Welcome to the Apocalypse

The expanded core rulebook for Delta Green: The Role-Playing Game is nearly complete. Developers Dennis Detwiller and Shane Ivey are finalizing the text now. Here’s a teaser from the introduction by Dennis Detwiller.

Blessed Be the Torch

Welcome to Delta Green, a role-playing game of horror, wonder, and conspiracy. By opening this book, you have chosen to become the Handler. It’s the Handler’s job to keep the players— who take the role of Delta Green Agents—engaged. You are the creator, host, and judge of all things that occur in the fictional world of Delta Green. You fill it with secrets, take the role of non player characters (NPCs) the Agents interact with, and create the threats they face. You roll the dice and make the calls. In Delta Green, only the Handler understands the absolute truth.

Delta Green is about truths that kill. The ultimate truth is this: mankind was not the first, nor will it be the last of the Earth’s masters. In remote places, through rends in space/time, and beyond the veil of our limited, four-dimensional existence, things await release. When they are free, humanity will burn. An isolated few in the know—Delta Green—struggle to resist this final conflagration.

Being a Handler requires preparation, imagination, and an unwavering vision of where the game is headed. In Delta Green, it also requires an indifference to outcome. It might seem like a good idea to alter a die roll to save an Agent, or drop a vital clue when the team is on the wrong path. Resist these urges. Delta Green is not about victory, it’s about the fight.

Delta Green is about man’s urge to survive, understand, and overcome, in a universe wholly antithetical to these concepts. Agents of Delta Green struggle to defeat threats that outstrip even the human mind, as the world rushes towards inevitable destruction. Agents live their lives —what of them they can maintain—and keep the ultimate secret from their loved ones. No matter what they do, they know, eventually, the apocalypse is coming.

Congratulations, Handler; you’ve just been promoted to the apocalypse.

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