45 - 60 mins
3 / 5
Rugby The Game is all about putting you right in the middle of the action. The playing board is clear and simple to use, keeping a focus on the action, front-and-centre.
1x Rule Book
1x Folding Game Board
1x 3D Ball Miniature
2x 10-sided Dice
1x 8-sided Distance Dice
30x Player Cards (two teams)
115x General Play Cards
4x Referee Cards
4x Coach Cards
4x Sin-Bin Cards
8x Weather Cards
22x Rugby Ball Score Tokens
4x Head-gear tokens
2x Field Distance Marker Standees
1x Coin Toss Token
The board is split with teams facing each other, including 6 slots on the board for active players. Sure there are 15 players on a team, but only a few are in the action at any time!
A field ruler to indicates the position of the ball on the field, which should how far the ball has advanced up the field.
RTG is a fast-paced game, just like the real thing. We realised very early in development that if we wanted a game that flowed and played smoothly, we needed to focus on the right mechanics. In RTG you spend a minimal amount of time setting up players, and more time making the pain!
Phases of play involve each team taking an action, such as running, bringing in support players, tackling, kicking, etc, and then resolving the outcome.
Play then goes to the defending team who can try and tackle (action), or Support by adding more players to the area of play.
Each team has a full side of 15 players, with each player being a unique character with stats that reflect their position in the team.
The players have their playing stats on the front of the card, for quick and easy viewing during the game. The stats for each position vary, depending on their position in the team.
We have a HUGE stack of General Play cards that enhance the game. The cards offer a variety of added effects and strategies that can turn a predictable phase into a break-away in seconds!
We all know Rugby isn't a simple sport. We broke it down and focussed on what we needed to make the game accessible to anyone who just wants to enjoy a fun board game.
Sure, understanding the sport gives you a head start, but anyone can learn RTG, and at the same time appreciate the huge strategic variety rugby offers!
We kept an element of chance in the game to stop things getting stale. Rugby, like most sports, has a fair few "oh crap" moments going on, even for the pro's.
In the end, a good player that uses their head will make good plays, but we want ANYONE to be able to get those "hell yeah" break-aways that make rugby amazing!