The two teams that you get in the starter boxed set of Rumbleslam are the Green Bruisers and the Heavy Pounders. I'm going to take a closer look at them here, along with a couple of their superstars. Note that in the game only the superstars are named. The basic team wrestlers are unnamed but I decided to name all of my wrestlers, just to give them more character and personality.
The Green Bruisers are some of the biggest stars of the Rumbleslam
arena. They're fast, they hit hard, and they don't let up! If you want a
team that likes getting stuck in, regardless of what danger it poses to
them, these greenskins are for you, and make an excellent choice for
The Rolling Bones.
Trolls are big, blue, and mean. They have absolutely devastating special
attacks, so make sure they're in the right place because they don't
move fast. Their Regeneration ability helps them to stay in the fight
long past most other wrestlers.
Goblin Brawlers and Goblin Grapplers do not hit hard. But getting them
into a fair fight is not what they're for! They're quick and can do lots
of actions a turn, meaning their special abilities will get lots of
use. Of particular note is their Antagonise ability, which makes
opponents slower and angrier!
The Heavy Pounders fill that ideal space between speed, strength, and
defence. They're reliable and even the smallest member can be extremely
useful. They're easy to learn, but tricky to master. The crowd loves
them though, multiplying their already solid stat lines even further.
Kaiser's Palace teams needing some stability should look no further.
Ogres are big. Ogres are strong. Ogres are hard to throw out. What more
could you want? It would be tempting to just brawl away with an Ogre,
but that means that you're not using their many useful special attacks. A
Choke Slam does wonders when paired with the Halfling Brawler, and a
Belly Bomb Bonanza hits every opponent in base contact, if you're brave
enough to climb the turnbuckle to do it!
Halfling Brawlers and Halfling Grapplers get a lot of actions per turn,
and their special abilities are cheap to use, meaning they'll be
mainstays in your team.
“The Statesman is as much a fan of wrestling as he is a superstar.
Growing up watching the heroes of old in the ring, the young wrestler
trained his body with painful tenacity. He was soon the picture of
perfection. Joining the ring at eighteen, his selflessness and devotion
to the sport fast became a shining example that inspired countless
With a stat card like that, it's obvious that Statesman is a great
all-rounder. He makes a great centre-piece for any team, his unassuming
look hiding a solid line up of skills. With a regenerative ability on
all KO'd wrestlers for his Crowd Pleaser, and his Shield Passive Ability
giving close friendly wrestlers his awesome Defence, Statesman is at
his best when helping out team mates. With a great all-round stat line and hailing from Kaiser's
Palace, he's the perfect companion to The Heavy Pounders, or any team
with low Defence and low Stamina WEIGHT 1 wrestlers.
“The bad girl of wrestling, Triple D is synonymous with rule breaking. A
powerful wrestler who has held numerous titles in her time, Diana will
take on anyone who threatens her reign at the top. Using all the methods
at her disposal, she has been known to cripple opponents that might one
day rise to challenge her. She has dubbed herself the Queen of the
Ring, a title her fans cheer with extreme diligence and fervour.”
D is a fan favourite, and for good reason. If you feel like your team
is lacking a wrestler that can pick up and throw any other wrestler
fairly easily, go for Triple D. Although you might struggle to even lift
other wrestlers with the amount of great special abilities she has. Her
biggest problem is that she doesn't have 10 AP to do everything you
want! As a Heel character she rolls Crowd Pleasers differently,
so if you feel like your Heavy Pounders need to take a walk on the wild
side, she's the perfect wrestler for it.
“They say you’ve never seen a show until you’ve seen Gun fight. An Orc
of a different kind, Gun is far different to the rest of his race in the
ring. Unlike his bloodthirsty brethren this charismatic Orc is there to
entertain. A master of ceremony he thrives under attention and can
often be seen pleasing the crowd with poses, chants and shows of power!
This superstar is adored by his followers who go time and time again to
see his exploits.”
Gobba the Goblin has some
weird stats. His Dexterity is the highest in the game, and he uses it as
his Defence too, meaning he's extremely hard to damage at all. He's
fast too, so good luck catching him! Although with such a low Defence,
Grapple, and Stamina, he's delicate too.
Gobba is the ultimate
support Superstar. There Is No Try is an Active Ability that allows you
to move an enemy wrestler 3 squares in any direction, putting them in
the best place for you and the worst place for them! And his Crowd
Pleaser removes all negative counters from friendly wrestlers. Considering
the all-out attack nature of the Green Bruisers, Gobba complements them
perfectly, giving them some much needed defensive stability.
"Wrestling is a sport for the physically gifted. Or so everyone thought
until this mysterious goblin entered the ring. Wielding a special power
alongside his seemingly inhuman dexterity, he joined the Rolling Bones
casino and waited for his debut. It was a match to remember, though only
a handful of fans remained to watch the small superstar battle.
Assuming his team would lose easily, many missed him pushing and pulling
his opponents around the ring with nothing but a wave of his tiny hand.
Despite his clear superiority, Gobba didn’t mock or belittle his
adversaries at all. It was almost unheard of to watch a wrestler wait
for his opponent to stand before striking again.”
Although you get the Green Bruisers and the Heavy Pounders in the starter boxed set, you can also purchase them separately. They cost £22.00 per team, which is a reasonable price, I think. The four superstars I showed here cost £7.00 each, which is pricey. All of the figures are made of resin and most are single piece castings. They are expertly sculpted and so full of character. I like them all.