Delta Green: Countdown

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Front Cover

Publisher: Pagan Publishing

Product Code: 1008

Publishing Year: 1999

Pages: 432

Cover Price: $39.95

Author(s): Dennis Detwiller, Adam Scott Glancy, John Tynes

Additional Material: Adam Crossingham, John H. Crowe, III, Daniel Harms, Davide Mana, Graeme Price, Divers Hands

Artist(s): Toren G. Atkinson, Dennis Detwiller, Heather Hudson, John T. Snyder, Blair Reynolds

Setting(s): Modern, Delta Green

Format(s): Softcover

ISBN: 1-887797-12-2


This book was the first broadly-distributed expansion to the Delta Green universe, as described originally in Delta Green (Core Sourcebook).

The prime focus of this book is on expanding the Delta Green setting beyond the boundaries of the United States, with conspiracies and organisations described for the UK, Russia, and elsewhere. The "Agency Template" section includes information about real-world angencies and departments in governments of many countries around the world: Argentina, Australia, Canada, China, Colombia, Cuba, Denmark, Egypt, El Salvador, Finland, France, Germany, Interpol, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, North & South Korea, Libya, New Zealand, Pakistan, Poland, Romania, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, UK, USA

The sourcebook is organised into sections as follows:

  • Introduction
  • Chapter 1: PISCES
    • The Insects From Shaggai
    • PISCES
    • Important Individuals: PISCES
    • The Army of the Third Eye
    • Important Individuals: The Army of the Third Eye
  • Chapter 2: GRU SV-8
    • Important Individuals: GRU SV-8
  • Chapter 3: The Skoptsi
    • Important Individuals: The Skoptsi
  • Chapter 4: The Outlook Goup
    • Important Individuals: The Outlook Group
  • Chapter 5: Phenomen-X
    • Important Individuals: Phenom-X
  • Chapter 6: Tiger Transit
    • Important Individuals: Tiger Transit
  • Chapter 7: The D Stacks
  • Chapter 8: Keepers of the Faith
    • Important Individuals: Keepers of the Faith
  • Chapter 9: The Hastur Mythos
    • The King in Yellow Tarot
  • Appendices
  • Index

The "Appendices" form over half the entire book, consisting of over 200 pages, primarily devoted to setting material and new rules, but also including scenarios and more agency templates. The appendices are organized as follows:

  • Appendix A: Psychic Powers
  • Appendix B: Files of Prof. Emerson
    • About Professor Emerson
    • Report on Groversville Neo-Tissue
    • Report on Aquatic Humanoids
    • Report on Manattan Subterraneans
    • Report on Pittsburgh Toxic Gel
  • Appendix C: New Skills
  • Appendix D: Adventures
  • Appendix E: Agency Templates

Scenarios: A Victim of the Art, Night Floors, Dead Letter

Front Cover Text

A Call of Cthulhu Sourcebook of Modern Horror and Conspiracy from Pagan Publishing

"They have no idea the kind of Hell I've prepared for them. May God have mercy on my soul."

Back Cover Text


Get used to the taste of ashes.

The countdown to the apocalypse has begun. As our darkened globe spins through the eternal night, the lasting legacy of the human race is nothing but a scream - drowned out by the roar of the destiny devouring us all. This is your last chance to show the cosmos what it means to be human: the will to fight.

Delta Green: Countdown blows the doors off the world of Delta Green, reaching wider and digging deeper to map the terrain of the twisted pulp apocalypse we call the dawning of the 21st century. Brace yourself for the final world order: The Insects from Shaggai, alien parasites subverting the leadership of a nation; PISCES, the U.K.'s attempt to harness the unknown; The Army of the Third Eye, terrorists fighting a bloody battle against alien invaders; GRU SV-8, a band of desparate operatives fighting darkness in the ruins of Russia; The Skoptsi, occult fanatics with an eight-hundred-year legacy; The OUTLOOK Group, where Majectic-12 tests its elite; Phenomenon-X, a syndicated TV news show that pokes its camera in all the wrong places; Tiger Transit,a former CIA airline now in the clutches of a Tcho-Tcho drug cartel; The D-Stacks at the American Museum of Natural History, where Dr. Jensen Wu classifies the unclassifiable; The Keepers of the Faith, traditionalist ghouls fighting the lean and hungry Heretic ghouls beneath the streets of Manhattan; and the Hastur Mythos, a twisted skein of surreal destruction weaving its way through humanity. Plus: new skills, new spells, new mythos tomes, rules for psychics, a microbiologist's dossiers on paranormal lifeforms, profiles of international intelligence and law-enforcement agencies, dozens of useful NPCs, two scenarios,a short campaign and more.

Licensed by Chaosium, Inc.

Comments / Trivia

This is one of the longest books ever published for Call of Cthulhu (by page count). Only Chaosium's Beyond the Mountains of Madness is longer.

This was the last official Delta Green source material published by Pagan for over a decade (until the publication of Delta Green: Targets of Opportunity in 2010).

Adam Scott Glancy's Dedication: "To Deborah, because sometimes words are not enough."

John Tynes' Dedication: "To Hazel Blackwell, for a childhood of wonder."


Spoilers - Keepers Eyes Only

Players should not read any further.

References to Mythos creatures, tomes, artifacts, and Lovecraftian locations that appear within this book's scenarios are described in the pages detailing these scenarios. There are, however, numerous such references made in the source sections (and thus not associated with a specific scenario). These references are detailed below.




Tomes and Artifacts:

Sourcebook New Rules

New Spells:

New Skills:

New Creatures:

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