I’ve got this insane semi-secret project going on that may have an equally insane set of milestones, or it may not happen at all, or who knows – deadlines have shifted, things are up in the air, we’re waiting for The Word, I’m OK with that. I’ve got another project, Business Solutions, which is like 95% done. Needs a little refining, a little playtesting and it is good to go. So what am I working on?

Medical Hospital.

Probably the best place to go if you have a disorder, right? Anyway, I must share the love – I haven’t touched this game since October but I had a flash of insight that solved pretty much all of the game’s problems. I was trying to be way too clever, and by paring away all the preciousness I think I’ve got something really functional and fun.

The core conceit of Medical Hospital – the weird thing that makes it fun – is the tactile procedure. You’re playing a trauma surgeon, or a thoracic surgeon, and you, the player, get to perform these operations. If you are all thumbs with post-its and scissors, your doctor is all thumbs with sutures and a scalpel. The procedures are timed so you are under pressure. In one way it’s completely ludicrous and blurs the player/character divide in a stupid way, but in another, better way it is pure fun. So last year I had the notion that the game would be composed of modules you’d choose from – romance plus trauma! Diagnosis plus drama! Comedy, romance, and drama! And there were playing cards and a lot of nonsense. I stepped back and tried to find the fun. People can set the tone themselves. I realized you’ve got a stopwatch at the table already, so (thanks, Steffan O’Sullivan) there’s your randomizer, and the cards are gone. And then I realized that stress is your currency (this somehow escaped me previously), and suddenly the game is pretty much in the can. I just need to write it down.

Anybody want to playtest? Also: Take my survey!

I Have A Disorder
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7 thoughts on “I Have A Disorder

  • April 17, 2008 at 10:35 am

    Um, yeah.

  • April 17, 2008 at 10:56 am

    Hell yes.

    (If time allows, of course. Closing on a house puts the screws to our schedule…)

  • April 17, 2008 at 10:24 pm

    Yeah, totally. That kind of crazy fun sounds right of my ally.

  • April 18, 2008 at 7:54 am

    I used to read the game reviews on Steffan O’Sullivan’s website, back before boardgamegeek showed up.

    Medical Hospital sounds like fun!

  • April 18, 2008 at 8:45 am

    Thanks guys. Won’t be long. Marquis, I’ll send you a draft even if you won’t get a chance to play it (Vanya being a little young yet to be getting into thoracoscopic decortication or emergency sphincteroplasty.)

  • April 18, 2008 at 9:35 am

    cross this with business solutions and it’s sounds ALMOST like work. (except that’s really the perioperative support group, we don’t actually go into the OR, but they do.)

  • April 20, 2008 at 12:28 pm

    Sure I’m in for playtesting.

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