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I’m Arizona Bound and Filsinger Games is Set For More Growth in 2015!

“Go West, young man,” said Horace Greeley a long time ago, and I guess it took a while but I’m taking his advice. It’s time for change.

I wrote about my coming move to the West Coast in my blog on my personal web page and it’s right here. Now it’s time to address the Filsinger Games universe since some game fans have expressed concerns about what this means for the company.

I’ll tell you in a word it means NOTHING, there will be no lapse, no lull, IN FACT I’m looking forward to GREATER GROWTH for Filsinger Games in 2015! It doesn’t matter if I live in Jamestown NY or Sedona AZ or the Sudan or the moon. All that matters is our mechanisms for running the company are in place and will remain in place with no changes!

Hey, it’s 2014, and with the computer and the Internet you can be anywhere and still in the thick of things.

As of today (and I haven’t even moved yet) all our games ship from New Jersey, so there’ll be no change there. My incredible game artists (Werner, Steve, Darryl) live in three different states, no change there either. Team FG (my newly coined expression!) includes writers, artists, online specialists, and distribution managers, and we’re already spread out across the country.

Now I’ll admit I’m going further away but it doesn’t make any difference. I’ll still be a computer post away.

More than that I plan to come back to the East Coast on at least an annual basis for Filsinger Games promotional tours. That means game conventions, wrestling shows, comic book conventions, etc. These events will take me to many traditional hot spots like Indianapolis (GenCon), Detroit, New Jersey, Cleveland, and of course Jamestown.

In fact GalactiCon 2015 might still take place in Jamestown, we’re not sure yet. But you can bet there’ll be a GCon 2015 on the East Coast because the tradition MUST CONTINUE! And I’ll be there!

So I’m really looking forward to all this!

Even better, we’ve got some major plans for Filsinger Games in 2015! I don’t want to spill the beans yet, but rather than a step back we’ll be taking several bold steps FORWARD! You’ll see!

So have no fears loyal promoters! Team FG (which YOU’RE part of) is 4 Life!

Until Blizzard moves to the desert…

TOM

Tom’s Open Letter of Thanks

It’s 4:25 pm on July 11 and I want to thank everyone involved in COTG Live Event before the show starts at 7:30 tonight.

As far as I’m concerned it’s a success already. I am deeply touched by game fans for making this event a reality. I created Champions of the Galaxy in 1985 and now nearly 30 years later it will come to life in front of my eyes and the eyes of the fans.

This fact really hit home last night when I met Malta the Damager when he arrived in Jamestown. It struck me: This guy is going to be Brute tomorrow night! How cool is that?

It’s amazing the time, effort, and money that main organizers Todd Joerchel and Jeff Gutherz put into this project. Heartfelt thanks to them but there are so many others. There’s Louden Noxious, Randy Grey, Paul Schermerhorn, and many more, including all the people that contributed to the kickstarter campaign to fund it.

Tonight is the greatest honor that can be bestowed upon a game creator…no heck, any creator! It’s fantastic that people care enough about this game and these characters to make this happen.

I am truly humbled. Thanks again to all.

TOM

 

CotG: Breaking The 2130 Code

Oh geez, instead of saying NOTHING about the upcoming 2130 game edition I’m going to say NEXT TO NOTHING. It’s more tantalizing that way! A mystery lies at the heart of it. An event of epic proportions. Coming on the heels of BLACK DEATH that’s saying a lot. The 5 Clues begin on Monday, June 9 and every Monday after that until the Big Release on July 12 at GalactiCon. No card art. No clear giveaways. Just tantalizing tidbits that won’t even form a coherent story. If you can figure this one out, loyal promoter, then you are a true genius or even a mind reader. Sit back and enjoy. We’ve never done a sneak preview season like this before. I’m having a great time and I think you will too. TOM    

The GALACTICON Season: The BEST Time of Year!

It’s the greatest time of year.

GalactiCon 2014 is coming on July 11-13 and there’s a lot of work getting there but what fun it is to do this kind of work!

There are no words for how awesome it is to have an event like The Great Galaxian Bash scheduled for July 11. This beats anything that’s ever happened at GalactiCon BY FAR! It’s an incredible dream come true for loyal promoters to see Champions of the Galaxy cialisotc-bestnorxpharma characters come to life in a wrestling ring, but what’s more incredible is the names of indie talent that are attached: Stevie Richards, Chuck Taylor, Alex Reynolds, Gavin Loudspeaker and more!

Add to that a Legends card on the same night featuring Marty Jannetty, Brutus Beefcake, and Doink the Clown. There’s also two members of Dark Menace Forces: Rocky Reynolds and Bennett Cole, to say nothing of the Dark Menace himself!

This historic event will be filmed for a DVD but being their live is the key. Fans will wear alien masks and partake in the drama of the first-ever live Champions of the Galaxy event!

Hey…and then there’s GalactiCon weekend! Wiggy will be attending along with Chuck Carter!

What about our awesome GalactiCon game releases? There’s a new Ring of Honor 6-Pack coming out featuring Christopher Daniels and more to be announced!

Then there’s the latest Champions of the Galaxy expansion, the most top-secret edition EVER released! What awesome secrets will it bring? You’ll find out on July 12 at GalactiCon! You don’t want to be at home perched on your mailbox waiting for it to come! IF YOU HAVEN’T MADE PLANS YET TO BE IN JAMESTOWN DO IT NOW!

I love putting the finishing touches on a new CotG game edition. Working with Darryl Banks is always a pleasure and creating new stories and cards is invigorating. I feel like BLACK DEATH ushered in a new glory era in the GWF over the counter cialis and it’ll continue in 2130. It WILL BE MEMORABLE, that’s a guarantee!

So special is 2130 that special packaging is required. It’ll cost me a little extra on my end but HEY— I’m doing this because I love it!

I’m cialis alcohol mix down to the proofreading stages and final editing so 2130 is coming along great.

I’m also excited about the release of my second book, “Shadows on the Road”. If you liked “The Dark Menace of the Universe” you’ll love “Shadows” too. It’s a book about pursuing the dream of a Champions of the Galaxy movie or TV show, but it’s also a road book ala Jack Kerouac. I think you’ll love hearing about the people I met on the road and the musings of the Dark Menace on solitary days and nights. There’s also a couple sections (or mini-chapters) about Stan Lee!

I’m thrilled by the release of “Shadows on the Road” because I am spreading my wings as a writer and artist. Or maybe just being more myself in what I write about. cialis for sale las vegas

If you haven’t seen the book trailer yet check it out! You can see it at my new web site and if you haven’t visited my new web site yet please do! It’s tomfilsinger.com. Please help spread the word about “Shadows on the Road” because this kind of writing means a lot to me. No caveats. A person doesn’t have to be a game fan or wrestling fan or Champions of the Galaxy fan to enjoy it. “Shadows” stands on its own.

THANKS!

The BEST time of year is here and the countdown is on to July 11. There are SO MANY people that have helped bring us to the point that I can’t name them all, but hearty thanks to Todd Joerchel, Jeff Gutherz, Gavin Loudspeaker, and promoter Randy Grey, for making The Great Galaxian Bash one of the biggest wrestling events of the year!

See you at GalactiCon!

TOM

 

Champions of the Galaxy 2130: The Big Mystery Cometh!


It’s a milestone of sorts.

The next big game edition for CotG will come with no sneak previews of card art and no major revelations announced in advance. That goes against tradition! Teasers have always been a hallmark of Filsinger Games!

Well, not this time. That’ll make it more special because it IS so out of the ordinary. But hey, why do things the same way all the time?

The 2130 expansion comes on the heels of the wildly successful BLACK DEATH story arc, we’re really on a roll! Plus there’s all kinds of awesome CotG developments like the amazing Live Event on July 11 and my continued efforts to pitch a CotG screenplay for movies or TV.

We’ll be busy enough at Filsinger Games that our fans will have plenty of sneak previews. For example we’re currently finishing a round of sneak previews for 2 CHIKARA packs coming on May 25 and then next month sneak previews for the upcoming RING OF HONOR expansion pack (coming on July 12).

And then there’s the deafening quiet of CotG 2130! A state secret.

What does it mean? What drama is about to unfold?

Do you like special packaging? You’ve got it for 2130!

Do you like big themes like BLACK DEATH? You’ve got it with 2130!

Do you like the unexpected? Need I say…you’ve got it with 2130!

Let’s have some fun—no teasers! Let your inner 8-year old go wild and you’ll burst at the seams when you get EVERYTHING at one time…when you hold 2130 in your hands…when your mind explodes with shock and awe!

This is different. This is fun!

Until Sur and Bex bring in the reserves…

“COTG: The Movie” Update

There’s been so much attention lately for COTG: The Live Event that I haven’t had a chance to report on the progress of a COTG movie or TV show, so here goes… As many of you know I was in Los Angeles for about a month a half comprising the last week of February to the first week of April. Aside from enjoying the great weather (it was a lousy cold March in Jamestown) I spent a lot of time shopping the completed screenplay for a Champions of the Galaxy movie. The first thing I did was attend a scriptwriter’s social networking event with Mark Litton who wrote the COTG screenplay. I always enjoy meeting other creative folks and these writers are from all walks of life and they have fascinating stories and dreams. I wish them all well. Mark is fond of showing me the sights in LA and we ate at the LA Farmer’s Market before attending the networking event. Mark and I also completed a pitch book, ten splash pages of art and general information about Champions of the Galaxy in full-bursting color. I sent copies of the screenplay and pitch book to four producers who I met in my previous visits to LA. These people are often swamped with work so I haven’t heard back from them yet. I am also cultivating new relationships including seeking representation from an agent. These processes tend to be lengthy but I have laid a lot of groundwork the past few years. Since I don’t live in LA having a good agent could be very beneficial for opening doors and keeping this project moving along. I met one producer in the main lobby at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. He’s currently finishing work on a horror movie and he wanted to understand how Champions of the Galaxy could be translated into a movie. There was a televised event taking place around us with celebrities, reporters, cameras, hors d’oeuvres, but we stayed, just sat there and talked and let stuff go on around us. It was Hollywood glamour all the way. One highlight was seeing Stan Lee at his office in Beverly Hills. It’s always great to see Stan and we chatted about a lot of things but I had the chance to show him the Champions of the Galaxy script which he held in his hands like a proud father. He told me he wanted it to be successful because he wants a cameo in the movie, which was a very cool thing to say but I doubt he would actually be allowed to do it. Having my movie script in the hands of the man who influenced me to create Champions of the Galaxy in the first place was a moment I will never forget. So for now it’s a waiting game. I’ll get feedback from my four initial contacts while simultaneously doing homework on potential agents as well as other Hollywood folks to send the script. I recently contacted artist Randis Albion to say hello (he created the main image for the Champions of the Galaxy movie poster several years ago) and he surprised me by sending me an alternative version of the art which I am posting here for the first time. You’ll have to let me know what you think! Keep your fingers crossed! I’m hoping for a Champions of the Galaxy movie, TV show, or even cartoon series in this lifetime! Until Chris Hemsworth plays Star Warrior in a COTG movie…

The Greatest Fans Making the Greatest Dream Come True!

I’ve said it a million times and I’ll say it a million more: Filsinger Games fans are the greatest in the galaxy. They are proving it yet again by not only organizing but also supporting an incredibly ambitious effort to bring Champions of the Galaxy to life.

This is an amazing venture. Jeff Gutherz and Todd Joerchel mentioned the idea to me last year at a convention in New Jersey and I said, “Okay, sure, why not.” I didn’t grasp the significance of it the way they did.

Champions of the Galaxy has been around since 1986 and to see it come to life as reality is pretty incredible. I’m thrilled to report that the kickstarter effort organized by Jeff and Todd is marching to the goal of $7,500 and we’re hoping to surpass the goal because extra money means a better show and more bonus stuff.

We’ve already got three great independent wrestlers cast as Champions of the Galaxy icons with more announcements to come. There’s Chuck Taylor as Thantos, Orange Cassidy as Star Warrior, and Alex Reynolds as Wolf.

The event will take place in Jamestown, New York on July 11 and will reverberate throughout the professional wrestling world. A threshold will truly be crossed when wrestling’s greatest game, Champions of the Galaxy, comes to life for the first time. As the creator of this game universe and characters it is very rewarding to see such energy and enthusiasm.

Randy Grey is a wrestling promoter in Jamestown that is also helping to make the event possible. Everyone is helping, including charismatic ring announcer and one of our greatest fans, Louden Noxious.

I can only say THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart to everyone that has contributed anything to make this possible. I can’t wait for July 11! That’s GalactiCon weekend and it’s our 25th con anniversary so needless to say this is the best one ever!

Oh yeah, almost forgot, to help us fund this amazing project and make it better go here!

Until another big game fan, Daniel Bryan, shows up at GCon to participate in COTG: LIVE EVENT…

Speaking of Games Here are My All-Time Favorites!

We posted recently a “Best Game Designers of All Time” list at ListNerd and with the support of our incredible game fans they pushed me to the top of the list.

Which I don’t believe I deserve but I very much appreciate the support.

It got me to thinking about games and how much they have meant in my life. I am a game fanatic. The front closet in our home has dozens of games and upstairs there are a dozen more.

Every Christmas when the kids were young I bought games for us to play as a family. Everything from “Don’t Wake Daddy” to games no one has ever heard of.

I’m not a one-genre guy, so the games I enjoy cut across a lot of categories.

As an adult I have enjoyed social games to play with friends and relatives. It sure beats boring conversations about the weather. Games like Loaded Questions, Apples to Apples, ImaginIff, and Ultimate Outburst are a fun way to pass the time, always good for laughs.

With closer friends it’s fun to delve deeper. The regular version of Loaded Questions is fun (players answer questions anonymously like, “What super power would you want to have?” and one player must determine who said what) but the adult version is even better with people you’re comfortable with. It gets naughty and that’s great for late night laughs and mischief. Other great games of this ilk are The Dirt Game and I’ve Never…The Game of Truth. You need to play these games with people you are comfortable with and who don’t get embarrassed easily.

The best new game on the outrage and craziness scale is Cards Against Humanity, one of my new favorites. You have to play this to believe it. It’s like Apples to Apples except on LSD. You can only play with people who are open-minded and somewhat outrageous. Having a twisted sense of humor helps.

Some social games are more demanding. I love them but some people don’t want to think or work so hard when they are playing a game. These include Dixit, DiceCapades, and The New Yorker Cartoon Caption Game. The last one requires players to write funny captions for New Yorker-style drawings of funny situations. Players have their captions read aloud anonymously and players vote on the funniest caption. This requires creativity, a sense of humor and a strong ego, hence it’s hard to find people to play with!

I also purchase games based on TV shows or movies that we like. That includes a Doctor Who game (simple fun), Walking Dead (too complicated), The Office, and Baker Street. Baker Street requires players to solve murder mysteries based on real cases getting several minor clues one at a time until they think they can solve the case. In that way it’s very realistic. It is also a demanding game and takes as long as two hours to play.

As far as thinking games my favorite is Super Big Boggle. This is a game of finding words in a mixed array of letters. I play almost every night, especially during cold, long winters like this one. Boggle is a word game and I love it although ironically I don’t like Scrabble.

As for games that teleport me to another place, those would be my absolute favorites. That includes Strat-O-Matic Baseball which I have played religiously since I was a teenager. I’m a baseball statistics buff so the reward for playing a full 162-game season for my teams is the final stats which I compare to the real stats of the players. For example if Roger Maris hit 60 home runs for the Yankees in 1961 I’m curious how many he’ll hit over a full season for my team. One time I drafted him and I believe he hit 65 and with no steroids!

I play Strat-O-Matic with my long-time friend Jeff, but also sometimes alone as playing our own teams against each other is part of our season schedule.

Another game I have played often (but only if there are other players around) is Magic: The Gathering. I love creating offbeat and creative decks, not the cookie-cutter ones. I created an “unblockable” deck that has done great and part of the reason is experienced Magic players have never seen anything like it and they’re taken by surprise.

My favorite (and I”m not kidding) is Champions of the Galaxy. I’ve been playing a regular fed since 1988, that’s 26 years! There’s no end in sight. This is a game I can play alone and really passes the time because it’s a blend of structured stories and spontaneous creativity. You never know what the matches will be like, anything can happen. I play Legends of Wrestling on and off but Champions of the Galaxy will always be my favorite.

There are tons of other games I haven’t even mentioned that I have loved over the years including Risk and a game many people have never heard of called the BattleBall Game. It’s a futuristic football-type action game, very addicting.

My hat is off to the creators of these fantastic games, especially Hal Richman (pictured above) who created Strat-O-Matic which turned out to be a big influence on me.

If it seems weird that I would promote other games at this web site then so be it. The way I see it we’ll all in this together, all the game companies, all the creators. I applaud them.

I can only hope that my games have given players half the enjoyment that these games have given me. It’s a great gift—the gift of fun.

Until there’s a Champions of the Galaxy deck in Magic: The Gathering…

On Champions of the Galaxy, Doctor Who, and continuity

Doctor Who, or it could be Star Wars or Harry Potter or any other expansive magical universe. Today’s subject, dear students, is continuity. For Christmas I received a wonderful book from my cousin Elaine. She knows I’m a fan of Doctor Who and she gave me “Doctor Who: The Vault” by Marcus Hearn. It’s a large coffee table book full of inside information, photos, and collectible memorabilia from the legendary Doctor Who show. I have been enjoying it greatly. My love of Doctor Who started like a lot of others in the Tom Baker years, then my interest subsided. Baker was a hard act to follow. When the show came back in 2005 with Christopher Eccleston as the Doctor I was mildly interested. But David Tennant and Matt Smith brought me back all the way and now I am a devoted follower, even toting around a sonic screwdriver key chain (another Christmas gift!). The history of Doctor Who is long and complex given it’s been on TV since 1963. In “The Vault” I read a story where at one point in the 70’s an influential fan club formed for the show. Producer Philip Hinchcliffe found the fan network to be an invaluable resource and he said: “We use them sometimes. We say ‘Can you tell us what happened ten years ago with such-and-such a character?’ Because they’re hot on continuity and keep records. We get into deep water with them if we do something which they think destroys the continuity of the program.” This immediately made me think of the fans of Champions of the Galaxy and the same issues I face. Champions of the Galaxy has become a complex story and mythology, in some ways more complicated than Doctor Who. With Doctor Who there’s one main star and focal point (played by different people, yes, but ONE main character, the Doctor) and he has several companions and supporting characters. Champions of the Galaxy on the other hand has many main characters and hundreds of characters overall! It’s a lot to keep track of across 44 game editions and 27 years of GWF action! That’s why I try to work with at least one game fan each time I write a new expansion. Creators aren’t as knowledgeable about their work as fans because fans allow themselves to fall totally into the fictional world whereas the creator by instinct doesn’t look back but is thinking ahead about new stories and characters. So in the end game fans make a remarkable contribution to on-going mythological worlds by acting as the Continuity Police. Continuity makes these worlds deeper and richer by providing structure and a sense of history. I find myself often asking game fans questions like: “What is Star Warrior’s real name? Have I ever mentioned that somewhere?” or “Did Monolith ever have a feud with Havoc?” because perhaps I want to put them on the same team in the next expansion and their previous conflicts should not be overlooked or glossed over. Sometimes newcomers are intimidated by such history. I recently recommended the Doctor Who show to a friend and he said he’d probably love it but it’s such a large undertaking to just jump into such a vast body of work. The same could be said of Marvel Comics or just about any well-developed fictional world. It seems like all or nothing. But like Doctor Who starting with Champions of the Galaxy isn’t as daunting as it seems. You can watch one episode of Doctor Who from any era and be entertained. With Champions of the Galaxy you can start playing with the original starter set from 1986 (even with new color game cards if you want!) or in 2119 or 2125. Those are the three most popular jumping-on points. Each of these starting points are simple and straightforward, readily understandable and enjoyable. Then if a person loves the GWF (who wouldn’t!) then they keep moving forward and eventually backward in time to fill in the gaps! (Moving forward and backward in time…sounds like Doctor Who!) So a tip of the hat to our fantastic game fans! They help me keep two feet on the ground so my mind can wander to outer space and other dimensions. They help maintain continuity while my job as a creator is to disrupt continuity with new directions and stories. It’s Yin and Yang, a wonderful process and balance that entertains us and makes the world a better place…both for fans of Doctor Who and fans of Champions of the Galaxy! Until Doctor Who uses the sonic screwdriver as a foreign object…

State of the Galaxy Address 2014

Another year has passed and my message stays the same, the record never breaks:

(FILL IN YEAR) was another great year for Filsinger Games! We did some new things, brought in new fans, and rolled merrily along, the greatest small company success story in the game industry! 28 years this year.

When you’ve been around that long and keep growing every year eventually people take notice. “Hey, they must be on to something.”

We are. It’s called fun, imagination, and community. All of our game products bring people together in a spirit of action and adventure.

It all started with Champions of the Galaxy and our flagship game is hotter than ever! 2013 saw the third part of the dramatic BLACK DEATH story arc that has taken the GWF to a higher level and created unpredictable levels of excitement. Until 2130 that is.

The past year also saw the re-release of the Champions of the Galaxy starter set in full color! Artist supreme Darryl Banks drew new versions of the original 24 characters and now people can start playing the game with color cards. The classic black and white cards are still available also, can’t ever loose track of that!

The new expansion UNTITLED 2130 is due in early July and it’ll break new ground and move into uncharted territory. It’ll be different, I promise. The teaser season will be unlike any other in the history of the game, which may be frustrating for some loyal and impatient fans, but it will all be for good reasons! My goal is to create new adventures that will make the GWF more exciting, more dramatic than ever!

Speaking of drama, there’s also the Champions of the Galaxy movie screenplay that will be completed in February by scriptwriter Mark Litton! I love the story and we’ve only teased the first third of it in the Battle for Cetus e-book that was released a few years ago. Wait till you see where the story is going and the other GWF characters that are part of it! Hopefully you’ll see it on a big screen and you can bet I’ll be working hard to make it happen! Help us out by spreading the word, buzz is everything!

We also had a banner year for Legends of Wrestling in 2013. It’ll be almost impossible to outdo the release of POFFO MADNESS last August or the numbered collector’s card for Randy Savage! How about Tony Atlas drawing his own card? That’s cool!

The only limits to Champions of the Galaxy are my imagination and enthusiasm which I’d like to think are under my control. But unfortunately there are real-world limits on Legends of Wrestling and our new releases depend on our luck with new signings. As luck would have it last year I met Lanny Poffo who was a great guy. This year who knows?

But there may be other surprises in store for Legends in 2014. It’s too early to say right now but keep watching!

Our other licensed games are doing great too! We released two Ring of Honor packs in 2013 and fans love them both! We also released expansions for other promotions like CZW with more scheduled in 2014! And what’s the story with Chikara? I guess we’ll all find out in 2014!

Will we be working with new indy promotions this year? Keep watching, we’re like a steamroller, we never stop moving!

We’ve got the greatest team in game history working on our games, from writers to artists to anybody else that can help out. It’s a labor of love, that’s why the games are so great! There’s no corporate mogul telling us what we can and can’t do.

As the leader of Filsinger Games madness I do what I want and what I want is game fans to cialis 20 mg comprimidos have a great time rolling the dice (tabletop and virtual online) and imagining great battles and creating awesome worlds both fictional (CotG) and reality-based (our licensed wrestling games).

THANKS TO ALL OUR GREAT FANS AND HERE’S TO MORE ACTION AND ADVENTURE IN 2014!

Until Shayne gets a stomach ache at sundown…