Now You Know – Year of the Draconequus

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.

I sat down to write the latest Now You Know and realized I once again forgot to update the banner. I panicked, grabbed the nearest die and nerdy thing and made this Discord banner. I did not intend for the 2024 NYK banner to be another Essence20 reference, and, unlike last year’s Optimus Prime banner which had a dragon on his shoulder that no one noticed, this one’s just Discord with a d24.

I’ll try to remember to update it with Pathfinder-centric imagery for next week. Having Discord as the banner for just one week is hilariously appropriate, honestly, but not network appropriate.

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

Recap of January 8th to January 12th

What happened last week on and

Monday, January 8th


Intrepid Heroes 123 – Frujai Attack

Something’s rotten in the Devastation Ark, as puns and fungi fly.


Now You Know – Easing Up On Editorials

I’m writing fewer editorials to make sure I post more Now You Knows.

Tuesday, January 9th


Game Design Unboxed 80: Misconceptions

How Misconceptions came to be is bizarre. Bud Light approached George Li to design a board game that explains that there’s no alcohol in their seltzer. It’s a fascinating story, and I recommend people give it a listen.

Wednesday, January 10th


Eldritch Excursion – The Friendliest Fire
By Nate Wright

Nate wanted a way to allow in-combat abilities out of combat.

Thursday, January 11th


Digital Divination 100 – We Made It

99 episodes in the making! Sadly, Jason was not available for this much touted landmark episode, but original co-host Ron made it to look back and to the future with John.

Friday, January 12th


Essential Builds – Odo
By Ryan Costello

With no prior plan to adapt Deep Space Nine’s security officer into Essence20, this somehow turned out to be the most accurate Essential Build to date.

Preview of January 15th to January 19nd

Block 1 of our 2-block schedule.

Monday, January 15th


Now You Know – Year of the Draconequus
By Ryan Costello

Sadly, it’s not Lunar New Year until early February, so this joke doesn’t really work.


Thursday, January 18th


Investing In
By Rob Pontious

Rob goes deeper into his thoughts on Pathfinder Remaster.

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: