At GenCon 2012 the writing team of the upcoming Delta Green role-playing game gathered to discuss the status of the game and their plans for it. Panelists include Dennis Detwiller, Adam Scott Glancy, Kenneth Hite, Shane Ivey and Greg Stolze. Recording by Ross Payton of Role Playing Public Radio.
00:03:05 THE BASICS. Delta Green’s background as a series of Call of Cthulhu sourcebooks. Why we’re doing it as a standalone roleplaying game and the importance of backwards-compatibility in its design.
00:11:45 THE MODERN GAME. Delta Green: The Roleplaying Game will be a modern-day Cthulhu Mythos game, not a 1990s game. The challenge of making the arcana of playing agents of a government bureaucracy sensible to newcomers. The challenges of making Cthulhu Mythos horror frightening to newcomers and grognards alike. How those things are related.
00:20:50 THE SUPERNATURAL. Magic, monsters, creating appropriate spell effects and new monsters. Hewing very close to the source material — specific stories by HPL — and providing tools for customizing and expanding.
00:23:00 THE PAST. Overlap with the previous sourcebooks. Things the player characters don’t know. Unveil the secret history slowly.
00:26:00 VICTORY! Why you can’t “win” in Delta Green, and why that’s OK.
00:29:30 DEATH TO SAUCERWATCH. Factions that will change in the RPG. Using the Mythos and making it your own. Which parts we’re going to focus on.
00:40:00 ARE YOUR CHARACTERS BETTER OFF NOW? Why Delta Green going more official is not good news for player characters.
00:46:00 THE RUSSIANS ARE OUR FRIENDS NOW. Other Mythos-fighting factions in the world of Delta Green.
00:57:30 NEW BLOOD. Generations of Delta Green.
01:09:00 THE SUPERNATURAL FRINGE-FILES. Comparing similar fiction in pop culture.
01:12:00 TECH WILL SAVE US. The role of technology in conspiracy horror and the challenge of keeping the mystery.
01:19:00 “THE MEAT-LOG HAS GOT TO GO!” The Sanity rules, 30+ years on.
01:26:00 OUTSIDERS. Playing Delta Green beyond the U.S.
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