Now You Know: End of a Twittera

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.

In my time managing the network, there are a few decisions I’ve made based more on how they impacted me than how they might benefit the network. iTunes optimization was one of them, because the needy program kept trying to take over my devices. Another example is how long it took Know Direction to establish a Twitter presence.

For the longest time, I did not get Twitter. I found my feed uninteresting and inconvenient to navigate. I had an account that I basically abandoned, and never set one up for the Network. However, when Luis offered to manage a Know Direction Twitter account, I saw no harm. We set one up, he took whatever I shared to Facebook and brought it to Twitter, nice and simple. When Luis eased up on his Know Direction commitments, control of the KD Twitter account changed a few times and eventually ended up in my lap.

In an effort to increase the Network’s presence, I started looking into the best way to engage on the platform. Finally, I got it. I interacted with fellow Pathfinder enthusiasts, staying positive and playful. I had so much fun, I dusted off my own account.

Then, Elon Musk happened.

Honestly, my Twitter using experience hasn’t really changed much. And yet, every time the platform’s new owner institutes an inane idea, or is in the news touting his own genius over a simple or backwards idea, I resent the platform a little more. His latest endorsement of racist ideals pushed me off the platform, both personally and in a network capacity.

Know Direction will continue to post to Facebook, even though I realize it’s only a lesser evil. We’ve been posting to Mastodon for a while. Even though it’s our least engaged with social media profile, it’s where I met Esther and so I feel a fondness for the platform. More recently, we joined Bluesky. It’s easily the closest I’ve gotten to what I enjoyed about Twitter, so much so I created a personal account. If you follow The Know Direct Network on any of those platforms, feel free to say hi.


Speaking of The Know Direct Network, here is the content we released last week:

Recap of November 13th to to November 17th

What happened last week on and

Monday, November 13th


Intrepid Heroes 120 – Miracles

Our Intrepid Heroes are continue to confront Sivv forces in an effort to stop the Stellar Degenerator from stellar degenerating them and everything they know and love.


Now You Know: What We Know About PaizoCon Online 2024
By Ryan Costello

I go over the recent announcement about the upcoming PaizoCon.

Tuesday, November 14th


Game Design Unboxed 76: Dark Domains

If you’ve ever thought about adapting one of your TTRPG campaigns into a board game, Danielle speaks with Jeff Horger about his experience doing just that to create Dark Domains.


Eldritch Excursion – Rangers and Rideshares
By Nate Wright

Nate, not one to shy away from weird concepts and weirder mechanical interpretations, revisits his idea of a group investing in a large transport by way of Archetype feats, this time with meatier results.

Thursday, November 16th


Digital Divination 096 – Thanksgiving and Starfinder

John, Jason, and Ron have a broad and casual chat about Starfinder and Thanksgiving, the highlight of which is the casual creation of a playable space turkey species.

Friday, November 17th


Essential Builds – Super Dinosaur
By Ryan Costello

Super Dinosaur is as obscure as I’m willing to go with an Essential Build.

Preview of November 20th to November 24th

This is Block 2 of our 2-block schedule.

Monday, November 20th


Now You Know – End of a Twittera
By Ryan Costello

I feel better already.

Wednesday, November 22nd


Know Direction 298: Pathfinder Remaster Review

The Know Direction Network’s own Rob Pontious joins the show to discuss Pathfinder Player Core and Pathfinder GM Core.


Know Direction 297 In Writing

Also available in text!

Thursday, November 23rd


Investing In
By Rob Pontious

Rob goes deeper into his thoughts on Pathfinder Remaster.

Friday, November 24th


Upshift 027

Due to Thanksgiving commitments, Jason isn’t available to record with me this week. That means I’ll either record something solo, or we’ll take the episode off.


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: