Now You Know – Missing The Host Chair

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.

Guest co-hosting the latest episode of Know Direction, it sank in how little I’m podcasting at the moment. At the height of my podcasting, when 3.5 Private Sanctuary released weekly and Know Direction monthly, I hosted on average 1.25 podcasts a week. Geek Together was weekly too, and Know Direction every two weeks, so that’s 1.5 podcasts a week.

Currently, I’m effectively hosting 0 podcasts. Which is so weird to me.

Upshift is on hiatus. I had one good episode without Perram, and one episode that was going so poorly that I didn’t even finish it. I apologized to the live audience and went back to the drawing board. I want to get back to it, but Perram heavily influenced the format, and so it’s a podcast without a solid identity. I’m looking for a new format and co-host.

Until then, I’m technically not hosting a podcast. Which is as weird as it is unintentional. It’s nice that I have more time to work on my freelancing, sure. But 15 years of podcasting morphed my brain. When I have a thought, I typically massage it into podcast content and then file it under “to be discussed on a podcast”. If I don’t get myself a new venue for those files, that folder’s going to overflow.

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

Recap of June 13th to 17th

What happened last week on and

Monday, June 13th


Know Direction 278 Live – Knights of Lastwall Breakdown

Dustin sat in for Vanessa as producer and cohost, and I was somewhere between guest and guest co-host to discuss Lost Omens – Knights of Lastwall, both the parts I wrote and the parts I just read.


Intrepid Heroes 088 – Welcome to the Spungeon

Last week I said I didn’t have time to listen to the latest Intrepid Heroes before writing the preview, but I couldn’t wait to find out more about the Spungeon. It did not disappoint!


Now You Know – Shout Out To RPG Freelancers
By Ryan Costello

After word spread of TTRPG celebrities mistreating freelancers, I thought it was another good opportunity to remind fans how much of the content we enjoy we owe to freelancers.

Tuesday, June 14th


Game Design Unboxed 39: Cheer Up

Maybe it’s because of Crystal Frasier’s original graphic novel of the same name, but I thought Chris Rio’s Cheer Up would be a game about cheerleaders. Instead, it’s a creative wordplay party game with a positive vibe.


Eldritch Excursion – Unraveling Mysteries
By Nate Wright

If your players are jealous that the GM gets all of the icky content, Nate Wright’s here with the Flesh mystery for 2e oracles, and the Curse of Unraveling for oracles who push their magical connection too far and fall apart.

Wednesday, June 15th


Know Direction 278 – Knights of Lastwall Breakdown

I was a bit worried this might overlap with last month’s Knights of Lastwall preview, but between the different hosts and my insight into the areas I worked on, this felt like a very different episode. And I had a lot of fun with it.


Thursday, June 16th


Digital Divination 059 – Introducing Jason Keeley

I love a good breaking into the industry story, and I love Jason Keeley’s more than most. That, and I love Jason Keeley! So this was a fun Digital Divination with a Presenting-feeling that shows the chemistry we can look forward to between John and Jason.

Preview of June 20th to June 24th

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

Monday, June 20th


Now You Know – Missing The Host Chair
By Ryan Costello

Nothing like guest hosting a fun episode of Know Direction to remind me how much I love podcast hosting.

Tuesday, June 21st


Young and Adventurous 009

Scott D Young ran the Adventurous crew through an original adventure, following up on the modified version of Pathfinder Society Scenario #2-17: Lost Maid of Anactoria that he previously ran us through. Although we have three episodes recorded, I warn you that I probably won’t have time to edit this episode to release tomorrow.


Fox’s Cunning
By Dustin Knight

Dustin offers expert insight and helpful tools to enhance your game.

Wednesday, June 22nd

Presenting: Brent Bowser

John Godek chats with Paizo freelancer Brent Bowser.


More Lore
By Scott D Young

Scott D Young’s deep dive into the minutia of Golarion lore and how you can use it to enhance your game.

Thursday, June 23rd


Legend Lore 46

Luis and Loren talk Pathfinder 2e mechanics and lore.


Investing In
By Rob Pontious

Rob shares what he loves about the RPGs he’s been playing lately, and why you should check them out.


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: