The town of Thornback Hollow is under quarantine. Its people are beset by a state of permanent insomnia, and the infection is spreading. At the orders of the Crown, Baron Morlond’s levied soldiers guard the gates. The summons have been sent. Plague doctors in the vicinity must respond by law, or face the Crown’s justice.
You are one of these masked physicians. Can the town be saved at your hand? Or will you be forced to find an escape route, as the creeping sickness proves impossible to contain? Are you focused on medicine, intent on curing this plague above all else? Or is this cauldron of political unrest just begging to be stirred?
Welcome to the thread for my WIP game, Mask of the Plague Doctor (which is, itself, a working title). Below, you’ll find the link to play the first four chapters of the game. You’ll meet the majority of the game’s main characters in these opening chapters.
- Don plague doctor robes as a male, female, or non-binary character.
- Select from a range of mask designs, or choose your own entirely.
- Meet your fellow traveling physicians, and the many curious citizens of Thornback Hollow.
- Your investigations will take you all over town, from rancid tannery buildings to aristocratic manors.
- Explore the community’s theological leanings.
- Plus, mud! Intrigue! Dubious medical procedures!
- Seriously, lots of mud. Bring boots.
- Beware the Dweller in Thorns.
[Mask of the Plague Doctor is now in beta testing: Mask of the Plague Doctor - BETA TESTERS NEEDED]
The game is around 380,000 words in length, with 13 chapters and an average play-through of 70-75k. It will be released in 2020.
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Since we’re now in beta, no more WIP feedback is being taken. Thank you all for contributing and helping to shape the game
As part of that development process, you all get to play along! Further chapters will be added as they’re written and edited. In the mean time, let me know how you get on with the game. Questions, feedback, story speculation; it’s all welcome. I’ll be checking back in with the thread on a regular basis, posting more ongoing development details and reading your reactions/suggestions.
17 December 2018 Update: Chapter Five is now playable too!
18 January 2019 Update: Chapter Six is here!
27 February 2019 Update: Chapter Seven added!
03 April 2019 Update: Chapter Eight now included!
01 June 2019 Update: Chapter Nine is available to play!
22 July 2019 Update: Chapter Ten is here!
23 September 2019 Update: Chapter Eleven added!
02 February 2020 Update: In beta, thanks for helping out during the WIP!