’ character) on her own in a dangerous situation (facing bullies she promised to help her confront) and that her clueless ex-boyfriend (played by Banana) was, well, clueless, meant the characters already had some very strong (and strained) ties to each other at the start of the game.

As it turns out, our collective past also dovetailed into the mystery at hand, which made it all the more personal to us.

Everyone in the game was great, and though I didn’t start with a strong connection to Dev’s character, by the end we were all breaking in principles’s offices and snooping on private church meetings together!

Thanks to Shervyn for running this game where we got to put some true villains behind bars!


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