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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Justin Lanasa has added two new videos to his Mr. Hardwire Tattoo YouTube channel over the last couple of weeks. However, it's not original content. It's just two videos that he shot with Mr Beast in 2018. Rather than post Lanasa's channel, I'll link to Mr. Beast's.

In the first, Lanasa fires a 50 cal at random stuff. You can watch him struggle to knock down a Jenga tower at ~2:20, miss some concrete in buckets at ~4:30, get dodged by a notebook at ~7:30, and finally have a giant fail at hitting the 1M Lego target at ~10:45. This guy would make a great stormtrooper:


In the second, Lanasa drives around his toy "tank" as an Uber driver on July 4th (2018). There are two important things to note here. First, it's a British vehicle. On the 4th of July. Second, at ~7:50 it gets stuck in the sand, needs to be towed out, then breaks down. I guess Uber driving is just one more career path Justin simply isn't qualified for.

 
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Steampunkette

Rules Tinkerer and Freelance Writer
Supporter
Watching him miss an 11x8 inch notebook FOUR TIMES from less than 200 yards with a 50cal with a scope just made my heart hurt. Scopes make shots like that incredibly simple math, and the bullets are VERY LARGE, making the job even easier. How is he so damned bad at it?

That said, I know why he is like he is. Dude's confidence comes entirely from having access to cash.

Notice how only he operated the 50cal. Those other guys can aim and probably would've done a better job of it. But it's -his- Toy. Only he gets to play with it. And that was so they had to include him in the video.

Shot after shot, failure after failure, he probably came up with excuses for missing every time and none of it was a simple "Woops, I messed that one up!". I'd put money on it. If anyone asked to take a shot to try and get it right, I bet he lashed out and refused. Made up something about being the only person present licensed to handle such a big gun because of his military sniper training and his 300 confirmed kills.

For the record: ANYONE over the age of 18 in the US can buy and use a 50cal rifle. No special permits required.

They're just expensive as hell. Like $4,000+ on the low end and $12,000+ on the high end.

After a quick search... I think he went for the $9,000+ Barrett 82A1 Rifle with a Night Force scope.

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You can compare it in the video at the 9-11 second range.

Lanasa buys himself toys like this and the tank because they're splashy and impressive and it replaces the need for him to be a decent person.
 
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Sacrosanct

Legend
Publisher
Watching him miss an 11x8 inch notebook FOUR TIMES from less than 200 yards with a 50cal with a scope just made my heart hurt. Scopes make shots like that incredibly simple math, and the bullets are VERY LARGE, making the job even easier.
Point of clarification, this isn't entirely accurate (no pun intended). Bullet size doesn't impact accuracy if you're talking about the diameter of bullet vs target size. That extra 1/8" inch diameter doesn't make it easier to hit a target. You need to know the trajectory. 200 yards is actually a decent distance for a paper-sized target. Even with a scope, until it's been sighted in by the shooter, it might not even be accurate (as we all place our cheek at different positions on the stock, making our angle looking through said scope a bit different. Minor, but could make a difference. And we really don't know at what distance the scope was zero'd* at. As much as I hate to defend Justin, if he's never fired the .50 cal before, and never zero'd it to him, it's entirely likely to miss that target of that size. Being accurate takes a lot of practice, getting the firearm zero'd to the individual shooter, and knowing ballistics.

* looking at the trajectory below, if the .50 cal was zeroed for 100 yards, then at 200 yards the bullet would hit 3 inches lower than the scope would tell you.

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CleverNickName

Limit Break Dancing
Ugh, guns.

My dad had the Expert Marksman medal, and clasps for Rifle, Pistol, AA Artillery, and Mortar, all of which he earned in the U.S. Army. (He served honorably for 20 years, the first four of which were in combat.) As a boy, I watched him shoot a penny dead-center at 100 paces, with a .22 rifle...no scope, and facing into the sun (my uncle lost that bet hard.) My dad wasn't a sniper; he was just field infantry.

And the thing is? My dad hated weapons. He never really cared for firearms of any kind, and vowed never to pick one up again when he left the service. He had very little use for people who loved guns, and had rather unkind things to say about their, um, endowments.
 
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Ancalagon

Dusty Dragon
Justin Lanasa has added two new videos to his Mr. Hardwire Tattoo YouTube channel over the last couple of weeks. However, it's not original content. It's just two videos that he shot with Mr Beast in 2018. Rather than post Lanasa's channel, I'll link to Mr. Beast's.

In the first, Lanasa fires a 50 cal at random stuff. You can watch him struggle to knock down a Jenga tower at ~2:20, miss some concrete in buckets at ~4:30, get dodged by a notebook at ~7:30, and finally have a giant fail at hitting the 1M Lego target at ~10:45. This guy would make a great stormtrooper:


In the second, Lanasa drives around his toy "tank" as an Uber driver on July 4th (2018). There are two important things to note here. First, it's a British vehicle. On the 4th of July. Second, at ~7:50 it gets stuck in the sand, needs to be towed out, then breaks down. I guess Uber driving is just one more career path Justin simply isn't qualified for.

those big caliber guns are hard to shoot - people develop a flinch (in anticipation of the massive recoil) and it throws off their aim.

Of all the flaws Lanasa has, this is the one I would forgive the easiest. It's not like it's his job.

... like freaking game design allegedly is....
 


Sacrosanct

Legend
Publisher
... I thought it was tattooing? Allegedly?...
His tattoos are...nothing to brag about. Not the worst, but I wouldn't want them on this canvass. I don't know what he's good at. Convincing people what they want to hear, I guess? We know he's not a great tattooist, we know he's a horrible game designer, we know he's unscrupulous (or just incompetent) about running a business (mixing LLCs, expired LLCs, failure to pay tax, etc.), and we know he wasn't good at his job in the army (let's just say we send the screw-ups off to be drivers for battalion commanders).

Honestly, I don't care what he's good at or not. I just want him to disappear, and stop being a black mark in the OSR.
 


Scopes make shots like that incredibly simple math, and the bullets are VERY LARGE, making the job even easier. How is he so damned bad at it?
That' is if you know what you are doing. @Sacrosanct gives you the details. But like most anything, it's easy(er) if you know what you are doing. But when you are clueless, expect for luck, it's impossible to do it well. Whatever "it" is, target shooting, tattoos, or RPG Game design.
 

Steampunkette

Rules Tinkerer and Freelance Writer
Supporter
Point of clarification, this isn't entirely accurate (no pun intended). Bullet size doesn't impact accuracy if you're talking about the diameter of bullet vs target size. That extra 1/8" inch diameter doesn't make it easier to hit a target. You need to know the trajectory. 200 yards is actually a decent distance for a paper-sized target. Even with a scope, until it's been sighted in by the shooter, it might not even be accurate (as we all place our cheek at different positions on the stock, making our angle looking through said scope a bit different. Minor, but could make a difference. And we really don't know at what distance the scope was zero'd* at. As much as I hate to defend Justin, if he's never fired the .50 cal before, and never zero'd it to him, it's entirely likely to miss that target of that size. Being accurate takes a lot of practice, getting the firearm zero'd to the individual shooter, and knowing ballistics.

* looking at the trajectory below, if the .50 cal was zeroed for 100 yards, then at 200 yards the bullet would hit 3 inches lower than the scope would tell you.

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It's still just math. And since it's obviously his gun, he -should- have it zeroed in. That's the point. But he didn't do the very simple math I remarked upon. That said, you're right. Hitting a target isn't always easy. But someone who claims -so much- military experience and excellence failing that badly..? Woof.

Also the bullet size thing was a Hellboy reference. >.>

"Hellboy:
Look, Sammy, I'm not a very good shot...
Hellboy:
...but the Samaritan here uses really big bullets."
 



Shakeshift

Adventurer
Watching him miss an 11x8 inch notebook FOUR TIMES from less than 200 yards with a 50cal with a scope just made my heart hurt. Scopes make shots like that incredibly simple math, and the bullets are VERY LARGE, making the job even easier. How is he so damned bad at it?

That said, I know why he is like he is. Dude's confidence comes entirely from having access to cash.

Notice how only he operated the 50cal. Those other guys can aim and probably would've done a better job of it. But it's -his- Toy. Only he gets to play with it. And that was so they had to include him in the video.

Shot after shot, failure after failure, he probably came up with excuses for missing every time and none of it was a simple "Woops, I messed that one up!". I'd put money on it. If anyone asked to take a shot to try and get it right, I bet he lashed out and refused. Made up something about being the only person present licensed to handle such a big gun because of his military sniper training and his 300 confirmed kills.

For the record: ANYONE over the age of 18 in the US can buy and use a 50cal rifle. No special permits required.

They're just expensive as hell. Like $4,000+ on the low end and $12,000+ on the high end.

After a quick search... I think he went for the $9,000+ Barrett 82A1 Rifle with a Night Force scope.

bar-17291.jpg


You can compare it in the video at the 9-11 second range.

Lanasa buys himself toys like this and the tank because they're splashy and impressive and it replaces the need for him to be a decent person.
I agree. The other guys wanted the 50cal on their page, and (unfortunately) they had to put up with Justin to get access to it for the video. Not like he'd let anyone else handle it, though. Then they might hit a target with it, and make him look like he's incompetent with his own weapon. Can't have that! Justin's ego is too large to have a bunch of guys show him up.
 





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