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”.

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

Emrico

Adventurer
I think that continuing such contention while a lawsuit is in process would be deleterious to their case.
I'm pretty sure I saw them blaming WotC for the leak/fake/photoshop in the discord chats and screenshots from the TSR/DHSM FB pages just yesterday. Not sure if it was NuTSR people or some of their remaining sycophants (who can tell the difference between the sycophants and sock puppet accounts these days?).

At least one person was claiming it was a bunch of people on WotCs payroll doing this to them. Someone else was claiming Tenkar is getting paid by WotC to do this (I'm almost sure that one was Justin or Yach). And of course the ever popular "It's a bunch of unemployed millennial woke scum sitting in their parents basements doing this cuz they hate grognards and Gary Gygax".

Riiiiiiiight....
 

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I'm pretty sure I saw them blaming WotC for the leak/fake/photoshop in the discord chats and screenshots from the TSR/DHSM FB pages just yesterday. Not sure if it was NuTSR people or some of their remaining sycophants (who can tell the difference between the sycophants and sock puppet accounts these days?).

At least one person was claiming it was a bunch of people on WotCs payroll doing this to them. Someone else was claiming Tenkar is getting paid by WotC to do this (I'm almost sure that one was Justin or Yach). And of course the ever popular "It's a bunch of unemployed millennial woke scum sitting in their parents basements doing this cuz they hate grognards and Gary Gygax".

Riiiiiiiight....

There are two comments calling out WotC in the latest "it's a fake" thread on their FB, but they were both made by random FB users, not NuTSR employees. Although it is telling what NuTSR will delete and what they will allow to stay on their wall.

NuTSR did make some claims that WotC was behind their harassment when they started getting resistance last summer, but I think they've had enough self control to avoid naming WotC specifically for that since they started the lawsuit. They've generally switched to the idea that their being targeted by something vague and "woke".
 

darjr

I crit!
There are two comments calling out WotC in the latest "it's a fake" thread on their FB, but they were both made by random FB users, not NuTSR employees. Although it is telling what NuTSR will delete and what they will allow to stay on their wall.

NuTSR did make some claims that WotC was behind their harassment when they started getting resistance last summer, but I think they've had enough self control to avoid naming WotC specifically for that since they started the lawsuit. They've generally switched to the idea that their being targeted by something vague and "woke".
Yea, general human decency rising to metaphorically back hand them.

And karma coming to crush them.
 


Could someone recap what was in the "whole new level" video posted by DLIMedia that ignited things over night? It's been made private, so it's not generally viewable.

It was a video of someone accessing a Google Drive server that appears to be run by NuTSR. It included going through Justin Lanasa's "hate list" of 21* people he doesn't like, and files from Star Frontiers that include files showing that Justin was involved in the very racist "human subraces" revelations.

Here's a couple screenshots:
Mod Note: Folks, fair warning - there are slurs and swear words behind this spoiler tag. Read at your own risk. ~Umbran
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*Correction: 19
 
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Faolyn

(she/her)
Listening to the audio, doesn't sound like Ernie's speech style. Jeff maybe? We've never heard anything from Jeff during all of this mess. But more likely, one of Justin's "friends" who none of us know about. Someone with military background. We HATE people who engage in stolen valor, and Justin's engaged in stuff like that (like Blackwater, even though that group is a bunch of horrible people who had to change their name to avoid their scandals).
You are probably quite close, but I have a slight hope it's Lanasa's wife who, if she's not completely cowed by him, might just be sick of his !@$&.
 

Vaalingrade

Legend
It was a video of someone accessing a Google Drive server that appears to be run by NuTSR. It included going through Justin Lanasa's "hate list" of 21 people he doesn't like, and files from Star Frontiers that include files showing that Justin was involved in the very racist "human subraces" revelations.

Here's a couple screenshots:
Spoiler for the slurs, please?
 



Jer

Legend
Supporter
You are probably quite close, but I have a slight hope it's Lanasa's wife who, if she's not completely cowed by him, might just be sick of his !@$&.
The only thing that would make this whole story more like a crazy fever dream would be if it turned out to be his wife.
Here's a couple screenshots:
I didn't notice before but one of the reasons he cites for someone is "from Australia".

Also it's not just an enemies list but also a strategy list. Venger is listed as a useful dupe.

What a strange document.
 


WarDriveWorley

Adventurer
It was a video of someone accessing a Google Drive server that appears to be run by NuTSR. It included going through Justin Lanasa's "hate list" of 21 people he doesn't like, and files from Star Frontiers that include files showing that Justin was involved in the very racist "human subraces" revelations.

Here's a couple screenshots:
That just screams professionalism and a healthy psyche
 

J.Quondam

CR 1/8
It was a video of someone accessing a Google Drive server that appears to be run by NuTSR. It included going through Justin Lanasa's "hate list" of 21 people he doesn't like, and files from Star Frontiers that include files showing that Justin was involved in the very racist "human subraces" revelations.

Here's a couple screenshots:
Ah, I missed that the spreadsheet snippet came from the video. Thanks.
 



mythago

Adventurer
The one time we did evict we had to give 30 days notice and had to go through the County Sherriff's office. And we had to have a reason on record as to why they were getting the boot.

Landlord-tenant stuff is insanely complicated, but it helps if the person being kicked out doesn't have a clue that they may have legal rights and/or if they're afraid of staying where they live with a hostile landlord.

Maybe I need to get in on the torch sharpening and pitchfork fuel markets as well.

You mean for a comedy-horror scene where the townsfolk storm the castle, but before they reach the castle walls, the terrible monster trips over its own underpants and falls off a cliff to its death?
 

tenkar

Old School Blogger
I'm pretty sure I saw them blaming WotC for the leak/fake/photoshop in the discord chats and screenshots from the TSR/DHSM FB pages just yesterday. Not sure if it was NuTSR people or some of their remaining sycophants (who can tell the difference between the sycophants and sock puppet accounts these days?).

At least one person was claiming it was a bunch of people on WotCs payroll doing this to them. Someone else was claiming Tenkar is getting paid by WotC to do this (I'm almost sure that one was Justin or Yach). And of course the ever popular "It's a bunch of unemployed millennial woke scum sitting in their parents basements doing this cuz they hate grognards and Gary Gygax".

Riiiiiiiight....
I can assure you, I am NOT getting paid, or being given any kind of recompense, from WotC, anyone affiliated with them, or ANY third party in regards to this fiasco. Doing the right thing is not something one seeks payment for.
 

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