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Which decade would you choose?

dragoner

Dying in Chargen
Depends on countries, 1940's Czechoslovakia is out, half my Mother's family were killed there or in Austria, being Jewish.

Country I was born in? That ceased to exist in the 90's, Russia became a hellscape afterwards, so no to that also; 70's for that then.

The US? I'll go with the 90's though.
 

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freyar

Extradimensional Explorer
1990s. There were a lot of tremendously exciting developments in my field, and I was a few years too young to see them happen. I'd love to see that live at my current level of training, even if I don't get to keep specific knowledge of developments since then.
 

GreyLord

Hero
2010s [or later, not sure if the future is an option though].

You have all the things from the past decades if you want them. You like 80s music...you can listen to the entire decade's worth if you want to. You like 90's movies...you have the entire decade that you can go back and watch, and thanks to the internet most of the good stuff will be available somehow. You like 2000s RPGs...you can still buy them...even if it's in the used format.

Disregarding the terrible 2020 (and that's more a 2020 decade than a 2010)...it just gets better and better. All the stuff from the previous decades are still around...and you get more to look forward to.
 

Tonguez

A suffusion of yellow
If you had to be trapped in a decade from the 20th century, and live there, which would you choose? You don’t get to use your future knowledge to your advantage; you have to live the decade as it was but you’re your current age (you don’t get to be younger again!)

And - importantly - why?

The 80’s, it was my teen years, but the 80’s was also an era of optimism where humanity still thought that it could keep reaching to an amazing vibrant future. Yes that sometimes lead to the culture of excess but the 80’s was all about rapid growth, technology became available to consumers which saw the rise of the synthesizer, the boom box, hime video and the home PC.
There were still the issues of poverty, famine in africa, gangs, the cold war, Thatcherism/Reaganomics and the nuclear threat, but at the time it looked like those issues could be solved and issues of racism and sexism could be overcome.

It was a great time to be ...
 
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Tonguez

A suffusion of yellow
2010s [or later, not sure if the future is an option though].

You have all the things from the past decades if you want them. You like 80s music...you can listen to the entire decade's worth if you want to. You like 90's movies...you have the entire decade that you can go back and watch, and thanks to the internet most of the good stuff will be available somehow. You like 2000s RPGs...you can still buy them...even if it's in the used format.

Disregarding the terrible 2020 (and that's more a 2020 decade than a 2010)...it just gets better and better. All the stuff from the previous decades are still around...and you get more to look forward to.

Morrus said 20th Century, so I assume 2010 isnt allowed
 



Sacrosanct

Legend
The 80’s, it was my teen years, but the 80’s was also an era of optimism where humanity still thought that it could keep reaching to an amazing vibrant future. Yes that sometimes lead to the culture of excess but the 80’s was all about rapid growth, technology became available to consumers which saw the rise of the synthesizer, the boom box, hime video and the home PC.
There were still the issues of poverty, famine in africa, gangs, the cold war, Thatcherism/Reaganomics and the nuclear threat, but at the time it looked like those issues could be solved and issues of racism and sexism could be overcome.

It was a great time to be ...
Yeah, it's one thing people don't realize unless they lived in the 80s in the US. Justified or not, most Americans were very optimistic. We were highly regarded globally. Pop artists were singing songs about how great the US was. You can disagree with Reagan but you can't deny how the country rallied around him. I recall the bloodbath that was the 84 election vividly. And remember how the it was when the wall came down?

In hindsight, it doesn't make a lot of sense, but in the 80s, the US was top of the world. We certainly aren't that now.

Also, it was a decade when you had that magical moment of pre-computer revolution, and post computer revolution. Where you still road your bikes to friends houses to hang out in basements, but also played Atari, Commadore64, and Nintendo. It was a decade where you had both worlds.
 



Ulfgeir

Adventurer
For comfort of living, then I would choose either the 80's or the 90's (and would be able to use some of my skills for work). Besides they had good music and TV-shows back then.

I would have like to visit the earlier parts of the century, to experince Art Noveau and Art Deco as they were at the time. The roaring 20's would have been fun if I were younger. but let's not forget that there were plenty of problems back then as well.
 


Li Shenron

Legend
I would choose the 80s because:

  • D&D was already developed enough to have endless fun, but the Internet community wasn't around yet to kill such fun
  • the best musicians had already written almost all their best songs but were still touring heavily
  • home videogames were easely available and they were all about sheer fun without the crap competitive culture
 

Shroompunk Warlord

Archdruid of the Warp Zones
Supporter
I'm dead. If I go back to 1-JAN-1990, I would be confined to a wheelchair, dependent upon insulin, and too emotionally disturbed and/or delusional to take care of myself by 1-JAN-1992. The medicine I need to be functional enough to manage my own medications wasn't available in the United States until 1996, and the medicine that allows me to walk wasn't FDA approved until 1998.

Fix all that crap, and I'd choose 1-JAN-1980 for all the reasons Li Shenron just described. If I can't exploit my "future knowledge"... I have literally no idea what I'd do with my life, since nothing my life's work is based on would have been released yet.
 

ardoughter

Adventurer
Supporter
I do believe there is any decade of the twentieth century in Irish history that I would willing want to live in.

Edit: or re live in.
 
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Gradine

Final Form
There's not really a good decade to be trans in. Its the 90s for me. Classic era of jrpgs. Also, I could track down child me and let them know they should probably be listening to all those clues.

I imagine that scenario (you meet your future self, they have a different gender identity) is one that many trans people would have given tons of thought to, but not most cis.
 

Aebir-Toril

100100101010
To be honest, there's no other time I'd rather live in than the present. I might want to live through the early 80s, but certain elements would end up being pretty hellish. A focus on the birth of modern computing would be amazing to experience, the society not so much.
 

ardoughter

Adventurer
Supporter
There's not really a good decade to be trans in. Its the 90s for me. Classic era of jrpgs. Also, I could track down child me and let them know they should probably be listening to all those clues.

I imagine that scenario (you meet your future self, they have a different gender identity) is one that many trans people would have given tons of thought to, but not most cis.
I think every one has contemplated giving advise to ones younger self.
 

ccs

41st lv DM
There's not really a good decade to be trans in. Its the 90s for me. Classic era of jrpgs. Also, I could track down child me and let them know they should probably be listening to all those clues.

I imagine that scenario (you meet your future self, they have a different gender identity) is one that many trans people would have given tons of thought to, but not most cis.

But, thanks to Morrus's stipulation that you can't act on knowledge of the future, you CAN'T give your younger self that advice....
 

The 70s, so I can listen to those Black Sabbath and Deep Purple albums as they are released and see them in concert, then I could cruise through the 80s, which I have a pretty decent memory of, then check out for a bit in the 90s. Bonus, I could also buy D&D when it first comes out as well.
 

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