(comments welcome on this introduction. I want to communicate both an overview of the game’s milieu and intentions and a sense of adventure and fun. It’s essentially ad copy. Also – I am addicted to hyphens – this is a cry for help!)

This is a game about modern medicine, and the men and women who practice it.

Theirs is a world of professional expertise and deeply human urges, often in conflict. Where the pressure is enormous, the pace grueling, and the demands Sisyphean. And where the tiniest error in judgment can have deadly reverberations. These men and women work – and, for all practical purposes, live – in the hospital. The hospital is a hotbed of intrigue, romance, and black humor. Love, death, and the extremes of human distress and triumph all stalk the wards. It is a microcosm of human society with every interaction turned up to eleven. No one is safe, nothing is sacred, and everyone needs a nap.

Given these exciting extremes within so focused an environment, it’s no surprise that the medical drama has been a staple of fiction since, well, medicine weaned itself from the barber’s pole. In the past century, as media evolved, the drama has been joined by the medical romance, the medical comedy, and the medical mystery in popular entertainment. Genres-within-genres, they all rely on the thrilling tropes of the medical world to make their stories go. This game is no different.

In Medical Hospital, you’ll create a cast of characters and play out their stories. You’ll help craft wonderful and terrible situations for the rest of the staff, and by extension your fellow players. You’ll step into the trauma theater to save failing lives. You’ll perform risky, complex procedures with a steady hand and the capable assistance of your surgical team. And finally, you’ll pursue your own character’s goals, seeking fulfillment – or maybe just a good night’s sleep. I hope you have a great time.

Welcome to Medical Hospital
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3 thoughts on “Welcome to Medical Hospital

  • July 28, 2008 at 6:20 pm

    Jason, somehow this seems to lack your usual manic energy. Perhaps it’s the lack of exclamation points. Perhaps it just needs to be trimmed by 25-30%. Maybe both.

    In any case, the prose doesn’t have the feel of what it’s talking about – tension, drama, urgency. It feels measured.

    Am I making any sense here?

  • July 29, 2008 at 1:24 am

    I like it! It makes me think of ER (the TV-series) and I want to play it right now!
    I’m not too keen on the second part, where you seem to venture into some kind of lecture on the fictional history of the medical drama and I immediately start to lose interest. If I were you, I’d save that part for a small essay – or even better, just leave it out.
    As for hyphens: well, three isn’t that many, is it?

  • July 29, 2008 at 6:12 am

    Thanks guys. Mike, I’m bothered by it, which is why I solicited comments, so I don’t think you are far from the mark.

    Peter, I’ll move that bit (I know right where to put it) and that might go a long way toward solving the problem.

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