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Dan Paladin

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Dan Paladin
Paladin attending PAX Prime 2012
Born (1979-09-14) September 14, 1979 (age 44)
Ohio, United States
Other namesSynj
Occupation(s)Video game art designer, developer
Years active2001—present
EmployerThe Behemoth
Known for

Daniel Joseph Paladin (born September 14, 1979[1]), also known as Synj, is an American video game artist, designer, and co-founder of the video game company The Behemoth.

He began collaborating with Newgrounds creator Tom Fulp and in the early 2000's designed several Flash-based browser games: Sack Smash 2001, Chainsaw the Children, Dad n' Me, and, most notably, Alien Hominid.[2] In 2002, he, Fulp, John Baez, and Brandon LaCava founded the video game company The Behemoth. Paladin designed the critically acclaimed remake of Alien Hominid, as well as the hack-and-slash game Castle Crashers, with his 2D style becoming signature for these games.[3][4]

Aside from working for The Behemoth, Paladin has also worked for Gratuitous Games and Presto Studios. He also composed the polka-style closing credits tune for the Cyanide & Happiness animated shorts.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Paladin lives in San Diego, California, where The Behemoth is located. He was an active member of Newgrounds.[6]


Year Title
2002 Alien Hominid
2008 Castle Crashers
2013 BattleBlock Theater
2018 Pit People
2023 Alien Hominid Invasion


Castle Crashers, a game Paladin is credited as the art director of, won two awards in Independent Games Festival 2007: "Excellence In Visual Art" and "Audience Award".[7][8]


  1. ^ "The Behemoth - Facebook". Facebook.
  2. ^ "Dan Paladin". synj.net. Retrieved 12 February 2013.
  3. ^ "Taunting The Behemoth: Tom Fulp and Dan Paladin Cry Out". www.gamasutra.com. 12 December 2008.
  4. ^ "The Behemoth's Game 5 is Alien Hominid Invasion". 31 January 2020.
  5. ^ "I Like Your Hat".
  6. ^ "DanPaladin". Newgrounds. Retrieved 12 February 2013.
  7. ^ "2007 IGF Main Competition Finalists Announced". Independent Games Festival (IGF). 9 December 2006.
  8. ^ "IGF Winners Announced!". Independent Games Festival (IGF). 8 March 2007.

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