Recall Knowledge – Path Finding: The Next Generation

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.

I’m back from a week of vacation time with the family. We didn’t go on any big trips, and were never more than an hour or so away from home, but we got in a lot of nice family bonding. The week started with Abigail’s birthday party and ending with playing Scarlett’s first game of Pathfinder.

The M&M blanket is fog of war

Technically Abby participated as well, but that was more because she likes to be involved in everything her big sister tries.

I’ll go into more detail about teaching an emerging reading how to roleplay in an upcoming Behind The Screens. For now, I can say that the experience was a success in the ways I hoped it would be. Scarlett let her imagination run wild, loved having input into the characters she was playing, and was broadly learning the mechanics of playing out a turn.

Between character creation, explaining the world and the rules, and playing a round of combat, we spent about an hour on the session. After that, she asked if we could continue later. That could have been her way of backing out of the game, but she’s brought up playing again twice since then, including asking if she could rename her dragon. I think that level of engagement away from the table is a good sign.

I recorded the session, and am considering releasing it as content.

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


Recap of August 2nd to August 6th

What happened last week on and

Monday, August 2nd


Patron’s Private Sanctum 0024

A very logistics episode of the Private Sanctum, providing behind the scenes insight into our planning for the Know Direction podcast’s summer content. 

Tuesday, August 3rd


Legend Lore 031 — Mwangi Expanse, Part 1

The trend of splitting up Mwangi Expanse coverage continues, with Luis and Loren starting their look at the history, geography, and people of the Mwangi Expanse.


Fox’s Cunning – Adjusting Extreme Encounters
By Dustin Knight

If you love a good Dustin chart, Dustin’s got a chart for you! Dustin does the math on Pathfinder 2e’s extreme encounters, and offers some options to make these deadly encounters more manageable. 

Wednesday, August 4th


Presenting – Pete Zupan

John talks to the host of the Rise of the Rulelords Pathfinder 2e podcast about launching a podcast, finding his voice, and building his audience, as well as his love of 2e.

Thursday, August 5th


Valiant Episode 21: In Which They Fight Some Gross Boars

After 21 episodes, our Valiant heroes arrive at the Temple of the Whisperer, the energy-crackling pyramid in the podcast’s banner art.


Investing In: The Mwangi Expanse’s Bestiary
By Rob Pontious

The trend of splitting up Mwangi Expanse coverage continues, with Roblooking at the Mwangi Expanse’s Bestiary section.

Friday, August 6th


Monstrous Physique Presents: Summoned Monsters, Vol. 3 (PF2E)
By Luis Loza

Hey, I’m in this one!

Luis sent that bloody and ashen warrior to designer Rigby Bendele, freelancer Ruvaid Virk, and myself, and challenged us to come up with a creature based on that art that isn’t evil. That restriction ended up being a driving force behind a lot of my design decisions, and it shows how one tweak can force inspiration in new directions. 

Preview of August 9th to August 13th

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

Monday, August 9th


Recall Knowledge – Path Finding: The Next Generation
By Ryan Costello

Pathfinder with Scarlett begins. 

Tuesday, August 10th


Patron’s Private Sanctum 0025

I sat out this episode, recorded after Know Direction 255 – What Makes a Good Character? Join Perram and Dustin continuing the conversation about the announced changes to Pathfinder Society, and then talking about anime. 


Digital Divination 036

John and Ron talk about the new Starfinder play test for the Evolutionist. I am looking forward to this one. 


Burst of Insight by Andrew Marlowe

Andrew Marlowe shares GM and design advice for and from other game systems.

Wednesday, August 11th


Know Direction 256 Live – Battle Zoo Bestiary Preview

The Battle Zoo Bestiary -collecting the winning entry’s of Roll For Combat’s RPG Superstar, is coming soon to Kickstarter. Stephen Glicker and Mark Seifter join us to go over what to expect from the Kickstarter, from the book and beyond.


Game Design Unboxed 21: Abomination Vault

“Abomination Vault,” you say. Like the Pathfinder Adventure Path? Indeed, Danielle and Denice cover roleplaying games for the first time, inviting Know Direction’s own Vanessa Hoskins on to talk about Pathfinder and writing the middle installment of an adventure path. 


Guidance by Alex Augunas

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

Thursday, August 12th


Know Direction 256 – Battle Zoo Bestiary Preview

It’s been a while since we talked to a third party publisher, and the Battle Zoo Bestiary is one of those big event releases that demanded our attention.


Something Creates by Andrew Sturtevant

Andrew Sturtevant creates Starfinder content, and shares insight into his decisions and his struggles along the way.

Friday, August 13th


Intrepid Heroes 66

An actual play podcast of the Starfinder Adventure Path Dawn of Flame from Paizo.

Bend the Knee Heightened – Intrepid Heroes

By Loren Sieg

Loren asks the cast of our own Intrepid Heroes about their favourite fictional characters and settings. 

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: