Emergent narrative as a novel framework for massively collaborative authoring

Michael Kriegel, Ruth Aylett

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An emergent narrative is a narrative that is dynamically created through the interactions of autonomous intelligent virtual agents and the user. Authoring in such a system means programming characters rather than defining plot and can be a technically and conceptually challenging task. We are currently implementing a tool that helps the author in this task by training the characters through demonstration of example story lines (rehearsals), rather then explicit programming. In this paper we argue that this tool is best used by a group of authors, each providing an example story and that in order to achieve true emergence, collective authoring is required. We compare the rehearsal based authoring method of our authoring tool with other collaborative authoring efforts and underline why both the storytelling medium "emergent narrative" and our particular approach to authoring are better suited for massively collaborative authoring. © 2008 Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIntelligent Virtual Agents - 8th International Conference, IVA 2008, Proceedings
Number of pages8
Volume5208 LNAI
Publication statusPublished - 2008
Event8th International Conference on Intelligent Virtual Agents - Tokyo, Japan
Duration: 1 Sept 20083 Sept 2008

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume5208 LNAI
ISSN (Print)0302-9743


Conference8th International Conference on Intelligent Virtual Agents
Abbreviated titleIVA 2008


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