A New Direction

Since we relaunched 35PrivateSanctuary.com as the Know Direction Podcast network in 2014, our secret weapon (or social identity, if you will), has been our bloggers. Pulling double duty as the hosts of the Private Sanctuary podcast and regular bloggers, Anthony Li’s Behind the Screens and Alex Augunas’ Guidance and Iconic Design blogs have made knowdirectionpodcast.com a multifaceted resource for Pathfinder enthusiasts. We’re happy to announce, they won’t be alone in the Know Direction blogosphere.

Starting this week, three new regular bloggers will be contributing new columns to the site. You might know some of them, others might be new to you. Allow me to introduce:

James Ballod was raised in a minority-majority neighborhood and got to experience parts of life from many different cultures, being bi-racial himself. He’s left his mark on the site already, as the self-proclaimed Minority Consultant for Alexander Augunas. Every other Tuesday, starting May 10th, he will be writing Code/Switch to help players and GMs integrate real world aesthetic into their Pathfinder games. With a wide variety of topics such as: increasing roleplaying confidence; contrasting pathfinder mechanics to real life situations; enhancing in-game immersion; and improving the use of real world cultures in your games.

Andrew Marlowe placed in the Top 16 of RPG Superstar in 2012 and 2014, one of the few contestants to get that far in the competition twice. Since then, he has contributed to many Paizo and third party Pathfinder products, including one of the network’s favourite releases in the Pathfinder Player Companion line, the Dirty Tactics Toolbox. Every other Tuesday, starting May 3rd, he will be sharing his Burst of Insight, with design tips for would-be game designers from a decorated freelancer.

Monica Marlowe was RPG Superstar in 2015 and has since written several adventures for Paizo, including Pathfinder Module: Down the Blighted Path. Every other Thursday, starting May 5th, she will Inspire Confidence with advice to bring the Pathfinder gaming community together.

Between blogs and podcasts –which go up on Wednesdays- there will be something new on the site for you every day, starting today! If there is something you would like to see on the site, or if you would like to contribute, send us an e-mail to knowdirection@hotmail.com. Yes, the site continues to evolve, but the Hotmail address stays the same.

Ryan Costello

What started as one gamer wanting to talk about his love of a game has turned into an empire of gamers talking about their games. Ryan founded what would become the Know Direction Podcast network with Jason "Jay" Dubsky, his friend and fellow 3.5 enthusiast. They and their game group moved on to Pathfinder, and the Know Direction podcast network was born. Now married and a father, Ryan continues to serve the network as a co-host of the flagship podcast, Know Direction.

Burst of Insight


  1. Fantastic news.

    I eagerly await the new columns.

  2. Super excited for more content. Seriously, my only small gripe about this network is that I absorb content markedly faster than it is distributed. Not that that’s likely to change, since it takes much longer to make than to read ^^
    Any particular reason for the naming of “code/switch”? I don’t know of a Pathfinder spell, feat, or ability by that name, like most of the other segments.

    • Alex Augunas Reply to Alex

      James is planning on explaining the blog name in his first article next week. It’ll make sense.

      But yeah, we try to have spell-themed names, but not all of us do. Anthony was the first to break that ice with Behind the Screens. 😛

  3. Please, please implement RSS feeds for the blog posts so that we can read the articles in our app of choice (e.g. feedly).

    • I too use Feedly.
      I’ve added a “Technical To Do” list to Trello, A blog RSS feed is now on it. I have no idea when we’ll get to it, but I do think it’s a good idea.

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