Now You Know – Return of the September Slump

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.

I mentioned this in a post to Patreon, but we had a couple of live event cancelations last week. Although they were for specific reasons, this is consistent with a September slump we usually see this time of year. Normally we replace the early September content with a Guest Blogger Takeover to give the staff a break. This year, we’ll be going on hiatus to update the website, schedule, and address staff needs. We’ll go into greater detail next week, and on tonight’s live episode of Know Direction, how this affects the network content.

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


Recap of September 5th to 9th

What happened last week on and

Monday, September 5th


Intrepid Heroes 094 – The Signal

Things get grounded -electrically speaking- thanks to a cool new belt.

Tuesday, September 6th


Game Design Unboxed 45: Hellboy: The Board Game

As I will expand on later, this episode inspired a Behind The Screens topic. It’s one of my favourite episodes of GDU, and a great episode to check out if you only listen periodically. Immediately after listening to the episode, I reached out to my friend with a copy of Hellboy: The Board Game and scheduled a game.


Eldritch Excursion – It Came From Castrovel
By Nate Wright

Nate puts the E-L-F in Alien Life Form, reimaging Pathfinder elves with an emphasis on their alien origin.

Wednesday, September 7th


Behind The Screens – Board Game Storytelling

The way Hellboy: The Board Game co-designers James Hewitt and Sophie Williams talked about working story structure into their board game reminded me that the games have dramatic arcs build into them. As GMs, we shouldn’t aim to create story divorced from the system but a marriage of system and story.

Thursday, September 8th


Digital Divination 065 – Creating and Naming New Characters

There’s a game’s character creation rules, and then there’s an individual’s character creation process. John and Jason went over their own processes, including the order they decide on details and the tools they use, followed by an extended discussion about where they get their character names.

Friday, September 9th


Upshift 002 – Adapting Settings to RPGs

How do you adapt a property you know nothing about? What about what you know too much about? And what’s this about Transformers not transforming? Jason and I look at the advantages and oddities of adapting a property.

Preview of September 12th to 16th

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

Monday, September 12th


Know Direction 284 Live – Kingmaker Breakdown

With the Pathfinder 2e update of one of first edition’s most popular adventure paths, Kingmaker, in their hands, Luis and Vanessa breakdown all of the content from the crowdfunded hardcover before a live Twitch audience.


Now You Know – Return of the September Slump
By Ryan Costello

Short and sweet editorial today to raise awareness of the upcoming hiatus of some Know Direction content.

Tuesday, September 13th


Young and Adventurous 009

Scott D Young runs the Adventurous crew through an original adventure, following up on the modified version of Pathfinder Society Scenario #2-17: Lost Maid of Anactoria that he previously ran.


Fox’s Cunning
By Dustin Knight

Dustin offers expert insight and helpful tools to enhance your game.

Wednesday, September 14th


Know Direction: Beyond 73 Live – Thurston Hillman, Creative Director

New Starfinder Creative Director Thurston Hillman joins Alex, James, and Dustin to talk about his new position, responsibilities, and the direction he wants to take the game.


Know Direction 284 – Kingmaker Breakdown

With the Pathfinder 2e update of one of first edition’s most popular adventure paths, Kingmaker, in their hands, Luis and Vanessa breakdown all of the content from the crowdfunded hardcover.

Presenting: Andrew White

John speaks with Paizo’s software engineering lead and Pathfinder freelancer Andrew White.

Thursday, September 15th


Legend Lore 50

Luis and Loren talk Pathfinder 2e, one topic at a time.


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, September 16th


Know Direction: Beyond 73 – Thurston Hillman, Creative Director

Always love Thursty’s take, and I’m excited to hear what he has in store for the future.


Iconic Design – Hero Forge Fridays 
By Alex Augunas

Iconic Designs meets Hero Forge Fridays as Alex Augunas creates a mini and stat block every week.

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: