What originally was conceived as just another D&D fan site became a safe house for 3.5 fans when 4E was announced. Not only were 3.5 gamers a new minority, they were the target of Wizards of the Coast’s aggressive 4E marketing that targeted 3.5 as a roblem-riddled game devoid of fun. WotC has since seemingly reversed their anti-3.5 policy and Paizo stepped forward as the leading supporter of the 3.5 OGL with Pathfinder. The edition wars may be ending, but if you are a gamer just looking for a place to safely discuss 3.5, you are always welcome in our Private Sanctuary.
Ryan Costello, Jr
Ryan Costello, Jr started 3.5 Private Sanctuary as a proud 3.5 loyalist who wanted to build a community for other fans of the 3.5 edition of the world’s oldest roleplaying game, but his passion quickly converted to Pathfinder enthusiasm as soon as Paizo released their 3.5 successor. In addition to hosting the general geekery podcast Geek Together, Ryan now hosts two Pathfinder RPG podcasts –The Private Sanctuary, and Know Direction– he is one of the pillars of Pathfinder social media news coverage. Additionally, Ryan has written Pathfinder game material for third party publishers, as well as Paizo, contributing to such titles as Ultimate Campaign and Ultimate Equipment.
Cathy Dolan joined The Private Sanctuary with episode 222, helping to relaunch the for 3.5 Private Sanctuary’s identity with a new voice and perspective, heavily focused on the social aspects of the hobby and the role playing aspects of character building. A dyed-in-the-wool geek, Cathy is the primary occupant of the sencond chair on Geek Together. She goes in depth about what makes her a geek in her Geek Together Episode 0.
Jefferson Jay Thacker a.k.a. Perram
Before Perram joined Know Direction as the show’s first full time co-host, the podcast could have best been describe as a bunch of Pathfinder RPG stuff. Perram brings a knowledge of and love for Golarion to Know Direction, something any Pathfinder podcast is lacking without. On top of being a man on the pulse of the Pathfinder campaign setting, Perram is the founder of the superlative site for Pathfinder spellcasters, Perram’s Spellbook, a free web application that creates customized spell cards.
One of the original hosts of 3.5 Private Sanctuary, Jay is a human with the electronic interface template and several levels in Tech Whisperer. The Private Sanctuary would be a cardboard box and an e-mail address if not for Jay. His computer know-how got the site off the ground and his experience with 3.5 as a DM and player keeps it afloat. A man of the people for the people, Jay is a perfect example of the people behind the surge of interactive media that dominates the internet.
Movie and RPG enthusiast, Matt Belanger has a soft spot for Forgotten Realms anti-hero Drizzt Do’Urden, and would play a paladin in every campaign if he could. Hobbies include building characters for fun, building a DVD collection, and building the ultimate movie room to house his DVD collection. One-time occassional guest host on 3.5 Private Sanctuary, Matt became the full time co-host with episode 156 until episode 222. Since then, his love and knowledge of rules has given the podcast more crunch.