Now You Know – Our Blogs

Every week, Now You Know recaps the Know Direction content of the past week, previews the Know Direction content of the week to come, as the director of operations, Ryan Costello, shares his thoughts on the state of the network.

I broke poor Rob‘s heart last week when I didn’t mention the blogs in my Network Update about our new content schedule. My intent was to follow-up last week’s post about our podcasts with a post about our blogs. That said, I have to admit that I’ve been so focused on getting our podcast ship back in order, I’ve neglected our blogs. When we get to the network update, you’ll see how few regular blogs we’re publishing at the moment. Which is a shame, because they played as big a role in the early days of the site as the podcast.

At the dawn of the site, it featured one podcast, a variety of written reviews of 3.5 D&D hardcovers, and the occasional new D&D 3.5 design. This wasn’t formally a blog, but the site did have written content since launch.

At the time, I wrote all of the articles on the site. If anyone else had asked, I’m sure I would have brought them on board, of course. But I didn’t mind. I enjoyed it.  Really, the site gave me an opportunity to work on my writing and design, and the message board served as a supportive but honest sounding board.

Over time, as we added more podcast content, I ran out of books to cover, and the focus of the site shifted to Pathfinder, the blog went away. They came back in a big way with Alex‘s Iconic Design. Originally hosted on its own site, after I shouted out to it multiple times on the podcast, we discussed bringing it over to the Know Direction site. It opened my eyes to a fact that drove Know Direction’s growth going forward: There was value in associating with us. This wasn’t the dreaded work-for-exposure exchange. This was exposure-for-exposure. The site got more content, the writer’s got a bigger platform, and we grew as a team.

When the podcast hiatuses started, we still had a healthy amount of blog content, almost daily. But Dustin getting hired by Paizo, Luis scaling back his contributions to the site, and life forcing Alex, Loren, and Nate to do the same, it left only myself and Rob regularly blogging.

Now that the flagship is back in the waters, and our podcast offerings are healthy again, maybe it’s time to reinforce our blog offerings. If you’re interested in contributing a blog to Know Direction, reach out to, we’ll start a conversation.

Network Update

As noted above, the blog schedule isn’t as full as our podcast schedule.

Block 1

Monday – Now You Know: My weekly editorial, network update, and KD content preview and review.

Tuesday – Eldritch Excursion: Nate Wright’s Pathfinder and Starfinder designs and musings. Currently on hiatus, but still on the schedule.

Wednesday – Know Direction In Writing: Transcripts of the latest episode of Know Direction, posted the same day as the podcast releases.

Thursday – Vacant

Friday – Vacant

Block 2

Monday – – Now You Know: See above.

Tuesday – TBA: The second of the two new actual plays in development. This one is closer to launch.

Wednesday – Behind The Screens: I blend GMing advice with popular culture references.

Thursday –Investing In: Rob Pontious shares his love for Pathfinder and RPGs on the whole.

Friday – Vacant

Speaking of the Know Direction Network content, here are the articles and podcasts that released last week:

Recap of March 20th to March 24th

What happened last week on and

Monday, March 20th


Now You Know – New Schedule
By Ryan Costello

With all the podcasts back on the network, I let people know when to expect what show.

Tuesday, March 21st


Game Design Unboxed 59: Paint the Roses

Ben Goldman takes us on the journey that brought an Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland theme to his abstract quilting game.


Wednesday, March 22nd


Know Direction 285 – Introducing Esther and Navaar

Meet Esther Wallace and Navaar Jackson, the new hosts of the Know Direction podcast.


Know Direction 285 In Writing

Can’t listen to the latest episode of Know Direction, or want to reference something Esther and Navaar said but don’t know where in the episode they said it? Good news! Episodes of the Know Direction podcast are now accompanied by a transcript of what was said.

Thursday, March 23rd


Digital Divination 079 – Enhancing Starfinder

What was scheduled to be a discussion about the Starfinder comics turned into a continuation of John and Jason’s discussion about what they’d like from Starfinder after the release of Starfinder Enhanced.

Preview of March 27th to March 31st

This is Block 2 of our 2-block schedule.

Monday, March 27th



Now You Know – Our Blogs
By Ryan Costello

I talk about our blogs.


Wednesday, March 28th


Presenting – Nicolas Logue

You may know Nic Logue as an instrumental freelancer from the early days of published Pathfinder adventures. You may also know he’s a professor of the performing arts. Maybe you heard whispers of The Red Raven, a fundraising stream he’s GMing. Even if you know all about all of the above, Nic’s enthusiasm and eloquence make this interview a must-listen.

Thursday, March 29th


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.

Friday, March 17th


Upshift 14 – Essence20 On Foundry

Jason and I speak with one of the fans bringing Essence20 to Foundry.


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: