Once every year or so Jim Ward, I assume because he is tired of seeing misinformation and accusations about how TSR breached copyright laws by including the Melnibonéan and Lovecraftian mythoi in the 1st printing of the seminal Advanced Dungeons & Dragons Deities & Demigods book published in 1980, releases a statement about his involvement in the development, and publication of that work. His statement is reproduced below.
If you’ve ever done any writing professionally, and perhaps even if you haven’t, you can understand how this persistent misinformation could rub someone the wrong way. Most of the old grognards I know are familiar with this story, but even in our AD&D Facebook group the old rumors surface every so often.
So if you know Jim, or like Jim, or just dislike misinformation take some time to spread the truth about Deities & Demigods for a stalwart of the gaming industry and a true professional, not to mention a really nice guy.