A Mortician’s Tale starts handling heavy business soon

Become an undertaker, a career-finding quiz advised me in high school. I saw that as something between an insult and the quiz, like me, throwing its hands up and declaring “‘Flip’ if I know!” I’ve since decided it was a compliment, that the ultra-serious software judged me practical and grounded enough to handle heavy stuff yet empathetic. [Work in the RPS treehouse here halts until all laughter, jeers, and polite coughs clear -ed.]

So I’m quite interested in A Mortician’s Tale [official site], an upcoming game about running a funeral home. Prepare cadavers, comfort the bereaved, keep the business running… if I can 100% it, would a mortuary school accept that as class credit?

Developers Laundry Bear Games say:

“A Mortician’s Tale is a narrative-driven death positive video game where you play as a mortician tasked with running a funeral home. Take on the role of recent funeral direction graduate Charlie as she learns the ropes of the business and industry. Prepare the cadavers of the deceased (via embalming or cremation), attend their funerals and console their loved ones, and interact with Charlie’s coworkers, clients, and bosses. A Mortician’s Tale is an informative, honest, and sometimes humorous look at the current state of and the future of the western death industry.”

And yup, this does include guts:

A Mortician’s Tale is coming in “early 2017” to Windows and Mac via Steam, Itch, and The Humble Store.

Rather than pointing towards everything I’ve read about morticians, do check out Caitlin Doughty, who Laundry Bear cite as one inspiration for the game. Peek at Doughty’s Order of the Good Death, try this New Yorker profile, and watch her Ask a Mortician video series. Hayley Campbell’s visit to the Ideal Death Show is great too.

Ta for pointing this out, Kotaku.


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      Sam says:

      Thanks thenevernow, I saw that film 20 years back and could never remember what it was called. It was also (unfortunately) what I thought of immediately.

      • Ghostbird says:

        Yes that was the first thing I thought of too – Gods, was that twenty years ago?

        Nice film, though. Sweetly romantic, if you don’t get hung up on the premise.

  1. Harlander says:

    Shouldn’t she be wearing a hairnet?

    • LTK says:

      Why? There’s nothing a stray hair can do to a dead person.

      • Snowskeeper says:

        Undertakers don’t do their job for the dead person, any more than a chef does their job for the stew.

  2. Snowskeeper says:

    Whozis “Ed” person, amd why are they always so snarky? And where did they get the power to edit RPS articles? Is this a ghost thing? Is RPS haunted?

  3. Barts says:

    Worth noting: the prototype was made in PICO-8:
    link to laundrybear.com
    There are still snapshots on the internet, should you be interested, not adding them here lest spambot chews me out for including too many links.

  4. Sin Vega says:

    I got “metal engraver”, “zoologist”, and a handful of other baffling suggestions I’ve since forgotten. Apparently being a semi-itinerant bum wasn’t on their database.

  5. caff says:

    Sounds like a dead cert.

  6. Raoul Duke says:

    Naturally like most morticians, this one is an edgy indie babe with sweet tatts.

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    Drib says:

    Wasn’t that a gag in Daria? A high school career test saying she should be a mortician?