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Stan! Stan!

United States


October 16, 1964 (age 59) Brooklyn, New York City, United States (

writer, cartoonist, game designer

role-playing games, fantasy

Stan! (born Steven Brown on 16 October 1964 in Brooklyn, New York City, United States) is an American author, cartoonist, and game designer. He is sometimes credited as Stan Brown.



Brown was born and grew up on Long Island and attended Binghamton University. Brown began publishing fiction, cartoons, and games professionally in 1982, usually under the pen name "Stan!." He is the author of numerous short stories, novels, roleplaying products, comics and cartoons. He has served as a graphic designer and line editor for West End Games; an editor and game designer for TSR, Inc.; and an author, senior game designer, and creative director for Wizards of the Coast, Inc. He has also been the creative content manager at Upper Deck Entertainment.

In 2007, R. Hyrum Savage formed a subsidiary of his OtherWorld Creations with Brown called Super Genius Games. He has also worked as the creative content manager for Upper Deck Entertainment, and the creative vice president for The Game Mechanics, Inc. Brown is the Creative Director for Super Genius Games. He co-founded The Game Mechanics with JD Wiker, Marc Schmalz, and Rich Redman.

Stan! has worked on a variety of role-playing titles, including Paranoia, Dragonlance, Marvel Super Heroes, Ravenloft, and Forgotten Realms, as well as being a principal designer for d20 Modern. He is also the author of two novels published by Wizards of the Coast.

Media mentions

Stan! has appeared in the following newspaper and magazine articles, websites and podcasts.


  • Atomic Array: Stan! appeared on these episodes: 037 (Snows of an Early Winter).
  • RPG Countdown: Stan! appeared on these episodes: 18 December 2009 (The Genius Guide to the Shadow Assassin).
  • Videos

  • Meet Stan!: A 29-minute video of Stan! telling about his life growing up, going to school and getting into the gaming industry.
  • Secrets of TSR: Panel discussion from PaizoCon 2012. Stan! tells some great stories about his time working on Dungeons & Dragons.
  • Stan!, Gamerati: Stan! talks about his time living in Japan, starting the countries first English-language gaming guild, etc.
  • References

    Stan! Wikipedia

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