Secret of the Grass Planet

a Sci-Fi Adventure by Bill_Ingersoll

Commended by mizal on 7/21/2019 7:45:15 AM

Player Rating6.03/8

"Too few ratings to be ranked"
based on 13 ratings since 07/20/2019
played 262 times (finished 16)

Story Difficulty7/8

"wade in shark infested water"

Play Length8/8

"Even light has to break at the rest stop"

Maturity Level5/8

"aren't you a little too old to be trick or treating"
Some material may be inappropriate for persons under age 13. If this were a movie, it would probably be PG-13.

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: tomswallpapers.com.

 

Previously in the Orion Chronicles:

1 - Marooned on Giri Minor

Player Comments

I loved the ending a lot and the concept of the wormholes really did seem more believable than I thought they would, so kudos to you for research. The world seems much more believable.

I liked the chemistry between characters and especially with the friendly Folvan serhac(I think that’s jer name) and the way everything from my other play throughs fitted in, in the major ending.

Overall this is just another great story from you, and I’m already hyped for part 3!
-- ShoujoAddict on 8/19/2019 3:56:06 PM with a score of 0
I was not disappointed with the second entry of this series. While I may have had to put it down a few times, that was purely out of other obligations rather than a lack of interest. The story is very engrossing and becomes even more so the more you learn.

The branching style was Cave of Time, which is my favorite and nearly always goes a long way toward me liking a story. There were a handful of endings that were identical, but very few compared to all endings. There is one stat, but it is very clear where it comes in to play, and it is easy and fast to go back to the choice from which it is tracked. This I appreciated very much.
Due to this being a series, there were some limitations on what could be done with where the branches went. None but the epilogue could be called a real win, although some ends were worse than others. However, the paths to those endings could be quite variable, and there were often several branching paths that all ended in death, which was fun because it made me think that maybe the other choice would work when none did. Overall, the branching paths were probably handled about ideally for a story in a series.
Most non-win endings ended in either a clear mission failure, death, or a clear hint that death will occur, but there were a couple endings that did seem a little cut short. For example, in one ending my guy storms out of the research base in a panic to get some fresh air and calm down. Then the story ends there. I don’t see a reason why my guy couldn’t calm down and continue the mission after a few minutes. Was keeping pride intact a condition for success?

There was one other choice that stood out to me in a different way. In one path, the reader must choose between two—what he is told are-- identical options as far as he can tell. Then after the reader makes the choice, he is told the apparent benefit and drawback of each. If the character has reasoning for choosing one or the other, why make it a coin toss?

The grammar was just fine and the story was very readable. As I did last time, I enjoyed the font choice and numbered pages giving the story a book-like appearance.

The Iib Ch’iib are really cool and total CHADS. It looks like the next story will have even more of them. So I’m excited for that.
I also like the part where Usul is described. Before that I mostly just knew the main character’s home planet had space rice.
Also, the thought of a ship controlled entirely by body movement still sounds like a horrible, terrible idea, and I still read FabBot as FapBot.

There were some amusing bits of dialogue too. One of my favorite bits was early on and fits very well on this site.
“You once asked him where he was from. "Earth," he said, "or more precisely, Missouri." "Misery?" you said incredulously. "No, Missouri," he corrected you, but the distinction meant nothing to you.”

Another sort of funny thing is Dr. Munro’s irritation at others for not using the gender neutral pronouns.
“"Use je, jim, jer when referring to anyone who doesn't identify as male or female." You are surprised by her acerbic attitude”
Enough time at CoG will do that to you, bud.

Also, pollination or not, the thought that the peeps essentially witnessed a Folvan orgy is hilarious.

Overall, I think this story is a great sci-fi that gets even more interesting the more little bits of the mystery you learn. If you faggots who read reviews before stories made it this far, go read “The Secret of the Grass Planet.”
-- Cricket on 8/2/2019 1:10:17 AM with a score of 0
Bill’s writing is perhaps the most detail-oriented on the site. The title page states “Grass Planet” is written in the CYOA gamebook format. It definitely feels like a book, which is great because I like reading. Don’t you? The setting and characters seem to be extremely well thought out. Similarly to the alien National Geographic-looking image in the beginning, I imagine portraits, diagrams, and pages created for the characters introduced. Obviously I have no insight into if that’s actually true, but the level of thought put into the unique characters were definitely noticeable. The names themselves fit the feel and theme of the story too. I mean, Javid Ynthramanni? Pure gold. The same could be said for the setting, especially when describing The Orion. The ship isn’t a wannabe Enterprise. The part that stuck out to me was the “onion” description of the ship’s infrastructure… should have named it the Onion Chronicles… awful joke, I know. I loved the level of detail and creativity put into describing the workout gym. It’s in space; there’s no reason to make it a normal Gold’s Gym. In addition, the fact that you could float in the air after a hard workout felt like the perfect wrap-up to a cool scene.

I really enjoyed the second story to The Orion Chronicles. I enjoyed it more than the first one (Marooned on Giri Minor). The only part of the experience that affected me negatively was naming the links “Page #”. When real choices had to be made, the options were presented (“turn to page # if you want to X”). As there aren’t pages in storygames, I’d prefer to see “Grass Planet” imported to the format better. I’m sure this will get mentioned a lot, so I’ll stop here.

Perhaps the best aspect of SotGP is the sheer amount of content involved. Over 100K is certainly a lot of content to explore. In fact, it relates to the plot of the story as you’re navigating through hard choices and having to decide the best course of action. Reading through is an exploration in itself. At this time, I have not nearly found all the Important Stats displayed in the Author’s note. This also isn’t my first time playing through an ending either, but I came back for more (and will do so again). All that’s to say, I highly recommend taking the time to read through the Secret of the Grass Planet. Brew a cup of coffee, sit down, and strap yourself in for an immersive read. Thanks again, Bill, for the free, high-quality entertainment.
-- ninjapitka on 7/25/2019 7:17:32 PM with a score of 0
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