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

Longspeak

Adventurer
gamergate made me embarrassed to call myself a gamer.
Seriously.

Through all the years of the Satanic Panic and all the talk about how it ruins your prospects when people learn you're a gamer, through all the negative associations created by the media to sell newspapers, I never one faltered. I'm a gamer, and always will be.

And then GamerGate happened and I stopped telling people I was a gamer for a while.

((I'm back at now now, though.))
 

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Sacrosanct

Legend
Publisher
So Justin is now accusing Gencon (and Peter Atkinson) of promoting sexual assault.

Man, for someone who loves to threaten others with libel, he sure does engage in it. Secondly, his logic is backwards.

"They did this, prove they didn't."

By that logic one could say Justin eats live puppies. Prove to me he doesn't. 🤷🏼‍♂️🤦🏼‍♂️

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So Justin is now accusing Gencon (and Peter Atkinson) of promoting sexual assault.

Man, for someone who loves to threaten others with libel, he sure does engage in it. Secondly, his logic is backwards.

"They did this, prove they didn't."

By that logic one could say Justin eats live puppies. Prove to me he doesn't. 🤷🏼‍♂️🤦🏼‍♂️

NuTSR is trying to create a narrative that there is some kind of a cover up, but it seems like everyone is being relatively open about what happened. Kobold Press has released a public statement about it. The main person accusing Daisy Grant has made public statements that haven't been hidden. They also reported the incident to GenCon, and AFAIK haven't made any complaints about how GenCon responded. At least a couple posts I saw indicated that Daisy Grant even made some sort of apology and/or admission before their Twitter was taken down.

FWIW, we can't be 100% sure that Justin's hands are on the wheel right now. I have my personal suspicions that Michael Yach may be the one driving the current drama. Whoever it is should do well to remember what happened the last time NuTSR (aka Mario77, et al) went after @Wizard Tower Games (aka realwizardtower) on Twitter.
 
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Wizard Tower Games

Publisher of coll games
Since he replied mentioning us, I will make this fairly simple. He is not outraged over the incident, he is not worried about the victim, he is happy as it is something he can say "see! look at them!" and that is all. He says we at WTG are kissing asses when all we are doing is talking calmly, nicely and not insulting or attacking anyone.

Best I really can answer his question is like this.

Justin would like me to prove that GenCon does not "promote this kind of behavior." He means sexual assault etc I am sure. So, since I know of no active GenCon policy promoting it, or statements from them supporting it, or anything really that shows them supporting or advocating for it. I will just say this.

You are in reality taking issue with GenCon as they banned you. However, since you are morally obligated to stand up and say something about them, why are you posting laughing emoji's at the gang rape joke the guy made on your post on Facebook about this very incident?

See my point?
 

Sacrosanct

Legend
Publisher
NuTSR is trying to create a narrative that there is some kind of a cover up, but it seems like everyone is being relatively open about what happened. Kobold Press has released a public statement about it. The main person accusing Daisy Grant has made public statements that haven't been hidden. They also reported the incident to GenCon, and AFAIK haven't made any complaints about how GenCon responded. At least a couple posts I saw indicated that Daisy Grant even made some sort of apology and/or admission before their Twitter was taken down.

FWIW, we can't be 100% sure that Justin's hands are on the wheel right now. I have my personal suspicions that Michael Yach may be the one driving the current drama. Whoever it is should do well to remember what happened the last time NuTSR (aka Mario77, et al) went after @Wizard Tower Games (aka realwizardtower) on Twitter.
Well, the tweets are coming from North Carolina where Justin lives. Does Yach live there as well?
 

Well, the tweets are coming from North Carolina where Justin lives. Does Yach live there as well?

I hadn't actually noticed the location on the tweet. I could be spoofed, of course. That being said: Yach publicly claims his current location is Costa Rica, but he previously lived in NC (at an address owned by a family member). However, the location shown in the tweet is right in LaNasa's backyard and is a good distance from Yach's NC address.
 


Umbran

Mod Squad
Staff member
The main person accusing Daisy Grant has made public statements that haven't been hidden. They also reported the incident to GenCon, and AFAIK haven't made any complaints about how GenCon responded.

There's one critique I could make based on the report I have seen - the victim of an incident apparently has stated that they slept in a hotel lobby for several hours afterwards. That's a problem.
 

Ancalagon

Dusty Dragon
There's one critique I could make based on the report I have seen - the victim of an incident apparently has stated that they slept in a hotel lobby for several hours afterwards. That's a problem.
I feel like you are making a point that is evading me - beyond "having to sleep in a lobby sucks", is it that the hotel wasn't more accommodating?
 

darjr

I crit!
There's one critique I could make based on the report I have seen - the victim of an incident apparently has stated that they slept in a hotel lobby for several hours afterwards. That's a problem.
That was before they reported it to anyone wasn’t it?
 

darjr

I crit!
I feel like you are making a point that is evading me - beyond "having to sleep in a lobby sucks", is it that the hotel wasn't more accommodating?
I think his point is that GenCon should have provided her a safer place. If they knew at the time I agree. But I think it might be a good idea for GenCon ti consider setting something aside for just this kind of incident in future. Maybe?
 

Umbran

Mod Squad
Staff member
That was before they reported it to anyone wasn’t it?

By the reports I read, yes. But getting someplace safe should not be contingent on reporting. Neither the hotel nor the con should support people sleeping in hotel lobbies - it poses security and liability risk. If someone is sleeping in the lobby in the wee hours of the morning, hotel or convention security should engage with them, and get them someplace safer if they are a guest/attendee, and remove them if they aren't.
 

darjr

I crit!
By the reports I read, yes. But getting someplace safe should not be contingent on reporting. Neither the hotel nor the con should support people sleeping in hotel lobbies - it poses security and liability risk. If someone is sleeping in the lobby in the wee hours of the morning, hotel or convention security should engage with them, and get them someplace safer if they are a guest/attendee, and remove them if they aren't.
I was going to argue that GenCon can’t do anything they didn’t know about except be prepared.

Which leads me to agree with you entirely.
 

Gradine

Final Form (she/they)
By the reports I read, yes. But getting someplace safe should not be contingent on reporting. Neither the hotel nor the con should support people sleeping in hotel lobbies - it poses security and liability risk. If someone is sleeping in the lobby in the wee hours of the morning, hotel or convention security should engage with them, and get them someplace safer if they are a guest/attendee, and remove them if they aren't.
As somebody who worked night audit at a hotel (and then later managed that hotel), I would say that this is entirely the appropriate response.
 

By the reports I read, yes. But getting someplace safe should not be contingent on reporting. Neither the hotel nor the con should support people sleeping in hotel lobbies - it poses security and liability risk. If someone is sleeping in the lobby in the wee hours of the morning, hotel or convention security should engage with them, and get them someplace safer if they are a guest/attendee, and remove them if they aren't.

While I don't disagree with the premise, its been very common at cons, particularly game cons, for more people to be staying in rooms than are on record, and as such you have people waiting around at odd hours of the morning for their room access to rematerialize. Its not an ideal situation, but its probably been going on for 60 years now or more, and I suspect it isn't stopping any time soon as long as a lot of con-goers are on a budget.

Edit: Though admittedly in a lot of cases people will find odd corners to sleep in specifically to not attract the hotel's attention. Game rooms with draping on tables have always been popular.
 



"It has always been this way." is not a valid argument against change.

"There's not much you can do to stop it" however, is. As I said, as long as a lot of con-goers are on a budget, this is going to be a thing that keeps happening. If you have a suggestion how you can force people not to sleep in semi-public areas in a wide spread con (except, perhaps by vastly increasing security staff), I'll be happy to hear it. In particular, given the tendency for people who don't get enough sleep to doze off in public areas at cons even when they're not actively looking for an area to sleep, I'd be really interested to see how, short of chronically harassing people, it could be prevented.
 

neobolts

Explorer
NuTSR keeps resorting to whataboutism, pointing at other incidents in the TTRPG community (Jameson Stone, Daisy Grant) and trying to suggest there is a double standard. It just doesn't work because the people condeming NuTSR are also condemning these other issues.

what·a·bout·ism​

/ˌ(h)wədəˈboudizəm/

noun
the technique or practice of responding to an accusation or difficult question by making a counteraccusation or raising a different issue.

Edit: typo
 
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