Punk's Been Dead Since '79
Eff this town, man.
You've got a 20 minute drive to the nearest mall. The nearest city with more than 10,000 people is an hour's drive away. There are 5 other punks in town and none of you really get along. But you have to complain to someone about the normals, so you still hang out with each other. Everything about this town sucks, except that every other month or so, there's a punk show.
Those shows are what keep you going. They let you survive in this flat, unforgiving, inoffensively boring town. They're the lifeblood of anyone who doesn't fit the perfect little mold that this town tries to force everyone into.
Punk's Been Dead Since '79 is a roleplaying game about growing up in the darkest heart of the American Midwest.
Players are punks in the 1990s and early 2000s. Their life revolves around going to Shows and living the Scene. The game is about finding your place in a world that hates anything different, finding an identity in a society that craves conformity, and finding yourself in a subculture that can’t make up its mind about what it wants to be.
It’s about small towns full of religious extremists, violent rednecks, and equally violent punks. It’s about going to the American Legion Hall every other month in hopes of seeing Public Urine Nation play a set. It’s about making friends who understand your struggles. It’s about all these things and more.
System: Powered by the Apocalypse
Mechanic: GM & Dice
Number of Players: 3 - 5
Genre: Modern, 1990s - 2000s
Tone: Serious, Dark
Themes: Fitting In, Individuality, Expression, Anger