Back-Leading through Character Status in Interactive Storytelling

  • Jichen Zhu
  • Kenneth Ingraham
  • J. Michael Moshell
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 7069)


A key challenge in computer-based interactive narrative is the conflict between user agency and authorial control of the story quality. Valuable lessons can be learned from improvisational and especially interactive theatre, where various narrative and interactive strategies have been developed to engage users in the process of co-creating the story. In this paper, we focus on the use of character status and status shifts. Specifically, we present and illustrate a computational model of status shifts based on the cognitive semantics theory of force dynamics.


Character Status Force Dynamic User Agency Interactive Theatre Status Shift 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jichen Zhu
    • 1
  • Kenneth Ingraham
    • 2
  • J. Michael Moshell
    • 3
  1. 1.Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & DesignDrexel UniversityPhiladelphiaUSA
  2. 2.Interactor Simulation Systems, LLCOrlandoUSA
  3. 3.School of Visual Arts and DesignUniversity of Central FloridaOrlandoUSA

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