Hello! My name is Paul Stefko, and I’m a professional tabletop game designer, writer, developer, and more. Nothing Ventured Games is both my website for thoughts on games and game design as well as my imprint for publishing my own independent games.
You can see my independent design work at DriveThruRPG or itch.io. There you’ll find everything from short supplements to complete games, including:
- Crashing Beasts and Crumbling Halls, my standalone game of dungeon fantasy adventure based on Fate Condensed;
- It’s Element-ary!, my Ennie-nominated sourcebook for your favorite Saturday morning superhero cartoon that never existed;
- support for 5e fantasy, Fate Core and Fate Accelerated, Dungeon World, and much more!
Every month, I produce support material for my games on my Patreon. Backers receive regular zine-length supplements, original characters, and more. If you’d like to get this material delivered right to your inbox, you can support me for as little as $1 per month. I also produce video content, including games education on my YouTube channel and live streams of video games or tabletop discussion on Twitch.
As a freelance designer, I’ve written for major tabletop publishers including Steve Jackson Games, Pelgrane Press, Atlas Games, and Evil Hat Productions. My work ranges from one-sheet adventures like Fire Down Below for Atomic Overmind Press, through combination setting/adventures like Psychedemia for Evil Hat, to complete RPGs such as Iron Edda: World of Metal and Bone for Exploding Rogue Studios.
Development & Consultation
I work with other designers to develop their ideas, mechanics, and presentation to help them make the best games possible. I’ve worked with individuals looking to publish their first adventure as well as publishers like Evil Hat Productions to help their products rise to the highest standards.
I’d love to work with you, whether as a consultant in the initial stages of your project, a developer to refine your vision, or even as a designer and writer to help carry the load. You can get in touch with me via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. We can work out an arrangement that will fit almost any budget.