Professionalism and Credit

When someone in a creative industry says “This was a big project, and I am thrilled to get to contribute to it. The work done by persons X, Y, and Z was both critical and amazingly good” I am both impressed that the speaker is connected enough to know who did good work, and pleased they were able to work with others to make the best possible product.”
When a creative says “I did all this, and all credit goes to me” I am immediately suspicious. Sure, in some cases it’s true. And when I know the person or their project well enough to know it’s true, I am impressed. But 9 times out of 10 when I look into such claims, there are numerous important people the speaker is covering in shadow, and that’s not cool.

About Owen K.C. Stephens

Owen K.C. Stephens Owen Kirker Clifford Stephens is a full-time ttRPG Writer, designer, developer, publisher, and consultant. He's the publisher for Rogue Genius Games, and has served as the Starfinder Design Lead for Paizo Publishing, the Freeport and Pathfinder RPG developer for Green Ronin, a developer for Rite Publishing, and the Editor-in-Chief for Evil Genius Games. Owen has written game material for numerous other companies, including Wizards of the Coast, Kobold Press, White Wolf, Steve Jackson Games and Upper Deck. He also consults, freelances, and in the off season, sleeps. He has a Pateon which supports his online work. You can find it at

Posted on May 18, 2016, in Business of Games, Musings. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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