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PAP 002: Podge Actual Play – Burning Empires – The Immortal Storm – Session 01

August 25th, 2010 · Luke · 4 Comments


*The first 47 minutes has Eric explaining Maneuvers and Scene Budget along with banter

*Play begins at 47 minutes

*Phase: Usurpation

*The world of Allera Imperia is a storm-wracked aquatic world whose toxic atmosphere forces is lethal to humans. Defying nature, humanity has settled there to capture a great prize. Algae, unique to this world, can be harvested and processed into a drug called Verdant, which halts the body’s aging process. For the few who can afford it, immortality is only a regular dose away. Obtaining this prize is difficult, but protecting it will prove even harder as nearly all living beings seek to escape death.

Especially the Vaylen.

House Zente, led by the immortal Forge Lord Kriati, has long held control of the planet.  Recently, operations have been disrupted by the introduction of a street-level version of Verdant called Green. Green won’t stop you from aging, but this highly-addictive form of the drug will make you feel physically and mentally in your prime.  Through several different factions, the Vaylen are poised to strike as the Forge Lord struggles to maintain control. Her reign will be challenged by both a mercenary force new to the planet and The Cult of Transition who directly oppose the anti-aging drug.


Forge Lord Kriati Zente – Sarah

Hammer Pilot Jayce Bronze – Adam

Minister of Information and Education, Psychologist Xanthus Dorne- Luke

Bastard Smuggling Noblewoman – Katie

Anvil Lord – Paul

Green-addicted Hammer Lord Gepard Frost (NPC) – Eric

Vaylen Cult of Transition Leader Sharaya Va’non (NPC) – Eric

Vaylen Mercenary Leader Diamades Shah (NPC) – Eric

Vaylen Mercenary Chief Surgeon Garoda (NPC) – Eric

Sharaya’s Mule Bodyguard Brutus (NPC) – Eric


Tags: Podcast · Wild Cards

4 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Christoph // Aug 25, 2010 at 3:32 pm

    Got to 11 min and it broke

  • 2 Christoph // Aug 25, 2010 at 3:34 pm

    Working again… must have been a a glitch.

  • 3 Uemei // Sep 7, 2010 at 2:43 pm

    Even though this was enjoyable, and Burning Wheel naturally lends itself to an actual play, I think I liked the KTNG style recaps more. To me the recaps feel more polished, though I can’t say whether that’s because of the cast of players, the game system, or because the narrative at that point already existed.

    Compared to the PA 4e actual plays, wherein the entertainment is in the table talk, I wonder if editing out the, “can I use X noun for Y test,” sort of bits would help polish up the narrative.

    This might require scientific experimentation.

  • 4 Pete // Sep 12, 2010 at 2:36 pm

    I enjoyed it. I’ve been interested in the Burning Wheel system for a little while now and this gave me a real feel for how it plays.

    Looking forward to the next one.

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