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

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Adventurer
I would love to see some of the conversations, especially if Justin is terrified of having them released. Anything that makes Justin go crazy seems to be fair play, since he has zrro compunctions about breaking any rules on fair play on his side.
 
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DLIMedia

David Flor, Darklight Interactive
In related news, from the "let's keep politics out of gaming" crowd...

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Seriously, although linking to a JDA video is on brand it's not exactly doing y'all any favors.
 



GraphPaper Architect

Michael K. Hovermale AKA Graph Paper Architect
We have as all of you have seen, stayed mostly quiet over TSR Hobbies and Justin Lanasa as we feel it is not our place to knock / condemn / say things about another game company. However that ends now. Justin over the past couple weeks since we began our Kickstarter has amped up personal attacks, insults and accusations via personal text and email to us.

He today flat out accused me of working against him, and working to ruin his business for the past 8-9 months. He has told me to grow some balls, man up, said he does like who I am now talking to online. He also has accused me of publicly lying about him? I will not even say what he said about Tim Kask and so many others. Or Justin would you like me to show that to everyone?

I was willing to let all that go as it being classic "Lanasa" however two people have reached out to me on Discord showing me screen shots, and also telling me that he has gone to them today telling them I am working with Michael Hovermale to destroy / ruin his business and reputation? He told them that I have been working to ruin him?

Since Justin ghosts these forums, and social media, I will say it like this as I know he will see this.

Lanasa, do you really want to play this game. I will be happy to provide a handy dropbox with a zip file of all the phone convos, discord chats, emails, texts, Discord video meetings etc, and let it lay where it lays, and let everyone make their own decisions. You will NOT lie about me, and you sure as hell will not begin your games of misinformation etc about me, Wizard Tower Games etc.

If Lanasa thinks for ONE MINUTE... I am going to stand by and allow him to do this to me and my company, well... He is fooling himself. I will not allow Justin you to take your bad behaviors, your unconscionable actions, your horrible conduct, and your blatant racist, bigoted behaviors and somehow transfer that to me.

You are simply pissed I did my Kickstarter without involving you. You are mad about D20 Delving. You are mad that I do not join in with you on your BS and games you play online. You are pissed Erik Tenkar and Tom Verreault did interviews with me, that they reviewed my products. You are simply mad and acting like a child.

We have stayed quiet.
That ends now.
These personal attacks have been going on for quite some time. I have been loathe to go public with this because it is very much against my nature. I would much rather simply have my attorney send the C&D letters demanding the public libel be removed, and a retraction posted, however as Don points out here it has come to this.

Mr. Lanasa has chosen to libel me and my son. Even if it was not he that wrote the libel on the NuTSR/DHSM business facebook pages, he certainly allows it.

Mr. Lanasa has chosen to not print any retractions, or statements of any kind regarding the completely false Emails sent out from the DHSM accounts which reference Wizard Tower Games.

Mr. Lanasa is now contacting people directly and slandering Me and Don, with completely false accusations that we are working to destroy NuTSR/DHSM etc...

It seems that Mr. Lanasa is very angry that Don and I are working with Tim Kask. I have been a game designer for Wizard Tower Games since January. Since Don put out the Kickstarter the attacks have steadily increased and now have taken this unfortunate turn with direct messages attempting to threaten, libel and slander us.

I'm not referencing the Twitter accounts Mario Real & Jiglypoo9999 because I can not state that those are specifically linked to Mr. Lanasa, however everything else clearly is.

I never intended sharing this information, but in light of continued harassment, and threats, I am sharing a little bit of my experience.

This is the last text message I received from Justin Lanasa in which he accuses me of photoshopping the atrocious Star Frontiers New Genesis Beta, and then he responds to my post on my personal facebook regarding his libel, with threatening to fly out to my house.

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My Facebook message he is responding to:

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I don't know why you've chosen to libel me, but I have a message for you...
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Justin, you claim you have proof. Post it. Show it. See above.

Thank you again everyone here for your diligent work on tracking all of this, and showing the proof through time stamps etc... that my Son and I had nothing to do with the SFNG garbage. Also, Thank you Morrus for providing a place this unfortunate business can be dealt with.

We have stayed quiet.
That ends now.
 

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GraphPaper Architect

Michael K. Hovermale AKA Graph Paper Architect
Completely unrelated note, @Graph Paper Architect: I freaking love your LCARS Phone Interface. <3

Completely unrelated note, @Graph Paper Architect: I freaking love your LCARS Phone Interface. <3
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They are on Facebook

I have been using their apps for years and LOVE it, my phone is completely LCARS
 


Sacrosanct

Legend
Publisher
Oh Hell, lets just release this now for Justin's view pleasure, make sure you take your blood pressure meds first Justin.
Something stood out to me. Ernie said (in the context of LGBTQ), "I'm not gonna glorify, but I'm not gonna degenerate either."

I grew up in a religious conservative household. He used a phrase my mom (and other members) use often. "Glorify." When Ernie (and other like my mom) say they don't support glorifying a lifestyle, the don't mean the dictionary definition of glorify. They aren't talking about heading down to the PRIDE parade waving a PRIDE flag. They're talking about existing. The mere representation where they can see or hear it. When they say "I don't support glorifying the trans community" they mean "I don't want to see or hear about them, keep it in the closet." It's this weird thing like, "If I acknowledge it, then I'm glorifying it." 🤷‍♂️ What Ernie is saying is "As long as I don't have to see or hear them, then I won't degenerate them. Glorify is such a weird word to use anyway, and it's used a lot. No one, not a single person, as ever asked Ernie to glorify the LGBTQ community. But that's the word he (and my mom and others) uses any and every time the topic comes up.

It's why they also say things like "I'm not bigoted, I just want to keep politics at the door." but any single representation of LGBTQ in the game suddenly, and automatically, is political. Convenient way to disenfranchise people who belong to that group. When you're making the mere existence of a person political, you can't say "keep politics at the door" without it also meaning "keep them at the door."
 



Wizard Tower Games

Publisher of coll games
We are aware that Justin Lanasa is reaching out to diverse others claiming that we are working with other people out there to ruin his company TSR. This is patently false and just another attempt to discredit those who he knows will not lie for him. We believe these actions combined with his direct attacks on us and his insults via email and texts, and his threatening behaviors via email and text are a carefully orchestrated attempt to intimidate us.

We today have been formally served with two Federal Subpoenas. We will immediately FULLY comply and provide the massive amounts of information they have asked for. We will of course comply and fully cooperate with Wizards of the Coast in anyway possible.


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GraphPaper Architect

Michael K. Hovermale AKA Graph Paper Architect
We are aware that Justin Lanasa is reaching out to diverse others claiming that we are working with other people out there to ruin his company TSR. This is patently false and just another attempt to discredit those who he knows will not lie for him. We believe these actions combined with his direct attacks on us and his insults via email and texts, and his threatening behaviors via email and text are a carefully orchestrated attempt to intimidate us.

We today have been formally served with two Federal Subpoenas. We will immediately FULLY comply and provide the massive amounts of information they have asked for. We will of course comply and fully cooperate with Wizards of the Coast in anyway possible.


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I have also been served a subpoena by Wizards of the Coast and have been instructed by my attorney to cease all discourse regarding NuTSR and The Dungeon Hobby Shop Museum until the case is resolved.

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Sacrosanct

Legend
Publisher
I have also been served a subpoena by Wizards of the Coast and have been instructed by my attorney to cease all discourse regarding NuTSR and The Dungeon Hobby Shop Museum until the case is resolved.
Honestly, I think many of us saw this coming. The minute you got brought in, mums the word from both of you.

That's OK, you have plenty of folks who are speaking on your behalf, and ultimately it will all come out when WotC crushes him. Based on what you both have said, I'm sure you're more than willing to share all of those text messages with WotC attorneys and they won't even have to ask a judge for them.
 







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