Tips of the Hat

Members of the Know Direction staff wish Perram luck as he leaves the Network to pursue his passions.

Alex Augunas

I’m not really sure what to say to you that hasn’t already been said. You and Ryan were one of my big breaks into the TTRPG industry, and ever since I started Guidance you’ve been an incredible friend and an amazing mentor to me. We’ve laughed together on many, many occasions. We’ve grumbled and grumped together. We’ve taught each other about game design, hosting, podcasting, and dozens more topics. We’ve had each other’s backs when the world was dark, and we’ve celebrated life together when it became brighter. I feel truly blessed to call you my friend and my contemporary, and even now that the latter is coming to an end, I feel confident that we’ll continue in the former for many, many years to come. To many your departure will seem sudden, but we both know that it was inevitable. You are by your own admission a man of many hats, and it was only a matter of time before a new one took your fancy. I delight in seeing just what you’ll accomplish in your new passions and ventures, and am confident that the Legend of Perram will grow longer as the torch of your triumphs burns brighter.

It’s customary to wish someone the best when they part ways, but while this is the end of our partnership at Know Direction for now, this isn’t the end of our friendship. I look forward to congratulating you on your successes in the future as they happen.

James Ballod

Thank you for all your guidance and mentorship Perram!

Dustin Knight

What can you say to an inspiration, other than: Thank you. I started listening to you on my long drive to and from Pathfinder Society. Your enthusiasm and insights helped inspire me to want to further my passion and make it a bigger part of my life. You’re professionalism and skill on and behind the scenes continue to drive me to hone my presentations. Sometimes I find myself vacillating between jealousy and awe when I hear about all the amazing hobbies you’ve absolutely mastered, and at the same time I’m forever blessed to be able to call such a Renaissance man my friend. Thank you for inspiring me and know that any time I listen to a broadcaster sign off I will always hear in the back of my mind: “also known as Perram”.

Rob Pontious

A special thank you, Perram, for your friendship and your partnership through Know Direction.  It was a sincere pleasure and privilege to meet you at that first Gen Con back after being away for years.  And you even let me play Ezren the wizard at that pick up game.  It was so encouraging to hear someone wanted to read what I had to say about going back to Gen Con after years.  Then you and Ryan invited me to join this amazing community of creators, authors, designers, and passionate gamers.  Influencer may get thrown around a lot now, but in the best way of it meaning people who influence us with excitement, inspiration, and the most positive of vibes you have truly been a great influence on me and my life.  You’re stepping away but no one is going away!  We’re still here and we’ll all always be happy to hear from and see you!!  Best wishes in this next adventure!

Andrew Sturtevant

Perram, it was you and Ryan that introduced me to the wider Paizo community. For years I played in a vacuum, but then I found Know Direction in 2015. You were the one that verbalized why the Wizard was *the* best option for flexibility and power in 3.X games. It was you who got me into organized play and helped me find friends in Sacramento and beyond! Thank you! Since joining the network, I got to watch you support and encourage new members to explore and expand their craft. You are a mentor and a friend to everybody on the network. The years and effort you put into Know Direction will be remembered for as long as the Netwoek exists. Thank you for being you and always stay awesome!

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: