Now You Know – Intrepid Achievement

Every week, Now You Know recaps the Know Direction content of the past week, previews the Know Direction content of the week to come, and shares the thoughts on the state of the network from the director of operations, Ryan Costello.

Sorry to everyone at the network about missing my editorial last week. I’ve been grinding away at a deadline that needs all of my free time and unfortunately that’s taken away from my availability for my network responsibilities.

That said, I couldn’t let this week pass without acknowledging Intrepid Heroes’ milestone. After nearly three years, they’ve wrapped up their Dawn of Flame playthrough. Now I know they actually finished months ago, which John and Ron talk about on Digital Divination, but that’s no less of an achievement. The popularity of actual plays featuring Paizo Adventure Paths hit big a few years ago, followed almost immediately but these shows podfading mid-campaign (which we’re guilty of as well). Intrepid Heroes is Know Direction’s first actual play to complete a campaign. That’s exciting for them, and I am appreciative that the network gets to unlock that achievement.

Speaking of the network, here’s a recap of the Know Direction Network content that came from last week:

Recap of April 26th to April 29th

What happened last week on and

Tuesday, April 26th


Young and Adventurous 004 – Witch Track Record

This episode featured a surprising and hilarious number of “Well, we’ve hit a dead end,” comments followed immediately by “But what about this lead?”

Wednesday, April 27th


Portents of Peril! – Know Direction: Beyond LIVE!

If you want to see what excitement looks like, watch the video of Alex, James, and Vanessa talking about Drift Crisis.


Presenting – John Curtin

The mind behind Starfinder Facts talks about the trajectory that got him from fan project to freelancer. It’s one of my favourite freelancer origin story tropes, and his includes robots!

Thursday, April 28th


Investing In: Book of the Dead
By Rob Pontious

I mentioned in the Private Sanctum a few weeks ago that I’ve never been less excited about a Pathfinder hardcover than Book of the Dead. And yet, after reading Rob gush about it, I too would love to see an actual play dedicated to it.

Friday, April 29th


KD: Beyonderer 003

Technical difficulties cut James off before the end of this week’s Beyond, so it’s Alex, Vanessa, and Dustin chatting in the Patreon, continuing their love for Drift Crisis and discussing Book of the Dead.


Know Direction: Beyond 68 – Portents of Peril!

I don’t play Starfinder. If I started now, I don’t know if I’d want my first campaign to have Drift Crisis implemented. But as a game designer and gamer, how Alex, James, and Vanessa described the concept and execution makes me want to read this cover to cover. The idea fascinates me, and they more than convinced me of the book’s quality.


More Lore: The Lay of the Land
By Scott D Young

Scott shares his clever ideas and useful tips for showing your players what they should know about your campaign’s setting without exposing them to spoilers.

Preview of May 2nd to May 6th

Block 1 of our 2-block schedule.

Monday, May 2nd


Know Direction 275 Live – Knights of Lastwall Chapter 3 Sneak Preview

Its only been a few months since the release of Absalom and Monsters of Myth, but it feels like forever since the last Lost Omens hardcover. It’s exciting!


Intrepid Heroes 085 – The End!

I know I say this last time, but This! Is! IT! FOR REAL THIS TIME!!! After the climactic battle of the previous episode, our Intrepid Heroes’ assault on the Crucible comes to an end.


Now You Know – Facts From Fools
By Ryan Costello

I talk about what I just talked about.

Tuesday, May 3rd


Know Direction 275 – Knights of Lastwall Chapter 3 Sneak Preview

On a personal note/full disclosure, I worked on Knights of Lastwall, including my first published 2e crunch. Looking forward to Luis, Vanessa, and all of your thoughts.


Eldritch Excursion
By Nate Wright

Nate Wright’s journal of flavour and mechanics.

Wednesday, May 4th


Game Design Unboxed 36: Cascadia

Danielle speaks with Randy Flynn about his design Cascadia published by Flatout Games.


Behind The Screens – Run An Inefficient Game
By Ryan Costello

Look, it’s probably not happening this week either…

Thursday, May 5th


Digital Divination 56

John and Ron talk Starfinder.

Friday, May 6th


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: