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 Developer (2014–2017)
Starfinder Design Lead (2017–2019)
Freelance Contributor
Company Paizo Inc.
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Owen Kirker Clifford Stephens was 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.[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 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. In 2019, Stephens left the company.

Starfinder credits

Adventure Credits

Title Date Notes
Relics of Golarion"Relics of Golarion" 1708 August 2017 Incident at Absalom Station, 50.
Cult of the Devourer, The"The Cult of the Devourer" 1710 October 2017 Temple of the Twelve (adventure), 46.
Eox"Eox" 1712 December 2017 Splintered Worlds, 36.
Alien Archives 3"Alien Archives" #3 1712 December 2017 Splintered Worlds, 52.
Alien Archives 4"Alien Archives" #4 1802 February 2018 The Ruined Clouds, 36.
Empire of Bones 1806 June 2018 Dead Suns #6. Also wrote "Starship: Blackwind Annihilator," "Ships of the Line," and contributed to the Alien Archives for the volume.
Alien Archives 7"Alien Archives" #7 1808 August 2018 The Reach of Empire, 54.
Alien Archives 8"Alien Archives" #8 1809 September 2018 Escape from the Prison Moon, 54.
Alien Archives 9"Alien Archives" #9 1810 October 2018 The Rune Drive Gambit, 54.
Codex of Worlds: Kax"Codex of Worlds: Kax" 1811 November 2018 The Diaspora Strain, 62.
Codex of Worlds: Malfane"Codex of Worlds: Malfane" 1812 December 2018 The Penumbra Protocol, 62.
Codex of Worlds: Nodethe"Codex of Worlds: Nodethe" 1901 January 2019 Heart of Night, 62.
Alien Archives 13"Alien Archives" #13 1902 February 2019 Fire Starters, 54.
Alien Archives 14"Alien Archives" #14 1808 August 2018 Soldiers of Brass, 54.
Alien Archives 15"Alien Archives" #15 1904 April 2019 Sun Divers, 54.
Alien Archives 17"Alien Archives" #17 19XX Juny 2019 Solar Strike, 54.
Alien Archives 18"Alien Archives" #18 1907 July 2019 Assault on the Crucible, 54.
Alien Archives 20"Alien Archives" #20 1908 August 2019 The Last Refuge, 54.
Flight of the Sleepers 2003 March 2020 The Threefold Conspiracy #2. Also wrote "Starship: Steward Banshee FA Frigate" and contributed to the Alien Archives for the volume.
Side Jobs"Side Jobs" 2012 December 2020 Merchants of the Void, 54.
See also: Category:Works by Owen K.C. Stephens

Sourcebook Credits

Title Date Notes
Core Rulebook 1708 August 2017
Alien Archive 17XX Octber 2017
Pact Worlds 1803 March 2018
Alien Archive 2 1810 October 2018
Beginner Box 1904 April 2019
Alien Archive 3 1908 August 2019
Character Operations Manual 1911 November 2019
Alien Archive 4 2012 December 2020
Interstellar Species 2211 November 2022
See also: Category:Works by Owen K.C. Stephens

Fiction Credits

Title Date Notes
Altronus"Altronus" 1707 July 2017 Meet the Iconics. Link
Something'S Rotten"Something's Rotten" 2003 March 2020 Iconic Encounters. Link
Harbinger Awakens"Harbinger Awakens" 2009 September 2020 Tales from the Drift. Link
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.