Spirit of the Ramones

As a gag I was going to design a short Ramones RPG, in which you’d make characters and then throw them away and shoot heroin. My thought was that you’d define your character with a series of I Wanna/I Don’t Wanna statements in the spirit of many Ramones song. Then I thought those would make fun aspects in Spirit of the Century, so why not just go with that?

So if you want to play a Ramone in Spirit of the Century, it really couldn’t be simpler. Try to make all your aspects sound like they could the names of Ramones songs. If they start with “I Wanna” or “I Don’t Wanna”, so much the better. If you know what you want to do and what you don’t want to do, that’s a good start on defining your character.

Here’s an example using actual Ramones songs.

Dino Ramone (10 Aspects)

Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue
I Just Want to Have Something to Do
Can’t Control Myself
I Don’t Wanna Go Down to the Basement
I Wanna Be Sedated
I Wanna Live
I Don’t Wanna Walk Around with You
I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend
I Won’t Let It Happen
Beat on the Brat

How easy is that? I think it’d be pretty fun finding creative ways to use those aspects. Or make up your own Ramones-style aspects, like “I Wanna Win the Internet” and “I Don’t Wanna Discuss Theory With You”.

All the kids want something to do! All the kids wanna roleplay with you!

1 thought on “Spirit of the Ramones

  1. Great idea Chris, and not just the Ramones, here’s one from the Dead Kennedys supplement:

    Jello Biafra

    Kill the Poor
    Forward to Death
    Let’s Lynch the Landlord
    Drug Me
    I Kill Children
    Stealing People’s Mail
    Ill in the Head
    Viva Las Vegas

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