Delta Green: The Role-Playing Game

Created by Arc Dream Publishing

Lovecraftian cosmic terror meets the War on Terror. The award-winning RPG setting comes thundering back in a new Cthulhu Mythos game.

Latest Updates from Our Project:

The Children of Atlach-Nacha
over 6 years ago – Sun, Oct 04, 2015 at 09:42:13 PM

We have hit our latest stretch goal! That means we're about to send "The Children of Atlach-Nacha" to all backers FREE. 

Dr. Steffen Bonn is professor of entomology (specializing in arachnology). He taught insect biology at Columbia University in New York from 2003 until his mental collapse and disappearance in 2010. He now lives on the streets of New York, quite mad. His homeless colleagues call him the “Spider-Man.”

Before his rapid mental breakdown, Bonn was a respected member of the entomology community. He was considered an up-and-coming star due to his discovery of Acanthogonatus comis, a dramatic new spider species.

In 2007, several papers concerning the so-called “spider mountains” in Co-lombia caught Bonn’s attention. In these areas, largely unexplored, seven inde-pendent spider species had been identified in a 34-year period. Still, no one had gone very deep into the area. Bonn hoped to change that. He spent almost a year attempting to find a sponsor for an expedition before he was approached by Grant Industries, a materials science company interested in bio-materials de-rived from spider silk. A modest budget was set aside and Bonn assembled a team of four.

They found Acanthogonatus comis and it seemed Bonn’s fame within the en-tomological community was assured. That was when the voices started.

—From "The Children of Atlach-Nacha," by Dennis Detwiller, © 2015

To download "The Children of Atlach-Nacha" for yourself, back Delta Green: The Role-Playing Game and find the link in the backers-only comments.

Illustration by Dennis Detwiller, © 2014
Illustration by Dennis Detwiller, © 2014

The Case Officer's Handbook Is Coming!

At this moment we are merely $1,507 away from funding a full-color hardback printing of the Case Officer's Handbook. That's a massively expanded core rulebook for Delta Green: The Role-Playing Game. As a backer you'll be able to get either the smaller Agent's Handbook or upgrade to the Case Officer's Handbook (see the project FAQ for details). Or if you plan to run Delta Green games, get both! Have the Agent's Handbook for your players and keep the secrets of the Case Officer's Handbook to yourself.

More amazing projects are coming after that.

Keep fighting.

ARCHINT: Archeological intelligence
over 6 years ago – Sat, Oct 03, 2015 at 06:48:16 PM

We’ve hit $110K, which means we’ll publish “ARCHINT,” a collection of new artifacts and spells created with the rules and guidelines from Delta Green: The Role-Playing Game

Those rules will be in the Case Officer’s Handbook, which is already in the works after hitting its PDF stretch goal. It will become a full-color hardback when we hit $120K. 

But our immediate goal is now $115K, which unlocks “The Children of Atlach-Nacha.” This horrifying new threat for Delta Green will be available FREE to all backers. Let’s make it happen. 

Words for the Handler

In Delta Green: The Role-Playing Game we call the Game Moderator the Handler. Like a handler in the intelligence world, you run a team of agents—the players—in dangerous, often ill-advised missions for reasons they may never clearly know. 

Here's a glimpse at the Handler's section of the Case Officer's Handbook. 

“That cult would never die till the stars came right again, and the secret priests would take great Cthulhu from His tomb to revive His subjects and resume His rule of earth. The time would be easy to know, for then mankind would have become as the Great Old Ones; free and wild and beyond good and evil, with laws and morals thrown aside and all men shouting and killing and revelling in joy.” 

—H.P. Lovecraft, “The Call of Cthulhu” 

"On Edward Teller’s blackboard at Los Alamos I once saw a list of weapons—ideas for weapons—with their abilities and properties displayed. For the last one on the list, the largest, the method of delivery was listed as 'Backyard.' Since that particular design would kill everyone on Earth, there was no use carting it elsewhere." 

—Robert Serber 

Welcome to Delta Green, a game of horror, wonder and conspiracy. By opening this book, you have chosen to become the Handler for a group of Agents of Delta Green. It’s the Handler’s job to keep the players, who take the role of Agents, engaged. You are the host, the creator, and the judge of all things that occur in this fictional world. You fill it with secrets. You take the role of every character your players meet and every threat they face. You alone understand the mysteries they probe, and only you see the absolute truth. 

Being a Handler is difficult. It requires preparation, a good imagination and an unwavering vision of where the game is heading. In Delta Green, it also requires a Buddhist-like indifference to outcome. You might consider altering a die roll to save an agent or dropping a vital clue when the team is on the wrong path. Resist this urge. Delta Green is not about stacking the deck. It’s not about victory. It’s about something else. 

Delta Green is about man’s insignificance in the universe and its urge to survive, to understand and overcome. Delta Green agents embody this concept. They struggle to defeat threats that outstrip the human mind, even as the world rushes towards destruction. 

 Congratulations, Handler. You are that apocalypse.

"Down in the Delta" unlocked for Delta Green backers
over 6 years ago – Fri, Oct 02, 2015 at 11:17:25 PM

Delta Green: The Role-Playing Game has hit its $105K stretch goal! That means we're giving a download of "Down in the Delta," a short story by Adam Scott Glancy, to every backer. Backers, watch your inboxes for the link. Everyone else, join the project now and read it for yourself.

NEXT UP: At $110K we fund "ARCHINT," an optional add-on. "ARCHINT" will be a new collection of new artifacts and spells created using the guidelines in the Case Officer's Handbook. 

Keep fighting.

Be seeing you.

The Case Officer's Handbook is funded!
over 6 years ago – Fri, Oct 02, 2015 at 08:55:45 PM

Thanks to your support, we have unlocked the PDF edition of the Case Officer's Handbook! That's the expanded version of the rules for Delta Green: The Role-Playing Game, featuring everything from the Agent's Handbook plus a second half dedicated to the Delta Green setting, the Cthulhu Mythos, threats and cults, magic, alien science and artifacts, and customizing everything to keep your players guessing. We can't wait to share it with you.

And now we can reveal the next slate of Stretch Goals!

Upcoming Goals

At $105K, "DOWN IN THE DELTA": Adam Scott Glancy's story of Delta Green confronting horrors in New Orleans, told as emails to A-Cell from an unhappy agent. Available FREE to all backers.

At $110K, "ARCHINT": A new collection of new artifacts and spells created using the guidelines in the Case Officer's Handbook. ADD-ON COST: $5, PDF only. PDF included in tiers that get "All New PDFs Funded by This Project."

At $115K, "THE CHILDREN OF ATLACH-NACHA": A horrifying new threat for Delta Green. Available FREE to all backers.

At $120K, A COLOR HARDBACK PRINTING OF THE CASE OFFICER'S HANDBOOK: At this level we'll print a full-color hardback edition of the Case Officer's Handbook. ADD-ON COST: $70 for the hardback and the PDF. (If you already pledged $30 above your Reward Tier to get it in PDF, just boost your pledge another $40 to get the hardback too.) When we meet this goal you can upgrade your Agent's Handbook if you wish. See the FAQ.

At $125K, "PROTOCOLS: THE UNRIPENED FRUIT": A report on ways for Delta Green agents to deal with unwanted corpses. Available FREE to all backers.

AT $130K, GAME MODERATOR'S SCREEN WITH QUICKSTART RULES AND STARTER SCENARIO: A GM screen for your table, short "quickstart" rules to teach new players fast, and a short starter scenario to begin play immediately. Available in print and PDF, price to be announced as we get closer. PDF included in tiers that get "All New PDFs Funded by This Project."

At $135K, "MAKING HORROR SCENARIOS": Suggestions and examples for creating horror for your players in Delta Green. Available FREE to all backers.

At $140K, "ICONOCLASTS": A new scenario by Adam Scott Glancy, wherein Delta Green learns of the repercussions of ISIS zealots destroying artifacts that were better left alone. ADD-ON COST: $5, PDF only. PDF included in tiers that get "All New PDFs Funded by This Project."

At $150K, "THE STAR CHAMBER": A new scenario by Greg Stolze, wherein Delta Green agents must untangle conflicting narratives from a mission that went very wrong. Greg calls it Delta Green meets Rashomon. ADD-ON COST: $5, PDF only. PDF included in tiers that get "All New PDFs Funded by This Project."

At $160K, "IN THE COURT OF THE YELLOW KING": A short play by John Scott Tynes. Available FREE to all backers.

At $170K, "I HAVE SEEN THE YELLOW SIGN":A look the challenges of containing the King in Yellow "infection" in the Information Age. Available FREE to all backers.

At $180K: IMPOSSIBLE LANDSCAPES IN PDF: A sourcebook and full-length campaign where Delta Green agents face the influence of the King in Yellow, written by Dennis Detwiller with Daniel Harms, Robin Laws, and John Scott Tynes. ADD-ON COST: $20, PDF only. PDF included in tiers that get "All New PDFs Funded by This Project."

At $190K, "THE LAST SHOW": A short story of Delta Green and the King in Yellow. Available FREE to all backers.

At $200K, A COLOR HARDBACK PRINTING OF IMPOSSIBLE LANDSCAPES! This will be a beauty. ADD-ON COST: $50 for the hardback and the PDF. (If you already pledged $20 above your Reward Tier to get it in PDF, just boost your pledge another $30 to get the hardback too.)

And we have a lot more to come....

Already Funded

  • Agent's Handbook (Full-color hardback and PDF)
  • "VISCID" (PDF)
  • "Observer Effect" (PDF)
  • Operational History (PDF)
  • Case Officer's Handbook (PDF)

Keep Up the Fight

Keep spreading the word and playing the game! We're just getting started.

PDF Editions and New Rewards Table: Big News for Day 3
almost 7 years ago – Thu, Oct 01, 2015 at 10:21:07 PM

We are thrilled to announce a lot of new developments for Delta Green: The Role-Playing Game.

Case Officer's Handbook PDF Coming at $100K

Right this minute we're at just over $93K. 

When we hit $95K, we unlock Operational History, a PDF book with a deep timeline of the world of Delta Green.

Then at $100K, we unlock the PDF edition of the Case Officer's HandbookThe Case Officer's Handbook is an expanded core book. It includes everything from the Agent’s Handbook as its first half, plus chapters on quickly building mysteries and horrifying adventures; running Delta Green campaigns; customizing the setting and the Delta Green organization itself; creating new supernatural effects, spells, psychic powers, and alien artifacts; creating new monsters and cults; and some of the key cults, rival organizations, and factions that the Game Moderator can draw into games. The GM chapters aren’t just spells and monsters that any player can read about and memorize; they’re tools for customizing your game to keep players guessing and keep them scared.

At $110K we'll unlock "ARCHINT," a new collection of new artifacts and spells created using the guidelines in the Case Officer's Handbook.

At $120K we'll unlock the full-color hardback printing of the Case Officer's Handbook

At $130K we'll unlock the Delta Green Game Moderator's Screen, which will come with short "quickstart" rules to teach new players fast, and a short starter scenario to begin play immediately.

And we have some great things planned beyond that.

The Fall of Delta Green in PDF

Thanks to Pelgrane Press, we can now offer The Fall of Delta Green as a PDF add-on!  In fact we're going to include it in the following reward tiers at no additional cost:

  • "Every Single PDF" 
  • "Every Single New PDF" 
  • "Operator With Every PDF" 
  • "Agent's Hardback and Every PDF" 
  • "Alphonse Lives!"

Everyone else can get a copy as an add-on reward. Just add $25 to your pledge. At the end of the project we'll ask what add-ons you want.

Updated Reward Tiers Chart

Here's an updated table breaking down all the reward options. Tell us if you spot any discrepancies.

Spread the Word

Remember, Delta Green needs new recruits to keep completing its mission. Spread the word! 

  • Tell your friends what you love about Delta Green and why you're backing Delta Green: The Role-Playing Game. 
  • Run games using the rules that we've posted online. 
  • Tell people how those games went.

Thanks for Your Support

We're producing these new books because we love Delta Green. We want to create as much for it as we can. The projects that we've already funded are happening due to your support. Thank you.