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TSR Who's running the TSR3 social media accounts?

Ernie Gygax (before he and Stephen Dinehart accused the whole affair of being orchestrated by WotC and then deleted their Twitter accounts) indicated that Justin LaNasa was running the social media accounts for TSR3, Giantlands, and Dungeon Hobby Shop Museum.

After a full week of insults, barbed exchanges, and problematic statements from all three accounts, the following has been posted by somebody who identified themselves as "Michael", suggesting that Justin LaNasa is no longer with the company (which seems unlikely), leaving many on social media to question whether "Michael" exists. The new TSR3 was founded by LaNasa, Stephen Dinehart, and Ernie Gygax, and despite the acrinomious social media activity, the former two founders' names have largely escaped much of the criticism.

UPDATE -- the below tweets now appear to have been deleted.

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Around the same time, the header above the available events at the Dungeon Hobby Shop Museum website was altered to read: "Most role playing games will be played in old school fashion so if you're easliy offended or Rude ! DO NOT PLAY !" (sic)

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So who is TSR3 co-founder Justin LaNasa? He was an American politician who ran for office in 2014 and 2020, and who was involved in a minor scandal during the latter campaign.

 
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Russ Morrissey

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Steampunkette

Shaper of Worlds
Supporter
Just to give a little benefit of the doubt, maybe the land shark was one of the creatures "of historical interest" they mentioned, not one of the original creatures? "History" being in this context "of gaming".

Also, the GL landshark doesn't look like it can dig through the earth, so that makes it... well, lamer, actually.

EDIT: Also, none of this hyperbole is present on the GL Kickstarter. It only seems to have been part of the marketing since TSR3 was announced, which has its own hyperbolic claims.
Reading this made me look up the GiantLands kickstarter page and... I'm starting to see a few things, based on what happened recently, that are painting it in a somewhat ugly light...
There is also a strong ecological theme to the entire game. In the past mankind polluted the world. It's now the task of the characters to clean up the waterways and remove the nasty chemical pollutants in the lands of the world. A great many fun adventures will happen as characters try and figure out those tasks.
Okay... so it's kind of Dark Sun and you're sort of playing Druids fixing things. That's a nice topical thing in relation to Climate Change and carbon emissions and stu-
The real world can put pressure on people and give them a lot to worry about. Playing the GiantLands campaign allows the player to get away from the cares of the real world. As a person uses their imagination they are transported to a world with its own fantasy problems.
... so why the Ecological/Pollution/Climate Apocalypse theme..? Or is that not the kind of "Real World Worry" you're trying to get away from?

Yeeeeeah... that's... really sad. This Kickstarter was from 2019. So has this been part of a guiding principle the entire time?
 

RFB Dan

Podcast host, 6-edition DM, and guy with a pulse.
Reading this made me look up the GiantLands kickstarter page and... I'm starting to see a few things, based on what happened recently, that are painting it in a somewhat ugly light...

Okay... so it's kind of Dark Sun and you're sort of playing Druids fixing things. That's a nice topical thing in relation to Climate Change and carbon emissions and stu-

... so why the Ecological/Pollution/Climate Apocalypse theme..? Or is that not the kind of "Real World Worry" you're trying to get away from?

Yeeeeeah... that's... really sad. This Kickstarter was from 2019. So has this been part of a guiding principle the entire time?
Looks around, sees ocean on fire & Canada burning
Yeah.... Fantasy....
 

Kravenjest

Explorer
... so why the Ecological/Pollution/Climate Apocalypse theme..? Or is that not the kind of "Real World Worry" you're trying to get away from?

Yeeeeeah... that's... really sad. This Kickstarter was from 2019. So has this been part of a guiding principle the entire time?

Yeah, feels like they’ve done a 180° since becoming part of TSR. Last year the GiantLands account was saying #blacklivesmatter and talked about pushing the genre forward instead of reaching backwards 40 years.

If GiantLands wasn’t now part of TSR3, I doubt any of the transphobe/racist types would support it. They’re only hate purchasing. But that’s what you’d expect from a crowd that preaches “keepgamingfantasy” and then gets upset when people play tieflings.
 




Sound of Azure

Contemplative Soul
Yeah, feels like they’ve done a 180° since becoming part of TSR. Last year the GiantLands account was saying #blacklivesmatter and talked about pushing the genre forward instead of reaching backwards 40 years.

If GiantLands wasn’t now part of TSR3, I doubt any of the transphobe/racist types would support it. They’re only hate purchasing. But that’s what you’d expect from a crowd that preaches “keepgamingfantasy” and then gets upset when people play tieflings.
Wow, that’s actually kind of tragic. 😞
 

Faolyn

Hero
Okay... so it's kind of Dark Sun and you're sort of playing Druids fixing things. That's a nice topical thing in relation to Climate Change and carbon emissions and stu-

... so why the Ecological/Pollution/Climate Apocalypse theme..? Or is that not the kind of "Real World Worry" you're trying to get away from?
Oh geez, maybe this means they're also of the belief that climate change isn't real? Gods, wouldn't that just be the manure icing on this whole rotten cake.

(From the one sentence you quoted, though, it sounds more Captain Planet than Dark Sun.)
 


With all these reference to markets (economic, of ideas, etc.) here can anyone tell me if the invisible hand that Adam Smith spoke of is Bigby sized or Mage Hand sized…

On a more serious note, I step away from this thread for about a day and I miss Land Sharks, the continued saga of TSR_Michael (MIA), and a parade of fun… that will teach me…
 
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Sacrosanct

Legend
Publisher
I have to admit, picking LaNassa's grammar, while relevant considering what he's trying to do, seems like really low hanging fruit.

I also admit when I read he was infantry, my first thought was, "Of course you were..."

It's an inside joke among us vets that you only go infantry because your ASVAB scores weren't high enough to qualify for any other job. Us aviation guys like to call them "Ground pounders" lol. (pounding pavement is a term for marching, and we flew everywhere, so...)
 



Dannyalcatraz

Schmoderator
Staff member
I am legitimately curious about the "Sir" he uses in his name. If he were actually knighted I would expect the story to be somewhere on one of this websites, but I don't see it anywhere.
Not only that, the actual, legal use of “Sir” is usually restricted to citizens of the country from whom the title issued. So, while Bob Geldof was given a KBE by the Queen of England and some people call him ”Sir Bob”, he’s not entitled to use the honorific on his official documents because he’s Irish, not English.

OTOH, in the USA, you could legally change your first name to “Sir” for a few hundred dollars in most jurisdictions…
 

Faolyn

Hero
I am legitimately curious about the "Sir" he uses in his name. If he were actually knighted I would expect the story to be somewhere on one of this websites, but I don't see it anywhere.
OTOH, in the USA, you could legally change your first name to “Sir” for a few hundred dollars in most jurisdictions…
While I joked about him being knighted, I'm 100% positive that it's just him being egotistical and this is his way of getting other people to "acknowledge his superiority."
 

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