I have to admit, when Rick and Morty was announced by Spooky I didn't care. I had never seen it. It was a cartoon. I am 53 years old. OK, I watch Family Guy. Whatever.
Reading more and more about it on Pinside, I decided to pay for Hulu just to watch a full season. I doubted that I would get past the third episode. I was wrong. Like, WAY wrong.
By the third episode I was glued to my television set laughing my ass off and and getting a twinge of a feeling that there was more to this show than just one off jokes.
Rick and Morty was deep! Who knew? Well, I know now. I watched all the seasons three times. The games by Spooky were sold out (and the resale prices were skyrocketing). "Why the hell had I not bought a spot for this game?" I thought.
My friend and I went back and forth about game play, the ridiculous prices that people were asking for to take their spot in line. I just figured I would wait a couple of years and buy one when the prices weren't so jacked up.
But.... I had caught Rick and Morty fever. I secretly thought to myself "I don't care if the game plays like garbage, I want one anyways."
I have a hobby budget. It is not written in stone, but I generally know how much I can spend. Rick and Morty was WAAAAY out of my budget.
So I am checking craigslist (even though I rarely ever buy anything) and I see a Rick and Morty. It had under 100 plays on it and it was the lowest price (still high by my standards) that I had seen. I wrestled with the idea of buying such an expensive game. I decided to sell my Creature From The Black Lagoon (Fully restored) to fund it. I talked to my wife about it and she had no qualms. "What are you waiting for? Rent a truck!," she said.
One text to my buddy and all of a sudden I found myself barrelling down 680 in a Home Depot box truck. It was a three hour drive, but I had a great time. Time goes quickly when you are with someone you like. My buddy and I laughed quite a bit on that trip. He was totally encouraging me along the way (egging me on?... probably).
Once we got to where we were going, I introduced myself and played the game once. I looked at my buddy with a meaningful glance to communicate (I want it).
The whole transaction took less than 20 minutes Cash on the glass and we were headed home.
I loved my Creature From The Black Lagoon. It was my first attempt at restoring a pinball game. It took me a year to do it. I learned more from that restore than I have ever learned about anything my whole life. But, It had just been sitting in the corner of my garage, and I had admitted to myself that I was tired of playing it.
I'm glad I did what I did. I never had buyer's remorse. To this day I am glad I got that Rick and Morty. I'm grateful to my friends and my wife for being supportive.
And now it's just me, Rick and Morty in my garage restoring games!