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TSR TSR3 Blames Widespread Pushback On WotC

In an unexpected turn of events, the primary individuals behind TSR3 have claimed the pushback they've received on social media and elsewhere was orchestrated by .... D&D publisher Wizards of the Coast (a company which has thus far remained completely silent on recent events).

TSR3 is run by Justin LaNasa, Stephen Dinehart, and Ernie Gygax. The controversy has been raging for over a week, since TSR3 announced itself with a press release.


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Stephen Dinehart and Ernie Gygax have since deactivated their Twitter accounts; Justin LaNasa doesn't appear to have one, but it is believed he is the person operating TSR3's Twitter account. A couple of days ago, Ernie Gygax posted about recent events on Facebook (note that he edited the post, but the original can be seen here).

I wish to state in the strongest terms that I never meant to hurt anyone of any race, creed or color. My video From the Bunker caused some to feel that they would not be welcome or would be looked down upon. That was never the intent, I was reacting to focus of modern role play into a more background and Role Play rather than the wargame that so made so many lives happy over 40 years ago.

As a gamer it meant that most of us were not worthy of any attention from others of our own age. We were Nerds. We were brainy-acks and others would snicker. Older classmen would ask to "borrow" something of ours to then pass back and forth a game of keep away. I used to receive some special attention from about 4 Juniors in my Freshman year. I played the Violin and often I began to wish that I had Super Powers, perhaps become a Giant.. I was far to shy and then embarrassed as attractive ladies would just lower the eyes while the jocks or other socially vibrant fellows had some fun at another geeky nerds expense. Thank goodness I grew 4 inches my junior year.

The only real comfort zone we all could share was a table in the lunch room. At least the fledgling TSR found fertile minds in those who had only those like us - gamers. Rather than have to risk embarrassing myself, since Phy Ed was going to force us to dance with those wonderful and yet scary girls. Well to get my Diploma I had to slave for a month to Mr. Gerber the head of the Phy Ed department. Fortunately I knew all about janitorial work as before D&D and TSR dad only made $5,000 as a Cobbler (five children) and we had food stamps and even free school lunches. Yes you had to go to the councilors office every week to collect your free lunch passes. Obviously you could feel all the eyes on you and the talk about....

Everyone has been welcome at my gaming table and multitudes of new friends have been created by the time spent playing the games we Love. Look at pictures of gaming on my site or anywhere I run games. Everyone is welcome, just like a Boot Hill game leave your guns at the bar until you leave town. If you come to the Dungeon Hobby Shop Museum Jeff R. Leason will show you courtesy and a smile and you will see that gaming with elder gamers is a safe and entertaining environment.


 
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Russ Morrissey

Russ Morrissey



CleverNickName

Limit Break Dancing
I don't see how anyone at TSR3 could have possibly thought this was a good idea. This shows a profound lack of planning at the very least.

I know it's probably too late to matter, but if they somehow manage to survive this with any dignity intact, I hope they hire a publicist. A very good one, with a strong background in social media. (They won't, and they won't, but hope springs eternal.)
 
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Dausuul

Legend
I have not had anyone close to me pulled into a conspiracy bubble, but friends of mine have. It's awful and scary. And it sure looks like that's what's happening.

I can't say that Ernie hasn't made his own bed here. But for the sake of the people who care about him, I hope he finds his way out--and cuts ties with LaNasa, who is by all accounts quite a piece of work.
 


Sacrosanct

Legend
Publisher
I have not had anyone close to me pulled into a conspiracy bubble, but friends of mine have. It's awful and scary. And it sure looks like that's what's happening.

I can't say that Ernie hasn't made his own bed here. But for the sake of the people who care about him, I hope he finds his way out--and cuts ties with LaNasa, who is by all accounts quite a piece of work.
That's my feeling as well. It looks an awful like that when someone joins a cult.
 

Yaarel

Mind Mage
From my vantage point, I feel like the one who is most skeptical and critical of Ernie Gygax.

But generally, on these threads there is an outpouring of love and good will for Ernie, along with understandable concern.

I feel the saddest part of this painful affair, is Ernie not realizing how many WotC fans wish him well.



While I am critical of Ernie, I also wish him well. At the same time, I also wish Non-European Americans, women, gays, and in this situation, especially trans well.
 


Sacrosanct

Legend
Publisher
While I am critical of Ernie, I also wish him well. At the same time, I also wish Non-European Americans, women, gays, and in this situation, especially trans well.
Yeah, it really doesn't matter how I feel. What matters is how the trans community feels, because they are the ones he owes an apology to, not me. So despite my opinions and comments, when it comes down to it if the trans community never forgives them, I'll back them. They are the insulted party here.
 

Gradine

Final Form (they/them)
Yeah, it really doesn't matter how I feel. What matters is how the trans community feels, because they are the ones he owes an apology to, not me. So despite my opinions and comments, when it comes down to it if the trans community never forgives them, I'll back them. They are the insulted party here.
And why would we forgive something they still won't apologize for?
 


Sacrosanct

Legend
Publisher
And why would we forgive something they still won't apologize for?
You shouldn't. I'm sorry I wasn't clear. I meant to imply even if Ernie comes out and give a legit apology, I will support however you feel because you're the one being affected, not me. And I'm sure you're pretty tired of cis people giving opinions on what you should or should not do. IMO, we should do more listening to you, and less talking at you.
 



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