Monday, October 10, 2016
Lovecraftian Thing a Day No.284: Delta Green
This one has been a long time coming. Not only do I consider the original Delta Green suplement for the Call of Cthulhu rpg one of the best rpg supplements of all time, but also one of the best and most horrifying iterations of Lovecraft's vision. Think the Cthulhu Mythos meets The X-Files (which the Delta Green setting predates), but with a heavy emphasis on a nihilistic exploration of contemporary conspiracy lore, and using the raid on Innsmouth as a starting point for various covert government agencies engagement with the forces of the Mythos. The Delta Green setting has also spawned a number of novels and anthologies, which are uniformly excellent and represent some of the very best contributions to contemporary Lovecraftian literature. A number of other rpg supplements have also been produced in the series, including my favourite, Delta Green: Countdown, which integrates Ramsey Campbell's Brichester Mythos into the Delta Green world. Even if you are not a roleplayer, the rpg supplements are still worth reading because they are excellently written, and because the background fluff is absolutely terrifying. Perhaps more terrifying is that real-world conspiracy theorists have been treating elements of the Delta Green universe as genuine - but then we live in a world in which Donald Trump is treated as a viable presidential candidate and people voted for Brexit...
Arc Dream have just published the first volumes of a new edition of Delta Green which updates the setting for the post-9/11 world, whilst the older material is available as purchasable downloads from DriveThruRPG.com. In any case, if you buy it now you might just have time to read it all before a man with an orange face and bad comb-over gets his chubby little hands on the nuclear codes.