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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




Indie Games – Ep56

Pfft... Star Wars? Too mainstream. I prefer Aegis.

What is the first reaction you get from most gamers when the term indie game is mentioned, or worse indie gamers? The terms used are usually somewhere between elitist dicks and hipster douche bags.

Problem is, that is not always the case. It could just be a case of a community bringing down the thing that they love. Some independent games are quite good and with online publishing making it easy to cheaply produce material, the future is bright for those who shirk the mainstream yoke.


We take a look at some of the independent games that have been produced that intrigue us the most.


Indie Games – Ep56


Cast – Eric, Mike, Dan, Mark and Shawn


Running Time – 32:37


00:00     Intro: Mike

00:32     TANGENT: Swarmy

01:28     On to the Topic

Items Mentioned: Wizards of the Coast, Drive Thru RPG, RPG Now, Shadowrun, Mutants and Masterminds

06:19     TANGENT: Superlink

Item Mentioned: Green Ronin

06:44     Back to Topic

Items Mentioned: The Forge, RPG Geek

07:43     TANGENT: The Pajama People Tastemakers

Items Mentioned: Rotten Tomatoes, The Mhurs, Pitchfork

09:54     TANGENT: The Beavis and Butthead Effect

Items Mentioned: Beavis and Butthead, Casey Kasem

10:38     Back to Topic

Items Mentioned: The Indie RPG Awards, Apocalypse World, Kagematsu

13:32     SIDETANGENT: Indie Games of the Year 2012 Candidates

13:46    The Agency

Items Mentioned: The Agency, James Bond, Avengers

14:14    Outremer

Item Mentioned: Outremer

14:49     Back to Topic

Items Mentioned: Dresden Files, Fate System, FUDGE, Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay, D&D Next

19:13     SIDETANGET RETURNS: Early Dark

Item Mentioned: Early Dark

20:20    Alpha Omega

Items Mentioned: Alpha Omega, Gen Con

21:09    Tools of Ignorance

Items Mentioned: Tools of Ignorance, Blood Bowl, Baseball Stars

24:17    Aegis Project

Item Mentioned: Aegis Project, Legend of the Five Rings, 7th Sea

24:51     Back to Topic

Item Mentioned: GURPS, Sword Noir, Retrocalypse, Atomic Highway, Car Wars, Cubicle 7

26:46     TANGENT: Fiasco

Items Mentioned: Fiasco, The Hangover, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang

28:22     TANGENT: WuShu

Items Mentioned: WuShu, Singham

29:51     Back to Topic

30:10     TANGENT: Back to Fiasco

Item Mentioned: Buffy the Vampire Slayer RPG

30:42     Back to Topic

31:51     Outro: Mike




Cheaters – Ep55

You wanna see what we do to cheaters?

Show me someone who cheats at roleplaying games and I’ll show you… you know what, it may not be as uncommon as you might think. Be it fudging dice rolls or tweaking stats, cheating is something that every gamer has been exposed to. You’ve either done it or know someone who has. What do you do with someone you’ve caught with their hand in the cookie jar?


We talk about ways to cheat, the people we know who’ve done it and how some of us have done it.


Cheaters – Ep55


Cast – Eric, Mike, Dan, Mark and Jayson


Running Time – 35:10


00:00     Intro – Mark

00:31     On to the Topic

02:18     TANGENT: The Percentage Roll

03:47     Back to Topic

Items Mentioned: Dr. Strangelove, Star Wars

09:14     TANGENT: Mark Cannot Miss, or Can He?

09:49     Back to Topic

Items Mentioned: Warhammer 40K, Warhammer Fantasy

13:17     TANGENT: Epic Arguments

13:44     Back to Topic

Items Mentioned: Dungeons & Dragons, Dragon Magazine, Henry Rollins, Q Workshop

26:19     TANGENT: Dice

28:37     TANGENT: Jay Got Mark and The Live Rick Roll

Items Mentioned: Rick Roll

29:37     Back to Topic

30:12     TANGENT: Eric’s Open Air Policy and GM Screens

30:58     Back to Topic

Items Mentioned: Illuminati, Munchkin, The Great Dalmuti

34:27     Outro – Mark



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