Dungeons & Dragons personalities Satine Phoenix and Jamison Stone accused of bullying and abuse
A couple of familiar faces within the dungeons The streaming community is facing a number of allegations related to the treatment of employees on various projects. Over the past few days, over a dozen former employees have spoken out against Satine Phoenix and Jamison Stone, two commonly seen influencers who have appeared on numerous Pages dungeons streaming shows and has worked with the likes of Wizards of the Coast, Origins Game Fair and Geek & Sundry. These allegations paint a pattern of mistreatment, bullying and gaslighting, along with threats of blacklisting and manipulation.
Phoenix was one of the first prominent online streamers to emerge in growth dungeons Scene in the late 2010s. your shipment The Sirens of the Empire was watching dungeons official streaming channel, and Phoenix worked at Wizards of the Coast as a community manager for dungeons for at least a year. Phoenix has worked with numerous household names in the dungeons community, including Matt Mercer and Luke Gygax, the son of dungeons Co-founder Gary Gygax.
In recent years, Phoenix has performed frequently with Jamison Stone, a self-published author. The pair frequently make sponsored appearances together at conventions, shows, and signings, including a sponsorship where the pair travel to GameStop stores to play dungeons with the customers. Phoenix and Stone organized a crowdfunding campaign for Sirens: Battle of the Bards, one yet to be published dungeons Adventure/Rulebook published by Apotheosis Studios, which was founded by Stone. Phoenix appears on the cover of the book and the pair added miniatures depicting their likenesses as add-ons. The Kickstarter for sirens Raised over $300,000. A separate Kickstarter for The Red Opera: The Last Days of the Sorcerer Raised over $160,000 on Kickstarter. While both books were overwritten by Phoenix and Stone’s involvement, Apotheosis Studios brought in teams of freelancers to collaborate on the book. Phoenix and Stone also had a public wedding ceremony at GaryCon earlier this year, which was attended by streamers including Jason C. Miller, Becca Scott, and Amy Vorphal. Stone and Phoenix have also been announced as special guests headlining Origins Game Fair, a celebrity tabletop show organized by Game Manufacturers of America.
Over the past week, both Stone and Phoenix have been accused of mistreating employees, co-workers and freelancers, often with threats of ruining their professional careers. The first allegation came from Chad Rowe, a tattoo artist who worked with Post Malone and collaborated with Stone on a tattoo in 2020. Rowe shared screenshots of a dialogue with Stone and Phoenix about an artwork use contract. Stone berates Rowe in the shared screenshots, at one point prompting Rowe to send him a written apology letter for their interactions.
It was never my intention to publicize this experience because I didn’t want to leave my footprint in this industry that way. But in the face of two dangerous people threatening and slandering some of my closest friends. It’s about time I share my experience… a thread… pic.twitter.com/DvOhp8yBnh
— chadrowetattoos (@nerdytattooer) June 8, 2022
Soon after, several other employees came forward about their own interactions with Stone and Phoenix at work sirens. In addition to similar allegations of bullying and mistreatment, several employees also noted that Stone had publicly “blacklisted” them after they were instructed to send invoices for work done on the book. Employees claim they were eventually paid, but only on the basis of a “post-edit” word count, which is not industry standard. Jessica Marcrum’s report, a notable tabletop designer, can be seen below:
Chad is not the only one. Jamison scolded and bullied us on Sirens: Battle of the Bards for asking for payment after one of the other project leaders (Rick Heinz) asked us to issue an invoice. We ended up getting paid…most of us less than we originally charged, but it’s settled. https://t.co/pIJOs6nkQr pic.twitter.com/57DqA9Y3XX
— angry girl (@Miss_Jess03) June 8, 2022
Elisa Teague, a longtime tabletop designer who attended Phoenix and Stone’s public wedding ceremony at GaryCon, also stated that she was not paid for her work sirens.
I don’t evade anything. I support @nerdytattooer & the creatives who got in touch. I wasn’t paid to write Sirens either, I’ve retired from Satine’s Quest and had my own personal attacks from him which I tried to put behind me until I realized all of this yesterday
— Elisa Teague ⚔️💗⚔️ (@GeekyPinup) June 9, 2022
Other employees came forward citing similar treatment The Red Opera. Pat Edwards, one of the writers on this project, describes his experience below, noting that as Stone took more and more control, the band DiAmorte was essentially pushed out of the project, with Edwards’ share and salary threatened for overruling Stone’s decisions in had asked.
#TTRPG Experiences of helping create The Red Opera, focusing on how the creators were mistreated and underappreciated:
Did you know The Red Opera is an adaptation? There’s this great band called DiAmorte, led by Drake Meffesta. The Red Opera is an album and a stage show… 1/
— A scribe named Pat (@ThePatEdwards) June 10, 2022
One of the most harrowing reports came from Tristan Morris, who spoke at PAX West about his experience with Phoenix and Stone after his employer paid Okta for the pair to come to the show and speak to gaming companies about cybersecurity. Morris opened up about how the couple treated him and colleague Katie DeMatteis as assistants, despite arranging for the couple to attend PAX West and stream on their behalf.
The first thing I saw of it was when @kmdemat called me this morning to tell me. We both read it, and it rings true to us based on our own experiences with Satine Phoenix & Jamison Stone. This is our (long) story.
K=Katie and T=Me throughout.https://t.co/gQicSAVeJQ
— Tristan (@TheTriscuit) June 10, 2022
Stone eventually released a public apology to Rowe, the tattoo artist who first addressed the issue on Twitter, and said he’s been working to change his behavior, which he attributes to “complex post-traumatic stress disorder” since their interactions in 2020. Jason Azevado, the founder of streaming network RealmSmith TV, noted that his behavior lasted just last month. Azevado revealed that Stone and Phoenix verbally abused workers at Satine’s Quest, a themed cruise organized by the duo. Azevado also claimed that Stone attempted to use RealmSmith’s sponsorship of the cruise to bill Norwegian Cruise Line an additional $20,000, of which only $5,000 went to RealmSmith.
— RealmSmith 🔜 Origins (@realmsmithtv) June 9, 2022
Due to the numerous allegations and reports, Stone announced that he had resigned from Apotheosis Studios earlier this week. Although Stone was removed from the Origins guest list, Phoenix continued to perform at the show throughout the weekend. After that, Origins Game Fair sent out an email stating that “staff has assessed that there is no immediate risk of physical harm” and presented a revised release schedule for Phoenix.
While Stone has been the focus of many allegations, Phoenix is also mentioned with the same demeanor. Additionally, other reports are emerging of her actively blacklisting at least one tabletop pro, which took place at the Stream of Many Eyes, a D&D live/streaming event that took place in 2018. In the following thread, Liisa Lee claimed Phoenix bullied her to lead the Stream of Many Eyes, including at least one incident that happened on camera.
Finally, a big thank you to the folks who came to me privately to apologize for staying calm as it kicked off. ⁰Let’s all make this community as safe, as nice, as helpful, and as fun as possible. ⁰I would like to play dice with you.⁰
Thanks for listening. ⁰/end
– Liisa Lee 🌻 ☮️ (@Liisabelle) June 11, 2022
ComicBook.com also learned that Phoenix is being sued by its former employee Ruty Rutenberg. Rutenberg and Phoenix ran the streaming network Maze Arcana until dark in 2018. According to the lawsuit, published on the Los Angeles County Superior Court website, Rutenberg’s Routine accuses Anomaly LLC of Phoenix embezzling $40,000 of Maze Arcana’s money and taking the money to personal accounts and helping run the channel. That money was never returned to Maze Arcana, which led to the lawsuit. That lawsuit is pending and Phoenix has filed a counterclaim alleging breach of oral contract and breach of fiduciary duty.
Yesterday, Phoenix responded to the allegations, saying she was sorry for “being the cause” of her accuser’s pain and enabling Stone’s “horrific behavior.”
To anyone brave enough to share your experience, I’m so incredibly sorry. pic.twitter.com/m3RxYFMd6M
— Satine Phoenix – ORIGINS Special Guest! (@satinephoenix) June 13, 2022
Since the allegations became public, Level Up Dice has announced that they are canceling a planned collaboration with Apotheosis Studios. D&D In a Castle, a company that offers vacation packages featuring D&D games set in European castles, has also removed Phoenix from its website and states that they will not be working with Stone and Phoenix in the future. Jasper’s Game Day, a charity that raises money through D&D streaming, announced that Phoenix has been removed from their advisory board and that the pair will not be invited to attend future Jasper’s Game Day events. Additionally, podcaster and TTRPG personality Travis McElroy stated that they would no longer be collaborating with them in the future.
My family and I have been following the stories that have been told over the last few days about the aggressive disrespect that Jamison Stone and Satine Phoenix have shown to numerous people and obviously we find it very disturbing.
— Travis McElroy, the internet’s best friend (@travismcelroy) June 13, 2022
Wizards of the Coast declined to comment on this story. ComicBook.com has also reached out to Phoenix for comment on the allegations, but has not received a response as of press time.
EDIT: This article has been updated to indicate that Phoenix has filed a countersuit against Rutenberg.