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Tom Talks Growth of Filsinger Games, Wrestlers That Play the Games, WWE, More, with WrestleZone Radio

Recently, Tom Filsinger was interviewed by Nick Hausman and Ross Berman of WrestleZone Radio during the amazing Filsinger Games sponsored Wrestling Geek Fest convention in Strongsville, Ohio on August 14-16.

The interview covered a lot of

territory including the 30-year growth of Filsinger Games, wrestlers that play the games, how the game cards are created, and preliminary explorations of a partnership with WWE.

You won’t want to miss it and you can hear the exclusive interview by going here!

New SHIMMER 3 Game Pack Will Feature Candice LeRae!

Women’s wrestling is on a roll and at its most popular point ever today.  The revolution in women’s wrestling didn’t just start overnight, but had a great milestone ten years ago with the formation of SHIMMER Women Athletes.  This promotion has continued to showcase the best in women’s wrestling since its inception.

The upcoming Shimmer 3 expansion pack will feature 8 of the best women athletes that you can add to your Shimmer game promotion! The first name announced for the set is one of the more popular names on the Indie wrestling scene today, Candice LeRae.  Candice has put on exceptional matches in Shimmer and will be given plenty of opportunities to continue to shine in the future.  Candice may be best known for her work in intergender matches throughout the Indies.

The fun-loving LeRae is part of the World’s Cutest Tag Team with Joey Ryan and she has been part of a number of classic matches with Johnny Gargano in Absolute Intense Wrestling (including their last encounter at Battle of the Sexes 2 at Wrestling Geek Fest).

Shimmer returns to the ring for four big tapings on the weekend of October 10-11 in Chicago…you don’t want to miss it!  The new Shimmer 8-pack will be available during that weekend and will begin mailing on October 15.

There are BIG things ahead for Shimmer and women’s wrestling and with this new 8-pack YOU’LL be part of the revolution!

Legendary Strongmen Will Test Their Power in Upcoming Olde Wrestling Pack

The legendary strongmen duo, Clean and Jerk, better known as the Jollyville Jeepers, are set to do battle in the Olde Wrestling ring.  The duo has performed at the Olde Wrestling Extravaganza before, where besides wrestling they attempted to set the tandem bar ball lifting record.  This duo may not have the grappling experience that other wrestlers do, but their unbridled strength is sure to give them an advantage!

The new Olde Wrestling Extravaganza pack will be available at Wrestling Geek Fest on August 14 in Strongsville, OH and at Yet Another Extravaganza of Wrestling on August 31 in Norwalk, OH. Games will be made available for sale online following the convention, along with our other incredible release, Absolute Intense Wrestling game.

Get psyched! Some of the very best in independent wrestling is coming YOUR way this month!


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…


Star Slayer Puts the Shock in Future Shock

The name is Star Slayer, but his former name was Star Warrior. He changed it several years ago in his home universe. Star Slayer is a far cry from Star Warrior, more like Avenging Warrior, who he’s never heard of.

Star Slayer is coming to the GWF to clean house. His goal is to do what he couldn’t do where he came from. He’s a man possessed by the need for a second chance, to get revenge on his terms.

His finisher, THE APOCALYPSE, is a snap DDT where the opponent is buried head first on the top of his rifle (provided the referee doesn’t see it!). But this man is no fool: he has plans for the referee NOT to see it. His other finisher, MAD MAT, is a high-risk move off the turnbuckle.

He has even bigger plans. He will enter the GWF announcing that he’s the new leader of the FDF, the natural man for the job. What will Paganax and Shayne have to say about it? Or even Lord Nexus?

This sets up major feuds with Thantos

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and Star Warrior in the GWF, to say nothing of a feud with someone who actually accompanied Star Slayer to the GWF. Things are going to get crazy in 2131!

This is the first card to be announced in the final mini-set which is called SECOND COMING. More wrestlers will be arriving from the parallel universe that brought the first escapees in FUTURE SHOCK 2130! That’s three themes in all: GWF Upheaval, Gladiator Ascension, and Second Coming. Who are the rest of the wrestlers?

Find out by ordering FUTURE SHOCK 2131 right now by going here! And add the sensational CELEBRATION OF HONOR packs to your order!

More shockers await you with FUTURE SHOCK 2131! Share your thoughts at Filsinger Games twitter or our Champions of the Galaxy message board.

Paul London and Brian Kendrick Crash the Party and Join ROH Celebration!

It had been over ten years since Paul London set foot in the ROH ring, way back at the inaugural “Death Before Dishonor” where he challenged for the ROH World Title, but the original homegrown hero is back!  From his “Epic Encounter” with Bryan Danielson to his “Night of the Grudges” classic with AJ Styles, London was one of the men who defined the face of Ring of Honor and now he is celebrated right where he belongs, in the Ring of Honor wrestling game!

But the good feelings don’t stop there!

Because  joining London is his long-time tag team partner and ROH veteran, Brian Kendrick! Kendrick is famous for his tag team championship run with Paul London. Will they capture ROH gold together in your fed? Like London, when they’re not teaming together, Kendrick also brings excitement to singles action. Kendrick will meet up with enemies like Silas Young and Christopher Daniels in the ROH game!

The two CELEBRATION OF HONOR game packs are filled with hungry, new stars, but they’ll have to get by Paul London and Brian Kendrick if they want to become legends!

The CELEBRATION OF HONOR game packs are READY TO ORDER, go here. So is FUTURE SHOCK 2131 (the latest and greatest Champions of the Galaxy game expansion). Your summer just got better! Both games begin mailing July 24, so order now!

Gladiator Ascension Begins with Debut of PROBATION in Future Shock 2131

Did you expect the Gladiators to stand pat with a galaxy united against them?

Magnus Colby and his team sent “shock” waves through the GWF when Future Shock debuted in 2130,  and one of their main goals is to defeat the Gladiators. In 2131, the Aethran Overmaster is ready to fight back.

The Gladiator team suddenly disappeared from the GWF and returned to Aethra  at the end of 2130.  When they returned, it was clear changes had been made. The Overmaster has recruited some new blood…young fighting machines to battle their many enemies in the GWF.

The Aethran Overmaster is introducing the WINDs of War to the GWF. What does that mean?

One of the newcomers is PROBATION, a behemoth that has special motivation to succeed in the GWF. One of his finishers, DESPERATION MEASURES, is like nothing else in GWF history. Add to that NO SURRENDER and AETHRAN HONOR and you’ve got the makings of a new Gladiator legend!

But can he survive? Why is Probation a desperate man? You’ll be shocked at the answer.

Probation is one of 4 wrestlers in the GLADIATOR ASCENSION mini-pack, joining GWF UPHEAVAL (which was introduced last week). There’s still one mini-pack to go…

You can order FUTURE SHOCK 2131 by going here. Games are mailed in the order we receive them, so order now! The continuing saga of FUTURE SHOCK awaits you!

PSI Heralds GWF Upheaval in Future Shock 2131!

Welcome to the first Champions of the Galaxy sneak preview in two years!

Last year’s FUTURE SHOCK 2130 was clouded in secrecy and 2131 will be also, but maybe a little less.

And don’t look now, but you’re surrounded! PSI is making a bold move in FUTURE SHOCK 2131 as he bolts from the FDF to a new team—a daring new team called DOOM. PSI’s powers are growing and developing as demonstrated by his new move, Mind Sweep. Can GWF wrestlers defend themselves against it?

But why is PSI going off the deep end and leaving his former partner, HelSin? And who is the leader of DOOM? The answers are coming when FUTURE SHOCK 2131 is released on July 24!

FUTURE SHOCK 2131 will feature 12 cards with three main themes (4 cards each). PSI will be part of a mini-pack called  GWF UPHEAVAL. Who else is in this mini-pack? What other upheavals are on the way?

Keep watching, we may be in a generous mood and share more sneak previews in the weeks ahead!