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.


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!

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

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So what you're saying is Yoda speaks Latin as a native language...

"Cast the die is."
Latin does tend to put one of the verbs at the end of the sentence (partly because, pre-puctuation, it is one of the elements that tells you where a sentence ends). First year Latin students do have a habit of creating yoda-like Latinglish translations before they become confident in moving the words around to a more typical English structure.

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So… they’re using his art without licensing or permission. That wouldn’t be at all strange coming for the NuTSR gang.
It does make that interaction with me (only interaction I've had with him) make me wonder. The one I posted upthread about him spamming Holloway's FB group.

He had a weird sense of...entitlement about all things TSR related.


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.
Is it possible they own some of his art, like, personally own?

I mean, it's probably more likely that they scanned his art from other sources they don't properly own.


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.
Well, if anyone wondered whose side they were going to take, here's your answer.


It's the 2 month anniversary of the "week long delay" in SFNG. They say they won't do any digital products due to piracy.
I suspect that the "no digital products" idea is more because while it would make them money in the short term, that money would mostly be coming from folks who buy their product to mock it on twitter. Very few people send their film directly to MST3K and ask for a public mocking.

Also I would not be at all surprised to find out that they think DriveThru's take is criminally high, they have no idea what itch.io is, and they have no interest in building their own digital storefront.

But mostly I think it's because with a digital product there's one less person in the chain to blame when your product doesn't show up. Being able to say "problems at the printer" is the old publishing equivalent of "hard drive failure" - a convenient party to deflect to when you screw up. (Not to say that printers don't screw up and hard drives don't fail - the fact that they do makes them convenient excuses for folks looking to shift blame).


But mostly I think it's because with a digital product there's one less person in the chain to blame when your product doesn't show up. Being able to say "problems at the printer" is the old publishing equivalent of "hard drive failure" - a convenient party to deflect to when you screw up. (Not to say that printers don't screw up and hard drives don't fail - the fact that they do makes them convenient excuses for folks looking to shift blame).
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