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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There's also the famous actor Spencer Tracy.
And the country music artist, Tracy Adkins.
There originator of my art style, Tracy Pad.
And we can't forget the actor from Shameless, William H. Tracy.
William H. Macy.

Sorry . . . could not resist my impulse to correct a minor error . . .

Also, I think "Tracy" as a last name isn't necessarily seen as feminine, but "Tracy" as a first name certainly is, despite lots of dudes with that name over time. How we feminize or masculinize words is funny sometimes.
 

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And the country music artist, Tracy Adkins.
His stage name is Trace and pronounce Tr-ace not Tracy. (Though he was born with the name Tracy.)

Also, I think "Tracy" as a last name isn't necessarily seen as feminine, but "Tracy" as a first name certainly is, despite lots of dudes with that name over time. How we feminize or masculinize words is funny sometimes.
I have dead male relatives named Aubrey. I have yet to meet someone under 80 named Aubrey who wasn't a girl.
 


Re: names being male/female, it feels like in the 70s/80s/90s, people got way more insistent about names having just one gender associated with them. Before that it seems like there were a lot more names that were "either". My RL name is one of the few that is still either (more likely to be male but not to the point people would assume).

Re: Jamison/Satine, welp, my fairly reliable creepdar always kept me away from their stuff, even though some of it looked kind of appealing, so I can't say I'm entirely surprised, but I am impressed/horrified that Jamison particularly could manage to sustain such incredibly unpleasant behaviour for so long towards so many people, especially when they're being really nice to him. Jordan Peterson thing is 100% unsurprising, as this "talking like a really bad-natured robot" thing seems to be extremely common with Peterson fans.
 



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