It's not uncommon for pop culture personalities to inspire a legion of faux accounts on social media, harkening back to Daniel Lyons as Fake Steve Jobs in 2006. So perhaps it's not surprising that Gary Gygax, the late co-creator of Dungeons & Dragons, has an impostor on Facebook. In a clear violation of Facebook's guidelines, the account is a bile-fueled series of execrable posts with the express purpose of besmirching Gygax's legacy. Here's what you can do about it:
- Report the fake Gygax account to Facebook.
- Like the Gary Gygax Memorial Fund Facebook page, established by Gary Gygax's widow, Gail Gygax "with the primary objective to create a memorial statue in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin honoring the late father of modern role-playing games, and inventor of Dungeons & Dragons, E. Gary Gygax."
- Like the Gary Gygax Day Facebook page, which celebrates tabletop role-playing games on Gygax's birthday, July 27.
- Like the Gary Con Facebook page, an annual gaming convention celebrating Gygax in Lake Geneva, WI every March.
- Like Gygax Magazine's Facebook page, a quarterly adventure gaming magazine continuing the tradition and format of the old school Dragon magazine.
- Like the Facebook page of Jon Peterson's exhaustive history of Dungeons & Dragons, Playing at the World.
- Like the official Dungeons & Dragons Facebook page.
- Give a toast to Gary today on Super Bowl Sunday. He was a football fan of the Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears.
UPDATE (2/7/14): Gary Gygax's son, Luke Gygax, reported that the account was removed:
Thanks to everyone that reported that very foul and uncouth fb page run by some hoddypeak who was impersonating my Dad. It took several hundred reports, networking with people that know people at fb and a nastygram from a lawyer. But finally facebook took it down. So thank you all for your help with that odiferous task.
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