Later in the same show, Wildspace the lost TSR TV show was mentioned along with TSR West. No actual details, just a mention...and the promise that "they had done TSR West to try to get people interested in Wildspace and that had failed". The story of TSR West was said to be a story that noone knows about, and noone cares about yet, but god once they hear it they are going to be like 'that's amazing'!"
When I went to the Plot Poinnts Website they had an entire show on TSR West, called: The Hope & Tragedy of TSR West Seminar Gen Con 2019- Ep. 155. Here is the show blurb:
I've listened to the show and there is no information on Wildspace, but finding out that TSR West was legally prohibited to produce Dungeons & Dragons comics...and finding out that TSR West decided to sell "comics that were not legally comics" is kind of mind blowing.Ben Riggs at Plot Points wrote:TSR West was an attempt by TSR to break into the comic book industry. How and why didn't it work out? A seminar from Gen Con 2019.
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Like Plot Points? Support it on Patreon at the $2 level, and you’ll get a sneak peek into Ben’s book about the sale of TSR to Wizards of the Coast! This chapter concerns TSR West, an effort by TSR to open an LA office devoted to producing comic books, an effort that failed rather impressively. It is the product of a dozen interviews with professionals from comics, gaming, and Hollywood, and as far as I can reckon, it is a tale entirely untold until now.
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