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

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...

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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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Umbran

Mod Squad
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How does one oppose the evil that is pornography without coming across as sex shaming? I would genuinely like to know.

Mod Note:
EN World is not an appropriate venue for your opposition to pornography in the first place. If someone puts pornographic art in a gaming product, and you feel moved to voice opposition to that, it might be relevant, but the issue in the larger sphere is beyond our bailiwick.

Please take your efforts elsewhere, and you will not have to worry about how people react to who you shame.
 

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doctorbadwolf

Heretic of The Seventh Circle
First of all, I am not questioning someone that worked/works in the sex industry being in the TTRPG space.
Dude if you don’t have a problem with porn stars becoming D&D celebrities without hiding thier past then I do not care about any of the rest of this. You claimed that what other people were doing was “valid”, and not sex shaming. It is sex shaming, and is not remotely valid.

All this nonsense garbage acting like anyone is advocating showing porn to kids is insanely out of line, though. Take a breath, regain some perspective. Please.

Edited to keep on topic and in line with moderation.
 


Dude if you don’t have a problem with porn stars becoming D&D celebrities without hiding thier past then I do not care about any of the rest of this. Have whatever hang ups you want about porn, I guess. Personally I think prudish ideas about porn contributes to the toxicity in the industry, but whatever.

All this nonsense garbage acting like anyone is advocating showing porn to kids is insanely out of line, though. Take a breath, regain some perspective.
Dude, read what you are writing. Does not matter to what degree it is discussed, it is all sex shaming.
 


doctorbadwolf

Heretic of The Seventh Circle
Dude, read what you are writing. Does not matter to what degree it is discussed, it is all sex shaming.
I do read what I write, thanks, and nothing I’ve said suggests what you claim it does.

Questioning the validity of someone’s place here because, or suggesting that a bad actor is a bad actor as a result of, thier past as a porn star, is sex shaming. These are things other posters have been doing. I’ve no idea why you’re defending it if you don’t agree with them, but it doesn’t matter. Mods have already told someone to stop doing it, in red text, so we need to drop it and either discuss the actual situation at hand, or just let the thread move on.

Edit: ninja’d by @Umbran i won’t comment on this debate any further.
 

I don’t… really see anyone here defending her?
Naw not here at all which is nice. There’s already a few defenders popping up elsewhere stating that it’s all Jamison (even Jamison himself tried to state as much in his apology, shielding her) and her actions are purely from being abused.

I imagine some of those people will try to find areas to go and argue that case and I was just stating my thoughts for those readers or others on the fence. But no I did not mean to imply anyone talking here is excusing her
 

Charlaquin

Goblin Queen (She/Her/Hers)
If Satine is trying to leave her porn star life in the past (which she says was a dark time for her), why continue to use the name/brand?
Maybe because it’s her name. It might have a lot of meaning to her - as a trans woman, I understand well the importance a name, especially a chosen name, can have to someone.

Honestly though, it’s probably mostly because she broke into the RPG industry through her connection to Zak S. She was on his show about playing D&D with porn stars, and between that breakthrough and her own charisma, was able to make a name for herself in the RPG industry. That wouldn’t have really been an option had she changed her name.

EDIT: Posted before seeing the mod text. That’s the last I’ll say on the matter here.
 


doctorbadwolf

Heretic of The Seventh Circle
Maybe because it’s her name. It might have a lot of meaning to her - as a trans woman, I understand well the importance a name, especially a chosen name, can have to someone.

Honestly though, it’s probably mostly because she broke into the RPG industry through her connection to Zak S. She was on his show about playing D&D with porn stars, and between that breakthrough and her own charisma, was able to make a name for herself in the RPG industry. That wouldn’t have really been an option had she changed her name.

EDIT: Posted before seeing the mod text. That’s the last I’ll say on the matter here.

I kinda thought the same since, well... [pointing at flag in profile pic]
Gotta love when these arguments crop up during Pride, eh? 😬

One thing that sucks about this that hasn’t been mentioned is that, to me at least (and maybe I’m alone in this who knows) Satine has been part of making D&D more queer. Obviously Jeremy Crawford has played a huge role from the game side, but people like Satine, Erika Ishii, Persephone Valentine, Ally Beardsley, Critical Bard, Taleisin Jaffe, Xander Jeanneret, Gabe Hicks, and various others, have played a large role I think in making Queer folk feel welcome, seen, and represented, in our community.

I always figured her public presence was at least partly a mask, I just figured she was just masking like the rest of us, not hiding this kind of ugliness.

And now I am working to not be overly suspicious of people who have been close to her/both of them, like Erika Ishii, Becca Scott, and Taleisen Jaffe…
 

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