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Jason S. Marin, Esq., was born in the Bronx, New York, on March 9, 1974. He began reading at an early age and instantly became interested in fantasy and science fiction - devouring novels by Margaret Weiss and Tracy Hickman, Terry Brooks, Robert Asprin, Jennifer Robinson, and Christopher Stasheff. His literary interests soon began spreading, getting him involved in roleplaying before the age of 10. In an astounding display of wisdom and character, his parents encouraged this burgeoning hobby and even bought him his first game - Champions - allowing him to play and run sessions in the family basement.

From that moment on, Jason and his hometown buddies played every game they could get their hands on, regularly delving into Cyberpunk, D&D, Call of Cthulhu, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Battletech, Toon, Rifts, Shadowrun, and many, many others that the current word count prevents from mentioning. They even ran a few homebrewed games that never made it past more than a few sessions.

Those homebrewed games were the earliest foundations of Dawnfire. Jason's goal in experimenting with original systems was to incorporate all of the house rules he and his friends had created and developed into a single coherent ruleset - a system that players felt addressed all their concerns, and provided options to allow players the freedom to create the kind of character they've always wanted to play, without being inhibited by particular regulations.

After graduating high school, Jason managed to balance real life with a continued interest in gaming. He earned a BA in biology from Vassar College in 1996 and a JD from Fordham University School of Law in 1999, while still building the rules and environment found in Dawnfire today.

Jason is admitted to the New York State Bar, and currently practices law at Cooper & Dunham LLP. While at Vassar, he met Marie Del Rio, who shared in his interests and passion for role playing. Jason married Marie on March 25, 2001, and in true fairy tale fashion are living the "happily ever after" bit. Jason and Marie live in NYC with their cat, Grover Homeeda Del Rio. Aside from role playing, Jason is an avid comic book fan, a die-hard "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" watcher, and an Otaku. He runs an Anime club in New York city with his wife, and a LARP at Otakon, in Baltimore, MD. He still runs Dawnfire Games every Saturday with a group of friends who, though they may not be his hometown buddies, are a fine, hardcore group of gamers in their own right.

Copyright 2001, Jason Marin


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