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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I have only had positive interactions with people that I have done work with in the TTRPG space. Always been paid, zero drama.

I also don’t think that speculating publicly on Satine/Jameson does anything. The people that had a negative interaction said what they felt about it. I have zero idea what happened, what goes on in their private lives and not my place to ponder out loud about it.
 





Parmandur

Book-Friend
Yeah. I read that and JESUS CHRIST. Abusing co-workers and not paying on time (or at all) is really bad, but this is... this is something much, much, worse.
I really can't think of much that is more insidious than entangling another person financially and then applying sexual pressure, except adding an attempt to insert oneself as the center of the victim's religous life at the same time.
 

doctorbadwolf

Heretic of The Seventh Circle
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.
I can only vaguely recall what she said or did during that.
Welp, they have connections in WotC, so Satine has been promoted through that and other large streams.
Well, no, she got famous through her own efforts, not through friendships at wotc. Far as I know, Stone is well known because of Satine, but that may be just the fact that I’d never heard of him before they started dating.
I have no real background on the involved, but the way they write on Twitter/Discord is cartoonish. Just going full “respect” monologue on everyone without including any semblance of it from their own end.
Yeah the overwrought “HEAR ME!” nonsense strikes as a bit of a red flag.
That's pretty close to the bottom of the barrel.
Absolutely.
 



Parmandur

Book-Friend
I can only vaguely recall what she said or did during that.
Her entrance into the RPG scene was by being a regular on Zak's show, and she went to rhe mat for him until everyone could see the score and then disclaimed having ever seen or heard anything that made her suspect he was an abuser.

I am now extremely suspicious that she may have known about or even facilitated/participated in Zak's behavior, given that this pair seem to be running the same playbook albeit slightly less outwardly aggressively.
 




doctorbadwolf

Heretic of The Seventh Circle
IIRC she was their social manager for a bit after 5e launch
Yes, after she was already a very well known online DM and D&D related personality.
Her entrance into the RPG scene was by being a regular on Zak's show, and she went to rhe mat for him until everyone could see the score and then disclaimed having ever seen or heard anything that made her suspect he was an abuser.
It’s more accurate to say she was part of the show, having been part of the game that inspired it in the first place, having already been quite well known and well liked in the LA D&D scene (Taliesen Jaffe has commented on this last part).
And she wouldn’t have gone any farther than D&D With Pornstars without charisma and drive of her own. Like Vivka, she got herself to where she is, insofar as anyone gets anywhere on their own.
I am now extremely suspicious that she may have known about or even articipated in Zak's, given that this pair seem to be running the same playbook albeit slightly less outwardly aggressively.
Or she’s gotten herself another abusive narcissist for a partner and is noseblind to the stink, but either way her own behavior is hers.

I do recall people saying she was late to the party when Mandy came forward with her story and finally made people stop turning a blind eye to Zak S’s abusive behavior.
 

jdrakeh

Front Range Warlock
I do recall people saying she was late to the party when Mandy came forward with her story and finally made people stop turning a blind eye to Zak S’s abusive behavior.

She was more than late to the party. She was an ardent defender of Zak (and other horrible people in the industry). Look, it's clear you don't want to acknowledge this, but it is what it is.
 

Parmandur

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Yes, after she was already a very well known online DM and D&D related personality.

It’s more accurate to say she was part of the show, having been part of the game that inspired it in the first place, having already been quite well known and well liked in the LA D&D scene (Taliesen Jaffe has commented on this last part).
And she wouldn’t have gone any farther than D&D With Pornstars without charisma and drive of her own. Like Vivka, she got herself to where she is, insofar as anyone gets anywhere on their own.

Or she’s gotten herself another abusive narcissist for a partner and is noseblind to the stink, but either way her own behavior is hers.

I do recall people saying she was late to the party when Mandy came forward with her story and finally made people stop turning a blind eye to Zak S’s abusive behavior.
Enough of the stories are about Satine herself and her independent behavior, unfortunately, that she seems to be an active part of the abusive cycle here.
 


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