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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A year of Dungeon Crawl, for perspective:

It seems like this chart hit a nerve with someone. Don Semora from @Wizard Tower Games recently reported on FB that he received another anonymous email. They call Don "mr. memee maker", which is the only thing I can post from the email without censorship.

Warning: The image below has worst text censored, but still contains hate speech against multiple groups.

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Evidence for witness intimidation just keeps piling up.
 


vecna00

Speculation Specialist Wizard
It seems like this chart hit a nerve with someone. Don Semora from @Wizard Tower Games recently reported on FB that he received another anonymous email. They call Don "mr. memee maker", which is the only thing I can post from the email without censorship.

Warning: The image below has worst text censored, but still contains hate speech against multiple groups.


Evidence for witness intimidation just keeps piling up.
What the actual hell, man?

ETA: Not you Deset, but...I can't even articulate the words without using terrible language about people who would write an email like that and just pretend that it's "anonymous." Like, what the actual hell.
 

Dannyalcatraz

Schmoderator
Staff member
It seems like this chart hit a nerve with someone. Don Semora from @Wizard Tower Games recently reported on FB that he received another anonymous email. They call Don "mr. memee maker", which is the only thing I can post from the email without censorship.

Warning: The image below has worst text censored, but still contains hate speech against multiple groups.


Evidence for witness intimidation just keeps piling up.
That’s…juvenile and repugnant.
 

Jeremy Thomas

Explorer
It seems like this chart hit a nerve with someone. Don Semora from @Wizard Tower Games recently reported on FB that he received another anonymous email. They call Don "mr. memee maker", which is the only thing I can post from the email without censorship.

Warning: The image below has worst text censored, but still contains hate speech against multiple groups.


Evidence for witness intimidation just keeps piling up.
I would expect nothing less (or perhaps nothing more is a better way to put it) from NuTSR at this point. Honestly, I'm not even "impressed" at this level of bigotry and slur-laden insults. The problem children (and I mean, very likely, literally children) that I've banned from the wrestling/pop culture site I work for have come up with more creative bigotry than this.

LaNasa and/or his flunky have achieved that rare combination of bigoted and boring at this point.
 



DLIMedia

David Flor, Darklight Interactive
He requested access to the SF:NG unofficial group, posting two comments in the process (I didn't get to see them)...

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...then went on a tear attacking Don's business page and making personal attacks against one of our other users (I'll respect her and not mention her name, but I'll be honest... she earned a new follower from me 'cause she's cool), and FB promptly shut him down... all in less than an hour, a new record!

Surprising this happened in the middle of the day...these kinds of things are usually posted at like 1am as a result of what is likely a late night drinking binge.
 

thirdkingdom

Hero
Publisher
He requested access to the SF:NG unofficial group, posting two comments in the process (I didn't get to see them)...

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...then went on a tear attacking Don's business page and making personal attacks against one of our other users (I'll respect her and not mention her name, but I'll be honest... she earned a new follower from me 'cause she's cool), and FB promptly shut him down... all in less than an hour, a new record!

Surprising this happened in the middle of the day...these kinds of things are usually posted at like 1am as a result of what is likely a late night drinking binge.

The sun's over the yardarm somewhere!
 

Faolyn

(she/her)
So how anonymous is that email. It's pretty obvious it's LaNasa (or potentially someone very close to him), but is it actually possible to prove it in a way that's sufficient for legal purposes?
 

DLIMedia

David Flor, Darklight Interactive
So how anonymous is that email. It's pretty obvious it's LaNasa (or potentially someone very close to him), but is it actually possible to prove it in a way that's sufficient for legal purposes?
If the provider was within the United States, they could theoretically be subpoenaed to get more info. Outside of the US, I'm not sure there's a whole lot they can do.

But given that the site they used, anonymousemail.me, is free to use and doesn't require registration, they likely won't be able to get more than an IP address, and that's assuming they're not using a VPN.

All things considered, probably not worth the effort.
 

If the provider was within the United States, they could theoretically be subpoenaed to get more info. Outside of the US, I'm not sure there's a whole lot they can do.

But given that the site they used, anonymousemail.me, is free to use and doesn't require registration, they likely won't be able to get more than an IP address, and that's assuming they're not using a VPN.

@Jedion357 mentioned in one his YouTube videos that some earlier anonymous emails had been successfully tracked to a specific person, but the exact details aren't publicly available at this time.

In any case, the good news is that the judge in the WotC case doesn't need absolute proof of who's sending the emails. The evidence that witness harassment is happening (multiple times) can be taken considered in their decisions about WotC's motion, and into future decisions about the trial.
 

Faolyn

(she/her)
If the provider was within the United States, they could theoretically be subpoenaed to get more info. Outside of the US, I'm not sure there's a whole lot they can do.

But given that the site they used, anonymousemail.me, is free to use and doesn't require registration, they likely won't be able to get more than an IP address, and that's assuming they're not using a VPN.

All things considered, probably not worth the effort.
Yeah, figured that much. Sadly, it likely can't be used to prove intimidation.

Edit: @Deset Gled suggests otherwise, so that's good at least.
 


jdrakeh

Front Range Warlock
For all of Ken's failings as a businessman and human being in general (and there are many), unlike nuTSR, the guy actually knew how to generate monetary gains. Justin, Ernie, and company aren't even competent grifters.
 
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pantsorama

Explorer
what a coincidence! And very cool :)

briefly, what is the difference between a "ray" and a "jet"?

(lastly - normally I would be a little peeved you didn't get the joke, but as a fellow scientist, I completely understand the frustration with sloppy nomenclature. Discussions of how poison "works" drive me bonkers sometimes)
Well.

When you're a jet, you're a jet all the way.
And you can bet you're not a stupid ray
 




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