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)

  • August 30th 2022. Wizard Tower Games announces that they have received a subpeona from WotC regarding TSR and Justin LaNasa. Former NuTSR employee Michaal K Hovermale confirms that he has also received a subpeona.
  • September 5th 2022. Justin LaNasa sends out customer data, including addresses and credit card numbers. LaNasa responds by publicly claiming the evidence is photoshopped and slandering those who revealed it as liars.
  • September 8th 2022. WoTC files an injunction to prevent LaNasa or his companies from “publishing, distributing, or otherwise making available Star Frontiers New Genesis or any iteration of the game using the Marks”.
  • June 8th 2023. NuTSR files for bankruptcy. The case between WotC and NuTSR is postponed until March 2024.

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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Sacrosanct

Legend
Since this seems to be the thread where all notable events are kept as a sort of cliff notes version of this saga as it unfolds, the most recent debacle is the threat against Tim Kask. In that post, there have been several of the "old guard" defending Tim, and calling out LaNasa and his behavior. As well as many coming to Darlene's defense as well. Jim Wampler specifically is calling out Ernie and Jeff's involvement.

I admit I can't begin to comprehend LaNasa's tactics here. He's currently trying to raise money in a fundraiser to combat what he feels are attacks on the original creators while at the same time directly attacking and insulting them himself.🤷‍♂️

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Wilphe

Adventurer
If they were really part of the Old Guard they'd be on his side

They are not

Therefore they are not the Old Guard

QED

They have either deliberately betrayed those values by becoming "woke" or are under the thumb of The Unsleeping Littoral Sorcerers
 

Wilphe

Adventurer
I admit I can't begin to comprehend LaNasa's tactics here. He's currently trying to raise money in a fundraiser to combat what he feels are attacks on the original creators while at the same time directly attacking and insulting them himself.🤷‍♂️

Also you are assuming that Sir Justin Lasagna actually cares about the original creators
 


Sacrosanct

Legend
Also you are assuming that Sir Justin Lasagna actually cares about the original creators
Whether he does or not, that's his main selling point in his fundraiser. To fight against WotC because the legacy disclaimer is an insult to all of the original creators and (according to him) accuses them of all being racists.

So if his main selling point is that the original creators need protected from the "woke mob" and wotc, then it seems a weird tactic to attack and insult them directly himself.
 

CleverNickName

Limit Break Dancing
Whether he does or not, that's his main selling point in his fundraiser. To fight against WotC because the legacy disclaimer is an insult to all of the original creators and (according to him) accuses them of all being racists.

So if his main selling point is that the original creators need protected from the "woke mob" and wotc, then it seems a weird tactic to attack and insult them directly himself.
I think from now on, I'm going to refer to them as NuTS®.
 

Jer

Legend
Supporter
Whether he does or not, that's his main selling point in his fundraiser. To fight against WotC because the legacy disclaimer is an insult to all of the original creators and (according to him) accuses them of all being racists.

So if his main selling point is that the original creators need protected from the "woke mob" and wotc, then it seems a weird tactic to attack and insult them directly himself.
It seems like it, but it really isn't. Because the folks he's pitching this too are all in on the same mindset. If an original creator can be painted as part of the "woke mob" then they're also the enemy even if they were an original creator. And if an original creator is against them then they're defacto part of the "woke mob" and therefore also an enemy. If you can see through this enough to see the contradiction that you're talking about then you're probably too smart to give him money and his pitch isn't for your ears.

The drawing of boundaries between insiders and outsiders is very important to all of these kinds of grifting efforts. That he shaves off some potential marks by making enemies from original creators plays into the scam - like the bad spelling and grammar in Nigerian scam e-mails. It weeds out the folks who might be inclined to think before opening their wallets or ask questions he doesn't want to answer.
 

Wilphe

Adventurer
In addition to what Jer said I am viewing defending original creators as a pretext - he doesn't expect to get money from them and didn't so far as we know canvass their opinions beyond a very narrow circle before getting outraged on their behalf

The people who will give him money are a reactionary band of players and those who are happy to spend money to fight wokeness

This disclaimer attempts to make a statement of fact argument, and therefore paints all of the writers, editors, artists and consumers of those products as supporting those alleged prejudices, stereotypes and bigotry, wrongfully claimed to be part of those products. This statement by Wizards of the Coast opens the possibility for the producers and players of these "Legacy Products" to face ridicule, and face the labeling as "bigots", "racists", "misogynists", and worse Cyber & Physical Attacks!

Not to mention that despite what Indiegogo says the current legal actions have nothing to do the Legacy Disclaimer and are all about Intellectual Property
 
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