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The Slipcase Option: Notes from Gen Con

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Dennis Detwiller reports on Gen Con 2017:

Gen Con 2017 was special in many ways. It was the 50th anniversary of the show, for one. For another, it was totally sold out for the first time.

They had a huge museum of roleplaying-related artifacts from the before-time, and guess what? You can be proud: Delta Green was in it (along with many other products I had a hand in, like The Unspeakable Oath, Primal Order, and Magic: The Gathering). Neat to be a fossil that's somehow still clawing away at the ecosystem (go, team coelacanth!).

Thanks to Christopher Helton for the photo
Thanks to Christopher Helton for the photo

We ran into the usual suspects. Shane Ivey, my stalwart creative partner, was there managing all things with a computer-like precision (that the computer was a first-generation Amiga color, you'll have to excuse). Simeon Cogswell, our layout guru, continued a long tradition of complaining while working too hard for too little money. Booth manager John Marron was happy at all times (despite our best efforts), perhaps because he inflicted the Bob Ross board game on us and managed to get me to play. Finally, Scott Glancy created a new look at the booth called “enturly,” appearing entertained and surly at the same time. Ross Payton and the RPPR guys were there, too (minus Caleb—boo!), and we tortured then endlessly. (Pro tip: Call Ross “Caleb,” he loves it.)

We even got in a bit of a Delta Green game. We played "Operation SUGARTOWN" with Ross, the Arc Dream team, and a few RRPR regulars. Though we didn't get to finish it, much fun was had. Look for the operation in a writeup on the Patreon next month.

At the booth, we had a bunch of Delta Green newly appearing in print (full color!), and they are gorgeous: Kali Ghati, The Star Chamber, and Observer Effect. They sold like hotcakes. I did pen sketches for any Delta Green Patreon backer that stopped by, and let me tell you, I didn't expect 60+ of you to be there—but it was great (though my hand may not agree, currently).

We had a magnificently packed Delta Green meetup (audio coming soon), where we spoke at length about the state of Delta Green, answered questions, and made some announcements.

The biggest announcement has to do with the form of Delta Green: The Role-Playing Game. We’ve been planning it as a single book, but it’s huge, and the cost of shipping it to ports far and wide called for careful consideration.

The options were:

  • Print a single book with 500+ pages. That would have made the book so heavy that delivery to backers outside the U.S. and U.K. would have cost up to $50 on top of what’s already been paid. 
  • Or make Delta Green: The Role-Playing Game a slipcase of two books. That contains a 192-page Agent's Handbook and a 320-page Handler's Guide. The Handler's Guide is the giant manuscript we circulated a few weeks ago, minus the rules portions that appeared in the Agent's Handbook. So, one book has rules, sanity and character creation: the Agent's Handbook. The other has monsters, magic, creating your own Delta Green, and the timeline: the Handler's Guide.

We chose option 2 for a lot of reasons. Most importantly, it reduces the international delivery costs dramatically. Our international-fulfillment partners in the U.K. can ship two separate packages—one with with the Handler’s Guide; the other with the Agent’s Handbook and the slipcase itself—for far less than shipping a single package the weight of a single, huge book. It’s a weird vagary of the way the Royal Mail handles parcels.

In option 2, no one pays any additional shipping. OK, truth be told, there are additional shipping costs, but they’re modest enough that we at Arc Dream can cover them. Backers don’t have to pay anything extra.

The fans at the Delta Green panel were happy with the announcement, and so were we. It's the best of all worlds.

So, long story short, if you ordered the “Case Officer's Handbook” option, you'll get Delta Green: The Role-Playing Game: the Agent's Handbook and the Handler's Guide in a beautiful slipcase, delivered in two packages, at no further shipping cost to you.

Whew!

Thanks for all who came out.

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    1. Chris Halliday
      Superbacker
      on September 13

      Excellent news!

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      hobbesgoblin on August 30

      @Rich Radgoski, here's a link to Mr Cogswells recent tweet re layout of the Case Officer/DG:RPG book.

      https://twitter.com/S_Cogswell/status/902226493815889920

      No one has a copy of it yet. If you backed to receive a copy when its done, you have access to the "almost there" rough pdf that was made available a month or two back. I've been playing with the Agent's Handbook, and all my older DG and CoC material for just over a year now, but still waiting on a finished Case Officer/DG:RPG book, like everyone else.

      It'll be ready when its ready, that's always been the Delta Green way. Currently it looks like layout is on track for the PDF release in a few months (as projected in the previous update).

      From the rough version we've seen, its going to be a fantastic 500-ish page book.

      I've said it before, and I'll take the flak for saying it again - this isn't a budget pre-order service, we funded the writing and printing of a series of books (9-10 hardbacks, iirc) plus supporting materials (scenarios, etc). That's an awful lot of work the Arc Dream team are staring at.

      They'll get it done, it will be fantastic. We just have to hang in there.

      Get hold of the advance Case Officer/DG:RPG pdf and get playing, you won't be disappointed.

    3. Rich Radgoski on August 29

      My patience is wearing thin. I don't understand why the Case officers handbook is taking so much longer. Folks are playing Delta Green with the new book and I'm still without. My money has been invested since March of 2016 and I'm beginning to become unhappy.

    4. Mark A. Siefert
      Superbacker
      on August 24

      Yay! Another Agent's Handbook! It's always nice to have those handy.

      Also, thanks so much for keeping us in mind when you made this decision. Asking for more money to cover shipping costs this late in the game would be a jerk-move.

    5. Arc Dream Publishing 10-time creator on August 24

      @Michael: If you preordered the Case Officers Hbk, you get the slipcase with both books.

    6. Arc Dream Publishing 10-time creator on August 24

      @Kent: Most of those notes will go in the Handlers Guide as GM tips.

    7. Arc Dream Publishing 10-time creator on August 24

      @Nix: The Agents Hbk will ship with the slipcase in one package, the Handlers Guide in another. All will ship after we get the slipcases and Handlers Guides from the printer. That's how we keep the delivery costs under control.

    8. Nix on August 24

      Will we be getting the Agent's Handbooks any time soon, or will it all wait for the case officer handbook to be completed?

    9. Kent Johan on August 24

      That's pretty cool. The extra rules tips that were in the agent's portion of the big book, will they be in the Handler's guide now, or will this Agent's handbook be different from the previous one?

    10. Michael Shawn Pose on August 23

      What about if we preordered the case officers handbook on backerkit? Will we get the slipcase with both books?

    11. Arc Dream Publishing 10-time creator on August 23

      @heath: Correct.

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      heath delashmit on August 23

      just so i understand because im slow sometimes :) i pledged at teh agents handbook and added extra for the case handlers book. what this new update means for me and im guessing those that already ordered the agents handbook, is that we will get another agents handbook and case handlers book in a slip case?

    13. Stygian Fox Publishing
      Superbacker
      on August 23

      I <3 slipcases! Let me know if you need a few quid towards postage. Happy (and able) to take the hit so you don't have to.

      Stephanie

    14. Arc Dream Publishing 10-time creator on August 23

      @Michael: Yes, we'll set that up.

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      Ken Ringwald on August 23

      This option just makes sense. While I was curious about how monolithic the 500+ page book would be, the two slimmer books will be much easier to actually use and haul around.

      Thanks again for the GenCon sketch! It was awesome to talk to you all at the booth.

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      Michael Tree
      Superbacker
      on August 23

      Can you make an option to pre-order the Handlers Guide and Slipcase together, for those of us who already have the Agents Handbook.

    17. Thomas Nelson on August 23

      Perfect! Thanks for the quick response, ADP.

    18. Chris Parker on August 23

      Wow, this is absolutely fantastic news! I bought an Agent book via Amazon a couple weeks ago because I was jonesing to have my hands on some DG material to prepare for a game that I've been working on off and on for about half a year, and this is going to make it much smoother (and cuter with that slipcase).

    19. Oliver Korpilla on August 23

      It's a good choice. The original setup with what is in the Case Officer and what in the Agent book was confusing to boot.

    20. Arc Dream Publishing 10-time creator on August 23

      @Thomas: I'll check into an upgrade from PDF to print. It's come up before, but IIRC we held off on implementing it while things were still being sorted out. I'll see about setting up, say, a discount option based on the amount you paid to get just the PDF.

    21. Arc Dream Publishing 10-time creator on August 23

      @MikeN: I'll set up an option to pre-order just the Handler's Guide soon.

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      MikeN on August 23

      Splitting the book into the two volumes of Agent & Player seems to make the most sense. Will it be possible to pre-order just the Handler's Guide on its own?

    23. Thomas Nelson on August 23

      Wow! So is there any chance that backers who chose the pdf route can get a good price on upgrading to the slipcase version?

      I felt funny getting the books originally because it felt funny getting two books with much of the same content. THIS makes much more sense to me. I would love another opportunity to order the hardbacks in addition to the already ordered pdf.

    24. Arc Dream Publishing 10-time creator on August 23

      @Karl: Ops instructs me that the Deep One option is NOT acceptable, per PUZZLEBOX protocols. Please contact your case officer ASAP.

    25. Karl on August 23

      It was a pleasure to meet you and Shane! I managed to get two Delta Green sessions in, ... got my head bitten off by a dinosaur in one, and survived the other- but as a deep one!

    26. Arc Dream Publishing 10-time creator on August 23

      @Tom: Great question. Yes, NEW AGE backers wind up with two Agents Handbooks. More to share at the table!

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      Tom Forest on August 23

      Sounds good to me, glad GenCon went well!

      One quick question, if you've pledged for THE NEW AGE or similar, does that mean you'll wind up with two copies of the Agent's Handbook? (the one that was sent out last year, plus the one that's part of the slipcase set?) Not a problem at all, would just be good to know.