Stephen V. Cole is an American game designer, an engineer, and former US Army intelligence officer who has helped found several different game companies. He was the founder of the game company JagdPanther Publications which published games and the magazine JagdPanther Publications between 1973 to 1977. He co-founded Task Force Games which first published Star Fleet Battles. This company was essentially in business from 1979 until 1988. He has also been the CEO of Amarillo Design Bureau, Inc. which also publishes Star Trek games.