Burn Notice

FATE: Burn Notice

Draft 1.0 August 21, 2013 – Blue Tyson


A top level CIA field agent is burned and left to survive in Miami in the middle of a set of complicated layers of plots and schemes and black operations. He starts to uncover what and who is going on while working as a private investigator/troubleshooter to get enough cash for yoghurt, car repairs and beer. Things progress to getting him back in and his friends in and out of a lot of explosive trouble.

Michael Westen

I used to be a spy, until I got Burned
Trigger-happy Ex-Girlfriend
Friend who used to inform on me to the FBI
Family, if you’re desperate
I burned a spy I met along the way
If I worked with them, they probably want to get me killed

+4 Deceive
+3 Crafts, Notice
+2 Burglary, Drive, Fight, Lore, Provoke, Will
+1 Athletics, Contacts, Physique, Rapport, Shoot, Stealth


+2 to come up with out This Is the Only Way It Can Work, quickly
+2 boost usable in investigation planning if there is single serve yoghurt available
+2 to making deals with bad guys to get friends out of trouble or coffins
+2 to making spy tools out of stuff lying around the house as long as it can be narrated in second person

F: Excellent +2
A: Excellent +2
S: Typical +0
E: Good +1
R: Excellent +2
I: Remarkable +3
P: Excellent +2
Po: Good +1
Re: Excellent +2

Fiona Glennane

Explosive Irish exile
Burned spy boyfriend co-dependency
I’ve got Michael’s back

+4 Crafts
+3 Drive, Shoot
+2 Contacts, Lore, Notice, Will
+1 Athletics, Burglary, Deceive, Fight, Provoke, Stealth


+2 to coming up with Improvised Explosive Devices immediately
+2 to sourcing military explosives

F: Good +1
A: Excellent +2
S: Typical +0
E: Excellent +2
R: Good +1
I: Excellent +2
P: Remarkable +2
Po: Poor -1
Re: Excellent +2

Sam Axe

Ex-Navy Seal Ex-FBI informant
Mohito and beer lover
Spies: Just A Bunch of Bitchy Little Girls
Hi, I’m Chuck Finley
I feel naked without a Hawaiian Shirt

+4 Shoot
+3 Fight, Will
+2 Contacts, Investigate, Physique, Shoot
+1 Deceive, Notice, Provoke, Rapport, Stealth


+2 to get background info on adversaries from FBI contacts
+2 boost usable in investigation planning if there is enough beer

F: Remarkable +3
A: Good +1
S: Good +1
E: Remarkable +3
R: Typical +0
I: Excellent +2
P: Remarkable +3
Po: Poor -1
Re: Typical +0

Jesse Porter

Burned counterintelligence expert
Fancies Michael’s ex-girlfriend
I know a guy
Is that the best you can do?
Not the car!

+4 Contacts
+3 Deceive, Notice
+2 Investigate, Lore, Rapport, Physique, Provoke
+1 Burglary, Drive, Fight, Shoot, Stealth, Will

F: Excellent +2
A: Good +1
S: Good +1
E: Excellent +2
R: Good +1
I: Excellent +2
P: Good +1
Po: Typical +0
Re: Good +1

Madeline Westen

Mother, grandmother and volunteer secret agent
I have to look after my grandson
Michael, they need your help!
I need a cigarette
Next time, I’ll shoot you

+3 Empathy
+2 Rapport, Provoke
+1 Deceive, Drive, Notice

F: Poor -1
A: Poor -1
S: Poor -1
E: Good +1
R: Typical +0
I: Excellent +2
P: Excellent +2
Po: Typical +0
Re: Typical +0

Named non-bad guy NPCs

Harris and Lane

FBI agent watchdogs and occasional allies.

Barry Burkowski

Metrosexual money launderer.


The ex-next door drug dealer.

Nate Westen

Dead wastrel brother.


Sam’s sugar mummy.


Get the characters arm-twisted into solving a longer spy thriller for shadowy operatives and Management. During this longer milestone, troubleshoot some smaller, local problem like assisting victim of a fraud ring, drug dealer, criminal corporation, etc. Bad guy High Concepts are given to you onscreen during episodes if you want to borrow some of those. Make the players pressed for time trying to work on two or three plots at once.


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