As much as PaizoCon Online 2020 does not feel like it was just a day over a week ago, it is equally shocking that we are almost a quarter of our way through our PaizoCon Online 2020 coverage. I’m used to the PaizoCon seminars releasing on the front edge of Gen Con hype.
I made a point to tell the KD Con Crew that I wanted to edit the seminars again this year. I know the strength of delegating, and the reason I’ve been able to maintain my role directing operations on the network even as it’s grown is because of the KD staff teamwork I talked about a few weeks ago. Every member we bring in lightens my load a greater amount than what additional staff and content adds to my responsibilities. However, I don’t want to take my hands off too much of the network’s work and risk being detached from how much time and effort the tasks I might delegate demand. PaizoCon seminar coverage was still my responsibility.
Then I fell a few days behind on my work and I ended up needing to tap Vanessa Hoskins on the Discord shoulder and say “you remember that job I insisted be on my plate? I need it off my plate.”
Every PazoCon Online 2020 seminar you hear in podcast format was edited and assembled by Vee, who had some fun ideas to make the seminars stand out and was great about communicating how things were progressing. There was one tiny miscommunication that has turned into a happy accident.
The network typically only releases content on weekdays, so when I said I wanted one seminar recording released a day, I assumed she would skip weekends. Instead, she scheduled them to release daily, weekends included. Which is a perfectly reasonable interpretation of what I said, so I’m not faulting her.
I’m curious to see how this is received. We’ve mentioned a few times recently that we are almost at a podcast a day in our two-week block. If we want to expand further, the options are to double up on a weekday, or to consider releasing on weekends. Right now, thanks to the seminar coverage, you all are getting both. What’s your preference? Let us know in the Feedback and Requests channel of our Discord server.
Since last week went from late and missing content (as I went into elsewhere) to regular content plus PaizoCon Online 2020 seminar coverage, you might have lost track of what was released recently on the Know Direction Network. Here’s a recap:
Recap of June 1st to June 7th
Monday, June 1st
Our Stellar heroes are assaulted by drones, which they kill and take their batteries.
Tuesday, June 2nd
John and Ron are still new to the network to a lot of listeners, so the few minutes of frank on how the protests against police brutality of minors affects them personally gives incredible insight into who they are as people. Similarly, the topic, a broad overview of their thoughts on the Starfinder classes, is a great insight into how they looks at the game.
Wednesday, June 3rd
Fox’s Cunning – Reflections
By Dustin Knight
Dustin turns feeling overwhelmed about 2020 into creative fuel. He created a level 6 hazard for Pathfinder 2e that summons a darkest timeline clone of whoever looks themselves in the mirror.
Thursday, June 4th
Know Direction 228 – PaizoCon Online News and Announcements
I have to admit, going into this episode I wondered if people might be PaizoCon’d out. We not only talked about its cancelation and virtual rebirth in the news segments leading up to PaizoCon, the prior two episodes (227’s chat with Tonya, and the special in which we prepped for our role in the seminar coverage) were dedicated entirely to it. And then there was PaizoCon. Having a post-PaizoCon episode felt more out of obligation than excitement. But it wasn’t long into the episode before I was reminded why this was exciting, and how interesting the news that came out of the con was.
PaizoCon Online 2020 – Welcome to PaizoCon Online
If you’ve ever attended or listened to a Welcome To PaizoCon panel, you know they tend to be shorter than most panels. When we saw that two hours was dedicated to this panel, knowing that one of our jobs was to fill the time between whenever one panel ended and the next began, we were pretty sure we were going to get a good chunk of time to introduce ourselves and explain our role at the con. We did not expect to have almost an hour and half to do so. In case you missed it, the majority of the Welcome to PaizoCon Online panel is basically a bonus episode of Know Direction featuring myself, Perram, and Vanessa.
Something Creates – A Background
By Andrew Sturtevant
Diverting from his original plans to continue his quest design series, Andrew goes into the backstory of a character he’s playing in a Starfinder play-by-Discord game, including his character backstory methodology and how it influences how he plays.
Friday, June 5th
Intrepid Heroes 037 – Walking on the Sun!
Because Intrepid Heroes is the only Know Direction Network podcast I am not caught up on, I’ll use this space to update y’all on how catching up is going. I am ¾ of my way through IH 006. If I am at least done episode 008 by the release of episode 038, I am on track!
PaizoCon Online 2020 – Kingmaker Adventure Path
The first official panel of PaizoCon Online 2020, Paizo’s Lisa Stevens, James Jacobs, Mark Moreland, and Legendary Games’ Jason Nelson talk about how one of my favourite Adventure Paths, and Paizo’s second most revisited Adventure Path, is going to look like when it comes to Pathfinder 2e.
Bend the Knee – Everyday Heroes
By Loren Sieg
Freelancer and Venture Captain Alistair Rigg, Know Direction Network Staff Member Rob Pontious, and fan Madison talk about awesome mounts for their most awesome character.
My answer is that my gnome giant slayer, Karkerkast, rides in the belly of the hollowed-out husk of a troll as a meat mech.
Saturday, June 6th
The Pathfinder design team answered a lot of questions about their goals and methodology in designing Pathfinder 2e. If you are interested in game design, or if there are broad questions you have about how Pathfinder 2e works, this seminar is incredibly informative.
Sunday, June 7th
Quick note about this seminar: It is not the Secrets of Starfinder panel that was the last panel of the first day of PaizoCon and would have been in this spot in the release schedule. Due to technical difficulties, that panel did not happen and so it will not be released. This seminar is about the upcoming Starfinder hardcover, Starship Operations. And it goes into incredible detail about what exciting things to expect from that book.
Preview of June 8th to June 14th
This is back to Block 1 of our 2-block schedule.
Monday, June 8th
Oggdren believes that to catch a catfish, you must think like bait. Find out how that works out for him.
A PaizoCon tradition! Paizo is staffed by one of the greatest selections of Game Masters in the RPG industry. PaizoCon is where they open their GM brains up and let you walk around inside.
Recall Knowledge (also available now)
I make sure you’re up to date so you don’t have to!
Tuesday, June 9th
Luis and Loren discuss the barbarian in the latest class feature.
This is the first compilation of introductions and interviews. Because we already released the Welcome to PaizoCon after segment with the Welcome to PaizoCon seminar recording, Vee stitched the remainder of the Tuesday KD segments onto the Wednesday segments.
Groundbreaking by Randal Meyer
Wednesday, June 10th
Know Direction Beyond
John talks with RPG freelance writer and d20 Diaries blogger Jessica Catalan. Jessica Catalan has been on my radar recently. As much as I am a fan of John’s Presenting series, I am particularly looking forward to hearing this interview.
Another PaizoCon tradition, and possibly the best Art of Paizo seminar yet.
Guidance by Alex Augunas
Thursday, June 11th
Know Direction Beyond 49
A lot of exciting news was announced, including the new season themes and changes to quests to get them started faster and keep them under an hour.
Investing In by Rob Pontious
Friday, June 12th
Find out about 2021’s adventure paths, including two 3-part APs for Pathfinder.
Monstrous Physique by Luis Loza
Saturday, June 13th
If by now you find yourself falling behind on the PaizoCon coverage, these compilations double as teasers for the panels recorded that day.
Sunday, June 14th
The former Secrets of Golarion panel was renamed to remove the implication that you already needed to know everything about Pathfinder’s campaign setting in order to understand what’s being discussed.
Like a bulletin board of all the adventures you should be on.
- PaizoCon Coverage
It’s been linked several times above, but it is what most of our additional energy will be focusing on in June, concluding with the release of the Closing Ceremony seminar on June 21st.
- Black Lives Matter
Know Direction will be donating the Patreon money we raised in May to a Black Lives Matter related charity, specifically to bail out protestors. We have found several and so we are currently researching our options to narrow it down to the charity we believe our money will do the most good.
Now you know,