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Douglas Niles wrote the very first Forgotten Realms novel, Darkwalker on Moonshae, as well as the subsequent titles in the Moonshae trilogy and two further trilogies in the Forgotten Realms. Until 1982 he was a high school teacher in Clinton, Wisconsin. Heidi Gygax, daughter of D&D co-creator Gary Gygax, was in his class, and introduced him to the game around 1979. In 1982 he left his teaching career for a job at TSR and began developing adventure games, for which he has won both the H.G. Wells award and the Origins award. In 1990, he left TSR to write fantasy fiction, something he continues to this day.
Doug is a Green Bay Packers fan living in rural Wisconsin. His hobbies include hiking, cycling and playing the guitar. He has a wife named Christine and two children: Allison and David.
- Douglas Niles. Pen & Paper RPG Database. Retrieved on 2007-05-06.