James L. Sutter

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James L. Sutter
Born (1984-03-01) March 1, 1984 (age 35)
Issaquah, Washington, United States
OccupationWriter, game designer
NationalityUnited States
GenreRole-playing games, fantasy

James L. Sutter (born March 1984[1]) is an American game designer, author, and musician,[2] best known for co-creating the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game and the Starfinder Roleplaying Game, serving as Starfinder's original Creative Director.[3]


James L. Sutter joined Paizo Publishing as an Assistant Editor on Dungeon Magazine before working as both a developer and editor to help create the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game. He currently serves as Paizo's Executive Editor,[4] and commissions all the Pathfinder Tales novels.[5] In 2016, he was announced as the Creative Director in charge of the new Starfinder Roleplaying Game for Paizo.[3] He has written several novels, game books, and short stories in such publications as Machine of Death, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Escape Pod and Podcastle.[citation needed]


  • Death's Heretic (2011, finalist for the Compton Crook Award[6])
  • The Redemption Engine (2014, winner of the Scribe Award for Best Original Speculative Novel[7])


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  3. ^ a b "paizo.com - Paizo / Paizo Blog". paizo.com. Retrieved 2016-05-30.
  4. ^ Moher, Aiden. "Interview with James L. Sutter". A Dribble of Ink.
  5. ^ "What Roleplaying Teaches Writers". Tor/Forge Blog.
  6. ^ "James L. Sutter". Macmillan Website.
  7. ^ "2015 Scribe Award Winners". Locus Online.