Upshift 023: Essence20 Threat Design

Ryan shows off his Essence20 Threat design philosophy by creating a TL 9 stat block for the Cobra Imperial Guard. If you like tight audio following a detailed outline, this isn’t that. But if you want insight into Ryan’s approach to Threat design, hear every synapse that fires while he works on Essence20, and wait out every pause to sip water, this is the episode for you!

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Although the hosts both work for Renegade Game Studios in some capacity, this podcast and the network that hosts it are not affiliated with Renegade Game Studios.

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: