Now You Know – December 2022

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’m somewhere between “It’s December already?” and “It’s only December 5th?” Because I’ve been freelancing pretty much nonstop assignments since I started work on the G.I. Joe RPG CRB in 2020. Two years of deadlines have warped my perception of time. But with one project turned over today, and only a promise of the next one in writing, I have a little more flexibility with my free time for the first time in a long time. Weird to think of the holiday season as a less busy time of year, but here we are.

Although the Know Direction podcast has been on hiatus for a few months now, you can expect one more episode from the flagship before the end of the year: The traditional holiday special. In the past, we’ve taken this opportunity to catch up with staff, crossover casts from different podcasts, and use the episode as an excuse to enjoy each other’s company. We’re discussing whether to try a live recording again this year, or go back to the classic 2015 Holiday Special with a prerecorded episode. If you have any preference for the Holiday Special format, let us know in the usual social media places.

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

Recap of November 28th to December 2nd

What happened last week on and

Monday, November 28th


Intrepid Heroes 100 – Giving Thanks

This was a pleasant detour from our regular Intrepid Heroes adventures. The cast reflects on the 100 episode milestone, how the cast, characters, stories, recording methods, and platforms have changed over the years.


Now You Know – Centrepid Heroes

I congratulate the cast of Intrepid Heroes for everything I just talked about.

Tuesday, November 29th


Game Design Unboxed 51 – Pirate Party: Women of the High Seas

Danielle interviews Marge Rosen about how Pirate Party evolved from a game about pirates to a game about women of the high seas after her research made her realize just how many history female pirates there were.


Eldritch Excursion – Clothes Maketh the Adventurer
By Nate Wright

Nate is seriously designing and releasing a new Pathfinder 2e ancestry for free on the blog. And that ancestry is adventuring gear brought to life. Amazing. I’m speechless.


Thursday, December 1st


Digital Divination 071 – Top 5 Playable Species in Starfinder

Last time, I defended John and Jason’s decision to move to top 5 lists, even if the format has a bad reputation. Well, I’m doubling down! Not only do these Top 5 lists highlight how well John, a 5-Nova GM, and Jason, a former longtime developer on Starfinder, know the system and setting, but the anecdotes take the conversations in fun and fascinating directions.

Friday, December 2nd


Upshift 007 – Plotting Story Arcs

A peak behind the scenes, I remember thinking this episode was a trainwreck after we finished recording. When I sat down to edit, I thought I might need to rerecord whole chunks to salvage the conversation, something I’ve only done a couple of times in the last 15 of editing podcasts. But as I listened back, it was fine? Pretty good even? I get a little tongue tied toward the end of the episode, and I guess I let a bad last impression convince me I’d screwed up the whole episode.

Preview of December 5th to December 9th

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

Monday, December 5th


Now You Know – December 2022
By Ryan Costello

Wait, it’s December already? But it’s only December 5th?

Tuesday, December 6th


Young and Adventurous 014

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.

Note: This week’s episode isn’t edited yet, again, and I’m still not sure I’ll have the time to tonight.

Wednesday, December 7th


Presenting: Esther Wallace

John chats with Esther Wallace, game designer, and GM of the Chromythica actual play podcast.

Thursday, December 8th


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.



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: