TSR Wizards of the Coast Requests Injunction Against NuTSR

The legal team for Wizards of the Coast filed a motion for a preliminary injunction against TSR LLC, Dungeon Hobby Shop Museum LLC, and Justin LaNasa on September 8, 2022 to prevent the publication of Star Frontiers New Genesis. The motion seeks the court to issue an order preventing LaNasa or his companies from “publishing, distributing, or otherwise making available Star Frontiers New...

The legal team for Wizards of the Coast filed a motion for a preliminary injunction against TSR LLC, Dungeon Hobby Shop Museum LLC, and Justin LaNasa on September 8, 2022 to prevent the publication of Star Frontiers New Genesis.

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The motion seeks the court to issue an order preventing LaNasa or his companies from “publishing, distributing, or otherwise making available Star Frontiers New Genesis or any iteration of the game using the Marks”. Wizards of the Coast’s lawyers claim that the company would suffer irreparable harm to their reputation due to customer confusion and that Wizards of the Coast may become associated with the playtest document content containing "racism and transphobia".

Accompanying the motion were two declarations of support with further corroborating evidence. The first came from Elizabeth M. Schuh, Director of Publishing and Licensing for Dungeons & Dragons for Wizards of the Coast, supporting the claims of Wizards of the Coast’s investment in the TSR brand, tracing the history through the company’s acquisition in 1997 to the release of Star Frontiers products on OneBookShelf (parent company of DriveThruRPG and Dungeonmasters Guild) and through to the purchase of D&D Beyond.

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Schuh’s declaration continues, stating that from the original filing of the countersuit until the end of July 2022, “Wizards believed TSR LLC was not actually selling or distributing any games bearing the Marks” and that Wizards of the Coast is concerned about the problematic content contained in the playtest document.

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The declaration concludes with Schuh stating Wizards of the Coast’s philosophy of “an inclusive culture for gaming, including for its Dungeons & Dragons products”, including copies of the June 2020 blog post stating a change to the depiction of race in D&D, the October 2021 Sage Advice column by Jeremy Crawford on stat block and race changes starting with The Wild Beyond the Witchlight, and the recent September 2 apology for the Hadozee race in Spelljammer: Adventures in Space. A September 9 article from the website Study Breaks titled “The Dungeons & Dragons Community Is Committing to Diversity” is used to support the claim that “The gaming community, through press and player forums, has noted Wizards’ efforts”.

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The second declaration is from Lauren Rainwater, a partner at the legal firm Davis Wright Tremaine LLP representing Wizards of the Coast in the suit. This declaration focuses on brand confusion with screenshots from the Dungeon Hobby Shop Museum’s “Out of Stock” store page for Star Frontiers New Genesis along with posts from EN World and Reddit documenting users posting their confusion at news about the game’s offensive content.

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The exhibits from Rainwater’s filing include documentation of the trademark registration made by LaNasa, further screenshots of TSR-branded products for sale in the Dungeon Hobby Shop Museum webstore, social media advertisements for Star Frontiers New Genesis, a copy of a TechRaptor story from July 2022 titled “TSR’s Star Frontiers New Genesis Playtest Contains Racist Content”, and screenshots of the Twitter thread by user @NoHateInGaming documenting material from the leaked playtest document.

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And to support the claims of offensive content contained in the Star Frontiers New Genesis playtest document, Exhibit E of Lakewater’s declaration is a copy of several pages from the playtest document obtained via subpoena from Don Semora of Wizard Tower Games. Multiple sections of the document are highlighted featuring the more obviously offensive statements, the majority of which were previously detailed in the above-linked thread by @NoHateInGaming.

If granted, the injunction will only prevent LaNasa, TSR LLC, and Dungeon Hobby Shop Museum from publishing Star Frontiers New Genesis or any other products using the “Star Frontiers” name, but it will not cover other “infringing activities” such as the use of the TSR trademark. The court precedent (one of thirty cited in the motion) Price v. City of Stockton requires that the injunction request have a narrow scope to prevent an injunction from sweeping too broadly when weighing the balance of hardships. As Wizards of the Coast is claiming the damage will be done to the company’s brand reputation due to the content in Star Frontiers New Genesis, the injunction is solely to prevent its release.

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The motion is noted for consideration for September 30, 2022 (the date the court will consider the motion) with oral argument requested. And for those who need a refresher on this entire TSR business, Morrus assembled "The Full & Glorious History of NuTSR" with a timeline of events.
 

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Jimmy Dick

Adventurer
I think LaNasa and his grifter mentality are about to encounter a reality he is not capable of imagining due to his lack of intelligence. As others have pointed out, he thinks there is a majority of people who think like him out there. Instead, there is a small minority of very loud people like him who are not worth a bucket of cold spit. Their products are geared to a 70s mentality which speaks volumes about their perceptions of the modern world.

In history classes, I teach the Five C's of History. One of the C's is Change over Time. LaNasa and his ilk hate this C. They don't like the changes that have taken place and want to turn back the clock. That is not going to happen. The very people LaNasa detests are angry and registering to vote. I have had multiple students asking me how they can register to vote. I am very happy to point them to the location of the courthouses around us.

Meanwhile, WotC are going to do a steel cage match with concertina wire wrapped around the bars with LaNasa in the role of a crash test dummy. Once they get done pummeling him into submission, he will slink off and whine to his fellow racist scumbags how poorly he was treated. I will just laugh and display him and his fellow racists as the dumbf*cks on parade they are.
 

vecna00

Speculation Specialist Wizard
I think LaNasa and his grifter mentality are about to encounter a reality he is not capable of imagining due to his lack of intelligence. As others have pointed out, he thinks there is a majority of people who think like him out there. Instead, there is a small minority of very loud people like him who are not worth a bucket of cold spit. Their products are geared to a 70s mentality which speaks volumes about their perceptions of the modern world.

In history classes, I teach the Five C's of History. One of the C's is Change over Time. LaNasa and his ilk hate this C. They don't like the changes that have taken place and want to turn back the clock. That is not going to happen. The very people LaNasa detests are angry and registering to vote. I have had multiple students asking me how they can register to vote. I am very happy to point them to the location of the courthouses around us.

Meanwhile, WotC are going to do a steel cage match with concertina wire wrapped around the bars with LaNasa in the role of a crash test dummy. Once they get done pummeling him into submission, he will slink off and whine to his fellow racist scumbags how poorly he was treated. I will just laugh and display him and his fellow racists as the dumbf*cks on parade they are.
What are the odds that he channels his inner Mankind and gets thrown off the top of the cage?
 

Meanwhile, WotC are going to do a steel cage match with concertina wire wrapped around the bars with LaNasa in the role of a crash test dummy. Once they get done pummeling him into submission, he will slink off and whine to his fellow racist scumbags how poorly he was treated. I will just laugh and display him and his fellow racists as the dumbf*cks on parade they are.
I am very anti NuTSR, but the ease in that you can use such violent words as your analogy against a person worries me about enworld...
 

Dannyalcatraz

Schmoderator
Staff member
Supporter
I think LaNasa and his grifter mentality are about to encounter a reality he is not capable of imagining due to his lack of intelligence. As others have pointed out, he thinks there is a majority of people who think like him out there. Instead, there is a small minority of very loud people like him who are not worth a bucket of cold spit. Their products are geared to a 70s mentality which speaks volumes about their perceptions of the modern world.

In history classes, I teach the Five C's of History. One of the C's is Change over Time. LaNasa and his ilk hate this C. They don't like the changes that have taken place and want to turn back the clock. That is not going to happen. The very people LaNasa detests are angry and registering to vote. I have had multiple students asking me how they can register to vote. I am very happy to point them to the location of the courthouses around us.

Meanwhile, WotC are going to do a steel cage match with concertina wire wrapped around the bars with LaNasa in the role of a crash test dummy. Once they get done pummeling him into submission, he will slink off and whine to his fellow racist scumbags how poorly he was treated. I will just laugh and display him and his fellow racists as the dumbf*cks on parade they are.
Mod Note:

I realize you’re invoking imagery of the choreography of professional wrestling, but it also cleaves a bit close to descriptions of actual violence advocated by people similar to LaNasa.

Lets keep it dialed down a notch. (That’s a general suggestion, BTW.)
 

JThursby

Adventurer
I am very anti NuTSR, but the ease in that you can use such violent words as your analogy against a person worries me about enworld...
This bothers me as well, though it's tempered by being pro wrestling. I'm glad the moderators are getting more active about curbing any rhetoric that includes excessive and needless violent imagery. The best way to make a good argument unappealing is to dial up the intensity of the rheotric past what is reasonable.
 

GraphPaper Architect

Michael K. Hovermale
This is a pretty good article about it.

But they get one piece wrong, it was founded by Justin LaNasa, Ernie Gygax, and Stephen Dinehart. Stephen in fact has made it quite public that he created it, that TSR llc had little to do with it, and he may also still own the URL's.
 

Saracenus

Always In School Gamer
Nerd Immersion has done a summary (nothing new here) but the word of the injunction request is rippling out into the greater D&D community. He was using the cbr.com article.

Question, does this put NI on the enemies list?

 

Faolyn

(she/her)
Oh, another thing. I saw a thing on r/rpg about this, only they were calling it Ernie's LLC.


The threads kind of derailed into talking about the hadozee, but almost everyone recognizes that WotC made a mistake, as opposed to NuTSR's deliberate bigotry.
 

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