A costume club devoted to the dark side that does charity work can’t be all that bad. In fact, screen-worthy looking outfits and customized characters aren’t the only thing that “TDE,” a club named after the first Legends comic with an original storyline, has to offer. You don’t have to be a costumer to fully appreciate the many aspects of the dark side!

Back in 2009, I was looking for a fan group that specialized in dark side costuming, as well as appreciation of the darker side of the Force. I found that in a little known club called “The Dark Empire,” and little did I know then, over the years it would change entirely, offering more than just costuming as a part of what it does as an organization.

Being an avid podcaster and a listener of many podcasts, especially of the Star Wars variety, I took note that after a few years of existence, the Dark Empire still lacked considerably in membership, and I wanted to do something about it. As the first Tyran’ari, or public relations officer of TDE, I embarked on a quest to help make that change.

Not only did I want to inform the inhabitants of the Sol system about TDE and its costuming and charity work, I also wanted to create a fun dark-side-themed show that anyone, club member or not, could enjoy. After conferring with the leaders of the club at the time, the first incarnation of Dark Empire Radio was born in early 2010. That was only the beginning of many fun things that TDE would have to offer to both members and non-members alike.

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