The arena is packed. The fans are ready. The wrestlers make their way to the ring. This has been building up for a long time. Who is the best? One will get their hand raised in victory, the other will leave with their head hung low in defeat. Two competitors enter...one leaves victorious. This is the world of SRG.
To start the game you pick your competitor and a deck containing 30 cards. Your preset deck contains 27 move cards and 3 finisher cards; a Grapple, a submission and a strike finisher. You can modify the deck by purchasing other cards, but the standard deck is 1-30. Each player shuffles their deck and draws 3 cards.
The goal of a player is to start a chain of cards so that they can perform their finishing move. You achieve this by playing cards in order on each turn (if you can) which are a lead, followup and finisher. You must have a lead in play to play follow up, and you must have a lead and a followup to play a finisher. You opponent will also have cards to try and block you from playing these cards. If you can not play a card you have to bury a card, meaning you take one card from your discard pile and place it at the bottom of your deck. After a turn is taken you will go back to the initial roll phase. To win the game, just like in wrestling, you need to win by pinfall or submission. You achieve this by playing one of your three finisher cards. You can also win by countout if you exhaust your deck and hand.
The art on the card is not specific except for the finishers (The Big Shot's grapple finisher shown). The art is very well done and illustrates the moves nicely. The dice are bigger than normal sized dice. They have each of the symbols on them and are very easy to read.
Where this game shines for me is the crowd meter. When you avoid being pinned (you have to roll a higher number from your skill chart than you opponent did) the crowd gets more into the match. You wind up resetting the cards on the table in front of both people and flip a crowd meter card. It starts at +1 and keeps going up after every kickout or failed submission attempt.
This ramps up the urgency on trying to get your next finisher out to win the match. I love this game and the $20 price point for a starter set is well worth the price. You can also purchase various indy wrestlers as well as SRG created wrestlers. You can also buy additional cards to modify your deck any way you want, and prices vary on those cards. You can check them out on their website SRG UNIVERSE.
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