Hi helpful people.
Basically the outline I was working on is that there are four known copies of the play The King in Yellow. I know it's cliche these days but my group has never done anything related to this!
The fear by DG is that it the play's very print existence is a threat to humanity. I wanted to take advantage of using the Delta Green Countdown Hastur Mythos section, slowly weaving in some of John Tynes ideas as they globe trot to capture copies of the book and then sort seeing and experience strange dreams and visions. Also sprinkle in some of the weird encounters from "Night Floors" maybe.
Anyway, book leads the Agents get:
1. NYC. Last known to be a copy at a certain real life Rare Books store. But they eventually learn it was bought by a member of Club Apocalypse. The Green Door to Carcosa is here so maybe this has to happen last.
2. Messina, South Africa. Copy owned by Afrikaner occult researcher and former border war colonel. Need bush pilot to reach his remote farm. Likely a combat scene.
3. Kowloon Walled City, Hong Kong. Alleged cult has inside the temple that is built within the world's densest urban maze. Need a good twist beyond the unique locale. Do have a great set of clues and pictures from when the Walled City still existed. Possible stealth or combat scene.
4. Miskatonic University, Arkham Mass. Part of the antique book collection. Basically I threw this in here as more of a gimmie and chance for them to visit New England relatives/sources of stability/etc. Plus I have a map of the library I haven't used before.
The game setting is January - March? 1993 but I'd use the new DG rules because I like them better. I set it in 1993 also because that's when the Walled City was set for demolition, so there could be some race against time before that lead is destroyed. Also it was a year of great tension in South Africa, with the assassination of Chris Hani and the creation of an interim constitution. New York City was more grimy and the world trade center bombing happened then too.
I don't mind a certain amount of railroading -- maybe their source finds out about leads on books in a certain order or maybe they get them all at once and it's open MoN style.
One place I'm really struggling is I had a finale thought about learning that their cell contact plans on simply destroying the books while someone else mysterious approaches them about the need to study the play. But is there a better ethical dilemma? That doesn't feel very interesting to me. Or if the finale is the Countdown section on rescuing someone from Carcosa itself?