This is a huge week for Pathfinder players, with the biggest four days in gaming and the release of one of the most important rulebooks in the 2e line. This is a Gen Con tradition, as Paizo wisely schedules their big release for Gen Con. They aren’t the only one, but the Gen Con sellout(s) have become an annual Paizo tradition dating back (I believe without exception) to the release of the 1e Core Rulebook.
This year feels different. I want to say “for obvious reasons” but I think it’s for more than just Gen Con being online. PaizoCon’s transition to an online format succeeded masterfully at creating an event that I was equally, if differently, hyped for. With Gen Con Online, I’m excited for the APG, and as both a fan and contributor, I am hopeful that Lost Omens Legends catches on. And I’m excited for the seminars, which we’ll be covering (more on that later).
Despite Rob’s solid arguments, I think the reason Gen Con Online isn’t ringing the same bells that PaizoCon Online rang is that the Gen Con experience is more unique. I’ve been to many a PaizoCon, and they are different based on what I focus on that year, but other than the KD Network side of the con, many other people can say they’ve had PaizoCons like I have. But Gen Con is such a beast. It would be harder if not impossible to translate every aspect of it online. Not only that, but the phrenetic nerd energy of the convention center and downtown Indianapolis is a part of the experience that can not be replicated.
One aspect that we can replicate is the seminar coverage. Know Direction is once again on board to stream the Paizo hosted seminars (I believe a blog post will be going up later today on Paizo.com with the seminar schedule). This year, we will be active participants in some of the seminars as well.
As for the Advanced Player’s Guide, it’s easy to be hyped. First of all, Paizo graciously provided us with two sections of the APG to exclusively preview, the tengu ancestry and oracle class. Second of all, we received our review copies and have been digging through them in preparation for this Wednesday’s Know Direction, in which Design Lead Mark Seifter joins us to breakdown the APG.
Before we get too deep into what’s happening this week, here’s a recap of what you might have missed last week from the Know Direction Network:
Recap of July 20th to July 24th
What happened last week on knowdirectionpodcast.com and twitch.tv/knowdirection?
Monday, July 20th
A lot planning went into this episode. We are a party committed to working around the “no murdering” clause.
I shared a shelfie.
Tuesday, July 21st
Groundbreaking – Foundational Wizardry
by Randal Meyer
Randal breaks down how his world sees sorcerers and wizards differently.
Wednesday, July 22nd
I was happy to hear Andrew Mullen on one of our podcasts. He’s a nice guy, and someone who has supported Know Direction over the years, crediting our con recordings for helping him get into freelancing. These are the kinds of interviews that Know Direction was founded on that we unfortunately don’t have the same availability for anymore. It’s why I was so excited when John brought Intrepid Heroes Presents over to Know Direction as Presenting.
Dev Pit: Designing Archetypes for Starfinder 101
by Alex Augunas
Every Paizo published -finder game has included archetypes as a major customizing option for characters, and every one has implemented them differently. Alex breaks down what makes a good Starfinder archetype.
Thursday, July 23rd
“Say what?”, you say!*
The Know Direction Network was given exclusive permission by Paizo to preview two sections of the upcoming Advanced Player’s Guide: the tengu section of the Ancestries & Backgrounds chapter, and the oracle section of the Classes chapter. With our previews combined, you get Korakai, tengu oracle iconic!
*Unless of course you read my above editorial or, y’know, read the article last week
Investing In: Gen Con Online
by Rob Pontious
This article is a nice revolution point for Rob’s contributions to The Know Direction Network. His first article for us was about the welcoming atmosphere of Gen Con. 2020 being 2020, Gen Con is online this year, and Rob does a great job explaining how much of Gen Con Online still compares to Gen Con meat space.
Friday, July 24th
Hey, remember Know Direction 228 – Lost Omens: Legends Breakdown? If you saw the live recording, you know we had catastrophic Discord failure. With Gen Con coverage a week away, we needed to test out an alternative. An alternative that worked darn well!
Like our last Tech Testisode, this wasn’t just all “1-2, 1-2, can you hear me now?” Perram and I had over an hour long conversation about Free RPG Day, 3D printing, my birthday, GI Joe, and more. It was fun, light fare, and the kind of casual insight into who we are that I like in a Geek Together.
Monstrous Physique — Black Panther (SF)
By Luis Loza
Continuing his Black Lives Matter inspired content, Luis brings the King of Wakanda to Starfinder.
Preview of July 27th to July 31st
This is Block 2 of our 2-block schedule.
Monday, July 27th
Recall Knowledge (available now)
Gen Con Online! APG!!!
Tuesday, July 28th
John and Ron discuss GMing for Starfinder.
Wednesday, July 29th
The APG is here. Will anything ever be the same again?
Normally this would be Dustin’s Fox’ Cunning, but he is putting off his next installment of the Summon Dex until he can include APG material, so Alex is taking over this spot.
Thursday, July 30th
Gen Con Online begins!
Friday, July 31st
Gen Con Online continues!
Like a bulletin board of all the adventures you should be on.
- Gen Con Online – July 30 to August 2: Have you not heard that Gen Con Online is happening this week? This Recall Knowledge covers up to July 31st, but seminars continue into Saturday, August 1st, and Sunday, August 2nd!
- 2e Humble Bundle: This bundle of Pathfinder 2e PDFs is a great deal, and a great way to support the NAACP!
- Yesterday was Vanessa Hoskin’s birthday! And Wednesday, she has a new Pathfinder Society adventure coming out! What better way to say “Happy birthday, Vanessa” than to pick up a PDF of Pathfinder Society Scenario #1-24: Lightning Strikes, Stars Fall?
Now you know,