In the magical year of 1994, Ravenloft debuted as a campaign set but the real horror was that TSR sued the whole entire internet.
The internet is a wild place, but back in the early days of its creation in the years between when the oceans drank Atlantis and the rise of the sons of Aryas, it was an age undreamed of when it seemed like anything could happen. Including the events of both Hackers and The Net, which are two movies that addressed the burgeoning new technology.
But you don't have to be in Hollywood to not understand how computers work. You could also be a lawsuit-happy roleplaying game publisher who caught a whiff that files might be stored somewhere, which is how in 1994, the TSR came to sue most of their fans on the internet, wherever they could find them. Grab your TMNT backpack and step back to 1994 with us as we look at the time that TSR sued the internet.
The year was 1994, and TSR had built up to be something of a money-hungry, loose-cannon with legal regards entity. People called them T$R or would say the initials stood for "They Sue Regularly" and with good cause. By the time we get here, TSR has been embroiled in several legal battles against other RPG publishers, especially ones that employed/were founded by the now-exiled creator of D&D, Gary Gygax.
It was a well-earned reputation, and soon you'll see why. First though, we need...