Dan Clarke

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Dan Clarke

Dan Clarke

I was born in 1984 in Toronto, Canada, the eldest son of three.  I knew I wanted to be a writer at six years old, when my teacher Mrs. Bywater would send other children to ask me for spelling help.  The first story I remember writing was about an astronaut, also written on space-suit-shaped paper.

Since reading The Hobbit in grade school, I have been hooked on epic fantasy.  Reading these series was an escape, and I devoured them – Tolkien, Brooks, Goodkind, Whyte, Martin.  Fantasy movies were never too great, but something about them still appealed; the clear difference between good and evil, right and wrong, and the gradual slipping as I got older.  The gray areas explored in the best examples of the genre became my favourite bits, but I never quite got over my idolization of the hero: the shining armour, the sharp blade that only fell in the cause of right… even when the hero has flaws like the surname Lannister or the willing blindness of Arthur, they stood apart from the rest.

I started playing D&D when my friend Jeffery introduced me with the beginning module Zanzer’s Dungeon, and was playing eight or more hours every Saturday afternoon at my peak, in groups of up to eleven people during high school.  In grade ten, I discovered the LARP Amtgard, and Sean, Adam and I started playing in the backyard of the house we played D&D in with the rest of our group.  Now, more than a decade later, we play in the larger Amtgard community and I have branched out into trying other LARPs in my spare time.  I have never lost that shining ideal, though.

I have always enjoyed organizing events, and when the idea for one of this scale started to coalesce I could not help but jump into it head first and, so to speak, sword swinging.

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