Now You Know – Gen Con Recovery

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.

Another Gen Con in the books. And from what I gather looking at the reactions online, it seemed to be a good one. A couple of years ago, Perram and I talked about feeling like we took Gen Con for granted, and how turning it into a work trip took away from our ability to make the most of the best four days in gaming. Well Perram finally got to experience Gen Con as an attendee for the first time in years. KD owes so much of our past Gen Con coverage to the work he and the KD Con Team put in over the years, so it’s worth acknowledging again.

This year, Vanessa Hoskins wore the press badge. Our slogan for Gen Con and PaizoCon has been “we con when you can’t” for a long time now, since before virtual con experiences existed. And since this year I couldn’t, I get to con vicariously through Vee.

The staff has the option to take it easy this week to recover, so there may be a few gaps in our usual release schedule.

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

Recap of August 1st to August 5th

What happened last week on and


Tuesday, August 2nd


Fox’s Cunning — These Feats Were Made For…Something?
By Dustin Knight

Dustin shares his tips for picking the right feats for your character. I know I’m guilty of ignoring Lesson 1: Higher Level≠(Much) Higher Power. If I don’t take one of the highest level feats available to me, I feel like I’m doing something wrong.

Wednesday, August 3rd


Presenting – Shay Snow

Editor alert! We love editors here at the Know Direction Network, so I love when John puts the spotlight on one. In Shay’s case, they got into editing in the same way a lot of designers got into game design: Love of and talent for language.

Thursday, August 4th


Investing In: Gen Con 2022 Hype
By Rob Pontious

Posted the first day of Gen Con 2022, Rob shares everything he loves about the best four days in gaming.

Preview of August 8th to August 12th

Block 1 of our 2-block schedule.

Monday, August 8th


Know Direction 282 Live – Gen Con 2022 and Rage of Elements

I mentioned in the editorial that I’m excited to hear about Vanessa’s Gen Con 2022 experience, but I also can’t wait to hear her thoughts on the 2e kineticist playtest. Not only is the new class the biggest news out of the con, with the double whammy of the playtest already being live as of yesterday, but Vee’s synonymous with her love of the kineticist and work on the Legendary Games third party version of the class. Plus, Alex makes his first KD prime appearance in a long time. He shared his expletive-heavy real time reaction to the playtest document in the KD staff channels so I knew he was eager to talk about the class.


Intrepid Heroes 092 – Quantum Conundrum

The premium-grade Starfinder sci-fi wackiness in this episode made it my favourite of the new season. Don’t be surprised if you see similarities between the situation they found themselves in and a scene in a theoretical future adventure I run. I loved it that much.


Now You Know – Gen Con Recovery
By Ryan Costello

To be clear, I’m not recovering from Gen Con. I’m recovering from flu symptoms followed by a week off with my family. Which was also fun and also tiring.

Tuesday, August 9th


Game Design Unboxed 43: FRIEND or FAUX

Danielle speaks with Chrissy Fagerholt about getting into the game industry and publishing her first game, FRIEND or FAUX, to give others the same experience she had the night she and her friends came up with the party game.


Eldritch Excursion – Housecreeping
By Nate Wright

Nate Wright follows up on his article about homeowning as an archetype with a half dozen more feats.

Wednesday, August 10th


Know Direction 282 – Gen Con 2022 and Rage of Elements

Can’t wait!


Behind The Screens
By Ryan Costello

Veteran Game Master Ryan Costello talks with his fellow GMs on their side of the GM screen.

Thursday, August 11th


Digital Divination 63

John and Jason talk Starfinder.

Friday, August 12th


Iconic Designs
By Alex Auguna

Iconic Designs meets Hero Forge Fridays as Alex Augunas creates a mini and stat block every week.


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: