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Once Upon a Time There was a Game Company…

It’s been a wild year. Filsinger Games is getting more and more exposure in the media and this is quite gratifying after over two decades of being in business.It’s another one of those overnight success stories that aren’t overnight at all but a long time in the making. It took a lot of blood, sweat and tears to get here but also a lot of fun.

I’ve been asked to be a guest on several radio shows and podcasts and I love talking about the history of Filsinger Games. We’ve posted links to some of these interviews at this site, but keep in mind there will be a test afterwards! Go here for the media links.

There’s a new one coming soon: An interview for a new web series called Chautauqua Tonight created by Paul Schermerhorn and the merry band of wild folks at the Spire in Jamestown. I support Paul’s vision of a web series focusing on the interesting things happening in Chautauqua county and I’m honored to be the main guest on his inaugural show. I’m also part of a crazy skit during the show so it’ll be a lot of fun and a chance for Paul and company to get their feet wet. I hope the series is a smash success!

Most interviewers ask me questions about my game company and upcoming releases but the part that winds up being the most fun for both of us is telling stories.

There’s the story I’ve told dozens of times but never tire of about how the games were developed in my boring math class in high school and how the page numbers of the math textbook became my dice rolls. Then on to the story of how I tried to sell the game to the WWE (then the WWF) in the 1980s, nearly meeting Vince McMahon in the process.

I’ve told many stories about the wrestlers who’ve worked with my company over the years and the crazy things that happened with them at conventions including the feud caught on video between Nikolai Volkoff and comedian Andy Malonakis at our table in Pittsburgh; or the time I had to chase down an inebriated Hacksaw Jim Duggan and tear him away from “the man who invented Monopoly” to play game tournaments with fans in Columbus, Ohio. That’s to say nothing of trying to stop the Iron Sheik from destroying everyone and everything in his path at a convention in Detroit when a huge bar tab for all the fun and merriment came due.

Sometimes people want to hear stories about my business association and friendship with Stan Lee and there’s plenty there also. It’s been an honor to work closely with a cultural icon and my all-time hero. That’s to say nothing of the wild time when I met Julie Newmar of Catwoman fame from the classic Batman TV show. She dumped Batman in Ohio to spend time with the Dark Menace.

What’s an interview without stories? I remember reading a book by a famous lawyer, Gerry Spence, who won many high-profile cases, and he said the secret of his success was weaving his cases into good stories. People get bored hearing facts heaped upon facts. A good story is the glue that holds it all together and gives people something to relate to or at least remember.

So I’m going to be out there spreading the word! It’s great that more people are noticing our wonderful little niche and seeing how much fun we’re having!

You’re invited, everyone is invited! The game room is open and the dice are hot!


When Tabletop Card Game is Kinda Like Collectible Card Game

Many times I have heard game fans or reviewers incorrectly refer to Filsinger Games products like Champions of the Galaxy as collectible card games.  I don’t think my games fit the bill unless the term is defined very broadly.

And yet lately we’re moving slightly closer.

I looked up the definition of a CCG at wiki and here’s what it said: “A collectible card game  is a game played using specially designed sets of playing cards. CCGs combine the appeal of collecting with strategic gameplay.”

The examples usually provided for CCGs use Magic: The Gathering as the prototype for these kinds of games.

As for Filsinger Games, our products broadly meet the first criteria or don’t depending on how the terms are defined. Filsinger Games players use specially designed sets of playing cards but the sets aren’t created by one player to battle the sets of another player. With FG (I was going to use the initials FU to stand for Filsinger Universe but reconsidered) a person often plays alone rather than against other people. Consequently the player doesn’t use the game cards to attain a personal victory so much as to see how a particular contest between two (or more) wrestlers plays out in an ongoing storyline they are creating.

The goal with FG is to create interesting scenarios and then allow the game battles to play themselves out, leading to the creation of new game scenarios based on the match results. FG is an organic, creative game system, leaving much to the imagination of the players.

Further, wiki states:  “The bulk of CCGs are designed around a resource system by which the pace of each game is controlled. “This concept does not apply to FG  in any way.

The goal of a CCG according to wiki is, “for players to select which cards will compose their deck from the available pool of cards.” Again, this does not apply to FG.

Outside of the broad criteria of FG as a card game it cannot be considered a CCG except that a new trend is emerging among our games that overlaps with CCGs and that is the card games have the appeal of being collectible.

I used to play Vs. System games (Marvel and DC) and one of the main appeals for me was collecting game cards for my favorite characters like Iron Man, Sub-Mariner, and the Hulk.  There would be several Sub-Mariner cards, some that could be used for a Defenders deck and others for an Illuminati deck and for good measure there could be a Namor card just about anywhere including a card to be played with a Fantastic Four deck or Dr. Doom deck. Lots of cards, lots of unique card stats,  lots to collect. And I loved it.

With the number of  brands in the FG universe expanding all the time the same things is happening in our games.

We released a playing card for Bryan Danielson several years ago for our Legends of Wrestling game. Subsequently we released new versions for Bryan such as a card that could be played with the Chikara game and then a new Legends card that reflected changes in Bryan’s career. (By the way, for those that don’t know, Bryan is a huge fan of FG games and Champions of the Galaxy in particular.)

If you’re a fan of a wrestler, collecting different versions of his FG cards is a fun way to follow his career and a hobby unto itself. It may sound like I’m trying to sell more game cards and make more money for my company but anyone who knows me knows I love games and I love collecting. Creating different versions of cards meets the demands of game fans who want different versions to play in their game federations.

Plus we need to produce different versions of some wrestlers for game fans that are loyal to one particular game brand. For example say someone is a Chikara fan and for some unfathomable reason does not play our other games. They won’t want a Legends version of Bryan, they’ll want a Chikara card that reflects Bryan’s time in Chikara and the moves he used in that promotion.

Another example: we released UltraMantis Black as a wrestler in Chikara, but we also released a sci-fi version for Champions of the Galaxy. That was wild and fun and it makes the CotG version quite collectible for game fans with the unique card art and game stats.

We just introduced 2 Cold Scorpio in our National Pro Wrestling Day game pack but we may also release a younger, classic version of 2 Cold Scorpio for our Legends game.

In the end FG is a game system that straddles many categories, transcending several of them to become a unique entity of its own. There are qualities of sports action games, CCGs, and yet fitting comfortably in no particular category.

Hey, that’s us…we mark our own territory!  The bottom line is we’re having fun and that’s the only category that our fans care about…


2012 Was a Very Good Year and 2013 is Going to be Better!

And so another year passes and a new one begins. As I think back to 2012 I can only be pleased. One of the longest continuously running games on the market, Champions of the Galaxy, is as strong as ever. The BLACK DEATH series has become the latest “classic era” in the game’s storied history and there’s still BLACK DEATH 2129 due in July! And after that I guarantee there are more surprises in store! I can’t finish talking about Champions of the Galaxy without mentioning my excitement that ALL 24 original playing cards will be wrapped up with the CotG ORIGINALS 6-Pack #4 also coming in July! That means the entire original intro game will be in color, for nostalgia buffs like me it’s a dream come true! We also saw the release of a new licensed game with RING OF HONOR. What an awesome game it is with 26 playing cards, handbook, and a cool ROH belts insert! we’re gaining new fans with RING OF HONOR and CHIKARA and I love working with the class acts that run those promotions. Our LEGENDS series is still going strong and now represents the last bastion for black and white cards that we produce. Somehow it fits, seems appropriate, and perhaps that shouldn’t change. As usual our loyal fans will let us know their thoughts. Our exciting new web site was yet another major step forward in 2012. I’ll be honest, I was very frustrated with the previous site but changing was a time consuming process and we’re still not totally finished. But we’re up and running and Filsinger Games is looking better than ever! Yes, it was a great year, but 2013 is going to be even better! We’ll have new expansions for RING OF HONOR and CHIKARA to say nothing of new games for promotions like SHIMMER! How exciting is that! SHIMMER is the premiere wrestling promotion for female athletes and we’re proud to be working with them! Speaking of working with others, Filsinger Games was selected to be the proud sponsor of National Pro Wrestling Day on February 2 in Philadelphia. This is a great honor and we’re going to do our part to promote this outstanding event while spreading the word about Filsinger Games to new devotees! I already mentioned our upcoming Champions of the Galaxy releases for 2013, so look out! You’l have new game releases of one kind or another practically every month (and even more counting our online and PDF releases). There’s no better time to be a fan of our

games. I’m loving it, playing as many feds as I can in my spare time, there’s so much to work with! Spread the word far and wide, everywhere and anywhere you can, that Filsinger Games madness is on the move! It’s a game revolution that’s been going on for over 25 years and growing stronger than ever! Thanks for your support, we’ve always had the best game fans around and we still do! Until Wizards of the Coast jumps on the Filsinger Games bandwagon…  

Filsinger Games Set to Sponsor National Pro Wrestling Day!

It’s coming, one of the biggest events in pro wrestling history—National Pro Wrestling Day! It’ll be a celebration of wrestling featuring talent and matches from over a dozen promotions including Chikara, Ring of Honor, EVOLVE, Kaiju Big Battel, and more!

Here comes the amazing part: The show is free admission and will also be featured on iPPV! The action takes place at Derby Ink Gardens in Philadelphia, PA on February 2, 2013.

There will be afternoon and evening matches and the idea is to present as many different, unique promotions as possible to give everyone some additional awareness beyond their usual fan bases and to celebrate the art form that is pro wrestling.

Those are great goals and Filsinger Games is proud to sponsor this groundbreaking event! Keep watching for more news from Filsinger Games…you know how we like to celebrate these events in a cool game-ish way!

Several matches have already been signed including Mike Quackenbush vs. Colt Cabana! For more information about National Pro Wrestling Day go here.

The “Wild-Eyed Southern Boy” Arrives in Legends 12!

Tracy Smothers will make his debut in LEGENDS 12, looking to settle some old scores. A former singles and tag team champion in the southern U.S., Smothers has feuded with LWF stars like the Heavenly Bodies and Chris Candido. Will he team with a former associate like Tommy Rich, or go at it alone? Find out when LEGENDS 12 is unveiled on December 15 from Filsinger Games!

UltraMantis Black Joins Champions of the Galaxy!

In an amazing and super cool crossover Chikara’s ULTRAMANTIS BLACK makes his dramatic debut in the future of wrestling—the GWF!

ULTRAMANTIS BLACK has suddenly appeared in the GWF in 2128 during the BLACK DEATH era! Why is he holding a skull staff? Is he joining forces with Black Death? Or will he join forces with his future namesake, Mantis?

It’s up to you, promoter! Be sure to order this rare and collectible playing card! Go here!

ROH/Chikara Combo Intro Set Gives You Two Big Feds in One!

Here comes the best holiday gift of all for a wrestling fan: the RING OF HONOR/CHIKARA Combo Intro Set!

This is an incredible deal giving buyers 50 playing cards along with two game handbooks (ROH and Chikara) along with everything

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needed to play including instruction book, game charts, and dice, all sent in a cool game box!

Will you play two separate feds for ROH and Chikara or pit the two feds against each other in an awesome promotion war? Either way you can’t lose with ROH and Chikara expansion packs being released regularly featuring new wrestlers keeping your fed up to date!

We mail orders quickly so you’ll get the games before Christmas, so what are you waiting for! Go here to order!

COTG Originals Pack #3 is Ready to Pre-Order!

The third installment of colorizing the classic first edition of Champions of the Galaxy is upon us! The COTG ORIGINALS PACK #3 will begin mailing on December 15 and features MASSIF, EXECUTIONER, PIT VIPER, DEATH KNIGHT, KILLER QUEEN and VANITY, all with awesome art by Darryl Banks!

The final installment, COTG Originals Pack #4, is due in July, 2013, but for now it’s time to order  #3. Go here to pre-order! And Legends of Wrestling fans, don’t forget that the LEGENDS 12 TOTAL PACKAGE is also set to begin mailing on the same day.

Legends 12 is Ready to Pre-Order!

Here comes the how much does a prescription of viagra cost latest LEGENDS expansion! The LEGENDS 12 TOTAL PACKAGE will begin mailing on December 15 and some names announced so far are WILDFIRE TOMMY RICH, BLACKJACK MULLIGAN, CLAUDIO CASTAGNOLI, GIANT BERNARD, JIM POWERS, and LALANI KAI! The new game features the usual fantastic card art by Steve Stanley!

Get psyched! Some new wrestling superstars are coming at otc viagra you in December! Go here to pre-order! And Champions of the Galaxy fans, don’t forget that COTG ORIGINALS PACK #3 is also set to begin mailing on the same day.
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