Recall Knowledge – An Essential Start

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.

Last week, as a last minute decision, Perram and I decided that week’s scheduled Geek Together would cover the Essence20 Rolepaying System and the Hasbro licensed games it runs. The upcoming changes to the network revolve around my involvement in Renegade Game Studios’ new games like Power Rangers, G.I. JOE, Transformers, and My Little Pony, and it felt like a good change to trial run our upcoming Essense20 podcast.

I loved it. Obviously Perram and I have been cohosting podcasts and geeking out together for years, so no surprise that we could chat about the brands we grew up on for two hours. What made this especially fun was turning the G.I. Joe background noise from our Pathfinder podcasts into the main focus of the conversation.

Perram messaged me to let me know he received a lot of positive feedback on that aspect specifically. So that’s going to factor into how we plan the new show before its January debut. If there’s anything you would like from our Essence20 content, or other content you’d like to see the network cover, now’s a perfect time to share your ideas.

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

Recap of September 27th to October 1st

What happened last week on and

Monday, September 27th


Recall Knowledge – Leaving The Podcast
By Ryan Costello

Step three in my five step announcement that I’m leaving the podcast. The last step is announcing it on the podcast. It feels like I’m dragging it out, but in this case I would rather repeat myself than catch anyone flatfooted. 

Randal Reads Dark Archive Playtest – Overview
By Randal Meyer

Randal Reads is back already! Normally, Randal Reads covers the new Gen Con hardcover for the Pathfinder RPG lie. The Dark Archive playtest spot to Randal, though, and he dedicated this week to sharing his thoughts on the two new classes. 

Tuesday, September 28th


Legend Lore 033 — Mwangi Expanse, Part 3

Proving that time feels like it sets its own pace and we are at its whim, Luis and Loren conclude their deep dive into Pathfinder Lost Omens – The Mwangi Expanse -a book that feels well established now but is somehow still the latest hardcover release in the Lost Omens line – by looking at the new ancestries. I especially liked hearing where the idea for the three most… counterintuitive ancestries (Conrasus, Golomas, and Shisks) came from. 

Gen Con Online 2021 – Keynote Address

Like Gen Con Online 2021 itself, our Gen Con Online 2021 coverage begins with Erik Mona’s Keynote Address. 


Fox’s Cunning – I’m a Zoomer!
By Dustin Knight

The Know Direction Network’s own Alex Augunas released The Zoomer Archetype for Pathfinder 2e under his Everybody Games banner, a 20-level archetype focused on super speed. Dustin breaks it down and shares his thoughts. 

Randal Reads Dark Archive Playtest – Psychic
By Randal Meyer

The psychic is technically a 2e update of a 1e class, but it might be the greatest divergence from the original design. 

Wednesday, September 29th


Presenting – Paul Fields

Paul Fields’ company, Evil Robot Games, was one of the first third party publishers to go all in on Starfinder. He talks about how he struggled with Starfinder’s setting being tied to the core game, and how he found the mechanical niches Starfinder needed filled. 

Gen Con Online 2021 – Pathfinder Designer Showcase: Guns & Gears

Following a statement on #paizoaccountability, Paizo’s first live Gen Con 2021 seminar gives a lot of details on the upcoming Pathfinder RPG hardcover, Guns & Gears. 

Randal Reads Dark Archive Playtest – Psychic Feats
By Randal Meyer

Randal continues his analysis of the psychic, focusing specifically on the class feats. 

Thursday, September 30th


Valiant Episode 23: In Which Everything Comes Up Sarna

The Valiant heroes face the classic moral dilemma: Just because we’re drawn to a site doesn’t mean the guardians of that site are wrong for trying to kill us. 

Gen Con Online 2021 – Catching Up with Paizo Organized Play

I’ve heard great things lately about how smoothly Organized Play is running, which makes me feel good as a former Venture Officer. I’m not involved anymore and haven’t been for years, and part of me misses it, even though I don’t realistically have the time to get involved anymore. 


Investing In: Accountability
By Rob Pontious

Rob’s take on Accountability comes from a place of experience and a clear interest in seeing Paizo improve. He offers a lot of insight into what’s being called for and how they help, then makes suggestions of his own. 

Randal Reads Dark Archive Playtest – Thaumaturge
By Randal Meyer

Ah, the Thaumaturge. A class I didn’t know I needed until it was announced. And the loads of pop culture reference help understand what this class is all about. Also helping to understand what this class is all about: Randal!

Friday, October 1st


Geek Together – Essence20 Essentials

Like I talked about before, Perram and I go over the Essence20 Roleplaying System, and then talk at length about Power Rangers. G.I. JOE, and Transformers, and their RPG potential. 

Gen Con Online 2021 – Beyond the Stars: Starfinder Galactic Magic

Hey, it’s a Starfinder magic book!

Preview of October 4th to 8th

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

Monday, October 4th


Gen Con Online 2021 – Know Direction Interview: Jason Bulmahn

So, this was tough. We were only a few days from the Customer Service staff changes that prompted Jessica Price’s indicting Tweets about Paizo, which named Jason Bulmahn specifically. Perram and I had a day or two to react and decide if we would go forward with our Gen Con seminar plans. If we did, what would we do about the first of those seminars being this one? 

We decided we’d swallow the cocktail of mixed emotions we were brewing and try to get through the weekend. 

Jason chose to open the interview by addressing the allegations, and referencing the statement he’s just put out. A good start. Then technical difficulties crashed the stream. When we came back, Jason reiterated his statement. I appreciated his choice to make sure his statement wasn’t lost in the crash, and that helped alleviate a lot of tension going into the interview. 


Recall Knowledge – An Essential Start
By Ryan Costello

It begins. Essentially. 

Tuesday, October 5th


Digital Divination 040

John and Ron go into further detail on Pathfinder and Starfinder Infinite.

Gen Con Online 2021 – Pathfinder Tales of Lost Omens: What’s Next

Delve into the world of Golarion through the Lost Omens campaign setting for the Pathfinder (second edition) RPG. Come learn about upcoming projects and ask questions about prior releases.

Wednesday, October 6th


Know Direction 260 Live – Pathfinder Infinite For Authors and Publishers

Know Direction’s own Vanessa Hoskins and Owen KC Stephens have Pathfinder Infinite plans. 

Gen Con Online 2021 – Pathfinder Designer Showcase: Upcoming Projects

Pathfinder Design Team members talk about upcoming releases for the Pathfinder RPG, including Book of the Dead and beyond.

Thursday, October 7th


Know Direction 260 – Pathfinder Infinite For Authors and Publishers

Vanessa and Owen join us to give an author and a publisher’s take on Paizo’s new Community Content program. 

Gen Con Online 2021 – Paizo Adventure Roundup: Print & Digital

Join Paizo editorial staffers as they take a peek at 2022’s stand-alone adventure production for the Pathfinder and Starfinder RPGs.


Something Creates by Andrew Sturtevant

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

Friday, September 24th


Intrepid Heroes 70

An actual play podcast of the Starfinder Adventure Path Dawn of Flame from Paizo.

Gen Con Online 2021 – Industry Spotlight: Engaging Diverse Voices

Paizo editorial staffers lead a discussion on finding and engaging creators that embrace diverse viewpoints to work towards a more inclusive industry.


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: