The art form know as Drag (Dressed to Resemble A Girl) has evolved drastically from its origins. In the last few decades it has become a major artform. Topped by the success of Ru Paul (the divine being that is) Drag Race, it has made many a television event for our Covid Lockdown viewership. Now finally for everyone who might have missed this, the art is given rightful respect, thanks to Laurence King and DRAG MATCH. Inside the box is a booklet and 50 cards to play.

First the cards. One side has the artist and the other, their drag persona. These cards are high quality image reproductions, gloriously colour rich and the paper weighted. Commend Laurence King for this. You pay for quality and they make quality products indeed. The booklet has an introduction page outlining two separate games and then a bio and pictures of all the artists. The first game is a guessing game, using the bios above and laying the cards all out on a table to guess. Its fun for a once play thing but tires quickly. The second is a memory game of revealing cards and matching. Guess correctly and win the card. Most cards wins. Again this needs the booklet and tires a little quickly. We invented another game that seemed to stick more firmly. You either have the artist or persona and then turn over cards to match. It was fun with and without the booklet. However it made us smile and elongated the joy of the contest. So what we felt was on offer for players is a fun, if not limited game of guessing. The looks are often stunning. The quality excellent, but the mechanics are a little weak sadly. This means you will enjoy to look at it but it might not live long on the table. But the question is, with personas like this, does it matter?


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