I’ve seen all I need to see

The “new” TSR, deciding apparently that the nuclear option was the way to go?

So if you’ve been following the announcement of TSR making a return in the past week or so, you might have noticed a troubling trend, the fact that this newly formed company has decided that attacking any and everyone is the best path forward in gaining followers and building a player base. Add to that, “press” releases that were ambiguous at times, leaving readers with more questions than answers.

Not exactly what I would call a winning strategy coming out of the gate.

But I decided to to take a wait and see approach. After all, I have a very admittedly outside looking in perspective. I don’t know all the details, how can I? I’m not a part of conversations being had between stakeholders. All I know is what I can glean from public facing communication made by TSR. So let’s talk about that for a minute.

When the internet caught wind late last week that something called TSR was returning, we weren’t met with a clear, concise statement surrounding it, but rather the opposite. The RPG community was full of questions and conjecture and almost nothing in form of answers. Names were being thrown around by TSR, claiming levels of involvement with this new venture. And we started seeing those folks release statements. Like this:

And this:

Annnnnnd this:

We had folks asking questions about this start up, honest and genuine questions that a lot of us were curious about and wanted to know the answers to. Instead of those inquiries being met with adult like answers, we got responses like this:

The “CEO” posting a comment about Tenkar after his initial video talking about the new company

And this:

Yay! Good old fashioned Gatekeeping from TSR

I can keep going:

Everything surrounding this new TSR feels wrong, and their public communication is the main crux of that feeling. I have no issue with a business going any direction they choose. That’s completely up to them and their prerogative. But with that comes the understanding that I don’t have to be one of their patrons. As a consumer, that’s my prerogative.

So as much as the nostalgic gamer in me wants to support this new endeavor, I don’t think I will. At least not at this time. Things can change of course, but as it stands right now, this “new” TSR isn’t something I wish to be associated with.

As always, leave a comment with your thoughts. Until next time, LLAP!

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