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Filsinger Universe Plans for 2012!

I love how this blog, which started quietly and innocently as “Inside Tom’s Brain” in the 1990s, has evolved from being about Champions of the Galaxy to an ever-expanding universe of releases, from games to e-books, calendars, new games, and much more! So now’s the time to summarize the cool things coming in 2012!

I’ll skip the minor stuff and try to focus on highlights. First there’ll be cool new card releases at the Ring of Honor-Chikara combo show called Synergy on April 28 in Chicago. I’ll be going and I can’t wait to see our fans in person there!

Dark Menace Productions (my umbrella company for All Things Filsinger) will be releasing two e-books in May: Part 2 of the Champions of the Galaxy trilogy: Ultimate Betrayal. This story is the basis for a screenplay for a Champions of the Galaxy movie. We’ll also be releasing Ken LeSure’s “Cold Feat”, a science fiction/science fact novel of intrigue and adventure which is set in the early 1980s. Dark Menace Productions will be offering a package deal for both books so get your reading glasses on!

Next up is GalactiCon on July 6-8 in Jamestown, NY. It’ll be the usual awesome party including new game releases plus special guests Marty Gitlin (author of “The Great American Cereal Book”) and movie producer R. L. Johnson. More guests will be announced! Come party with us if you’re a loyal game fan or even if you’re not! We always have a blast and we love newcomers!

I’ll be traveling to Los Angeles, my second home, after GalactiCon. I may be attending the San Diego Comic Con on July 12-15, I’ve completed my professional registration but can’t plan for sure until later. I’ll do my usual cavorting around Hollywood meeting with folks in the TV and movie industry looking for a good vehicle for Champions of the Galaxy and my other properties.

With this being an election year we’ll be re-releasing Stan Lee’s Election Daze (from 2008, Stan’s hilarious book chronicling Barack Obama’s election year) all the way up to November. Stan loved writing the book and we’ll provide special discounts so you can laugh the current election away!

I’ve written another book based on my long cross-country sojourn to California last year and it’s an on-the-road book called “Tricksters and Travelers: The Dark Menace Goes West.” It’s a bit of departure from my first book, The Dark Menace of the Universe; a combination of casual observations across America, philosophical meanderings, and a mysterious spiritual quest. I’m planning for an October release and a gala release party at the Jamestown Arts Council, more on which later.

There’ll be plenty of game releases coming in December for the holidays, including new releases for Legends of Wrestling Card Game and Chikara Wrestling Game. I’m also looking at a special Classics release for Champions of the Galaxy, haven’t done that in a while!

That’s just the tip of the iceberg! There’s all kinds of cool stuff going on behind the scenes, potential partnerships, new directions for growth, etc. Will anything bear fruit? Who knows but it’s fun trying! And if something happens you’ll be the first to know!

Until tricksters become travelers…

Clear the Boards – Time for Black Death!


The time is now to wax romantic about the heart and soul of Filsinger Games—Our great production teams and our sensational fans.

No kidding, our staff and our fans are absolutely hands-down without a doubt THE BEST in the game industry and I’ll go further and say ANY industry!

Okay, it’s time to get to particulars and I’ll start with our flagship game, Champions of the Galaxy. Who could ask for a better artist than Darryl Banks? I’ve worked with other fantastic artists over the years but Darryl has done a perfect job of capturing the current era and especially BLACK DEATH. Just look at BLACK DEATH 2127, is there anything less that awesome there? The answer is no. And Darryl is easy to work with: energetic, reliable, just a great guy. Add to that the beautiful colors by Werner Mueck and it’s easy to see why Champions of the Galaxy is entering a new era of greatness and I won’t rest on my laurels. I want MORE for Champions of the Galaxy! The concept deserves it.

Onward to Legends of Wrestling which features an incredible team consisting of Tim Dalton, Chad and Cory Olson, and Stu Lowry. These guys have ensured that the Legends brand is a QUALITY brand; the wrestler stats are written after a significant amount of research and discussion by Cory, Chad, and Tim. These guys know their wrestling history! Add to that the effort put in by Stu Lowry to write the handbook and the final result is a truly enjoyable game that is a homage to the history of professional wrestling…which means a lot to me. I want Legends of Wrestling to be the greatest game EVER created that pays tribute to the classic past.

Legends also boasts a fantastic regular artist and that’s none other than Steve Stanley. I met Steve at a game convention years ago and what a find! His art keeps getting better and better every game edition including our latest LEGENDS 11!

I must also acknowledge our many loyal Legends fans that help us with wrestler signings. They scour the countryside, attending wrestling conventions, live wrestling events, even going so far as to contact wrestlers and their families! Our great Legends roster (as well as Legends of the Future) is due in large part to this incredible grass roots fan effort! Everyone take a bow.

As if Champions and Legends aren’t enough we’ve added a new brand: CHIKARA! It’s been an honor and a pleasure to work with Mike Quackenbush; a better partner is not possible. CHIKARA game fans can thank Rob Beaubien for his pioneering efforts to arrange a deal with CHIKARA and Rob writes the game cards. It was a blast to go to CHIKARA events with Rob and other loyal promoters to pitch our games! And what about that great art and coloring by Werner Mueck which makes the CHIKARA cards look as unique and exciting as the federation itself!

Let’s move on there’s still more! Our online games have been growing and improving the past few years and the man behind this growth is none than Osk himself- Kris Osk! First we offered Champions of the Galaxy as an online game followed by Legends of Wrestling, and now we’re offering exclusives like PDF offers and more! Kris has worked with Larry Swank to bring our fans upgrades such as the ability to play against each other online and there’s more coming in 2012!

I will undoubtedly be a forgetful Mutant and leave somebody out but there are more incredible team members: John Krause organizes The Promoter online newsletter and I used to love reading his pro-Champions of the Galaxy articles when he was a college student; Todd Joerchel and others are helping run the official Message Board which keeps growing every day and is a great showcase of our vibrant fan community; Grant Baciocco has organized several game conventions in California and spreads the word on the Internet about our games. He also encourages the nonsensical humor that I love to sprinkle in to the Champions of the Galaxy handbooks…blame him! And on and on with our team members…

When it comes right down to it EVERYBODY that plays our games is part of the team! There are many many contributions both large and small but all adding to our continued growth and HEY after 25 years that’s pretty impressive isn’t it? We must be doing something right. Little things like contributing comments on the Message Board and creating a fan page on Facebook or opening a fan Twitter account…it ALL SPREADS THE WORD that Filsinger Games madness is taking over and the secrets to creativity and fun are right here to behold!

And so THANK YOU to everybody! As your leader in this madness I can say with confidence that this high-powered Filsinger Games runaway spaceship is cruising at light-speed and 2012 will be our best year ever! Tell everyone you know: if they want to have a great time we’ve cornered the market!

Until there’s a reality show about our fantastic game community…

2126 is a Booker’s Paradise… Then There’s the Black Death!

Well, COUNCIL OF WAR 2126 was finally released on July 8 and it’s going to be a great year for the GWF!

More than ever Champions of the Galaxy is a game where promoter creativity is the key. The rotating commissioner position should lead to an endless stream of storylines. It’s already happening in my fed with Hector as commissioner! Imagine when Endgame gets the nod…or the Aethran Overmaster!

There’s also the new team structure for the Infinity Challenge which includes new scoring rules for matches. I’ve played this way in my own fed and it’s VERY exciting! Again, tons of opportunities for developing stories and angles. I think COUNCIL OF WAR 2126 is more than ever a game year where: IT’S YOUR FED, PROMOTER!

I couldn’t be more excited and in fact the next three (or more) game editions will be epic quality beginning with BLACK DEATH 2127. The beginnings of the BLACK DEATH story are included in the 2126 handbook with several hidden “clues” for future story development. Can you find them? Hint: It’s nearly impossible unless you’re inside my head! We’re going down new roads, not content to repeat the past but move boldy into the future.

I hope people don’t mind some wildcard experiments cuz they’re coming! The whole thing kicks off in October with the release of THE GUARDIAN as a Limited Edition card. Then after that, who knows. I’m throwing out the rule book. Let’s have some fun.

Until PSI gets vertigo…