20 August 2021
The account makes for difficult reading.
Yesterday, former Broken Token Employee Ashley Taylor gave her testimony of her experiences with CEO Greg Spence over the course of ten years. in a long post on Medium that you can read here, titled "Speaking Up To Protect Others".
The account alleges consistent and prolonged sexual assault, emotional abuse, and stalking, and makes for difficult reading.
"The reason I am stepping forward today is because I had a chance to let others know and I stayed quiet. Then it happened… my worst nightmare came true and it happened to another woman. I am still devastated to this day that I didn’t come forward sooner to prevent this. So this is what I am doing now."
The Broken Token has responded in a Tweet:
Creators working with The Broken Token have also responded, including Cephalofair Games, who are in the process of using The Broken Token for Frosthaven inserts:
Sexual assault and harassment has no place in this industry, and Cephalofair Games is committed to making it safe for everyone. We're exploring options regarding the inserts sold during the Frosthaven KS (as well as other Broken Token obligations), and we'll have more news soon.— Isaac Childres (@Cephalofair) August 19, 2021
Numerous publishers and groups have followed suit:
In light of this article about the owner of the Broken Token (https://t.co/1DLPmbhiJe), I've asked my publisher if we can pull the rights to Fox in the Forest from them.— Yoink Sax (@JoshuaBuergel) August 19, 2021
Grey Fox Games supports women in the board game space and takes accusations of abuse very seriously. We are ending our relationship with Broken Token and they will no longer be creating licensed products for our games.— GreyFoxGames (@GreyFoxGames) August 19, 2021
In light of recent developments, we are terminating our business relationship with Broken Token and given notice that they are to stop selling their products designed for the Dresden Files Coop Card Game.— Evil Hat Productions (@EvilHatOfficial) August 19, 2021
We here at Arcane Wonders have just learned of the disturbing allegations made against the CEO of Broken Token. This is not acceptable behavior within our industry or anywhere else. We have worked with BT in the past, but will not support them in light of this news.— 🐲Arcane Wonders🎲 (@ArcaneWonders) August 19, 2021