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Building Soma: The Development, Release and Postmortem of Healing Blade, a Novel Infectious Disease Card Battle Game

ARUN MATHEWS, MEDICAL CENTER HOSPITAL IN ODESSA, TEXAS, USA; TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY, USA

Healing Blade is a tabletop card battle game that was released in March of 2010 as the sophomore eff ort of a disruptive education company called NerdcoreLearning. It was originally envisioned as a lighthearted way for health sciences students to practice antibiotic selection for diff erent types of infections. Th e game, and the world it was set in, Soma, has now grown into a metaphorical representation of a complex ecosystem, replete with physiologic processes that tie in to our understanding of the human body and how it responds to infection.