Now You Know – Happy Birthday Perram

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.

Two weeks ago, in February 21st’s Now You Know – Happy Birthday Dustin, I said:

If I’m being honest, I worry that dedicating a post to Dustin’s birthday may set expectations that I give ever Know Direction staff member a shout out on their birthday. I’m not against it, except that statistically, there’s about a Know Direction staff birthday every other week. Practically, it doesn’t work out that way since three of us are born the same week in July, of course.

I stand by my assertion that I can’t to shout out to every network member on their birthday, but I’m shamelessly willing to play favourites and make an exception for Perram.

Perram celebrated his birthday this past Friday. What could be more appropriate than Perram being born on the day that would become known as International GM’s Day. Not only has he sat behind the GM screen for hundreds of gamers over the years, for probably a similar amount of game time, but he exemplifies the benevolent and creative qualities that make the best GMs.

Perram gives more of himself to the network than any other member. And unlike the majority of us, he’s not establishing game designer credentials when he does it. Perram’s contributions to the network are and have always been purely for his love of Pathfinder and tabletop RPGs, the Know Direction Network, and our fans.

That said, Perram’s been burning a candle for this network for over a decade nonstop. He needs a break. So Perram will be taking the month of March off. He’ll still appear on Adventurous episodes, because they’re already recorded, but Luis and Vanessa will be hosting the next two Know Direction podcasts (including one tonight), and I’ll figure out what I’m doing for this month’s Upshift.

Here’s wishing Perram a well-deserved rest from all of his contributions to the Know Direction Network.

Speaking of the Know Direction Network, here’s a recap of the content that came out in the last week:

Recap of February 28th to March 4th

What happened last week on and

Monday, February 28th


Valiant Episode 30: In Which They Deal 8 Damage

Sometimes 8 damage is enough.


Now You Know – Slava Ukraini
By Ryan Costello

I was mystified by Ukraine’s folkloric resistance to the Russian invasion and compared it to a heroic RPG campaign.

Tuesday, March 1st


Downshift… 2? 1?

Downshift, the Upshift aftershow, falls victim to my struggles with the new show’s numbering convention. Oh well. Lucas was the only Patron in the live audience for this episode, so we talked about whatever he wanted to hear about, like iTunes’ fall from the top of the podcatcher hill, and what’s up with the bright blue, limited articulation Snake Eyes he saw going for $20?


Know Direction Special Episode: February 2022 Black Excellence Showcase

Following up on the previous week’s February 2022 Black Excellence Showcase, Michelle Jones and Perram recorded a special episode of Know Direction, inviting black RPG industry creators Navaar Jackson, Trey Joiner, Kandi Jeanne, and Quinn Murphy on to talk about their accomplishments and positions in the industry.

Young and Adventurous – Lost Maid of Anactoria 001

First previewed in January, the first episode of the Scott D Young era of Adventurous kicked off with a reintroduction to our characters, including a discussion of how we imported them to 2e.


Fox’s Cunning – The Pipefox Archives
By Dustin Knight

Dustin’s put together so many guides for Pathfinder 2e enthusiasts, he put together a guide to his guides.

Wednesday, March 2nd


Presenting – Michelle Jones

Big week for Michelle podcast appearances! The Know Direction Network’s newest staffer joins John to talk about her roll on the Network, the unique way she got into the game industry, and how she plans to bring about change.

Thursday, March 3rd


Legend Lore 040 — Swashbuckler

Luis and Loren look at the swashbuckler. I didn’t realize it, but it’s one of the most diverse classes in 2e, with one of the most applicable archetypes.

Preview of March 7th to March 11th

Block 1 of our 2-block schedule.

Monday, March 7th


Know Direction 271 Live – Host Lore

You’ve been listening to them for a couple of months, now you get an opportunity to get to know Know Direction’s new hosts better. Vanessa and Luis share their pasts and history with Pathfinder in this banterful episode of Know Direction.


Intrepid Heroes 081 – Battle Royale

It’s a Pluddy mess as the Intrepid Heroes confront Sgt Pludd and the Crucible Guard.


Now You Know – Happy Birthday Perram
By Ryan Costello

Happy birthday to you,
Happy birthday to you,
Happy birthday dear Perram,
Happy birthday to you!

Tuesday, March 8th


Know Direction 271 – Host Lore

Looking forward to hear Vanessa and Luis talk about themselves and each other.


Eldritch Excursion
By Nate Wright

Nate Wright’s journal of flavour and mechanics.

Wednesday, March 9th


Game Design Unboxed 32: Pipelines

Danielle speaks with Ryan Courtney about Capstone Games’ Pipeline, a business simulation about the refinement of oil and how it has been a part of the government-controlled energy sector.


Behind The Screens – Let Your Players Climb The Slide
By Ryan Costello

In Saturday’s How To Play: G.I. JOE Roleplaying Game panel at RenegadeCon, I mentioned that, as a GM, I let my players climb the slide. In this week’s Behind The Screens, I expand on what I mean by that.

Thursday, March 10


Digital Divination 51

John and Ron talk Starfinder.

Friday, March 11th


Monstrous Physique
By Luis Loza

Luis makes monsters.


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: