Pagan Publishing was started in 1990 by John Tynes, who was a college sophomore at the time of his company‘s creation. Pagan Publishing’s first publication was The Unspeakable Oath, a fanzine devoted to the Call of Cthulhu roleplaying game.
In 1996, Pagan Publishing released the critically-acclaimed Delta Green setting for Call of Cthulhu. Playing like a combination of a standard Cthulhu adventure and an episode of The X-Files, Delta Green remains the jewel in the company’s crown and a must-have for anyone interested in collecting Pagan Publishing RPG products. Pagan Publishing has also released a number of more traditional Call of Cthulhu adventures, as well as write fictional works for the Delta Green universe. They also published The Hills Rise Wild, a Lovecraft inspired boardgame of marauding hillbillies.
Pagan Publishing Call of Cthulhu Supplements
Here are some of the traditional Call of Cthulhu supplements from Pagan Publishing. The Delta Green supplements are covered in a later section.
- Alone on Halloween
- Mortal Coils
- Devil’s Children
- Walker In The Wastes
- The Golden Dawn
- Coming Full Circle
- The Realm of Shadows
- The Resurrected 1: Grace Under Pressure
- The Resurrected 2: Of Keys & Gates
- The Resurrected 3: Out of the Vault
- Final Flight
- The Mysteries of Mesoamerica
Collecting Delta Green RPG Products
If you’re serious about Pagan Publishing collectible RPG products, then Delta Green and its supplements are a no-brainer. Their value continues to increase thanks to the limited press run given to each of these items.
Delta Green products include:
- Delta Green (1997) – Delta Green won the Origins Award for Best Roleplaying Supplement. It’s also the highest rated sourcebook of any kind on RPG.net. You can expect to pay at least $100 for a used copy of Delta Green, unless you get really lucky.
- Delta Green: Countdown (1999) – Countdown also won the Origins Award for Best Roleplaying Supplement. Delta Green: Countdown is harder to find than the original Delta Green, and you can expect to pay $200 or more for it.
- Delta Green Eyes Only Volume 1: Machinations of the Mi-go – This is part of a series of “Eyes Only” chapbooks for Delta Green. All of the books in the Eyes Only series are worth between $75 and $100 in good condition, maybe more.
- Delta Green Eyes Only Volume 2: The Fate
- Delta Green Eyes Only Volume 3: Project Rainbow
- “See No Evil” – This Delta Green adventure is was published inissues #16 and #17 of The Unspeakable Oath magazine.
- Delta Green (2007) – A version of the original sourcebook that includes stats for both the D20 and Basic Role-Playing System. This newer edition is not as collectible as the original, but it still fetches $75 in excellent condition.
- Delta Green: Eyes Only (2007) – The individual Eyes Only releases are collected into one publication and supplemented with additional material. This is not nearly as collectible as the original releases, and you should be able to find a copy for between $30 and $40.
- Delta Green: Eyes Only (Limited Edition) – This hard-to-find, hardcover version of the Eyes Only release will cost between $100 and $250 depending on what condition the copy is in. Only 1000 copies were released by the publisher.
- Delta Green – Targets of Opportunity (Limited Edition) is the most recent Delta Green release from Pagan Publishing.
Other Collectible Pagan Publishing Products
Delta Green Fiction
The Delta Green novels and short story collections from Pagan Publishing are usually easy enough to find for between $15 and $20 a copy. Delta Green: The Rules of Engagement won an Origins Award for Best Game-Related Novel.
The Hills Rise Wild
The Hills Rise Wild boardgame also warrants a look, as it pits groups of crazed hillbillies against one another in a race to claim the Necronomicon. I was able to find a copy of the game for just $30 at Noble Knight.
Back issues of The Unspeakable Oath magazine are also collectible, especially the early issues. You can expect to pay over $100 for any of the first three issues, and issue 4 through 7 sell for around $50. Later issues are less rare and more affordable.