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General Www.tsr.com is dead after all these decades

marv

Explorer
Well, it finally happened. Sometime during this pandemic WoTC decided it no longer needed www.tsr.com. I’ve long used it as an easy shortcut to get to the D&D site part of WoTC (even before they were bought by Hasbro). It’s also given me comfort to know that it the website printed on my old books still works.
I don’t know the exact day it died as I get most of my D&D news these days from ENworld. And I know, it’s time for an old grey beard like me to move on. It’s just an URL. But still I’m sad. I hope who ever buys it treats it well.
Edit: I just realized, I don’t have a clue what the real WoTC url for D&D is. Ugh. Google is my friend I guess.
 
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Orcslayer78

Explorer
"True fans?" There is no One True Way, and you are not the arbiter of fandom.
It's time for all the true fans of D&D to step back from Wotc while it spits on the grave of Gary Gygax, there are other ways to play without supporting Wotc, true fans can play old school of buy from studios who make 5e compatible products and want to keep it true.
 



marv

Explorer
As the OP, can I request we stay on topic.

I remember about a year after WoTC bought TSR and they were going to make their grand announcement on their website for 3rd Ed. Their website had a countdown clock. Then, when the timer to 3rd editon reached zero, their site crashed because too many people where were waiting to learn about it. I remember repeatedly typing “tsr” in the address bar trying to recover but the site was down hard.

i think really the saddest part about now loosing my tsr short cut is that I can no longer jump onto a someone else’s PC or device I don’t own and quickly navigate to the web page. It was useful.
 


Wishbone

Paladin Radmaster
As the OP, can I request we stay on topic.

I remember about a year after WoTC bought TSR and they were going to make their grand announcement on their website for 3rd Ed. Their website had a countdown clock. Then, when the timer to 3rd editon reached zero, their site crashed because too many people where were waiting to learn about it. I remember repeatedly typing “tsr” in the address bar trying to recover but the site was down hard.

i think really the saddest part about now loosing my tsr short cut is that I can no longer jump onto a someone else’s PC or device I don’t own and quickly navigate to the web page. It was useful.
Given WotC has DungeonsandDragons.com redirect to the homepage but not DND.com I'm wondering what the hesitation on getting domain name redirects is. Maybe they're more expensive than I would expect.
 

marv

Explorer
To be honest, I don’t recall what the original tsr web page looked like, though I’m certain I frequented it. Would love a link to any pics or archives of it.

I do recall vividly the day when the WoTC site became only a minor site for me to visit. It was the day they disabled their message board and it was suddenly no longer a community. Fortunately, I was already a fan of ENWorld, which for me has carried the D&D community banner ever since.
 

Think what you want
Considering 99 percent of your recent posts are negative statements about the direction WoTC is taking with race, inclusivity and so forth on those threads, then yeah. I'll think that.

In case thinking wasnt enough, there are also these posts by you to confirm my suspicions:

The future of WOTC adventures will be about unicorns and flowers and campaing and making friends, so to not leave traumas to their new sensible fan base (aka the twitter vocal minority mob).
Wow, I've never seen a whole royal flush of victim cards before.
So now dungeons will be required to have accessibility ramps together with stairs?

...It's exactly what I predicted in the post about D&D and diversity, once you bend the knee to extremists they smell weakness and they keep coming to ask for more changes and censorships. Extremists are never satisfied, they want only the complete desctruction of an hobby finding every small invented reason to be outraged.
So it's not really me 'thinking' anything. You've outed yourself long ago.
 

marv

Explorer
Given WotC has DungeonsandDragons.com redirect to the homepage but not DND.com I'm wondering what the hesitation on getting domain name redirects is. Maybe they're more expensive than I would expect.
Maintaining a domain is super cheap. I suspect this decision was made by someone who didn’t understand the significance and just wanted to clear the clutter. Or it was made to distance the company from the older products. But either way, whoever scooped it up will probably get a pretty penny for it. Makes me sad.
 

Orius

Adventurer
What difference does it make though? TSR is long dead, and most of the old guard who remember it knows the company is dead. The real diehard grogs probably don't even go near the website any more, and why should they? Anything pre-5e over there is buried in a collection of half-broken links that the main page doesn't connect to. Newer players might not be all that aware of what TSR even was.
 

Stormonu

Legend
Huh, that's odd - didn't know that even existed still (well, had). Looks like the old page was just a redirect to D&D Official Homepage | Dungeons & Dragons , and even that page has been taken down on WotC's site. The Wayback Machine now directed it to D&D Official Homepage | Dungeons & Dragons . [edit: the forum is apparently trying to compensate for the actual URL. If you hover your mouse over the hyperlink, it shows the URL it's pointing to] I did a quick browse through the Wayback machine and they have snapshots back to 1997 (in poor shape) - though it looks like even that far back it was still a redirect to WotC's site.

Sad to say, in many ways I'm glad the TSR era is over. They were very anti-fan in the early digital age and the game was (to me) stagnant. I had done drifted off to the likes of Vampire and other RPG's even before TSR was having a coronary. And this is coming from someone who at one time wanted to work as a D&D designer, even going to a seminar they held to learn the ropes and get published (though I think they'd been bought by WotC at that time - it's been a while).
 

Orcslayer78

Explorer
Maintaining a domain is super cheap. I suspect this decision was made by someone who didn’t understand the significance and just wanted to clear the clutter. Or it was made to distance the company from the older products. But either way, whoever scooped it up will probably get a pretty penny for it. Makes me sad.
Yeah, everybody can see they're treating legacy products like the old unwanted relative at the thanksgiving dinner.
 



Dannyalcatraz

Schmoderator
Staff member
It's time for all the true fans of D&D to step back from Wotc while it spits on the grave of Gary Gygax, there are other ways to play without supporting Wotc, true fans can play old school of buy from studios who make 5e compatible products and want to keep it true.
“True Fans”?
Spitting on Gygax’s grave?

Dude, dial back the purple prose or just leave the thread if current developments at WotC- especially minor things like letting an old URL die- are driving you to fire broadsides like this.

And:

I can disagree with someone without insulting them.
IOW, prove it.
 

Orius

Adventurer
TSR had a website for no more than a year before they went bankrupt anyway, before that they glommed onto AOL IIRC. They were a bit slow with the web thing. I wasn't online yet then. And their domain pointed to tsrinc to show everyone how soulessly corporate they were. WotC dropped in inc part.
 



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