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A Sci-Fi Pro Wrestling Live Event based on the Champions of the Galaxy card game. The Future of Pro Wrestling comes to life today!

About this project

 What is Champions of the Galaxy?

Champions of the Galaxy is a science-fiction based wrestling collectible card game set 100 years in the future.  Humans fight alongside aliens, robots and giant lizard men and wage wars for titles, inter-planetary bragging rights and galactic supremacy. Filsinger Games created the game in 1986 and has continued to release new game expansions every year since, introducing new characters and advancing exciting storylines.  The game has a loyal fan base of players, affectionately known as "promoters", who play out these stories in their own federations and gather annually at the weekend convention GalactiCon in Jamestown, NY. 

Champions of the Galaxy Card Game
Champions of the Galaxy Card Game

The Live Event

July 11, 2014 marks the kickoff to the 25th annual GalactiCon, and to celebrate the big occasion we are looking to finally bring Champions of the Galaxy's brand of science-fiction wrestling to life! Some of the best independent wrestling talent available will be portraying the original characters of the Galactic Wrestling Federation and for the first time ever…the call has been sent out for All Species of Alien Fighters to appear at a wrestling event! Below are some of the Galactic Heroes and Villains that will be in Jamestown, NY on July 11th. Who or what else might show up at Champions of the Galaxy: The Live Event?

The Galactic Wrestling Federation’s most unpredictable fighter is the savage Wolf.  Wolf is fiercely independent: he needs no friends or allies.  His finisher, the SAVAGE FACE-CLAW, is one of the most dangerous finishers in the galaxy. Ooowwww!
The Galactic Wrestling Federation’s most unpredictable fighter is the savage Wolf. Wolf is fiercely independent: he needs no friends or allies. His finisher, the SAVAGE FACE-CLAW, is one of the most dangerous finishers in the galaxy. Ooowwww!
Star Warrior, son of Galactic Wrestling Federation legend Omega, is the central figure among the Good Champions.  His NOVA LAUNCH, an awesome flying leap off the turnbuckle, is a devastating move combining grace in flight and ring-shaking impact.
Star Warrior, son of Galactic Wrestling Federation legend Omega, is the central figure among the Good Champions. His NOVA LAUNCH, an awesome flying leap off the turnbuckle, is a devastating move combining grace in flight and ring-shaking impact.
In his youth Omega was the original leader of the Good Champions and is now the leader of a distant civilization from the constellation Cetus.  Omega’s Cosmic War Dance remains the set-up for his famous finisher, the TOMAHAWK THRUST.
In his youth Omega was the original leader of the Good Champions and is now the leader of a distant civilization from the constellation Cetus. Omega’s Cosmic War Dance remains the set-up for his famous finisher, the TOMAHAWK THRUST.
Evil incarnate, Thantos is the leader of the Galaxian Villains. A former tag-team partner of Star Warrior, Thantos’ need for power and conquest led him to form the group of Evil Wrestlers.  Thantos finishes his opponents with the deadly MASTERLOCK.
Evil incarnate, Thantos is the leader of the Galaxian Villains. A former tag-team partner of Star Warrior, Thantos’ need for power and conquest led him to form the group of Evil Wrestlers. Thantos finishes his opponents with the deadly MASTERLOCK.
The Gladiators are from a war-ravaging race that brought chaos and destruction to the cosmos.  Massacre is the “brains” behind the Gladiators, while Brute simply prefers to smash opponents to a pulp.
The Gladiators are from a war-ravaging race that brought chaos and destruction to the cosmos. Massacre is the “brains” behind the Gladiators, while Brute simply prefers to smash opponents to a pulp.

We want to put on something really special for fans making the trip to the convention, but we also want to share this with everyone throughout the planet who loves wrestling and enjoys science-fiction and fantasy, and wants to see these worlds come together. A video release will capture all the action and present it like you would expect a wrestling show 100 years in the future to look like.  A documentary will also be created that will tell the history of the game and follow the process of putting the event together, so viewers can share the journey with us.

What Your Contribution Will Pay For

The funds collected will be used to pay talent, design and create costumes for the characters, pay for props and set design to help set a futuristic look to the wrestling arena and pay for professional video shooting and editing for the event and documentary. We are looking to make the characters as realistic as possible, so costume design will be accounting for approximately 60% of the budget.

Additionally, a portion of the money collected will be used to produce the rewards, including an exclusive Kickstarter contributor-only special edition game card, event poster and T-shirt will also be designed.

Should we exceed our goal, the additional money collected will go right back into the project, so we can do bigger and better things.  More characters in the event, more custom video packages, bigger and better animation.  One of our stretch goals will also include a digital and print comic book that will be given to all donors at specified levels.  So the more that people contribute, the more everyone gets out of it!

Rewards

Here are the great rewards that are available to contributors to this campaign:

Champions of the Galaxy: The Live Event Video - The complete recording of the event from Smart Mark Video, including commentary, backstage interviews and vignettes.  This will be available as a digital download.

The Live Event and Documentary DVD - A physical DVD of the remastered Live Event, with more extras, including the documentary on the history of Champions of the Galaxy and the making of the event.

Champions of the Galaxy: The Live Event Game - A special game edition that will feature original art that features the wrestlers from the event portraying their characters (i.e a Wolf card featuring art with Alex Reynolds portraying the Wolf character).  It will also include a handbook describing all of the characters and bios of the wrestlers portraying them.  Minimally it will feature 10 game cards, with more included as stretch goals are achieved.

Exclusive Game Cards - Backers at the $20 level or higher will receive an exclusive PDF game card that will be made available only to contributors to the campaign.  As stretch goals are achieved, more game cards will be made available to contributors.

Live Event Poster - An original custom-designed poster that will be made available only to contributors to the campaign.  Artwork will be by Filsinger Games artist Werner Mueck.

Live Event T-Shirt - A specially designed T-shirt that will only be made available to contributors to the campaign.  It is included for those at the $100 level or higher, and can be included as an add-on at any other level (see below).  You will be asked your T-shirt size after the campaign ends.

Custom Champions of the Galaxy Playing Card - Have a playing card created featuring full-color custom artwork by Werner Mueck and a move set that you help design with the Filsinger Games team.  Plus 50 copies of the card to show off and share.  If you want more than 50 copies, additional sets of 50 cards can be included as an add-on for $50 more.

Here is the Timeline for Rewards:

July 11, 2014 - Champions of the Galaxy: The Live Event takes place.

September 2014 - Video download of the Live Event will be completed and be ready to be sent to all contributors at the $20 level or higher.  The official game edition for Champions of the Galaxy: the Live Event will be printed and ready to be sent to all contributors who are set to receive it (PDFs will be sent to those that request the digital only version).  Signed items and T-shirts will also be sent to those at the appropriate levels.

February 2015 - The documentary will be completed.  The full DVD with the remastered Live Event and the documentary will be sent to all those that contributed at the appropriate levels.

We will be updating everyone on the progress throughout the length of the project, and if portions of the rewards can be sent earlier than expected, they will be.

Add-Ons

The following items can be added on to contributions at any level.  To add the item on, please increase your contribution by the stated amount.  A survey will go out at the end of the campaign to specify what you want.

Champions of the Galaxy Introductory Box Set (Color Game Cards) - $25 - The Introductory game edition features 24 full color cards with updated artwork by Darryl Banks.  Also includes a character handbook, game instructions, charts and dice.

Champions of the Galaxy Introductory Box Set (Classic Game Cards) - $15 - The Introductory game edition features 24 black and white cards with the original artwork by Chuck Carter.  Also includes a character handbook, game instructions, charts and dice.

Filsinger Games Instruction Manual and Charts - $5 - A copy of the official Filsinger Games instructions (includes optional rules and special matches), along with copies of all 8 basic game charts.  Everything you need to start playing except the cards.

Champions of the Galaxy: The Live Event T-Shirt - $25 - A specially designed T-shirt available only to backers of this campaign.  You will be asked your T-shirt size after the campaign ends. (Included in reward levels of $100 or more.)

Champions of the Galaxy: The Live Event Soundtrack - $7 - Custom entrance music for all characters on the show, along with the Champions of the Galaxy Live Event theme.  All music composed and performed by Kenny Pickett. (Included in reward levels of $300 or more.)

Stretch Goals

Should we exceed our goal of $7,500 through this campaign, everyone that contributes through specified levels will receive even more bonus rewards as outlined below.

$8,000 - Every contributor at the $50 level or higher will have a custom COTG or Legends mini of their choice designed by Bryan Mackrell.  Check out his existing collection at:  http://www.bryanmackrell.com/micro_cotg.html  and  http://www.bryanmackrell.com/micro_low.html

$8,500 - Every contributor at the $40 level or higher will get a printed version of the exclusive COTG Live event game card in addition to a digital version.

$9,000 - We will add a 2nd Kickstarter exclusive COTG Live Event game card to all contributors $20 and higher.  Contributors $40 and higher will get a 2nd printed card as well.

$10,000 - We will add an additional match to the card and 2 more game cards for these competitors to the COTG Live Event game edition, for a total of 12 game cards.

$11,500 - We will add a 3rd Kickstarter exclusive COTG Live Event game card to all contributors $20 and higher. Contributors $40 and higher will get a 3rd printed card as well.

$13,000 - We will add a 4th Kickstarter exclusive COTG Live Event game card to all contributors $20 and higher. Contributors $40 and higher will get a 4th printed card as well.

$15,000 - An official Champions of the Galaxy comic book will be written.  All contributors at the $20 and higher level will get a digital version of the book, with all contributors at the $50 level and higher also getting a printed version of the comic book.

Who is Working on this Project?

We have collected a team of experienced people with a passion to see these characters come to life.  We want to deliver the best experience for long time fans of Champions of the Galaxy, and create new fans of this great universe of characters.

Tom Filsinger - The founder of Filsinger Games and Creator of Champions of the Galaxy.  Has been successfully releasing Champions of the Galaxy for over 25 years, and has expanded the company to include a Legends of Wrestling game, which features real life wrestler from the history of the sport, as well as creating licensed games for companies such as Ring of Honor, CHIKARA, EVOLVE and Combat Zone Wrestling.

Filsinger Games Head Honcho Tom Filsinger
Filsinger Games Head Honcho Tom Filsinger

Louden Noxious - Host of Kaiju Big Battel, and ring announcer for CHIKARA (as Gavin Loudspeaker).  A long time Champions of the Galaxy fan, who attended the 1st GalactiCon.  Will act as a creative consultant for the production, and act as host for Champions of the Galaxy: The Live Event and the documentary.

Your host for Champions of the Galaxy: The Live Event, Louden Noxious
Your host for Champions of the Galaxy: The Live Event, Louden Noxious

Jeff Gutherz - Creative Director for Champions of the Galaxy: The Live Event. A long time Champions of the Galaxy fan, producer of the webseries "Champions of the Galaxy Holovision Show", and co-writer of the graphic novel "COTG: Genesis". Jeff has written the script for Champions of the Galaxy: The Live Event and will be directing the documentary.

Todd Joerchel - Project Director for Champions of the Galaxy: The Live Event. A long time Champions of the Galaxy player, and a writer and editor for Filsinger Games. Coordinates the annual GalactiCon convention, and acts as a spokesman for Filsinger Games. Todd will be coordinating all the business aspects of the project and will be fulfilling all rewards.

Alex Reynolds - Exciting young professional wrestler, who has already made a name for himself winning the CZW tag team championship, as well as being a former holder of the Pro Wrestling Syndicate championship.  He will be portraying the Champions of the Galaxy's iconic wildman Wolf.

Pro Wrestling Star Alex Reynolds will portray the wildman Wolf
Pro Wrestling Star Alex Reynolds will portray the wildman Wolf

Chuck Taylor - One of the more popular wrestlers on the independent circuit, know for his stellar work in Pro Wrestling Guerrilla, Chikara and Dragongate USA. Chuck Taylor is a natural heel, will be playing the evil mastermind Thantos.

Chuck Taylor will be playing the evil Thantos
Chuck Taylor will be playing the evil Thantos

Orange Cassidy - The high-flyer known best in Dragongate USA and Evolve will be playing the part of Star Warrior.

Orange Cassidy will portray galactic hero Star Warrior (Credit Zia Hiltey)
Orange Cassidy will portray galactic hero Star Warrior (Credit Zia Hiltey)

 Randy Grey - The Promoter who will be organizing the venue and wrestling aspects of the show.  Randy has ran a number of successful events in an around the Jamestown, NY area.

Smart Mark Video - The top independent wrestling live event video production company.  Smart Mark will be shooting Champions of the Galaxy: The Live Event and editing the video release of the show.

Kenny Pickett - Musician known for performing the entrance themes for many Chikara wrestlers, will be creating the Champions of the Galaxy Live Event Soundtrack.

Musician Kenny Pickett will be creating the Champions of the Galaxy Live Event soundtrack
Musician Kenny Pickett will be creating the Champions of the Galaxy Live Event soundtrack

Paul Schermerhorn - Film actor and producer from Jamestown, NY,  Paul produces an internet based talk show "Chautauqua Tonight with Paul Schermerhorn" and is helping produce multiple feature films.  Paul and his production crew will be filming the documentary and the making of Champions of the Galaxy: The Live Event.

Werner Mueck - The brilliant artist for Filsinger Games, who has drawn and colored the art for all the licensed wrestling games, as well as done art for many of the best T-shirts in indy wrestling today.  Werner will be creating the artwork for the Champions of the Galaxy: The Live Event game edition and T-shirt.

Werner Mueck and his art for Randy Savage
Werner Mueck and his art for Randy Savage

Bryan Mackrell - Creator of the Champions of the Galaxy Minis and Legends of Wrestling Minis.  Bryan will be doing all graphic and web design for the project.

Music Credit: "Calm the F*** Down" by Broke For Free

Risks and challenges

The biggest risk is that the event itself does not go off on the scheduled date. The project team is working with an experienced wrestling promoter who has run numerous successful events in Jamestown, and we do not anticipate an issue. Should the event not be run on the expected date, a replacement date and location would be scheduled.

Another potential risk is that the wrestler scheduled to play a role no shows the event. Champions of the Galaxy: The Live Event is scheduled as the first half of a double header card with another event. Should a replacement wrestler be needed for a role, other local wrestlers will be available to step in.

The part of the project that will take longest to deliver will be the documentary. We have an anticipated delivery time, and will keep you abreast of any setbacks that may occur. Other rewards will be delivered earlier, so that those wanting the documentary will not have to wait on their other rewards.

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FAQ

  • The event will be able to be purchased, however those contributing to the campaign will get it first. By contributing to the campaign now, you can help make this show bigger and better than waiting. Plus those that contribute will get Contributor only items such as the event poster, a special game card and T-shirt. Plus, if we exceed our goal, we will also start posting stretch goal rewards, so contributors will get even more for their money. Don't wait, contribute now!

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  • No, for this event we will be making a special game edition. All the characters from the show will be photographed in gimmick and our artist will create new art using these photos. The card moveset will also be updated to reflect the moves used by the character on the Live Event. This game edition will be sent to contributors long before it is made available to the general public.

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  • Shipping is included in the US.

    For those outside the US, a $5 shipping charge is added on all rewards $40 to $75, with $10 shipping added to rewards of $100 or more.

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  • No, if you add on an introductory game edition, you will get this after the campaign ends and the money clears to our account. This should be sometime around May 1.

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Rewards

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    6 backers

    DARK MATCH: A digital Champions of the Galaxy: The Live Event poster, contributor only updates and first looks at the art and video, your name in the credits of the documentary!

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    10 backers

    OPENING CONTEST: A digital download of the Champions of the Galaxy: The Live Event, along with a digital poster, exclusive contributor only PDF game card, contributor only updates and first looks at the art and video, your name in the credits of the documentary!

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    4 backers

    TECHNICAL MATCH: A PDF copy of the Champions of the Galaxy: The Live Event game along with all the digital rewards that the $20 level.

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    3 backers

    DEBUT MATCH: If you are new to Champions of the Galaxy and just want the game, this is for you. Backers will get the Introductory Champions of the Galaxy game edition and everything at the $5 level, but will not get the Live Event video.

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    2 backers

    OLD SCHOOL CLASSIC: A full-color printed copy of the Champions of the Galaxy: The Live Event game edition, a printed copy of the Champions of the Galaxy: The Live Event poster, along with all the digital rewards at the $20 level.

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    2 backers

    HARDCORE BRAWL: A copy of the DVD release of the Champions of the Galaxy: The Live Event and documentary, a printed copy of the Champions of the Galaxy: The Live Event poster, along with all the digital rewards at the $20 level.

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    26 backers

    CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH: A copy of the DVD release of the Live Event and documentary, a full-color printed copy of the Champions of the Galaxy: The Live Event game edition, a printed Champions of the Galaxy: The Live Event poster, along with all the digital rewards at the $20 level.

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    3 backers

    BATTLE ROYAL: Champions of the Galaxy: The Live Event poster signed by all event participants, a limited edition signed Wolf photo, along with all the rewards at the $50 level.

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    2 backers

    CHAMPIONSHIP LADDER MATCH: Includes all the rewards at the $50 level along with the color Introductory Champions of the Galaxy game edition.

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    12 backers

    THE MAIN EVENT: Limited edition Champions of the Galaxy: The Live Event T-shirt, collector's edition mask, Champions of the Galaxy: The Live Event poster signed by all event participants, a limited edition signed Wolf photo, along with all the rewards at the $50 level.

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    3 backers Limited (17 left of 20)

    SPECIAL ATTRACTION: Ever wanted a playing card of yourself? Now is your chance to be drawn as the Champions of the Galaxy character of your choice, with a custom playing card designed by Filsinger Games and 50 copies of your card to show off. You will also get all the rewards at the $100 level.

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    0 backers Limited (3 left of 3)

    4-STAR MATCH: Want more than to watch the event? Want to be in the Event? Backers at this level will get to be featured extras during the event. You'll get to meet the performers backstage before the show and have choice seats for the whole event. (Does not include transportation to and from the venue.) You will also get all the rewards at the $100 level.

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    1 backer Limited (2 left of 3)

    5-STAR MATCH: Take the 4-Star Match to the next level and receive everything at the $300 4-Star Match level, plus you will get to design your own Champions of the Galaxy card and receive 50 copies of your card.

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    2 backers Limited (1 left of 3)

    ICONIC MOMENT: Do you really love Champions of the Galaxy and want to be a big part of the event? Backers at this level will named an Associate Producer on the Live Event and Documentary videos. If you come to the event, you'll get to meet the performers backstage before the show and have choice seats for the whole event. You will also get all the rewards at the $100 level.

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    1 backer Limited (3 left of 4)

    ALL TIME MOMENT: The ultimate experience for Champions of the Galaxy fans. You'll get to design a Champions of the Galaxy card of your choice and get 50 copies of the card to show off. Backers at this level will also be named an Associate Producer on the Live Event and Documentary videos. If you come to the event, you'll get to meet the performers backstage before the show and have choice seats for the whole event. You will also get all the rewards at the $100 level.

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Funding period

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