Tabletop Cards and Dice Games
Filsinger Games is a company founded by creator, writer, and owner, Tom Filsinger. The company produces and markets tabletop cards and dice games as well as digital games and printable PDF games.
Champions of the Galaxy features an action-packed fighting federation on a galactic scale featuring super heroes, aliens, zombies, and much more. There are over 40 expansions featuring more than 200 characters and game cards.
Filsinger Games also releases licensed products with partners such as Ring of Honor, Chikara, Combat Zone Wrestling, Shimmer, and more.
A Phenomenon Is Born
Champions of the Galaxy was first advertised in a national magazine in the summer of 1986. It was an instant success and the second game edition was released in 1988. Regular expansions have been released every year since then with no end in sight as game fans watch and participate in the unfolding mythology of the GWF! Over 100,000 games have been sold worldwide.
Champions of the Galaxy was released as an online simulation in 2007 giving the game an exciting new platform. The digital version provides unique features for game players like a stat tracker and match simulator. On the tabletop side this was followed in 2010 by the transition from black and white to full color game cards as the game continues to grow and expand.
In 2001, Filsinger Games released their Legends of Wrestling Card Game featuring real-life wrestling superstars. The first playing card featured WWF legend, King Kong Bundy. Filsinger Games released their Legends of Wrestling Card Game introductory box set in January, 2003. Regular expansions in the Legends series have followed.
Another development was the release game sets devoted to the independent wrestling scene. Licensing partnerships followed with several popular wrestling federations including Chikara and Ring of Honor. Others have also been added including Evolve, Combat Zone Wrestling, Shimmer, and more to come!
Filsinger Games added a collectible game card for “Macho Man” Randy Savage in 2013. 500 color cards were printed and numbered making them true wrestling collector’s items!
According to Tom, “It’s a thrill to work with real-life wrestlers and wrestling federations, they are incredibly great partners. Our goal is to give wrestling fans the best games on the market and I think we’re doing it!”
A Success Story … and Stan Lee!!
Tom’s accomplishments as a creator have not gone unnoticed. He has been featured in articles in magazines such as Entrepreneur. He has also been interviewed on television and radio shows both nationally and internationally, as well as making guest appearances at several comic book, game, and wrestling conventions.
In 2008 Tom was approached by Marvel Comics legend Stan Lee to collaborate on a project. The result was Stan Lee’s book of political humor called Election Daze which sold over 20,000 copies. Tom and Stan filmed several promotional videos including a video in the “Authors@Google” series in Santa Monica, California. They also appeared together at several book signings including Borders in New York City, Los Angeles Book Fair, and the New York Comic Con.
Stan Lee has said that “Champions of the Galaxy is a really cool game!” Can’t beat that kind of praise from Stan the Man, who Tom cites as a key inspiration on his creative projects.
Tom has also worked closely with many professional wrestlers including Ted DiBiase (pictured below), Jimmy Snuka, King Kong Bundy, Hacksaw Jim Duggan, Buff Bagwell, Greg Valentine and Nikolai Volkoff.
Tom celebrated 20 years of success in 2005 by releasing his first book as an author called The Dark Menace of the Universe. The book is a memoir on creativity and tells the inside story of creating Champions of the Galaxy, Legends of Wrestling Card Game, and other creative projects. In Tom’s words the book is “a rallying cry for creative Dark Menaces everywhere.”
Stan Lee lent his support once again with a glowing review of the book: “Tom makes every page of this absorbing memoir a thought-provoking reading experience.”
For more information about The Dark Menace of the Universe go to Amazon.com.
The Future Is Bright
Tom continues to develop new projects for his company and is always open to partnerships and licensing opportunities to expand the creative franchises he has created.
Tom has a Master’s Degree in Social/Personality Psychology from Northern Illinois University. In his secret identity, he is a mild-mannered professor of psychology at Jamestown Community College. Tom has a wife, Leslie, and four children, Alex, Keri, Dana and Holly. Tom currently resides in beautiful Sedona, Arizona and is an Instructor of Psychology at Northern Arizona University.
There is no stopping the growth of Filsinger Games and Tom’s ultimate goal remains nothing less than leading loyal fans in taking over the galaxy!
For information about appearances, interviews, podcasts, etc., contact Tom by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org.