Discussion in 'The Pub' started by MrSteve, Jun 11, 2019.
That's the main reason we liked it. D&D was a bit too arbitrary.
TGTO (Thank God THAT's Over)
Hell, I still have a papier mache bust of a zombie knight I made in art class...and some D&D dice.
I realized later that Call of Cthulhu was a good idea, but would have eventually been a disaster. It would have been hard to create a Lovecraftian athmosphere. Also, most people don't realize that Cthulhu was really a Maguffin for Lovecraft. He never really fleshed it out, anything along those lines was done by August Derleth after Lovecraft died and I didn't particularly care for some of his (Derleth's) ideas.
Top Secret has that issue, so I recall concocting all sorts of end-runs around lopsided traits -- like an extra roll, or reversing which die was the high number. Haha!
When we started playing Marvel Superheroes RPG, we just picked the stats and powers and power levels we wanted, without rolling dice, at all.
It did seem like a game that, in practice, might have required a genuinely theatrical level of involvement.
Search function isn't working for me for some reason, but I don't think anyone has mentioned The Breakfast Club specifically. Someone did mention John Hughes films generally, but this particular movie left its mark for me and my friends in high school.
I rewatched that a couple of years ago, and realized how melodramatic it is. In a way, that suits the idea that it's told from the perspective of the teenagers.
As has been mentioned, the cold war/nuclear war threat was a prominent theme through the 80s. I had a social studies teacher in junior high who reminded us weekly of that. He constantly told us that the US was preparing for war against Russia and it usually took five years for this process and we would all be drafted and involved in a nuclear war. We were of course right around 13 so it was a little disconcerting to constantly hear this.
Otherwise the 80s were ok.
This song just came on at work as I was catching up on this thread.
On games I am currently loving Contest of Champions on my IPhone.
Was Champions the start of that.
Champions was a non-comic book company affiliated paper and pencil, superhero based role playing game.
It started with this box:
Ahhh gotcha. I remember seeing that one.
As a true fan of Lovecraft since I was 13 and fell deep into his thrall I would have loved a good RP in that style.
I am reading some Brian Lumley stuff right now that really does a great job of capturing the vibe.
Lumley is another big favorite. The Necroscope stuff is a series I have read through too many times to keep track.
I graduated in 1989 so the bulk of my teen years were in the 80s. Great time to be a teen! Great music and unique clothing styles. Say what you want about that era but it definitely has it's own thing going on and I loved it! That era still influences a lot of what I do musically.
I loved the clothes in the 80s. Soft lines and pastels.
I'd drifted away from it by the time the Marvel game came out. But I had taken things to the next level; I spent 5 years as a Civil War reenactor starting in 1987.
I can't stop now!