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“A Universe Shattered” is Longest Story Arc in CotG History

This may be the 30th anniversary of Champions of the Galaxy but the current story arc will run even beyond that! I guess you could call it several story arcs all encompassed by a larger one. The saga began with Black Death 2127-2129, when beings from a higher plane (The Three) invaded galaxies by possessing the bodies of billions of beings throughout the cosmos. The effects are still being felt today as Sur, Bex, and Ghena struggle to find their place in the GWF post-Black Death. This bizarre breach of universal laws was followed by the even more unpredictable Future Shock 2130-2131, where wrestlers from a parallel universe circa 2109 entered the GWF. Suddenly Chaos, Mandrill, and Vengeance (or reasonable facsimiles thereof) were back on the scene, to say nothing of alternate versions of Wolf (Lope) and Star Warrior (Star Slayer). More weirdness followed in the CotG spin-off card pack called FTR, which was released at the end of 2015. Suddenly a new star system was revealed that was previously hidden, including the mysterious Kingdom of Castilex. Who or what is the Dominion? Go here for more. The epic story will continue in GWF 2132 (as yet, untitled). Today I decided that this overarching story arc that encompasses several other story arcs (Black Death, Future Shock, and what’s coming next) deserves an uber-title of its own. And thus it is ordained. This unprecedented CotG epic shall henceforth be called— —A Universe Shattered! Dramatic enough for you? CotG: A Universe Shattered will encompass game years 2127 to 2134 (or perhaps 2135, or perhaps even longer!). There has never been a time to play like NOW! Be sure to get caught up, things are changing fast, and anything—and I do mean ANYTHING—can happen! GWF 2132 will be released this summer in July or August, just in time for our 30th anniversary celebration! The first game ad for Champions of the

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Galaxy appeared in the pages of Pro Wrestling Illustrated in the summer of 1986! I have cooked up some surprises to celebrate the big anniversary…and that’s IN ADDITION to GWF 2132! So strap in! We’ve going to be having fun like never before. CotG: A Universe Shattered will be part of your life for around eight years, my goal is to keep you rolling those dice and never bored. Until the universe becomes unbreakable… TOM

Promoter Prime 2016 Launches With a Bang!

Back for a third year is our popular Filsinger Games card cialiscoupon-freetrialrx.com subscription service known as PROMOTER PRIME! To kick off our third year, we have 2 huge wrestlers that many wrestling fans are familiar with. Samuray Del Sol and Davina Rose both made names for themselves on the indie scene and now both are enjoying championship success on the big stage. We are celebrating where they came from on the indies with these 2 brand new game cards! PROMOTER PRIME 2016 is an incredibly diverse “game edition” where you’ll receive 2 new game cards EVERY MONTH! The cards will be from the http://sildenafil-20mgtablet.com/ Champions of the Galaxy universe and Legends of Wrestling buy cialis paypal payment game (both LOW and Indy wrestlers). COTG cards will be alternative versions of existing characters as well as some brand new ones! LOW cards will feature wrestlers not already in regular print game editions as well as alternative versions of wrestlers already in the game. It’s a mixed bag of Filsinger Games fun that gives us a chance to release cards that might not otherwise get produced! It’s a win-win for everybody! Want more great news? All cards you receive through PROMOTER PRIME will be available in both PDF and DIGITAL/ONLINE format! (Note that regular tabletop cards WILL NOT be printed for viagra not covered by insurance PROMOTER PRIME.) All cards will be drawn and with stats by the regular Filsinger Games teams. Look for other PROMOTER PRIME viagra for

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Blue Chip From Cetus Commits to FTR


Blue Chip is a highly decorated high school level athlete making waves on his home star, Cetus, by forgoing college-level athletics to sign a prospects deal with FTR.

A natural athlete, Blue Chip will be a popular new fighter, but the young and naive wrestler will have his hands full taking his game to the next level in FTR. Only time will tell if his decision was the right one. Sometimes FTR recruits wrestle on the undercard of major federations like the GWF. How will Blue Chip and Swerve fare?

In the ring, Blue Chip uses his athletic background to test his opponents, trying for wrestling take downs, tackles, and various pinning combinations. His finisher, CETUS SUPLEX, is Blue Chip’s attempt to master a classic maneuver from his home star.

FTR is going to add new blood and new excitement to your Champions of the Galaxy game and it’s coming in December!

Comic Books and Professional Wrestling…Whatta Tag Team

Classic CotG Star Warrior and alternate universe Star Slayer

 

Over 30 years ago I had the idea to combine super heroes and professional wrestling in a tabletop card game, Champions of the Galaxy. Loving both genres, it was easy to write and produce.

The way I saw it, professional wrestling matches were like fight scenes between two comic book heroes…the Hulk and Thor battling it out. I also viewed professional wrestlers as larger-than-life superheroes, which they would later become with wrestlers like the Ultimate Warrior and the Undertaker.

A week ago I finished writing the 45th expansion in the Champions of the Galaxy series (Future Shock 2131) and I’ve plotted new story arcs through game year 2134. It’ll take at least three years to see all these ideas released and produced for game fans to enjoy, but I’ve learned by now that writing annual game editions requires patience on my part.

Combining the cultures of comic books and professional wrestling is like walking a fine line. It’s not always easy. Melding the two together is usually seamless, but sometimes they clash.

For example, Marvel and DC have been running ambitious and intricate story arcs lately, filled with cosmic themes involving time travel, parallel universes, and interstellar battles. Marvel’s current huge crossover arc is called Secret Wars (hearkening back to the 1980s series of the same name) and features amazing multiverse story angles.

By contrast, professional wrestling stories are more grounded, focused entirely on personal conflict. “I’m bigger and stronger than you!” “You cheated me in our last match…I’ll kick your ass!” “You turned on me, you backstabber, I thought you were my friend!” And on and on. Sometimes, when all else fails, wrestling turns to fundamental patriotism, like the feud between United States Champion and super patriot John Cena vs evil foreigner, Russian strongman, Rusev.

When I’m writing Champions of the Galaxy, I do a bit of both. Melding science fiction stories with down-to-earth personal conflict is a lot of fun as a storyteller, but it can be challenging. My goal is to not upset the balance too far in either direction.

The current story arc, Future Shock 2130-2131, features a science fiction scenario where wrestlers from the GWF in a different era (game year 2109) cross from one universe to another, entering the current GWF in game year 2130. This follows a three-part story called Black Death (2127-2129) where entities from a higher dimension possessed the minds of wrestlers in the GWF, making them essentially their slaves.

These stories are as comic book and sci-fi as it gets. But when it comes to writing about the characters in the game handbooks, I use standard booking scenarios seen in wrestling promotions, focusing on backstabbing, deceit, and macho posturing. Even patriotism, with one planet struggling against another for honor.

There’s one place where comic books and wrestling are very divergent and that’s with the aging of the characters. Sometimes I find this frustrating and I’ll explain why.

Comic books progress year after year as if the central characters don’t age. Bruce Wayne first saw a bat fly past his window and became Batman in 1939. He hasn’t aged a day since. Peter Parker’s Aunt May was constantly on the verge of dying of old age in the 1960s. Today, 50 years later, she’s portrayed as a healthy, hip senior citizen in tennis shoes, even though she should be about 130 years old. Peter Parker himself was a teenager in the 60s. He aged briefly, went from high school to college, and promptly stopped aging sometime in his twenties. Somebody figured out if comic book characters age in normal years they’ll be old limping men in a few decades and who wants to see Captain America fighting crime in a wheelchair?

Wrestling, on the other hand, has a more realistic time line for characters because the wrestlers are real people playing the roles. Hulk Hogan was at his peak in the 80s and 90s, and then it was pretty much over. The Undertaker finally lost his undefeated WrestleMania streak last year. It would have been unrealistic for a 50-year old man that was wrestling basically once a year to beat the “beast,” Brock Lesnar, so Lesnar was booked to win.

Then there’s Champions of the Galaxy, a game universe that combines super heroes and wrestling. What to do about aging? Some characters in the game look like humans, like Star Warrior and Thantos, but who’s to say they wouldn’t have a longer lifespan being born in other galaxies a hundred years in the future?

Despite the fact that much artistic license could have been taken, I adopted an approach more consistent with professional wrestling than comic books: that all these aliens age pretty much like humans on earth in our time period. Which doesn’t make the least bit of sense, but it gave me an excuse to have wrestlers decline in ability and retire, making way for new characters to be introduced. If I had used the comic book approach, the GWF would be overcrowded with hundreds of wrestlers with no one ever retiring due to getting older.

I’ll admit though, as a creator sometimes I get jealous. Marvel gets to keep using Spider-Man, Iron Man, and Thor indefinitely, as does DC with Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman. But not me. Star Warrior, Thantos, Brute, Massacre, and almost all the GWF characters from early game editions are absent in 2131. They disappeared from action long ago.

Champions of the Galaxy characters are aging in roughly human terms, although even the concept of “years” is human and Earth-centric. It’d be like DC saying, “Batman is old now now and retired, we’ll come up with new heroes to replace him,” and Marvel doing the same with Spider-Man and all the rest. Never gonna happen.

On the plus side, this means I’ll always have to come up with new characters to invade the GWF, and that’s no problem. I love creating characters and constantly have new ideas.

There’s only one iconic character I saved from the aging problem and that was Wolf. I wrote that Wolf was from an alien race that ages slowly, the AniMen of Andromeda. I could, however, have said this for pretty much any alien race in the game.

The current Future Shock 2130-2131 era is the exception. Games fans are now able to revisit old-time favorites like Chaos, Mandrill, Wolf, Star Warrior, Dark Justice, and more, but with a twist. Being from a parallel universe, they are sometimes similar, but sometimes radically different (Lope, Star Slayer). It’s really been a blast coming up with alternative versions of some of the characters.

For now, I hope all our loyal fans are having fun with Future Shock. It’ll be an amazing year of game-playing with 2131 and then BANG, there’ll be some new shockers in 2132! This ride will keep being crazy!

Like a good science fiction story arc, there’s something bigger and bolder being hidden. It won’t play out until 2134, making this an epic-length story (Black Death, Future Shock, etc) an 8-year project. And the best news is, we’re only about half way through it!

How many comic book story arcs and professional wrestling angles last that long? The answer is they don’t. One of the few places you’ll find these kind of epic-length stories is Champions of the Galaxy.

Until Wolf battles Batman and the Undertaker in a Triple Threat Match…

TOM