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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.

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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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David Flor, Darklight Interactive
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
First off, I want to apologize for any bad treatment I've given you in the past. At the time I thought you were complicit with their shady dealings, but now it's pretty clear that you are not and I regret my implications. I'm sorry about that, and I truly wish you the best of luck wherever you go. And I'm glad you've chosen to distance yourself from them as much as possible.

That being said, and you are under no expectation to answer this, but can you shed any insight as to why the sudden hostility towards you? I admit most of the accusations sound like someone's drunk tweeting, but I assume they have to have some impetus somewhere. .. or not? Maybe there isn't one and they're just lashing out at the void... I don't know.

Either way, you are under no obligation to answer that, but you're welcome to do so either publicly or privately (I figure you know where to find me).

No one deserves the amount of hate these sock puppet accounts are unleashing at you and Don. I'm sorry you all have to experience this, and I wish there was something more I can do to stop it. If there is, do let me know.

All the best.
 

Morrus

Well, that was fun
Staff member
Among the hater OSR crowd there are those who blame Dragonlance for being the beginning of the end and some who call it the Star Wars of D&D. It is so strange.
I’ve often called Dragonlance D&D’s Star Wars. A setting defined by a centred round a ragtag group fighting a war against an evil empire. Lord Soth and Darth Vader are the same character even down to their backstories.
 



Mannahnin

Scion of Murgen (He/Him)
I didn't really feel "bad" about my mistake - I'm not the most dextrous of person, and I was wise to not practice casually with a sharp blade (I'm not sure the trainers would have let me ha!). But that someone who's a lot more combat experienced and probably has a lot more body awareness than I do also doing it... yeah. It really can happen.

(of course, then fumble rules penalize PCs with more attacks so... I guess being too accurate can make the game less fun)
Tangent, but yeah, this is kind of always the trick with fumble rules. Not making them penalize the best fighters more, due to said best fighters making more attacks (per round or just in general).

One simple old school tweak I've seen which helps is to allow the victim to make a Save vs. Death to negate their own fumbles (and potentially also crits against them). As saving throws improve with level, this at least mitigates the issue.
 

the Jester

Legend
Tangent, but yeah, this is kind of always the trick with fumble rules. Not making them penalize the best fighters more, due to said best fighters making more attacks (per round or just in general).

One simple old school tweak I've seen which helps is to allow the victim to make a Save vs. Death to negate their own fumbles (and potentially also crits against them). As saving throws improve with level, this at least mitigates the issue.
My solution to that is that only the first attack on a turn is eligible to fumble.
 


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.

Judging from what's going on these days, getting kicked from the Discord might have been the best thing they ever did for you. Best of luck to you in the future.
 

Thomas Verreault, aka Jedion, was one of the people recently attacked by the new Twitter accounts and has made a series of Youtube videos about it (and about Justin LaNasa). His channel is Table Top Taproom. Here's the first of 5 videos so far:


One of the issues (beyond the hatred, bigotry, attacking family members, etc) that I keep running into is that we don't have definitive proof of who all the "Mario" accounts are. Ostensibly it's someone from inside of NuTSR, and obviously Justin is at the top of the suspect list. But I haven't seen what I would consider proof yet. Based on some things going on, I could easily believe that multiple people have access to the accounts.

Meanwhile, the NuTSR Discord is mostly dead, but they did get an antisemitic meme posted in the Tenkar's Toilet channel. It's been allowed to stay up for two days now, despite the fact that anti-nazi posts get deleted. I honestly thought they would at least pretend.

Tangent, but yeah, this is kind of always the trick with fumble rules. Not making them penalize the best fighters more, due to said best fighters making more attacks (per round or just in general).

Isn't there a certain amount of realism to this, though? There are a lot of truly expert machinists and woodworkers with less than 10 fingers.
 

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