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Strange Sickness – Tackle Plague Outbreaks in Historical Aberdeen

A fictional story based on Aberdeen’s real medieval records.

Strange Sickness is a game by Common Profyt Games, built from historical research into the UNESCO-recognised council registers of medieval Aberdeen.

It has been built with support from Kickstarter backers, the University of Aberdeen, the Aberdeenshire Council Archaeology Service, ONE CodeBase, and the Aberdeen City & Aberdeenshire Archives.


Explore Aberdeen’s sites and characters to find strategies and evidence, then present your plans to the town council. Make choices to shape the story as you tackle the threat of plague outbreaks in 1498, 1500, 1507 and 1514.

Follow Robert’s personal story and relationships as his responsibilities grow in an irreverent tale that is also an encounter with the past, built by historians from some of the richest historical records of medieval Scotland.


Immerse yourself in a story that brings real historical sources to life. Collect strategies, evidence and glossary words. Challenge curious characters with verse battles called ‘flytings’ to unlock more evidence. Meet alewives, mediciners, royal courtiers and blustering aldermen.

Trace the contacts of those arriving on an infected ship. Save lives by convincing the council to take action, and face the consequences.

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