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A Warhammer Crime audio drama.

Baggit the ratling and Clodde the ogryn fight to survive on the mean streets of Varangantua as powerful enemies close in from all sides. 

Listen to it because: experience the sounds of a crime-ridden city and enjoy the twists and turns of a tale starring some of the more unusual inhabitants of the Imperium of Man.  

The Story: Baggit is a fast-talking ratling sniper with a greedy eye and loose morals. Clodde is an ogryn, a brute with a core of decency and a desire for a better life. Two abhuman deserters turned thieves, at large in the monolithic city of Varangantua, where only the tough or the ruthless survive. Having landed in debt to a savage crime lord, Baggit and Clodde end up in the crosshairs of the meanest, most puritanical sanctioner in the city. Caught between two powerful enemies, and with innocent lives at stake, the unlikely companions must think fast and hustle hard before death points a las-pistol in their direction.... 

Written by Alec Worley. Performed by Kelly Hotton, Emma Noakes, Paul Putner, Jon Rand, David Seddon and Andrew James Spooner.

©2020 Alec Worley (P)2020 Games Workshop Limited

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A brilliantly Warhammer crime caper

Warhammer Crime – Dredge Runners by Alec Worley Hello once again to my readers! I hope you are well and haven’t missed me too much after my digressions to talk about video game music. My companions in the world of audio will be joining once again to return to the joys of audio dramas and in this particular instance to the latest Warhammer sub series in the form of Warhammer Crime. Warhammer Crime is a sub series that has only recently been launched with Dredge Runners, a full length novel by the name of Bloodlines and a just released anthology book by the name of No Good Men being the entire range thus far. When it was initially promoted I do remember certain fans or groups feeling somewhat disgruntled or at least confused as to how a crime series would actually work in the grimdark and very specific world of Warhammer 40K. Especially when your mental image of crime novel defaults like mine to one of three ideas: Sherlock Holmes, Agatha Christie or Rebus and Ian Rankin. Yet despite that I was personally quite keen to try this new series after my previous experiences of quite enjoying the Warhammer Adventures series for children. Attack Of The Necron and the sequels proved that Warhammer itself can be a rather flexible world…certainly more than some people think. Now to describe the plot of Dredge Runners. The plot is as follows: Baggit – Jon Rand – and Clodde – Paul Putner – are a team. Baggit the fast talking Ratling (read 40K hobbits) is an excellent sniper with a good eye for a deal and a possible way to climb up the social ranks and out of the Dredge the lowest area of the low in all of the Imperial city of Varangantua. Clodde on the other hand is an Ogryn. A ten foot tall giant with the strength to destroy almost any obstacle. Unlike most Ogryns Clodde is ‘reasonably’ intelligent for the species with a core of decency deep down and a not so secret longing for a better life. Only there’s one problem with that. Baggit and Clodde are deserters from the Imperial Guard (regular army as opposed to Space Marines) who find themselves in deep trouble with both one of the most important crime lords in the Dredge – as played by Emma Noakes – and the most puritanical Sanctioner (Varangantua’s police) in the city as played by Kelly Hotten. How will the pair get out of this one? And what happens if innocent lives are in the crosshairs? Dredge Runners is utterly brilliant! It’s a fantastic crime caper storyline for a hour long audio drama. Baggit and Clodde are a hilarious pair, with Baggit being both smooth and snarky despite being reasonable by crime standards. Clodde on the other hand being wonderfully well intentioned and surprisingly sweet as a criminal character. Elements of him remind me of Drax the Destroyer from the Guardians Of The Galaxy movies. The storyline is also quite well done with the Preceptum Sabbriatti and the underground crime lords seeming very in the spirt of Varangantua which is the recurring location of all Warhammer Crime. Jon Rand and Paul Putner as the main characters are clearly having a lot of fun with Alec Worley’s script as are Kelly Hotten as the Preceptum/Chief Sanctioner and company. Special notice has to be given to David Seddon as the occasional radio announcer who does a fantastic job at in universe propaganda pieces for the Imperial Guard, the Sanctioners and various religious hymnals. I also have to congratulate Alec Worley – writer of The Watcher Of The Rain from the Warhammer Horror range which I enjoyed immensely – for making the story simultaneously very comedic and entertaining and towards the end surprisingly genuine, endearing and worthy of Warhammer Crime. Even as we entertain ourselves with Baggit and Clodde’s misadventures, Varangantua has more than one hidden darkness away from the eyes of the Emperor himself and the Sanctioners. I truly hope that we will hear more from Baggit and Clodde in the not too distant future. Myself and a few friends of mine are openly on record in discussion threads as saying we’d be fully on board with a Baggit and Clodde box set in the same vein as Realmslayer or Our Martyred Lady. I am very keen to see just where the Warhammer Crime series and Varangantua as a setting will take its readers and listeners and what surprises we don’t know about just yet might be in store. But no matter what I want to hear more of Alec Worley, more of Baggit and Clodde and I hope I can persuade some of my readers to journey into the Dredge alongside the Ratling and the Ogryn! Ad Honorem Varangantua! Nephrite

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Great start to the crime run

Well done Alec Worley for writing this little wonder. Very funny book which I wasn’t expecting. The interludes are great. Characters are well written and bounce off each other so well.

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Great but short

Good fun and decent characters. A slightly lighter take on the 41st millennium, but still fits the theme. Would like to see a novel with these two characters as a longer-format story.

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We need more Baggit and Clodde.

I loved this book. We need more Baggit and Clodde for the Warhammer universe. If you have ever enjoyed buddy cop comedies or fast paced crime dramas with unlikely hero's this one is for you. I'm only disappointed that there's not more adventures of these two beautifully written characters. Alec Worley is an asset to the black library team as a writer.

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Favourite 40k Drama to date!

Loving the WH Crime series. This drama was brilliant, hope we see more of these two!

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warhammer dystopia + crime = great combination

While only a short audio drama, the setting works perfectly for a crime story. This one has some well-placed humour as well (given the main characters are effectively a sci fi hobbit and ogre, not surprising. Looking forward to seeing what else is produced under the Warhammer Crime banner.

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Hilarious!

hilarious! Baggit and Clod need a novel! Great voice acting and characters. I really hope Alec Worley gets to write more about these guys.

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ACE!!

Really liked this, funny and a lighter tone to 40K!! Looks like I’ll need to get an ogryn or two now for my collection 😂

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It's like Terry Prattchet wrote a Warhammer story

I love some good British humor and characters that are interesting and work well with each other, this book has all the above and I want More! Please Black Library, make this a series and I will gladly listen to them all!

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In the grim dark future there is humour 🤔

Not a bad start to the Warhammer Crime books, I see this as a taster for future tales of our “heroes” good narration

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  • 11-08-20

My Kind Of 40K

If you're a fan of 40Ks humor, this audio drama had it in spades. I wasn't sold on warhammer crime, it seemed like an attempt to reinvent Necromunda, but I was surprised. Varangantua is an imperial world just beginning to exhaust it's resources, gang activity is still seen as criminal activity, and more traditional corporations control resources through the world.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-10-20

good

I need 15 words so all I got to say is it was really good

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  • Jurypro
  • 08-09-20

faking amazing

this needs an animated series. everything is great the cast, the plot. a highly intelligent oygrin and a rattling eak out existantce in the 41st millennium. it's worth the price for something that well done

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  • Mike Woods
  • 06-09-20

Extremely Enjoyable

I thought the Dredge Runners was a “E-hem” breath of fresh air!! I like the stories of war on a grand scale and world ending epic tales! How some ever, every now and again it’s very nice to read a story on a human level! It reminds me of the Stinebeck story “Of Mice and Men.

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  • Ryan R.
  • 25-08-20

Amazin!

A really well acted drama. where is the Live Action/ CGI version!? I cant wait!

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  • Charlie M.
  • 23-08-20

Be Mutant, Do Crime

A fun adventure with some entertaining characters. I really love the propaganda clips, they make it feel like an old time radio drama. This is definitely my favorite Warhammer audio drama so far.