Interactive Narrative, Plot Types, and Interpersonal Relations

  • Marie-Laure Ryan
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 5334)


The design of an interactive narrative begins with the choice of a type of story. In this paper I examine the potential of three kinds of plot for active user participation: the epic plot, which focuses on the struggle of the individual to survive in a hostile world, the dramatic plot, which deals with the evolution of a network of human relations, and the epistemic plot, which is propelled by the desire to solve a mystery. I distinguish two basic types of immersion—ludic and narrative, the latter subdivided into spatial, temporal and emotional variants, and I discuss the ability of the three kinds of plot to generate these various forms of immersion.


Interactive narrative design of interactive narrative computer games agency user role plot types epic plot epistemic plot dramatic plot interpersonal relations ludic immersion narrative immersion 


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  • Marie-Laure Ryan
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  1. 1.University of ColoradoBoulder

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