Now You Know – Spooky Lore

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.

Legend Lore went on hiatus a few weeks ago, Legend Lore went on hiatus. However, in the announcement, Loren promised something spooky in store for the end of October. Well it’s near the end of October, and like any good prophecy (or curse), Legend Lore stays true to the letter of their promise.

This week, Loren and jess tear into the Book of the Dead to gaze into Pathfinder 2e’s undead archetypes. I’m excited. It’s not that PF2’s playable undead options are any more complicated than other archetypes, mechanically. The challenge is fitting them into traditional campaigns. Although 2e keeps expanding on the lore of traditionally villainous ancestries, expanding the roles they fill within the setting, exonerating undead takes more explaining.

While Legend Lore sees a temporary return, the other Loren and jess collaboration is going in the opposite direction. Tavern Rats, the actual play of the Pathfinder 2e Quest for the Frozen Flame adventure path, is going on indefinite hiatus after this week’s episode.

Check back into this space for updates on the future the above network content.

Speaking of network content, here is what The Know Direction Network released last week:

Recap of October 16th to October 20th

What happened last week on and

Monday, October 16th


Intrepid Heroes 118 – The Sivv Dominion

Our intrepid heroes fight a *snicker* hoarboar.


Tuesday, October 17th


Game Design Unboxed 74: Curmudgeon

I definitely thought “wow this sounds fun” multiple times during this interview with the party game’s comedian co-designer Grant Lyon , and I don’t just mean because Curmudgeon is fun to say.


Eldritch Excursion – Part of the Ship, Part of the Crew
By Nate Wright

My first response to a lot of Nate’s articles is “I’m sorry, what?” For example, playing the starship in a Starfinder campaign. But through logical examples, clever explanations, and fun with words, he always wins me over.

Thursday, October 19th


Digital Divination 094 – Writing Starfinder Enhanced

Starfinder Enhanced just released, and John and Jason just happen to both be authors on the book.

Friday, October 20th


Essential Builds – Inspector Gadget
By Ryan Costello

Having been thinking about Inspector Gadget and how he fits into other genres a lot lately, I finally imported everyone’s favourite cyborg uncle into Essence20.

Preview of October 23rd to October 27th

This is Block 2 of our 2-block schedule.

Monday, October 23rd


Now You Know – Spooky Lore
By Ryan Costello


Tuesday, October 24th


Tavern Rats 9 – Cartography and Confrontation

The conclusion of the adventures of the Tavern Rats, as they play through the Pathfinder 2e Quest for the Frozen Flame adventure path.


Thursday, October 26th


Legend Lore 64 – Undead Archetypes

Loren and jess open up The Book of the Dead.


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, October 27th


Upshift 025 – Cobra Codex Breakdown

Jason and I go uncover Cobra’s evil schemes and intricate hierarchy as we go cover to cover on the latest G.I. JOE Roleplaying Game hardcover, Cobra Codex.


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: