Introduce Yourself

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.

Heres a guide on shooting high quality video with OBS.

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.

Hitfilm Express – Hitfilm is an easy to use, free video editor that comes with some effects built in. If you’ve never edited video, here is a tutorial that can get you pretty deep into hitfilm in a hurry.

Its all in the attitude.

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

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.

The Ogre, being the Ogre.

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.

The Look

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.

The Attitude

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.

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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.

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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.

Don’t be married to it.

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.

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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.

Next week – Introducing Yourself to the World

The “Core” Deck

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.

My Core Deck, My Competitors, and the Cards I swap with them.

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.

GG2019 – Official Powerbomb Thread

As Tuesday winds down, tomorrow the Powerbomb Team will start to converge on Cincinnati. This will be our official live thread of happenings at the Grand Gathering.

Some topics we will be talking to the community about at GG are:
Organized Play
Content Contributors
Creative Input(Art, Music, Etc.)

If you want to be involved in any aspect of SRG, and need a platform to do it, email bobtheogre@gmail.com with your ideas.

Competitor Rankings and Meta

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.

Click Here to see the page.

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.