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Confined Campaigns – Ep57

We're playing a confined campaign. Everyone erase your gear.

When the characters are kept in the same area (against their will or not) for an extended period of time, that is a confined campaign. Whether they are actually held captive, or merely living together in the same location, the opportunity for player character and non-player character development is very good.


We talk about scenarios that have this theme and some of the movies we like for inspiration.


Confined Campaigns – Ep57


Cast – Eric, Mike, Dan, Mark and Shawn


Running Time – 28:16


00:00     Intro – Shawn

00:30     On to the Topic

Items Mentioned: Star Trek, Mutants and Masterminds, Event Horizon, Alien, Aliens, Das Boot, Babylon 5

06:34     TANGENT: Sea Princes NPCs and Theme

09:08     Back to Topic

Item Mentioned: Harry Potter

11:00     TANGENT: Fiasco

Item Mentioned: Fiasco

11:39     Back to the Topic

Items Mentioned: Dresden Files, Dark City, Ember, Paranoia, Total Recall, Metamorphosis Alpha, Dr. Who

15:29     TANGENT: Mexico City Supers

15:58     Back to the Topic

Items Mentioned: Dungeons & Dragons, Riddick, Lost, Enemy Mine

19:19     TANGENT: Ball Sweat Fiasco

20:04     Back to the Topic

20:20     TANGENT: Titanic Twitter

Items Mentioned: Funny or Die, HMS Titanic, Poseidon Adventure

21:31     Back to the Topic

Item Mentioned: 9th Gate

22:31     TANGENT: People Hate Event Horizon

23:14     Back to Topic

Items Mentioned: Sunshine, Solaris, Moon, Shawshank Redemption

27:16     Outro – Shawn




  1. Terry Schemmel
    Terry Schemmel May 15, 2012

    I just discovered your podcast a couple of weeks ago and enjoying it. I have played off and on for 30 years so your references to the old days strikes a familar cord. I am currently not playing and listening to your group helps with the withdraws. I just want to say thanks for doing the podcast. Keep up the good work!

    • this_is_Dan
      this_is_Dan May 18, 2012

      Thank you for the kind words i still am very flattered that people find time to fit us into their schedule.

      Even greater things to come!

  2. Jayson
    Jayson May 15, 2012

    I love a good dungeon crawl. Killing monsters, stealing their loot… Good times. But ultimately, you gotta get out of the dungeon to spend it. You’ve got to have a base of operations – familiar territory to defend and store your loot. Wandering the world is an intriguing idea for a campaign, on foot, horseback or air speeder.

  3. MikeB
    MikeB May 19, 2012

    Nice pic! I love Prisoner type campaigns. They can’t be long term of course. The show Lost shows what happens when you over-stay your welcome.

  4. Matt
    Matt May 20, 2012

    Great discussion guys! I like the confined aspect, but more as a side-quest rather than a full blown campaign. I feel like inevitably the players are REALLY going to want to flap their wings, but keeping them cooped up for a while can be a really useful tool. I have a plan to run this sort of module in my campaign down the road and I hope it proves to be a real challenge.

    Keep up the great work! Oh and DAS BOOT is a fucking classic!

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