|Owen K.C. Stephens|
|Born||October 28, 1970|
Starfinder Design Lead (2017-present)
Owen Kirker Clifford Stephens is a game designer at Paizo Inc., 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.
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.
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. He also hosted the RPG Superstar contest in 2015. In 2017, Stephens transitioned from the Pathfinder team to the Starfinder team, taking the role of Design Lead in July of that year.
|Advanced Class Origins||October 2014|
|Animal Archive||February 2013|
|"Bestiary" #54||February 2012||The Empty Throne (82)|
|Campaign Setting||August 2008|
|"City of Seven Spears"||November 2010||City of Seven Spears (6)|
|"Faces of the Earthbound Evils"||May 2008||Escape from Old Korvosa (60)|
|Faiths & Philosophies||August 2013|
|Gnomes of Golarion||May 2010|
|Guide to Absalom||December 2008|
|Inner Sea Magic||July 2011|
|Inner Sea World Guide||March 2011|
|"Magic of Thassilon"||December 2007||Sins of the Saviors (56)|
|"More Magic of Thassilon"||December 2007||Sins of the Saviors (Web)|
|The Penumbral Accords||December 2012||The Penumbral Accords|
- See also: Category:Works by Owen K.C. Stephens
- Owen K.C. Stephens. (2014). About, OwenKCStephens.com.
- Owen K.C. Stephens. (2005). Profile, Livejournal.
- Paizo Staff. (April 3, 2014). Game Designer Owen K.C. Stephens Joins the Paizo Team, Paizo News.