Steve Long (game designer)

Steven S. Long is a role-playing game author and one of the owners of Hero Games.

Long started playing Champions in 1982, and began writing for the game 10 years later, starting with articles in the Hero Games house magazine, "Adventurer's Club". [ [ "He Is The Champion"] , interview by Will Hindmarch, 17 June 2008, "The Escapist" magazine.] His writing expanded into collaborations, and full books starting with "Dark Champions" in 1993. Other works included "Justice Not Law", "An Eye For An Eye", "The Ultimate Martial Artist", "The Ultimate Mentalist", "Watchers Of The Dragon", and lots of articles for "Adventurer's Club", "The HERO System Almanacs", and similar publications. He soon branched out into working for other game companies, such as White Wolf Game Studios.

In 1997, Long quit his job as a practicing trial lawyer to write and design games as a freelancer. During this time he wrote for numerous companies, including White Wolf, Pinnacle Entertainment Group, Steve Jackson Games, Last Unicorn Games, and Chameleon Eclectic. His work on "Last Unicorn's Star Trek RPG" lines soon earned him a full-time job with the company as "Deep Space Nine RPG" Line Developer. He held that job for about fifteen months, until Wizards of the Coast bought LUG. He then moved on to being a Designer for WOTC, working on (among other things) "The Wheel of Time Roleplaying Game".

After leaving WOTC in December 2000, Long was hired by Decipher, Inc. to work on its new "Star Trek" and "Lord of the Rings" roleplaying games, the latter winning the 2002 Origins Award for Best Role-playing Game. [ [ "List of Winners; Presented at Origins 2003"] , Academy of Adventure Gaming Arts and Design.] All told, as of late 2001, Long had written, co-authored, or edited/developed over 70 RPG products.

In December 2001, he founded DOJ, Inc. along with Darren Watts and other investors, and purchased the rights and assets of Hero Games from Cybergames, Inc. In addition to being an owner of DOJ/Hero, Long also works for the company as HERO System Line Developer, where his duties include planning, writing, editing, and developing manuscripts for publication.

A graduate of Duke University and Duke University School of Law, he lives in Greensboro, North Carolina.


* [ HERO Games Employees and Freelancers]

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