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Delta Green: The Labyrinth
Publisher: Arc Dream Publishing
by Chris W. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 09/10/2021 14:05:49

In my opinion, Delta Green will always be at its best as a pre 9/11 artifact. That said, this is another outstanding sourcebook of my favorite type - a series of organizations (plus some Renko dude), all strung together into what amounts to a fantastic campaign setting dripping with detail, mood and adventure hooks. If anything, this is an improvement on previous works in that it provides a "future history" and suggested outcomes based on player interactions. (I don't say that lightly. I still read the original DG book and Countdown every couple years or so, and Countdown is HUGE.). Can't rate this book highly enough.



Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Delta Green: The Labyrinth
Publisher: Arc Dream Publishing
by Jonathan A. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 07/11/2020 21:46:37

First thing's first: this is a top quality supplement for Delta Green: The Roleplaying Game. The production quality, the artwork, the concepts, and execution are all top notch and give you well fleshed out factions, characters, and locales to include in your Delta Green campaign. In regards to another review accusing the supplement of bias against "right wing" ideaologies, I did not find that at all. One character included is based on conspiracy theorists regarding the Atlanta Child Murders, which isn't exactly a republican talking point, one unsympathetic character is affilated with Antifa, and another faction is based on "hippie" energy healing people. The user referring to the author as Dennis Detwiller should indicate one of the problems with his review as John Scott Tynes wrote this supplement. Anways, I think the included factions are excellent and nail the modern zeitgeist, from isolated internet users going on a downwards spiral towards violence to foreign intelligence assets, all masterfully tailored to fit into the lovecraftian mythos and the world of Delta Green.



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Delta Green: The Labyrinth
Publisher: Arc Dream Publishing
by Robert A. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 05/17/2020 11:55:27

While I am hesitant to criticize Mr. Detwiler's latest work, as I'm a big fan of his writing and Delta Green and the modern Cthulhu Mythos (cosmic horror is very frightening to me, on a personal level, which makes it a fun topic for horror), and I've very much enjoyed the DG line up until this point, I have one big problem with this product: it focused a little too much on "right-wing" conspiracies and stereotypes for me. After reading the scenarios, I felt like only my political viewpoint was being mined for "cosmic evil" ideas, while the other mainstream platform was "left" unscathed. Even if the author is opinionated on such topics (and he has every right to be), he should consider in future works that probably half of his fans might get annoyed by this.

My advice to the author is that, going forward, he should tap into both right-wing and left-wing conspiracies, basically in an effort to undercut both sides, which would show the meaninglessness of it all: an obvious theme in Lovecraft's original work. By focusing only on one side, the author is implying that the other side is not horrific. But this doesn't really jive with the Cthulhu Mythos at all, given its nature that Great Cthulhu and the Outer Gods could care less about our little political viewpoints. I felt that the old DG sourcebook seemed far more neutral on these matters...it just used anything and everything, regardless of source or viewpoint, and attacked it all (like South Park, lol).

Anyways, I'm not mad or bent out of shape about this. And I'll still buy more of the products. (They're really very good! The art is great, the writing superb, and the ideas are just mind-blowingly evil...fun for all ages, lol!) Just wanted to give the author a chance to hear a fan out about something he might not have personally considered.

I give it a 4 for production value and writing and content, but take 1 star off because of the obvious political slant.



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[4 of 5 Stars!]
Delta Green: The Labyrinth
Publisher: Arc Dream Publishing
by Brian S. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 12/12/2019 23:13:58

A marvelous sourcebook for anyone running a modern-day(ish) Delta Green campaign. Tynes does a brilliant job of taking many of today's recurring fears - fundamentalist cults, biotechnology without ethical controls, mass shooters, obscure message boards that stoke fear and hatred and paranoia - and tying them to the unnatural threats that Delta Green exists to fight. There are eight organizations in this book - four groups of "good guys" whose contacts with Delta Green may lead them to madness and disaster, and four groups of "bad guys" who will invoke that madness and disaster unless Delta Green can find and stop them. None of it's that simple, of course; the book does a great job of showing the various organizations as sets of individuals rather than faceless monoliths, and those individuals are complicated and compelling and rich with storytelling potential. Any one of the groups could generate a campaign of its own, but there are also great suggestions for how to link them together as friends or enemies (or enemies of my enemies). And, as usual for Delta Green, the book weaves in just enough real history to make one plausibly wonder how much of it is really made up. Of course, none of these organizations exist as written here, and none of the ills that plague our world are the workings of Nyarlathotep or the Lloigor or Shub-Niggurath. On some level, it might actually be more comforting if they were.

The book spins off ideas like sparks, and I can't wait to make use of those ideas in my own games - the only problem is that they are collectively too much for any one campaign.



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[5 of 5 Stars!]
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