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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...

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.


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

(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!

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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There's another new Mario77 account now (so two of them, now), rattling on about how nuT$R is fighting for the OSR (which is some absolutely false and sickening posturing on their part).
Justin really needs help. It's...just sad at this point. The fact that he thinks someone who managed to use the well known TSR brand to sell 90 copies of a product is successful is, well, disappointing

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There's another new Mario77 account now (so two of them, now), rattling on about how nuT$R is fighting for the OSR (which is some absolutely false and sickening posturing on their part).

Wow, they are really on a roll.

For those trying to keep track, here's the list. As a warning, all of these have really offensive language in just about every direction imaginable:

Original (currently suspended): @Mario7754811860
Second (self-wiped of all content once, then started over again): @Mario77isback
Latest: @NotMari65931952

On the FB front, a new account started harassing Tenkar after the fake Tenkarp account got shut down. This one features a confederate flag in its cover photo (and an AD&D book as its profile photo).

On the Discord front, someone (not a known NuTSR account) posted a photo of Tenkar's wife, and the unkind words are flowing.

And it's only Saturday night, on a three day weekend.

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Michael K. Hovermale
I see a lot of attempts to redirect attention away from Dave.

RancidLord has recently posted a number of things about the "Betrayal of Michael K. H.", calling him a "Traitor" and "gold-digger" (his capitalization). It feels a little odd to be defending someone that I was so openly critical of originally, but jeez, let it go. The guy left, and he did a pretty clean job of it. Don't try and throw blame at an employee who quit 5 months ago when your current writer is under fire for being a literal nazi. That's a really, really terrible way to redirect drama. Also, given that the Mario77 got really obsessed with Michael towards the end (I think that doxing Michael is what finally got the account banned), it definitely makes me wonder if that account was run by RancidLord.

Also, I want to point out that RancidLord is wrong to refer to everyone at NuTSR as "volunteers". IANAL, but my understanding is that you can only be legally considered a volunteer at non-profit organizations. NuTSR and the DHSM are private, for-profit entities. NuTSR has employees, they have investors, and they have contractors. They can also have members (and members with high ranking status, etc). But the people who work for them are absolutely not volunteers.

Hi Deset,
Yes you are correct I did leave, and chose to take control of the narrative publicly. I've been here on EN World and online the whole time, remember when you saw me sneak in here and welcomed me? I failed my stealth roll and you were very gracious I appreciated it :D

I really don't understand what all this ridiculous behavior and posting about me by NuTSR volunteers is all about. I turned in all my materials, snail mailed it even on a flash drive as we agreed to, and posted my resignation.

Subsequently I was kicked from the NuTSR Discord servers, and have been very disappointed by their behavior thus far.

Thank you for saying something about this and helping keep the record straight I appreciate it very much Deset. I’m here and around online, never went anywhere on Discord or other SM platforms, and I catch up from time to time.

I hope you and everyone is having a wonderful weekend.

Until Next Time
Good Journey

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I suspect part of their premise is that WOTC is.
That and younger gamers. I can't count the number of times in an OSR forum someone complains about WoTC or 5e and when asked to keep it to OSR, lots of people reply with some variation of "they hate us, they bash adnd, they call us all racists, so I'm justified in bashing them."

It gets old. Victimhood brought on by an echo chamber to justify being a jerk. 🤷🏼‍♂️

Extra cognitive dissonance because these are the same people who told 4e fans when 5e came out, "No one took your books. Now you know how we felt. Just keep playing your edition and who cares what 5e does."

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