Day of the Figurines: Supporting Episodic Storytelling on Mobile Phones

  • Martin Flintham
  • Gabriella Giannachi
  • Steve Benford
  • Matt Adams
Conference paper

DOI: 10.1007/978-3-540-77039-8_14

Volume 4871 of the book series Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS)
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Flintham M., Giannachi G., Benford S., Adams M. (2007) Day of the Figurines: Supporting Episodic Storytelling on Mobile Phones. In: Cavazza M., Donikian S. (eds) Virtual Storytelling. Using Virtual Reality Technologies for Storytelling. ICVS 2007. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 4871. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg

Abstract

Day of the Figurines (DoF) is a pervasive game for mobile phones that uses text messaging. DoF is driven by a strong scripted narrative that is combined with various interactive elements to create a shared experience. It is also a slow game, unfolding over twenty four days of its players’ lives, requiring them to send and receive only a few messages each day. Our experience of staging multiple performances of DoF to more than seven hundred players revealed key issues concerning the design and experience of time in such a pervasive game. Most players engaged episodically, raising issues of how to manage reengagement with the game and sustain social relationships. Our experience has led us to propose a framework for how to design time in shared interactive narratives in which five distinct layers of time – story time, plot time, schedule time, interaction time and perceived time – are mapped onto one another.

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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2007

Authors and Affiliations

  • Martin Flintham
    • 1
  • Gabriella Giannachi
    • 2
  • Steve Benford
    • 1
  • Matt Adams
    • 3
  1. 1.Mixed Reality Laboratory, School of Computer Science, University of Nottingham 
  2. 2.Centre for Intermedia, Department of Drama, University of Exeter 
  3. 3.Blast Theory, BrightonUK