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This month Dennis Detwiller released as a new scenario for Delta Green, The Last Equation. I won’t spoil it by revealing details (a review has been posted at Reviews from R’lyeh), but couldn’t resist making a few comments.

The Agents’ primary conspiracy contacts ask several strange questions before informing them of the assignment: things like “Do you have any experience in theoretical mathematics?” and “On a scale of 1 to 10, how well would you say you understand physics?”

Any Agent who has any skill above base in Mathematics or Physics (that Delta Green knows of) is told that the case is not for them, and then the contact hangs up. The conspiracy is looking for people to identify and contain the
meme, not spread it.

Unfortunately, my own Math and Physics skills are both well above base, so reading the PDF has apparently left me infected (thanks, Dennis!), and I’ve been scribbling notes that might be sprinkled around for flavor or prop material for any interested, which I thought I’d share before the trap of the Laqueus closes around me completely.

Sixteen-digit numbers are the core, and the principal is 9920229989212333:

Equation 1: Number
Equation 1: The Number

Though not occurring in the text itself, an interim number has cropped up in my own doodlings, also of the requisite number of digits:

Equation 2: Residue
Equation 2: Residue

Their difference yields,

Equation 3: Number
Equation 3: Date Seed
Equation 3: Date Seed

Curiously, dividing that by 10^9, yields a number that can be interpreted as a Julian date. And if you apply this algorithm to the number,

Date algorithm
Date algorithm
Date algorithm
Date algorithm
Date algorithm
Date algorithm

you’ll find it yields this date:

N-R
N-R
Result of date algorithm on N-R

This significance of 10/12/2010, 2:28:13 PM is explained on pages 1–2 of the PDF. Another number that turned up for me was

Equation 5: Residue 2
Equation 5: Residue

Taking the difference between R and R2 as a new D and reapplying the algorithm above yields another date:

R-R2
R-R2
Result of date algorithm taking R-R2 for D

The importance of this is explained on page 15 of The Last Equation. The third number of sixteen digits that turned up for me, outside of the PDF, is

Equation 6: Residue 3
Equation 6: Residue

Again, taking the difference of R2 and R3 as a new D and applying the algorithm yields a date:

R2-R3
R2-R3
Result of date algorithm taking R2-R3 for D

For the significance, see pages 12–13. Relating to something else in the passage on p. 13, bringing the key number N back into play,

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