I mean for more than the over-the-top fashion and New Wave/Post-punk music. From a gamer's point of view, 80's media was chock full of inspiration. I was introduced to D&D in 1981, and I quickly discovered the other TSR boxed games shortly thereafter; most notably, Top Secret and Gamma World. These two games were perfect for the 80's: the Cold War saw to it that there was a plethora of media involving espionage and visions of post-apocalyptic futures. (Check out skankgame.com's "Cinema" section for a great run-down of some of the best - and worst - post-apocalyptic TV shows and movies.)
Sadly, although I indulged in a good number of Top Secret games, I never managed to pull off a Gamma World game back in the day. It wasn't until the mid-90's (early 2000's?) that I was able to get a Gamma World campaign off the ground. Whatever the reason, it didn't prevent me from spending a lot of quality time with the boxed set, or coming up with all kinds material for the game. (Or from wasting far too much time drooling over RAFM's Dragon magazine ad for their awesome post-apocalyptic miniatures. Anybody know how I can get my hands on "Pongo Gutbag on Litter of Doom"?? Or "Pinky the Eunuch"? I wish I'd picked them up when I had the chance. /sigh)
Anyway, in honor of one of my favorite games (reflecting one of my favorite movie/TV genres), here's a character sheet for first-edition Gamma World:
(If you'd like a version without the yellow background, you'll find one here.)
In the spirit of the genre, here are a few of my favorite lines from post-apocalyptic movies/TV shows:
"Daddy would have gotten us Uzis."
"Get a new president."
"That there is Cundalini... and Cundalini wants his hand back."
"Ariel! Ookla! Ride!"
"This was our first encounter with disco mutants. I was sure it wouldn't be our last."
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