Now You Know: Upshift On Hold

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.

Quick note to say that while Jason deals with a personal issue, I work on a new writing assignment, and my wife deals with something work related (which impacts my free time and energy), new episodes of Upshift will be inconsistent. I’ll leave it in the preview in its time slot, though, because I won’t know until the day before if I have time for it in my schedule.

Speaking of schedules, here is the Know Direction Network content we released last week:

Recap of January 22nd to January 26th

What happened last week on and

Monday, January 22nd


Intrepid Heroes 124 – Diplomacy

I assume the title is tongue-in-cheek, because our intrepid heroes use violence to solve a lot of their problems this episode.


Now You Know – Happy With Where We Are
By Ryan Costello

We’re not pulling a MatPat.

Tuesday, January 23rd


Game Design Unboxed 81: Pirate Tails

Whitney Loraine’s game about squirrel pirates pushing their luck with their looting is definitely one I want to demo, if not buy outright.

Wednesday, January 24th


Know Direction Beyond 81 Live

Alex and James visit the Ports Of Call with a live Twitch audience.

Thursday, January 25th


Digital Divination 101 – Game Tools

John, Ron, and Jason discuss the updated gaming technology they are looking forward to in preparation for the arrival of Starfinder 2e.

Friday, January 26th


Essential Builds – Maverick
By Ryan Costello

I needed a quick and easy last minute replacement for Essential Builds, so I went with popular culture’s most famous fighter pilot. Then I chose not to go the obvious route of taking the Pilot Origin from G.I. JOE. I do this to myself, really.

Preview of January 29th to February 2nd

Block 1 of our 2-block schedule.

Monday, January 29th


Now You Know: Upshift On Hold
By Ryan Costello

Yes, I’m once again using the Discord banner.

Tuesday, January 30th


Know Direction Beyond 81: Ports of Call

In case anyone thought Alex and James skipped this Starfinder hardcover for lack of interest, the wall to wall enthusiasm during this episode should put your heart at ease.

Thursday, February 1st


Investing In
By Rob Pontious

Rob looks at Masks: A New Generation from Magpie Games.

Friday, January 19th


Upshift 30

I talk about Essence20.


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: