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Owen K.C. Stephens

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Owen K.C. Stephens
Owen K.C. Stephens

October 28, 1970
Norman, OK
Developer (2014–2017)
Starfinder Design Lead (2017–2019)
Freelance Contributor
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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.

Pathfinder Credits

Adventure Credits

Title Date Notes
Magic of Thassilon"Magic of Thassilon" 0801 January 2008 Sins of the Saviors, 56.
Faces of the Earthbound Evils"Faces of the Earthbound Evils" 0805 May 2008 Escape from Old Korvosa, 60.
Penumbral Accords, TheThe Penumbral Accords 1012 December 2010 PFS 1e #02-11
Bestiary 54"Bestiary" #54 1202 February 2012 The Empty Throne, 82.
Meet the Villain: Urgraz"Meet the Villain: Urgraz" 1606 June 2016 Scourge of the Godclaw, 60.
Developer Showcase: Angradd"Developer Showcase: Angradd" 1908 August 2019 Midwives to Death, 64.
Adventure Toolbox 146"Adventure Toolbox" #146 1908 August 2019 Cult of Cinders, 70.
Adventure Toolbox 148"Adventure Toolbox" #148 1910 October 2019 Fires of the Haunted City, 72.
Adventure Toolbox 150"Adventure Toolbox" #150 1912 December 2019 Broken Promises, 72.
See also: Category:Works by Owen K.C. Stephens

Sourcebook Credits

Title Date Notes
Campaign Setting 0808 August 2008
Guide to Absalom 0812 December 2008 Cover credit
Gnomes of Golarion 1005 May 2010
Advanced Player's Guide 1008 August 2010
Inner Sea World Guide, TheThe Inner Sea World Guide 1103 March 2011
Ultimate Magic 1104 April 2011
Inner Sea Magic 1107 July 2011 Cover credit
Advanced Race Guide 1206 June 2012
Ultimate Equipment 1208 August 2012
Animal Archive 1302 February 2013
Faiths & Philosophies 1308 August 2013
Advanced Class Guide 1408 August 2014
Monster Summoner's Handbook 1506 June 2015
Inner Sea Races 1509 September 2015
Distant Shores 1510 October 2015
Spymaster's Handbook 1606 June 2016
Paths of the Righteous 1612 December 2016
Heroes from the Fringe 1808 August 2018
Faiths of Golarion 1812 December 2018
Character Guide 1910 October 2019
Gamemastery Guide 2002 February 2020
Legends 2007 July 2020
Ancestry Guide 2102 February 2021
Highhelm 2306 June 2023
GM Core 2311 November 2023
See also: Category:Works by Owen K.C. Stephens

Fiction Credits

Title Date Notes
Urgraz"Urgraz" 1604 April 2016 Meet the Villains. Link
Ready"Ready" 2001 January 2020 Iconic Encounters. Link
Pointed Questions"Pointed Questions" 2112 December 2021 Iconic Encounters. Link
See also: Category:Works by Owen K.C. Stephens


  1. Owen K.C. Stephens. (2014). About,
  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.