Recall Knowledge – On Scheduling

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.

On the last episode of Know Direction, guest producer Vanessa Hoskins and I talked about the challenges of scheduling the KD Chimera’s recent Super Smashfinder debut match. That is hardly the only scheduling snafu I’ve been involved in recently.

Tentatively, the next Adventurous recording is February 19th. The last was December 18th. Similarly, we’ve talked about Legend Lore following up their New Player Guide trilogy (parts 1, 2, and 3) with an actual play 1-shot for new players. Here’s the availability of the four players we reached out to:

It’s like playing Tetris and never getting a line. All four players are excited about the game, and we’re excited to host it, so why is the universe fighting against its existence?

On the one hand, Know Direction staff and guest participation is voluntary and either for fun or a stepping stone for other game industry opportunities. On the other hand, like I said when John interviewed me for Presenting a few weeks ago, consistency is key for building an audience. I don’t want to replace any of the players with someone who’s schedule is more compatible. And I don’t want to disappoint the audience excited for a project we’ve already announced.

I’ll do what I can to make it happen. I’m the Director of Logistics at the network, it’s my role here. It’s just disappointing when a project excites everyone involved, and then the scheduling happens.

On the plus side, I was able to get ahead on writing this Recall Knowledge because Intrepid Heroes and Bend The Knee were both scheduled ahead of time. Specific shout out to John Godek, whose reliability makes directing the logistics of the Network’s content that much easier.

Speaking of Know Direction Network content, here’s a recap of what you might have missed last week from the Know Direction Network:

Recap of February 8th to February 12th

What happened last week on and

Monday, February 8th


Recall Knowledge – RPG Mainstream Attention, Inclusion, and My Family

I told a story about my mom sharing news of the combat wheelchair to social media, and how to the best I could remember, it was the first positivity she’d shown tabletop RPGs in my lifetime.

Tuesday, February 9th


Digital Divination 023 – Adding New Players to Existing Starfinder Campaigns

John transitions from the Superbowl to Starfinder seamlessly.  

Wednesday, February 10th


Know Direction 243 Live – Ancestry Guide Overview

I went into this episode not feeling well. Earlier, when Perram told me he couldn’t make the show, I considered whether we should cancel. I hate cancelling when we have guests, so I took it easy that evening, had a late coffee, and committed to at least one segment for the night.

Ends up, the pick-me-up I needed was a live episode of Know Direction. I don’t believe I gave away that I felt ill on the recording. If anything, juggling my role on the show and keeping up with the 100+ viewers and their many questions meant I needed more energy than usual.


Game Design Unboxed 8: Abandon All Artichokes

I need to give Danielle so much credit on her decision as a show runner to schedule to bring Emma Larkin on to talk about Abandon All Artichokes the episode after bringing Jason Serrato to talk about Thug Life showed amazing forethought. Game Design Unboxed is willing to bring on designers of controversial games, but they don’t want to become the controversial games podcast. So Danielle scheduled the light, well-liked Abandon All Artichokes as a pallet cleanser.


Groundbreaking – Caldera Magical Academy

Randal’s back!

Well, Randal never left…

Groundbreaking’s back!

Randal covers a topic I enjoy: magic academies. Mostly laying out his plans, he goes into a bit of curriculum, a bit of the architecture, and a bit of the attitude of students.

Thursday, February 11th


Know Direction 243 – Ancestry Guide Overview

Great conversation about the Ancestry Guide. We talked new ancestries and heritages, updating classics, the role of ancestries in Pathfinder and modern gaming, art, and fielded a bunch of questions from the audience.


Something Creates – Enacting a Plan

I love the insight Andrew’s provided on his process. Though he admits his attempt to improve as a developer faces an extra challenge by way of him developing his own writing.

Friday, February 12th


Intrepid Heroes 053 – Things are not always how they look

I love the design of these soul burning ghosts, but I don’t mind that the party seems to have finally dealt with them. 


Bend the Knee Heightened – One Free Magic Item

Derry Luttrell, Dave P, and Ritz Summy of the Dice Will Roll actual play podcast join us to answer a classic Bend The Knee question: if you could have any magic item from any RPG, what would it be. Naturally, they thought way more practically than adventurers, addressing their needs for food, shelter, and money.

Preview of February 15th to February 19th

This is back to Block 1 of our 2-block schedule.

Monday, February 15th


Recall Knowledge – On Scheduling

Hey, just realized I wrote the scheduling blog ahead of schedule!

Tuesday, February 16th


Patron’s Private Sanctum 15

No Perram this week, and surprisingly little me. Vee, Luis, and Alex joined me, and we talked about Roll20 vs Foundry (which I excused myself from due to the conflict of interest caused by our partnership with Roll20 for Adventurous), Hero Forge, and some Ancestry Guide follow up.


Legend Lore

Luis and Loren help you with playing and running Pathfinder 2e.


Fox’s Cunning by Dustin Knight

Wednesday, February 17th


Know Direction Beyond Live with Leo Glass

Editor and author of Starfinder Adventure Path #35: Merchants of the Void (Fly Free or Die 2 of 6) joins Alex, James, and Vanessa.


Presenting – Gamers Making Games: Mike Kimmel

John talks to Paizo’s new Organized Play Developer, Mike Kimmel.


Guidance by Alex Augunas

Alex shares his thoughts and comments on topics getting attention in the RPG gaming community.

Thursday, February 18th


Valiant Episode 10

GM Luis Loza runs Owen K.C. Stephens, Rob Pontious, Avi, and Jessica Redekop through an original, gun totting fantasy western story.


Investing In by Rob Pontious

Rob shares what he loves about the RPGs he’s been playing lately, and why you should check them out.

Friday, February 19th


Know Direction Beyond 55

Listen to Leo Glass share his experiences editing Starfinder and writing Starfinder Adventure Path #35: Merchants of the Void (Fly Free or Die 2 of 6).


Monstrous Physique by Luis Loza

Luis makes monsters!


Now you know,

Ryan Costello


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. You can find out more about Ryan and the history of the network in this episode of Presenting: