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Delta Green: Need to Know

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Gold Ennie Award, 2016Gold Ennie Award winner for Best Free Game, 2016

WELCOME TO THE APOCALYPSE

Born of the U.S. government’s 1928 raid on the degenerate coastal town of Innsmouth, Massachusetts, the covert agency known as Delta Green spent four decades opposing the forces of darkness with honor, but without glory. Stripped of sanction after a disastrous 1969 operation in Cambodia, Delta Green’s leaders made a secret pact: to continue their work without authority, without support, and without fear. Delta Green agents slip through the system, manipulating the federal bureaucracy while pushing the darkness back for another day—but often at a shattering personal cost.

In Delta Green: The Role-Playing Game, you are one of those agents. You’re the one they call when unnatural horrors seep into the world. You fight to keep cosmic evil from claiming human lives and sanity. You conspire to cover it all up so no one else must see what you’ve seen—or learn the terrible truths you’ve discovered.

The quickstart rulebook of DELTA GREEN: NEED TO KNOW includes everything you need to play Delta Green.

  • Complete rules for conducting investigations, overcoming crises, fighting for your life, and watching your sanity slip away.
  • Complete rules for character creation.
  • Six characters, ready to play.
  • A Delta Green operation, “Last Things Last,” ready for the Handler (the game moderator) to introduce your team to Delta Green tonight.

This is only the beginning. Deeper terrors can be found in Delta Green: The Role-Playing Game and its sourcebooks, available from Arc Dream Publishing.

Short description of "Last Things Last" for convention games: A long-retired agent died four days ago. Delta Green has tasked your team to make sure he didn't leave any deadly secrets behind.

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jason M November 12, 2022 4:19 am UTC
Looks like it will use two cartridges of ink to print. Is the file Lulu ready? Look guys, with love, if you're serious about getting people to play your game, you need to make it easy for the GM to distribute the quick-start rules. I need to have several printed copies to put in their hands. Asking them all to show up with a tablet or laptop is too much of an ask for most players, especially for a game that they're on the fence about learning. Unprintable PDFs is not realistic for people who actually want to play in a group.
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Jonathan W November 15, 2022 4:54 pm UTC
why would you lulu print the PDF, when you can purchase a professional printed version of this that comes with a free PDF also for $9.99?
The are being very generous giving away the PDF totally free.
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Sylvain B March 04, 2021 4:02 pm UTC
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Sadly the latest version of the PDF seems to have an error: on page 23, Kamaroff's character sheet has weird arbitrary numbers instead of percentage points in most of their skills.
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Sylvain B March 05, 2021 12:43 am UTC
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Also, Cornwell's sheet is missing skills that should be provided by their hard experience bonuses: Forensics and Occult
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Tim G September 12, 2021 9:17 pm UTC
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I was just coming to mention this. Eg 40% is rendered as 4. #
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Kevin B September 07, 2022 3:23 pm UTC
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Do we know if that's the intended way to read these skills? Should Occult 2.# = 20%, etc?
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michael M January 08, 2021 12:55 pm UTC
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Can you make a print on demand version?
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Carl M March 04, 2016 1:24 pm UTC
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Where is the print copy that is mentioned? Or where can it be bought? P.s. I am in the UK.
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Craig B March 07, 2016 3:19 am UTC
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It's not released yet, maybe in a couple months. Check the Kickstarter for detailed print and pre order schedules.
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joseph F June 10, 2016 11:28 pm UTC
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Any updates on print editions?
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Shane I June 23, 2016 3:27 pm UTC
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The print editions of NEED TO KNOW and the AGENT'S HANDBOOK are en route now and will start shipping in late July.
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John S January 25, 2022 8:59 pm UTC
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Did the errors get fixed in Need to Know?
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9781940410203
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APU8106
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This title was added to our catalog on February 26, 2016.