Back in the 80s and 90s, people joked that TSR stood for "They Sue Regularly" and when you look at their court history, you can see why.
One of the most persistent problems for the development of Dungeons & Dragons has been legal troubles--and more often than not, legal troubles of their own manufacture. Throughout the company's second two decades it was known for lawsuits. Come step back in time with us as we look at "They Sue Regularly."
Legal troubles are part and parcel with most businesses, but TSR picked up quite the reputation for litigiousness as the years went on which many people found quite odd considering the work they did to create and promote an entire industry. But, you don't get to be at the top of an industry without crushing the competition. And when you can't outsell them, the executive management at TSR was fond of using legal tactics to remove their opponents. The RPG industry could be a surprisingly cutthroat business in the 80s and 90s. Here are just a few.
Mayfair Games (who published "generic adventures" that were designed to be run with AD&D) and with their "Role Aids" line famously included the words "suitable for Advanced Dungeons & Dragons" on their marketing to let folks know these adventures could work with their favorite systems.
This prompted a lawsuit from TSR, but Mayfair games held their grou...