Clark A. Peterson

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This article is about the game designer and judge. For 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-playing 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 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.[4]:365 On September 13, 2000, Necromancer Games announced a partnership with White Wolf in forming their "Sword & Sorcery" imprint. 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

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 new license applied, 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 education[6][7] and 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 fill a vacant judge magistrate's seat in Idaho's First 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 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. [1][3] 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 from work.[1] Peterson asserted that his hobby has never delayed a hearing or prevented him from doing work.[1] In response to the concerns, Peterson announced plans to not post during business hours and to use caution in commenting about products. He also deleted his online avatar, Orcus, Lord of the Undead, to focus on his judicial activities.[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 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. 
  6. ^ a b
  7. ^ a b c "Hon. Clark Allen Peterson". Amendola Doty & Brumley PLLC. Archived from the original on December 5, 2013. Retrieved December 5, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Idaho Attorney Roster Search - Idaho State Bar". Retrieved 24 May 2015. 
  9. ^ "Here comes the judge". Coeur d'Alene Press. Retrieved 24 May 2015.