Unfortunately, after several close calls over the last few years, our luck ran out and we have a positive case of COVID-19 in my house. Three of the four of us are vaxxed to capacity, but our youngest is ineligible for the vaccine due to her age, and she caught it at daycare. So far, she’s feeling fine. Her pediatrician says that the rate of vaccination in our area is extremely high (something like 90%), meaning that her viral load is probably significantly lower than positive cases in even the recent past, and she might never develop any symptoms. Hopefully that’s the case, and the worst we had to deal with was a week of isolation playing video games and watching streaming as a family. A lot of Castle Crashers and Pokémon.
All that to say, between this and the projects that had me busy last week, I won’t have as much time to participate in Network content for the foreseeable future.
Speaking of Network content, here’s a recap of the podcasts and blogs from last week at the Know Direction Network:
Recap of February 7th to 11th
What happened last week on knowdirectionpodcast.com and twitch.tv/knowdirection?
Monday, February 7th
Know Direction 269 Live – Queerfinder Breakdown
Find out all about the hottest product on Pathfinder Infinite, Queerfinder, as well as what it means to its many contributors and its creators Grady Wang and Theo Thourson.
Intrepid Heroes 079 – Ambush
Another leg of our Intrepid Heroes dungeon crawl. Of course, that dungeon, The Crucible, is located, and I can’t stress this enough, in middle of the sun!
Now You Know – Busy Again
By Ryan Costello
I thought I was busy last week.
Tuesday, February 8th
Know Direction 269 – Queerfinder Breakdown
The Know Direction podcast was founded on interviews with third party publishers, and this interview exemplifies why. They’re among the most passionate gamers, dedicated Pathfinder enthusiasts, and creative people, operating on the drive to add what they see is missing from their favourite content. In this case, it’s exploring the Pathfinder Campaign Setting through the format of a gay travel magazine. Which, I’ll admit I didn’t know until I listened to this episode has a long history of existence on, y’know, Earth.
Eldritch Excursion – Two Headed Classes
By Nate Wright
The second time I played in a Kingmaker campaign, one of the players, Stone, had a friend who wanted to play but couldn’t regularly attend. One of Stone’s suggested solutions was that he play a Dragon Rider (from Rogue Genius Games), and that whenever the his friend attended, he played the dragon.
It never ended up happening, but I was reminded of it by Nate’s article about turning companions into PCs. It solved not only our occasional player situation, but tied into works of fiction that treat pets as full members of the team.
Wednesday, February 9th
Game Design Unboxed 30: Summit
Last week I said I remembered Summit when Conor McGoey of Inside Up Games was my booth neighbour at Essen. It ends up, I remembered Mountaineers by Corey Wright of Massif Games. Oops. Oh well, it was great getting to know Conor in this extended interview, going into his motivations for making a game about mountain climbing, and the changes he made to allow for competitive, cooperative, and solo modes.
Thursday, February 10th
Digital Divination 049 – Planetfall
Horizons of the Vast might be the most hyped Starfinder Adventure Path in recent memory, and wouldn’t you know it, Ron Lundeen wrote volume 1: Planetfall. John, who plans on running the campaign (and who isn’t familiar with Kingmaker) asks Ron about the writing process and for tips on running Kingmaker in space.
Friday, February 11th
More Lore – Canon or Created?
By Scott D Young
With Pathfinder Infinite adding to Golarion lore through third party content, Scott looks at what a continuity fanatic should do with this canonical grey area content.
Preview of February 14th to February 18th
This is back to Block 2 of our 2-block schedule.
Monday, February 14th
Valiant Episode 29
Our Valiant heroes continue to explore the Temple of the Whisperer.
Now You Know – A Positive Household
By Ryan Costello
And here we are.
Tuesday, February 15th
By Dustin Knight
Dustin offers expert insight and helpful tools to enhance your game..
Wednesday, February 16th
Know Direction Beyond 66 Live – Evolutionist Playtest Retrospective with John Compton
John Compton looks back on the Evolutionist Playtest and how playtest feedback is shaping the class before its release.
Presenting – Connor Alexander
John Godek chats with Cherokee game designer and publisher of Coyote And Crow, Connor Alexander.
By Scott D Young
Scott D Young’s deep dive into the minutia of Golarion lore and how you can use it to enhance your game.
Thursday, February 17th
Luis and Loren talk Pathfinder 2e.
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 18th
Know Direction Beyond 66 – Evolutionist Playtest Retrospective with John Compton
What did John Compton have to say to Alex, James, and Vanessa about the Evolutionist? Find out on Know Direction Beyond!
Now you know,