Every week, Recall Knowledge recaps the Know Direction content of the past week, a preview of the Know Direction content of the week to come, and the director of operations, Ryan Costello, thoughts on the state of the network.
After two years of living in this house, Tina and I finally took the time and made the effort to set up our basement. It meant taking a week vacation each, and using it entirely to clean, paint, and organize a dozen neglected boxes.
That included my Pathfinder material. Up until last week, other than a set of dice I kept handy for use in Adventurous and other online games, my gaming material consisted of a pile of 2e books on a stack of boxes of 1e books, with my decks of cards in a separate stack nearby. Now, along with my board games, my Pathfinder stuff is organized and on display for the first time in a long time.
A bit of my methodology:
The top shelf is all of my 2e hardcovers (which reminds me that I still need to get a physical copy of the Game Mastery Guide). The dice tower and dragon are placeholders anticipating more hardcovers on their way. Both are Dungeons & Dragons licensed items from Loot Crate, which makes me think they’ll be replaced before I need the space for more books. I like both items, but I don’t like the subtext of having D&D merch on a Pathfinder shelf. Come to think of it, the Pathfinder Goblin bank would fit nicely in there. Ooh, and I could use it for Hero Point storage.
Organizing their collections makes some people realize what they can get rid of. For me, it tells me what my collection actually is, which is as much about items I have that don’t have a place as it is the items I don’t have that I have a place for them.
The second shelf is another place holder. It has my Paizo volunteer of the year plaque, a Pathfinder goblin customizable statuette, the Reaper bones Chthulhu I painted, a chimera vinyl figure, and a D&D bumper sticker. When my 2e hardcovers spill onto a second shelf, I expect the contents of this shelf will be moved together (except probably the bumper sticker).
The next two shelves are my 1e books, but only one copy of each. I have multiple copies of a few random hardcovers, as well as a bunch of extra Core Rulebooks and APGs. They’re elsewhere. These books are divided by line, then in order of release. I am missing a hardcover from each line: Planar Adventures from the RPG line, Faiths of Golarion from the Campaign Setting line, and Curse of the Crimson Throne from the Adventure Path line. I expect to fill at least the first two of those gaps.
The bottom shelf is a box of card decks, dice, and gaming accessories, as well as binders with my and Tina’s old characters.
My pawns, miniatures, Bestiary Battle cards softcovers, extra copies of hardcovers, maps, and Starfinder books are nearby. They are backdrops to displays of prototypes of products I’ve worked on at my day job. Even if they aren’t on display, they are accessible. When I start gaming at my house again, we’ll see if I feel they need to be more accessible.
My office is better organized than ever but not quite ready for a reveal. Hopefully by my birthday in a few weeks I’ll be able to show off my toy shelves. For now, I am happy and relieved to have made so much progress. There were days where I finished recording an episode of Know Direction or Adventurous and had to navigate the mess by memory in the dark while carrying empty glasses. It’s not the find of path finding I enjoy. Now, I can get from my office to the stairs without fear.
Like my game material, it’s time to organize and display the Know Direction Network content from last week:
Recap of July 13th to July 17th
What happened last week on knowdirectionpodcast.com and twitch.tv/knowdirection?
Monday, July 13th
Find out about how Geek Together got me back into board games after a long break.
Tuesday, July 14th
This is a good episode, don’t get me wrong, but it needs a disclaimer: John and Ron don’t have access to the upcoming Starfinder playtest material. They are simply talking about what we knew at the time of recording, and then discuss the playtest process and Paizo’s history with playtesting.
We announced our new Patreon-exclusive Know Direction aftershow, Patron’s Private Sanctum. We also previewed Crystal Frasier’s first installment of her new blog with Know Direction, Phantasmal Killer.
Wednesday, July 15th
This recording was a beast. If you look in our Twitch video archives, it’s divided into seven segments. We kept losing our Twitch connection. Fortunately, we didn’t lose our momentum and we were able to hopefully do this fantastic new book, Lost Omens: Legends, justice.
Fox’s Cunning – Summon-Dex Part 3
By Dustin Knight
Dustin continues to provide a great service to 2e conjurors wrapping up the summon spells (but not the end of the Summon-Dex series) with Summon Celestial, Summon Elemental, Summon Fey, and Unseen Servant.
Phantasmal Killer: The Multivillain
By Crystal Frasier
Normally running an encounter with a big bad falls somewhere running any other solo encounter and a video game fight where they turn off vulnerability to the more erratic powers and the players have to slog through their basic abilities. In the debut edition of Phantasmal Killer, a new blog about creating and implementing subsystems to improve your game, Crystal introduces The Multivillain, a single character with multiple stat blocks that plays out like a fight against multiple opponents but with the gravitas of one epic opponent.
Since reading this article, I’ve wanted to run a campaign just to earn a villain worthy of these rules.
Thursday, July 16th
Technical difficulties postponed this episode, but unlike this week’s Know Direction, this episode of Stellar is extra long. Which just gives XVI more time to press buttons.
Something Creates – An Adventure (Quest #2)
By Andrew Sturtevant
Something I like about Something Creates is how Andrew bookends them with design diary entries, referring back to past decisions and explaining what he would change about them, and sharing resources that have helped him grow in the weeks between new installments.
Friday, July 17th
I currently on Intrepid Heroes episode 23, so I couldn’t tell you what happened here. However, based on the title, I’d like to congratulate the heroes on their success!
By Loren Sieg
Starting this installment, Bend The Knee guests will be chosen with the question in mind. That’s how we ended up Patrick Kapera, one of the designers of Spycraft, answering a question about designing a spy character.
Sunday, July 19th
Perram didn’t so much edit this episode as he did perform surgery on it. And the patient fully recovered!
Preview of July 20th to July 24th
This is back to Block 1 of our 2-block schedule.
Monday, July 20th
The recording of the first Know Direction after show is available to Patrons of the $5 Early Birds/Exclusive Worms tier or higher.
Last episode included two combats and more or less closed the Night Swan section of the module. This episode is about the pivot to the next section. I’m more curious than with most episodes how listeners feel about this episode. I really enjoyed it. We were all playing our characters, trying to unravel the mysteries of the plot, and planning for the future. Part of me worries this will come off as a lot of talking and not a lot of doing. I’d love to hear people’s reactions to the episode.
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I cleaned my basement, as you recall.
Tuesday, July 21st
No Legend Lore this week, Loren just moved across multiple states and didn’t have time to record.
Wednesday, July 22nd
Thursday, July 23rd
Friday, July 24th
Like a bulletin board of all the adventures you should be on.
- Gen Con Online – July 30 to August 2: Somehow we live in a world where Gen Con is this month and my first reaction to realizing that is “Oh yeah…” Details are not finalized but we have started talking with Paizo about how Know Direction can help bring Paizo’s Gen Con seminars to an Internet audience.
- 2e Humble Bundle: If you need Pathfinder 2e PDFs, and want to support the NAACP, check out this Humble Bundle!
- Luis Loza’s Patreon: Many members of the Know Direction Network have Patreons of their own. I’ll be spotlighting them in this section in the future. Luis Loza is the author of Monstrous Physique, a co-host of Legend Lore, and the GM of the upcoming 2e actual play, Valiant. Between his Patreon and his website, Luis has been churning out a lot of interesting 2e ancestry material. He created the rabbitfolk ancestry, and he’s been breaking out and rethinking the 2e ancestry rules, which he’s publishing across a number of posts.
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