The disappointing unpleasantness around the new TSR Games continues with Gary Con and Luke Gygax making it clear that they nor anyone else in the family other than Ernie (E. Gary Gyax Jr) are involved with the troubled publisher.
The row around the behaviour of TSR Games has been awkward from the start, with the whole company apparently being founded by snatching up a lapsed trademark and then, according to Ernie Gygax, intended to appeal to anti-modernists.
No doubt some had been supporting the company because of the perceived legacy ties to Gary Gygax, the co-creator of D&D. Luke Gygax has been a far more significant part of the tabletop gaming scene than any other member recently, and the position of the family may now give even those loyalists some reason to question TSR Games (3).
The Twitter row continued publically with TSR Games (3) accusing Luke of making stuff up, noting that he was never part of TSR.
Thoughts also turn to Jayson Elliot, who runs TSR Games (2), who let the trademark lapse by mistake and lost it to Justin LaNase, Ernie Gygax Jr, Stephen E. Dinehart. In the “Return of TSR Games” YouTube, Ernie says that TSR Games (3) charges TSR Games (2) a token monetary amount to continue using the name.
This is not a legal opinion, but if there’s an exchange of money and a written agreement around a brand of perceived value, and TSR Games (3) are harming that value, are they liable for that? Just what might Jayson Elliot be thinking right now?
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