Know Direction has grown a lot in the last couple of years, with 2020 seeing our biggest growth spurt. For the first time in its 12 year history, I am not caught up on our content. I’m only on episode 3 of Intrepid Heroes, and not having my commute to listen to more episodes means I’m not catching up any time soon. That tells me that if I’m having trouble keeping up with everything we’re releasing, our fans might be having the same trouble. Even though we’ve released on a regular schedule as long as we’ve been releasing content, we’ve never been super transparent with our release schedule. That was fine when we were a few podcasts and a few blogs, but now that we’re releasing basically a podcast and a blog every weekday, and on a rotating two week schedule, it’s less clear. Add to that, humanity is at one of our lowest points of knowing what day of the week it is, it was time for some clarification.
So I present to you: Recall Knowledge, a weekly summary of the latest activity on the Know Direction Network, and a preview of what’s to come this week. Owen KC Stephens flattered us when he started comparing the Know Direction Network to Dragon Magazine in its classic form. In that regard, you can think of Recall Knowledge as your editor’s note and table of content. As a fan of Dragon Magazine over the years, and someone who once bought an issue of Dragon magazine for the innovative table of content, I hope you understand how excited I am to bring Recall Knowledge to you.
Recap of April 27th to May 1st
Monday, April 27th
Stellar: 007 — Retreat and Regroup
The Know Direction Network’s original Starfinder actual play podcast is back! Airagurna, Enok, Xvi, and the Hammich siblings survived the scheduling gap and return to discuss how big Airagurna’s species gets.
Something Creates – An Adventure! (Overview Outline)
By Andrew Sturtevant
With his space rakshasa project completed and launched, Andrew “Something” Sturtevant started a new project: Outlining a 5-part adventure, following Paizo’s guidelines for their quest series. This is a solid piece for anyone interested in adventure design, especially because Andrew links to his sources.
Tuesday, Aril 28th
Digital Divination 003 – Fighting the Good Fight!
John and Ron talk about combat design. There’s an insightful portion where Ron outlines conventional designer wisdom of what makes an encounter memorable, and John counters with some examples of the encounters he’s found memorable as a player. It is a prime example of the Digital Divination / Legend Lore concept at work.
Wednesday, April 29th
Fox’s Cunning – I Hope You Know That
By Dustin Knight
There’s a tendency among 2e players with 1e experience to avoid rolling Recall Knowledge (no relation), because what is free in 1e costs an action in 2e. Dustin presents a strong arguement as to why Recall Knowledge is not only worth the price of 1 action, it’s a steal.
Thursday, April 30th
Paizo’s Organized Play Manager, Tonya Woldridge, talked our ears off about PaizoCon Online 2020, and left us feeling expecially excited for what sounds like more than just a virtual convention about Paizo; PaizoCon Online 2020 is shaping up to be a faithful digital recreation of the PaizoCon experience we all know and love.
As if that didn’t make this episode memorable enough, in the banter segment, Perram details his rapid development as a 3d miniature customizer, and miniatures hobbyist Renaissance man who now mixes his own paints.
Friday, May 1st
Intrepid Heroes 035 – Noma!
Kaholo, Razz, Julakashti, Skootch, and Whiskey pack extra strength sun screen for their trip to Noma, the mysterious city in the sun.
Bend the Knee – Tower Defense
By Loren Sieg
How do you prepare for an unwinnable war? That’s what Loren asks RPG industry veteran Sean K Reynolds, Know Direction Network staff member Andrew “Something” Sturtevant, and fan Aaron Scholl. As is the Bend The Knee tradition, the answers are insughtful, clever, and even educational. Thanks again to our guests, and let us know if you want to participate in an upcoming Bend The Knee, message Loren on the Know Direction Discord server, or e-mail knowdirection at hotmail dot com.
Preview of May 4th to May 8th (M8th)
This is back to Block 1 of our 2-block schedule.
Monday, May 4th
Episode 0036 is available now!
This very blog! Also available now! Obviously!
Tuesday, May 5th
Luis Loza and Loren Sieg deep dive into Pathfinder 2e details.
In Legend Lore 003, Luis and Loren discuss the Primal magic tradition.
Randal Meyer’s setting building blog in which his world building examples are also the world he is building.
Wednesday, May 6th
Owen, Alex, and James host the latest live episode of Know Direction Beyond. Due to catastrophic computer failure, Vanessa Hoskins will be unable to attend this episode recording.
John Godek speaks 1-on-1 with Paizo staff and members of the Pathfinder and Starfinder fanbase about how they got involved in gaming, what they do beyond play the games, and what gaming means to them.
This week, John speaks with Amanda Hamon: Freelance author, Managing Developer, Starfinder RPG at Paizo, and Airagurna on Stellar.
Alexander Augunas offers tips and insight into playing and designing RPGs.
This week, Alex starts a series on converting Tales from the Loop into a World of Warcraft inspired system designed to let in-game RPers resolve conflicts.
Thursday, May 7th
Know Direction Beyond
The Know Direction Network’s Starfinder news, reviews, and interviews podcast. Hosted by Owen KC Stephens, Vanessa Hoskins, Alexander Augunas, and James Ballod.
This week: Episode 46!
Rob Pontious shares his love of gaming and the game hobby by showcasing games and projects that have found their way into his heart.
This week, Rob shares art and artists with a focus on covid-19 impact and charitable efforts.
Friday, May 8th
Luis Loza designs characters from video games and popular culture for use in your Pathfinder 2e and Starfinder games.
Here is the bulletin board of all the adventures you should be on.
- PaizoCon Online 2020
The biggest news on the last week is Paizo’s announcement that they will be hosting a virtual PaizoCon this year called PaizoCon Online 2020, running from Tuesday, May 26th to Sunday, May 31st. Which, thanks to Darran Caldemeyer, The Know Direction Network’s official PaizoCon countdown correspondent, we know is 22 days from today!
The Know Direction Network is partnering with Paizo for this event, and they are giving us the keys to the Paizo Twitch channel in order to host the panels. Now more than ever, the KD Con team’s motto is We Con When You Can’t.
- KD Patreon Content
Last week I released a test run of Recall Knowledge to Patreon. We got feedback that influenced the presentation of this, the official first installment of Recall Knowledge. Additionally, we released a 10 minute bonus episode of Adventurous, revisiting our old By The Campfire episodes with an out-of-character discussion of how we leveled our Adventurous characters to 5th. If you’d like to check out this bonus content and encourage us to release more bonus content like it, check out the Know Direction Network Patreon.
- Battle of the Pantheons
This is your last week to contribute your pantheon idea to Battle of the Pantheon, and to see your idea make it into Golarion lore and PFS play! The deadline is 11:59 pm PST May 10, 2020.
Thanks to the Know Direction staff members for all of the diligent effort they put in to make all of the above possible. If anything we’ve released that you’re read or listened to this week entertained you, impacted your game, or made you think, I encourage you to seek out whoever made that possible and let them know your thoughts.
Now you know,