Now You Know – The Ability Score Challenge

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.

This weekend, while watching Playing Think Words With WRESTLING QUESTIONS (their emphasis, not mine), on the Cultaholic Wrestling YouTube channel, I figured it would be fun and easy for the network staff to do a similar video. It got me thinking about what similar games or online challenges we could participate in, and how.

All of a sudden, a flood of memories swept over me. I recalled a fully developed but abandoned idea for video content. It would be inaccurate to call this Know Direction Network content, as we’re talking going back to the days before the network and even before Know Direction. This was a 3.5 Private Sanctuary video content concept:

The Ability Score Challenge

Jay (that’s Dubsky, not Jefferson Thacker) and I came across a website that codified the three physical ability scores, based on D&D 3.5’s definitions. I wanted to test myself physically and mentally in a series of six videos to see if we could translate real world me onto a D&D 3.5 character sheet.

As often happens, the idea was fun, but we left it by the wayside before seriously looking at the logistics. At the time, it might have been a few minutes of entertainment (YouTube at the time had 10 minute caps on videos), but because social media was in its infancy, I doubt it would have gone viral. Probably the ideal window of opportunity was around when ICv2 reported that Pathfinder first outsold D&D 4e. Technological possibilities and social media agency overlapped with Pathfinder brand recognition.

It’s technically still possible, but I think we’re much more likely to see something like Think Words than a physical challenge as Know Direction network content.

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

Recap of September 19th to 23rd

What happened last week on and

Monday, September 19th


Intrepid Heroes 095 – Bantrids on the Ceiling

What’s worse than fighting noses the size of Dobermans? Fighting zombie noses the size of Dobermans!


Now You Know – Wishing Luis Well

Now that it’s been announced, I officially wished Luis well.

Tuesday, September 20th


Game Design Unboxed 46: Supershow

GDU season 3 continues its strong start. Steve Resk talks about how his houserules fixed an unpopular NFL game enough that he almost scored the WWE license for his pro wrestling card game.


Eldritch Excursion – Class Action
By Nate Wright

Nate Wright writes the Pathfinder Class Guide for Terrible People. Hilarity ensues.

Wednesday, September 21st


Behind The Screens – Learning Games By Writing Adventures

I have trouble running published adventures, and I don’t write my own adventures because I’m much more comfortable improvising at the table. But now that I’m writing adventures for publication, I’m finally developing the skills necessary to read and understand how to run published adventure content.

Thursday, September 22nd


Digital Divination 066 – Building High Level Characters

The title may say “Building High Level Characters” but I found the most insightful portion of this episode was about designing adventures that account for high level characters.

Friday, September 23rd


Upshift 003 – Settling Your Setting

Just because Essence20 core rulebooks are written for a default version of the setting doesn’t mean you need to walk the same line. You could run a wild west Power Rangers game. Or age of steam Transformers. Your G.I. JOE campaign could be about fighting from below in a world where Cobra already won.

Preview of September 26th to 30th

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

Monday, September 26th


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 27th


Young and Adventurous 010

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 28th

Presenting: Isis Wozniakowska

Pathfinder freelancer Isis Wozniakowska talks about her work on Secrets of Magic and Dark Archive.

Thursday, September 29th


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 30th


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: