Some familiar faces within the Dungeons and Dragons streaming community is facing a number of allegations about their treatment of collaborators on various projects. In recent days, more than a dozen different former employees have spoken out against Satine Phoenix and Jamison Stone, a few oft-seen influencers who have appeared on countless Dungeons and Dragons streaming shows and collaborated with Wizards of the Coast, Origins Game Fair, and Geek & Sundry. These allegations paint a pattern of ill-treatment, bullying and gaslighting, along with threats of blacklisting and manipulation.
Phoenix was one of the first prominent online streamers to appear in growth Dungeons and Dragons scene in late 2010. Her show The Sirens of the Empire appeared on Dungeons and Dragons’ official streaming channel, and Phoenix worked at Wizards of the Coast as Community Manager for Dungeons and Dragons for at least a year. Phoenix has with many popular names in the Dungeons and Dragons community, including Matt Mercer and Luke Gygax, son of Dungeons and Dragons co-founder Gary Gygax.
In recent years, Phoenix has performed regularly with Jamison Stone, a self-published author. The pair often make sponsored appearances together at conventions, shows and book signings, including a sponsorship where the pair travel to GameStop stores to play. Dungeons and Dragons with customers. Phoenix and Stone organized a crowdfunding campaign for Sirens: Battle of the Bards† one yet to be published Dungeons and Dragons adventure/rulebook published by Apotheosis Studios, founded by Stone. Phoenix appears on the cover of the book and the couple added thumbnails with their likenesses as add-ons. The kickstarter for sirens raised over $300,000. A separate Kickstarter for The Red Opera: Last Days of The Warlock has raised over $160,000 on Kickstarter. While both books were topped off by Phoenix and Stone’s involvement, Apotheosis Studios brought in teams of freelancers to contribute to the book. Phoenix and Stone also had a public wedding ceremony at GaryCon earlier this year, with streamers such as Jason C. Miller, Becca Scott and Amy Vorphal taking part in the wedding. Stone and Phoenix were also announced as the headliners at Origins Game Fair, a prominent table show hosted by the Game Manufacturers of America.
In the past week, both Stone and Phoenix were accused of mistreating employees, colleagues and freelancers, often threatening to ruin their professional careers. The first accusation came from Chad Rowe, a tattoo artist who partnered with Post Malone in 2020 and collaborated with Stone on a tattoo. Rowe shared screenshots of a dialogue he had with Stone and Phoenix about a contract to use artwork. Stone berates Rowe in the shared screenshots and at one point demanded that Rowe send him a written letter of apology for their interactions.
It was never my intention to release this experience as I didn’t want to make my footprint in this industry this 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
— chadrowettoos (@nerdytattooer) June 8, 2022
Shortly after, several additional employees came forward about their own interactions with Stone and Phoenix while working on it Sirens† In addition to similar allegations of bullying and ill-treatment, several contributors also noted that Stone put them on a public “blacklist” after being instructed to send invoices for work on the book. The employees claim they were eventually paid, but only on a “post-edit” word count, which is not an industry standard. The report of Jessica Marcrum, a notable table top designer, can be seen below:
Chad is not alone. Jamison gasped and bullied us on Sirens: Battle of the Bards for asking to be paid after being told to invoice by one of the other project leaders (Rick Heinz). We got paid in the end…most of us less than we initially billed, but it’s done. https://t.co/pIJOs6nkQr pic.twitter.com/57DqA9Y3XX
— Angrynerdgirl (@Miss_Jess03) June 8, 2022
Elisa Teague, a longtime tabletop designer who attended Phoenix and Stone’s public wedding ceremony at GaryCon, also admitted that she had not been paid for her work on sirens.
I don’t avoid anything. I support @nerdytattooer & the creatives who signed up. I also didn’t get paid for writing on Sirens, I withdrew from Satine’s Quest and got my own personal attacks from him which I tried to put behind me until all this came to my attention yesterday
— Elisa Teague ⚔️💗⚔️ (@GeekyPinup) June 9, 2022
Other employees came forward and mentioned similar treatment The Red Opera. Pat Edwards, one of the writers on that project, described his experience below, noting that the band DiAmorte was effectively pushed out of the project as Stone gained more and more control, with Edwards’s share and wages threatened for violating the decisions of Stone questioned.
#TTRPG Experiences I had co-creating The Red Opera, focusing on how the creatives were mistreated and undervalued:
Did you know that The Red Opera is an adaptation? There’s a great band called DiAmorte fronted by Drake Meffesta. The Red Opera is an album & stage show… 1/
— A writer named Pat (@ThePatEdwards) June 10, 2022
One of the most poignant accounts came from Tristan Morris, who spoke of his experience with Phoenix and Stone at PAX West after his employer Okta paid the pair to come to the show and talk to gaming companies about cybersecurity. Morris spoke 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 I saw of this was then @kmdemat called me earlier today to tell me. We’ve both read it and it sounds true to us based on our own experiences with Satine Phoenix & Jamison Stone. This is our (long) story.
Everywhere, K=Katie and T=Me.https://t.co/gQicSAVeJQ
— Tristan (@TheTriscuit) June 10, 2022
Stone eventually posted a public apology to Rowe, the tattoo artist who first raised the issue on Twitter, saying he’d been working to change his behavior, which he blamed for “Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome” since their interactions in 2020. Jason Azevado, the founder of streaming channel RealmSmith TV, noted that his behavior was still ongoing last month. Azevado posted that Stone and Phoenix were verbally abusive to workers at Satine’s Quest, a themed cruise hosted by the duo. Azevado also alleged that Stone had attempted to use RealmSmith’s sponsorship of the cruise to charge Norwegian Cruise Line an additional $20,000, of which only $5,000 was given to RealmSmith.
— RealmSmith 🔜 Origin (@realmsmithtv) June 9, 2022
As a result of the many allegations and accounts, Stone announced earlier this week that he was stepping down from Apotheosis Studios. Though Stone was removed from Origins’ guest list, Phoenix continued to appear on the show throughout the weekend. After that, Origins sent Game Fair an email stating that “staff assessed that there was no immediate risk of bodily harm” and continued with an adjusted appearance schedule for Phoenix.
While Stone has been the focus of many of the allegations, Phoenix has also been cited as exhibiting similar behavior. In addition, other accounts are coming forward about her active blacklisting of at least one tabletop professional, which took place during the Stream of Many Eyes, a D&D live/streaming event held in 2018. In the thread below, Liisa Lee claimed that Phoenix led her to the Stream of Many Eyes, including at least one incident that happened on camera.
Finally, big thanks to the people who came to me privately to apologize for their silence when it happened. Let’s all keep this community as safe, friendly, helpful and fun as possible. ⁰I would like to roll some dice with you.⁰
Thanks for listening. ⁰/end
— Liisa Lee 🌻 ☮️ (@Liisabelle) June 11, 2022
ComicBook.com has also learned that Phoenix is being sued by her former associate Ruty Rutenberg. Rutenberg and Phoenix ran the streaming network Maze Arcana until it went dark in 2018. According to the lawsuit posted on the Los Angeles County Superior Court website, Rutenberg’s Routine Anomaly LLC is accusing Phoenix of embezzling $40,000 from Maze Arcana’s money, taking the money and transferring it to personal accounts while helping to maintain the channel. to run. This money was never returned to Maze Arcana, which led to the lawsuit. That lawsuit is still pending, and Phoenix has filed a counterclaim, alleging a breach of the oral contract and a breach of fiduciary duty.
Yesterday, Phoenix responded to the allegations, saying she was sorry she was “the cause” of her accuser’s pain and that she allowed Stone’s “terrible behavior”.
To anyone brave enough to share your experience, I’m so sorry. pic.twitter.com/m3RxYFMd6M
— Satine Phoenix – ORIGINS Special Guest! (@satinephoenix) June 13, 2022
Since the allegations went public, Level Up Dice stated that they were canceling a planned partnership with Apotheosis Studios. D&D In a Castle, a company that offers vacation packages featuring D&D games played in European castles, has also removed Phoenix from their website and stated 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 had been removed from their advisory board and that the pair would not be invited to participate in future Jasper’s Game Day events. In addition, podcaster and TTRPG personality Travis McElroy stated that they would not be dealing with them in the future.
My family and I have been following the stories told in recent days about the aggressive disrespect that Jamison Stone and Satine Phoenix have shown to countless people, and we find it very disturbing, of course.
— 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 received no response at the time of the press.
EDIT: This article was updated to reflect that Phoenix has filed a counterclaim against Rutenberg.