DMing my first episodic (each session is a self-contained story with no real relation to each other) campaign. How does one properly end such a campaign?
>go on exotic vacation
>spend entire vacation worrying how you're going to describe it to your friends when you get home
>don't actually have any fun on your exotic vacation because you're too worried about how you're going to describe it to your friends when you get home
This is you OP
Forget about making them completely self contained, and have a myth arc.
Good examples of shows that pulled this off:
Justice League Unlimited S1
Actually, the JLU is a perfect set up for an episodic campaign, with players dropping in and out at will.
Each monster of the week that they have to deal with should help point them in the direction of the myth arc, and give them knew knowledge. Meanwhile, all players are briefed regardless of participation, because they're in the same organization.
A box with 4 buttons on that do different coloured explosions.
That is all.
>OP asks a a question.
>You assume OP is obsessing over it.
I don't think that scene will ever get old.