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:

A Mountain Walks and Pummels
over 2 years ago – Thu, Apr 04, 2019 at 11:24:01 AM

We at Arc Dream Publishing and our friends at Fire Opal Games are bringing out Wrestlenomicon, a new card game of the Great Old Ones battling over the end of the world! 

Wrestlenomicon is 76% funded with 15 days to go. Can Cthulhu and Hastur bring in another 100 backers each? Can we all make the inevitable destruction of humanity a little more fun? Back Wrestlenomicon and make it happen!

A Great Game for Great Old Ones

Wrestlenomicon is a boxed game with two big decks of attack cards. 

  • Lay down a card to set an attack up. 
  • Lay down another card to set up another attack and bring your earlier one closer to hitting. 
  • Bring a card all the way to Ground Zero and it brings the pain!
  • Watch your opponent’s cards for devastating counterattacks.

Arc Dream Publishing’s Dennis Detwiller and Shane Ivey conceived Wrestlenomicon and wrote all the attack names. Fire Opal Games’ Rob Heinsoo and Sean McCarthy developed rules that are fast to learn but deep in strategy. Kurt Komoda painted every one of the beautiful cards.

Big tarot-size cards! Ancient Mythos tome not included.
Big tarot-size cards! Ancient Mythos tome not included.

Get Some!

Back Wrestlenomicon at the “Friend of Old Castro” or “Repairer of Reputations” level and get the game for only $20. Add an extra $20 to your pledge and get the Wrestlenomicon playmat!

Twenty-four terrifying inches across!
Twenty-four terrifying inches across!

After Wrestlenomicon funds, more Old Ones are coming. At $25,000, Nyarlathotep joins the fray and every deck grows from 60 to 70 cards. At $30,000, Yog-Sothoth squelches into the ring and every deck grows to 80 cards. 

Print and Play

Every backer gets instant access to Print-and-Play files to print out the Wrestlenomicon decks and play the game now. After you back Wrestlenomicon, go to Update #1 for the download link! 

Mobile Madness

Eat Elder Sign. Music of the Fears. A Mountain Walks and Pummels. K’n-yan Bluelight Special. The Moon is a Harsh Mattress. Cassilda’s Thong. See the horrors of these cards up close! Search for "wallpapers" at Wrestlenomicon.com to download 34 Wrestlenomicon wallpapers optimized for phones and mobile devices.

What Human Eyes Were Not Meant to See


Back Wrestlenomicon now!
Back Wrestlenomicon now!

The Complex: 21 new agencies for all backers
over 2 years ago – Fri, Mar 22, 2019 at 12:26:19 AM

We are proud to present Delta Green: The Complex, written by Christopher Gunning with Shane Ivey. 

From Big Data to Beltway Bandits

Cosmic terror infects the U.S. government and the companies that profit from it. 

Delta Green: The Complex offers 21 new dossiers for federal agencies and important contractors to enhance your Delta Green campaign. Each dossier describes the entity’s budget, operatives, organizational structure and history, mandate, areas of friction with other agencies, suggested professions for Delta Green agents, and what it’s like to work there. 

The Complex gives deep and playable details for both the Handler and the Agents. It covers the ATF, Booz Allen Hamilton, the Coast Guard, Consolidated Analysis Center Incorporated, Constellis Group, Customs and Border Protection, DARPA, the Defense Intelligence Agency, FEMA, the IRS, Lockheed Martin, NASA, the National Nuclear Security Administration, the National Counterterrorism Center, the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency, the National Parks Service, the National Reconnaissance Office, the NSA, the Office of Naval Intelligence, the RAND Corporation, and the Secret Service. 

Redacted No Longer

The Complex collects and replaces four planned rewards that we called Redacted Files: "Beltway Bandits," "Big Data," "Fusion Centers," and "The Collectors." 

This 80-page book is FREE in PDF to everyone who backed Delta Green: The Role-Playing Game during its late 2015 run. Download it now from your Digital Downloads page in BackerKit.

For everyone else, The Complex will go on sale in PDF and full-color paperback in April 2019.

Backers, download it from BackerKit
Backers, download it from BackerKit

 Agent's Handbook Errata

We have made a number of revisions and corrections in the Agent's Handbook in preparation for a reprint. The PDF edition has been corrected and distributed to all PDF customers at DriveThruRPG and at the Arc Dream Publishing store. If you downloaded it at those sites, check your library or order history for an updated version of the file. In the meantime, click here to download a summary of the most important changes.

Meanwhile

Control Group (Greg Stolze and Shane Ivey) is in layout. We expect to release its PDF edition in April 2019 and ship the hardback this summer.

The annotated edition of The King in Yellow (Robert W. Chambers, annotated by Kenneth Hite, illustrated by Samuel Araya) is at the printer. We expect to ship it this summer.

The Labyrinth (John Scott Tynes) and Impossible Landscapes (Dennis Detwiller) are in the final stages of writing and illustration.

Deep State (Shane Ivey and Christopher Gunning), Falling Towers (Shane Ivey and Daniel Harms), PISCES (Giles Hill, Nick Brownlow, and Graeme Price), and various shorter projects are in development.

Elder Dice

Our friends (and Shane Ivey's Alabama neighbors) Heath and David at Infinite Black are running a monumentally successful KS in their Elder Dice line. Their Cthulhu Mythos-themed dice are gorgeous. Click here to back it and see for yourself.

Wrestlenomicon

Our first card game, Wrestlenomicon, is lumbering and slavering toward its goal. Dennis Detwiller and Shane Ivey worked with developer Rob Heinsoo to raise Wrestlenomicon from the stinking slimes of the antediluvian depths — and had a blast playtesting it with gamers over the last couple of years. Wrestlenomicon is a RIDICULOUSLY over-the-top card game of the Great Old Ones smashing and squicking each other for domination of the world, starting with Cthulhu and Hastur in the core set. 

Click here to pledge now and make the apocalypse fun!

Wrestlenomicon! It's Here to Make All Our Dreams Come True
over 2 years ago – Wed, Mar 06, 2019 at 11:44:31 PM

Shane Ivey here. Back in the prehistoric days of 2002, when the world was young and Elder Things squiggled across the Earth, Dennis Detwiller and I started batting around an idea for a game about Cthulhu and Hastur fighting. Heck, it was barely a game idea. More like emailing goofy Cthulhu Mythos puns back and forth. "Jet Fighters to the Face!"  "The Fist in Yellow." "The R'lyeh Shuffle." "Cassilda's Thong."

There you can see the award-winning minds behind Delta Green and The Unspeakable Oath at work.

We didn't have the money to make it happen in those lean times, so we focused on our RPG work and on building up our company. Then a bazillion years passed.

NOW IT IS REAL.

Real and ready to rumble!
Real and ready to rumble!

We teamed up with Kurt Komoda (Better Angels, No Soul Left Behind) to illustrate all our UTTERLY INGENIOUS card titles. 

Then we teamed up with Rob Heinsoo (Epic Spell Wars of the Battlewizards: Duel at Mt. Skullzfyre, Dungeons & Dragons) and Sean McCarthy (Shadowrun: Crossfire, Homesteaders: New Beginnings) to turn this game idea into an actual game. And they made it awesome.

Then we spent a couple of years developing and playtesting, and having fun with it at Gen Con, and refining, and making videos, and postponing, and making more videos, and suddenly BLAMMO. Our next overnight sensation. WRESTLENOMICON.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/arcdream/wrestlenomicon

Back this long-lost child of ours now and we will name you all as Elder Godparents. Wrestlenomicon is here for you.

Welcome to the Club
over 2 years ago – Sat, Mar 02, 2019 at 05:32:17 PM

As always, we are actively working on about a dozen projects at once. If we forget to list something here, tag us on social media while you tell people how great #DeltaGreen is, hint hint.

Run Games for Arc Dream at Gen Con!

  • One or two games: free stuff.  
  • Three games: free stuff and a free badge. 
  • Four games: a limited-edition Club Apocalypse whisky glass. 

Get details and sign up at arcdream.com.

“The double doors that lead from the Green Bar deeper into the Club are always guarded by two bouncers, and the list to gain access through them is very, very exclusive.”
“The double doors that lead from the Green Bar deeper into the Club are always guarded by two bouncers, and the list to gain access through them is very, very exclusive.”

In Production

At press or about to head there.

  •  Control Group goes to press in March; published mid 2019 (Stolze & Ivey, authors)
  •  The King in Yellow (Annotated Edition) goes to press Monday; published July 2019 (Chambers & Hite, authors)
  •  Delta Green: The Role-Playing Game slipcase set reprint goes to press in March; available mid 2019 (Detwiller, Glancy, Gunning, Hite, Ivey & Stolze, authors )
  •  The Complex goes to press in April; published May 2019 (Gunning, author)
“Woolrich says that the astronauts will be informed of any and all dangers that they are cleared to know. He assures them that they are doing their country a great service.”
“Woolrich says that the astronauts will be informed of any and all dangers that they are cleared to know. He assures them that they are doing their country a great service.”

In Development for 2019

These are estimated publication dates. They may change.

  •  Swords & Sorceries adventure series for D&D 5E; first release early 2019 (Detwiller & Ivey, authors)
  •  Future/Perfect 3, early 2019 (Ivey, revisions)
  •  Iconoclasts (now in playtesting), coming mid 2019 (Glancy, author)
  •  A Victim of the Art, mid 2019 (Ivey, revisions)
  •  Future/Perfect 4, mid 2019 (Ivey, revisions)
  •  Jack Frost, late 2019 (Ivey, revisions)
  •  The Labyrinth (manuscript now in its final stages), late 2019 (Tynes, author)
  •  ARCHINT, late 2019 (Detwiller & Ivey, authors)
  •  The Labyrinth props and handouts kit, late 2019 (Tynes, author)
  •  The Labyrinth scenario series, 2019–2020 (Detwiller, Ivey & Tynes, authors)
  •  The Labyrinth scenario props and handouts, 2019–2020 (Detwiller, Ivey & Tynes, authors)
“While the child will never speak English and indeed has no human tongue, it does have a voice that it raises in praise and celebration of its parent.”
“While the child will never speak English and indeed has no human tongue, it does have a voice that it raises in praise and celebration of its parent.”

In Development for 2020

Some of these are extensively written already. These are estimated publication dates. They may change.

  •  God’s Teeth manuscript expected this fall; to be published early 2020 (Stokes, author)
  •  Deep State goes to high priority in spring 2019; early 2020 (Gunning & Ivey, authors)
  •  Dog Soldiers (replacing Wormwood Arena, which appears in Control Group), early 2020 (Glancy, author)
  •  Impossible Landscapes, mid 2020 (Detwiller, author)
  •  Operational History, mid 2020 (Trevizo, author)
  •  The Code of the West (tentative release, tentative title); mid 2020 (Ivey, author)
  •  Falling Towers goes to high priority after Deep State goes to playtesting; late 2020 (Harms & Ivey, authors)
  •  Those Who Come After, late 2020 (Detwiller, author)
  •  Those Who Come After props and handouts, late 2020 (Detwiller, author)
  •  PISCES, late 2020 (Brownlow, Hill & Price authors)
“Words copy themselves. Call O. Making books in the house? Dallan- 9 on Jul 8. Mace, stun gun, zip-tie, then raid Medford h and burn.”
“Words copy themselves. Call O. Making books in the house? Dallan- 9 on Jul 8. Mace, stun gun, zip-tie, then raid Medford h and burn.”

Kickstarting!

All card art is done for the King in Yellow tarot, based on text Dan Harms and John Scott Tynes wrote in 2000’s Delta Green: Countdown. Wrestlenomicon has been developed into an ass-kicking game by Rob Heinsoo and Sean McCarthy for two years, based on material Dennis Detwiller and Shane Ivey started giggling over in 2002, and is ready to print and ship. At last, at last, at freaking last, they can move forward. And they are amazing.

  •  Wrestlenomicon, 5 MAR 2019 (Detwiller, Heinsoo, Ivey & McCarthy, authors, and Komoda, artist)
  •  King in Yellow Tarot, late 2019 (Harm & Tynes, authors, and Komoda, artist)
Wrestlenomicon is coming for YOU!
Wrestlenomicon is coming for YOU!

Heat up the holidays with Shotgun Scenarios
almost 3 years ago – Tue, Dec 18, 2018 at 12:11:11 AM

The year 2018 is going out with a bang for agents of Delta Green.

Vote for Shotgun Scenarios

Superfans on the Delta Green Mailing List have organized the annual Shotgun Scenario Contest since 2005. The 2018 contest had a record 58 entries! Every one of them is a short, stab of a scenario by a Delta Green gamer, no more than 1,500 words plus stats. Please join the fun—and giving the gaming community even better resources for new players and Handlers—by reading the scenarios and voting for your favorites.

Prizes for the winners include…

  • First place: A $20 gift certificate at DriveThruRPG, 12 months of 25 GB SSD web hosting from Artiarc.com, any Arc Dream Publishing PDF free from Arc Dream Publishing, any physical product from shop.arcdream.com mailed at no cost, and (if the author wishes) the Shotgun Scenario itself edited and published in The Unspeakable Oath.
  • Second place: A $10 gift certificate at DriveThruRPG, 12 months of 10 GB SSD web hosting from Artiarc.com, any Arc Dream Publishing PDF free from Arc Dream Publishing, and any physical product from shop.arcdream.com mailed at no cost.
  • Third place: A $5 gift certificate at DriveThruRPG, 12 months of 5 GB SSD web hosting from Artiarc.com, and any Arc Dream Publishing PDF free from Arc Dream Publishing.

And lest your Agents think that shotguns and fire can solve all their problems….

"Incindiary rounds sounded like such a great idea for the op..."

Game With Us at ChupacabraCon

Arc Dream Publishing will be in Texas in force in May for Chupacabracon. Sign up for games with us and join us for seminars on horror gaming, historical resources in gaming, and Arc Dream itself.

  • Benjamin Baugh will run Monsters and Other Childish Things 
  • Adam Scott Glancy will run Delta Green 
  • Allan Goodall will run Delta Green and Godlike 
  • Kenneth Hite will join us for the seminars 
  • Shane Ivey will run Delta Green
  • Greg Stolze will run Grim War

Gen Con Events

Event submissions for Gen Con 2019 begin in January. Watch for our volunteer guidelines and rewards. Start planning now. (Your favorite Shotgun Scenarios make great convention scenarios!)

In Progress

We have a LOT of books in the works. These are the projects getting most of our most immediate attention right now. 

  • The King in Yellow Annotated Edition is in layout; ETA in PDF in January 2019, hardback in May 2019
  • Wrestlenomicon prototype copies go to the printer this week and will be available to reviewers and previewers in January 2019; watch for it on Squickstarter I mean Kickstarter in February 2019
  • The Unspeakable Oath will come to Patreon and Drip in January 2019
  • Delta Green: Control Group is in editing, with layout beginning in January 2019; ETA in PDF in February 2019, hardback in June 2019 
  • Delta Green: The Complex is in editing; ETA in PDF and paperback in March 2019
  • Delta Green: A Victim of the Art is in editing and illustration; ETA in PDF in March 2019
  • Swords & Sorceries: The Sea Demon's Gold, a new D&D5 adventure by Shane Ivey, is being illustrated by Kurt Komoda; ETA in PDF and paperback in March 2019
  • Delta Green: Iconoclasts text has been received from Adam Scott Glancy; preliminary editing in January 2019, playtesting in February 2019, revisions and editing in March 2019, layout in April 2019, ETA in PDF and paperback in May 2019
  • Delta Green: Impossible Landscapes is in writing and illustration by Dennis Detwiller
  • Delta Green: Deep State is in research and writing by Chris Gunning and Shane Ivey
  • Delta Green: God’s Teeth is in research and writing by Caleb Stokes
  • Delta Green: The Labyrinth is in research and writing by John Scott Tynes

Teach Your Kids to Game

Get Monsters and Other Childish Things, our classic game line of childhood monstrousness, on sale at DriveThruRPG until the end of December 2018!

Termination Shock

Delta Green co-author Greg Stolze presents Termination Shock, his RPG of sci-fi discovery and alien first contact. He is raising funds for it for another week or so. Check out actual-play recordings and back this fun game now.