The Donner Party

Player Rating5.32/8

"#125 overall, #6 for 2014"
based on 244 ratings since 11/30/2014
played 2,886 times (finished 276)

Story Difficulty6/8

"wandering through the desert"

Play Length6/8

"It'll be a while, better grab a SnickersĀ®"

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.

In this story-game you become a member of the Donner Party.
The Donner Party were a group of about 90 men, women and children who tried traveling to their new homes in California by an unfamiliar route across the Salt Lake Desert of Utah and the Sierra Nevada Mountains but met with enough misfortunes and suffering to kill half the group and leave the remainder scarred for the rest of their lives...

Player Comments

I keep telling myself I need to read more of the featured stories here, so I started with this one.

The Donner Party really is one of those morbidly fascinating little snippets of history and so it was a good choice to base a story on it. Though the writing style was a little dry--not helped by the problem with this kind of historical story, being that since it so closely follows actual events you know going in that nothing you choose is going to change anything, which is a big part of the appeal of a CYOA in the first place. (I've actually considered writing a 'game' about the Legion Valley Massacre because Matilda Friend has always been an inspirational figure for me, but ran into the same issue...)

So instead my character got to tag along with various real life people and take a completely hands off approach just observing a straight reenactment of events. Which to be fair, are interesting enough in their own right.

I ran into a couple issues with how some of the links looped (PMed you about the biggest one where the char somehow teleported from California to Nevada), but there were a couple of other minor issues, like the game assuming my character had been with party and resorted to cannibalism when in fact, the first time through I sat out pretty much the entire thing chilling at Sutter's Fort.

But all in all this was well worth a read, especially considering the scarcity of decent historical writing on this site.
-- mizal on 5/20/2015 5:40:41 PM
Didn't give dimension for the length of the situation.
-- Ian Ulery on 3/27/2017 12:03:08 AM
Unnerving...

I did NOT expect the Donner Party to end up like it did. When food cannot be put in the stomach, man ultimately ends up fueled by the saying "when there's a will, there's a way", and unfortunately the Donner Party found a solution to provide "food"...

In short, the story is just gripping, wording is near pitch perfect, and details are plentiful (thankfully not so much in the food parts). Yet another great story from the great architect...

Worth the cents! 6/8.
-- AgentX on 3/4/2017 6:21:33 AM
its cool :)
-- Chandrick on 1/30/2017 3:30:55 PM
Enjoyable story. I wish there were a lot more choices. Fun. Worth playing. Thanks for the gameplay!
-- Quorrah on 12/18/2016 5:02:21 PM
Nah it was funny. I liked it
-- Crystal Cervantes on 11/30/2016 2:26:09 PM
A bit dry, but good for someone who is familiar with the story. Very well-researched.
-- MsGwinn on 11/12/2016 5:26:40 PM
Kind good
-- Tony on 9/15/2016 2:03:50 PM
I survived. Yay. :/
-- Kate on 7/23/2016 3:58:33 PM
great historical story, I must admit, it wasn't as interesting as other stories, simply because I am more in to fictional tales, but this was great.
-- Shinobi on 6/14/2016 3:34:36 PM
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