Lisa Stevens

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Lisa Stevens on August 13, 2009, at the Gen Con Ennies awards show
Born Lisa Stevens
Occupation Editor
Nationality United States
Genre Role-playing games

Lisa Stevens is an American editor, CEO of Paizo Publishing,[1] and COO of Goblinworks.[2]


Stevens attended Saint Olaf College, where she met game designers Jonathan Tweet and Mark Rein-Hagen.[3] Stevens received an MBA from the University of Washington.[4] After graduating, she continued to hang out on campus running Dungeons & Dragons games.[5]:232


Stevens joined Tweet and Rein-Hagen in the game company Lion Rampant, which published Ars Magica in 1987.[3] Lion Rampant was a volunteer organization, and Stevens's editorial experience was needed at the company.[5]:232 After Stevens pitched the idea to Rein-Hagen and Stewart Wieck,[5]:235 Lion Rampant merged with White Wolf in 1990.[4] While on the road to GenCon 23 in 1990 with Stevens and Wieck, Rein-Hagen envisioned Vampire: The Masquerade, which the new company published in 1991.[5]:216 After meeting Rich Kaalaas of Wizards of the Coast at a GTS convention in March 1991 and then GenCon 25,[5]:276–277 Stevens left White Wolf that same year to join Wizards,[4] becoming that company's first full-time employee.[5]:277 She was a vice president for Wizards when they published Magic: The Gathering in 1993,[6] and she launched The Duelist to support it.[7] Having worked on the game while at Lion Rampant, she advised Wizards to acquire Ars Magica, which they did in 1994.[5]:279 After Wizards purchased TSR, Stevens became the Brand Manager for the RPGA and Greyhawk.[5]:282

She is also an expert on Star Wars collectibles,[8] and was the brand manager for Wizards' Star Wars role-playing game.[9]

Stevens left Wizards of the Coast in 2000, and made it known that she wanted to acquire the rights to Wizards' magazines if they ever became available.[5]:412 In May 2002, she formed Paizo Publishing, and is the CEO of the company.[4] When Wizards' entire magazine department was cut in 2002, Dragon, Dungeon, and Star Wars Insider magazines were all licensed to Paizo.[5]:291


  1. ^ Jayson Peters (August 5, 2009). "Pathfinder RPG Uses Its Charisma Bonus, Sells Out First Run". East Valley Tribune: Nerdvana. 
  2. ^ David Miller (December 6, 2011). "Pathfinder Online MMO". Purple Pawn. 
  3. ^ a b Appelcline, Shannon. "History of Game, #10". 3 January 2007. Retrieved 14 June 2013.
  4. ^ a b c d "Paizo People: Lisa Stevens". 
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Shannon Appelcline (2011). Designers & Dragons. Mongoose Publishing. ISBN 978-1-907702-58-7. 
  6. ^ Cherie Henderson (July 23, 1994). "It's Magic! Popular Cards Do a Disappearing Act". The Miami Herald. p. G1. 
  7. ^ Adrienne Ward Fawcett (June 26, 1995). "The Marketing 100: Lisa Stevens". Advertising Age. p. S24. 
  8. ^ Bonnie Britton (March 31, 2002). "The Force Will Be with Us". The Indianapolis Star. p. I1. 
  9. ^ Frank Vinluan (November 12, 2000). "Game Gives Sci-Fi Fans Free Rein". The Seattle Times. p. B4. 

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