Making a video or going live on Facebook is one thing. Being in persona live is another. You do need to be clear what is In-Character, and what is Out-of-Character.
In-Character (IC) or Cardfaybe…
Being in character gives you license and a freedom to break from social norms. You can be rowdy. You can be devious. You can act like a super hero! But… you must do it with a flair of being in-character.
Different things can trigger the mood, the attitude, and the voice. Sometimes its sun glasses, a bandana, a mask or even a song. Whatever you can attach your persona to that gives you the voice, the confidence to speak as your persona. Walk like your persona. You have to think like a super star. You can talk smack, but there is a line.
If your opponent engages you, go full throttle and let out your persona full force! Befoire you know it you will gather a crowd, and maybe even gain a new feud.
Read Your Opponent
Some people can get uncomfortable with making a spectacle of things. Make sure to check your opponents body language and mannerisms to see if they are okay with being called out. If you are unsure, its always okay to ask. In-Character smack talk has led to some bad feelings when the line gets blurred. The best rule of thumb when doing any promo or smack talk is to keep it focused on the game, and on your opponents persona.
No matter what the spectacle, Its always classy to shake hands and give a good game. Even if it is off to the side after you have put on a show. Were all here to enjoy this game and were a big gaming family.
In our last article, we covered just some of the ways to develop a wrestling persona for the SRG Universe. Now that we have the concept and have put some of that together, its time for the world to meet your alter ego.
Shoot or Script?
I personally am a fan of scripting your first promo. Why? Because if you have a great idea in the middle of a live promo, its hard to integrate it on the fly. Rehearsing the script gives you some time to get comfortable with your new identity. How you speak, what kind of words you use, your tone, etc.
Of course there are some people who are comfortable and can work in front of a camera. By all means, go ahead.
Recording or Live?
Doing your intro live gives you the ability to interact with an audiance. This can give you some serious engagement and can create some of those “it” moments that solidify your identity. However, there are more opportunities to stumble and not be able to recover in a live intro.
Recording gives you the ability to re-shoot and re-cut anything you are not happy with. This is your image you want to project, so having the ability to edit and re-shoot when you stumble on a word, or say “um”. Depending on your skill level, you can do some pretty amazing editing to give your into that pro feel.
What do I need?
To start working on your intro here are some tools to get you started.
OBS – OBS is a free livestreaming and recording software that is used by many video creators through youtube and twitch.
A Webcam – The Logitech C920 Webcam is the standard webcam most people use. The price is around $50 (during the holidays you can find them much cheaper.) They can shoot 1080p High Def at 30 frames per second giving you a high quality video. To get any better, you may have to invest in a DSLR camera, which can run anywhere from $200+.
The Youtube Sound Archive – This is a library of free use songs and sounds. You dont want to get hit with a copyright strike on twitch or youtube.
Free Use Video Loops – If you hasve a greenscreen or want to create a title card, you can find some free use loops here to add as a background.
Just make sure your new persona’s attitude shows, and have fun. The rest will follow! Like Shawn Michaels told Becky Lynch before she was “The Man”, “Act like youre the best thing going, and people just might start to believe it.”
Next week, we will cover being IN persona live and at the table while playing.
Making a Monster is a new series where we discuss wrestling personas and help gain some insight into how to build a character, and how to BE that character.
One of the things I love about this card game is that we all treat it like the real squared circle. The personalities, the promos and the fanfaire. Some of us struggle, but we really want to participate! Were gamers and a lot of us are introverts. So we see people cutting promo’s in the facebook group and we want to participate, but dont know how. This series is for you.
I was inspired on a flight as I watched “Fighting With My Family” on the way back from Detroit. There is a scene with the Rock where Paige and her brother Fanboys/Fangirls out over meeting The Rock. Dwayne switches on The Rock persona, and switches it back off in an instant.
Sure, its The Rock. He’s had a lifetime to craft The Rock. But, The Rock is not Dwayne Johnson and vice versa.
I also did about 10 years of Live Action Roleplaying, and part of that was developing a character that interacted with others in the game, and doing so successfully.
Step 1 – The Concept/Gimmick
What do you want to be? It seems like a simple question. But its not.
For me, being the Ogre is natural because its grounded in reality. I’m a big guy. The word ‘Grace’ has never been associated with me. So it made the concept easy. A big, angry guy who breaks stuff.
The concept dosnt have to be some overarching all consuming concept either. Look at Kane. He was “Isaac Yankem, DDS” before he was Kane. A Dentist. While some people gel with very high concept ideas, others dont. Gimmixks dont have to be so high concept or pervasive either. Superstars like Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins dont have gimmicks, but tag lines. Like Beast Slayer or The Big Dog.
Personally I find its easier to take a part of myself grounded in reality and develop that into a character/persona and stay close to myself. For some people staying close to the truth and exaggerating certain personality traits is mor comfortable.
Weather you have a mask, or a crazy hair color, or even just a cool shirt. Be remarkable! Be the purple cow(Its a book by Seth Godin. Read it if you havnt!) But have something that makes you stand out. The Big Guy, well he’s naturally big, hence the gimmick. But he stands out, literally. It dosnt need to be so extreme, but definately recognisable.
How does your persona speak and act? You dont need to decide on this immediately and can hone and craft this as you continue to do promos and play in tournaments, but you need to be concious of this and when you feel something, use it. Its amazing how many catch phrases come out of just speaking.
And then turn it up to 11…
When you think you have reached the limit before being ridiculus, turn it up another notch. Exaggeration plays well. Two examples that are on complete opposite extremes.
Macho Man Randy Savage:The Macho Man, King, and Madness took machismo and went way over the top. The way this character played propelled him to the top with the crowds. Combined with his technical wrestling ability led to multiple Wrestlemania Championship matches with Hulk Hogan. The rest is legendary.
Alexa Bliss: Alexa Bliss has taken the stereotype of being a beautiful blonde, and amplified it to a tagline of “The Goddess”. The way she speaks and acts is crafted to relect that attitude. She speaks down to everyone. Her face in the ring is that of discontent with her opponent. And even in her current story line, she uses people who she belives beneath her. Leading to her being a crowd favorite heel today.
Cranking it up to 11 dosnt mean you have to just scream and be loud.
It may take you several tries or iterations to find something you are comfortable with. It may even be something somone else comes up with. But dont be afraid to try. Don’t be afraid to fail. Be open to recognize if you arnt resonating with your persona, and pivot. If you arnt feeling it, you just arnt feeling it.
In San Antonio River City Wrestling, an Italian pizza maker named Luigi is the current champ. I kid you not.
The SRG Universe is a community, a family, and inclusive. No one will belittle you for your character. But if someone steps up and engages, dont be afraid to engage their persona.
Some of us don’t own multiple copies of some of our favorite cards, but we want to play multiple competitors. How do we do this?
I give you, a “Core” deck. Its just a standard set of cards that I always play, and when I switch competitors, I just swap out the cards.
So I use the same color sleeves for all of my competitors, which allows me to swap pretty quickly.
When I swap out, I take the core cards, place them into the deckbox for the competitor, and swap in my competitors cards. When I switch competitors again, I just replace the cards I removed in those slots and then swap in my new competitor.
Viola! The deck is now customized for my competitor! Below is a link to what I use for my core. Obviously changes can be pretty drastic depending on competitor.
When I run Flip Smiley I swap all of my stops for Draw Stops. But this extends your resources, and allows you to enjoy all of the competitors in your collection without having to rte-invest in cards you already own.
Today were launching our newest feature, the deck meta. Were in the process of using the draft data for GG, and rating competitors much in the same method of MOBA games and other CCGs. Starting with Special Tier (S-Tier) and going down by grade.
Clicking on the competitor will take you to a list of all decks built on Powerbomb Online for the selected competitor.
Please remember: Our ratings are an opinion, and based on multiple critera including placing in events. Don’t take it personal. We will be periodically reviewing our ratings after major releases to adjust for new competitors changing the meta.
After the release of the kickstarter, there will be 43 new competitors coming into play. Were anticipating this shaking up the meta, as The Salty Sailor is anticipated to be an S-Tier Competitor.
Grand Gathering Uncivil Faction Wars – First Thoughts
The first ever Uncivil Faction Wars draft has just concluded. Here are the thoughts at the top of my mind.
There are some sharks in the water. After looking at the initial team makeups, in no particular order: Bum Rush, New Wool Order, Undisputed Underground, XCW and #innercircle look tough.
The trade by Danny Thunder to pick up El Super Hombre may have been the best move of the draft.
Alien Invader at 53 was a bargain. Should have gone sooner.
Numer01 I would have rated higher in the draft order, but still made the first round cut.
After Anarchy’s Son’s performance at the Michigan CAC, I’m really suprised he wasnt drafted higher.
David Starr drafted at 43. He would have gone higher with his win in Cleveland IF his record wasnt 3-3. The diversity rule really affected how the community feels about the competitor after 3 EC3s were bumped out of the top.
Riggs Simmons made it? Whaaaa….
Man from IT at 38. Suprised this did not go in round 2 with how much competitve play he has been seeing lately.
There is more to come as we analyze the picks and the teams further. This was the first real ranking of competitors by the community. If the kickstarter had been released, this would have been a completely differnt meta as The Salty Sailor is currently the talk of town.
Thats it for tonight! The draft was a blast, and I will see you all in Cincy!
This has been a monumentus task that I clearly did not understand when I thought of cataloging this collection.
Among the upgrades, we added a special field to each card for the Card Number and Card Type. Before, we wesearching the actual text of the card which ran into some site speed issues.We have even started the process of adding errta and rulings to card profiles.Check out the new card libarary here.
Before we were using a generic plugin to customize the search. It would pull in all kinds of stuff across the site. Now, we have a truly custom search for card text only.
Deckbuilder 2.0, now with less beta!
The deckbuilder used to search the card text and match it into the card numbers, etc. But now that we have fields for that, I redid the whole back end in about 4 hours. Build and share here!
The Future: OneFall Tournament System
Now I will start to finish out the tournament system. This is an entire eco system for the SRG Universe so we had to start at the “beginning of life”, the cards, and then track the cards through the entire life cycle of the game. So Cards->Decks->Events->Event Registration->Brackets and Pairings->Top Cut->Winner-> Season->Titles.
First of all: Congrats to Sean Loeb. You destroyed in the finals with ending it quickly with David Starr. You earned that win in the top 16.
The rule: In a top cut, there can only be one of each competitor. If multiple players with the same competitor have strength of schedule(SOS) to qualify for the cut, the player with the best SOS qualifies and the other player is cut. Top cut then continues with the next best SOS. This process continues until all competitors in the top cut are unique.
We just watched a Final in Cleveland where Southern Belle went undefeated and lost to a 3-3 David Starr piloted by Sean Loeb. Sean only qualified for top cut due to the diversity rule.
The spirit of this rule is twofold: A) It creates a realistic wrestling experience in the top cut as we wouldnt see multiple John Cenas at Wrestlemania. And B) This battles the issues of a single deck build dominating the meta landscape.
The Good: It is effective at battling the meta domination of a single deck. In Magic, you can have the same 2 decks battling it out in every final.
The Bad: You have players that played really well that qualified for top cut, only to be bumped out by Diversity.
The Ugly: You can have someone who played middle of the road the entire day get put into the top cut and can win the entire thing.
I come down on the side of the arguement for diversity for 2 reasons. First, It is very effective at combating meta and net-decking. We would see multiple EC3s and Immortal Warriors in most tournament top cuts with out it. Secondly, it makes the overall flavor of this game and its competitve enviorment feel like it is an “Any Given Sunday” event for any player in the event. Keeping the flavor of the game from the core of the cards, all the way to the top of the competitve scene.
Someone could run down the ramp out of the back and pin the crowd favorite for the win.
What do you think about diversity? Leave us a comment.
Looks like we all have a bunch of questions about spectacles. Heres how they work.
You may play 1 spectacle card a match.
In order to play a spectactle: The card must be signed (by anyone, Talk of the Universe, 3-13-19 ) and all requirements on the card must be met.
Spectacles DO NOT go into your deck. They can be revealed at any time as long as the reqquirements are met.
You must select between Valiant and Newman spectacles. You cannot chose from both sets.
When are cards in hand counted? If an opponent plays a card, you may play a spectacle in response and cards are counted as if the card they just played was in their hand. (Talk of the Universe, 3-13-19 @ 1:04)
I have used a few softwares and I always keep coming back to OBS. First of all, its FREE. Second, its taken time but now it does everything. Third, it uses less resources on your system then say Gameshow or Xsplit.
It does a lot, from transitions to animations. Dont get intimidated. Just get the camera on and working.
!!!!TO GET THE CAMERA INTO DISCORD FROM OBS!!! Use this OBS plugin. It creates a virtual camera, and you just select it as the video source in Discord.
2. Buy a Camera.
It dosnt need to be an expensive camera. Just a camera. This camera was $99 when I purchased it years ago. Now it s just $67.00 on Amazon. LOGITECH C922 HD Webcam on Amazon
3. The rig.
Streaming cards is hard. So you need a bit of tape and maybe a trip to your local harware store. My first rig was a $2 broken tripod from goodwill, a carriage bolt and nut and a piece of PVC. Got the job done. Use the clamp below to clamp a camera to table.
Matt Stevens passed away Thursday night in a head on collision with a wrong way driver. Passengers in the other vehicle involved also lost their lives. I just got into the SRG Universe this passed weeken at PAX SOUTH, but the outpour of support from the SRG community is amazing. With several players like Jeffery Riley breaking character to pledge that Matt’s daughter would get her character, The Witch’s Apprentice, made for the Super Show Card Game.
My heart goes out to his daughter and family. Please donate through the SRGUniverse.com website.
Ricochet came out lookin good at the beginning of the match. His high flying antics dodging Johhny’s technical attacks. However Johnny reseved his energy throughought the match leaving Ricochet gassed. With a few quick reversal slams, the match was over as Gargano rolled up Ricochet.
In every woman’s life there comes a moment of truth, when you’re about to change the style of your hair (or even the color) and you’ve just got to make a pick out of all the varieties of popular (and not so much) hairdos. So, is there a way to narrow down the choice anyhow?
Well, the good news is that yeah, there is a way. And it is mainly all about understanding what the shape and type of your face are, what makeup are you usually wearing, the color of your skin… and dozens of other things among everything else.
Determining the Shape of Your Face
So basically, while there is no single universal, one-fits-them-all recipe or a guideline set for picking a hair, there are many nuances in your complexion which after a thorough analysis will help you in sorting out a perfect hairstyle which will look good on you. This doesn’t mean that you cannot digress off it in order to still get that pixie hairdo, but those are the recommendations, anyway. So, first thing’s first, you’ll have to know what your face shape is.
What Exactly Should You Choose?
To get you started with that research, here are the most typical ones: round; square; oblong; oval; triangular; diamond; long; heart-shaped. So, here you go – just start by measuring your cheekbones, jawline, brows and the overall length from the forehead down to the chin. Essentially, this will let you determine which most common haircut styles will go the best with the type of your face.
Whenever you are trying to go for a brand new type of a hairdo, consider these few crucial tips…Matthew Spencer
Basically, this goes like this: the oval shape goes best with hairdos of mid-length; the heart-shaped faces are awesome with short cuts et cetera…
So, after you’ve determined which length will be the best for you, the next thing to decide on is the color.
Importance of a Nice Haircut
Here’s a list of the most popular hairdo colors for women this season: chestnut brown; beige blonde; dusty rose; bronde; terra-cotta; champagne’y red; cinnamony; milk chocolate brown; bold brunette; deep brown with red accents; blackish brown… So, whether you’re gonna be choosing either of these colors, or will settle for something less common, the main thing is to be always confident of your hairstyle, because it should empower you!