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

Umbran

Mod Squad
Staff member
It's just toxic. No need to be dragging idiots into this.

I am reminded of a similar bit...

"In a simple experiment, researchers at the University of Chicago sought to find out whether a rat would release a fellow rat from an unpleasantly restrictive cage if it could. The answer was yes.

The free rat, occasionally hearing distress calls from its compatriot, learned to open the cage and did so with greater efficiency over time. It would release the other animal even if there wasn’t the payoff of a reunion with it. Astonishingly, if given access to a small hoard of chocolate chips, the free rat would usually save at least one treat for the captive — which is a lot to expect of a rat.

The researchers came to the unavoidable conclusion that what they were seeing was empathy — and apparently selfless behavior driven by that mental state."


- "A new model of empathy: The rat," Washington Post, Dec 8, 2011

Which is to say that we shouldn't liken bad people to rats - rats are better than that.

Or... NuTSR. Less empathy than rats.
 

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Mannahnin

Scion of Murgen (He/Him)
Where does LaNasa miss the point more: Trying to use "People are People" after his blatantly racist RPG goes public, or thinking that "Fantasy Land" is an insult to D&D players?
As usual, if they were intellectually and emotionally capable of understanding stuff like song lyrics contextually, they wouldn't be who and what they are.
 

@tenkar has a new video up with a PDF of the new leaked version. Spoiler alert, it only shows the very beginning, not a lot of the internals.



Based off of what @DLIMedia has shared so far, I'm tempted to call this the "Sexism Only"* edition. Since they seemed to have scrubbed most of the racism that was called out in the earlier leak but left a lot of the blatant misogyny.

*Edit: On second thought, the idea that this version will only be sexist is just being too optimistic. Does "Mostly Sexist" Edition work better?
 
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Steampunkette

Rules Tinkerer and Freelance Writer
Supporter
@tenkar has a new video up with a PDF of the new leaked version. Spoiler alert, it only shows the very beginning, not a lot of the internals.



Based off of what @DLIMedia has shared so far, I'm tempted to call this the "Sexism Only"* edition. Since they seemed to have scrubbed most of the racism that was called out in the earlier leak but left a lot of the blatant misogyny.

*Edit: On second thought, the idea that this version will only be sexist is just being too optimistic. Does "Mostly Sexist" Edition work better?
Diet Bigotry edition.
 

Graph Paper Architect

Michael K. Hovermale AKA Graph Paper Architect
As usual, if they were intellectually and emotionally capable of understanding stuff like song lyrics contextually, they wouldn't be who and what they are.
The idea they would try to use Depeche and not with something like Hey everyone this song really resonates with us, or some other clear message. Instead it's a confrontational in your face message for the confused people. Whats the message? How does it relate to anything?

Well someday this will be over, and I will "Enjoy the Silence" when I don't have to think about being libeled etc...
 



DLIMedia

David Flor, Darklight Interactive
Based off of what @DLIMedia has shared so far, I'm tempted to call this the "Sexism Only"* edition. Since they seemed to have scrubbed most of the racism that was called out in the earlier leak but left a lot of the blatant misogyny.

*Edit: On second thought, the idea that this version will only be sexist is just being too optimistic. Does "Mostly Sexist" Edition work better?
The "Nordic" master race is still in this document, so it's still more than just sexist.
 

Graph Paper Architect

Michael K. Hovermale AKA Graph Paper Architect
<--- Loves Depeche Mode

Just an FYI for the flying monkeys of LaNasa reporting back to him about threads on here. I already told you DO NOT use unlicensed materials in your marketing. It seems you tossed that memo when you chose to copy and paste ships from Riddick etc, anyhow just so you know, referencing a song with a vague message to "confused people in fantasy land", on your official channels, is marketing.

This is the part you don't seem to understand, communications as a business VS as an individual, and what that means. When I go on my personal FB and say OH I Love Depeche, or hey I was at NIN this last weekend here is a clip, it's a personal fan, sharing an experience as an individual that's ok. If I post that on GraphPaperArchitect, or my YouTube then it is a Business using other peoples work unlicensed for marketing. Trying to get people to understand a link or inference to that material and my brand or company and create a message that has enough clarity to show some kind of correlation.

Anything you post on your official channels is, marketing.

Why did I just do that....I'd have better luck explaining how the Holodeck works to a Pakled

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Ancalagon

Dusty Dragon
*Edit: On second thought, the idea that this version will only be sexist is just being too optimistic. Does "Mostly Sexist" Edition work better?
It's a bit sad to say but... I'm not surprised that "mostly cleaning up" the racist content was "easier". Sexism has really deep roots in our society, and LeNasa is probably blind to most of his sexism.
 



Maxperson

Morkus from Orkus
And to make that your focus so many times and to such a level that you have to document all the weird intricate details of reproduction and sexuality, you've got some pent up issues pal.
That reminds me of Jack Chalker's writing. In every single book series of his that I read in my youth, he had some female or group of females that existed as sex slaves of some sort.
 


Dannyalcatraz

Schmoderator
Staff member
Theres
Bloomberg technically reports on the WotC/NuTSR case... apparently thinking "video game" and "tabletop role-playing game" are the same thing.


ETA: The author of that article is a Yale law professor and clerked for for Thurgood Marshall... so maybe not the foremost expert on games.
There’s 2 comments on that article so far. one points out that TTRPGs like these are not video games.

The second is a red flag indicating how much work needs to be done:

“Everyone at Woketards of the Cuck needs to be removed from the gene pool for fascism. They are the racists. They are the bigots and they are pure evil... pure filth”
 


I'm just going to yoink these images of the FFA website from Kim Wincen.

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Leave it to NuTSR to make false promises even in the most simple scenario. Mick is undoubtedly Mick McArt, the guy who sold a few copies of Dungeon Crawl at some small conventions and also sells spice blends. He's been a long time supporter of NuTSR and has never publicly commented on (or been bothered by) their public behavior.
 



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