Owen Kirker Clifford Stephens is the Starfinder Design Lead for Paizo, the Freeport and Pathfinder developer for Green Ronin Publishing, a consultant and developer for Rite Publishing, and the owner and publisher of Rogue Genius Games (with stores on DriveThruRPG, Open Gaming Store, and Paizo.com).
Born in 1970 in Norman, Oklahoma Owen was introduced to gaming by his uncle in 1979 and was instantly hooked. His first professional efforts were all accepted by publishers that went bankrupt before his work could be published. Perseverance eventually paid off, and now he has written for projects such as Star Wars Roleplaying Game Saga Edition, Black Company RPG, Wheel of Time RPG, Thieves’ World RPG, Dungeons & Dragons (four editions and counting!), The Guide to Absalom and other Pathfinder RPG books.
In 2010 in addition to his freelance career, he became the Lead Developer for Super Genius Games. In this role he wrote or oversaw the release of a new product a week, every week, for four years without a break. In 2013 Owen left Super Genius Games to start his own game company, Rogue Genius Games (with the official permission of SGG to use such a similar name). RGG began as a system for Owen to sell the hundreds of products he’d written for SGG, but has also become an ongoing business publishing both established freelancers and newcomers to the rpg design field. Later in 2013 Owen became the Pathfinder Developer for Green Ronin, which began with overseeing producing of a new Pathfinder-compatible version of Freeport, as well as an updated version of the popular Advanced Bestiary.
In early 2014, Owen accepted a job offer to become the an on-staff developer for Paizo, creators of the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game. In April of 2014 Owen and his wife moved from Norman, Oklahoma to the Seattle area. In 2017, he title changed to Starfinder Design Lead. In 2019 he left Paizo. He currently works as the Fantasy AGE Developer at Green Ronin, the publisher for Rogue Genius Games, and as a freelance game designer, developer, and consultant.