Tom lives in Portland, Oregon. A friend and I met up with him about two years ago and talked at length and we also have an audio recording of this meeting. Apparently, John Osborne didn't so much "correct" the listing on IPDB as he petitioned them to have them remove Tom from the design team. According to Tom, doing things like this was not out of the normal for Osborne and that for whatever reason the man wasn't easy to work with.
Tom absolutely designed Af-Tor under contract for Wico, this game was to be part of a trilogy of games that dealt with the theme of, "the apocalypse" of the other two proposed games one was the time before the end of the world, the middle one was the present as we know it and then tada; AF-TOR!
Tom also designed PUNK!, Devil's Dare and Volcano which he claimed was inspired by the eruption of Mt. St Helen's in 1980. He claimed that many of the first games off the line shipped with a bit of ash embedded in a piece of glass, it would be really cool to locate one of these!
Sorry we've been lagging on getting the interview up somewhere for people to listen to it, I could lay out a bevy of excuses as to why we haven't gotten around to finishing it yet but I think people will really enjoy it once we do.
Quoted from chris_silver:
*Little is known about Tom Szafransky. Confirmed he designed Gottlieb's 1982 Devil's Dare and 1982 Punk.
*Originally he was credited for designing Gottlieb's 1981 Volcano, but John Osborne corrected ipdb.org and confirmed he was the sole designer. For corrected records, Pinside might want to update the info.
*Rumour has it he also designed Wico's 1984 Af-Tor. Af-Tor is a brilliant rare and unknown machine.
Does anyone have any more information on Tom Szafransky? I own a Punk and an Af-Tor and would be curious to know if he did design the Af-Tor. I'd like to message him and hear a bit about his career.
Thanks for any information