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.


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

(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!

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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Well, that was fun
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Frankly I'd like to see @Morrus or @Umbran or @Dannyalcatraz come in and shut this thread down unless it has something to do with nuTSR or the lawsuit. Nothing else is relevant. And it's making people I otherwise respect act in petty ways.
If you want to report a post, please use the report post button. Please don't simply summon us to a thread. Thanks!

In other news, I agree. Stay on topic, please people. This thread isn't a free-for-all.

I've told you what happened. He made a post, and it was bombarded with people going into him about why he was banned and what behavior he did to cause it, rather than to address Frank's point of the post: to show his displeasure at being used in a media piece for a convention he was banned from.
No, you did not really tell us what happened. You basically (twice) said 'he made another post with details but deleted it.' But never told us what his complaints were or the details. This is post I'm quoting of yours is the most we know of his statements.
But that's missing the greater point. This is his personal FB account. He's absolutely allowed to make posts, delete them, and make others saying he doesn't want comments. I see people do that all the time. Especially when they are venting. I see vague posts all the time. None of those times makes the poster arrogant or someone who "doesn't want to tell their side but to stir up ****". Frankly, those are uncalled for statements. Whether you like him or hate him, it's his right to do so and enjoy same thing everyone else does on our social media pages.
Absolutely he, and anyone, is allowed to make posts and delete them etc. And others are absolutely allowed to draw conclusions from his public actions. Doesn't matter if it is a personal social media account or not, they are still actions he is taking publicly. As for Frank, I have no opinion on him. Other than recognizing his name and thinking that he worked for TSR in the '80s, I know nothing about him.

That's all I'll say in this thread about this topic.

Man I can't even get a badge?!? What's a guy gotta do to get banned around here?!?

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It looks like @Jedion357 has a video up with more details on this.

Outside of the drama between Lanasa and Dorso, this does have a little bit of follow up about the Blackmoor trademark. Back when all this started, Lanasa attempted to squat on the Blackmoor name as well, but dropped that pretty quickly. In this video, Tom confirms that Lanasa agreed to give the Blackmoor trademark back to Dave Arneson's family/estate.


My assumption is that they won't charge the caterer anything for their appearance, but with his skill at making word salads who knows really.

In related news, looks like they sold all the vendor booths...

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(The last spot is for Mick "Spice Guy" McArt, I assume)

I wonder if the AstroManatee folks know what they're getting into here... They're products are most definitely at the polar end of DHSM's brand.
If that's this AstroManatee, they don't seem to actually be listing this convention on their con appearances page. They went to a convention in Wisconsin on the 12th of March, and their next con isn't until August. Maybe AstroManatee just didn't update their page, though.


If that's this AstroManatee, they don't seem to actually be listing this convention on their con appearances page. They went to a convention in Wisconsin on the 12th of March, and their next con isn't until August. Maybe AstroManatee just didn't update their page, though.
If they are attending, I'm going to assume they know little to nothing about NuTSR since the website seems fairly LGBTQ+ friendly. I'm sure the Pride Potion Bottle stickers they sell will go over really well with the Not-Cee folks that JL attracts.


It's probably been said before, but Marmoreal is such a terrible name for this adventure. It's midway between memorial, mammary, and marmot in sound and doesn't at all invoke the feeling of stone.
I backed this project (we were so innocent in... 2015? Good grief), and I've thought this since the very beginning. I know it's a real word, but it makes for an awkward mouthful of a title, like you've just taken a bite of something when someone asks what it's called.


Funny, I find the revivification of "marmoreal" to be the best thing to come out of this nonsense so far. Say it like Karloff, and wow, what a mood it invokes. (And I'll never, ever not find Clark Ashton Smith a savoury delight.)

Before their true colours were put on display, I was going to volunteer to help with their writing/editing, out of nostalgic concern for the old TSR's dignity. I might even have insisted on "marmoreal!" So happy that never happened. Finally: procrastination pays off!


Sith Lord
It's probably been said before, but Marmoreal is such a terrible name for this adventure. It's midway between memorial, mammary, and marmot in sound and doesn't at all invoke the feeling of stone.
Speaking on mammary dungeons, I used the word "Abreast" while DMing this weekend (You can walk 4 abreast down this corridor) and our youngest player erupted into laughter. I assured her it was a real word meaning "along side each other.... like a pair of boobs."
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On the Frank Mentzer front, it looks like he removed the (re)post today. This residual misplaced outrage is all that's left:


I just hope he doesn't try and post it again. This was not a good look for a guy that already has a problematic reputation. GaryCon drama is now back down to 4. Or blue. Or phylum. I dunno, these security systems are hard to remember.

Elsewhere on the internet, Ernie has shared that he hopes The Marmoreal Tomb may be available in time for GaryCon:

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This train wreck of a Kickstarter has been discussed before. I just want to remind everyone that Benoist Poire and Ernie Gygax are both supporters of Dave Johnson and his white supremacist beliefs, and that the Hobby Shop Dungeon game content has been featured at the Dungeon Hobby Shop Museum many times.

HSD being played at the DHSM:

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B. Poire's take on SFNG:

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People that supported the Kickstarter had no way of knowing about all this. But please, don't buy this product or support this company now.

I was one of those backers from way long ago. Ernie and Benoist delivering any product at all is only because Troll Lord Games got involved. I'll never run the darn thing, but I'll admit to wanting to see it, to see just what it was that took eight years to create.

In the time I spent writing up the last post, Lanasa just shared this gem on FaceBook.

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The incompetence is astounding.

I would also point out that this post was made right after Gary Con posted their table service menu. Whether that's a coincidence or not, I could not say.

Depending on my mood, I could read this as promoting TSRCon (by raising awareness), or complaining about it.

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FWIW, one of those "likes" is Justin Lanasa. I guess that's one vote for this being a promotion.
I'm surprised LaNasa even liked that post in the first place. There's no mention of TSR Con by name, just calling it a "mini-con," which I assume would be a blow to his ego.


The Elephant in the Room (she/they)
Reading an article right now that is positing that online communities grow myopic because members become homogenous and are too similar to one another to provide a diversity of information.

Haven't had a good laugh like that in a while

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