Anyone who has played Call of Cthulhu is familiar with Pagan Publishing. For many years, they have printed some of the highest quality books for The Call of Cthulhu. Whether it was the story, the art or just the general quality of their books, they have consistently been ahead of their game. The only complaints from fans was the wait between each book and the lack of reprints. That is changing as of today.
Pagan Publishing announced toward that they have released several of their harder to find books from their Delta Green line on DriveThruRPG.com. Now these hard to find books are available for reasonable prices. You can choose between a pdf or POD (print on demand) copy. Before today, the only way to find these books was to either get lucky or pay outrageous 3rd party dealer prices (we’re talking about several hundred dollars here).
If you aren’t familiar with Delta Green and enjoy modern conspiracy horror than check it out. The entire line brings Cthulhu to the present day, infusing the game with a healthy dose of paranoia. In the Delta Green universe, one can never be sure about who they should trust. The people you work for may not have your best interests at heart and they could be the goods guys! Difficult decisions must be made and the ultimate question stands: just what would you sacrifice to give the Earth at least one more day?
“But isn’t Delta Green just S.H.I.E.L.D. with tentacles?” Oh, hell no. It is far more than that. You are not part of some big budget, top secret, James Bond style organization. You are part of a non-existent, top secret group that could easily be torn apart by anyone who digs too deep. Your group is so poor that the only way to get equipment is to steal it from your own job and hope no one catches you. Delta Green agents must constantly ask themselves what is more important: their career, their family or giving up all of these to save the world from unspeakable evils from behind the stars. Delta Green agents don’t retire. They are chewed up and spit out, resources that must be used to stop the world from going up in flames. It isn’t a glamorous or glorious job. It is the life of someone who knows that the only way to stop something terrible from clawing up out of the ground is to drive that flaming school bus right into it while calling up their spouse to say goodbye. Sometimes they don’t even get that one last goodbye. In fact, Delta Green isn’t even an authorized organization. They have gone rogue, making a pact to push the darkness back day by day. They manipulate the U.S. governments bureaucracy in a desperate attempt to do what no one else will (or can) do.
“But doesn’t Delta Green just ignore Lovecraft’s work?” No where close. Delta Green builds its universe off of Lovecraft’s original story. In fact, the original Delta Green organization was started after the 1928 Raid on Innsmouth (The Shadow Over Innsmouth). It consitently makes references to old Call of Cthulhu campaigns and Lovecraft’s original stories. It also draws from the Mythos stories of Ramsey Campbell, Robert Chambers, Robert E. Howard and Clark Ashton Smith. It is firmly set in the world of Lovecraft’s stories.
Check these books out, especially if you love Lovecraftian gaming. You will not be disappointed.
Delta Green: http://www.delta-green.com/ “Deception is a right. Truth is a privilege. Innocence is a luxury.”
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