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The Delta Green Toolkit, version 1.1

Categories: Items of Mutual Interest

By Gil Trevizo, (c) 2001

The following is a list of items that a Delta Green agent might find useful during a Night at the Opera. The list does not include weapons or explosives, though some of these items can be used as such. The list has been created based on posts from the Delta Green Mailing List.

There are four forms of toolkits: plainsclothes, tactical, gym bag, and car trunk.

The plainsclothes toolkit is small enough to be carried concealed on the belt and in the pockets of your average government agent dressed in professional business attire.

The tactical toolkit can be carried on an assault vest, large purse, and/or in the many pockets of an agent dressed in SWAT/military BDU-style attire.

The gym bag toolkit includes larger items that can fit in a duffel-sized bag or backpack.

The car trunk toolkit has all the heavy and bulky tools that can fit in a waterproof Rubbermaid box, itself sized to fit in the rear of the trunk of a four-door American sedan (behind enough items to conceal it during a cursory search).

The equipment listed for a particular toolkit may not all fit in that toolkit, but each individual piece of equipment should be able to. It is ultimately up to the Keeper to look over the equipment and where it is distributed and decide if it is all kosher.

 

Acid
(gym bag, car trunk)
Ever seen La Femme Nikita? A few liter bottles can make many problematic items (files, hard drives, bodies) go away. Acid can also be useful for cutting through locks.

Cable Ties
(plainsclothes, tactical, gym bag, car trunk)
Besides being used to tie cable, these can also attach various stuff to other various things, and make excellent restraints when there are too many cultists and not enough handcuffs.

Cellphone
(plainsclothes, tactical, gym bag, car trunk)
Though not really a cellphone, Globalstar or Iridium phones offer the agent almost unlimited coverage worldwide. Even though neither these nor digital cellphones should be used for secure communications, easily-hacked analog phones should still be avoided like the plague. If possible, the phone should be WAP-enabled for using a microbrowser to browse (at least some) of the WWW and download email. The phones used with Globalstar are good for data transmissions at around 9600bps, which means downloading The Lord of The Rings trailer is out of the question but getting off an emergency message using a book cipher should be okay. The phone must have the vibration option, as it’s never good to be sneaking up on cultists when your mother calls to bug you about not having a girlfriend.

Chainsaw
(car trunk)
Good for both for combat and evidence disposal, it also makes a decent tool for an instant autopsy that isn’t particular about forensics.

Chemical Lightsticks
(plainsclothes, tactical, gym bag, car trunk)
Though they don’t last as long or give off as much illumination as flashlights, lightsticks can be used at just about any depth underwater and are still useful as field-expedient lighting. They can also be used as flares.

Digital Audio Recorder
(plainsclothes, tactical, gym bag, car trunk)
A palm-sized recorder is useful for recording observations, conversations (covertly or otherwise), and as an ad-hoc “bug”.

Digital Camera
(tactical, gym bag, car trunk)
These cameras now come in a wide variety of sizes and features, but the best choice would probably be a medium-sized camera with a powerful zoom lens. A directional mike would also prove useful, as would some night-vision capability. A PCMIA adapter is a must to hook the camera up to your notebook computer.

Duct Tape and Super-Glue
(plainsclothes, tactical, gym bag, car trunk)
So many uses, so little space.

Emergency Oxygen Tank and Mask
(tactical, gym bag, car trunk)
Saw one these in The Perfect Storm. It’s a small oxygen tank with a built-in mask that can be strapped to the ankle and used in an emergency. There are several situations where a DG agent might find themselves suddenly in need of their own personal air supply, and this can provide one in a pinch.

Entrenching Tool
(tactical, gym bag, car trunk)
Otherwise known as a shovel, this is the kind that folds up into a handy package. Always useful when there are bodies to be buried. Often, the edges are serrated to be used as a saw. Spetsnatz also teaches its soldiers the fine art of killing people using a sharpened entrenching tool as an axe.

Evidence Kit
(tactical, gym bag, car trunk)
A good kit will include latex gloves, a laser pointer, large and small ziploc plastic and paper bags (plastic can degrade certain evidence), large and small envelopes, metal cans, marker (to label bags and envelopes), specimen containers (styrofoam cups and seals), cotton swabs, glass slides, write-on tape, a folded cardboard box (to place weapons), plastic ruler, handyman knife, and fingerprint brush and dust.

First Aid Kit
(tactical, gym bag, car trunk)
This is a small basic first aid kit, including band-aids, adhesive tape, gauze bandages and pads, a triangular bandage, tweezers, scissors, burn cream, anti-venom, a CPR mask, latex gloves, medicinal alcohol, eye drops, iodine, and some aspirin.

Fire Extinguisher
(tactical, gym bag, car trunk)
Of great utility when dealing with auto accidents, picking up after getting rid of evidence the Zippo way, and making fire vampires your bitch. Can also be used as a club. There are some extinguishers small enough to fit on a tactical vest, but the usual kind would require a gym bag or more.

GPS Handheld Reciever
(plainsclothes, tactical, gym bag, car trunk)
The Global Positioning System can provide latitude and longtitude at any place on Earth. The handheld recievers are not the most precise, but are good enough for most purposes, accurate to about 25 meters. Military GPS systems are much more accurate. There are some recievers that can be used through a PDA or notebook computer, which combines two useful tools in one for the DG agent.

Geiger Meter
(plainsclothes, tactical, gym bag, car trunk)
There are several Mythos creatures that bear radioactive signatures and there may even be some relationship between Mythotic domains and levels of radioactivity… or perhaps not.

Go-Bar
(tactical, gym bag, car trunk)
An oversize pry-bar used by SWAT teams and special ops to open doors. About 4-feet long and sometimes made of titanium, they are capable of prying open steel fire doors.

HAZMAT Suit
(gym bag, car trunk)
The thick, heavy protective suits worn in the most dangerous environments is a little more than is necessary for most DG operations. A lightweight and non-pressurized suit is a better choice. With an oxygen tank, a character will be able to operate for 40-60 minutes in a completely sealed HAZMAT suit, though for most a properly-filtered gas mask alone will suffice. While a full HAZMAT suit might prove too bulky for most agents to carry on operations, a pair of HAZMAT protective gloves would still be a good choice to bring along, as it is always good to something more resilient than latex gloves when you’re investigating things that should not be.

Lockpicking Tools
(plainsclothes, tactical, gym bag, car trunk)
The classic set of picks still works for most locks, but the gun-style picks are quicker. A card-version that hooks up to a PDA and break locks that use swipe-cards can also prove useful.

Magnifying Maplight
(plainsclothes, tactical, gym bag, car trunk)
For reading those maps or tomes when the lights go out, and also for checking out the details of circuitry and such.

Mini-Flares
(plainsclothes, tactical, gym bag, car trunk)
Useful for both illumination and rescue efforts. Flashlights can be dropped during combat and be useless, but flares can be dropped and still illuminate a large field. Those with the pull-string ignition can also be rigged with a can of gasoline to create an ad-hoc incendiary mine.

Multi-Band Scanning Reciever
(gym bag, car trunk)
Besides radio and television bands, a radio that can also scan police and military bands would prove most useful. There are some very recent backpack models that are capable of VHF military bands, UHF public safety bands, and SATCOM satellite burst transmissions, with all communications digitally-encrypted.

Multi-Purpose Tool
(plainsclothes, tactical, gym bag, car trunk)
Useful for a variety of different functions, these kind of tools often incorporate blades, drivers, pliers, wirecutters, and other tools all in one handy package. Such a tool can often be enough to fufill any equipment requirements to make a Mechanical or Electrical Repair roll. A good choice would be a custom-designed Gerber Multi-Plier in a belt case with a pouch for a pocket flashlight.

Night-Vision Optics
(tactical, gym bag, car trunk)
A face-view design with a hands-free setup mounted over the head through straps or attachment to a Kevlar helmet is essential. A night-vision scope is also a good idea to have in some situations, especially with weapons like the new M4 carbine and M16A3/A4 rifle that have guide rails for quick and easy fixing of optics. Some night-vision equipment use infrared (IR) beams as a target designator, and acts like a laser sight. A portable IR lamp is also useful as even the best image intensifiers won’t work well under certain conditions. IR lamps shouldn’t be used when expecting resistance from those similarly equipped, as the lamp will shine like a beacon to those equipped with night-vision gear. Recently, thermal imaging technology has become advanced enough to be as portable as image intensifiers, and does not require an IR lamp. However, thermal imagers could prove dangerous for DG agents due to a lack of heat signatures for certain Mythos creatures. Other features for night-vision gear include flash protection and dual-depth technology that allows undersea use.

Notebook Computer
(tactical, gym bag, car trunk)
A notebook computer can be essential to DG communications. It can also be useful for running detailed CD-ROM maps, photographic analysis (especially with a digital camera), the usual practice of writing reports, and just about anything capable of being done with a desktop computer. Full internet access is now available through connections available in many hotels and motels. While wireless modems can be used for remote access, this only works in areas that provide such service, which still doesn’t cover much of the continental United States, much less the world.

Oven Spray
(plainclothes, tactical, gym bag, car trunk)
The spray breaks up grease, so it is useful for removing fingerprints.

PCP
(plainclothes, tactical, gym bag, car trunk)
Otherwise known as phenycyclidine, a vial can be dropped on suspects to justify an arrest or shooting, especially those suspects who require two dozen .44 Magnum slugs to the head to take down.

Personal Digital Assistant
(plainsclothes, tactical, gym bag, car trunk)
Besides the usual jobs of taking notes for reports, a PDA can also serve the well-equipped DG agent with accessories like a compact flash port for a GPS receiver (not as precise as a handheld GPS machine), a wireless modem for email and web browsing(service only in major metropolitan areas), and even a low-quality digital camera for instant photos of suspects and evidence. You can also play games to stay awake during long stakeouts or red-eye flights to Arkham.

Plastic 1-Gallon Cans
(gym bag, car trunk)
A few cans filled with water are good for survival purposes, and some filled with gasoline are good for getting a few miles out of vehicles in remote areas as well as unusual purposes like destroying evidence or nests of incarnate evil, or as an innovative method of interrogation.

Pocket Flashlight
(plainsclothes, tactical, gym bag, car trunk)
A small flashlight is always useful, even if just as backup for a large Mag-Lite. A good choice would be a high-powered Surefire light that can be mounted on the agent’s pistol for tactical use and is sealed for underwater conditions at shallow depth. As with all flashlights, these should come with red filters to preserve night vision.

Pocketknife
(plainsclothes, tactical, gym bag, car trunk)
A good choice would be the Spyderco Police Model with a 4-inch serrated blade and one-handed opening for cutting out of seatbelts when the car is on fire again.

Rappelling Gear
(tactical, gym bag, car trunk)
50-100 feet of nylon rappelling rope with a climbing harness, carabiners, pitons, a pulley, and a grapple, and never again need you fear a Climb roll. It’s also good for when you want to play SAS at the Embassy and come charging through the window guns-a-blazing.

Smoke Grenades
(plainsclothes, tactical, gym bag, car trunk)
Along with mini-flares, these can be used to mark out a landing zone, as well as provide concealment for an escape or disruption for an assault.

Snakelight
(tactical, gym bag, car trunk)
Though not as durable as a Mag-Lite or as handy as a pocket light, a Snakelight can be folded over a seat to shine down on a passenger seat (equipment\scanners or maps), wrapped around your neck to illuminate what you are working on, or just coiled to stand on it’s own to light up the job at hand.

Spray Paint
(plainsclothes, tactical, gym bag, car trunk)
Most useful for marking up evidence scenes or for leaving a trail to backtrack, and can also be used to differentiate between the nice trees and the ones that move and have mouths with big pointy teeth.

Tactical Radios
(tactical, gym bag, car trunk)
Modern “walkie-talkie” radios usually work two-way, have a range of 2-5 miles, and are now small and light enough to fit comfortably in the average jacket pocket. Digital encryption, frequency hopping, and whisper operation are also possible with some high-end models. Many of these radios can be fitted with a hands-free setup, and some can be clipped to a belt and used with an earplug reciever and wristband mic for plainsclothes communications.

Toolkit
(gym bag, car trunk)
This is the usual kind, with tools useful for Mechanical or Electrical Repair, and Electronics rolls as well as paraphenalia for an innovative session of interrogation. Such kits can often vary greatly in size, and some are small enough to fit in plainsclothes or tactical packages. The most common though fit into a plastic or metal two-tray kit, and include screwdrivers (an electrical driver with a set of heads is good), nails, nuts and bolts, cables and wires, a hammer, chisel, electrical tape, G-clamps, wire cutter and stripper, cable stripper, folding hex and torx key set for the screwdriver, pocket multimeter, needle-nose vise grips, telecomm scissors, and a set of jumper cables.

Trauma Bag
(car trunk)
This is a much larger cousin to the first aid kit, similar to the equipment used by ambulance personnel. It would fit inside a large gym bag, and would include gloves, CPR mask, airway tubes, emergency blanket (for shock victims), stethoscope, EMT shears, blood-pressure cuff, penlight, cold packs, gauze pads and bandages, dressings, tape, burn sheet, burn dressings, syringe, glucose, ammonia, nitroglycerin tablets, saline solution, thermometer, tourniquet tubing, splints, oxygen tank with masks, water, cervical collars, KED (flexible backboard-style device used to extract patients from automobiles), and a backboard. If you add in some sutures, scalpels, anaethesia equipment, a heart monitor, and maybe another bag full of surgical equipment, you might have enough to perform Surgery rolls at MASH-level performance.

Wet-Naps
(plainsclothes, tactical, gym bag, car trunk)
You can never be too clean…

Zippo Lighter
(plainsclothes, tactical, gym bag, car trunk)
From torching villages in exotic far-off lands to lighting a Lucky Strike to cut the edge off of having to put down your best friend after he went native to dropping one in a pool of gasoline dripping out of a wrecked car with a bunch of Bronsons trapped inside, this has been in the suit pocket of every Cowboy since way back. Get one, even if you don’t smoke, because you will start. Soon.
Shane Ivey runs Arc Dream Publishing and is the lead editor of the newest Delta Green projects.

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