Player Comments on The Donner Party

Knowing the history of the Donner party, and knowing the history of Will11’s games, I am prepared to be mortified, disgusted, and depressed by this story! Then again, it may be much nicer and appropriate for this site with good inferences only. Surely this will have some good historical data as well.

I like the setups and the descriptions. The author really puts you in the story and you get a feeling of being on the adventure with the rest of the group. I like the details and accuracy, too, with the individuals clearly named and at least a little described as you venture into the story and down the path.

I also really like how the author really gives great choices in a game like this with a historical basis. You would think that you’re just going to read a history lesson, but with the choices you can see the history lesson from different points of view. You get to decide which parts you would choose and then see how those choices would have likely ended up if you had been in that situation so many years ago. I also really like how it includes such detail that give reasoning to what happens – it is not random and it is clear that the desert is taking a toll on the party when you go through it.

This was an absolutely excellent story and great addition to this site. It tells this story in a very good way and still allows the reader lots of options during the story, making it a great CYOA story as well. Excellent job, Will11, thank you for sharing this story with the site!
-- Ogre11 on 6/6/2018 2:19:12 PM with a score of 0
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 with a score of 0
It was cool, that's all I have to say.
-- NA on 12/18/2019 12:20:59 PM with a score of 0
i try making good decisions that's how i survived also if i stayed with the Donner party i would of died so i took off on my own to sutters fort
-- alea on 12/18/2019 9:52:45 AM with a score of 0
This is good but at one point the choices to survive are easy and there is way to much reading
-- something on 12/17/2019 2:08:27 PM with a score of 0
You guys could maybe add more options because it is very short and boring
-- Joey M on 12/17/2019 2:06:45 PM with a score of 0
it was easy
-- jackson Foster on 12/17/2019 2:03:15 PM with a score of 0
We made it!
-- Cyn city on 12/7/2019 9:38:46 PM with a score of 0
I think the experience was quite lengthy. It was mainly a trip back and fourth over and over. I’d rate the experience a 5 because yes I believe all groups were trying to get what they wanted to accomplish, accomplished. However it wasn’t efficient and a bit messy, but you’ll eventually succeed.
-- Kevin Kwiecien on 11/18/2019 2:46:17 PM with a score of 0
scary
-- alexa on 11/15/2019 3:32:27 PM with a score of 0
Action packed but too much reading
-- Victor on 11/15/2019 3:30:50 PM with a score of 0
GOOD JOB!!!
-- Antuwon Bowers on 11/15/2019 11:01:39 AM with a score of 0
No
-- Dominique on 11/15/2019 10:29:56 AM with a score of 0
Good.
-- Christopher Kim on 11/15/2019 10:23:24 AM with a score of 0
I Can Snap My Fingers And Half Of The Party Would Cease To Exist
-- Thanos on 7/27/2019 3:51:23 PM with a score of 0
thanks for letting me play this game, i had a lot of fun playing and somehow survived without dying
-- emanuel on 2/26/2019 12:31:10 PM with a score of 0
It was fun
-- Jakob on 1/31/2019 1:10:03 PM with a score of 0
it was too easy and it needs more levels also the boss is to easy to beat
-- coochis on 1/31/2019 1:06:35 PM with a score of 0
I was forced to play this game. There is way to much writing and reading. I just clicked on a random choice and luckily I survived.
-- Grace on 1/31/2019 12:09:13 PM with a score of 0
So cool!
-- Rhonda on 12/12/2018 7:33:52 PM with a score of 0
it gud
-- Dell Conagher on 11/29/2018 1:38:27 PM with a score of 0
it was a super awesome experience
-- trudie on 11/29/2018 1:38:01 PM with a score of 0
This was fun. Its better than doing anything else in class! :)
-- Evelyn I Miley on 11/29/2018 1:23:38 PM with a score of 0
this game sucks i died
-- donner on 5/16/2018 12:22:56 PM with a score of 0
Can you make it longer?
-- Madalyn on 4/13/2018 4:32:53 PM with a score of 0
There were some grammatical errors. Add some commas.
-- Bagel on 3/26/2018 9:26:44 AM with a score of 0
loved it
-- luke skywalker on 11/28/2017 10:19:33 AM with a score of 0
Really short game in my opinion. Although its historical value may be worthy. :)
-- TestingJest on 11/18/2017 2:09:19 AM with a score of 0
This actually helped me with my history final, Thanks!
-- J on 11/10/2017 11:36:11 AM with a score of 0
This was really fun. i thought i was going to die half the time but i didnt.
-- NIko on 9/20/2017 10:43:18 AM with a score of 0
If you would do it with pictures and do it more like Oregan Trail it would be better
-- Abigail on 9/19/2017 1:42:53 PM with a score of 0
it was alright
-- ozwald on 7/17/2017 9:58:33 AM with a score of 0
i loiked it but i didnt read all of it lol
-- Jeff on 5/8/2017 9:44:58 AM with a score of 0
very cool and accurate I know because I descend from them
-- kim on 5/6/2017 1:52:12 PM with a score of 0
Cool. I finished this really fast, and knowing very well the history of this made that easy.
-- Kill_For_Sport on 4/24/2017 3:28:22 PM with a score of 0
Didn't give dimension for the length of the situation.
-- Ian Ulery on 3/27/2017 12:03:08 AM with a score of 0
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 with a score of 0
its cool :)
-- Chandrick on 1/30/2017 3:30:55 PM with a score of 0
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 with a score of 0
Nah it was funny. I liked it
-- Crystal Cervantes on 11/30/2016 2:26:09 PM with a score of 0
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 with a score of 0
Kind good
-- Tony on 9/15/2016 2:03:50 PM with a score of 0
I survived. Yay. :/
-- Kate on 7/23/2016 3:58:33 PM with a score of 0
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 with a score of 0
Morbid... amazingly Morbid.
-- ItsNoob on 5/14/2016 5:08:52 PM with a score of 0
very very boring
-- boring on 5/12/2016 9:41:08 AM with a score of 0
enlightning!
-- sunflame on 4/19/2016 11:16:24 AM with a score of 0
As always Will, you surprise us with different themes of all kinds. Thumbs up!
-- MasonJarGuzzi on 3/14/2016 3:25:25 PM with a score of 0
Very interesting---and horrifying.
-- LilacRain on 3/8/2016 5:10:33 PM with a score of 0
cool
-- sunwala on 2/5/2016 9:48:20 AM with a score of 0
Pretty good...
-- Radiance800 on 1/22/2016 6:21:00 PM with a score of 0
I would consider this very good for a normal story, but for an Edutainment, this is excellent. Well worth reading.
-- Bucky on 1/22/2016 12:53:56 AM with a score of 0
I LOVED IT, VERY CREATIVE.
-- Alison on 12/28/2015 10:25:31 PM with a score of 0
It's worth every cent!
-- TheBossWriter on 12/1/2015 4:27:53 PM with a score of 0
Stupid
-- Joe on 8/4/2015 1:48:08 AM with a score of 0
the Donner party become so well known because they ended up have to eat each other to survive THIS SAYS NOTHING ABOUT THAT
-- dragon396 on 6/24/2015 5:18:13 PM with a score of 0
I clicked on a few choices and it ended surprisingly short.
-- WarriorCats on 6/12/2015 9:00:26 AM with a score of 0
A good story, for the most part, but I feel that the lack of profanity really disrupts the immersion.
-- jamescoker1226 on 5/1/2015 10:13:03 PM with a score of 0
Wow I'm impressed! Not a lot of people know about this! BTW, did you base this off of the comic book?
-- Wolfina on 4/30/2015 8:21:24 PM with a score of 0
This is an amazing story about sacrifice and hardship--I nearly started crying at some points when I had to desert people and leave them to die. Great job, this was a very realistic and sort of true story!
-- Gwendolyn Baskerbitt on 3/29/2015 1:56:22 AM with a score of 0
I could not find a flaw in the grammar or spelling in this storygame, but it gets more and more boring the further you go through it and sometimes the deaths don't even make me 'feel' for the dead. Aside from that, it felt cinematic at certain points although some points were bland.
-- Zephyrme2847 on 2/22/2015 2:43:19 AM with a score of 0
Way better than the other games i have playes
-- Anime_Fan on 2/19/2015 1:56:07 PM with a score of 0
The grammar needs work but other than that it is pretty good
-- ThatOtherGuy on 2/14/2015 4:37:20 AM with a score of 0
I guess it was alright.
-- LightBringer on 2/8/2015 5:05:41 AM with a score of 0
Lots of great research.
-- CShanahan on 2/5/2015 10:05:26 AM with a score of 0
Well written, well made from what I saw... I can't honestly see any really notable flaws in this thing. Granted, I'm running on four hours of sleep and typing this after a nine hour shift at work, but ... yeah, good work, man.
-- Kiel_Farren on 11/30/2014 9:00:38 AM with a score of 0
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