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Towards an Accessible Interface for StoryWorld Building

S. Poulakos, M. Kapadia, A. Schüpfer, F. Zünd, R. W. Sumner, M. Gross

AIIDE 2015 Workshop on Intelligent Narrative Technologies (Santa Cruz, USA, November 14-15, 2015), pp.
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In order to use computational intelligence for automated narrative synthesis, domain knowledge of the story world must be defined, a task which is currently confined to experts. This paper discusses the benefits and tradeoffs between agent-centric and event-centric approaches towards authoring the domain knowledge of story worlds. In an effort to democratize story world creation, we present an accessible graphical platform for content creators and even end users to create their own story worlds, populate it with smart characters and objects, and define narrative events that can be used by existing tools for automated narrative synthesis. We demonstrate the potential of our system by authoring a simple bank robbery story world, and integrate it with existing solutions for event-centric planning to synthesize example digital stories.

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@paper{AIIDE1511583,
    author = {Steven Poulakos and Mubbasir Kapadia and Andrea Schüpfer and Fabio Zünd and Robert Sumner and Markus Gross},
    title = {Towards an Accessible Interface for Story World Building},
    conference = {AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Interactive Digital Entertainment},
    year = {2015},
    keywords = {story authoring; story world building; domain knowledge; computational narrative; narrative intelligence},
    url = {http://aaai.org/ocs/index.php/AIIDE/AIIDE15/paper/view/11583}
}
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