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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  • July 19th 2022. A leaked version of a beta version of TSR's 'Star Frontiers: New Genesis' game emerges on the internet. The content includes racist and white-supremacist propaganda, including character races with ability caps based on ethnicity, and various homophobic and transphobic references. Justin LaNasa immediately threatened to sue blogger Eric Tenkar, who shared the information publicly ('Mario Real' is one of LaNasa's online pseudonyms). Various evidence points towards the document's genuine nature, including an accidentally revealed Google drive belonging to NuTSR.
  • July 22nd 2022. A video shows a Google Drive that appears to be owned by nuTSR, which contains a list of enemies of the company, usually with the word "WOKE" in caps being used as a pejorative.
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(screenshot courtesy of the @nohateingaming Twitter account)

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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Cordwainer Fish

Imp. Int. Scout Svc. (Dishon. Ret.)
Great callback to George Jone's alcoholism. I've heard that story about his wife hiding the car keys in 1978 and George driving 7 miles with a riding lawnmower just to get to the bar so he could get drunk.
Completely off-topic, but the second season of the Cocaine & Rhinestones podcast is a deep, deep dive into George Jones.

(C&R is fascinating even if you don't really care about country music; if you do it is probably a must listen.)
 

DLIMedia

Hero
And now he's threatening me with legal action.


I don't have time to respond to this right now, but I will. Trust me.
 

adamantyr

Adventurer
And now he's threatening me with legal action.


I don't have time to respond to this right now, but I will. Trust me.
And didn't he just dox you publicly as well?
 

J.Quondam

CR 1/8
And now he's threatening me with legal action.


I don't have time to respond to this right now, but I will. Trust me.
Seems like his public invitation to email him contradicts his accusation of cyberstalking. 🤷‍♂️
 




Faolyn

(she/her)
Not according to the dictionary.
Yeah, I looked it up just in case it's taken on a new meaning (the whole thing with milk being a dogwhistle took me off-guard) and the closest I got was calling someone a shill could be seen as derogatory, depending on context. Like if you dismiss something that a person is saying because they're just a shill for Big Hypothetical. But nothing racist.

Unless Dave is saying that his race is shill. Maybe he's trying to claim a +2 racial bonus to Charisma (Whining), but doesn't realize that it comes with a massive penalty to every other Charisma skill.

To be fair, I don't think Dave has much familiarity with a dictionary. It's also a verb. Which is also not racist.
Heh--I remember ages ago (in the 90s) reading... honestly, I can't remember what, about someone, a teacher or professor, who had used the term confederate in the same way that shill is used, and getting chewed out by a student or something for the bigoted terminology.
 

CleverNickName

Limit Break Dancing
...anyway.

Side note: I actually ordered and received two copies of Star Frontiers from NuTSR. I saw that it was possible to order that stuff for a brief while and thought "wow, that might become collectible in asimilar fashion like Creeks & Crawdads or Spawn of Fashan".

The "product" arrived, the writing is a horrid mess (like from a ten year old), the amount of typos nears legendary status, grasp of grammar is non-existent (and I say that as a German non-native english speaker) and the rules probably are plain broken. But at least I own two mint copies of this artifact to be.
I'd also like to see evidence of a copy of this, to help prove whether or not it exists. I don't really have an agenda, except that I really enjoyed playing Star Frontiers back in the 80s and I'm curious (nervous?) about its legacy in the gaming industry. Does this game system and setting have a future in the RPG market? Will it be culturally relevant in the 21st Century?

I'm already scratching my head over the rumors about Star Frontiers not using percentile-based dice mechanics. That was their whole deal.
 
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Sacrosanct

Legend
Publisher
Good lord. Someone needs to tell Dave that reminding him of the things he posted and said doesn't qualify for "causing him emotional distress.". Why? Because those are all things HE said and did.

"You're causing me serious emotional distress by reminding me what I said!!"

Cry me a freaking river.
 


jdrakeh

Front Range Warlock
Good lord. Someone needs to tell Dave that reminding him of the things he posted and said doesn't qualify for "causing him emotional distress.". Why? Because those are all things HE said and did.

"You're causing me serious emotional distress by reminding me what I said!!"

Cry me a freaking river.

Yeah, I'm pretty certain that re-posting things he himself posted also doesn't qualify as harassment.
 




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