Steven S. Long has worked as a writer and RPG designer for over 20 years, during which he’s written or co-written approximately 200 books. He’s best known for his work with Champions and the HERO System, and has won numerous industry awards.
Steven S. Long’s been involved in the gaming industry for over twenty years, during which time he’s written, co-written, edited, or developed over 200 books. He got his start as a freelancer for Hero Games, for whom he wrote several books in the mid-Nineties. He soon branched out into working for other game companies, such as White Wolf Game Studios. In 1997, Steve quit his job as a practicing trial lawyer to try game writing and design full-time. During this time he worked as a freelancer for lots of companies, including White Wolf, Pinnacle Entertainment Group, and Last Unicorn Games. His work on Last Unicorn’s Star Trek RPG lines 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 became a Designer for WOTC, working on (among other things) the Wheel Of Time RPG.
After leaving WOTC in December 2000, Steve was hired by Decipher, Inc. to work on its new Star Trek and Lord Of The Rings RPGs. He contributed substantial portions of the two Trek core books, but spent most of 2001 writing nearly all of the LOTR RPG, for which he won his second Origins Award for Best Roleplaying Game of the year. In 2001, Steve became part owner of DOJ, Inc., the company that bought Hero Games. From 2001 to 2011 he was HERO System Line Developer, writing most of the 110 books the company produced during the decade, and handling editing and other creative matters. Currently Steve is back to freelancing and is exploring the brave new world of self-publishing.
In addition to various gaming-related projects he’s spent the past several years working on Fantasy fiction, with about a dozen short stories published so far and a novel perpetually in rewrites.
In May 2015 Osprey Publishing released his first major nonfiction work, a book about the Norse god Odin. He’s currently working on a comprehensive book on world mythology.
Steve, who’s single and in his early 50s, lives in scenic Greensboro, NC. He’s a graduate of Duke University and Duke University School of Law (go Blue Devils!). During those rare moments when he’s not doing something related to writing or game design, his hobbies include reading, collecting fountain pens, collecting antique maps and travel guides from the 1920s and ’30s, spoiling his cat Persimmon, pontification, and being a curmudgeon.
You can find out more about Steve and what he’s up to at www.stevenslong.com.