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Darin Leviloff was introduced to wargaming in the early 1980's at the Strategicon conventions in Southern California, then run by Alan Emrich. Over the years, Mr. Leviloff has retained a great interest in historical gaming, travel, and history. He obtained a Bachelor's degree in History (with honors) for the University of California, Santa Barbara, with an emphasis on Russian history. From there, Mr. Leviloff obtained a law degree from the University of California, Hastings College of Law in San Francisco and has practiced law for most of the past two decades, even serving as a deputy district attorney for Humboldt County for three years.
A father of three boys, Mr. Leviloff uses them as resources and playtesters for his designs. His first published design was for Victory Point Games' BattLessonTM line, entitled Israeli Independence, which was formulated as a teaching aid for a religious school class he taught. The basic system was upgraded for the solitaire States of SiegeTM system, which include three games designed by himself (Soviet Dawn, Ottoman Sunset, and Hapsburg Eclipse) and many other games by other designers. When he is not working, raising his family, designing or playing games, he has written and had published a number of historical articles, gaming articles, and media reviews for Fire & Movement, World at War, Modern War, Strategy & Tactics, C3I, and Against the Odds magazines.