Now You Know – One In, One Out

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.

When we announced the return of the Know Direction podcasts, with new hosts and a new format, I tried to make it clear that, like the other podcasts on the network, the new team dictated the direction of the flagship. After a few months of finding their footing, Esther and Navaar asked for a break to apply what they learned and readjust.

One of the most nebulous decisions we make as podcasters is the show’s format. A podcast can be anything. It can be talking heads, interviews, performative, or a variety show. How long each episode goes, how often they come out, all hang in the air when deciding what a podcast should look like. And, of course, no plan survives contact with reality. Some decisions require more energy than expected, some constraints are too restrictive, and sometimes everything is fine until, unexpectedly, it’s not.

The latest episode of Know Direction is one example of that. Another is Loren’s participation in the network. As she posted on the Know Direction Discord server last week:

Unfortunately, I have to take a short break from recording Legend Lore and Tavern Rats to focus on my school work. You guys, and my other friends from the Pathfinder community, have always been one of my highest priorities, so I don’t take a hiatus lightly. But graduate school is as intense and demanding as they claim. I need to focus exclusively on that work for a few more weeks to finish my Masters and move into my doctoral research. I promise this is only a temporary break for Legend Lore, and I can’t wait to get back to talking Pathfinder with jess soon. (In fact, jess and I might have something spooky in store for Legend Lore near the end of October.) For Tavern Rats, we have enough already recorded that there shouldn’t be a break in that release schedule, and I’ll be back to cutting awful puns in no time. So wish me luck (cause I’m gonna need it), and I’ll see you on the other side! <proceeds to make a Lore: Academia check, DC 30>


So Know Direction returns just as Loren needs to take a break. Our content continues to evolve, all of which we make in our spare time based on our passion for the games we cover. Thank you all for your patience, and for sharing that passion with the network.

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

Recap of September 25th to September 29th

What happened last week on and


Tuesday, September 26th


Tavern Rats 7 – In the Shadow of Death

The Tavern Rats continue to explore their lives in the Realm of the Mammoth Lords and maintaining Broken Tusk traditions.

Wednesday, September 27th


Know Direction 294: Rage of Elements part 2 with Jessica Redekop

Esther sits down with the Network’s own Jessica Redekop, one of the cover authors of Rage of Elements, about the narrative choices that make this rulebook stand out.


Know Direction 294 In Writing

A transcript of Know Direction 294 is available in case the audio version isn’t for you, or you, like me, need to confirm the spelling of Chimothy Chunger.

Thursday, September 28th



Investing In: Hags & Witches
By Rob Pontious

Rob looks at the pop culture and real world origins of hags, and the depth the concept contains beyond just “ugly old witches”.


Preview of October 2nd to October 6th

Block 1 of our 2-block schedule.

Monday, October 2nd


Intrepid Heroes 117 – Here Be Dragons

Our Intrepid Heroes fight a void dragon in space. It’s as scary as it sounds.


Now You Know: One In, One Out
By Ryan Costello

The KD podcast and Loren exchange hiatus statuses.

Tuesday, October 3rd


Game Design Unboxed 72: Disney Sorcerer’s Arena: Epic Alliances

Danielle speaks with M & Corinne Yeager on their 18-card game Exploring Galapagos published by Button Shy


Eldritch Excursion
By Nate Wright

Nate’s Pathfinder and Starfinder designs and musings.

Wednesday, October 4th


Know Direction Beyond 78 Live – Enhanced Excitement

Alex and James share a special preview of two Starfinder Enhanced classes: Envoy and Solarion.

Thursday, September 21st


Digital Divination 93

John and Jason talk Starfinder.

Friday, September 22nd


Essential Builds – Luis
By Nate Wright

No, I’m not returning the favour and building Luis Loza. I am building MCU Luis as an Essence20 PC.


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: