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Back to the Past? Inspirational Material For Unmasked - Monte Cook Games
The 1980s are very “hot” right now. We have a new season of Stranger Things, new sequels for Blade Runner and Star Wars, and a new incarnation of Stephen King’s IT. Even if the ’80s are before your time, the influence of that decade is everywhere. The music, TV, movies, clothing, and political conflicts of that decade shaped the world we live in now, the seeds planted there sprouting and blooming into modern pop music, “retro” aesthetics, countless TV and movie reboots and re-imaginings, and even wars “won” and “lost” that still simmer and affect modern ideology and discourse. The upcoming Unmasked setting for the Cypher System is a teenage supernatural horror set in 1986. Think kids on bikes, small town mysteries, D&D in the basement, and high school horrors. (You download a free preview of Unmasked now, to get an even better idea of what it’s all about). To get in the mood to play Unmasked, immerse yourself in these inspirational watching, listening, and reading materials from the mind of the creator, Dennis Detwiller. (This list also appears in Unmasked, which is on pre-order now!) Movies Back to the Future Better Off Dead The Breakfast Club E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial Fast Times at Ridgemont High Ferris Bueller’s Day Off Fright Night The Goonies Gremlins Heathers Hiding Out The Legend of Billie Jean The Lost Boys Lucas The Monster Squad My Science Project Night of the Comet Night of the Creeps A Nightmare on Elm Street One Crazy Summer Pretty in Pink Repo Man Risky Business Say Anything Sixteen Candles Some Kind of Wonderful Weird Science Television Freaks and Geeks Stranger Things Music Appetite for Destruction, Guns N’ Roses Back in Black, AC/DC Born in the U.S.A., Bruce Springsteen Brothers in Arms, Dire Straits Closer, Joy Division Disintegration, The Cure Doolittle, Pixies Eliminator, ZZ Top Hysteria, Def Leppard Isn’t Anything, My Bloody Valentine The Joshua Tree, U2 Let It Be, The Replacements Licensed to Ill, Beastie Boys Master of Puppets, Metallica Moving Pictures, Rush Murmur, R.E.M. Nothing’s Shocking, Jane’s Addiction Purple Rain, Prince and the Revolution The Queen Is Dead, The Smiths Remain in Light, Talking Heads Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps), David Bowie David Bowie has been a major inspiration for many of us at Monte Cook Games, and for many of our works. After Bowie’s passing, Monte reflected on how Bowie influenced him as a creator. Skylarking, XTC Slippery When Wet, Bon Jovi Spirit of Eden, Talk Talk Synchronicity, The Police Treasure, Cocteau Twins Zen Arcade, Hüsker Dü You can also read Day One, an Unmasked short story by designer Dennis Detwiller. Unmasked will be available in stores in just a few weeks, and it’s available for preorder now, along with a free PDF preview!
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