Recall Knowledge – Jessica Redekop: Staff Member

Every week, Recall Knowledge recaps the Know Direction content of the past week, a preview of the Know Direction content of the week to come, and the director of operations, Ryan Costello, thoughts on the state of the network.

Jessica Redekop, prolific Paizo freelancer and Valiant’s Xiadani, joined the Know Direction Network staff. You might also know Jessica is familiar from her appearance on Know Direction 238, and when she dropped by for Geek Together, as well as her appearances on PaizoCon panels.

Given her history with the network, you might wonder why we’re only now announcing that she’s KD staff. That’s why this didn’t get a bigger press release when she came on board last week. It’s a business card promotion. Up until now, Jessica has been a know Direction Network cast member. Cast are members of the Network on one of our shows -usually an actual play- who aren’t involved in Network decision making. Cathy’s the best example of this, having co-hosted multiple shows on the Network for probably 10 years now, but never having been staff.

As KD Staff, Jessica has access to the Network’s back channels and is more likely to guest appear on Know Direction content.

Speaking of network content, here’s a recap of what you might have missed last week from the Know Direction Network:

Recap of April 12th to April 16th

What happened last week on and

Monday, April 12th


Legend Lore Special Edition: One Shot Part 3: Debrief

Our 2e newbs share their impressions of the Legend Lore One Shot. This session forged many memories for some of my favourite people, which to me is what RPGs are all about.


Recall Knowledge – Being Legendary
By Ryan Costello

I reflect on how much Legend Lore content I’ve participated in this week. Need an example? Look at the entry above this one. Now, look at the entry after this one.

Tuesday, April 13th


Legend Lore 024 — 1 Year Anniversary!

Luis and Loren invited Perram and I onto their podcast to celebrate one year of Legend Lore. I had so much fun with it that I ended up listening to the whole episode again, even though I was on it.


Something Creates – Armor! pt. 2
Written by Andrew Sturtevant

Something Creates switched days with Fox’s Cunning last week so Dustin could kick off his Bestiary 3 Summon-Dex as soon as the embargo lifted.

I wish I could fully appreciate the latest instalment of Something Creates, but Andrew got into the weeds on Starfinder armor design, an aspect I’m unfamiliar with of a system I barely know. But that just shows that not all Know Direction content is made for me.

Wednesday, April 14th


Know Direction: Beyond 57 Live – Backmatter Mania

The KD Beyond team goes absolutely mad talking about backmatter!


Presenting – Jeff Grubb

This was my favourite network content from the last week. Jeff Grubb influenced the RPG hobby so much, playing a key role in the industry since early on and to this day. It’s a great reminder how young this hobby is, and how lucky we are to have access to the people who made it happen, many of which are still actively participating in it.  


Guidance — Starfinder House Rules: The Overwhelming Operative
By Alexander Augunas

Alex’s unofficial “I Love Starfinder, But…” series continues with him trying to solve The “Operative” Problem. I know I just mentioned how little I know about Starfinder, but these articles have given me important insight into how the game works. Like, I know what an operative is, but this gives me a better idea of what it’s like to have an operative at the table.

Thursday, April 15th


Valiant Episode 14: In Which They Hold Hands and Jump Again

Dramatic irony is when the audience knows more than the character. Like when a listener sees there’s another 40 minutes to a podcast and hasn’t heard anything about the show ending, but the characters face a decision that, if they’re wrong, will kill them all. Sometimes it creates tension. Other times, like this one, it makes the character’s tension hilarious.


Investing In: Bestiary 3
By Rob Pontious

Network members continue to spread our love for Bestiary 3. What a great book.

Friday, April 16th


Know Direction: Beyond 57 – Backmatter Mania

I feel like Starfinder recently hit a stride that was missing in its sophomore years. The pace and quality of content released now meets the expectations of its player base. Adventure Path backmatter is the cherry on top, just a bit more strong content that adds to the overall experience.


Monstrous Physique — Falcon (SF)
By Luis Loza

As someone who read a lot of 80s Captain America in my formative years as a comic fan, I love that Falcon’s status has skyrocketed since Captain America: The Winter Soldier.  

Preview of April 19th to 23rd

This is back to Block 1 of our 2-block schedule.

Monday, April 19th


Recall Knowledge – Jessica Redekop: Staff Member
By Ryan Costello

Welcome, Jessica!

Tuesday, April 20th


Digital Divination 028

John and Ron talk about Starfinder from the perspectives of a fan and a Paizo developer.


Burst of Insight by Andrew Marlowe

Andrew Marlowe shares GM and design advice for and from other game systems.

Wednesday, April 21st


Know Direction Live

The Know Direction Network flagship podcast, featuring news, reviews, and interviews.


Game Design Unboxed 13 – LOTS

Danielle, Ben, and Denice talk with Zachary Connelly on his game LOTS: A Competitive Tower Building Game.


Groundbreaking by Randal Meyer

Randal Meyer brings a Pathfinder campaign setting to life, one blog post at a time.

Thursday, April 22nd


Know Direction 248

The latest episode of Know Direction, the Know Direction Network’s flagship podcast.


Something Creates by Andrew Sturtevant

Andrew Sturtevant creates Starfinder content, and shares insight into his decisions and his struggles along the way.

Friday, April 23rd


Intrepid Heroes 58

An actual play podcast of the Starfinder Adventure Path Dawn of Flame from Paizo, currently GMed by book 4’s writer, Paizo developer Ron Lundeen.

Bend the Knee
By Loren Sieg

Loren asks members of an actual play podcast an elaborate question about their tabletop gaming opinions.

Now you know,

Ryan Costello


Ryan Costello

What started as one gamer wanting to talk about his love of a game grew into a podcast network. 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 the director of logistics and co-host of Upshift podcast, dedicated to the Essence20 RPG system he writes for and helped design. You can find out more about Ryan and the history of the network in this episode of Presenting: