Bill_Ingersoll, The Dramatist

Member Since


Last Activity

8/23/2019 7:03 AM

EXP Points


Post Count


Storygame Count


Duel Stats

0 wins / 0 losses


Esteemed Architect



I am the author, coauthor, and publisher of thirteen books that I will broadly categorize as "regional non-fiction." Despite being a published writer--or perhaps because of it--I am well aware that getting ahead in this genre is an uphill battle. Therefore, rather than letting some of my story ideas languish or become forgotten, this seems to be a good format to share them.

Trophies Earned

Earning 100 Points Earning 500 Points Having 1 Storygame(s) Featured


Featured Story Marooned on Giri Minor

Giri TitleYou are a young recruit in the Astral Navy, serving aboard a minor transport vessel making routine personnel transport runs to Star Base Ishtria. When a malfunction requires the captain to drop the ship out of hyperspace, you find yourself in orbit above Giri Minor--a deserted world with a dark history and circled by uncharted asteroid clouds.

This is a story told in the classical "gamebook" format. This means that it is more narrative-driven and less of a game, and roughly the same length as many printed books in this genre.

Important Stats:

- 19 endings, including 4 "preferred" endings, and 1 epilogue

- 1 abandoned colony

- 1 alien with ambiguous motivations

- 16 passengers aboard the transport ship, 4 crew members, but only ??? survivors

- Thousands of sand-dwelling creatures with mind-altering properties

Can you survive Giri Minor?


(c) 2019 Bill Ingersoll

Image source:

Secret of the Grass Planet

Grass Planet TitleIt's been four years since you were rescued from Giri Minor, and because of your heroic actions you have been commissioned as an officer in the Astral Navy. Your first assignment as a newly-promoted lieutenant aboard the Starship Orion: search for the noted xenoanthropologist Dr. Lori Munro and her husband Ander Dyo, who have gone missing on the planet Folvan. As you explore the so-called "Grass Planet," known for its expansive prairie environment and bronze-age civilization, you will find that not all is as it seems.

This is a story told in the classical "gamebook" format. This means that it is more narrative-driven and less of a game, with many unique storypaths resulting from the choices you make.

Important Stats:

- 45 endings, with 1 epilogue, told in 105,000 words

- 5 people assigned to your expedition

- 4 missing researchers

- 3 hungry teek-teeks

- 2 Iib Ch'iib raids

- 1 closely-guarded secret... and only 1 way to learn it.

Will you unlock the secret of the Grass Planet?


(c) 2019 Bill Ingersoll

Image source:


Previously in the Orion Chronicles:

1 - Marooned on Giri Minor

Recent Posts

New Contest Theme: Lone Hero on 8/21/2019 8:15:40 PM

Good to hear about Pug's story. It's very much worth the 4-5 hours it takes to read. A solid 8/8 in my book.

Interesting comments 4 on 8/20/2019 5:17:54 PM

A total of 12 stories were submitted for this same contest, one of them with 33,000 words and an actual plot! It took me 4 or 5 hours to read it. I've read several high-quality stories so far, and everyone faced the same deadline you did. Therefore your argument holds no water with me.

Interesting comments 4 on 8/20/2019 5:14:51 PM

Granted, it's an interpretation... but it really is the one I came away with. It fit the pattern of his forum behavior.

Now, is it true? Damned if I know. But think about the age we're dealing with here; fantasies can manifest themselves without the writer trying very hard. After all, Serpent himself admits he intended to do something more worthy of praise, but this is what he felt compelled to give us. What he wanted to do didn't inspire him to write, but some other idea did. 

was hoping to provoke a few responses from Serpent about it, since we no longer have the story itself, but I guess that train has left the station...

Interesting comments 4 on 8/20/2019 4:52:19 PM

The opening line in the story was about the guy walking in dressed in a big black robe, and the very first thing I thought (literally 5 seconds into the story) was, "Oh, this is EndMaster." And then all the rapefests occurred. It wasn't hard to connect the dots... and an eighth grader is not a hard nut to crack.

There's no need to deny your fantasies. You've laid them bare for us all to see and have a good laugh at.

New Contest Theme: Lone Hero on 8/20/2019 1:38:18 PM

I can't say I'm surprised at this, as I'm 99.9999% certain that this was Serpent fantasizing he is EndMaster raping... well, other mods.

Best of 2019 Contest Starts Now on 8/20/2019 1:35:16 PM

Procrastinate!?! You must write while you have the inspiration!

Actually, this wasn't written explicitly for a contest; it's just the story I wrote in 2019 (so far) that I want to enter. And if doing so convinces at least 1 person to read it...

Best of 2019 Contest Starts Now on 8/20/2019 7:05:25 AM

I might as well nominate this story, as I strongly doubt I'll be writing another 100k story between now and November.

Interesting comments 4 on 8/20/2019 6:57:15 AM

I had a hunch you would like that.

Nevertheless, that is my honest assessment of Serpent's story.

Use a better RTE on 8/19/2019 9:00:16 PM

Unless, of course, you're working on a laptop, in which case there is no mouse to reach for.

Even better: hitting ctrl-I.


Use a better RTE on 8/19/2019 8:38:16 PM

Seconded. I toggle the RTE on and off as necessary. I realize it has limits and bugs, but if all I want to do is make a word italicized, I shouldn't have to type out what every other editor on the face of the planet does with a button-click.