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.
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?
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!
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.
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.)
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.
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.
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.
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.
Orange Cassidy - The high-flyer known best in Dragongate USA and Evolve will be playing the part of Star Warrior.
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.
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.
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.
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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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