Owen K.C. Stephens

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Owen K.C. Stephens
Owen K.C. Stephens
(Biography)
Homepage OwenKCStephens.com
Born October 28, 1970
Hometown Norman, OK
Position Contributor
Developer (2014–present)
Company Paizo Inc.

Owen Kirker Clifford Stephens is a game designer at Paizo Inc. on the Pathfinder Modules line, Lead Genius of Rogue Genius Games, and Pathfinder Developer for Green Ronin Publishing. He previously worked for Wizards of the Coast, Super Genius Games, White Wolf, and Steve Jackson Games.[1]

Owen was born in 1970 in Norman, Oklahoma. He was introduced to gaming by his uncle in 1979 (though his uncle now claims no memory of the event) and was instantly hooked. While attending the local high school and the University of Oklahoma, Owen became interested in creating novels and short stories and took every English and writing course he could. He later enrolled in creative writing courses taught by Forgotten Realms novel author Mel Odom.

During the early years of his freelance career, every piece of fiction Owen wrote was rejected, and every gaming article accepted. Taking the path of least resistance, he continued to write articles, many of which were accepted by magazines that went bust before his work could be published. In 1997, he attended a TSR Writer's Workshop, and his first professional work to see the light of day (an article on elven names in issue 250 of Dragon) was published shortly afterwards.

Owen moved with his wife and three cats to the Seattle area in 2000 after accepting a job as a Game Designer at Wizards of the Coast. While there, he worked on numerous Star Wars Roleplaying Game projects and the Wheel of Time Roleplaying Game. Fourteen months later, he returned to Oklahoma and picked up his freelance career. He has written freelance for numerous companies, including Green Ronin, White Wolf and Steve Jackson Games. His major credits include the Advanced Gamemaster's Guide, The Black Company Campaign Setting, numerous EverQuest RPG books, d20 Apocalypse, and d20 Cyberscape.[2]

In April 2014, Paizo Inc. announced that the company had hired Stephens as a staff developer to helm the quarterly line of 64-page Pathfinder Modules.[3] He has also hosted the RPG Superstar contest since RPG Superstar 2015.

Pathfinder credits

Title Date Volume (Page)
Advanced Class OriginsAdvanced Class Origins 1410October 2014 ACO
Animal Archive 1302February 2013 AA
Bestiary 54"Bestiary" #54 1202February 2012 PF54 (82)
Campaign Setting 0808August 2008 CS
City of Seven Spears"City of Seven Spears" 1011November 2010 PF39 (6)
Faces of the Earthbound Evils"Faces of the Earthbound Evils" 0805May 2008 PF9 (60)
Faiths & Philosophies 1308August 2013 F&P
Gnomes of Golarion 1005May 2010 GoG
Guide to Absalom 0812December 2008 GtA
Inner Sea Magic 1107July 2011 ISM
Inner Sea World Guide 1103March 2011 ISWG
Magic of Thassilon"Magic of Thassilon" 0712December 2007 PF5 (56)
More Magic of Thassilon"More Magic of Thassilon" 0712December 2007 PF5 (Web)
Penumbral AccordsThe Penumbral Accords 1012December 2012 PFS2-11
See also: Category:Works by Owen K.C. Stephens

References

  1. Owen K.C. Stephens. (2014). About, OwenKCStephens.com.
  2. Owen K.C. Stephens. (2005). Profile, Livejournal.
  3. Paizo Staff. (April 3, 2014). Game Designer Owen K.C. Stephens Joins the Paizo Team, Paizo News.