Integrating Story-Centric and Character-Centric Processes for Authoring Interactive Drama

Mei Si, Stacy C. Marsella, Mark O. Riedl

Computer aided interactive drama has been widely applied for entertainment and pedagogy. Most existing approaches for authoring interactive drama use either story-centric or character-centric processes. In this work, we present a new framework that integrates both types of processes to support authoring. This framework uses a multi-agent system to control virtual characters in a story. The characters’ motivations are encoded as the agents’ goals, and are configured based on well-structured story paths generated using a partial order planner. This framework allows the use of a planner that has an equivalent model of the story as that in the multi-agent system or models the story at a more abstract level, e.g. only the plot points. We explore the use of this new framework for authoring interactive dramas. Preliminary examples of application are presented.


Subjects: 7.1 Multi-Agent Systems; Please choose a second document classification

Submitted: Aug 13, 2008

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