Clark A. Peterson

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This article is about the game designer and judge. For Clark Peterson, the producer and executive, see Clark Peterson.

Clark Allen Peterson[1] is the founder of Necromancer Games, co-creator of Legendary Games,[2] and an Idaho state magistrate judge in Coeur d'Alene[1][3]

Role-rlaying games industry[edit]

Clark Peterson and his old friend Bill Webb formed Necromancer Games in the spring of 2000 to publish role-playing materials using the impending d20 license; on August 10, 2000, the same day Wizards of the Coast was to release the new Player's Handbook at GenCon 33, Peterson and Webb published a free PDF adventure called The Wizard's Amulet just a few minutes after midnight that same day.[4]:365 On September 13, 2000, Necromancer Games announced a partnership with White Wolf in forming their "Sword & Sorcery" imprint, and Peterson and Webb produced many of White Wolf's rulebooks including Creature Collection (2000), Relics & Rituals (2000), The Divine and The Defeated (2001), and Creature Collection II (2001).[4]:365 Peterson ran "Return to the Caverns of Thracia" as a tournament at GenCon XXXV in 2002, after Necromancer Games formed a partnership with Judges Guild to release Judges Guild products.[4]:70 His online avatar was Orcus, Lord of the Undead, but he deleted it to focus on his judicial activities.[3]

Peterson was initially a big supporter of the GSL for fourth edition D&D when it was announced on April 2008, but, by July after seeing the reality of the new license, he declared it "a total unmitigated failure".[4]:296 In March 2010, Peterson declared that Necromancer Games was on indefinite hiatus.[5] Peterson has since co-created Legendary Games,[3] focusing on plug-in material for Pathfinder Roleplaying Game adventure paths and sourcebooks.[2]

Career in Law[edit]

Peterson attended Washington and Lee University for his undergraduate eduction.[6][7] Peterson graduated from Loyola Law School.[1] He was admitted to the California Bar in 1994[6][7] and the Idaho Bar in 2001.[7][8] He was a deputy district attorney in Las Vegas.[1] He was a defense attorney at Amendola Doty & Brumley PLLC in Coeur d’Alene.[1] Peterson was selected to be a judge magistrate in the 1st District Court in 2010.[9] Peterson retained his position as magistrate with 81% of the vote in 2012; his term will expire in 2016.[1]

In December of 2013, two litigants in cases over which Judge Peterson had presided made claims that Peterson's recent financial and marital problems and role-playing hobby distracted him from his duties. [3][1] Administrative District Judge Lansing Haynes defended Peterson, describing him as "extraordinarily engaged in his work," "a real agile thinker," "a great resource to other judges", and "hard-working" with a "sharp focus". He saw no problem with Peterson posting on message boards during breaks while working.[1] Peterson asserted that his hobby has never impacted his time, delayed a hearing, or prevented him from doing work.[1] In response to these concerns, Peterson announced plans to not post during business hours and to give caution about comments about products.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Maben, Scott (December 4, 2013). "Kootenai County judge’s job, fantasy game hobby blur together". The Spokesman-Review. The Spokesman-Review. Retrieved December 4, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Products – Legendary Games.". 2011. Retrieved 2011-08-10. 
  3. ^ a b c d Ward, Stephanie Francis (4 December 2013). "Judge criticized over work-hours Web posts on fantasy game message boards says he will scale back". American Bar Association. Retrieved 6 December 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c d Shannon Appelcline (2011). Designers & Dragons. Mongoose Publishing. ISBN 978-1-907702-58-7. 
  5. ^ "Necromancer Games currently on hiatus; future status unknown.". 2010. Retrieved 2010-04-19. 
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  7. ^ a b c "Hon. Clark Allen Peterson". Amendola Doty & Brumley PLLC. Archived from the original on December 5, 2013. Retrieved December 5, 2013. 
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