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Meet the Judges and Staff!

RPG Superstar™ 2015 Host—Owen K. C. Stephens

Owen K.C. Stephens is the Host of the 2015 RPG Superstar contest. A veteran RPG game designer and freelancer, and co-founder of Rogue Genius Games. He joined Paizo in April of this year as a developer. He primarily works on the Pathfinder Modules and Player Companion product lines, and is responsible for suggesting many of the changes to this year’s contest. You can keep up with his various projects at

Round 1 Judges

Liz Courts

Liz blames her brother for all of this. An avid gamer for over twenty years, Liz has worked on over 40 different RPG products, helped organize the first unofficial PaizoCon, started and headed the Wayfinder fanzine for its first four issues, then went on to work for Paizo after being a member of its community for five years. Liz also likes art, baking, coffee, and all things ninja, but not always in that order.

Mark Seifter

Mark Seifter transitioned in June from researching Artificial Intelligence at MIT to working as Paizo's newest designer. So far, you haven’t seen the fruits of Mark’s designer labor, but in April with the launch of Pathfinder Unchained several of his ridiculously circuitous plans will be one-quarter complete. Just you wait, RPG Superstar fans, just you wait.

Round 2 Judges

Crystal Frasier

Crystal Frasier is a writer, artist, and designer whose work has been featured in Paizo, Kobold Press, Rite Publishing, Dynamite Comics, Prism Comics, and Palladium Books. She owns an inordinately large collection of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comics and is currently obsessed with mutating her pet corgi, Calamity Mythos.

Rob Lazzaretti

Robert Lazzaretti has been drawing maps professionally for 20 years. Most infamously known for creating the maps for the original Planescape campaign setting. Over the years he has drawn thousands of maps for almost every role playing game.

Round 3 Judges

Adam Daigle

A longtime fan and member of the messageboard community, Adam Daigle grew up on the Gulf Coast of Texas and lived in Austin before coming to work at Paizo as a developer. Adam has contributed dozens of monsters to various Pathfinder products, and continues to dream up dozens of monsters a year to appear in the Pathfinder Adventure Path Bestiary.

Mikko Kallio

Mikko Kallio is a freelancer, RPG design blogger, and former RPG Superstar™ finalist who leveled up and joined the judging panel this year. On his blog, A Sword for Hire, he interviews third-party publishers both big and small, shares information about freelancing and RPG Superstar™, and organizes events such as the Here Be Monsters contest. Besides RPGs, Mikko likes hiking, running, traveling, languages, guitars, swords, and a lot of other things.

Round 4 Judges

John Compton

John Compton, once an archaeologist and a teacher, is now a developer at Paizo and the development lead for Pathfinder Society Organized Play, which is well into its fifth season. He proudly shows off scenarios published over the last year as if they were photos of grandchildren, continues to pad his 5-Star judge rating with more GMing, and is always ready to rattle off underappreciated Pathfinder RPG trivia to unsuspecting passersby. His hobbies include experimenting with archaeometallurgy, watching nature documentaries, practicing martial arts, and taking on freelance RPG assignments.

Steven T. Helt

Steven T. Helt won the Paizo Superstar contest in 2013. Since then he's built a coterie of designers known as the Four Horsemen, who have worked for a number of publishers in their first year. Steve is a long time game master and role player, first playing as a magic user in an adventure about queens, demons, web, and pits. He first considered a career in Pathfinder design a few years ago, when he won his first of two Iron GM world championships. Now he works with his fellow evil outsiders to bring new rules and a pair of new settings to Pathfinder players everywhere.Steve lives in his hometown of Tulsa, Oklahoma, where he works as a field sales trainer for a large family insurance firm. He celebrates ten years married to his high school sweetheart and has four daughters.

Round 5 Judges

James Jacobs

James Jacobs has been at Paizo for over a decade, during which time he's had his hands deep in the innards of hundreds of different adventures. He's currently Paizo's Creative Director, but still somehow finds time now and then to write adventures and books for Golarion, Pathfinder's official campaign setting. His lifelong dream is to catch sight of Bigfoot, Ogopogo, or BOTH AT ONCE!!!! Hey... it's possible—they live in the same place sorta!

Nicole Lindroos

Nicole Lindroos entered the game industry in 1987. She has worked on staff on numerous game lines and for several companies including Lion Rampant, White Wolf, Atlas Games and Cheapass Games. She co-founded Adventures Unlimited magazine, contributed the gaming-food column Adventures in Dinner for Open Gaming Monthly and has been an active freelancer for large and small companies alike. Since 2000 she has been co-owner and General Manager of Green Ronin Publishing.

RPG Superstar Staff

Chris Lambertz

Chris Lambertz provides logistics and technical support for the RPG Superstar competition. At Paizo she creates and maintains all our digital products, assists with scheduling and generating new web content, and provides support for the community. She is a half-marathoner, hiker, photographer, and lover of gifs and glitter. Definitely not a robot.

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