Episode 002: It Hurts When I Bite It

The camera fades in with a team of former corporate security folks dealing with the fallout from the drek really hitting the fan during a high-level meeting between EVO executives and UCAS diplomats. They’ve made their way from the scene of a crime they were implicated in to a shoddy and broken down safe house to plan their next moves. First on the agenda, dealing with their no longer valid SINs and maybe dealing with a slight bit of explosives buried in a team member’s head.

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Episode 001: Cat, Please Don’t Explode

Welcome to the first episode of Burning Edge. The team, until a few seconds before this episode starts, was a special security detail for EVO assigned to a vice president while does high-level negotiations. As most things in the Shadowrun universe do, their job went sideways, and the vice president was killed in a double-cross. The team is just coming to grips with their world being turned upside down. Yesterday they had a safe place to sleep, constant income, and the backing of a AAA-rated megacorporation. Today, they have no place to sleep, no income, and their only equipment is what they brought with them on this particular job.

The only good news they’ve received is that a former member of their team, long presumed dead, has appeared, willing to help them.

The scene opens in the roundabout in front of a high-end hotel next to the now-empty valet stand. The valet and greeters that normally occupy this area have all taking cover, disturbed as gunfire destroyed the hotel’s silence. An older human male, Chuck Garrow, lies crumpled on the ground in a pool of his own blood, the inside of his head open to the elements from a point-blank gunshot wound. An Ares Roadmaster idles with its side doors open, waiting. Most of a team of former security professionals stand around the corpse, deciding the next move, while the sound of Knight Errant sirens approaches.

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Backstory 001: Of Course I Will Tap Into The Cameras While I’m In The Buffet Line

Burning Edge Patreons Only

The first episode recorded with the team, where they’re still gainfully employed by EVO as a corporate security team. Want to know how the team ended up out on their own? Become a Patron at the Reliable Fixer Tier (or above) to find out!

Launch Day Approaching!

We’re super excited to let you know that we’ve scheduled the first few episodes! Our podcast will officially launch February 10th, 2020. Both our first regular episode and our first Patreon-exclusive backstory episode are set to show up in your podcast feeds at 5AM central just in time to make Monday morning commutes slightly more enjoyable. Sorry early-rising east coast chummers!

To make sure that we were actually ready to launch, the second and third episodes are also already done editing and scheduled to go out, ensuring that you’ll have Burning Edge every week for at least the month of February. Similarly, the second and third Patreon-only monthly releases of backstory material have also been scheduled for the second week in March and April.

So go ahead and get subscribed on Google Podcasts, Spotify, Apple Podcasts, or our direct feed!

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One Step Closer

Through no fault of the GM, we’ve managed to keep recording, and even managed to have a surprise for the cast here and there. We’ve recorded twelve sessions so far, some of which may be released as multiple episodes, depending on the length after editing.

We’re super excited to have y’all hear the story we’re building and can’t wait for our February release!

Session Zero Complete

The cast has figured out their team’s back story! It only took two recording sessions, three fist fights, twelve shots of Hurlg, two running gun battles, seven burned points of edge, and a downed VTOL. The downed VTOL was totally not our fault and had nothing to do with the amount of Hurlg consumed, we swear.

Now the GM has to figure out some fun and interesting ways to make the character’s lives “interesting” and for the players to finish writing up their character sheets. We’ll be posting partial character sheets here at some point so you can get some idea of the mechanical descriptions of the characters. You’ll have to listen to the podcast for more detailed back story and character descriptions.

Coming soon: Another Sixth World Actual Play Podcast

Burning Edge is a Shadowrun actual play podcast set in the dark shadows of St. Louis. In 2070, St. Louis is no longer the gateway to the west, but is a contentious border town between two nations, the United Canadian and American States, also known as UCAS, and the Confederation of American States, or CAS. Diplomats from the two nations frequently meet in St. Louis to discuss international politics. Shipping along the Mississippi river is a huge part of the economy. There’s still a large amount of industry in St. Louis, from cyberdeck manufacture and matrix infrastructure work to Thaumaturgy research and development at St. Louis University as well as the megacorporations. The Italian mafia is the dominant criminal syndicate in St. Louis.

And anywhere in the sixth world you find high value targets, shipping, industry, or research you’ll find Shadowrunners. This is a story about a few of those runners.