Does TSR3 Have Nazi Connections?

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Evidence has been compiled by an anonymous website which suggests that TSR3's Star Frontiers: New Genesis (Star Frontiers being one of the trademarks under legal 'dispute' with WotC right now) is written by an author with extreme Nazi sympathies.


I'm not going to directly post the hateful images and tweets here because the content is extreme. It's one of the most focused outpourings of hate that I've personally seen.

But there is a website [CONTENT WARNING -- I need to post the link as evidence but I honestly do not recommend that you click on it] where somebody has anonymously and comprehensively compiled screenshots which indicate that a Twitter feed called 'DaveFilmsUS' (that they allege belongs to New Genesis author Dave Johnson) is filled with hate speech and Nazi imagery. These tweets include racist, homophobic, and transphobic content, along with Nazi and white supremacy memes. There are images of swastikas, and messages about the 'replacement' of white people. The tweets cover a long period of time, going back to at least 2017. They are extreme.

Star Frontiers: New Genesis is a book whose existence many doubt. It shows up as 'sold out' on TSR3's webstore on Dungeon Hobby Shop. Earlier this year, TSR3 posted manipulated images of piles of books (below) made to look like they were Star Frontiers stock. To the best of my knowledge, nobody has seen this book. The game was announced in June 2021.

Meanwhile, Star Frontiers owner Wizards of the Coast continues to sell the game on DriveThruRPG. TSR3 attempted legal action against WotC last year with the goal of claiming ownership of some of WotC's IP; WotC responded with a countersuit which is still ongoing.

Johnson, who runs Dave Johnson Games, also publishes an ezine called Alarms & Journeys, a name presumably 'inspired' by the the well-known zine Alarums and Excursions by the award-winning game designer Lee Gold. Alarums and Excursions has been running since 1975, and is still published to this day.

TSR3 is run by Justin LaNasa (a tattooist, weapon designer, and briefly a politician who refers to himself as Sir Justin LaNasa), who sent (real) TSR alumnus Tim Kask profane messages in January of this year. TSR3 is the third company to bear the name, and is in no way connected to the TSR which published Dungeons & Dragons from the 1970s to the 1990s.

WotC's countersuit against TSR3, which names the company and Justin LaNasa personally, currently remains ongoing.

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Russ Morrissey

Russ Morrissey

JThursby

Adventurer
I really just don't want to hear any more news about TSR3. They are consistently pathetic, asinine losers that have no real relevance to the industry aside from having this brief possession of a recognizable trademark. Their lame attempts at confidence schemes and rage bait haven't produced any real products (or revenue, I assume). It looks like they're mostly a group of disgruntled alt-rigthers that vastly overestimated how many people in the TTRPG space sympathize with them (exceedingly few), and as someone who is not an alt-righter and actually runs and plays games instead of just whining about games they have nothing to offer me except more rage bait to doom scroll past. I'll be that much happier never having to see their dumb antics and garbage ideology posted about on the front page again.
I don't want them gone from the small circle that is tabletop gamers and creators; I want them, and their hateful kind removed from mainstream society as a whole.
That's an unhealthy tract. Advocating or implying imprisonment or government censorship for bad thought is overplaying your hand, as you have no way to actually make it happen and anyone with even the slightest sympathy for them will view them as slightly more reasonable for receiving such comments. Making this an existential "it's us or them" issue is what these bastards want, don't give it to them.
 

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Eltab

Lord of the Hidden Layer
Given how awful the stuff on that Twitter feed is, I'm surprised it hasn't been shut down entirely. Surely it violates all sorts of Twitter's TOS?
I'm not seeing how it is within EnWorld's TOS, either. Which means the staff has to give Morrus some Red Ink for bringing it up?
 


Sacrosanct

Legend
Publisher
I'm not seeing how it is within EnWorld's TOS, either. Which means the staff has to give Morrus some Red Ink for bringing it up?
It also begs the question about DTRPG's TOS. I couldn't find anything about what kind of person you are as a publisher, just not to commit copyright violations. I don't know if they even care if someone selling goods on their site is a nazi, with material with clear white supremacist dog whistles (which A&E has).
 

MGibster

Legend
It's like a Russian nesting doll filled, but every doll revelaed is just smaller and nastier than the doll in was inside. Seriously, if I were to make TSR3 up as a fictional bad guy and asked you to critique it you'd say, "Tone it down, mgibster, this is unbelieveale."
 

DLIMedia

Hero
I'm not seeing how it is within EnWorld's TOS, either. Which means the staff has to give Morrus some Red Ink for bringing it up?
It's hard to report on something when you can't really show what you're reporting on. Heck, I'm one of the people who found the link and even I'm not posting it on Facebook because it could get me banned from there.

But it needs to be seen... Maybe not by everyone, but by those who won't accept it any other way than to see it with their own eyes.
 


Mistwell

Crusty Old Meatwad (he/him)
I have a few of questions before reading this stuff. Not because I want to defend NuTSR (they are horrible and I hope they go down in flames in the WOTC lawsuit) but because anonymous accusations should meet a very high standard before they're spread around in my opinion, regardless of who is being accused.

1) The person making the accusation is anonymous. Is there any indication this person actually is reliable, or knows the people in question, or was there when anything happened, or there is good reason to think they have access to private information concerning this?

2) They claim the person who posted all the things at the website is the person behind NuTSR (or one of them). Is there any decent evidence to think that? Is is just supposition that it's the same person, or are we just relying on the anonymous person for this?

3) Could the anonymous person be their former employee, who has gone to some bizarre steps to get back at his former employers including some strange claims previously and whose posts are sometimes a bit nutty themselves?
 

DLIMedia

Hero
1) The person making the accusation is anonymous. Is there any indication this person actually is reliable, or knows the people in question, or was there when anything happened, or there is good reason to think they have access to private information concerning this?
The person's anonymity is irrelevant; they're posting direct screenshots of a publicly visible Twitter feed. There's no question the images were posted.

2) They claim the person who posted all the things at the website is the person behind NuTSR (or one of them). Is there any decent evidence to think that? Is is just supposition that it's the same person, or are we just relying on the anonymous person for this?
Although I admit it's not 100% iron clad (the Twitter feed is at least four years old), we have already shown evidence that it is pretty close to 100% sure that Dave Johnson is the owner of that Twitter account. See the image proof on the website and my own post on page two.

And Dave Johnson is by no means "behind" NuTSR... but he's the primary author of their flagship product, Star Frontiers: New Genesis.

3) Could the anonymous person be their former employee, who has gone to some bizarre steps to get back at his former employers including some strange claims previously and whose posts are sometimes a bit nutty themselves?
Unless he has a time machine, I don't see how. Like I said, the Twitter posts are at a minimum over four years old and span at least two years of constant posting. It's not something they created overnight out of spite.
 
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Obryn

Hero
I have a few of questions before reading this stuff. Not because I want to defend NuTSR (they are horrible and I hope they go down in flames in the WOTC lawsuit) but because anonymous accusations should meet a very high standard before they're spread around in my opinion, regardless of who is being accused.

1) The person making the accusation is anonymous. Is there any indication this person actually is reliable, or knows the people in question, or was there when anything happened, or there is good reason to think they have access to private information concerning this?

2) They claim the person who posted all the things at the website is the person behind NuTSR (or one of them). Is there any decent evidence to think that? Is is just supposition that it's the same person, or are we just relying on the anonymous person for this?

3) Could the anonymous person be their former employee, who has gone to some bizarre steps to get back at his former employers including some strange claims previously and whose posts are sometimes a bit nutty themselves?
Why not go on and look into it, and then get back to everyone with your results, instead of throwing around rhetorical questions?
 



Mistwell

Crusty Old Meatwad (he/him)
Although I admit it's not 100% iron clad (the Twitter feed is at least four years old), we have already shown evidence that it is pretty close to 100% sure that Dave Johnson is the owner of that Twitter account. See the image proof on the website and my own post on page two.
OK well I guess this is the key question. I don't want to click on the website. But I will take a look at your post on page two.
 

do_not_support

Villager
But there is a website [CONTENT WARNING
The fact you are posting nazi content on this website in order to
1) Create controversy
2) Promote racists and anti-LGBT views
is digusting.
3) Drive traffic to sell products.
You call yourself a "news" site, but the reality is that you are just a site promoting your own products.
Reposting racist content for the sole purpose of driving traffic to fill your coffers.
At least when they post it, it is in a small tiny bubble that nobody sees.
When you repost it, you reach way more including young nazi wannabes.

You are just as bad and I am going to work on videos to tell everyone to stay away from this site since you are reposting disgusting content and then profiting off of that disgusting content.
 

Mistwell

Crusty Old Meatwad (he/him)
In case anyone is doubting the authenticity, there are a few Twitter posts that track with his Facebook posts. Like these, posted on the same day.

ETA: And he kept location tracking on in Twitter.


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Wait, this is your proof of nearly 100% certainty it's the same person? That a meme going around that day was posted by both, near the same time? Isn't that an indication they both read the same source for that meme, or that one read the others post and liked it so re-posted it? I mean, that is the entire purpose of memes and how they spread. I see you say they kept location tracking on, are you saying there is some indication they are in the same location?
 

cbwjm

Legend
There was some pretty messed up stuff on that site. I actually thought this was about original TSR, that someone was trying to discredit Gary Gygax or something, then I spotted the 3 on the end of TSR and though "Oh, right, them!"
 

Umbran

Mod Squad
Staff member
2) They claim the person who posted all the things at the website is the person behind NuTSR (or one of them). Is there any decent evidence to think that? Is is just supposition that it's the same person, or are we just relying on the anonymous person for this?

The basic evidence: the same ID appears across several social media platforms, some of which include the man's picture.

3) Could the anonymous person be their former employee, who has gone to some bizarre steps to get back at his former employers including some strange claims previously and whose posts are sometimes a bit nutty themselves?

The tweets have been there since 2018 and before - I verified that myself. Ick.

Unless someone has figured out how to hack twitter to create posts with years-old timestamps, this stuff has been there for a long time.

So, the only question is whether the account has always had that handle or not.
 

Mistwell

Crusty Old Meatwad (he/him)
The fact you are posting nazi content on this website in order to
1) Create controversy
2) Promote racists and anti-LGBT views
is digusting.
3) Drive traffic to sell products.
You call yourself a "news" site, but the reality is that you are just a site promoting your own products.
Reposting racist content for the sole purpose of driving traffic to fill your coffers.
At least when they post it, it is in a small tiny bubble that nobody sees.
When you repost it, you reach way more including young nazi wannabes.

You are just as bad and I am going to work on videos to tell everyone to stay away from this site since you are reposting disgusting content and then profiting off of that disgusting content.
Woah wait wait. In no way is Morrus "promoting" anything on that website (he even gave a warning to NOT click on it), nor can I see how he's using this post in any way to drive the sales of any product. Come on, you knew those claims you just made were an extreme stretch, right? I mean, you're basically saying reporting about bad news makes you the bad stuff itself? That's nonsense.
 

billd91

Hobbit on Quest (he/him)
The fact you are posting nazi content on this website in order to
1) Create controversy
2) Promote racists and anti-LGBT views
is digusting.
3) Drive traffic to sell products.
You call yourself a "news" site, but the reality is that you are just a site promoting your own products.
Reposting racist content for the sole purpose of driving traffic to fill your coffers.
At least when they post it, it is in a small tiny bubble that nobody sees.
When you repost it, you reach way more including young nazi wannabes.

You are just as bad and I am going to work on videos to tell everyone to stay away from this site since you are reposting disgusting content and then profiting off of that disgusting content.
So… I‘m guessing someone noticed and one of their little goose-stepping minions dutifully came over. Ban in 3… 2… 1…
 

Mistwell

Crusty Old Meatwad (he/him)
The basic evidence: the same ID appears across several social media platforms, some of which include the man's picture.

Oh! That's pretty good. Is the picture a known picture of our guy?
The tweets have been there since 2018 and before - I verified that myself. Ick.

Unless someone has figured out how to hack twitter to create posts with years-old timestamps, this stuff has been there for a long time.

So, the only question is whether the account has always had that handle or not.
I thought the question was whether that account can be connected to the NuTSR guy in question. Or is there a clear line between that handle and the NuTSR person?
 

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