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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David Flor, Darklight Interactive
Petitioning to have witnesses removed from social media sounds an awful lot like a form of intimidation to me.
To be fair, they've been primarily targeting the "No Hate In Gaming" Twitter account with this brown-nosing campaign, and NHIG isn't technically a witness in their case; if anything, they're providing evidence, but not an actual witness.
 


Mannahnin

Scion of Murgen (He/Him)
I've heard rumblings about this sort of thing happening to other accounts, that they're being mass reported to get them removed. I've never seen someone go begging to the guy in charge to ban their enemies though.

Must be some free speech they got there!
You see, to this kind of "free speech absolutist", "free speech absolutism" means they and people they like get to say whatever they want without fear of criticism or consequence, but people who disagree with or make fun of them should be punished. Sadly, Elon has been showing himself to be more or less this kind of person, disappointing many folks who hoped for better. But this is going off topic a bit...

So they're hoping to destroy evidence... that's not significantly better!
Exactly.
 


Nylanfs

Adventurer
There's a tiny chance that Elon bans an account because of this (he does answer requests).
Which could result in Elon involved in this trial.

Sure, it's a couple of Nat 1s, but I would enjoy the chaos.
Dear god would that be hilarious. Although it would make the trial last longer since twitter lawyers might have to get involved. Assuming they haven't been replaced in the initial purge and subsequent "hard core employee's only" memo.
 






Lanasa's lawyer has filed a response to @tenkar's latest paperwork in their civil suit. As far as I can tell, the entire response omits any discussion of the merits of the case and only addresses matters of procedure and timing. The short summary is that Lanasa's lawyer claims that Tenkar's response was not timely enough and that he had a duty to discuss more details of the case with Lanasa's lawyer before filing.

I have enough sense to know what I don't know; I don't know enough technical details of the law to know how much merit there is to Lanasa's complaints. But my first read through makes it seem like Tenkar's response was actually filed on time. It was ordered to be filed by Nov 21, and PACER shows that it was filed on Nov 21. A large portion of Lanasa's response is trying to show that for some technical reason, some of the things that Tenkar filed were actually due by the Nov 17th. He also throws around a lot of reasons why Tenkar was required to conference with Lanasa before the filing, but that line of logic is even harder to follow.

More importantly, it really seems like Lanasa's lawyer is being ridiculously aggressive considering how early in the legal process the suit is. The case is relatively new; there's lot's of time for the judge to handle minutae and give out small repremands when needed. And yet, here's a bit from his closing statement where he literally asks for Tenkar's lawyer to be sanctioned and billed for not filing things on time:

-----
Plaintiffs would also request that the Court consider sanctions (pursuant to Rule 11) in the
form of attorney fees to be paid by Defendant to Plaintiffs regarding Plaintiffs’ costs in attorney
fees for responding to this Letter Motion, as a violation of the Stipulation and the Court’s own
Rules (see discussion supra). The Second Circuit has, on more than one occasion, imposed
sanctions upon the offending party who has willfully violated a Stipulation. See, e.g., Absolute
Nevada, LLC v. Baer, ...
-----

Complaining about being a day or two late with a filing is one thing. Maybe you could even win a judgement that way. But this just seems stupid. This is the type of reprimand that courts give when a defendant drags a case out for years on end, delaying at every turn. To request it now is just being a bully in the courtroom; it's just one more thing Tenkar has to respond to before they actually deal with the real complaints in the suit (which have no merit). Furthermore, the fact that Lanasa didn't respond to any of the actual meat of the complaints makes it seem like he really doesn't have a leg to stand on, and is just trying to win on technicality because he can't win on anything else.

I'll read through the rest of the filing later today and see if there's anything I've missed.
 
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Steampunkette

Rules Tinkerer and Freelance Writer
Supporter
... Elon Musk sleeps with a Buddhist Dorje at his bedside while also glorifying violence.

I mean it tracks. It clearly shows that he apes ideas without actually understanding them. Which also covers Lanasa.

Plus the whole "No Coasters" rings and an open water bottle just scream responsibility.
 



Mort

Legend
Supporter
Lanasa's lawyer has filed a response to @tenkar's latest paperwork in their civil suit it in. As far as I can tell, the entire response omits any discussion of the merits of the case and only addresses matters of procedure and timing. The short summary is that Lanasa's lawyer claims that Tenkar's response was not timely enough and that he had a duty to discuss more details of the case with Lanasa's lawyer before filing.

I have enough sense to know what I don't know; I don't know enough technical details of the law to know how much merit there is to Lanasa's complaints. But my first read through makes it seem like Tenkar's response was actually filed on time. It was ordered to be filed by Nov 21, and PACER shows that it was filed on Nov 21. A large portion of Lanasa's response is trying to show that for some technical reason, some of the things that Tenkar filed were actually due by the Nov 17th. He also throws around a lot of reasons why Tenkar was required to conference with Lanasa before the filing, but that line of logic is even harder to follow.

More importantly, it really seems like Lanasa's lawyer is being ridiculously aggressive considering how early in the legal process the suit is. The case is relatively new; there's lot's of time for the judge to handle minutae and give out small repremands when needed. And yet, here's a bit from his closing statement where he literally asks for Tenkar's lawyer to be sanctioned and billed for not filing things on time:

-----
Plaintiffs would also request that the Court consider sanctions (pursuant to Rule 11) in the
form of attorney fees to be paid by Defendant to Plaintiffs regarding Plaintiffs’ costs in attorney
fees for responding to this Letter Motion, as a violation of the Stipulation and the Court’s own
Rules (see discussion supra). The Second Circuit has, on more than one occasion, imposed
sanctions upon the offending party who has willfully violated a Stipulation. See, e.g., Absolute
Nevada, LLC v. Baer, ...
-----

Complaining about being a day or two late with a filing is one thing. Maybe you could even win a judgement that way. But this just seems stupid. This is the type of reprimand that courts give when a defendant drags a case out for years on end, delaying at every turn. To request it now is just being a bully in the courtroom; it's just one more thing Tenkar has to respond to before they actually deal with the real complaints in the suit (which have no merit). Furthermore, the fact that Lanasa didn't respond to any of the actual meat of the complaints makes it seem like he really doesn't have a leg to stand on, and is just trying to win on technicality because he can't win on anything else.

I'll read through the rest of the filing later today and see if there's anything I've missed.

Initial impression:

Lanasa's attorney is throwing a hail marry because:

1. Whether he new it before, he's realized he has much less of a case than he thought he did;
2. He's realized the chances of getting paid anything significant are tiny and he hoping to recoup anything at all.

This rarely ends well for the attorney - but we'll see.
 


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