Now You Know – Welcome Rat

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.

Sorry about the recent radio silence. For those who don’t know, Canada Day and Jean Baptists (aka Quebec Day) are one week apart. And Quebec being Quebec, they forbid any working with few exceptions on their provincial holiday, although they’re more lenient on the next week’s national holiday. All that to say, we get a couple of long weekends in a row, ideal for family trips and get togethers that really impact time for network responsibilities.

It’s been a big couple of weeks for the network, too. As mentioned in my previous editorial, unlike what I’d previously announced, Paizo did give us permission to release audio of the PaizoCon Online 2023 seminars. Shout out to Vanessa Hoskins for confirming that we could once again share PaizoCon audio with our loyal listeners, and for putting the audio together. She saved me a kilogram of time and effort, and got the content out more quickly than I could have on my own.

Speaking of getting the content out, Saturday’s Ask the Paizo GMs Part 2 was the last of this year’s seminars. They’re collected on the PaizoCon Online 2023 Seminar Coverage superpage for your convenience.

In other network news, normally I announce when we get a new member to welcome them and introduce them to the audience. In the case of Drew Carbee, he is both brand new to the network and been working on KD content for months, so it wasn’t clear when to make the introduction. Now that he’s made not one but two on-mic appearances in the past week, the time is clearly now!

Drew’s a vital new addition to the technical side of the Know Director Network, editing both Legend Lore since the Jessico-host era began, and the new Tavern Rats actual play. Not only that, but he plays everyone’s tied for favourite Quest for the Frozen Flame PC Xoroku, the winter orc barbarian.

Drew’s been taking a lot of initiative, offering to take more logistics of posting the episodes off of my plate. Don’t be surprised if you see his name and hear his voice attached to increasing amounts of Know Direction Network content.

Speaking of Know Direction Network content, here’s what we released last week.

Recap of July 3rd to July 7th

What happened last week on and

Monday, July 3rd

PaizoCon Online 2023 Coverage

PaizoCon Online 2023 – Primal Previews

PaizoCon Online 2023 – Ask the Paizo GMs Part 1

Tuesday, July 4th


Tavern Rats 1 – Shattered Blade, Broken Tusk

The Rats walk out of their tavern and come face to face with a moose.

PaizoCon Online 2023 Coverage

PaizoCon Online 2023 – Secrets of Golarion

PaizoCon Online 2023 – Pathfinder Adventures

Wednesday, July 5th


Presenting – Dana Ebert

If you love hearing someone with entrepreneurial spirit but also a passion for the hobby, check out this interview with Pathfinder freelancer Dana Ebert.

PaizoCon Online 2023 Coverage

PaizoCon Online 2023 – Infinite Possibilities

PaizoCon Online 2023 – Self-Editing for Games Writers

Thursday, July 6th


Legend Lore 58 – A New Perspective

Jessica introduces the world to the mysterious “Drew” that gets mentioned whenever Loren goes off on a tangent.

PaizoCon Online 2023 Coverage

PaizoCon Online 2023 – WizKids Interview

PaizoCon Online 2023 – Build an Adventure Workshop


Investing In: Highhelm
By Rob Pontious

Rob breaks down the Highhelm character options, saving the new dwarven lore for the next installment.

Friday, July 7th


Upshift 020 – Designing and Developing The Field Guide to Action and Adventure

Jason and my in depth look at the Field Guide to Action and Adventure starts with a history of the creation of Essence20.

PaizoCon Online 2023 Coverage

PaizoCon Online 2023 – Into the Darklands

PaizoCon Online 2023 – Starfinder Nuts and Bolts

Preview of July 10th to July 14th

Block 1 of our 2-block schedule.

Monday, July 10th


Intrepid Heroes 111 – Contract Cancelled

A Starfinder actual play of the Devastation Ark adventure path.


Now You Know – Welcome Rat
By Ryan Costello

See, it’s like welcome mat, but for a Tavern Rat.

Tuesday, July 11th


Game Design Unboxed 67: BarBEARian Battlegrounds: Tales of BarBEARia

Danielle speaks with Julie Ahern the designer of BarBEARian Battlegrounds: Tales of BarBEARia. Remember, Pride is over. This is a different kind of bear.


Eldritch Excursion
By Nate Wright

Nate’s Pathfinder and Starfinder designs and musings.

Wednesday, July 12th


Know Direction 292

Esther and Navaar talk Pathfinder.

Thursday, July 13th


Digital Divination 87

John and Jason talk Starfinder.


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: