67 episodes

It's probably hard to find sympathy in your hearts for a bunch of career criminals. But c'mon, it's not like you wage slaves are gonna change anything about the world either, right?

In this stylized, action-packed, actual-play RPG show, five career criminals wake up in prison with bags on their heads and bombs in their brains. Will they follow orders and do as their told (probably not) or will they get those bombs out of their noggins and go on to Run another day? Realistically, that's a big ol' probably not on that last one too—In fact it's unlikely anyone will survive. But we don't know, because we haven't played it yet!

Oh, and, uh...maybe don't listen to this one out loud at work. Or around your kids. Or...y'know...the point is there are lots of swears.

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It's probably hard to find sympathy in your hearts for a bunch of career criminals. But c'mon, it's not like you wage slaves are gonna change anything about the world either, right?

In this stylized, action-packed, actual-play RPG show, five career criminals wake up in prison with bags on their heads and bombs in their brains. Will they follow orders and do as their told (probably not) or will they get those bombs out of their noggins and go on to Run another day? Realistically, that's a big ol' probably not on that last one too—In fact it's unlikely anyone will survive. But we don't know, because we haven't played it yet!

Oh, and, uh...maybe don't listen to this one out loud at work. Or around your kids. Or...y'know...the point is there are lots of swears.

    Special Kamikaze Unit – Ep. 58: “Escape from Castle Toompea”

    Special Kamikaze Unit – Ep. 58: “Escape from Castle Toompea”

    Sacha and Baldy escape from Castle Toompea, leaving Trencherman behind with a bomb. There are black vans, local cops, and a task force that will stop at nothing to keep them from leaking what they know.

    Can they survive?

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    Crit squad is Lindsay Zana, Eric Snyder, Chris Henry, and Austin Rusk is our Game Master.

    Special Extra Hugs and Thanks to The Gleaming Beat Machine: NITRO BUNNY for the extremely badass music you heard during the escape from Castle Toompea. If you thought that music was as cool as I think it is, check out their soundcloud at https://soundcloud.com/nitro-bunny-13 or  twitter @NitroBunny13 and tell ’em Crit Squad sent you!

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    • 20 min
    Special Kamikaze Unit – Ep. 57: “I Have Seen Daylight”

    Special Kamikaze Unit – Ep. 57: “I Have Seen Daylight”

    The squad presses on toward their ultimate final encounter. Blood is shed. A hero makes a choice.

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    • 35 min
    Special Kamikaze Unit – Ep. 56: “Down”

    Special Kamikaze Unit – Ep. 56: “Down”

    The squad enters Parliament with a dark deed ahead.

    Baldy takes a hit.

    Trencherman holds it together.

    Sacha lends a hand.

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    • 35 min
    Special Kamikaze Unit – Ep. 55: “Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum”

    Special Kamikaze Unit – Ep. 55: “Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum”

    The Squad takes their first irrevocable step. And then another. And still yet another. If you seek peace, prepare for war.

    Baldy makes a daring throw.

    Sacha spills his guts.

    Trencherman spills his, too.





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    • 51 min
    Special Kamikaze Unit – Ep. 54: “The Beginning of the End”

    Special Kamikaze Unit – Ep. 54: “The Beginning of the End”

    The squad puts things into motion. What happens now is anyone’s guess, but one way or another the story is coming to a close. Hold our hands, will ya?

    Sacha hatches a plan.

    Trencherman makes a deal.

    Baldy shows off her strength.

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    • 30 min
    Special Kamikaze Unit – Ep. 53: “A Meeting at Old Hans”

    Special Kamikaze Unit – Ep. 53: “A Meeting at Old Hans”

    Trencherman settles into a new direction.

    Sacha makes a confession.

    Baldy REALLY jumps into a turkey leg.

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    • 34 min

Customer Reviews

__phonon__ ,

An absolute gem, an instant classic

There are very few podcasts that marry actual-play improv and audio drama formats this well. The characters are superb, the actors are incredible, and the story Austin Rusk weaves around player stories is fresh, engaging, and emotional.

Did I mention the editing? Holy wow! The music, the pacing, the audio effects make it so incredibly cinematic, that this is better than any audiobook I’ve ever listened to.

Season 3 is just a masterpiece in story telling.

Just stop reading and go listen to it. Why are you still here?

Bengland3 ,

Shadow run is BONKERS.

Great storytelling and a lot of great characters! Sound quality and editing is particularly good.

The Matt Watson ,

Didn’t know what Shadowrun was

I had never heard of Shadowrun before this podcast. At first I wasn’t sure I liked it because I was expecting a high fantasy setting. But the show participants have won me over and I’ve been a longtime listener now. I like the tight story and production; it’s all very character driven.

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