D&D Celebrity Satine Phoenix & Husband Jamison Stone Accused Of Abuse Towards Freelancers

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D&D influencer Satine Phoenix, and her husband Jamison Stone, who run tabletop gaming company Apotheosis Studios, have been accused of abusive behavior towards freelancers and contracted workers.

Satine Phoenix is a well-known D&D personality and creator, and was the D&D Community Manager for about a year back in 2018. Both she and Stone have appeared in many events and streaming shows, and have worked with WotC, Geek & Sundry, and other companies. Recently their Kickstarter campaign Sirens: Battle of the Bards raised over $300,000. At GaryCon, a US gaming convention, the couple held a public wedding.

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Accusations were initially leveled last week against Stone by tattooist Chad Rowe, who tweeted about the abusive way in which Stone, as his client at the time, treated him. The artist was "insulted, berated, and talked down to as if I was a lesser person". Other reports started to roll in as people shared similar experiences, with people revealing how they had been bullied by them, and how the pair frequently portrayed themselves as 'better' than those they worked with. At the time of writing there have been many such reports including one from voice actress and designer Liisa Lee who was subjected to underhanded business practices by Phoenix and her then partner Ruty Rutenberg. Others indicated difficulties in getting paid for work done for Stone and Phoenix or their company.

Lysa Penrose reported on problematic interactions while Phoenix worked at WotC, who was the primary point of contact regarding a report of abuse. Penrose reports that Phoenix failed to pass on the reports of abuse, and continued to publicly associate with the abuser.

Jamison Stone has since resigned as CEO of Apotheosis Studios (though the pair do own the company) and issued a long apology which has been widely criticized. Phoenix released a statement about a week later. Screenshots leaked from a private channel indicate that they have adopted a strategy of shifting the blame onto Stone, so that Phoenix's public image remain intact, with Stone writing “I also am ensuring behind the scenes ... we shield Satine as much as physically possible from damage.”

D&D In A Castle, which is an event which hosts D&D games run by professional DMs in a weekend break in a castle, has dropped the pair from its lineup, as has Jasper's Game Day, an organization which works to prevent suicides. Origins Game Fair, at which the couple are celebrity guests, removed Stone from its guest list, but not Phoenix, stating that "staff assessed that there was no immediate risk of physical harm".

According to ComicBook.com. former collaborator of Phoenix, Ruty Rutenberg, is suing Phoenix, alleging misappropriation of $40,000 of stream network Maze Arcana's money.
 

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Russ Morrissey

Russ Morrissey

Chromie

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I decided to make this a post so more can be aware.

Just wanted to spread this for those interested. The latest update on Battle of the Bard’s kickstarter page was about Jamison resigning as CEO of the company (even though he owns it so it’s a naughty word move) and I’m requesting a refund from them for their naughty word treatment of their writers. Who knows if I’ll get it but whatever. I found an extensive reddit post with links to a lot of people speaking of the abuse and naughty word behavior from both Jamison and Satine. I’ve linked the reddit post and RPG.net thread.

Here’s a video summarizing the situation pretty well.


Reddit thread has a lot of the links centralized in one post. Seems to be updated still.


Much more discussion and summary at RPG.net


EDIT: Great Twitter thread with summary of each person and how their experience with the couple.



Jamison Stone solicits sex during a business meeting.

Satine used a connect at WotC to prevent the hire of someone who wanted to be credited for their work.


Satine to comment sometime soon. At the limit of media inserts for this post.


 
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You are a little late to the party. This started much much earlier, and has been all over social media for a week. Just like in any industry, you will find good people and awful people. Here is an example of the latter. Frankly, I watched her DM. She was disinterested, disorganized, and arrogant (I can live with the last if the first two are the opposite). And as a player in the cringe-worthy WOTC sponsored one on one's, she clearly does not even know basic rules, or chooses to ignore them.

Those alone are reasons to trash her and her husband (who is also a terrible player).
 

darjr

I crit!
Please don’t chastise someone posting an important thread.

Edit: yes I have in the past or at least come close to it. Note however in the past I was concerned about privacy issues, wrongly in at least one case.

Edit to add a note, this was about the thread before it became an article.
 
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doctorbadwolf

Heretic of The Seventh Circle
You are a little late to the party. This started much much earlier, and has been all over social media for a week. Just like in any industry, you will find good people and awful people. Here is an example of the latter. Frankly, I watched her DM. She was disinterested, disorganized, and arrogant (I can live with the last if the first two are the opposite). And as a player in the cringe-worthy WOTC sponsored one on one's, she clearly does not even know basic rules, or chooses to ignore them.

Those alone are reasons to trash her and her husband (who is also a terrible player).
Um…this whole post is inappropriate, but the last part is kinda funny. You think being “bad players” is reason enough to trash someone? Really?
 

jdrakeh

Front Range Warlock
For those of us who were around during the Zak S. debacle and subsequent fallout, Satine Phoenix's behavior here came as absolutely no surprise. That said, I didn't even know who her husband was until they made their marriage into a GaryCon event. This is a hell of an encore performance.
 

Sacrosanct

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Publisher
My opinion on the matter. I’m staying away from judging them personally because I’m sure I don’t have all info and it’s always best to wait a bit and most importantly, it won’t fix the situation. Rather, I want to stress that we should be supporting our creators and paying freelancers appropriately.

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