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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Russ Morrissey

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The notion of a "trans race" is... bizarre. If every individual (or the great majority) are trans... does trans even "mean" anything anymore? My understanding is that a trans individual has a gender (a social role) and a biological sex that do not match... but if everyone is like that, then your gender and your sex do match because in your society that's what the gender role is...

I think you might be trying to play chess against an opponent who's playing checkers. Badly.
 

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NuTSR took some time this weekend to post some FB updates. It really shows how tone deaf they are.

First, remember all that drama about making sure NuTSR was safe for kids, to the point where LGBTQ people in games was offensive and saying "WTF" was considered cursing? Here's a pic of a mini they posted earlier in the week. I censored out the male genitalia, which is displayed proudly for all to see.

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Next, here's a pic from Ernie. Now, I'm no lawyer. But I have a suspicion that when you are actively involved in a lawsuit involving multiple trademarks you're attempting to steal, maybe a post detailing how you use those stolen trademarks to make shirts on demand isn't the best idea.

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Ernie also decided to post a bunch of his older photos to the DHSM page. Remember that phone call recently posted by Tenkar, where Scott Griffin and Ernie emotionally discuss how Ernie blatantly screwed Scott out of his position in the DHSM and gave control of everything to Justin? Well, here's Ernie, now using his (previous?) friendship with Scott to promote the DHSM. How much you wanna bet Scott knows nothing about this use of his image to promote it?

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And finally, just to round things out, remember how NuTSR recently made multiple posts talking about "leaving all religion and politics at the door"? It turns out that doesn't include gun control.

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Dannyalcatraz

Schmoderator
Staff member
NuTSR took some time this weekend to post some FB updates. It really shows how tone deaf they are.

First, remember all that drama about making sure NuTSR was safe for kids, to the point where LGBTQ people in games was offensive and saying "WTF" was considered cursing? Here's a pic of a mini they posted earlier in the week. I censored out the male genitalia, which is displayed proudly for all to see.

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Next, here's a pic from Ernie. Now, I'm no lawyer. But I have a suspicion that when you are actively involved in a lawsuit involving multiple trademarks you're attempting to steal, maybe a post detailing how you use those stolen trademarks to make shirts on demand isn't the best idea.

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Ernie also decided to post a bunch of his older photos to the DHSM page. Remember that phone call recently posted by Tenkar, where Scott Griffin and Ernie emotionally discuss how Ernie blatantly screwed Scott out of his position in the DHSM and gave control of everything to Justin? Well, here's Ernie, now using his (previous?) friendship with Scott to promote the DHSM. How much you wanna bet Scott knows nothing about this use of his image to promote it?

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And finally, just to round things out, remember how NuTSR recently made multiple posts talking about "leaving all religion and politics at the door"? It turns out that doesn't include gun control.

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Giff Fighter: rollsIt’s a Natural 20!”

DM: “The hippo crits!”
 
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You would think that with the rest of Not-TSR in court with Wizards' highly-paid lawyers, that he'd realize that making threats of legal action is easier and cheaper than actually trying to carry them out.

Here is my official response to Da-... I mean... George Jones.


They are such a mess. It's just this horrible combination of trolling and ineptitude.

I also find it ironic that there's a row of Thieves World behind him. A series that features women, people of color, LGBTQA+ characters, discussions of oppression, injustice, and poverty. But some people see only what they want to.

NuTSR took some time this weekend to post some FB updates. It really shows how tone deaf they are.

First, remember all that drama about making sure NuTSR was safe for kids, to the point where LGBTQ people in games was offensive and saying "WTF" was considered cursing? Here's a pic of a mini they posted earlier in the week. I censored out the male genitalia, which is displayed proudly for all to see.

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Next, here's a pic from Ernie. Now, I'm no lawyer. But I have a suspicion that when you are actively involved in a lawsuit involving multiple trademarks you're attempting to steal, maybe a post detailing how you use those stolen trademarks to make shirts on demand isn't the best idea.

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Ernie also decided to post a bunch of his older photos to the DHSM page. Remember that phone call recently posted by Tenkar, where Scott Griffin and Ernie emotionally discuss how Ernie blatantly screwed Scott out of his position in the DHSM and gave control of everything to Justin? Well, here's Ernie, now using his (previous?) friendship with Scott to promote the DHSM. How much you wanna bet Scott knows nothing about this use of his image to promote it?

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And finally, just to round things out, remember how NuTSR recently made multiple posts talking about "leaving all religion and politics at the door"? It turns out that doesn't include gun control.

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Steampunkette

Shaper of Worlds
Supporter
They are such a mess. It's just this horrible combination of trolling and ineptitude.

I also find it ironic that there's a row of Thieves World behind him. A series that features women, people of color, LGBTQA+ characters, discussions of oppression, injustice, and poverty. But some people see only what they want to.
There's a decent chance he's never read it.

That either it was in a box of "Used Fantasy Books" he bought as a lot to help fill the shelf, or even something his Dad owned and enjoyed that for him just fills up space on a shelf with no more meaning than any of the other books beside it.
 

Sacrosanct

Legend
Publisher
There's a decent chance he's never read it.

That either it was in a box of "Used Fantasy Books" he bought as a lot to help fill the shelf, or even something his Dad owned and enjoyed that for him just fills up space on a shelf with no more meaning than any of the other books beside it.
It's not unusual for people to be fans of something and completely miss the point of what that moral of the story is. See Star Wars and Star Trek and comic fandom, with all the "Why did they go woke" complaining.
 


Steampunkette

Shaper of Worlds
Supporter
@Sacrosanct, @Dannyalcatraz

You are 100% right about that.

I'm just sayin'. The series started in '79 when his father was still farming pop culture for ideas for D&D stuff, and we know he was an avid reader based on his... well... everything.

And the house itself is a monument to his Dad and all.

And there's a -lot- of paperbacks my father and mother read that were sci-fi and fantasy but I didn't read for whatever reason, even as I -voraciously- devoured other series.

Might have missed the point. Might've never seen the content.
 

Faolyn

(she/her)
I just realized: now that Dave Johnson is dead or MIA or whatever it is Jones is claiming, he now has an excuse for never publishing SF:NG. I mean, he was almost certainly not going to produce a final product that was worthy of publication, but now he can blame his own incompetence on a dead guy.
 


DLIMedia

Hero
I just realized: now that Dave Johnson is dead or MIA or whatever it is Jones is claiming, he now has an excuse for never publishing SF:NG. I mean, he was almost certainly not going to produce a final product that was worthy of publication, but now he can blame his own incompetence on a dead guy.
George Jones as risen from Dave Johnson's ashes. I'm waiting for the announcement to come any day now that GJ is the writer for SF:NG.
 

Gradine

Final Form (they/them)
It's not unusual for people to be fans of something and completely miss the point of what that moral of the story is. See Star Wars and Star Trek and comic fandom, with all the "Why did they go woke" complaining.
One of my favorite quotes from the internet: "Racist Star Wars fans sadden me, but racist Star Trek fans confuse me."
There’s been a lot of publicity over the past few years about how so many people completely missed the progressive political aspects of a LOT of TV & movie franchises, as well as of major musical acts.
LOL I remember when Willie Nelson endorsed Beto in '18 and people went "Since when was Willie Nelson liberal?!?!?!" See also Paul Ryan enjoying Rage Against the Machine
 

Emrico

Adventurer
The ones that absolutely baffle me are the ones that just go off about musicians and comedians being political. It's like, "Holy crap! Have you been under a freaking rock for the entire history of music and comedy?" Because regardless of which side of the aisle it is, there have always been musicians and comedians doing politics. Since forever.
 

billd91

Hobbit on Quest (he/him)
One of my favorite quotes from the internet: "Racist Star Wars fans sadden me, but racist Star Trek fans confuse me."

LOL I remember when Willie Nelson endorsed Beto in '18 and people went "Since when was Willie Nelson liberal?!?!?!" See also Paul Ryan enjoying Rage Against the Machine
Or when Glenn Beck realized that Bruce Springsteen's "Born in the USA" is critical of US policy and treatment of veterans.
 

Faolyn

(she/her)
One of my favorite quotes from the internet: "Racist Star Wars fans sadden me, but racist Star Trek fans confuse me."
They see Kirk or Picard as cowboys on the edge of the frontier who can do whatever they want to those ugly aliens, and don't realize that Star Trek mostly treats it as a failure when they have to resort to violence.

But some people just want to see shoot-em-ups.
 

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