TSR The Full & Glorious History of NuTSR

Because the Saga of TSR3 has been ongoing for a while, with many landmarks, I thought I'd do a quick timeline for those who haven't had the time (or, frankly, inclination) to keep up with the whole palaver.

As multiple entities refer to themselves as TSR, I will use the nomenclature (1), (2) etc. to distinguish them. However, all the companies below simply use the term "TSR".

The principle people involved with this story are Ernie Gygax (one of Gary Gygax's children), Justin LaNasa (a tattooist, weapon designer, and briefly a politician who refers to himself as Sir Justin LaNasa*), Stephen Dinehart (co-creator of Giantlands with James Ward), and -- later -- Michael K. Hovermale, TSR3's PR officer.

Also linked to TSR3 is the Dungeon Hobby Shop Museum in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. Much of TSR3’s commercial business appears to be conducted via the museum.

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  • Late June 2021. TSR3 embarks on an astonishing social media campaign where they tell people who don't like Gary Gygax not to play D&D, call a trans person on Twitter 'disgusting', thank the 'woke' because sales are up, insult Luke Gygax, and more. They also block or insult those who question them on Twitter.
  • Late June 2021. Various companies distance themselves from TSR3, including Gen Con, TSR2 (who rebrand themselves Solarian Games), GAMA, and various individuals such as Luke Gygax, Tim Kask, Jeff Dee, and more. TSR3 responds to being banned from Gen Con by claiming that they created the convention.
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  • June 30th 2021. TSR3 blames the widespread pushback it is getting on WotC, accusing it of mounting a coordinated assault on them. In the same tweets they claim that they created the TTRPG business. Ernie Gygax and Stephen Dinehart then deactivate their Twitter accounts. Months later it transpires that this is the date they received a C&D from WotC regarding their use of their IP.
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  • December 11th 2021. The president of the Gygax Memorial fund publicly declares that they were never consulted, and would refuse any donation from TSR3's crowdfunding campaign. TSR3 quietly removes the references to the GMF from the IndieGoGo page.
  • December 29th 2021. TSR3.5 refiles its lawsuit, this time in the correct jurisdiction. LaNasa and TSR ask for a trial by Jury.
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  • January 8th 2020. Wonderfiled[sic]'s Stephen Dinehart threatens to sue Twitter user David Flor for his negative review of Giantlands on the platform.
  • January 10th 2022. TSR3's Justin LaNasa sends TSR alumn Tim Kask a profane message, telling him to "Go suck Lukes/wotc/balls you f*****g coward" and accusing him of having been fired from TSR for stealing.
  • January 11th 2022. Michael K Hovermale claims that the first edition of TSR3's Star Frontiers: New Genesis game was released and has sold out. He says “It was a very small limited run released and sold on the DHSM [Dungeon Hobby Shop Museum] website. It is no longer available, and probably won’t be reprinted.” As yet, nobody has publicly revealed that they bought a copy.
  • January 14th 2022. Michael K. Hovermale resigns as TSR3's Chief Creative Officer and Public Relations Officer after 6 months in the position.
  • March 4th 2022. WotC strikes back with a lawsuit naming TSR, Justin LaNasa personally, and the Dungeon Hobby Shop museum. WotC seeks a judgement that TSR hand over all domains, take down all websites, pay treble damages and costs, hand over all stock and proceeds related to the trademarks, and more. TSR has 21 days to respond.
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  • March 22nd 2022. TSR gets an extension on that WoTC suit. Two waivers of service of summons granted to both Justin LaNasa and the Dungeon Hobby Shop Museum. He now has 60 days from March 4th to serve an answer or motion, or suffer default judgment.
  • March 26th 2022. TSR CON takes place at the same time as Gary Con. TSR claims " lol, actually we asked just about every one of the 800 people stopping by, TSR CON, and about 60% had no idea Gary con was going on, and we tried pushing them to go over and attend."
  • March 28th 2022. TSR3 posts images of 'rebound' copies of AD&D 1E books it is selling for $650 each.
  • May 17th 2022. Evidence emerges of Nazi connections via TSR3's Dave Johnson. Public Twitter posts include concentrated hateful imagery and messages over a long period of time.
  • May 17th 2022. DriveThruRPG removes all Dave Johnson Games titles from the platform.
  • May 17th 2022. A jury trial date is set for the TSR/WotC lawsuit for October 2023 (few suits like this actually make it to trial in the end).
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Have I missed anything important? I'll continue updating this as I remember things, or as people remind me of things!

To the best of my knowledge, TSR3 is not actually selling any type of gaming product.

*if anybody has any link to LaNasa's knighthood, please let me know!

Websites
Various websites have come and gone. I'll try to make some sense of it here so you know what site you're actually visiting!
  • TSR.com is the original TSR website. For a long time it redirected to WotC. The URL is no longer in use. (WotC)
  • TSRgames.com was TSR2 until summer 2021. The site is still running, although TSR2 is now called Solarian Games. (Jayson Elliot)
  • TSR.games was TSR3 until summer 2021. It now goes to Wonderfiled(sic)'s website. (Stephen Dinehart)
  • TSR-hobbies.com is TSR 3.5, launched summer 2021 by Justin LaNasa and Ernie Gygax. (Justin LaNasa)
 
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Russ Morrissey

Russ Morrissey

Cordwainer Fish

Imp. Int. Scout Svc. (Dishon. Ret.)
Interesting the order is different - iacta alea est ; "cast is the die" (I no Latin, forgive my inept translation)? Typical of them to do something like that (quite possibly unintentionally), but my guess the accent is on the "cast", as in they're planning to make their own dice.
Word order in Latin is fairly free, and besides, who knows if Caesar actually said anything like that (and if he did and he was trying to be Serious, he would probably have said it in Greek).
 

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jdrakeh

Front Range Warlock
"Alea Iacta Est" is the name of a long-running article in Troll Lord Games' house magazine. Would nuT$R swipe another company's IP (or closely mimic it) to promote their own products? Surely not. /sarcasm
 







gss000

Explorer
"Alea Iacta Est" is the name of a long-running article in Troll Lord Games' house magazine. Would nuT$R swipe another company's IP (or closely mimic it) to promote their own products? Surely not. /sarcasm

Titles and short phrases aren't protected by copyright. Especially a phrase that old.
 

jdrakeh

Front Range Warlock
Titles and short phrases aren't protected by copyright. Especially a phrase that old.

I know, but it's definitely an established phrase closely associated with another RPG company. Which nuT$R would totally appropriate. I didn't mean to infer that it was a literal trademark or protected by copyright.
 


Dates formally set by the judge for the NuTSR v WotC case (if it gets to trial):

JURY TRIAL SET FOR 9:00 a.m. on
10/16/2023
Length of trial
5 days
Deadline for joining parties
8/15/2022
Deadline for amending pleadings
9/15/2022
Disclosure of expert testimony under FRCP 26(a)(2) due
4/17/2023
Disclosure of rebuttal expert testimony under FRCP 26(a)(2) due
5/8/2023
All motions related to discovery must be filed by this date and noted for consideration no later than the third Friday thereafter (see LCR 7(d) or LCR 37(a)(2))
5/16/2023
Discovery to be completed by
6/16/2023
All dispositive motions must be filed by this date and noted for consideration no later than the fourth Friday thereafter (see LCR 7(d))
7/17/2023
Settlement Conference per LCR 39.1(c)(2) held no later than
8/16/2023
Mediation per LCR 39.1(c) held no later than
9/18/2023
All motions in limine must be filed by this date and noted for consideration no earlier than the third Friday after filing but no later than the Friday before the pretrial conference (see LCR 7(d)(4))
9/18/2023
Agreed LCR 16.1 Pretrial Order due
10/4/2023
Trial briefs, proposed voir dire questions, proposed jury instructions, and deposition designations due by this date
10/9/2023
Deadline for Trial Exhibits; Counsel are to confer and indicate with their submissions which exhibits are agreed to.
10/11/2023
Pretrial conference scheduled for 9:30 a.m. in Courtroom 12A on
10/11/2023

On the social media front, NuTSR has ostensibly taken up a policy to delete/ban any posts on Discord asking about Dave Johnson or the Nazi links, except for the few posts that support him. On FB they have posted a couple links to Youtube videos about "woke" problems and cancel culture, and a video promoting Justin's other museum in North Carolina.

The Google books page for SFNG has been updated to add Jesse Hansen as an artist. Dave Johnson, Gary Gygax Sr, and Jim Holloway are also credited.
 

Sacrosanct

Legend
Publisher
Dates formally set by the judge for the NuTSR v WotC case (if it gets to trial):

JURY TRIAL SET FOR 9:00 a.m. on
10/16/2023
Length of trial
5 days
Deadline for joining parties
8/15/2022
Deadline for amending pleadings
9/15/2022
Disclosure of expert testimony under FRCP 26(a)(2) due
4/17/2023
Disclosure of rebuttal expert testimony under FRCP 26(a)(2) due
5/8/2023
All motions related to discovery must be filed by this date and noted for consideration no later than the third Friday thereafter (see LCR 7(d) or LCR 37(a)(2))
5/16/2023
Discovery to be completed by
6/16/2023
All dispositive motions must be filed by this date and noted for consideration no later than the fourth Friday thereafter (see LCR 7(d))
7/17/2023
Settlement Conference per LCR 39.1(c)(2) held no later than
8/16/2023
Mediation per LCR 39.1(c) held no later than
9/18/2023
All motions in limine must be filed by this date and noted for consideration no earlier than the third Friday after filing but no later than the Friday before the pretrial conference (see LCR 7(d)(4))
9/18/2023
Agreed LCR 16.1 Pretrial Order due
10/4/2023
Trial briefs, proposed voir dire questions, proposed jury instructions, and deposition designations due by this date
10/9/2023
Deadline for Trial Exhibits; Counsel are to confer and indicate with their submissions which exhibits are agreed to.
10/11/2023
Pretrial conference scheduled for 9:30 a.m. in Courtroom 12A on
10/11/2023

On the social media front, NuTSR has ostensibly taken up a policy to delete/ban any posts on Discord asking about Dave Johnson or the Nazi links, except for the few posts that support him. On FB they have posted a couple links to Youtube videos about "woke" problems and cancel culture, and a video promoting Justin's other museum in North Carolina.

The Google books page for SFNG has been updated to add Jesse Hansen as an artist. Dave Johnson, Gary Gygax Sr, and Jim Holloway are also credited.
Um...Jim Holloway passed long before this was a project, and as far as I know, never did stock art. That's...strange to credit him.
 

billd91

Hobbit on Quest (he/him)
Um...Jim Holloway passed long before this was a project, and as far as I know, never did stock art. That's...strange to credit him.
So… they’re using his art without licensing or permission. That wouldn’t be at all strange coming for the NuTSR gang.
 


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