Remember that evening on the pier? Two ships coming in loaded with inhuman monsters? Cargo containers shaking like unstable bombs… the full moon glaring down with cold light in the frozen night? Steel rending with a metallic scream?
That was a shotgun scenario…
A shotgun scenario is a short plan for a DG simulation. Originally, the Man in Black pictured them as "ultra-condensed descriptions of possible adventures, plot-hooks, themes, or sub plots", essentially inspirational set-pieces and plug-ins rather than RPG adventure scenarios.
Shotgun scenarios are written mostly in an annual year-end contest on the DGML, where the rules state they must be 1500 words or less. No submissions are anywhere near as short as the Man in Black's original examples, so in effect, the connotation has changed from "ultra-condensed" to just short.
The poll to decide on a winner received 42 votes.
- Schrodinger's Dilemma by Jonny X. A message, possibly from the future, says a man must be killed in Washington D.C. First place. 4500 words.
- Last Things Last by Bret Kramer. Cleanup after a deceased old-timer in the group. Equal second. 1500 words.
- Double Dog Dare by Jeff Campbell. A nasty time loop around a Green Box. Equal second. 1700 words.
- A Future So Bright... by Janusz A. Urbanowicz. Spy work with the White House entourage to the G8 talks at Vienna. 1500 words.
- Operation SPRING CLEANING by Robert Lint. Unexpected signs of a life from a broken cell. 1400 words.
- Borderline by J. Edward Tremlett. The chupacabra kills in Texas. 1500 words.
The Colour and the Shape by Rob K was submitted after the deadline and was therefore not eligible for voting. In it, USDA inspectors act strangely following deaths among cattle. 4600 words.
The poll to decide on a winner received 21 votes. The contest administrator wrote that The Tales Dead Men Tell "is 900 words over the word count, so that entry will not win unless it has more than double the votes of its nearest competitor".
- Whereabouts Unknown by Bret Kramer. An "exemplary" friendly has gone missing. First place. 1500 words.
- Hazardous Materials by the Man in Black. Someone with access to the group's email server wants stolen chemicals. Second place. 1800 words.
- Echoes by Ross Payton. The agents responsible for stopping a killer discover their memories are compromised. Third place. 3000 words.
- Winter Comes Early by Evil Brennan. A sloppily inducted Friendly talks too much. 1500 words.
- The Tales Dead Men Tell by Evil Brennan. A bizarre biohazard at a Mexican school. 2400 words.
- Grey Goose by Michael Daumen. A hound must be put down in a simulated terrorist attack on a nuclear power plant. 1500 words.
- Something for Christmas by Simon RJB. A friendly clears out a Green Box in New York. 1500 words.
- The Resurrection of Commodore Cook by the Man in Black. Reflections on EMERALD HAMMER; not fleshed out or independent. 400 words.
- Operation SPRING GOOSE by Robert Lint. A remake of Operation SPRING CLEANING from the previous year. 1400 words.
The poll to decide on a winner received 42 votes.
- Metamorphosis by Graham Kinniburgh. An encounter with another team's op that has gone terribly wrong. First place.
- U.X.O. by Bret Kramer. Investigation of an alleged UFO crash by Saucerwatch and Delta Green. Second place.
- Wormwood by James Haughton and Arseny Kuznetsov. A mission to purchase and destroy Mythos documents from the Russian mob leads to unexpected complications. Third place.
- Going Under by Simon RJB. Pursuing an anarchist cult leads to a showdown in Disneyland.
- Through the Darkness of Futures Past by Simon RJB. Mopping up the remnants of an Alaskan cult brings forth dangers from a future age.
- Tides of Doom by Ross Payton. Terrorists seeking to use Mythos sorcery must be stopped.
- Whichever She Was by Viktor Eikman. A suspect disappears mysteriously from a police station.
The poll to decide on a winner received 41 votes.
- The Evidence Locker by weirmonken06. A quest to have Delta Green legitimized once more has dire consequences. First place.
- Psych Eval by James Haughton. The responsibilities of an Agent's day job come to haunt. Second place.
- Damaged by Graham Kinniburgh. A DG Friendly with psychic abilities is becoming a danger to those around her. Equal third.
- Good Intentions by Bret Kramer. A do-gooder threatens the conspiracy and must be dealt with. Equal third.
- Abduction by Brian Ridge. A flashback single-player scenario for a uniquely talented PC.
- A Cult On The Couch by Marty Caplan. An expert on cults treads into Delta Green territory.
- Burn Before Reading by Ross Payton. A former Friendly is being blackmailed by an unknown party.
- Target Verification by Chad Bowser. The agents are tasked by A Cell to eliminate a compromised DG member.
2008 was the year the Large Hadron Collider was switched on. A scenario was written in honour of the potentially universe-destroying occasion:
- Operation Schwarzchild by James Haughton. A self-aware spawn of Azathoth materialises inside the LHC.
To commemorate Halloween 2008, list member Jon Nyx suggested a scenario writing contest with a theme of the Naica Mine Crystals. There was one entry:
- Bad Time to Die by James Haughton. Brujos, K'n-Yan and serial killers on the US-Mexico border.
The poll to decide on a winner received 36 votes.
- Unfriendly by Bret Kramer. A Friendly is in severe distress. First place.
- The 23 Faces of Lizard McFadden by Davide Mana. A rogue agent is making waves. Equal second.
- Presenting The Lizard King, in Yellow Fever by James Haughton. A surreal story/play/scenario. Equal second.
- Unit 23 by Kinny Graham. An illegal auction of stolen artworks is rudely interrupted by the owners. Equal second.
- Black Welts by Viktor Eikman. A mysterious plague in West Virginia attracts Delta Green's attention.
- The Lizard Who Would Be King by JonasA.
- Memorial Rules Suckup (external link) by Marshall Gatten. An archaeologist is missing.
- No More Lizard Kings by Viktor Eikman. Z Cell is MIA after two weeks on the trail of a serial killer.
In honor of Mark McFadden, a legendary member of the Delta Green community whose death had recently been confirmed on the DGML, Adam Crossingham wrote in the announcement for this year's contest:
1. Name dropping "McFadden" or the "Lizard King" gains entry 1 aditional vote.
2. Plots riffing cult movies gain 2 additional votes. (If you are riffing, please state how and which movies you are riffing in a second e-mail if you want to be sure to score the votes.)
3. Plots using Tcho-Fu gain entry 3 additional votes.
4. Use of “23” as a plot device and/or the surreal use of coincidences as plot gains entry 4 additional votes.
5. Plots credibly using Serpent People gain 10 additional votes. No just making the bad guy a Serpent Man! If the bad guy is a Serpent Man, the plot should reflect this as well.
6. If an entry meets LKM rules 1-5, they will score 23 additional votes instead of 20.
7. My decision on an entry’s eligibility for extra votes is final.
The contest for 2010 was actually held in early 2011. The poll to decide on a winner received 36 votes.
- Let's Learn Aklo by James Haughton. Multiple deaths at a community centre exist in a loop. First place. 2400 words (plus 400 words for stats).
- Special Agent by Bret Kramer. A Delta Green cell is debriefed by a man the agents are later ordered to track down. Second place. 1500 words.
- God Wills It Thus by David M Jacobs. Evelyn Waugh's black magic in Northern Ireland. Third place. 1500 words (plus 500 words for stats and references).
- Drifting by Viktor Eikman. The Drifting Classroom (1972) plugged into Delta Green. 1300 words.
- Fimbulvinter by Simon Brake. Ithaqua extends its reach through rock 'n' roll. 1500 words.
- Integratron by Jason Graham. FBI agents investigate a power surge in California. 1500 words.
- Train 198 to Churchill, Manitoba by Viktor Eikman. An M-EPIC scenario tying into Dead Letter (Delta Green: Countdown). 1400 words.
The contest for 2011 was held in March and April of 2012. It was announced by list member David March without support from the makers of DG, as there had been no official contest for 2011. The poll to decide on a winner received a record 49 votes.
- Agent Purple's Green Box Blues by James Haughton. A Delta Green agent fakes Mythos activity in order to avoid confronting Mythos activity. First place. 1200 words.
- Dawn of the Lambs by Davide Ferrari. A former agent must be silenced before he reveals the conspiracy. 600 words.
- Dreams of a Memory by Ross Payton. An article is flagged as dangerous for a reason the conspiracy no longer understands. Third place. 1100 words.
- A Fork in Project FLIPSIDE by Viktor Eikman. A legitimate experiment in physics, on commission by Project REDLIGHT. 1500 words.
- Hospital of Horror by Chase W. Beck. A mutated Shan causes Alien-style havoc in a hospital. 1700 words.
- The Man in Black by Chris Huth. A sinister figure steals identities in order to replace his own vanished self. Second place. 1200 words.
- A Piece of Jade by David March. A minor occultist is killed by a mail-order item. 1200 words.
- Special Bonus Super Happy Fun April 1st Scenario: A Night at the Opera by James Haughton.
The contest for 2012 began in December and ended in January 2013. It was announced by list member Bret Kramer. Submissions were to be anonymous until the results came in. The theme was ”the Maya”; scenarios making use of Mayan culture would win in the event of a tie in voting. The administrator announced that it was up to the individual voters to (detect and) decide for themselves whether a submission broke the rules. The poll to decide on a winner received 28 votes.
- Holding Cell by Bret Kramer. A single agent is required to interrogate a victim of Ghatanothoa. First place. 1500 words.
- Publish or Perish by Michael Daumen. A scholar changes history by rewriting a Mayan codex. Second place. 1500 words.
- El Camino del Diablo by Chase Beck. Mass murder on the Mexico/U.S. border. Third place. 1900 words (600 more for stats).
- Cohort by Viktor Eikman. PISCES fears an army of puppets. 1400 words (200 more for stats).
- Mother's Brew by David Tormsen. Suggestive patterns in seemingly random deaths lead to Mexico. 1500 words.
- Dream Cruise (Operation ONEIROI) by Owen Guthrie. An apocalyptic Disney cruise. 1500 words (not counting dashes added in formatting by Bret Kramer, or the splitting of Tcho-Tcho into "Tcho Tcho").
The contest for 2013 ran from October to the end of the year. It was announced by list member Viktor Eikman. As in the previous year, submissions were to be anonymous until the results came in. As in 2006, it was announced that entries longer than 1500 words would be permitted but penalized. The poll to decide on a winner received 29 votes.
- Secret Shopper by Ed Possing. The decline of the brick-and-mortar book store is avenged on Black Friday. First place. 1500 words.
- I Hate My Job by Owen Guthrie. A man with a bomb takes a kindergarten class hostage in Seattle. Second place (divided). 1500 words.
- Standard Deviation by Bret Kramer. A meeting with a radio astronomer at a scientific conference. Second place (divided). 1250 words.
- Hoard by Viktor Eikman. Incidents in and around the home of two compulsive hoarders in Pasadena. 1400 words.
- Black Lilith by Mark Brassington. A series of women act out in New York. 1150 words.
- Son of This by Viktor Eikman. MI-13 talent recruiters are caught in the Egyptian revolt of 1919. 450 words.
- Spawn Toss by Viktor Eikman. A hurricane drops something in Florida. 200 words.
The contest for 2014 ran from October to the end of the year. It was announced by list member Ed Possing. As in the previous year, submissions were initially anonymous and entries longer than 1500 words were permitted but penalized. The poll to decide on a winner received 39 votes.
- Polybius by Viktor Eikman. Two children disappear after long hours playing an arcade game in 1981. First place. 1500 words.
- First Hand Accounts by Eric Rodriguez. Agents infiltrate a mythos self-help group. Second place. 1500 words.
- Straight Outta Crompton by Bret Kramer. Agents investigate a paranoid hip-hop artist. Third place. 1500 words.
- Ad Tempus by John Williams. A time traveler goes back in time to kill himself before he can invent time travel. 1050 words.
- The Silent Service by Jaron Bernstein. A U.S. Navy historian uncovers his father's secret past. 1150 words.
- Radio Silence by Kenneth Scroggins. As technology degrades so do the agents. 5100 words.
- Project Paper Tiger by Jarad Obermeyer. A vengeful Japanese spirit yearns to wreak havoc on the world. 1500 words.
- When the Greys Pushed Back by Shannon Mac. Our story begins at the end of the world. 1425 words.
- Special Delivery by Tyler Hudak. A dangerous artifact is in the hands of a disgruntled postal worker. 1500 words.
- Safe House, Dark by Jon Hook. Agents must clear a CIA safe house of incriminating evidence, but an entity in the house has other plans. 2250 words.
- The Franciscan File by Max Muhaffa. Delta Green agents are in a race against Majestic-12 to determine the source of a mysterious sickness. 1375 words.
- Out of Mind..Out of Time... by Burgolf. The Mi-Go control an agent's reality. 1925 words.
- A Tale From The Mukhabarat Basement by Jaron Bernstein. Cosmic horror is released by the study of kabbalistic books. 880 words.
Submissions for the 2015 contest were accepted until the end of the year 2015. Voting began Jan 1st, 2016. The contest was announced by list member Ed Possing. The poll to decide on a winner received 28 votes.
- Die Nachtbrüder by Chris Huth. A dying former agent seeks one last favour from the Group. First place.
- Burner by Ross Payton. Retail workers are caught in the aftermath of a botched op. Second place.
- Remote by Scott Butler. Agents provide drone support for Navy SEALs stalked in enemy territory. Third place (shared).
- Enchanted, I'm Sure by Anthony Lee-Dudley. A dark secret lurks beneath a New Mexico boomtown. Third place (shared).
- 149 by Jared Obermeyer. What's in the box?! Rocks.
- The Xocho Locker by David Tormsen. The King in Yellow infects pop music.
- Vacation In Shades of Gray & Green by Darren Priddy. An Agent's loved one is used as collateral for Great Race extortion.
- No Return Ticket by Jay Dugger. An Agent has been eaten by the monster, but doesn't know it yet.
- The Unclean by Chad Bowser. A Russian spirit targets victims of human trafficking.
- Operation BLIND TIGER by Lex. WW2-era Delta Green raids a Karotechia stronghold, but the enemy knows they're coming.
- There And Back Again by Lex. A missing Friendly has resurfaced after 16 years.
- Withdrawals by Andrew Harshman. A Mythos-influenced Agent must be detoxed and debriefed.
The 2016 Delta Green Shotgun Scenario Contest was announced and administered by Ed Possing. Submissions for the contest were accepted until December 10th. Voting ended December 31st. All submissions remained anonymous until the winner's were announced at contest's end. The poll to decide the winner received 31 votes.
- The Third Man Factor by William Schar. Sympatico former Agent brain canister must protected from the Opposition. First Place.
- Foxed and Hounded by Bret Kramer. Former Fate operative seeks security in exchange for assets of interest, but he's doomed. Equal Second.
- The Button by Will Roy. Electrical prototype causes existential breakdowns. Equal Second.
- Jessica's Bodies by David Tormsen. Love and hyper-geometry shouldn't mix.
- LOOP by Helena. After stopping a ritual successfully, the Agents are caught in a time loop.
- The Sintered Man Cometh by Viktor Eikman. Chinese workers petition the Mythos to cure economic disparity.
- No Good Deed... by Dave. The Karotechia wants their book back, or they'll kill the kids.
- Woodhull's Social Ale House by Jason Woodward. Investigation into Green Box thefts leads to a spook bar.
- Emissary of Madness by Eric Reiner. Clean up after a botched Federal raid on a cult compound.
- Enemy of the Tribes by David Tormsen. Iraq War veterans are marked for death by desert monsters.
- Lights on a Hill by Will Hinds. A missing realtor found with a mouth full of sand leads to a stake-out.
- Christmas Mourning by Will Hinds. Kids contend with unwelcome holiday guests.
- The Inevitable by Kyle Thompson. Mass shooting leads to online apocalypse cult.
- Do Not View by Trung Bui. The source of a Y’gonolac summoning VHS tape must be neutralized.
- Snakes on a Plane by mellonbread. Serpent Men hijack a plane.
- Project Anthropocene by Ethan Cordray. A billionaire is sailing an iceberg to Australia, but there's something Wrong inside.
- Frozen Arrow by Jean-Marc "Tolkraft" CHOSEROT. In 1968, a B-52 bomber with nukes crashes in Greenland near known cult territory.
- Will to Cremate/PROJECT CAVEAT by Christopher Watson. The leadership of a DG shell company is unstable…and infected.
- Treasure Hunt by Tristan Gross. Delta Green stages a heist on a floundered narco-sub.
- Honey Boo! Boo! by Gil Cruz. Black lotus laced honey is pulling Californians into the Dreamlands.
- RED MARKET by Nicholas Brown. Sorceror-priest's preserved organs sold on the black market possess recipients.
- Heurist by Nicholas Brown. Non-euclidian geometries terrorize Nebraska town.
- SELF PRESERVATION by Eric Parsonage. Hallucination causes misunderstanding.
- Me, Myself, and You by Lex. A Friendly with a split personality is building a Tilinghast Resonator under a museum.
- BESTOW by Ross Payton. Art gallery hypercube leads to alternate universes.
- Abort, Retry, Ignore, Fail? by QuickreleasePersonalitY. Agents are burned, but why?
- Case HAMSTER DIAMOND by Moe Lane. Possessed professor kidnaps children's book author for nefarious ends.
- Overshadowed by Eduardo Rojas. A stone heart, an empty Green Box, a street gang turf war, and a sorcerer.
- Operation Prospero by Stuart Fieldhouse. Agents must raid a shady research lab in the Bahamas before a hurricane hits.
Please apply the tag "shotgun_scenario" only to all of the actual, playable scenarios, which are thereby shown here.